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vii able to the readers of this very popular | 1736. ABRIDGEMENT and Translation of Lobo's Voyage work. Some new Notes also have been to Abyssinia. acknowl.

1738. Part of a translation of Father Paul Sarpi's Hisadded, which, as well as the observations in.

tory of the Council of Trent. acknowl. serted in the third edition, and the letters suddenly stopped, I know not whether any part of it is

, now introduced, are carefully included within

now to be found.) crotchets, that the Author may not be answerable for any thing which had not the

For the Gentleman's Magazine. sanction of his approbation. The remarks Preface, intern. evid. of his friends are distinguished as formerly, Life of Father Paul. acknowl. except those of Mr. MALONE, to which the

1739. A complete vindication of the Licenser of the

Stage from the malicious and scandalous asperletier M. is now subjoined. Those to which sions of Mr. Brooke, author of Gustavus Vasa. the letter K. is affixed, were communicated

acknowl. by my learned friend, the Reverend Doctor

Marmor Norfolciense; or, an Essay on an ancient prophetical inscription in monkish ryhme, lately

disKEARNEY, formerly Senior Fellow of Tri. covered near Lynne, in Norfolk : by PRoBUS BRInity College, Dublín, and now beneficed in TANNICUS. acknowl. the diocese of Raphoe in Ireland, of which

For the Gentleman's Magazine. he is Archdeacon.

Life of Boerhaave. acknowl. Of a work which has been before the

Address to the Reader. intern. evid. Publie for thirteen years with increasing Appeal to the Public in behalf of the Editor. intern.

evid. approbation, and of which near four thousand

Considerations on the case of Dr. Trapp's Sermons ; a copies have been dispersed, it is not neces plausible attempt to prove that an Author's work sary to say more; yet I cannot refrain from inay be abridged without injuring his property.

acknowl. adding, that, highly as it is now estimated, it will, I am confident, be still more valued 1740. For the Gentleman's Magasine. by posterity a century hence, when all the

Preface, intern. evid. actors in the scene shall be numbered with Life of Admiral Drake. acknowl. the dead; when the excellent and extraor

Life of Admiral Blake. acknowol.

Life of Philip Barretier. acknowl. dinary man, whose wit and wisdom are here

Essay on Epitaphs. acknowl. recorded, shall be viewed at a still greater distance; and the instruction and enter

1741. For the Gentleman's Magazine. tainment they afford will at once produce Preface. intern. evid. reverential gratitude, admiration, and de.

A free translation of the Jests of Hierocles, with an in

troduction, intern. evid. light.

Debate on the Humble Petition and Advice of the

E. M. Rump Parliament to Cromwell in 1657, to assume June 20, 1804.

the Title of King: abridged, methodized, and di

gested. intern. evid. Translation of Abbé Guyon's Dissertation on the

Amazons. intern. evid. ADVERTISEMENT TO THE Translation of Fontenelle's Panegyric on Dr. Morin.

intern. evid. FIFTH EDITION.

1742 For the Gentleman's Magazine. In this fifth edition some errors of the

Preface. intern. erid. press, which had crept into the text and

Essay on the Account of the Conduct of the Duchess notes, in consequence of repeated impres of Marlborough, acknowl. sions, have been corrected." Two letters An Account of the Life of Peter Burman. acknowl.

The Life of Sydenham, afterwards prefixed to Dr. written by Dr. Jonnson, and several new

Swan's Edition of his Works, acknowl. notes, have been added ; by which, it is Proposals for printing Bibliotheca Harleiana, or a boped, this valuable work is still further Catalogue of the Library of the Earl of Oxford, af

terwards prefixed to the first volume of that Catsimproved.

logue, in which the Latin Accounts of the Books

E. M. were written by him. acknowl.
January 1, 1907.

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 A CHRONOLOGICAL CATALOGUE

Dictionary. intern. evid.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.

