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I am very happy to find that Dr. Blacklock's apparent uneasiness on the subject of Scepticism was not on his own account (as I sup

I posed), but from a benevolent concern for the happiness of mankind. With respect, however, to the question concerning poetry, and composing a dictionary, I am confident that my state of Dr. Johnson's position is accurate. One may misconceive the motive by which a person is induced to discuss a particular topic (as in the case of Dr. Blacklock's speaking of Scepticism); but an assertion, like that made by Dr. Johnson, cannot be easily mistaken. And indeed it seems not very probable, that he who so pathetically laments the drudgery to which the unhappy lexicographer is doomed, and is known to have written his splendid imitation of Juvenal with astonishing rapidity, should have had as much pleasure in writing a sheet of a dictionary as a sheet of poetry. Nor can I concur with the ingenious writer of the foregoing letter, in thinking it an axiom as evident as any in Euclid, that “poetry is of easier execution than lexicography.” I have no doubt that Bailey, and the "mighty blunderbuss of law," Jacob, wrote ten pages of their respective Dictionaries with more ease than they could have written five pages of poetry.

If this book should again be reprinted, I shall, with the utmost readiness correct any errors I may have committed, in stating conversations, provided it can be clearly shewn to me that I have been inaccurate. But I am slow to believe (as I have elsewhere observed) that any man's memory, at the distance of several years, can preserve facts or sayings with such fidelity as may be done by writing them down when they are recent: and I beg it may be remembered, that it is not upon memory, but upon what was written at the time, that the authenticity of my Journal rests.

No. II.



VIATOR O qui nostra per æquora
Visurus agros Skiaticos venis,
En te salutantes tributim

Undique conglomerantur oris.
Donaldiani-quotquot in insulis
Compescit arctis limitibus mare;
Alitque jamdudum, ac alendos

Piscibus indigenas fovebit.
Ciere fluctus siste, Procelliger,
Nec tu laborans perge, precor, ratis,
Ne conjugem plangat marita,

Ne doleat soboles parentem.
Nec te vicissim poeniteat virum
Luxisse; vestro scimus ut æstuant
In corde luctantes dolores,

Cum feriant inopina corpus
Quidni ! peremptum clade tuentibus
Plus semper illo qui moritur pati
Datur, doloris dum profundos

Pervia mens aperit recessus.
Valete luctus; hinc lacrymabiles
Arcete visus : ibimus, ibimus
Superbienti qua theatro

Fingaliæ memorantur aulæ
Illustris hospes ! mox spatiabere
Qua mens ruinæ ducta meatibus
Gaudebit explorare cætus,

Buccina qua cecinit triumphos ;
Audin P resurgens spirat anhelitu
Dux usitato, suscitat efficax
Foeta manes, ingruitque

Vi solitâ redivivus horror.
Abæna quassans tela gravi manu
Sic ibat atrox Ossiani pater:
Quiescat urnå, stet fidelis

Phersonius vigil ad favillam.


The following is an index to BOSWELL'S LIFE OF JOHNSON, 4 vols.,

Illustrated London Library. The “ Tour to the Hebrides” is
designated as vol. v.

ABERCROMBIE, James, Philadelphia,

sends author two letters from Dr.

J. to American gentlemen, ii. 134.
Aberdeen, city of, visited by J. and

Boswell, v. 56; its former con-
dition, 57 ; its University system
similar to that at Oxford, 57; free-

dom of city conferred on Dr. J., 62.
Abington, Mrs., the actress, ii. 208,

210, 224.
Absenteeism, its effects discussed, iii.

119, 167.
Abstemiousness easier to Dr. J. than

temperance, i. 272 ; v. 169.
Absurdities, use of delineating, iv.19.
Abuse, difference between coarse and

refined, iv. 203.
Abyssinia, Lobo’s voyage to, i. 35;

iii. 5.
Academy, Royal, Dr. J. made Pro-

fessor of Ancient Literature in, ii.
49; Della Crusca Academy at
Florence send J. their “ Vocabu-

lario,” i. 168.
Accent, Scotch, may be overcome by

perseverance ; instance of Mallet,

ii. 105.
Accounts, remarks on keeping,

iv. 126.
Acquaintances, desirableness of ex-

tending, i. 168; iv. 125; J.’s

early, i. 134.
Acting, observations on, iv. 167 ;

y. 90.
Active sports recommended to the

young by Lord Chesterfield, i. 10.
Adams, Rev. Dr., master of Pem-

broke College, Oxford-his ac-
count of J.'s arrival at Oxford,

i. 18; his character of J. at col-
lege, i. 26 ; conversation with J.
on his Dictionary, i. 99 ; his ac-
count of the representation of
“Irene,” i. 106; serious talk with
J. on his last visit to Oxford,

iv. 255.
Addison, Joseph, his Notanda, i.

