The atrocious crime of being a young man, which the honourable gentleman has with such spirit and decency charged upon me, I shall neither attempt to palliate nor deny; but content myself with wishing that I may be one of those whose follies may cease with their youth, and not of that number who are ignorant in spite of experience.1
Pitts Reply to Walpole. Speech, March 6, 1741.
Note 1. This is the composition of Johnson, founded on some note or statement of the actual speech. Johnson said, That speech I wrote in a garret, in Exeter Street. Boswell: Life of Johnson, 1741. [back]