Preface. intern. evid. Prose Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Parliamentary Debates under the name of Debates in

the Senate of Lilliput, from Nov. 19, 1740, to Feb. IN. B. To those which he himself acknowledged is

23, 1742-3, inclusive. acknowl. ad led acknowl. To those which may be fully believed

Considerations on the Dispute between Crousaz and to be his from internal evidence, is added intern. evid.]

Warburton on Pope's Essay on Man. intern. evid.

A Letter, announcing that the Life of Mr. Savage was . I do not here include his Poetical Works; for, ex

speedily to be published by a person who was fa

voured with his confidence. intern. evid. cepting his Latin Translation of Pope's Messiah, his Advertisement for Osborne concerning the Harleian Lou, and his Vanity of Human Wishes imitated Catalogue. intern. evid. ft in Juvenal; his Prologue on the opening of Drury 1744. Life of Richard Savage. acknowl. Line Theatre by Mr.Ciarrick, and his Irene, a Tragedy, Preface to the Harleian Misce lany, acknowl. they are very numerous, and in general short; and I baie promised a complete edition of them, in which I

For the Gentieman's Magazine. eball with the utmost care ascertain their authenticity, and illustrate them with notes and various readings. Preface, intern. erid.

1745. Miscellaneous Observations on the Tragedy of

Macbeth, with remarks on Sir T. H.'s (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 LAN

GUAGE, addressed to Philip Dormer, Earl of Ches. terfield. acknowl.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.
1748. Life of Roscommon. acknowl.
Foreign History, November, intern. cvid.

For Mr. Dudsley's Preceptor.
Preface. acknowl.

Vision of Theodore the Hermet, acknowl. 1750. The RANBLER, the first Paper ot' which was pub

lished 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 atten

tion of the Public to the Performance of ('omus, 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, enti

tled, An Essay on Milton's Use and I'mitation 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. Char

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

acknowl. 1755. A DICTIONARY, with a Grammar and History of

the ENGLISH LANGUAGE, acknowl. An Account of an attempt to ascertain the Longitude

at Sea, by an exact Theory of the Variations of the Magnetical Necule, with a Table of the Variations at the most reniarkable Cities in Europe, from the year 1660 to 1860. acknowl. This he wrote for Mr. Zachariah Williams, an ingenious ancient Welsh Gentleman, father of Mrs. Anna Willians, 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 ascribed 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 lie wrote Further Thoughts on Agriculture," and " A Dissertation on the State of Literature and Authors." The Dissertation on the Epitaphs written by Pope, he afterward acknowledged,' and added to his

* Idler." Life of Sir Thomas Browne prefixed to a new Edition

of his Christian Morals. acknowl. In the Literary Magasine ; 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 Bri-

tain, intern. evid.
Remarks on the Militia Bill, intern. evid.
Observations on his Britannic Majesty's Treaties with

the Empress of Russia and the Landgrave of Hesse

Cassel. intern. evid.
Observations on the Present State of Affairs. intern.


Memoirs of Frederick Ill. King of Prussia, intern.

cvid. In the same Magazine his Reviews are of the follow

ing books :-* Birch's History of the Royal So-
ciety."-" 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 Experiments on Bleaching."-" Browne's
History of Jamaica."-" Hales on Distilling Sea
Waters Ventilators in Ships, and curing an ill Taste
in Milk."_“ Lucas's Essay on Waters."-" Keith's
Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops."—" Philosophi.
cal Transactions, Vol. XLIX."-"Miscellanies by
Elizabeth Harrison."-" Evans's Map, and Account
of the Middle Colonies in America." -“The Cadet,
a Military Treatise."--" The Conduct of the Mi-
nistry relating to the present War, impartially ex-

amined." 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." ac

knowl. 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 condescended to take notice of any thing that had been written against him; and here his chief intention

seems to have been to make sport. Dedication to the Earl of Rochford of, and Preface to

