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Introduction—Character of Dr. Johnson—He arrives

in Scotland ........ 1

Aug. 15 Sir W. Forbes—Practice of the law—Emigration—Dr.

1773. Beattie and Mr. Hume—Dr. Robertson—Mr. Burke's

various and extraordinary talents—Question concern-

ing genius—Whitfield and Wesley—Instructions to

political parties—Dr. Johnson's opinion of Garrick as

a tragedian 12

16. Ogden on Prayer—Aphoristic writing—Edinburgh sur-

veyed—Character of Swift's works—Evil spirits and

witchcraft—Lord Monboddo and the Ouran Outang . 24

17. Poetry and Dictionary-writing—Scepticism—Eternal

necessity refuted—Lord Hailes' criticism on The

Vanity of Human Wishes—Mr. Maclaurin—Decision

of the judges in Scotland on literary property . . 32

18. Set out for the Hebrides—Sketch of the Author's cha-

racter—Trade of Glasgow—Suicide—Inch Keith—

Parliamentary know ledge—Influence of Peers—Popu-

lar clamours—Arrive at St. Andrew's ... 36

19. Dr. Watson—Literature and patronage—Writing and

conversation compared—Change of manners—The

Union—Value of money—St. Andrew's and John

Knox—Retirement from the world—Dinner with the

Professors—Question concerning sorrow and content

—Instructions for composition—Dr. Johnson's method

—Uncertainty of memory 12

20. Effect of Prayer—Observance of Sunday—Professor

Shaw—Transubstantiation—Literary property—Mr.

Tyers' remark on Dr. Johnson—Arrive at Montrose. 50

21. Want of trees—Laurence Kirk—Dinner at Monboddo

—Emigration—Homer—Biography and history com-
pared—Decrease of learning—Causes of it—Promo-
tion of bishops—Warburton—Lowth—Value of polite-


Aug. ness—Dr. Johnson's sentiments concerning Lord Mon-

boddo—Arrive at Aberdeen ..... 55

22. Professor Thomas Gordon—Public and private educa-

tion— Sir Alexander Gordon—Trade of Aberdeen—

Prescription of murder in Scotland—Mystery of the

Trinity—Satisfaction of Christ—Importance of old

friendships 63

23. Dr. Johnson made a burgess of Aberdeen—Dinner at

Sir Alexander Gordon's—Warburton's powers of in-

vective—His doctrine of Grace—Locke's verses—

Pingal 68

24. Breakfast at Ellon—Goldsmith and Graham—Slains

Castle—Education of children—The liuller of Buchan

—Entails—Importance of Peers—Sir Joshua Key-

nolds—Earl of Erml....... 72

25. The advantage of being on good terms with relations—

Xabobs—Feudal state of subordination—Dinner at

Sirichen—Life of country gentlemen—The Literary

Club 80

26. Lord Monboddo—Use and importance of wealth—Elgin

—Gordon Castle—Macbeth's heath—Fores . . 84

27. Leonidas—Paul Whitehead—Derrick—Origin of evil—

Calder Manse—Reasonableness of ecclesiastical sub-

scription—Family worship 90

28. Fort George—Sir AdolphusOughton—Contest between

Warburton and Louth—Dinner at Sir Eyre Coote's

—Arab and English ooldiers compared—The stage—

Mr. Garrick—Mrs. Gibber, Mrs. Pritchard, Mrs.

