Imatges de pÓgina

written against him; and here his chief intention

seems to have been to make sport. Dedication to the Earl of Rochford of, and Preface to,

Mr. Payne's Introduction to the Game of Draughts,

acknowl. Introduction to the London Chronicle, an Evening

Paper, which still subsists with deserved credit,

acknowl. *“ Observations on the Foregoing Letter,” i. e. A Let

ter on the American Colonies. 1757. Speech on the Subject of an Address to the Throne

after the Expedition to Rochefort; delivered by one of his friends in some public meeting : it is printed in the Gentleman's Magazine for October, 1785,

intern. evid. The first two paragraphs of the Preface to Sir William

Chambers's Designs of Chinese Buildings, &c.,

acknowl. 1758. THE IDLER, which began April 5. in this year, and was

continued till April 5. 1760, acknowl. An Essay on the Bravery of the English Common

Soldiers was added to it, when published in volumes,

acknowl. 1759. Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, a Tale, acknowl.

Advertisement for the Proprietors of the Idler against

certain persons who pirated those papers as they came out singly in a newspaper called the Universal Chro

nicle, or Weekly Gazette, intern. evid. For Mrs. Charlotte Lennox's English Version of Bru

moy, “ A Dissertation on the Greek Comedy,” and

the General Conclusion of the Book, intern, evid. Introduction to the World Displayed, a Collection of

Voyages and Travels, acknowl.
Three Letters in the Gazetteer, concerning the best

plan for Blackfriars Bridge, acknowl. 1760. Address of the Painters to George III. on his Accession to the Throne, intern. evid.

Dedication of Baretti's Italian and English Dictionary to the Marquis of Abreu, then Envoy Extraordinary from Spain at the Court of Great Britain, intern.

evid. Review in the Gentleman's Magazine of Mr. Tytler's

acute and able Vindication of Mary Queen of Scots,

acknowl. Introduction to the Proceedings of the Committee for

Clothing the French Prisoners, acknowl. 1761. Preface to Rolt's Dictionary of Trade and Commerce,

acknowl. Corrections and Improvements for Mr. Gwyn the Ar

chitect's pamphlet, entitled “ Thoughts on the Coro

nation of George III.,” acknowl. 1762. Dedication to the King of the Reverend Dr. Kennedy's

Complete System of Astronomical Chronology un

folding the Scriptures, 4to edition, acknowl. Preface to the Catalogue of the Artist's Exhibition,

intern. evid. 1763. Character of Collins in the Poetical Calendar, published

by Fawkes and Woty, acknowl. Dedication to the Earl of Shaftesbury of the edition of

Roger Ascham's English Works, published by the

Reverend Mr. Bennett, acknowl.
The Life of Ascham, also prefixed to that edition,

Review of Telemachus, a Masque, by the Reverend

George Graham, of Eton College, in the Critical

Review, acknowl.
Dedication to the Queen of Mr. Hoole's Translation of

Tasso, acknowl.
Account of the Detection of the Imposture of the Cock

Lane Ghost, published in the Newspapers and Gen

tleman's Magazine, acknowl. 1764. Part of a Review of Granger's “ Sugar Cane,” a Poem,

in the London Chronicle, acknowl.

Review of Goldsmith's “ Traveller,” a Poem, in the

Critical Review, acknowl. 1765. The Plays of William Shakspeare, in eight volumes,

8vo, with Notes, acknowl. 1766. The Fountains, a Fairy Tale, in Mrs. Williams's Mis

cellanies, acknowl. 1767. Dedication to the King of Mr. Adams's Treatise on

the Globes, acknowl. 1769. Character of the Reverend Mr. Zachariah Mudge, in

the London Chronicle, acknowl. 1770. The False Alarm, acknowl. 1771. Thoughts on the late Transactions respecting Falkland's

Islands, acknowl. 1772. Defence of a Schoolmaster ; dictated to me for the

House of Lords, acknowl.
Argument in support of the Law of Vicious Intromission ;

dictated to me for the Court of Session in Scotland,

acknowl. 1773. Preface to Macbean's “ Dictionary of Ancient Geo

graphy,” acknowl. Argument in favour of the Rights of Lay Patrons ;

dictated to me for the General Assembly of the

Church of Scotland, acknowl, 1774. The Patriot, acknowl. 1775. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, acknowl.

