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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.
August 18. Set out for the Hebrides. Sketch of the
authour's character. Trade of Glasgow. Suicide.
Inchkeith. Parliamentary knowledge. Influence
of Peers. Popular clamours. Arrive at St. An-
August 19. Dr. Watson. Literature and patronage.
Writing and conversation compared. Change of
Value of money.
Andrews and John Knox. Retirement from the
world. Dinner with the Professors, Question
August 28. Fort George. Sir Adolphus Oughton. Con.
test between Warburton and Lowth. Dinner at Sir
September 5. Sir James Macdonald's epitaph and last letter
to his mother. Dr. Johnson's Latin ode on the Isle of
September 22, Subterraneous house and vast cave in