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INTRODUCTION. Character of Dr. Johnson. He arrives in Scot-


I to 12

August 15. Sir W. Forbes. Practice of the law. Emigration.

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

various and extraordinary talents. Question concerning genius.

Whitfield and Wesley. Instructions to political parties. Dr.

Johnson's opinion of Garrick as a tragedian.


August 16. Ogden on Prayer. Aphoristick writing. Edin-

burgh surveyed. Character of Swift's works. Evil spirits

and witchcraft. Lord Monboddo.


August 17. Poetry and Dictionary-writing. Scepticism. Eter-

nal necessity refuted. Lord Hailes's criticism on The Vanity

of Human Wishes. Mr. Maclaurin. Decision of the Judges

in Scotland on literary property.


August 18. Set out to the Hebrides. Sketch of the authour's

character. Trade of Glasgow. Suicide. Inchkeith. Par-

liamentary knowledge. Influence of Peers. Popular clamours.

Arrive at St. Andrews.


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

and conversation compared. Change of manners. The Union,

Value of money. St. Andrews and John Knox. Retirement

from the world. Dinner with the Professors. Question con-

cerning sorrow and content. Instructions for composition.

Dr. Johnson's method. Uncertainty of memory.


August 20. Effect of prayer. Observance of Sunday. Professor

Shaw. Transubstantiation. Literary property. Mr. Tyers's

remark on Dr. Johnson. Arrive at Montrose.


August 21. Want of trees. Laurence Kirk. Dinner at Mon.

boddo. Emigration. Homer. Biography and history com-
pared. Decrease of learning. Causes of it. Promotion of


bishops. Warburton. Lowth. Value of politeness. Dr.

Johnson's sentiments concerning Lord Monboddo. Arrive at



August 22. Professor Thomas Gordon. Publick and private

education. Sir Alexander Gordon. Trade of Aberdeen. Pre-

scription of murder in Scotland. Mystery of the Trinity. Sa-

tisfaction of Christ. Importance of old friendships. 66

August 23. Dr. Johnson made a burgess of Aberdeen. Dinner

at Sir Alexander Gordon's. Warburton's powers of invective.

His Doctrine of Grace. Lock's verses. Fingal.


August 24. Goldsmith and Graham. Slains castle. Education

of children. Buller of Buchan. Entails. Consequence of

Peers. Sir Joshua Reynolds. Earl of Errol.

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

Nabobs. Feudal state of subordination. Dinner at Strichen.

Life of Country gentlemen. THE LITERARY CLUB.


August 26. Lord Monboddo. Use and importance of wealth.

Elgin. Macbcth's heath. Fores.


August 27. Leonidas. Paul Whitehead. Derrick. Origin of

Evil. Calder-manse. Reasonableness of ecclesiastical sub-

scription. Family worship.


Angust 0.8. Fort George. Sir Adolphus Oughton. Contest

between Warburton and Lowth. Dinner at Sir Eyre Coote's.

Arabs and English soldiers compared. The Stage. Mr.

Garrick, Mrs Cibber, Mrs. Pritchard, Mrs. Clive. Inver-


August 29. Macbeth's castle. Incorrectness of writers of Tra-

vels. Coinage of new words. Dr. Johnson's Dictionary. 107

August 30. Dr. Johnson on horse-back. A Highland hut.

A Fort

Augustus. Governour Trapaud.


August 31. Anoch. Emigration. Goldsmith. Poets and soldiers

compared. Life of a sailor. Landlord's daughter at Anoch. 114

September 1. Glensheal. The Macraas. Dr. Johnson's anger at

being left for a little while by the authour on a wild plain.

Wretched inn at Glenelg.


September2. Dr. Johnson relents. Isle of Sky. Armidale. 127

September 3. Colonel Montgomery, now Earl of Eglintoune. 129

September 4. Ancient Highland Enthusiasm.


September 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.


September 6. Corrichatachin. Highland hospitality and mirth.

Dr. Johnson's Latin ode to Mrs. Thrale.


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

of those who live in the country. Dr. M.Pherson's Disserta-

tions. Second Sight.


September 8. Rev. Mr. Donald M‘Queen. Mr. Malcolm M-Cleod.

Sail to Rasay. Fingal. Homer. Elegant and gay entertain.

ment at Rasay.


September 9. Antiquity of the family of Rasay. Cure of infide-



September 10. Survey of the island of Rasay. Bentley. Mallet.

Hooke. Duchess of Marlborough.


