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SEVERAL valuable letters, and other curious matter, having been communicated to the Author too late to be arranged in that chronological order which he had endeavoured uniformly to observe in his work, he was obliged to introduce them in his Second Edition, by way of ADDENDA, as commodiously as he could. In the present edition these have been distributed in their proper places. In revising his volumes for a new edition, he had pointed out where some of these materials should be inserted; but unfortunately in the midst of his labours, he was seised with a fever, of which, to the great regret of all his friends, he died on the 19th of May, 1795'. All the Notes that he had written in the

' On this day his brother wrote to indeed, and when it went off I Mr. Temple : 'I have now the pain- thought myself quite well; but I soon ful task of informing you that my

felt a conviction that I was by no dear brother expired this morning at means as I should be so exceedtwo o'clock; we have both lost a ingly weak, as my miserable attempt kind, affectionate friend, and I shall to write to you afforded a full proof. never have such another.' Letters of All then that can be said is, that I Boswell, p. 357. What was probably must wait with patience. But, O my Boswell's last letter is as follows: friend! how strange is it that, at this “MY DEAR TEMPLE,

very time of my illness, you and Miss I would fain write to you in my Temple should have been in such a own hand, but really cannot. [These dangerous state. Much occasion for words, which are hardly legible, and thankfulness is there that it has not probably the last poor Boswell ever been worse with you. Pray write, or wrote, afford the clearest evidence of make somebody write frequently. I his utter physical prostration.] Alas, feel myself a good deal stronger tomy friend, what a state is this! My day, notwithstanding the scrawl. God son James is to write for me what bless you, my dear Temple! I ever remains of this letter, and I am to am your old and affectionate friend, dictate. The pain which continued here and I trust hereafter, for so many weeks was very severe JAMES BOSWELL. 16. p. 353.

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margin of the copy which he had in part revised, are here faithfully preserved; and a few new Notes have been added, principally by some of those friends to whom the Author in the former editions acknowledged his obligations. Those subscribed with the letter B, were communicated by Dr. Burney: those to which the letters J B are annexed, by the Rev. J. Blakeway, of Shrewsbury, to whom Mr. Boswell acknowledged himself indebted for some judicious remarks on the first edition of his work : and the letters J B-0. are annexed to some remarks furnished by the Author's second son, a Student of Brazen-Nose College in Oxford. Some valuable observations were communicated by James Bindley, Esq. First Commissioner in the Stamp-Office, which have been acknowledged in their proper places. For all those without any signature, Mr. Malone is answerable.Every new remark, not written by the Author, for the sake of distinction has been enclosed within crotchets : in one instance, however, the printer by mistake has affixed this mark to a note relative to the Rev. Thomas Fysche Palmer, which was written by Mr. Boswell, and therefore ought not to have been thus distinguished.

I have only to add, that the proof- sheets of the present edition not having passed through my hands, I am not answerable for any typographical errours that may be found in it. Having, however, been printed at the very accurate press of Mr. Baldwin, I make no doubt it will be found not less perfect than the former edition, the greatest care having been taken, by correctness and elegance to do justice to one of the most instructive and entertaining works in the English language.


April 8, 1799.

· Malone died on May 25, 1812.






[N. B. To those which he himself acknowledged is added acknowl. To those which may be fully believed to be his from internal evidence, is added intern. evid.]

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1735. ABRIDGEMENT and translation of Lobo's Voyage to Abyssinia.

acknowl. 1738. Part of a translation of Father Paul Sarpi's History of the Council

of Trent. acknowl. [N. B. As this work after some sheets were printed, suddenly stopped, I know not whether any part of it is now to be found.]

For the Gentleman's Magasine.
Preface. intern, evid.

