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nivi lectionem Conf. Fab. Burdonum.- Legi primum

actum Troadum.-- Legi Dissertationem Clerici postreÆtat. 64.

mam de Pent.2 of Clark's Sermons.-L. Appolonii pugnum Betriciam.-L. centum versus Homeri." Let this serve as a specimen of what accessions of litera. ture he was perpetually infusing into his mind, while he charged himself with idleness.

This year died Mrs. Salusbury, (mother of Mrs. Thrale,) a lady whom he appears to have esteemed much, and whose memory he honoured with an Epitaph.

In a letter from Edinburgh, dated the 29th of May, I pressed him to persevere in his resolution to make this year the projected visit to the Hebrides, of which he and I had talked for many years, and which I was confident would afford us much entertainment.


“ When your letter came to me, I was so darkened by an inflammation in my eye that I could not for some time read it. I can now write without trouble, and can read large prints. My eye is gradually growing stronger; and I hope will be able to take some delight in the survey of a Caledonian loch. .

« Chambers is going a Judge, with six thousand a year, to Bengal. He and I shall come down together as far as Newcastle, and thence I shall easily get to Edinburgh. Let me know the exact time when your Courts intermit. I must conform a little to


Mrs. Piozzi's Anecdotes of Johnson, p. 131.

Chambers's occasions, and he must conform a little 1773. to mine. The time which you shall fix, must: be the

Ætat, 64. common point to which we will come as near as we can. Except this

eye, I am very well. “ Beattie is so caressed, and invited, and treated, and liked, and flattered, by the great, that I can see nothing of him. I am in great hope that he will be well provided for, and then we will live upon

him as the Marischal College, without pity or modesty.

left the town without taking leave of me, and is gone in deep dudgeon to

Is not this very childish?

childish? Where is now my legacy? “ I hope your dear lady and her dear baby are both well. I shall see them too when I come; and I have that opinion of your choice, as to suspect that when I have seen Mrs. Boswell, I shall be less willing to go away. I am, dear Sir,

, “ Your affectionate humble servant, " Johnson's-court, Fleet

16 SAM. JOHNson.". street, July 5, 1773. o Write to me as soon as you can.

Chambers is now at Oxford.”

I again wrote to him, informing him that the Court of Session rose on the twelfth of August, hoping to see him before that time, and expressing, perhaps in too extravagant terms, my admiration of him, and my expectation of pleasure from our intended tour.

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“ I SHALL set out from London on Friday the sixth of this month, and purpose not to loiter much

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1773. by the way. Which day I shall be at Edinburgh, I Etal. 64. cannot exactly tell. I suppose I must drive to an

inn, and send a porter to find you.

“ I am afraid Beattie will not be at his College soon enough for us, and I shall be sorry to miss him ; but there is no staying for the concurrence of all conveniences. We will do as well as we can. I

am, Sir,

" Your most humble servant, “ August 3, 1773.



“ Not being at Mr. Thrale's when


letter came, I had written the inclosed paper and sealed it ; bringing it hither for a frank, I found your's. If any thing could repress my ardour, it would be such a letter as yours. To disappoint a friend is unpleasing : and he that forms expectations like yours, must be disappointed. Think only when you see me, that you see a man who loves you, and is proud and glad that you love him. I am, Sir,

« Your most affectionate, “ August 3, 1773.

66 SAM. Johnson."


Newcastle, Aug. 11, 1773.
“ I CAME hither last night, and hope, but do
not absolutely promise to be in Edinburgh on Satur-
day. Beattie will not come so soon. I am, Sir,

Your most humble servant,

“ SAM. JOHNSON." My compliments to your lady."



Ætat. 64. « MR. JOHNSON sends his compliments to Mr. Boswell, being just arrived at Boyd's.”

Saturday night.”

His stay in Scotland was from the 18th of August, on which day he arrived, till the 22d of November, when he set out on his return to London ; and I believe ninety-four days were never passed by any man in a more vigorous exertion.

He came by the way of Berwick upon Tweed to Edinburgh, where he remained a few days, and then went by St. Andrew, Aberdeen, Inverness, and Fort Augustus, to the Hebrides, to visit which was the principal object he had in view. He visited the isles of Sky, Rasay, Col, Mull, Inchkenneth, and Icolmkill. He travelled through Argyleshire by Inverary, and from thence by Lochlomond and Dunbarton to Glasgow, then by Loudon to Auchinleck in Ayrshire, the seat of my family, and then by Hamilton, back to Edinburgh, where he again spent some time. He thus saw the four Universities of Scotland, its three principal cities, and as, much of the Highland and insular life as was sufficient for his philosophical contemplation. ' I had the pleasure of accompanying him during the whole of his journey. He was respectfully entertained by the great, the learned, and the elegant, wherever he went; nor was he less delighted with the hospitality which he experienced in humbler life.

His various adventures, and the force and vivacity of his mind, as exercised during this peregrination, upon innumerable topicks, have been faithfully, and to the best of my abilities, displayed in my “ Journal

1773. of a Tour to the Hebrides,” to which, as the publick

has been pleased to honour it by a very extensive
circulation, I beg leave to refer, as to a separate and
remarkable portion of his life,' which may be there
seen in detail, and which exhibits as striking a view
of his powers in conversation, as his works do of his
excellence in writing. Nor can I deny to myself
the very flattering gratification of inserting here the
character which my friend Mr. Courtenay has been
pleased to give of that work : '
" With Reynolds' pencil, vivid, bold, and truc,
" So fervent Boswell gives him to our view :
" In every trait we see his mind expand ;
“ The master rises by the pupil's hand;
o We love the writer, praise his happy vein, .
“ Grac'd with the naiveté of the sage Montagne.
“ Hence not alone are brighter parts display'd,
66 But e'en the specks of character pourtray'd :
6 We see the Rambler with fastidious smile
66 Mark the lone tree, and note the heath-clad isle;
" But when th' heroick tale of Flora's charms,
« Deck'd in a kilt, he wields a chieftain's arms :
" The tuneful piper sounds a martial strain,
" And Samuel sings, "The King shall have his ain."


.' [The authour was not a small gainer by this extraordinary Journey ; for Dr. Johnson thus writes to Mrs. Thrale, Nov. 3, .1773 : “ Boswell will praise my resolution and perseverance, and

I shall in return celebrate his good humour and perpetual cheer-
fulness. He has better faculties than 1 had imagined ; more just-
ness of discernment, and more fecundity of images. It is very
convenient to travel with him ; for there is no house where he is
not received with kindness and respect." Let. 90, to Mrs.
Thrale. M.]
.? “ The celebrated Flora Macdonald. See Boswell's Tour.

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