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Empress of Russia and the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel,
“ Birch's History of the Royal Society;" “ Browne's
present War, impartially examined,” intern. evid. “ Mrs. Lennox's Translation of Sully's Memoirs;” “Letter on the
Case of Admiral Byng ;" “ Appeal to the People concerning Admiral Byng;" “ Hanway's Eight Days'Journey and Essay on Tea;" “ Some further particulars in Relation to the Case
of Admiral Byng, by a Gentleman of Oxford,” acknowl. Mr. Jonas Hanway having written an angry Answer to the
Review of his Essay on Tea, Johnson, in the same collection, made a reply to it, acknowl. This is the only instance, it is believed, when he condescended to take notice of any thing that had been written against him; and here his chief in
tention seems to have been to make sport. Dedication to the Earl of Rochford of, and Preface to, Mr.
Payne's Introduction to the Game of Draughts, acknowl. Introduction to the London Chronicle, an Evening Paper,
which still subsists with deserved credit, acknowl. *“ Observations on the Foregoing Letter,” i. e. A Letter on
the American Colonies. 1757. Speech on the Subject of an Address to the Throne after the
Expedition to Rochefort; delivered by one of his friends in some publick meeting: it is printed in the Gentleman's Ma
gazine for October, 1785, intern. evid. The first two paragraphs of the Preface to Sir William
Chambers's Designs of Chinese Buildings, &c. acknowl. 1758. The IDLER, which began April 5, in this year, and was con
tinued till April 5, 1760, acknowl.
An Essay on the Bravery of the English Common Soldiers
was added to it, when published in volumes, acknowl. 1759. Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, a Tale, acknowl.
Advertisement for the Proprietors of the Idler against certain
persons who pirated those papers as they came out singly
Gazette, intern. evid.
Dissertation on the Greek Comedy," and the General Con
clusion of the Book, intern. evid. Introduction to the World Displayed, a Collection of Voyages
and Travels, acknowl. Three Letters in the Gazetteer, concerning the best plan for
Blackfriars-bridge, acknowl. 1760, Address of the Painters to George III. on his Accession to the
throne, intern. evid. Dedication of Baretti's Italian and English Dictionary to the
Marquis of Abreu, then Envoy-Extraordinary from Spain
at the Court of Great Britain, intern. evid. Review in the Gentleman's Magazine of Mr. Tytler's acute
and able Vindication of Mary, Queen of Scots, acknowl. Introduction to the Proceedings of the Committee for Clothing
the French Prisoners, acknowl. 1761. Preface to Rolt's Dictionary of Trade and Commerce, acknowl.
Corrections and Improvements for Mr. Gwyn the Architect's
pamphlet, entitled “ Thoughts on the Coronation of George III.” acknowl.
1762. Dedication to the King of the Reverend Dr. Kennedy's
Complete System of Astronomical Chronology unfolding
the Scriptures, 4to edition, acknowl. Preface to the Catalogue of the Artist's Exhibition, intern.
evid. 1763. Character of Collins in the Poetical Calendar, published by
Fawkes and Woty, acknowl.
Ascham's English Works, published by the Reverend Mr.
Graham, of Eton College, in the Critical Review, acknowl.
acknowl. Account of the Detection of the Imposture of the Cock-lane
Ghost, published in the Newspapers and Gentleman's Magazine, acknowl.
1764. Part of a Review of Granger's “Sugar Cane," a Poem, in the
London Chronicle, acknowl.
Review, acknowl. 1765. The Plays of William Shakspeare, in eight volumes, 8vo. with
1766. The Fountains, a Fairy Tale, in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies,
1767. Dedication to the King of Mr. Adams's Treatise on the Globes,
1769. Character of the Reverend Mr. Zachariah Mudge, in the
London Chronicle, acknowl.
1770. The False Alarm, acknowl. 1771. Thoughts on the late Transactions respecting Falkland's
1772. Defence of a Schoolmaster; dictated to me for the House of
tated to me for the Court of Session in Scotland, acknowl.
1773. Preface to Macbean's “Dictionary of Ancient Geography,'
acknowl, Argument in favour of the Rights of Lay Patrons; dictated
to me for the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland,
acknowl. 1774. The Patriot, acknowl. 1775. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, acknowl.
Proposals for publishing the Works of Mrs. Charlotte Lennox,
in 3 volumes, 4to. acknowl. Preface to Baretti's Easy Lessons in Italian and English,
Address of the American Congress, acknowl.
Court of Sessions in Scotland, acknowl.
rupt; dictated to me for the House of Lords, acknowl.
1776. Argument in support of the Right of immediate and personal
Reprehension from the Pulpit ; dictated to me, acknowl. Proposals for publishing an Analysis for the Scotch Çeltick
Language, by the Reverend William Shaw, acknowl.
1777. Dedication to the King of the Posthumous Works of Dr.
Pearce, Bishop of Rochester, acknowl.
to those works, acknowl.
1780. Advertisement for his Friend, Mr. Thrale, to the Worthy
Electors of the Borough of Southwark, acknowl.
1781. Prefaces, biographical and critical, to the Works of the most
eminent English Poets ; afterwards published with the Title
of the Lives of the English Poets, acknowl. Argument on the importance of the Registration of Deeds ;
dictated to me for an Election Committee of the House of
Sins of the World by JESUS CHRIST; dictated to me,
acknowl. Argument in favour of Joseph Knight, an African Negro, who
claimed his Liberty in the Court of Session in Scotland, and
obtained it; dictated to me, acknowl. Defence of Mr. Robertson, Printer of the Caledonian Mercury,
against the Society of Procurators in Edinburgh, for having inserted in his paper a ludicrous paragraph against them; demonstrating that it was not an injurious Libel ; dictated to me, acknowl.
1782. The greatest (part], if not the whole, of a Reply, by the
Reverend Mr. Shaw, to a person at Edinburgh, of the name of Clarke, refuting his arguments for the authenticity of the Poems published by Mr. James Macpherson as Translations from Ossian, intern. evid.
1784. List of the Authors of the Universal History, deposited in the
British Museum, and printed in the Gentleman's Magazine for December, this year, acknowl.
Letters to Mrs. Thrale, acknowl.
Strahan, enjoining him to publish them, acknowl.
of Westminster, and given to the World by the Reverend
Such was the number and variety of the prose works of this extraordinary man, which I have been able to discover, and am at liberty to mention'; but we ought to keep in mind, that there must undoubtedly have been many more which are yet concealed ; and we may add to the account, the numerous letters which he wrote, of which a considerable part are yet unpublished. It is hoped that those persons, in whose possession they are, will favour the world with them.
[This is a strange phrase. What work could it have been that Mr. Boswell was not at liberty to mention? That there was some peculiar meaning here can hardly be doubted. It perhaps may allude to some publications of a jacobite tendency, written in Johnson's earlier days, and which may have been acknowledged in confidence to Boswell ; but this is a mere conjecture. Many of the articles inserted in the foregoing list on internal evidence (particularly those from the magazines) are of very little im. portance, and of very doubtful authenticity. -Ed.]