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SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D..
A JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES,
BY JAMES BOSWELL.
A REPRINT OF THE FIRST EDITION.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED MR. BOSWELL'S CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS, ISSUED
IN 1792 ; THE VARIATIONS OF THE SECOND EDITION, WITH SOME
EDITED, WITH NEW NOTES,
PERCY FITZGERALD, M.A., F.S.A.
IN THREE VOLUMES.
SECOND EDITION WITH A PREFACE BY THE EDITOR, AND A BOSWELL
Librarian to the Athenaum Club.
SWAN SONNENSCHEIN & CO., LTD.
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.
DR. JOHNSON revised some sheets of Lord Hailes's “ Annals of Scotland,” and wrote a few notes on the margin with red ink, which he bade me tell his Lordship did not sink into the paper, and might be wiped off with a wet sponge, so that he did not spoil his manuscript. I told him there were very few of his friends so accurate as that I could venture to put down in writing what they told me as his sayings. JOHNSON. “Why should you write down my sayings ?" BOSWELL. “ I write them when they are good.” JOHNSON. “ Nay, you may as well write down the sayings of any one else that are good.” But where, I might with great propriety have added, can I find such ?
I visited him by appointment in the evening, and we drank tea with Mrs. Williams. He told me that he had been in the company of a gentleman whose extraordinary travels had been much the subject of conversation. But I found that he had not listened to him with that full confidence, without which there is little satisfaction in the society of travellers. I was curious to hear what opinion so able a judge as Johnson had formed of his abilities, and I asked if he was not a man of sense. JOHNSON. “Why, Sir, he is not a distinct relater; and I should say, he is neither abounding nor deficient in sense. I did not perceive any superiority of understanding." BoSWELL. “ But will you not allow him a nobleness of resolution, in penetrating into distant regions ?" JOHNSON. " That,
* The traveller Bruce,
i of Saturday, April 1, 1775.