111; his style, i. 123; his literary
character, i. 246 ; found himself
unfit for conversation, ii. 165;
in delicate humour superior to
Swift, 26, 246; corrects Budgell's
writings, iii. 28; conduct to Steele,
iv. 42, 69; readings in J.'s life

of, 43.
Adelphi Terrace, residences of Beau-

clerk and Garrick, iv. 74.
Adey, Miss, Lichfield, i. 4 ; iii. 275.
Admiration and judgment com-

pared, ii, 231.
“ Adventurer, The,” J.'s contribu-

tions to, i. 113.
“ Adventures of a Guinea," v. 218.
Adversaries not to be treated with

respect, v. 13.
“ Adversoria, or Hints for Essays,"

J.'s, i. 111.
Adultery, heinousness of, ii. 42; v.

Affectation, J.'s aversion to, iv. 26;

Swift's, 29; in letter-writing, v.

189; in dying men, v. 314.
Affection, natural, iii. 261; iv. 147.
Agriculture, Marshall's Minutes of,

iii. 210; iv. 45.
Aiken, Miss (Mrs. Barbauld), her

early education, ii. 262; best imi.
tator of J.'s style, iii. 116.


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Akenside’s “Pleasures of Imagina-

tion,” ii. 108; a superior poet to

Gray and Mason, iii. 19.
Akerman, Mr., keeper of Newgate,

brave conduct of, during the riots

of 1780, iii. 289.
Alberti, Leandro, his “Description

of Italy,” ii. 223.
Alchymy, J.'s partial belief in, ii.

Alcibiades' dog, antique marble, iii.

Alfred, J. contemplates writing life

of, i. 94; his will, iv. 99.
Allan of Muidart, Captain of Clan-

ronald, song in praise of, v.

Allen, Mr., the printer, iii. 181; iv.

69; his death, 238.
Alnwick Castle, Pennant's descrip-

tion of, iii. 182.
" Ambassador says well,” phrase of,

iii. 275.
" Amelia,” Fielding's novel of, Dr.

J. read through without stopping,

iii. 26.
America, payment of army in, iv.

77; J. writes on the subject of, ii.
190; the American war, iv. 63

(see Johnson).
Amusements, a man's character

found out by, iv. 215; those of

J.'s leisure hours, iii. 267.
Ana, the French, v. 247.
“Anacreon," Baxter's translation

of, v. 300.

, supposed temple of, in

Skye, v. 172, 174.
Anatomy of Melancholy, J.'s admi-

ration of, ii. 81, 283.
Ancient times inferior to modern,

iv. 151.
Anderson, Professor, Glasgow,v. 296.
Anderson, Mr., Glasgow, relates

anecdotes of J., v. 295.
Andrews, St., town of, v. 36;

cathedral, 40; castle, 41.
Anne, Queen, touches J. for the

king's evil; and his remembrance

of her, i. 7.
Anecdotes, J.'s regard for, v. 20.
Annihilation, remarks on, iii. 198.
Anonymous publications, right to

deny, iii. 254.
Anoch in Glenmoriston, v. 101.

Arches, semi-circular and elliptical,

i. 200.
Architecture, J.'s disapproval of

ornamental, ii. 282.
Argument and testimony defined,

iv. 192.
Argyle, Archibald, Duke of, a nar-
row man, v. 275.

John, fifth Duke of, J. visits
at Inverary, v. 281 ; letter from
the Duke, and J.'s answer, 289.

Elizabeth Gunning, Duchess
of, dislikes Boswell, but is very

attentive to J., v. 285.
Aristotle, his doctrine on the pur-

pose of tragedy, iii. 23; saying of,

iv. 14.
Armidale, Isle of Skye, v. 112, 218.
Armorial bearings, antiquity of, ii.

Arms, piling of, why insisted upon,

iii. 240; collection at Inverary

Castle, v. 282.
Army, officers of the, well received in

society, iii. 7; ignorance of, v.316.
Articles, subscription to the thirty-

nine, ii. 69, 101; v. 86.
Ashbourne, J.'s visits to, ii. 93, 305;

iii, 88, 91; iv. 100.
Astle, Rev. Mr., J.'s advice to, on
his studies, iv. 212.

Thomas, Esq., letter to, on
will of King Alfred, iv. 99.
Aston, Sir Thomas, and family, i. 32.

Mrs. Elizabeth, ii. 292, 302 ;
iii. 88.

-, Molly, i. 32 ; iii. 230, 276;
iv. 46.
Atheism, v. 29.
Atonement, doctrine of, iv. 91; v. 60.
Attachment, family, not much occa-

sion for, in this commercial coun-
try, ii. 116.

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