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who have endeavoured to persuade the world that Dr. Johnson's character has been lessened by recording such various instances of his lively wit and acute judgment, on every topick that was presented to his mind. In the opinion of every person of taste and knowledge that I have conversed with, it has been greatly heightened ; and I will venture to predict, that this specimen of the colloquial talents and extemporaneous effusions of my illustrious fellow-traveller will become still more valuable, when, by the lapse of time, he shall have become an ancient; when all those who can now bear testimony to the transcendent powers of his mind shall have passed away; and no other memorial of this great and good man shall remain but the following Journal, the other anecdotes and letters preserved by his friends, and those incomparable works, which have for many years been in the highest estimation, and will be read and admired as long as the English language shall be spoken or understood.

J. B. LONDON, 15th August, 1786.

world. Dinner with the Professors, Question

concerning 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 pro-

perty. Mr. Tyer's remark on Dr. Johnson. Ar-

rive at Montrose

.. 56

August 21. Want of trees. Laurence Kirk. Dinner

at Monboddo. Emigration. Homer. Biography

and history compared. Decrease of learning. Cau-

ses of it.
Promotion cf bishops.


Lowth. Value of Politeness. Dr. Johnson's senti-

ments concerning Lord Monboddo. Arrive at Aber-



August 22. Professor Thomas Gordon. Publick and

private education. Sir Alexander Gordon. Trade of

Aberdeen. Prescription of murder in Scotland.

Mystery of the Trinity. Satisfaction of Christ.

Importance of old friendships ....


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.


.... 93

August 26. Lord Monboddo. Use and importance of

wealth. Elgin.

Macbeth's heath. Fores ...... 98

August 27. Leonidas. Paul Whitehead. Derrick. Ori.

gin of Evil. Calder-manse. Reasonableness of eccle-

siastical subscription. Family worship .......... 104

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August 28. Fort George. Sir Adolphus Oughton. Con.

test 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. Inverness

.... 109

August 29. Macbeth's Castle. Incorrectness of writers of

Travels. Coinage of new words, Dr. Johnson's

... 116

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


Fort Augustus. Governour Trapaud .....119

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

soldiers compared. Life of a sailor. Landlord's daugh-

ter at Anoch

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 ...

September 2. Dr. Johnson relents. Isle of Sky. Armi-


... 136

September 3. Colonel Montgomery, now Earl of Eglin-


September 4. Ancient Highland Enthusiasm .


September 5. Sir James Macdonald's epitaph and last letter

to his mother. Dr. Johnson's Latin ode on the Isle of
Sky. Isaac Hawkins Browne .



. 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.Pher-

son's Dissertations. Second Sight


September 8. Rev. Mr. Donald M Queen. Mr. Malcolm

M‘Cleod. Sail to Rasay. Fingal, Homer. Elegant

and gay entertainment at Rasay.


September 9. Antiquity of the family of Rasay. Cure

of infidelity.


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

Mallet. Hooke. Duchess of Marlborough ......159

September 11, Heritable jurisdictions. Insular life. The

Laird of M'Cleod ....

... 168

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 Kings-

burgh. Flora M‘Donald


September 13. Distresses and escape of the grandson of

King James II. Arrive at Dunvegan


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

Cadogan. Whether the Practice of authours is neces-

sary to enforce their Doctrines.

Good humour ac-



September 15. Sir George M.Kenzie. Mr. Burke's wit,

knowledge and eloquence


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

minute knowledge in various arts. Apology for the

authour's ardour in his pursuits. Dr. Johnson's imagi-

nary seraglio. Polygamy


September 17. Cunning. Whether great abilities are

necessary to be wicked. Temple of the Goddess

Anaitis. Family portraits. Records not consulted

by old English historians. Mr. Pennant's Tours

criticised ...


September 18. Ancient residence of a Highland Chief.

Languages the pedigree of nations. Laird of the

Isle of Muck


September 19. Choice of a wife. Women an over-match

for men. Lady Grange in St. Kilda. Poetry of


French Literati. Prize-fighting. French

and English soldiers. Duelling ..

.. 227

September 20. Change of London manners. Laziness

censured. Landed and traded interest compared.

Gratitude considered


September 21. Description of Dunvegan. Lord Lovat's

Pyramid. Ride to Ulinish. Phipps's Voyage to the

North Pole


September 22, Subterraneous house and vast cave in

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