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Dr. Beattie and Mr. Hume. Dr. Robertson. Mr. Burke's various
nion of Garrick as a tragedian. August 16. Ogden on Prayer. Aphoristick writing. Edinburgh sur
veyed. Character of Swift's works. Evil spirits and witchcraft.
Lord Monboddo and the Ouran-Outang. August 17. Poetry and Dictionary writing. Scepticism. Eternal ne
cessity refuted. Lord Hailes's criticism on The Vanity of Human Wishes. Mr. Maclaurin. Decision of the Judges in Scotland on
literary property. August 18. Set out for the Hebrides. Sketch of the authour's cha
racter. Trade of Glasgow. Suicide. Inchkeith. Parliamentary knowledge. Influence of Peers. Popular clamours. Arrive at
St. Andrews. August 19. Dr. Watson. Literature and patronage. Writing and con
versation compared. Change of manners. The Union. Value of money. St. Andrews and John Knox. Retirement from the 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 property. Mr. Tyers's remark on Dr.
Johnson. Arrive at Montrose. August 21. Want of trees. Laurence Kirk. Dinner at Monboddo.
Emigration. Homer. Biography and history compared. Decrease of learning. Causes of it. Promotion of bishops. Warburton. Lowth. Value of politeness. Dr. Johnson's sentiments
concerning Lord Monboddo. Arrive at Aberdeen. 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. Im
portance of old friendships. August 23. Dr. Johnson made a burgess of Aberdeen. Dinner at Sir
Alexander Gordon's. Warburton's powers of invective. His Doc
trine of Grace. Lock's verses. Fingal. August 24. Goldsmith and Graham. Slains castle. Education of children. Buller of Buchan. Entails.
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. •THE LITERARY CLUB. August 26. Lord Monboddo. Use and importance of wealth. Elgin.
Macbeth's heath. Fores. August 27. Leonidas. Paul Whitehead. Derrick. Origin of Evil.
Calder-manse. Reasonableness of ecclesiastical subscription.
Warburton and Lowth. Dinner at Sir Eyre Coote's. Arabs and
Mrs. Pritchard, Mrs. Clive. Inverness.
Coinage of new words. Dr. Johnson's Dictionary. August 30. Dr. Johnson on horse-back. A Highland hut. Fort Au
gustus. Governour Trapaud. August 31. Anoch. Emigration. Goldsmith. Poets and soldiers
compared. Life of a sailor. Landlord's daughter at Anoch. September i. 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. Armidale. September 3. Colonel Montgomery, now Earl of Eglintoune. September 4. Ancient Highland Enthusiasm. September 5. Sir James Macdonald's epitaph and last letters to his
mother. Dr. Johnson's Latin ode on the Isle of Sky. Isaac
Johnson's Latin ode to Mrs. Thrale.
those who live in the country. Dr. M‘Pherson'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. September 11. Heritable jurisdictions. Insular life. The Laird of
M'Cleod. 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 Kingsburgh. 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 necessary to enforce their Doc
trines. Good humour acquirable. 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 imaginary seraglio. Polygamy. September 17. Cunning. Whether great abilities are necessary to be
wicked. Temple of the Goddess Anaitis. Family portraits. Re'cords 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 savages. French Literati.
Prize-fighting. French and English soldiers. Duelling. 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 Ulinish. Swift's
Lord Orrery. Defects as well as virtues the proper subject of biography, though the life be written by a friend. Studied conclusions of letters. Whether allowable in dying men to maintain resentment to the last. Instructions for writing the lives of literary
men. Fingal denied to be genuine, and pleasantly ridiculed. September 23. Further disquisition concerning Fingal. Eminent men
disconcerted by a new mode of publick appearance. Garrick. Mrs. Montague's Essay on Shakspeare. Persons of consequence watched in London. Learning of the Scots from 1550 to 1650. The arts of civil life little known in Scotland till the Union. Life of a sailor. The folly of Peter the Great in working in a dock-yard. Arrive at Talisker. Presbyterian clergy deficient in learning.
September 24. French hunting. Young Col. Dr. Birch, Dr. Percy.
Lord Hailes. Historical impartiality. Whiggism unbecoming in
a clergyman. September 25. Every island a prison. A Sky cottage. Return to
Corrichatachin. Good fellowship carried to excess. September 26. Morning review of last night's intemperance. Old Kings
burgh's Jacobite song. Lady Margaret Macdonald adored in Sky. Different views of the same subject at different times. Self
deception. September 27. Dr. Johnson's popularity in the Isle of Sky. His good
humoured gaiety with a Highland lady. September 28. Ancient Irish pride of family. Dr. Johnson on thresh
ing and thatching. Dangerous to increase the price of labour.
Arrive at Ostig. Dr. M‘Pherson's Latin poetry. September 29. Reverend Mr. M‘Pherson. Shenstone. Hammond.
Sir Charles Hanbury Williams. September 30. Mr. Burke the first man every where. Very moderate
talents requisite to make a figure in the House of Commons. Dr. Young. Dr. Doddridge. Increase of infidel writings since the accession of the Hanover family. Gradual impression made by
Dr. Johnson. Particular minutes to be kept of our studies. October 1. Dr. Johnson not answerable for all the words in his Dic
tionary. Attacks on authours useful to them. Return to Armi
dale. October 2. Old manners of great families in Wales. German courts.
Goldsmith's love of talk. Emigration. Curious story of the
people of St. Kilda. October 3. Epictetus on the voyage of death. Sail for Mull. A storm.
Driven into Col. October 4. Dr. Johnson's mode of living in the Temple. His curious
appearance on a sheltie. Nature of sea - sickness. Burnet's History of his own Times. Difference between dedications and
histories. October 5. People may come to do anything by talking of it. The
Reverend Mr. Hector Maclean. Bayle. Leibnitz and Clarke.
power of ridicule. October 6. Heritable jurisdictions. The opinion of philosophers con
cerning happiness in a cottage, considered. Advice to land
lords. October 7. Books the best solace in a state of confinement. October 8. Pretended brother of Dr. Johnson. No redress for a man's name being affixed to a foolish work. Lady Sidney Beauclerk.