What's the meaning of as little as he decently could in the following paragraph? Many thanks!
Does it imply that Samuel Johnson wrote as little as possible in the late of his life?
In 1762 the government gave Samuel Johnson aspecial pension which freed him from the burden of "writing for a living." So during the last twenty years of his life he wrote as little as he decently could and enjoyed a pleasant and easy life, sort of as a literary authority, talking about and commenting on literature and literary men in his famous Literary Club.