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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 Letter 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 Chronicle, or Weekly Gazette, intern. evid.
For Mrs. Charlotte Lennox's English Version of Brumoy, "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
Introduction to the Proceedings of the Committee for
1761. Preface to Rolt's Dictionary of Trade and Commerce, acknowl.
Corrections and Improvements for Mr. Gwyn the Architect's pamphlet, entitled "Thoughts on the Coronation of George III.," acknowl.
1762. Dedication to the King of the Reverend Dr. Kennedy's Complete System of Astronomical Chronology unfolding 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
The Life of Ascham, also prefixed to that edition,
Review of Telemachus, a Masque, by the Reverend
Dedication to the Queen of Mr. Hoole's Translation of
Account of the Detection of the Imposture of the Cock
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 Miscellanies, 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 Geography," 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 English, 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
1780. Advertisement for his Friend, Mr. Thrale, to the Worthy Electors of the Borough of Southwark, acknowl. First Paragraph of Mr. Thomas Davies's Life of Garrick, 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 WHIG; 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 (1); 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, will favour 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 importance, and of very doubtful authenticity.-C.