Mr. Payne's introduction to the Game of Draughts. acknowl. Introduction to the London Chronicle, an Evening

Paper which still subsists with deserved credit. ac

knowl. 1757. Speech on the Subject of an Address to the

Throne after the Expedition to Rochefort; delivered by one of his Friends in some pub ic Meeting : it is

printed in the Gentleman's Magazine for October, The first two paragraphs of the Preface to Sir William

Chambers's Designs of Chinese Buildings, &c. ac

knowl. 1758. TKK IDLER, which began April 5, in this year,

and was continued till April 5, 1760. acknowl. An Essay on the Bravery of the English Common

Soldiers was added to it, when published in voluines.

acknowl. 1759. Raselas, Prince of Abyssinia, a Tale. acknowl. Advertisement for the Proprietors of the Idler against

certain Persons who pirated those Papers as they came out singly in a Newspaper called the Universal

Chronicle, or Weekly Gazette. intern. evid. For Mrs. Charlotte Lennox's English Version of Bru

moy,-"A Dissertation on the Greek Comedy,' and the General Conclusion of the Book. intern.

evid. Introduction to the World Displayed, a Collection of

Voyages and Travels. acknowi. Three letters in the Gazetteer, concerning the best

plan for Blackfriars Bridge. acknowl. 1760. Address of the Painters to George III. on his Ac

cession to the Throne. intern. evid. Dedication of Baretti's Italian and English Dictionary

to the Marquis of Abreu, then Envoy-Extraordinary from Spain at the Court of Great Britain. Intern.

evid. Review in the Gentleinan's Magazine, of M. Tytler's

acute and able Vindication of Mary Queen of Scots.

acknowl. Introduction to the Proceedings of the Committee for

Clothing the French Prisoners. acknowl. 1761. Preface to Rolt's Dictionary of Trade and Com

merce. acknowl. Corrections and Improvements for Mr. Gwyn the

Architect's Pamphlet, entitled, “ Thoughts on the

Coronation of George 111." acknowl. 1762. Dedication to the King, of the Rev. Dr. Kenne

dy's Complete System of Astronomical Chronology

unfolding the Scriptures, quarto edition. acknoui. Preface to the Catalogue of the Artist's Exhibition.

intern. evid. 1763. Character of Collins in the Poetical Calendar,

published by Fawkes and Woty. acknorol. Dedication to the Earl of Shaftsbury of the edition

of Roger Ascham's English Works, publishel by the Reverend Mr. Bennet. acknowl.

. (This is a mistake. The last number of the Rambler appeared on the fourteenth of March, three days before Mrs. Johnson died. M.]

The Life of Ascharn, also prefixed to that edition. On Vicarious Punishments, and the great Propitiation

for the Sins of the World, by JESUS CHRIST ; dicRrip of Telemachus, a Masque, by the Reverend tated to me. acknowl. Gate Graham, of Eton College, in the critical Argument in favour of Joseph Knight, an African Raz, acknoul

Negro, who claimed his Liberty in the Court of Dedication to the Queen of Mr. Hoole's Translation Session in Scotland, and obtained it; dictated to af Tasa acknowl.

me. acknowl. boat of the Detection of the imposture of the Defence of Mr. Robertson, Printer of the Caledonian (xk-lane Ghost, published in the Newspapers and Mercury, against the Society of Procurators in EdinGerikman's Magazine acknowl.

burgh, for having inserted in his Paper a ludicrous Part of a Review of Grainger's "Sugar Cane, a Paragraph against them; demonstrating that it was Poem," in the London Chronicle. acknowl.

not an injurious Libel; dictated to me. acknowl. Reti a Goldsmith's Traveller, a Poem, in the 1782. The greatest part, if not the whole, of a Reply, Cričcal Review. acknowl.

by the Reverend Mr. Shaw, to a person at Edin13. The Plays of William Shakspeare, in eight vols. burgh, of the name of Clarke, refuting his arguYo with Notes, acknoul.

ments for the authenticity of the Poems published The Fountains, a Fairy Tale, in Mrs. William's by Mr. James Macpherson as Translations from. Miscellanies. acknowol.

