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PROSE WORKS OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. 13
Authours.' The Dissertation on the Epitaphs written by Pope
he afterwards acknowledged, and added to his 'Idler.' Life of Sir Thomas Browne prefixed to a new Edition of his Chris.
tian Morals. acknowl. In the Literary Magazine ; or, Universal Review, which began in
His Original Essays are
Empress of Russia and the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel. intern.
Memoirs of Frederick III. King of Prussia. intern. evid.
* Birch's History of the Royal Society.'—' Browne's Christian
Morals.'— Warton's Essay on the Writings and Genius of
Case of Admiral Byng.'—'Appeal to the People concerning
Admiral Byng, by a Gentleman of Oxford.' acknowl.
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.
Introduction to the Game of Draughts. acknowl.
still subsists with deserved credit. acknowl. 1757. Speech on the Subject of an Address to the Throne after the
Expedition to Rochefort; delivered by one of his Friends in some publick Meeting : it is printed in the Gentleman's Magazine for October 1785. intern. evid.
14 A CHRONOLOGICAL CATALOGUE OF THE
The first two Paragraphs of the Preface to Sir William Chambers's
Designs of Chinese Buildings, &c. acknowl. 1758. THE 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 Volumes. acknowl. 1759. Rasselas 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 Brumoy,-'A
Dissertation on the Greek Comedy,' and the General Conclu.
sion of the Book. intern. evid.
friars Bridge. acknowl. 1760. Address of the Painters to George III. on his Accession to the
Throne. intern. evid.
Marquis of Abreu, then Envoy-Extraordinary from Spain at
the Court of Great-Britain. intern, evid. Review in the Gentleman's Magazine of Mr. Tytler's acute and
able Vindication of Mary Queen of Scots. acknowl. Introduction to the Proceedings of the Committee for Cloathing
the French Prisoners. acknowl. 1761. Preface to Rolt's Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. acknowl.
Corrections and Improvements for Mr. Gwyn the Architect's
Pamphlet, intitled Thoughts on the Coronation of George III.'
acknowl. 1762. Dedication to the King of the Reverend Dr. Kennedy's Complete
System of Astronomical Chronology, unfolding the Scriptures,
Quarto Edition. acknowl.
Preface to the Catalogue of the Artists’ Exhibition. intern. evid. 1763. Character of Collins in the Poetical Calendar, published by Fawkes
and Woty. acknowl. Dedication to the Earl of Shaftesbury of the Edition of Roger
Ascham’s English Works, published by the Reverend Mr.
of Eton College, in the Critical Review. acknowl.
acknowl. Account of the Detection of the Imposture of the Cock-Lane
Ghost, published in the Newspapers and Gentleman's Magazine.
acknowl. 1764. Part of a Review of Grainger's 'Sugar Cane, a Poem,' in the
London Chronicle. acknowl.
1769. Character of the Reverend Mr. Zachariah Mudge, in the London
1772. Defence of a Schoolmaster; dictated to me for the House of
tated to me for the Court of Session in Scotland. acknoul.
Argument in Favour of the Rights of Lay Patrons ; dictated to me
for the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. acknoul.
Argument on the Case of Dr. Memis ; dictated to me for the Court
of Session in Scotland. acknowl.
dictated to me for the House of Lords. aclonowl.
reprehension from the Pulpit ; dictated to me. acknowl.
guage, by the Reverend William Shaw. acknowl.
Additions to the Life and Character of that Prelate ; prefixed to
those Works. acknowl.
of the Borough Southwark. acknowl.
eminent English Poets ; afterwards published with the Title
of Lives of the English Poets. acknowl.
tated to me for an Election Committee of the House of Commons.
16 A CHRONOLOGICAL CATALOGUE, ETC.
On the Distinction between TORY and WHIG; dictated to me.
acknowl. On Vicarious Punishments, and the great Propitiation for the Sins
of the World, by JESUS CHRIST ; dictated to me. acknowl. Argument in favour of Joseph Knight, an African Negro, who
claimed his Liberty in the Court of Session in Scotland, and
obtained it; dictated to me. acknowl. Defence of Mr. Robertson, Printer of the Caledonian Mercury,
against the Society of Procurators in Edinburgh, for having inserted in his paper a ludicrous Paragraph against them; demonstrating that it was not an injurious Libel; dictated to
me. acknowl. 1782. The greatest part, if not the whole, of a Reply, by the Reverend
Mr. Shaw, to a Person at Edinburgh, of the Name of Clark, refuting his arguments for the authenticity of the Poems published by Mr. James Macpherson as Translations from Ossian.
intern, evid. 1784. List of the Authours of tho Universal History, deposited in the
British Museum, and printed in the Gentleman's Magazine for
Strahan, enjoining him to publish them. acknowl.
of Westminster, and given to the World by the Reverend
Samuel Hayes, A.M. intern. evid. Such was the number and variety of the Prose Works of this extraordinary man, which I have been able to discover, and am at liberty to mention; but we ought to keep in mind, that there must undoubtedly have been many more which are yet concealed; and we may add to the account, the numerous Letters which he wrote, of which a considerable part are yet unpublished. It is hoped that those persons in whose possession they are, will favour the world with them.
*After my death I wish no other herald,
SHAKSPEARE, Henry VIII. [Act IV. Sc. 2.]
1 See Dr. Johnson's letter to Mrs. Thrale, dated Ostick in Skie, September 30, 1773:-'Boswell writes a regular Journal of our travels, which I think contains as much of what I say and do, as of all other occurrences together ; " for such a faithful chronicler is Griffith.”?
To write the Life of him who excelled all mankind in writing the lives of others, and who, whether we consider his extraordinary endowments, or his various works, has been equalled by few in any age, is an arduous, and may be reckoned in me a presumptuous task.
Had Dr. Johnson written his own life, in conformity with the opinion which he has given", that every man's life may be best written by himself ; had he employed in the preservation of his own history, that clearness of narration and elegance of language in which he has embalmed so many eminent persons, the world would probably have had the most perfect example of biography that was ever exhibited. But although he at different times, in a desultory manner, committed to writing many particulars of the progress of his mind and fortunes, he never had persevering diligence enough to form them into a regular composition. Of these memorials a few have been preserved ; but the greater part was consigned by him to the flames, a few days before his death.
As I had the honour and happiness of enjoying his friendship for upwards of twenty years; as I had the scheme of writing his life constantly in view ; as he was well apprised of this circumstance, and from time to time obligingly satisfied my inquiries, by communicating to me the incidents of his early years ; as I acquired a facility in recollecting, and was very assiduous in recording, his conversation, of which the extraordinary vigour and vivacity constituted one of the first features of his character; and as I have spared no pains in obtaining materials concerning him, from every quarter where I could discover that they were to be found, and have been favoured with the most liberal communications by his friends; I flatter myself that few biographers
1 Idler, No. 84.