|C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the Worlds Best Literature.|
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.
|To Mr. Perkins|
|By Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
I AM much pleased that you are going a very long journey, which may, by proper conduct, restore your health and prolong your life.
| Observe these rules:|| 2|
| 1. Turn all care out of your head as soon as you mount the chaise.|| 3|
| 2. Do not think about frugality: your health is worth more than it can cost.|| 4|
| 3. Do not continue any days journey to fatigue.|| 5|
| 4. Take now and then a days rest.|| 6|
| 5. Get a smart sea-sickness if you can.|| 7|
| 6. Cast away all anxiety, and keep your mind easy.|| 8|
| This last direction is the principal; with an unquiet mind neither exercise, nor diet, nor physic can be of much use.|| 9|
| I wish you, dear Sir, a prosperous journey, and a happy recovery.|
I am, dear Sir,
Your most affectionate humble servant,
SAM. JOHNSON. JULY 28, 1782.