Ossian. intern. evid. Dedication to the King of Mr. Adams's Trea 1784. List of the Authors of the Universal History, rise on the Globes, acknowl.

deposited in the British Museum, and printed in the 2. Character of the Reverend Mr. Zachariah Mudge, Gentleman's Magazine for December, this year. in the London Chronicle, acknowl.

acknowl. The False alarm. ceknoul.

Various Years. 1. Thoughts on the late Transactions respecting Falkland's Islands acknorol.

Letters to Mrs. Thrale. acknowl. 12. Defence of a Schoolmaster: dictated to me for

Prayers and Meditations, which he delivered to the the Ho of Lords

Rev. Mr. Strahan, enjoining him to publish them. Argument in Support of the Law of Vicious Intro

acknowl. mission; dictated to me for the Court of Session in Sermons, left for Publication by John Taylor, LL.D. Scotland, acknowl.

Prebendary of Westminster, and given to the World 73. Preface to Macbean's “Dictionary of Ancient

by the Rev. Samuel Hayes, A.M. internal evid. Geography." acknowl. Argument in Favour of the Rights of Lay Patrons ; Such was the number and variety of the prose works

dictated to me for the General Assembly of the of this extraordinary man, which I have been able to Church of Scotland. acknowl.

discover, and am at liberty to mention; but we ought 74. The Patriot. acknotol.

to keep in mind, that there must undoubtedly have been A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, many more which are yet concealed; and we may add

to the account the numerous Letters which he wrote, of Proposals for publishing the Works of Mrs. Charlotte which a considerable part are yet unpublished. It is Leanor, in three volumes quarto. acknowl,

hoped that those persons in whose possession they are, Preface to Baretti's Easy Lessons in Italian and Eng.

will favour the world with them. lish. intern, erid.

JAMES BOSWELL. Taxation no Tyranny: an Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American Congress. acknowl.

After my death I wish no other herald, Argument on the Case of Dr. Memis; dictated to me

No other speaker of my living actions, for the Court of Sessions in Scotland. acknowl.

To keep mine honour from corruption, Argument to prove that the Corporation of Stirling

But such an honest chronicler as Grillith." + was corrupt; dictated to me for the House of Lords. acknoel.

SHAKSPEARR, Henry VIII. 6.7 6. Argument in Support of the Right of immediate

and personal Repreheosion from the Pulpit; dictated to me. acknowl. Proposals for publishing an Analysis of the Scotch

[To this List of the Writings of Dr. Johnson, Mr.

Alexander Chalmers, with considerable probabiljey, sugCeltic Language, by the Reverend William Shaw. ac noul.

gests to me that we may add the following: 73. Dedication to the King of the Posthumous Works

In the Gentleman's Magazine. of Dr. Pearce, Bishop of Rochester. acknowl. Additions to the Life and Character of that Prelate; 1747. Lauder's Proposals for printing the Adamus Erul prefixed to those Works. acknoroi.

of Grotius. Vol. 20. p. 404. Various Papers and Letters in favour of the Reve 1750. Address to the Public, concerning Miss Williams's read Dr. Dodd. acknose.

Miscellanies. Vol. 20. p. 428. L Advertisement for his friend Mr. Thrale to the 1753. Preface. Worthy Electors of the Borough of Southwark. Notice of Mr. Edward Cave's death, inserted the acknowl.

last page of the Index. The first Paragraph of Mr. Thomas Davies's Life of Garrick acknowl.