'Jlive—Inverness ... . ... 95

29. Macbeth's Castle—Incorrectness of writers of travels—

Coinage of new words—Dr. Johnson's Dictionary . 100

30. Dr. Johnson on horseback—A Highland hut—Fort Au-

gustus—Governor Trapaud 102

31. Anoch—Emigration—Goldsmith—Poets and soldiers

compared—Life of a siilor—Landlord's daughter at

Anoch 105

Sept. 1. Glensheal—The Macraas—Dr. Johnson's anger at being

left for a little while by the Author on a wild plain—

Wretched inn at Glenelg 110

2. Dr. Johnson relents—Isle of Sky—Armidalc . . 116

3. Colonel Montgomery, now Earl of Eglintoune . .119

4. Ancient Highland enthusiasm ..... 120

5. Sir James Macdonald's Epitaph, and last letters to his

mother—Dr. Johnson's Latin Ode on the Isle of Sky

—Isaac Hawkins Browne 120

6. Corrichatachin—Highland hospitality and mirth—Dr.

Johnson's Latin Ode to Mrs. Thrale .... 125

7. Uneasy state of dependence on the weather—State of

those who live in the country—Dr. MacPherson's

dissertations—Second sight .... 127


Sept. 8. Rev. Mr. Donald MacQueen—Mr. Malcolm Macleod—

Sail to Rasay—Fingal—Homer—Elegant and gay

entertainment at Rasay 130

9. Antiquity of the family of Rasay—Cure of infidelity . 135

10. Survey of the Island of Rasay—Benlley—Mallet—

Hooke—Duchess of Marlborough . . . .136

11. Heritable jurisdictions—Insular life—The Laird of

Macleod 143

12. Sail to Portree—Dr. Johnson's Discourse on death—

Letters from Lord Elibank to Dr. Johnson and the

author—Dr. Johnson's answer—Ride to Kingsburgh

— Flora Macdonald 143

13. Distresses and escape of the grandson of King James II.

—Arrive at Dun vegan . . . . .151

14. Importance of the chastity of women—Dr. Cadogan—

Whether the practice of authors is necessary to enforce

their doctrines—Good-humour to be acquired . . 176

15. Sir George Mackenzie—Mr. Burke's wit, knowledge,

and eloquence .178

16. Dr. Johnson s hereditary melancholy—His minute know-

ledge in various arts—Apology for the author's

ardour in his pursuits—Dr. Johnson's imaginary

seraglio—Polygamy 180

17. Cunning—Whether groat abilities are necessary to be

wicked—Temple of the Goddess Anaitis—Family

portraits—Records not consulted by old English his-

torians—Mr. Pennant's Tours criticized . . . 182

IS. Ancient residence of a Highland chief—Languages

the pedigree of nations—The Laird of the Isle of

Muck 187

19. Choice of a wife—Women an overmatch for men—Lady

Grunge in St. Kilda—Poetry of savages—French

Literati—Prize-fighting, French and English soldiers

—Duelling 191

20. Changeof London manners— Lazinesscensured—Landed

and traded interests compared—Gratitude considered 195

21. Description of Dunvegan—Lord Loval's pyramid—Ride

to Ulinish—Phipps's Voyage to the Isorth Pole . 198

22. Subterraneous house and vast cave in Ulinish—Swift's

Lord Orrery—Defects as well as virtues the proper
subject of biography, though the life be written by a
friend—Studied conclusions of letters—Whether al-
lowable in dying men to maintain resentment to the
last—Instructions for writing the lives of literary men
—Fingal denied to be genuine, and pleasantly ridiculed 20!

23. Further disquisition on Fingal—Eminent men discon-

certed by a new mode of public appearance—Gar-
rick, Johnson and Boswell on—Mrs. Montague's Essay
on Shakespeare—Persons of consequence watched in
London—Learning of the Scots from 1550 to 1650—


Sept. The arts of civil life little known in Scotland till the

Union—Life of a sailor—The folly of Peter the Great
in working in a dockyard—Arrival at Talisker—
Presbyterian clergy deficient in learning . . . 206

