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October 15. Erse poetry. Danger of a knowledge of musick. The
propriety of settling our affairs so as to be always prepared for death. Religion and literary attainments not to be described to young persons as too hard. Reception of the travellers in
their progress. Spence. October 16. Miss Maclean. Account of Mull. The value of an
oak walking-stick in the Hebrides. Arrive at Mr. M‘Quarrie's in Ulva. Captain Macleod. Second Sight.
Second Sight. Mercheta Mulierum, and Borough-English. The grounds on which the
sale of an estate may be set aside in a court of equity. October 17. Arrive at Inchkenneth. Sir Allen Maclean and his
daughters. None but theological books should be read on Sunday. Dr. Campbell. Dr. Johnson exhibited as a Highlander. Thoughts on drinking. Dr. Johnson's Latin verses
on Inchkenneth. October 18. Young Col's various good qualities. No extraordi
nary talents requisite to success in trade. Dr. Solander. Mr. Burke. Dr. Johnson's intrepidity and presence of mind. Singular custom in the islands of Col and Otaheité. Further eulogium on young Col. Credulity of a Frenchman in foreign
countries. October 19. Death of
Death of young Col. Dr. Johnson slow of belief without strong evidence. La Crédulité des incrédules. Coast of Mull. Nun's Island. Past scenes pleasing in recollection.
Land on Icolmkill. October 20.
Sketch of the ruins of Icolmkill. Influence of solemn scenes of piety. Feudal authority in the extreme. Re
turn to Mull. October 21.
Pulteney. Pitt. Walpole. Mr. Wilkes. English and Jewish history compared. Scotland composed of stone and water, and a little earth. Turkish Spy. Dreary ride to Loch
buy. Description of the laird. October 22. Uncommon breakfast offered to Dr. Johnson, and
rejected. Lochbuy's war-saddle. Sail to Oban. October 23. Goldsmith's Traveller. Pope and Cowley compared.
Archibald Duke of Argyle. Arrive at Inverary. Dr. Johnson drinks some whiskey, and assigns his reason. Letter
from the author to Mr. Garrick. Mr. Garrick's answer. October 24. Specimen of Ogden on Prayer. Hervey's Meditations. Dr. Johnson's Meditation on a Pudding. Country neighbours.
The authour's visit to the castle of Inverary. Perverse oppo
sition to the influence of Peers in Ayrshire. October 25. Dr. Johnson presented to the Duke of Argyle. Gran
deur of his grace's seat. The authour possesses himself in an embarrassing situation. Honourable Archibald Campbell on a middle state. The old Lord Townshend. Question concerning luxury. Nice trait of character.
Nice trait of character. Good principles and bad practice. October 26. A passage in Home's Douglas, and one in Juvenal,
compared. Neglect of religious buildings in Scotland. Arrive
at Sir James Colquhoun's. October 27. Dr. Johnson's letter to the Duke of Argyle. His
grace's answer. Lochlomond. Dr. Johnson's sentiments on
dress. Forms of prayer considered. Arrive at Mr. Smollet’s. October 28. Dr. Smollet's Epitaph. Dr. Johnson's wonderful
memory. His alacrity during the Tour. Arrive at Glasgow. October 29. Glasgow surveyed. Attention of the professors to
Dr. Johnson. October 30.
Dinner at the Earl of Loudoun's. Character of that nobleman. Arrive at Treesbank. October 31.
Sir John Cunningham of Caprington. November 1. Rules for the distribution of charity. Castle of Dundonald.
Countess of Eglintoune. Alexander Earl of Eglintoune. November 2. Arrive at Auchinleck. Character of Lord Auchin
leck. His idea of Dr. Johnson. November 3
Dr. Johnson's sentiments concerning the Highlands. Mr. Harris of Salisbury. November 4.
Auchinleck. Cattle without horns. Composure of mind, how far attainable. November 5.
Dr. Johnson's high respect for the English clergy. November 6. Lord Auchinleck and Dr. Johnson in collision. November 7. Dr. Johnson's uniform piety. His dislike of pres
byterian worship. November 8. Arrive at Hamilton. November 9.
The Duke of Hamilton's house. Arrive at Edinburgh. November 10. Lord Elibank. Difference in political principles
increased by opposition. Edinburgh Castle. Fingal. Eng. lish credulity not less than Scottish. Second Sight. Garrick
and Foote compared as companions. Moravian Missions and
Dr. Robertson's liberality of sentiment. Rebellion natural to man.
SUMMARY ACCOUNT of the manner in which Dr. Johnson spent his
time from November 12 to November 21. Lord Mansfield, Mr. Richardson. The private life of an English Judge. Dr. Johnson's high opinion of Dr. Robertson and Dr. Blair. Letter from Dr. Blair to tħe authour. Officers of the army often ignorant of things belonging to their own profession. Academy for the deaf and dumb. A Scotch Highlander and an English sailor. Attacks on authours advantageous to them. Roslin Castle and Hawthornden. Dr. Johnson's Parody of Sir John Dalrymple's Memoirs. Arrive at Cranston. Dr. Johnson's departure for London. Letters from Lord Hailes and Mr. Dempster to the authour. Letter from the Laird of Rasay to the authour. The authour's answer. Dr. Johnson's Advertisement, acknowledging a mistake in his Journey to the Western Islands. His letter to the Laird of Rasay. Letter
from Sir William Forbes to the authour. Conclusion. Appenaix.
HE WAS OF AN ADMIRABLE PREGNANCY OF WIT, AND THAT PREGNANCY MUCH IMPROVED BY CONTINUAL STUDY FROM HIS CHILDHOOD: BY WHICH HE HAD GOTTEN SUCH A PROMPTNESS IN EXPRESSING HIS MIND, THAT HIS EXTEMPORAL SPEECHES WERE LITTLE INFERIOR TO HIS PREMEDITATED WRITINGS. MANY, NO DOUBT, HAD READ AS MUCH, AND PERHAPS MORE THAN HE; BUT SCARCE EVER ANY CONCOCTED HIS READING INTO JUDGEMENT AS HE DID.'
Baker's Chronicle [ed. 1665, p. 449).
1 The man thus described is James I.