Proposals for publishing the Works of Mrs. Charlotte

Lennox, in 3 volumes, 4to, acknowl.
Preface to Baretti's Easy Lessons in Italian and En.

glish, intern, evid.
Taxation no Tyranny: an Answer to the Resolutions

and Address of the American Congress, acknowl. Argument on the Case of Dr. Memis; dictated to me

for the Court of Sessions in Scotland, acknowl. Argument to prove that the Corporation of Stirling

was corrupt; dictated to me for the House of Lords, acknowl.

1776. Argument in support of the Right of immediate and

personal Reprehension from the Pulpit; dictated to

me, acknowl. Proposals for publishing an Analysis for the Scotch

Celtic Language, by the Reverend William Shawl,

acknowl. 1777. Dedication to the King of the Posthumous Works of

Dr. Pearce, Bishop of Rochester, acknowl.
Additions to the Life and Character of that Prelate,

prefixed to those works, acknowl.
Various Papers and Letters in favour of the Reverend

Dr. Dodd, acknowl. 1780. Advertisement for his Friend, Mr. Thrale, to the Wor

thy Electors of the Borough of Southwark, acknowl. First Paragraph of Mr. Thomas Davies's Life of Gar

rick, acknowl. 1781. Prefaces, biographical and critical, to the Works of the

most eminent English Poets; afterwards published with the Title of the Lives of the English Poets,

acknowl. Argument on the Importance of the Registration of

Deeds; dictated to me for an Election Committee

of the House of Commons, acknowl. On the Distinction between Tory and Whit; dictated

to me, acknowl. On Vicarious Punishments, and the great Propitiation

for the Sins of the World by Jesus CHRIST ; dictated

to me, acknowl. Argument in favour of Joseph Knight, an African

Negro, who claimed his Liberty in the Court of Session in Scotland, and obtained it; dictated to me,

acknowl. Defence of Mr. Robertson, Printer of the Caledonian

Mercury, against the Society of Procurators in Edinburgh, for having inserted in his paper a ludicrous paragraph against them; demonstrating that it was not an injurious Libel; dictated to me, acknowl.

1782. The greatest (part], if not the whole, of a Reply, by

the Reverend Mr. Shaw, to a person at Edinburgh, of the name of Clarke, refuting his arguments for the authenticity of the Poems published by Mr. James Macpherson as Translations from Ossian,

intern. evid. 1784. List of the Authors of the Universal History, deposited

in the British Museum, and printed in the Gentleman's Magazine for December, this year, acknowl.


Letters to Mrs. Thrale, acknowl.
Prayers and Meditations, which he delivered to the

Rev. Mr. Strahan, enjoining him to publish them,

acknowl. Sermons, left for publication by John Taylor, LL.D.,

Prebendary of Westminster, and given to the World by the Reverend Samuel Hayes, A. M., intern. evid.

Such was the number and variety of the prose works of this extraordinary man, which I have been able to discover, and am at liberty to mention (); but we ought to keep in mind, that there must undoubtedly have been many more which are yet concealed ; and we may add to the account, the numerous letters which he wrote, of which a considerable part are yet unpublished. It is hoped that those persons, in whose possession they are, wi vour the world with them.


(1) This is a strange phrase. What work could it have been that Mr. Boswell was not at liberty to mention? That there was some peculiar meaning here can hardly be doubted. It perhaps may allude to some publications of a Jacobite tendency, written in Johnson's earlier days, and which may have been acknowledged in confidence to Boswell; but this is a mere conjecture. Many of the articles inserted in the foregoing list on internal evidence (particularly those from the magazines) are of very little import. ance, and of very doubtful authenticity.-C.

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