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land. August 15.
Sir William Forbes. Practice of the law. Emigration. 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. Edinburgh
surveyed. Character of Swift's works. Evil spirits and witch
craft. 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. August 18. Set out for the Hebrides. Sketch of the authour's
character. Trade of Glasgow. Suicide. Inchkeith. Parliamentary knowledge. Influence of Peers. Popular clam
Arrive at St. Andrews. August 19.
Dr. Watson. Literature and patronage. Writing and conversation compared. Change of manners. The Union. Value of money.
St. Andrews and John Knox. Retirement from the world. Dinner with the Professors. Question concerning sorrow and content. Instructions for composition.
Dr. Johnson's method. Uncertainty of memory. August 20. Effect of prayer. Observance of Sunday. Professor
Shaw. Transubstantiation. Literary property. Mr. Tyers's
remark on Dr. Johnson. Arrive at Montrose. August 21.
Want of trees. Laurence Kirk. Dinner at Monboddo. . Emigration. Homer. Homer. Biography and history compared.
Decrease of learning. Causes of it. Promotion of Bishops. Warburton. Lowth. Value of politeness. Dr. Johnson's sentiments concerning Lord Monboddo. Arrive at Aber
deen. August 22. Professor Thomas Gordon. Publick and private edu
cation. 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.
Elgin. Macbeth's heath. Fores. August 27.
Leonidas. Paul Whitehead. Derrick. Origin of Evil. Calder-manse. Reasonableness of ecclesiastical sub
scription. Family worship. August 28. Fort George. Sir Adolphus Oughton. Contest be
tween Warburton and Lowth. Dinner at Sir Eyre Coote's. Arabs and English soldiers compared. The Stage. Mr. Gar
rick, Mrs. Cibber, Mrs. Pritchard, Mrs. Clive. Inverness. August 29. Macbeth's Castle. Incorrectness of writers of Trav
els. 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 sol
diers compared. Life of a sailor. Landlord's daughter at
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 3. Colonel Montgomery, now Earl of Eglintoune. September 4. Ancient Highland Enthusiasm. 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.
Dr. Johnson's Latin ode to Mrs. Thrale. September 7. Uneasy state of dependence on the weather. State
of those who live in the country. Dr. M‘Pherson's Disserta
tions. Second Sight. September 8. Rev. Mr. Donald M'Queen. Mr. Malcolm M'Cleod.
Sail to Rásay. Fingal. Homer. Elegant and gay enter
tainment at Rasay. September 9. Antiquity of the family of Rasay. Cure of infidelity. September 1o. Survey of the island of Rasay. Bentley. Mallet.
Hooke, Duchess of Marlborough. September 11. Heritable jurisdictions. Insular life. The Laird
of M'Cleod. September 12. Sail to Portree. Dr. Johnson's discourse on death.
Letters from Lord Elibank to Dr. Johnson and the authour.
Dr. Johnson's answer. Ride to Kingsburgh. Flora M‘Donald. September 13. Distresses and escape of the grandson of King James
II. Arrive at Dunvegan. September 14. Importance of the chastity of women. Dr. Cado
gan. 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
and eloquence. 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.
Choice of a wife. Women an over-match for men. Lady Grange in St. Kilda. Poetry of savages. French Lit
erati. Prize-fighting. French and English soldiers. Duelling. September 20. Change of London manners. Laziness censured.
Landed and traded interest compared. Gratitude considered.
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. September 24. French hunting. Young Col. Dr. Birch, Dr. Percy.
Lord Hailes. Historical impartiality. Whiggism unbecom
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 differ
ent 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. 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 Com
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. Emigration. Curious
story of the people of St. Kilda. October 3. Epictetus on the voyage of death. Sail for Mull. A storm. Driven into Col.
Dr. Johnson's mode of living in the Temple. His curious appearance on a sheltie. Nature of sea-sickness. Burnet’s History of his own Times. Difference between dedi
cations and histories. 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. John
son's power of ridicule. October 6. Heritable jurisdictions. The opinion of philosophers
concerning happiness in a cottage, considered. Advice to
Books the best solace in a state of confinement. October 8. Pretended brother of Dr. Johnson. 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. Improbabil
ity 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. October 12. Return to Mr. M‘Sweyn's. Other superstitions be
side those connected with religion. Dr. Johnson disgusted with coarse manners. His peculiar habits.
Bustle not necessary to dispatch. Oats the food not of the Scotch alone. October 14. Arrive in Mull. Addison's Remarks on Italy. Addi
son 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.