I am sure I'll just be exposing my ignorance here, but I am curious to know if the attribution of this quote to Joseph Baretti (quoted in Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson) is verified via any other source than
But in the original journal entry for February 13, 1766 Boswell identifies the quotation as Baretti's. (See "Boswell On The Grand Tour; Italy, Corsica, & France," page 281. McGraw-Hill, 1955; edited by Frank Brady & Frederick A. Pottle.)
and the reference to "Croker correctly supposed."
I only ask because only a few sentences after the "I hate mankind" quote, there is the statement
I named Hume.
I am not clear on who is saying "I named Hume." Is is Boswell?
And some give the impression, or interpretation, that this whole exchange is about David Hume, as in this webpage
It is interesting information that Boswell entered the Baretti attribution in his journals, but for some reason that note did not make into the book "Life of Johnson."
Frank's website is extremely thorough. I had not been to it before and I am very glad to be made aware of it. Very impressive.