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JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ.
WITH NUMEROUS ADDITIONS AND NOTES,
THE RIGHT HON. JOHN WILSON CROKER, M.P.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED,
TWO SUPPLEMENTARY VOLUMES OF JOHNSONIANA,
BY HAWKINS, PIOZZI, MURPHY, TYERS, REYNOLDS,
AND NOTES BY VARIOUS HANDS.
ALSO, UPWARDS OF
FIFTY ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS.
IN TEN VOLUMES.
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.
Albemarle Street, June 1. 1835.
THIS volume opens with Boswell's Journal of his Tour to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, with Dr. Johnson, in the autumn of 1773.
As the reader will be told by the Author, in the sequel, this Journal was perused, from time to time, in the original manuscript by Johnson himself; who acknowledged that he was astonished with the minute fidelity of its details. It was published, in one volume, octavo, in October 1785, within a year after Dr. Johnson's death. The original edition had two mottos: one in the title page, from Pope,—
"O! while along the stream of time thy name
Pursue the triumph, and partake the gale ?" the other on a fly-leaf, from Baker's Chronicle,
"He was of an admirable pregnancy of wit, and that pregnancy much improved by continual study from his childhood; by which he had gotten such a promptness in expressing his mind, that his extemporal speeches were little inferior to his premeditated writings. Many,
no doubt, had read as much, and perhaps more than he; but scarce ever any concocted his reading into judgment as he did."
The Dedication of the Journal was in these terms:
"TO EDMOND MALONE, ESQ.
London, 20th September, 1785."
"MY DEAR SIR,
"In every narrative, whether historical or biographical, authenticity is of the utmost consequence. Of this I have ever been so firmly persuaded, that I inscribed a former work to that person who was the best judge of its truth. I need not tell you I mean General Paoli; who, after his great, though unsuccessful, efforts to preserve the liberties of his country, has found an honourable asylum in Britain, where he has now lived many years the object of royal regard and private respect; and whom I cannot name without expressing my very grateful sense of the uniform kindness which he has been pleased to show me.
"The friends of Dr. Johnson can best judge, from internal evidence, whether the numerous conversations which form the most valuable part of the ensuing pages are correctly related. To them, therefore, I wish to appeal, for the accuracy of the portrait here exhibited to the world.
"As one of those who were intimately acquainted with him, you have a title to this address. You have obligingly taken the trouble to peruse the original manuscript of this Tour, and can vouch for the strict fidelity of the present publication. Your literary alli