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to the favour by cominunicating his name to me in a very obliging letter.

It would be an idle waste of time to take any particular notice of the futile remarks, to many of which, a petty national resentment, unworthy of my countrymen, has probably given rise; remarks, which have been industriously circulated in the publick prints by shallow or envious cavillers, who have endeavoured to persuade the world that Dr. Johnson's character has been lessened by recording such various instances of his lively wit and acute judgment, on every topick that was presented to his mind. In the opinion of every person of taste and knowledge that I have conversed with, it has been greatly heightened; and I will venture to predict, that this specimen of the colloquial talents and extemporaneous effusions of my illustrious fellow-traveller will become still more valuable, when, by the lapse of time, he shall have become an ancient ; when all those who can now bear testimony to the transcendent powers of his mind shall have passed away, and no other memorial of this great and good man shall remain but the following “Journal,” the other anecdotes and letters preserved by his friends, and those incomparable works which have for many years been in the highest estimation, and will be read and admired as long as the English language shall be spoken or understood.

J. B.


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N. B.-To those which he himself acknowledged is added acknowl. To those which may be fully believed to be his from internal evidence is added intern, evid. 1735. ABRIDGMENT and translation of Lobo's Voyage to Abyssinia,


1 I do not here include his poetical works; for, excepting his Latin translation of Pope's Messiah, his London, and his Vanity of Human Wishes, imitated from Ju. venal; his Prologue on the opening of Drury-lane Theatre by Mr. Garrick, and his Irene, a Tragedy, they are very numerous, and in general short; and I have promised a coinplete edition of them, in which I shall, with the utmost care, ascertain their authenticity, and illustrate them with notes and various readings. Boswell. (The meaning of this sentence, and particularly of the word excepting, is not very clear. Perhaps Mr. Boswell wrote, “they are not very numerous,” which would be less obscure. ED.)

1738. Part of a translation of Father Paul Sarpi's History of the

Council of Trent, acknowl. N. B.-As this work, after some sheets were printed, suddenly stopped, I know not whether any part of it is now to be found.

Preface, intern. evid.

Life of Father Paul, acknowl. 1739. A complete vindication of the Licenser of the Stage from the

malicious and scandalous aspersions of Mr. Brooke, author

of Gustavus Vasa, acknowl. Marmor Norfolciense : or an Essay on an ancient prophetical

inscription in monkish rhyme, lately discovered near Lynne in Norfolk, by PROBUS BRITANNICUS, acknowl.

Life of Boerhaave, acknowl.
Address to the Reader, intern. evid.
Appeal to the Publick in behalf of the Editor, intern. erid.
Considerations on the case of Dr. Trapp's Sermons; a plausible

attempt to prove that an author's work may be abridged

without injuring his property, acknowl. 1* Address to the Reader in May.


Preface, intern. evid.
Life of Admiral Drake, acknowl.
Life of Admiral Blake, acknowl.
Life of Philip Barretier, acknowl.
Essay on Epitaphs, acknowl.


Preface, intern. evid.
A free translation of the Jests of Hierocles, with an intro-

duction, intern. evid.
Debate on the Humble Petition and Advice of the Rump Par-

liament to Cromwell, in 1657, to assume the title of King;

abridged, methodized, and digested, intern. evid. Translation of Abbé Guyon's Dissertation on the Amazons,

intern. evid. Translation of Fontenelle's Panegyrick on Dr. Morin, intern. 1742.


· [These and several other articles, which are marked with an asterisk, were suggested to Mr. Malone by Mr. Chalmers as probably written by Dr. Johnson; they are there. fore placed in this general list. -ED.)

Preface, intern. evid.
Essay on the Account of the Conduct of the Duchess of Marl-

borough, acknowl.
An Account of the Life of Peter Burman, acknowl.
The Life of Sydenham, afterwards prefixed to Dr. Swan's

edition of his works, acknowl. Proposals for printing Bibliotheca Harleiana, or a Catalogue

of the Library of the Earl of Oxford, afterwards prefixed to the first volume of that catalogue, in which the Latin

accounts of the books were written by him, acknowl. Abridgment, entitled Foreign History, intern. evid. Essay on the Description of China from the French of Du

Halde, intern. evid. 1743. Dedication to Dr. Mead of Dr. James's Medicinal Dictionary,

intern. evid.