24. Flench hunting—Young Col—Dr. Birch—Dr. Percy—

Lord Hailes—Historical impartiality—Whiggism un-

becoming in a clergyman 216

25. Every island a prison—A Sky cottage—Return to Cor-

riehatachin—Good-fellowship carried to excess . . 218

26. Morning review of last night's intemperance—Old Kings-

burgh's Jacobite song—Lady Margaret Macdonald

adored in Sky—Different views of the same subject at

different times—Self-deception . . . . .221

27. Dr. Johnson's popularity in Sky—His good-humoured

gaiety with a Highland lady ..... 224

28. Ancient Irish pride of family—Dr. Johnson on thresh-

ing and thatching—Dangerous to increase the price

of labour—Arrive at Ostig—Dr. Macpl.erson's Latin

poetry 225

29. Rev. Mr. Macphcrson—Shenstone — Hammond—Sir

Charles Hanbury Williams 229

30. Mr. Burke the first man everywhere—Very moderate

talents requisite to make a figure in the House of

Commons—Dr. Young—Dr. Doddridge—Increase of

infidel writings since the accession of the Hanover

family—Gradual impression made by Dr. Johnson—

Particular minutes to be kept of our studies . . 231

Oct. 1. Dr. Johnson not answerable for all the words in his Dic-

tionary—Attacks on authors useful to them—Return

to Armidale 234

2. Old manners of great families in Wales—German courts

—Goldsmith's love of talk — Emigration—Curious

story of the people of St. Kilda 235

3. Epictetus on the voyage of death—Sail for Mull—A

storm—Driven into Col 239

4. Dr. Johnson relates his mode of living in the Temple—

His curious appearance on a sheltie—Nature of sea-

sickness—Burnet's History of his own Times—Diffe-

rence between dedications and histories . . . 243

5. People may come to do any thing by talking of it—The

Reverend Mr. Hector Maclean—Bayle—Leibnitz and

Clarke — Survey of Col — Insular life—Arrive at

Breacacha—Dr. Johnson's powers of ridicule . . 246

6. Heritablejurisdictions—The opinion of philosophers con-

cerning happiness in a cottage, considered—Advice to

landlords 251

7. Books the best solace in a state of confinement . . 252

S. Pretended brother of Dr. Johnson—No redress for a

man's name being affixed to a foolish work—Lady

Sidney Beauclerk—Carte's Life of the Duke of Or-


inond—Col's cabinet—Letters of the great Montrose
—Present state of the island of Col .... 253

9. Dr. Johnson's avidity for a variety of books—Improba-

bility of a Highland tradition—Dr. Johnson's delicacy

of feeling 261

10. Dependence of tenants on landlords .... 262

11. London and Pekin compared — Dr. Johnson's high

opinion of the former 263

12. Return to Mr. M'Sweyn's—Other superstitions beside

those connected with religion—Dr. Johnson disgusted

with coarse manners—His peculiar habits. . . 203

13. Bustle not necessary to despatch—Oats the food not of

the Scotch ulone 266

14. Arrive in Mull—Addison's Remarks on Italy—Addison

not much conversant with Italian literature—The

French masters of the art of accommodating litera-

ture— Their Ana—Racine—Corneille — Molidre—

Fenelon—Voltaire—Bossuet—Massillon— Bourda-

loue—Virgil's description of the entrance into hell

compared to a printing-house 267

15. Erse poetry—Danger of a knowledge of music—The

propriety of settling our affairs so as to be always

prepared for death—Religion and literary attainments

not to be described to young persons as too hard—

Reception of the travellers in their progress—Spence 271

16. Miss Maclean—Account of Mull—The value of an oak

walking-stick in the Hebrides—Arrive at Mr. McQuar-

rie'sin Ulva—Captain Macleod—Second Sight—iter-

chela Mulierum and Borough-English—The grounds

on which the sale of an estate may be set aside in a

court of equity 274

17. Arrive at Inchkenneth — Sir Allan Maclean and his

daughters—None but theological books should be read

on Sunday—Dr. Campbell—His Political Survey—

Dr. Johnson exhibited as a Highlander—Thoughts on

drinking—Dr. Johnson's Latin verses on Inchkenneth. 278

lb. Young Col's various good qualities—No extraordinary

talents requisite to success in trade—Dr. Solander—

Mr. Burke—Dr. Johnson's intrepidity and presence

of mind —Singular custom in the islands of Col and

Otaheite—Further eulogium on young Col—Credu-

lity of a Frenchman in foreign countries . - . 283

I'.i. Death of young Col.—Dr. Johnson slow to believe with-

out strong evidence—La creduliti des incrcdules—-

Coast of Mull—Nun's Island—Past scenes pleasing in

recollection—Land on Icolmkill 287

211. Sketch of the ruins at Icolmkill—Influence of solemn

scenes of piety—Feudal authority in the extreme^—

Return to Mull 291

21. Pulteney—Pilt—Walpole—Mr. Wilkes—English and

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