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called for their cloaks. Lord Cadogan's servant, a goodhumoured alert lad, brought his lordship's in a minute. The duke's servant, a lazy sulky dog, was so sluggish, that his grace being wet to the skin, reproved him, and had for answer with a grunt, "I came as fast as I could;" upon which the duke calmly said," Cadogan, I would not for a thousand pounds have that fellow's temper."

There are some men, I believe, who have, or think they have, a very small share of vanity. Such may speak of their literary fame in a decorous style of diffidence. But I confess, that I am so formed by nature and by habit, that to restrain the effusion of delight, on having obtained such fame, to me would be truly painful. Why then should I suppress it? Why "out of the abundance of the heart" should I not speak? Let me then mention with a warm, but no insolent exultation, that I have been regaled with spontaneous praise of my work by many and various persons eminent for their rank, learning, talents, and accomplishments; much of which praise I have under their hands to be reposited in my archives at Auchinleck. An honourable and reverend friend, speaking of the favourable reception of my volumes, even in the circles of fashion and elegance, said to me, you have made them all talk Johnson."-Yes, I may add, I have Johnsonised the land; and I trust they will not only talk, but think Johnson.

To enumerate those to whom I have been thus indebted, would be tediously ostentatious. I cannot, however, but name one, whose praise is truly valuable, not only on account of his knowledge and abilities, but on account of the magnificent, yet dangerous embassy, in which he is now employed, which makes every thing that relates to him peculiarly interesting. Lord Macartney favoured me with his own copy of my book, with a number of notes, of which I have availed myself. On the first leaf I found in his lordship's hand-writing, an inscription of such high commendation, that even I, vain as I am, cannot prevail on myself to publish it.

July 1, 1793.





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. Abridgement and translation of Lobo's Voyage to Abyssinia; acknowl. 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 Norfolsciense: 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. evid.

Considerations on the case of Dr. Trapp's Sermons; a plausible atthat an author's work may be abridged without injuring his property; acknowl.

tempt to prove


1740. Preface; intern. evid.

Life of admiral Drake; acknowl.

*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 Juvenal; 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 complete edition of them, in which I shall with the utmost care ascertain their authenticity, and illustrate them with notes and various readings.

Life of admiral Blake; acknowl.

Life of Philip Barretier; acknowl.

Essay on Epitaphs; acknowl.


1741. Preface; intern. evid.

A free translation of the Jests of Hierocles, with an introduction; intern. evid.

Debate on the Humble Petition and Advice of the Rump Parliament to
Cromwell in 1657, to assume the title of king; abridged, methodised,
and digested; intern. evid.

Translation of Abbe Guyon's Dissertation on the Amazons; intern. evid.
Translation of Fontenelle's Panegyrick on Dr. Morin; intern. evid.


1742. Preface; intern. evid.

Essay on the Account of the Conduct of the Duchess of Marlborough ; 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.

Abridgement, 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 Lil-
liput, 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.

Advertisement for Osborne concerning the Harleian Catalogue; intern. evid.

1744. Life of Richard Savage; acknowl.

Preface to the Harleian Miscellany; acknowl.


1744. Preface; intern. evid.

1745. Miscellaneous Observations on the Tragedy of Macbeth, with remarks on sir T. H.ʼs (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.


1748. Life of Roscommon; acknowl.

Foreign History, November; intern. evid.


Preface; acknowl.

Vision of Theodore the Hermit; acknowl.

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.

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 Lennox's Female

Quixote; intern. evid.

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 his much

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


1754. Life of Edw. Cave, in the Gentleman's Magazine; acknowl.

1755. A Dictionary, with a Grammar and History, of the English Language;


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 remarkable cities in Europe, from the year 1660 to 1860; acknowl. This he wrote for Mr. Zachariah Williams,

*This date is not accurate. The concluding Rambler was published on the 14th of March, three days before Mrs. Johnson died. See Prefatory Notice to the Rambler in the second volume of the Oxford edition of Johnson's Works.-ED.




an ingenious ancient Welch 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 Bodleian library at Oxford, is pasted a character of the late Mr. Zachariah Williams, plainly written by Johnson; intern. evid.

1756. An Abridgement 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 as-
cribed 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 Agricul-
ture, and a Dissertation on the State of Literature and Authors. The
Dissertation on the Epitaphs written by Pope he afterwards acknow-
ledged, and added to his Idler.

Life of sir Thomas Browne, prefixed to a new edition of his Christian
Morals; acknowl.

In the Literary Magazine; or, Universal Review, which 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 Empress of
Russia and the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel; intern. evid.
Observations on the Present State of Affairs; intern. evid.
Memoirs of Frederick the Third, king of Prussia; intern. evid.

In the same Magazine his reviews are of the following books: Birch's
History of the Royal Society. Browne's Christian Morals. War-
ton's Essay on the Writings and Genius of Pope, vol. i. Hampton's
Translation of Polybius. Sir Isaac Newton's Arguments in proof of
a Deity. Borlase's History of the Isles of Scilly. Home's Experi-
ments on Bleaching. Browne's History of Jamaica. Hales on Dis-
tilling Sea Waters, Ventilators in Ships, and curing an ill Taste in
Milk. Lucas's Essay on Waters. Keith's Catalogue of the Scottish
Bishops. Philosophical Transactions, vol. xlix. Miscellanies by
Elizabeth Harrison. Evans's Map and Account of the Middle Colo-
nies in America. The Cadet, a Military Treatise. The Conduct of
the Ministry relating to the 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 con

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