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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.
« TO JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ. 6 DEAR SIR,
“ 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.
“ I SHALL set out from London on Friday the sixth of this month, and purpose not to loiter much
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
" Your most humble servant, “ August 3, 1773.
“ SAM. JOHNSON."
TO THE SAME.
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."
TO THE SAME.
Newcastle, Aug. 11, 1773.
Your most humble servant,
“ SAM. JOHNSON." My compliments to your lady."
TO THE SAME.
Ætat. 64. « MR. JOHNSON sends his compliments to Mr. Boswell, being just arrived at Boyd's.”
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
.' [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-