In the Literary Magazine. 7al. Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the Works

1756. “ Observations on the foregoing Letter;" i. e. A of the most eminent English Poets; afterward pub

Letter on the American Colonies. Vol. I. p. 66. lished with the Title of the Lives of the English

M.] Poets. acknowl. Argument on the Importance of the Registration of + See Dr. Johnson's letter to Mrs. Thrale, dated OsDeeds; dictated to me for an Election Committee tick, in Skie, September 30, 1773:-"Boswell writes a of the House of Commons. acknowl.

regular journal of our travels, which I think contains as On the Distinction between TORY and WHIG : dicta much of what I say and do, as of all other occurrences led to me. acknowl.

together; "for such a faithful chronicler is Griffith."




To write the Life of him who excelled all Since my work was announced, several mankind in writing the lives of others, and Lives and Memoirs of Dr. Johnson have who, whether we consider his extraordinary been published, the most voluminous of endowments, or his various works, has been which is one compiled for the booksellers equalled by few in any age, is an arduous, of London, by Sir John Hawkins, Knight,+ and may be reckoned in me a presumptuous, a man, whom, during my long intimacy with task.

Dr. Johnson, I never saw in his company, Had Dr. Johnson written his own Life, I think, but once, and I am sure not above in conformity with the opinion which he twice. Johnson might have esteemed him has given, that every man's life may be for his decent, religious demeanour, and his best written by himself; had he employed knowledge of books and literary history; in the preservation of his own history, that but from the rigid formality of his manners, clearness of narration and elegance of lan- it is evident that they never could have guage in which he has embalmed so many lived together with companionable ease and eminent persons ; the world would probably familiarity : nor had Sir John Hawkins have had the most perfect example of that nice perception which was necessary to biography that was ever exhibited. But al. mark the finer and less obvious parts of though he at different times, in a desultory Johnson's character. His being appointed manner, committed to writingmany parti- one of his executors, gave him an opportuculars of the progress of his mind and for- nity of taking possession of such fragments tunes, he never had persevering diligence of a diary and other papers as were left ; enough to form them into a regular composi- of which, before delivering them up to the tion. Of these memorials a few have been residuary legatee, whose property they preserved; but the greater part was con were, he endeavoured to extract the subsigned by him to the flames, a few days stance. In this he has not been very sucbefore his death.

cessful, as I have found upon a perusal of As I had the honour and happiness of those papers, which have been since transenjoying his friendship for upwards of ferred to me. Sir John Hawkins's ponderous twenty years; as I had the scheme of labours, I must acknowledge, exhibit a writing his life constantly in view; as he farrago, of which a considerable portion is was well apprised of this circumstance, and not devoid of entertainment to the lovers from time to time obligingly satisfied my of literary gossiping; but besides its being inquiries, by communicating to me the swelled out witli long unnecessary extracts incidents of his early years ; as I acquired from various works (even one of several a facility in recollecting, and was very assi- leaves from Osborne's Harleian Catalogue, duous in recording, his conversation, of and those not compiled by Johnson, but which the extraordinary vigour and vivacity | by Oldys), a very small part of it relates to constituted one of the first features of his ebaracter ; and as I have spared no pains in † The greatest part of this book was written while Sir obtaining materials concerning him, from John Hawkins was alive ; and

1 avow, that one object every quarter where I could discover that for his illiberal treatment of Dr. Johnson. Since his they were to be found, and have been favour- decease, I have suppressed several of my remarks upon ed with the most liberal communications by his work, But though I would not“ war with the dead”

offensively, I think it necessary to be strenuous in defence his friends; I flatter myself that few bio of my illustrious friend, which I cannot be, without graphers have entered upon such a work as strong animadversions upon a writer who has greatly this with more advantages ; independent of injured him. Let me add, that though I doubt 1 should literary abilities, in which I am not vain with any compliment in his life-time, 1 do now frankly enough to compare myself with some great inadequate and improper as a life of Dr. Johnson, and names who have gone before me in this kind however discredited by unpardonable inaccuracies in of writing

other respects, contains a collection of curious anecdotes

and observations, which few men but its author could • Idler, No. 84.

have brought together.


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