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TO THE SAME.

“Aug. 3, 1773. “DEAR SIR,

“Not being at Mr. Thrale's when your letter came, I had written the enclosed paper and sealed it; bringing it hither for a frank, I found yours. 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, “SAM. Johnson.”

TO THE SAME.

“Newcastle, Aug. 11, 1773. “DEAR SIR, “I came hither last night, and hope, but do not absolutely promise to be in Edinburgh on Saturday. Beattie will not come so soon. I am, Sir, your most humble servant, “SAM. Johnson. “My compliments to your lady.”

TO THE SAME.

“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 22nd 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's, 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, Coll, Mull, Inchkenneth, and Icolmkill. He travelled through Argyleshire by Inverary, and from thence by Lochlomond and Dumbarton 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 topics, have been faithfully, and to the best of my abilities, displayed in my “Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides,” to which, as the public 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 true,
So fervent Boswell gives him to our view:
In every trait we see his mind expand ;

* He was long remembered amongst the lower orders of Hebrideans by the title of the Sassenach More, the big Englishman.—Walter Scott.

* The author 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 cheerfulness. He has better faculties than I had imagined: more justness 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.” Thrale Correspondence, vol. i., p. 198.—Malone.

when sawn across. You may either have a little writingstandish made of it, or get it formed into boards for a treatise op witchcraft, by way of a suitable binding." ....

MR. BOSWELL TO DR. JOHNSON.

“ Edinburgh, Dec. 18, 1773. .... “You promised me an inscription for a print to be taken from an historical picture of Mary Queen of Scots being forced to resign her crown, which Mr. Hamilton at Rome has painted for me. The two following have been sent to me:

"Maria Scotorum Regina meliori seculo digna, jus regium civibus seditiosis invita resignat.'

Cives seditiosi Mariam Scotorum Reginam sese muneri abdicare invitam cogunt.'

"Be so good as to read the passage in Robertson, and see if you cannot give me a better inscription. I must have it both in Latin and English; so, if you should not give me another Latin one, you will at least choose the best of these two, and send a translation of it." ....

His humane forgiving disposition was put to a pretty strong test on his return to London, by a liberty which Mr. Thomas Davies had taken with him in his absence, which was, to publish two volumes entitled “Miscellaneous and Fugitive Pieces,” which he advertised in the newspapers, “By the Author of the Rambler.” In this collection, several of Dr. Johnson's acknowledged writings, several of his anonymous performances, and some which he had written for others, were inserted; but there were also some in which he had no concern whatever. He was at first very angry, as he had good reason to be. But, upon consideration of his poor friend's narrow circumstances, and that he had only a little profit in view, and

i Gavin Hamilton, long a resident in Rome, and a painter of some reputation in his day. He died in 1797. The picture which Boswell speaks of was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1776, and is described in the catalogue as “ No. 124. Gavin Hamilton, Rome; Mary Queen of Scots resigning her Crown."-P. Cunningham.

“Make my compliments to all those to whom my compliments may be welcome.

"Let the box' be sent as soon as it can, and let me know when to expect it.

“Enquire, if you can, the order of the Clans: Macdonald is first ; ? Maclean second; further I cannot go. Quicken Dr. Webster. I am, Sir, yours affectionately,

“Sam. JOHNSON."

MR. BOSWELL TO DR. JOHNSON.

“Edinburgh, Dec. 2, 1773. .... “You shall have what information I can procure as to the order of the clans. A gentleman of the name of Grant tells me that there is no settled order among them; and he says that the Macdonalds were not placed upon the right of the army at Culloden; the Stuarts were. I shall, however, examine witnesses of every name that I can find here. Dr. Webster shall be quickened too. I like your little memorandums; they are symptoms of your being in earnest with your book of northern travels.

“Your box shall be sent next week by sea. You will find in it some pieces of the broom-bush which you saw growing on the old castle of Auchinleck. The wood has a curious appearance

1 This was a box containing a number of curious things which he had picked up in Scotland, particularly some horn-spoons.

• The Macdonalds always laid claim to be placed on the right of the whole clans, and those of that tribe assign the breach of this order at Culloden as one cause of the loss of the day. The Macdonalds, placed on the left wing, refused to charge, and positively left the field unassailed and unbroken. Lord George Murray in vain endeavoured to urge them on by saying, that their bebaviour would make the left the right, and that he himself would take the name of Macdonald. On this subject there are some curious notices, in a very interesting journal written by one of the seven men of Moidart, as they were called-Macdonalds of the Clanronald sept, who were the first who declared for the prince at his landing in their chief's country. It is in the Lockhart papers, vol. ii., p. 510.-Walter Scott.

3 The Rev. Dr. Alexander Webster, one of the ministers of Edinburgh, a man of distinguished abilities, who had promised him information concerning the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

when sawn across. You may either have a little writingstandish made of it, or get it formed into boards for a treatise op witchcraft, by way of a suitable binding." ....

MR. BOSWELL TO DR. JOHNSON.

“Edinburgh, Dec. 18, 1773. .... “You promised me an inscription for a print to be taken from an historical picture of Mary Queen of Scots being forced to resign her crown, which Mr. Hamilton at Rome has painted for me. The two following have been sent to me:

Maria Scotorum Regina meliori seculo digna, jus regium civibus seditiosis invita resignat.'

Cives seditiosi Mariam Scotorum Reginam sese muneri abdicare invitam cogunt.'

“Be so good as to read the passage in Robertson, and see if you cannot give me a better inscription. I must have it both in Latin and English ; so, if you should not give me another Latin one, you will at least choose the best of these two, and send a translation of it.” ....

His humane forgiving disposition was put to a pretty strong test on his return to London, by a liberty which Mr. Thomas Davies had taken with him in his absence, which was, to publish two volumes entitled “Miscellaneous and Fugitive Pieces," which he advertised in the newspapers, “By the Author of the Rambler.” In this col. lection, several of Dr. Johnson's acknowledged writings, several of his anonymous performances, and some which he had written for others, were inserted; but there were also some in which he had no concern whatever. He was at first very angry, as he had good reason to be. But, upon consideration of his poor friend's narrow circumstances, and that he had only a little profit in view, and

i Gavin Hamilton, long a resident in Rome, and a painter of some reputation in his day. He died in 1797. The picture which Boswell speaks of was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1776, and is described in the catalogue as “ No. 124. Gavin Hamilton, Rome; Mary Queen of Scots resigning her Crown.”—P. Cunningham.

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