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Carte's Life of the Duke of Ormond. Col's cabinet. Letters of the
great Montrose. Present state of the island 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 1o.
Dependence of tenants on landlords. October 11. London and Pekin compared. Dr. Johnson's high opinion
of the former. October 12. Return to Mr. M'Sweyn's. Other superstitions beside
those connected with religion. Dr. Johnson disgusted with coarse
manners. His peculiar habits. October 13. 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, com
pared to a printing-house. 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. Mercheta Mulierum, and Borough-English. The grounds on which the sale of an estate may be set aside in a court of equity.
Arrive at Inchkenneth. Sir Allan 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 Inch
kenneth. October 18. Young Col's various good qualities. No extraordinary
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 elogium on young
Col. Credulity of a Frenchman in foreign countries. October 19. 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. Return to
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 Lochbuy. De
scription of the laird. October 22. Uncommon breakfast offered to Dr. Johnson, and rejected. Lochbuy's war-saddle. Sail to Oban.
Goldsmith's Traveller. Pope and Cowley compared. Archibald Duke of Argyle. Arrive at Inverary. Dr. Johnson drinks some whisky, and assigns his reason. Letter from the
authour 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.
to the influence of Peers in Ayrshire. October 25. Dr. Johnson presented to the Duke of Argyle. Grandeur
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. Good principles and bad practice. October 26. A passage in Home's Douglas, and one in Juvenal, com
pared. 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
Lochlomond. Dr. Johnson's sentiments on dress. Forms of prayer considered. Arrive at Mr. Smollet's. October 28. Dr. Smollet's Epitaph.
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 noble
Arrive at Treesbank. October 31. Sir John Cunningham of Caprington. November 1. Rules for the distribution of charity. Castle of Dun
donald, Countess of Eglintoune. Alexander Earl of Eglin
toune. November 2. Arrive at Auchinleck. Character of Lord Auchinleck.
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.
creased by opposition. Edinburgh Castle. Fingal. English credulity not less than Scottish. Second Sight. Garrick and Foote
compared as companions. Moravian Missions and Methodism. November 11. History originally oral. 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 the 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. Appendix.
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).
· The man thus described is James I.
TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.
R. JOHNSON had for many years given me hopes that
we should go together, and visit the Hebrides'. Martin's Account of those islands had impressed us with a notion that we might there contemplate a system of life almost totally different from what we had been accustomed to see ; and, to find simplicity and wildness, and all the circumstances of remote time or place, so near to our native great island, was an object within the reach of reasonable curiosity. Dr. Johnson has said in his Journey?, 'that he scarcely remembered how the wish to visit the Hebrides was excited ;' but he told me, in summer, 17633, that his father put Martin's Account into his hands when he was very young, and that he was much pleased with it. We reckoned there would be some inconveniencies and hardships, and perhaps a little danger; but these we were persuaded were magnified in the imagination of every body.
· See ante, i. 450 and ii. 291.
' A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. Johnson's Works,
[Edinburgh) I found the following note in the handwriting of Mr. Boswell :—'This very book accompanied Mr. Samuel Johnson and me in our Tour to the Hebrides.' UPCOTT. Croker's Boswell, p. 267.
See ante, i. 450. On a copy of Martin in the Advocates' Library