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INTRODUCTION. Character of Dr. Johnson. He arrives in Scot
Practice of the law.
land. August 15. Sir William Forbes. tion. Dr. Beattie and Mr. Hume. Dr. Robertson. Mr. Burke's various and extraordinary talents. Question concerning genius. Whitfield and Wesley. Instructions to political parties. Dr. Johnson's opinion of Garrick as a trage
dian. August 16. Ogden on Prayer. Aphoristick writing. Aphoristick writing. Edinburgh surveyed. Character of Swift's works. Evil spirits and witchcraft. Lord Monboddo and the Ouran-Outang.
Augusi 17. Poetry and Dictionary writing. Scepticism. Eternal necessity refuted. Lord Hailes's criticism on The Vanity of Human Wishes. Mr. Maclaurin. Decision of the Judges in Scotland on literary property.
Sketch of the authour's Suicide. Inchkeith. ParPopular clam
August 18. Set out for the Hebrides. character. Trade of Glasgow. liamentary knowledge. Influence of Peers. ours. Arrive at St. Andrews. August 19. Dr. Watson. Literature and patronage. conversation compared. Change of manners. Value of money. St. Andrews and John Knox. from the world. Dinner with the Professors. cerning sorrow and content. Instructions for composition. Dr. Johnson's method. Uncertainty of memory. August 20. Effect of prayer. Shaw. Transubstantiation. remark on Dr. Johnson. August 21. Want of trees.
Observance of Sunday.
Arrive at Montrose.
Laurence Kirk. Dinner at Monbod
do. Emigration. Homer. Biography and history compared.
Writing and The Union. Retirement Question con
Professor Mr. Tyers's
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. Importance of old friendships. August 23.
Dr. Johnson made a burgess of Aberdeen. Dinner at Sir Alexander Gordon's. Warburton's powers of invective. His Doctrine of Grace. Lock's verses. Fingal. August 24. Goldsmith and Graham. Slains castle. Education of children. Buller of Buchan. 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.
Derrick. Origin of
Fort George. Sir Adolphus Oughton. Contest between Warburton and Lowth. Dinner at Sir Eyre Coote's. Arabs and English soldiers compared. The Stage. Mr. Garrick, Mrs. Cibber, Mrs. Pritchard, Mrs. Clive. Inverness. August 29. Macbeth's Castle. Incorrectness of writers of Travels. Coinage of new words. Dr. Johnson's Dictionary. August 30. Dr. Johnson on horse-back. A Highland hut. Fort Augustus. Governour Trapaud.
August 31. Anoch. Emigration. Goldsmith. Poets and solLife of a sailor. Landlord's daughter at
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 5. Sir James Macdonald's epitaph and last letters to
his mother. Dr. Johnson's Latin ode on the Isle of Sky. Isaac Hawkins Browne.
September 6. Corrichatachin.
Highland hospitality and mirth.
of those who live in the country.
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 12. Sail to Portree. Dr. Johnson's discourse on death.
II. Arrive at Dunvegan.
September 14. Importance of the chastity of women. Dr. Cadogan. Whether the practice of authours is necessary to enforce their Doctrines. Good humour acquirable. September 15. Sir George M'Kenzie. Mr. Burke's wit, knowledge
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. Records 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.
Landed and traded interest compared.
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.
French hunting. Young Col. Dr. Birch, Dr. Percy.
ing 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. Oid Kingsburgh'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 threshing and thatching. Dangerous to increase the price of labour. Arrive at Ostig. 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
Dictionary. Attacks on authours useful to them. Return to
Armidale. October 2.
Old manners of great families in Wales. German courts. Goldsmith's love of talk.
story of the people of St. Kilda.
October 3. Epictetus on the voyage of death. Sail for Mull. A Driven into Col.
October 4. Dr. Johnson's mode of living in the Temple. His curious appearance on a sheltie. Nature of sea-sickness. Difference between dedi
Burnet's History of his own Times.
October 5. People may come to do anything by talking of it. The Reverend Mr. Hector Maclean. Bayle. Leibnitz and Clarke. Survey of Col. Insular life. Arrive at Breacacha. Dr. Johnson's power of ridicule.
October 6. Heritable jurisdictions. The opinion of philosophers concerning happiness in a cottage, considered. Advice to landlords. October 7. October 8.
Books the best solace in a state of confinement.
No redress for a man's name being affixed to a foolish work. Lady Sidney Beauclerk. Carte's Life of the Duke of Ormond. Col's cabinet. Letters of the great Montrose. Present state of the isl
and of Col.
October 9. Dr. Johnson's avidity for a variety of books. Improbability of a Highland tradition. Dr. Johnson's delicacy of feeling. October 10. Dependence of tenants on landlords. October II. London and Pekin compared. Dr. Johnson's high opinion of the former.
Return to Mr. M'Sweyn's.
Other superstitions beside those connected with religion. Dr. Johnson disgusted His peculiar habits.
with coarse manners.
Bustle not necessary to dispatch. Oats the food not of the Scotch alone.
October 14. Arrive in Mull. Addison's Remarks on Italy. Addison not much conversant with Italian literature. The French masters of the art of accommodating literature. Their Ana. Racine. Corneille. Moliere. Fenelon. Voltaire. Bossuet. Massillon. Bourdaloue. Virgil's description of the entrance into hell, compared to a printing-house.