Preface, intern. evid.
Parliamentary Debates under the name of Debates in the

Senate of Lilliput from Nov. 19, 1740, to Feb. 23, 1742-3,

inclusive, acknowl. Considerations on the Dispute between Crousaz and Warburton

on Pope's Essay on Man, intern. evid. A Letter, announcing that the Life of Mr. Savage was speedily

to be published by a person who was favoured with his

confidence, intern. evid. Advertisement for Osborne concerning the Harleian Catalogue,

intern. evid. 1744. Life of Richard Savage, acknowl.

Preface to the Harleian Miscellany, acknowl.

FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE. Preface, intern. evid. 1745. Miscellaneous Observations on the tragedy of Macbeth, with

remarks on Sir T. H.'s (Sir Thomas Hanmer's) Edition of Shakspeare, and proposals for a new Edition of that

Poet, acknowl. 1747. Plan for a Dictionary of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE, addressed

to Philip Dormer, Earl of Chesterfield, acknowl.

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FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE. * Lauder's Proposals for printing the Adamus Exul of Grotius. [Abridgment of Foreign History, Gent. Mag. 1794, p. 1001.]

1748. Life of Roscommon, acknoul.
Foreign History, November, intern. evid.

Preface, acknowl.
Vision of Theodore the Hermit, acknowl.

FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE. 1749. * Letter on Fire Works.

1750. The RAMBLER, the first paper of which was published 20th

of March this year, and the last 17th of March, 1752, the

day on which Mrs. Johnson died', acknowl. Letter in the General Advertiser to excite the attention of the

publick to the performance of Comus, which was next day to be acted at Drury-lane playhouse for the benefit of Milton's

grand-daughter, acknowl.
Preface and Postscript to Lauder's Pamphlet, entitled “ An

Essay on Milton's Use and Imitation of the Moderns in his
Paradise Lost,” acknowl.

Address to the Publick concerning Miss Williams's Mis-

cellanies. 1751. Life of Cheynel, in the Miscellany called “The Student,"

acknowl. Letter for Lauder, addressed to the Reverend Dr. John

Douglas, acknowledging his fraud concerning Milton in

terms of suitable contrition, acknowl. Dedication to the Earl of Middlesex of Mrs. Charlotte Len

nox's “ Female Quixote,” intern. evid.


* Criticism on Moore's Gil Blas. 1753. Dedication to John, Earl of Orrery, of Shakspeare illustrated,

by Mrs. Charlotte Lennox, acknowl. During this and the following year he wrote and gave to hiş.

much loved friend, Dr. Bathurst, the papers in the Adventurer, signed T., acknowl.


i This is a mistake. The last number of the Rambler appeared on the 14th of March, three days þefore Mrs. Johnson died. See vol. 1. p. 195.-MALONE,

FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE. * Preface. * Notice of Mr. Edward Cave's death, inserted in the last

page of the index. 1754. Life of Edward Cave, in the Gentleman's Magazine, acknowl.

FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE. * Preface. 1755. A DICTIONARY, with a Grammar and History, of the ENGLISH

LANGUAGE, acknowl.
An Account of an Attempt to ascertain the Longitude at Sea,

by an exact Theory of the Variations of the Magnetical
Needle, with a Table of the Variations at the most remark-
able cities in Europe, from the year 1660 to 1780, acknowl.
This he wrote for Mr. Zachariah Williams, an ingenious
ancient Welsh gentleman, father of Mrs. Anna Williams,
whom he for many years kindly lodged in his house. It
was published with a translation into Italian by Signor
Baretti. In a copy of it, which he presented to the Bod-
leian Library at Oxford, is pasted a character of the late
Mr. Zachariah Williams, plainly written by Johnson, intern.

evid. 1756. An Abridgment of his Dictionary, acknowl.

Several Essays in the Universal Visiter, which there is some

difficulty in ascertaining. All that are marked with two asterisks have been ascribed to him, although I am confident, from internal evidence, that we should except from these ~ The Life of Chaucer,"

," " Reflections on the State of Portugal," and "An Essay on Architecture." And from the same evidence I am confident that he wrote “ Further Thoughts on Agriculture” and “A Dissertation on the State of Literature and Authours.” The Dissertation on the Epitaphs, written by Pope, he afterwards acknowledged,

and added to his “ Idler.” Life of Sir Thomas Browne, prefixed to a new edition of his

Christian Morals, acknowl.
began in January, 1756.

His ORIGINAL Essays are,
The Preliminary Address, intern. evid.
An Introduction to the Political State of Great Britain, intern.

evid. Remarks on the Militia Bill, intern. evid. Observations on his Britannick Majesty's Treaties with the


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