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INTRODUCTION. Character of Dr. Johnson. He arrives in Scot-

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.



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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

September 1. Glensheal. The Macraas.

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


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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.



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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



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October 4.

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

landlords. October


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.


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