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ADVERTISEMENT TO THE SECOND EDITION Lord Cadogan's servant, a good humoured alert lad, brought his Lordship’s in a minute. The Duke's servant, a lazy sulky dog, was so sluggish, that his Grace being wet to the skin, reproved him, and had for answer with a grunt, I came as fast as I could,' upon which the Duke calmly said, 'Cadogan, I would not for a thousand pounds have that fellow's temper.

There are some men, I believe, who have, or think they have, a very small share of vanity. Such may speak of their literary fame in a decorous style of diffidence. But I confess, that I am so formed by nature and by habit, that to restrain the effusion of delight, on having obtained such fame, to me would be truly painful. Why then should I suppress it? Why 'out of the abundance of the heart' should I not speak ? Let me then mention with a warm, but no insolent exultation, that I have been regaled with spontaneous praise of my work by many and various persons eminent for their rank, learning, talents and accomplishments; much of which praise I have under their hands to be reposited in my archives at Auchinleck. An honourable and reverend friend speaking of the favourable reception of my volumes, even in the circles of fashion and elegance, said to me, you have made them all talk Johnson,'Yes, I may add, I have Johnsonised the land ; and I trust they will not only talk, but think, Johnson.

To enumerate those to whom I have been thus indebted, would be tediously ostentatious. I cannot however but name one whose praise is truly valuable, not only on account of his knowledge and abilities, but on account of the magnificent, yet dangerous embassy, in which he is now employed, which makes cvery thing that relates to him peculiarly interesting. Lord MACARTNEY favoured me with his own copy of my book, with a number of notes, of which I have availed myself. On the first leaf I found in his Lordship's hand-writing, an inscription of such high commendation, that even I, vain as I am, cannot prevail on myself to publish it. (July 1, 1793.]


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

ADVERTISEMENT TO THE THIRD EDITION 9 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 seized 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 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 B0. 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 Commis. sioner 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.



[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.] 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 Magazine.
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

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. 1740.

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. 1 I do not here include his Poetical Works ; for, excepting his Latin Translation of Pope's Messiah, his London, and his Vanity of Human Wishes imitated from Juvenal ; his Prologue on the opening of Drury. Lane Theatre by Mr. Garrick, and his Irene, a Tragedy, they are very numerous, and in general short; and I have promised a complete edition of them, in which I shall with the utmost care ascertain their authen. ticity, and illustrate them with notes and various readings.


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 Marl-

borough. 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 writt by him. acknowl. Abridgement intitled, 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 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.

acknowi. Considerations on the Dispute between Crousaz and Warburton

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

to be published by a person who was favoured with his Con.

fidence. 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.
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

Granddaughter. 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. 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 suit

able Contrition. acknowl. Dedication to the Earl of Middlesex of Mrs. Charlotte Lennox's

'Female Quixotte.' 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 Needle,
with a Table of the Variations at the most remarkable Cities
in Europe from the year 1660 to 1680. acknowl. This he
wrote for Mr. Zachariah Williams, an ingenious ancient Welch
Gentleman, father of Mrs. Anna Williams 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. acknoul.

Several Essays in the Universal Visitor, 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 he wrote 'Further Thoughts on Agriculture,' and 'A Dissertation on the State of Literature and

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