September 11. Heritable jurisdictions. Insular life. The Laird

of M-Cleod.


September 12. Sail to Portree. Dr. Johnson's discourse on death.

Letters from Lord Elibank to Dr. Johnson and the authour.

Dr. Johnson's answer. Ride to Kingsburgh. Flora Mac-



September 13. Distresses and escape of the grandson of King

James II. Arrive at Dunvegan.


September 14. Importance of the chastity of women. Dr. Cado-

gan. Whether the practice of authours is necessary to enforce

their doctrines. Good humour acquirable.


September 15. Sir George Mackenzie.

Sir George Mackenzie. Mr. Burke's wit, know-

ledge, and eloquence.


September 16. Dr. Johnson's hereditary melancholy. His mi-

nute knowledge in various arts. Apology for the authour's

ardour in his pursuits. Dr. Johnson's imaginary seraglio.



September 17. Cunning. Whether great abilities are necessary

to be wicked. Temple of the Goddess Anaitis. Family Por-

traits. Records not consulted by old English historians. Mr.

Pennant's Tours criticised.


September 18. Ancient residence of a Highland Chief. Lan-

guages the pedigree of nations. Laird of the Isle of Muck 207

September 19. Choice of a wife. Women an overmatch for men.

Lady Grange in St. Kilda. Poetry of savages. French lite-

rati. Prize-fighting. French and English soldiers. Duel-



September 20. Change of London manners. Laziness censur-

ed. Landed and traded interest compared. Gratitude consi-



September 21. Description of Dunvegan. Lord Lovat's Py-

ramid. Ride to Ulinish. Phipps's Voyage to the North



September 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 allowable 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.


September 23. Further disquisition concerning Fingal. Eminent

men disconcerted by a new mode of publick appearance. Gar-

rick. Mrs. Montague's Essay on Shakspeare. Persons of

consequence watched in London. Learning of the Scots from

1550 to 1650. 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 dock-yard. Arrive at Talisker. Pres-

byterian clergy deficient in learning.


September 24. French hunting. Young Col. Dr. Birch. Dr.

Percy. Lord Hailes. Historical impartiality. Whiggism

unbecoming in a clergyman.


September 25. Every island a prison. A Sky cottage. Return

to Corrichatachin. Good fellowship carried to excess. 240.

September 26. Morning review of last night's intemperance.

Old Kingsburgh's Jacobite song. Lady Margaret Macdonald

adored in Sky. Different views of the same subject at differ-

ent times. Self-deception.


September 27. Dr. Johnson's popularity in the Isle of Sky. His

good-humoured gaiety with a Highland lady.


September 28. Ancient Irish pride of family. Dr. Johnson on

threshing and thatching. Dangerous to increase the price of

labour. Arrive at Ostig. Dr. M.Pherson's Latin poetry. 248

September 29. Reverend Mr. M.Pherson. Shenstone. Ham-

mond. Sir Charles Hanbury Williams.


September 30. Mr. Burke the first man every where. Very mode-

rate 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. 255

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October 1. Dr. Johnson not answerable for all the words in his

Dictionary. Attacks on authours useful to them. Return to



October 2. Old manners of great families in Wales. German

courts. Goldsmith's love of talk: Emigration. Curious story

of the people of Saint Kilda.


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

storm. Driven into Col.


October 4. Dr Johnson's mode of living in the Temple. His

curious appearance on a sheltie. Nature of sea-sickness.

Burnet's History of his own Times. Difference between dedi-

cations and histories.


October 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.


October 6. Heritable jurisdictions. The opinion of philosophers

concerning happiness in a cottage, considered. Advice to



October 7. Books the best solace in a state of confinement. 280

October 8. 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 Ormond. Col's cabi.

net. Letters of the great Montrose. Present state of the

island of Col.


October 9. Dr. Johnson's avidity for a variety of books. Impro-

bability of Highland tradition. Dr. Johnson's delicacy of feel-



October 10. Dependence of tenants on landlords.


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

opinion of the former.


October 12. Return to Mr. M‘Sweyn's. Other superstitions be-

side those connected with religion. Dr. Johnon disgusted with

coarse manners. His peculiar habits.


October 13. Bustle not necessary to dispatch. Oats the food not

of the Scotch alone.


October 14. Arrive in Mull. Addison's Remarks on Italy. Ad-

dison not much conversant with Italian literature. The
French masters of the art of accomodating literature. Their
Ana. Racine. Corneille. Moliere. Fenelon. Voltaire.

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