Life of Father Paul, acknowl. 1739. A complete vindication of the Licenser of the Stage from the

malicious and scandalous aspersions of Mr. Brooke, authour of

Gustavus Vasa. acknowl.
Marmor Norfolciense : or, an Essay on an ancient prophetical

I do not here include his Poetical ticity, and illustrate them with notes Works; for, excepting his Latin and various readings. BOSWELL Translation of Pope's Messiah, his Boswell's meaning, though not well London, and his Vanity of Human expressed, is clear enough. Mr. Wishes imitated from Juvenal; his Croker needlessly suggests that he Prologue on the opening of Drury wrote they are not very numerous.' Lane Theatre by Mr. Garrick, and Boswell a second time (post, under his Irene, a Tragedy, they are very Aug. 12, 1784, note) mentions his numerous, and in general short; and intention to edit Johnson's poems. I have promised a complete edition He died without doing it. See also of them, in which I shall with the post, 1750, Boswell's note on Addiutmost care ascertain their authen

son's style.


A Chronological Catalogue of the Prose Works, &c. 17

inscription in monkish rhyme, lately discovered near Lynne in Norfolk ; by PROBUS BRITANNICUS. acknowl.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.
Life of Boerhaave. acknowl.
Address to the Reader, intern. evid.
Appeal to the Publick in behalf of the Editor. intern. evid.
Considerations on the case of Dr. Trapp's Sermons; a plausible

attempt to prove that an authour's work may be abridged
without injuring his property. acknowl.


For the Gentleman's Magazine.
Preface, intern. evid.
Life of Admiral Drake. acknowl.
Life of Admiral Blake. acknowl.
Life of Philip Barretier. acknowl.
Essay on Epitaphs. acknowl.


For the Gentleman's Magazine.
Preface. intern. evid.
A free translation of the Jests of Hierocles, with an introduction.

intern. evid.
Debate on the Humble Petition and Advice of the Rump Par-

liament to Cromwell in 1657, to assume the Title of King;

abridged, methodized and digested. intern. evid. Translation of Abbé Guyon's Dissertation on the Amazons.

intern, evid. Translation of Fontenelle's Panegyrick on Dr. Morin. intern.

evid. 1742.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.
Preface. intern, evid.
Essay on the Account of the Conduct of the Duchess of

Marlborough. acknowl.
An Account of the Life of Peter Burman. acknowl.
The Life of Sydenham, afterwards prefixed to Dr. Swan's Edition

of his Works, acknowl.
Proposals for printing Bibliotheca Harleiana, or a Catalogue of

the Library of the Earl of Oxford, afterwards prefixed to the first Volume of that Catalogue, in which the Latin Accounts

of the Books were written by him. acknowl. Abridgement intitled, Foreign History, intern. evid. Essay on the Description of China, from the French of Du Halde.

intern, evid. VOL. I. с



A Chronological Catalogue of the

1743. Dedication to Dr. Mead of Dr. James's Medicinal Dictionary.

intern, evid.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.
Preface. intern. evid.
Parliamentary Debates under the Name of Debates in the Senate

of Lilliput, from Nov. 19, 1740, to Feb. 23, 1742–3, inclusive.

acknowl. Considerations on the Dispute between Crousaz and Warburton

on Pope's Essay on Man. intern. evid. A Letter announcing that the Life of Mr. Savage was speedily

to be published by a person who was favoured with his

Confidence. intern, evid.
Advertisement for Osborne concerning the Harleian Catalogue.

intern, evid.
1744. Life of Richard Savage. acknowl.

Preface to the Harleian Miscellany. acknowl.

For the Gentleman's Magazine, Preface. intern, evid. 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 LANGUAGE, addressed to Philip Dormer, Earl of Chesterfield. acknowl.

For the Gentleman's Magazine. 1748. Life of Roscommon. acknowl.

Foreign History, November. intern, evid.

For Dodsley's PRECEPTOR.
Preface. acknowl.

Vision of Theodore the Hermit. acknowl. 1750. The RAMBLER, the first Paper of which was published 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 attention of the

Publick to the Performance of Comus, which was next day to
be acted at Drury-Lane Playhouse for the Benefit of Milton's

Grandaughter. acknowl.
Preface and Postscript to Lauder's Pamphlet intitled, 'An Essay

on Milton's Use and Imitation of the Moderns in his Paradise
Lost.' acknowl.

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