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A Chronological Catalogue of the

of March this year, and the last 17th of March, 1752, the

day on which Mrs. Johnson died. acknowl. Letter in the General Advertiser to excite the attention of

the Publick to the Performance of Comus, which was
next day to be acted at Drury-Lane Playhouse for the

Benefit of Milton's Grandaughter. acknowl.
Preface and Postscript to Lauder's Pamphlet intitled, 'An

Essay on Milton's Use and Imitation of the Moderns in

his Paradise Lost.' acknowl. 1751. Life of Cheynel in the Miscellany called 'The Student.'

acknowl. Letter for Lauder, addressed to the Reverend Dr. John

Douglas, acknowledging his Fraud concerning Milton in

Terms of suitable Contrition. acknowl.
Dedication to the Earl of Middlesex of Mrs. Charlotte Len-

nox's 'Female Quixotte.' intern. evid.' 1753. Dedication to John Earl of Orrery, of Shakspeare Illus

trated, by Mrs. Charlotte Lennox, acknowl. During this and the following year he wrote and gave to

his much loved friend Dr. Bathurst the Papers in the Ad

venturer, signed T. acknowl. 1754. Life of Edw. Cave in the Gentleman's Magazine. acknowl. 1755. A DICTIONARY, with a Grammar and History, of the ENG

LISH LANGUAGE. acknowl.
An Account of an Attempt to ascertain the Longitude at

Sea, by an exact Theory of the Variations of the Magnet-
ical Needle, with a Table of the Variations at the most
remarkable Cities in Europe from the year 1660 to 1680.
acknowl. This he wrote for Mr. Zachariah Williams, an
ingenious ancient Welch Gentleman, father of Mrs. Anna
Williams whom he for many years kindly lodged in his
House. It was published with a Translation into Italian
by Signor Baretti. In a Copy of it which he presented
to the Bodleian Library at Oxford, is pasted a Character
of the late Mr. Zachariah Williams, plainly written by

Johnson. intern. evid. 1756. An Abridgement of his Dictionary. acknowl.

Several Essays in the Universal Visitor, which there is

1 The Female Quixote was published in 1752. See post, 1762, note.

some

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Prose Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

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some difficulty in ascertaining. All that are marked with
two Asterisks have been ascribed to him, although I am
confident from internal Evidence, that we should except
from these “The Life of Chaucer,' 'Reflections on the
State of Portugal,' and 'An Essay on Architecture :' And
from the same Evidence I am confident that he wrote
Further Thoughts on Agriculture,' and 'A Dissertation
on the State of Literature and Authours.' The Disser-
tation on the Epitaphs written by Pope he afterwards

acknowledged, and added to his ‘Idler.'
Life of Sir Thomas Browne prefixed to a new Edition of

his Christian Morals. acknowl.

In the Literary Magazine ; or, Universal Review, which began in

January, 1756.

His Original Essays are
Preliminary Address. intern. evid.
An introduction to the Political State of Great Britain.

intern. evid.
Remarks on the Militia Bill. intern. evid.
Observations on his Britannick Majesty's Treaties with the

Empress of Russia and the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel.

intern. evid.
Observations on the Present State of Affairs. intern. evid.
Memoirs of Frederick III. King of Prussia. intern. evid.

In the same Magazine his Reviews are of the following books :

Birch's History of the Royal Society.'-Browne's Chris

tian Morals.'-'Warton's Essay on the Writings and
Genius of Pope, Vol. I.'— 'Hampton's Translation of
Polybius.'—'Sir Isaac Newton's Arguments in Proof of
a Deity.'— Borlase's History of the Isles of Scilly.' -
'Home's Experiments on Bleaching.'-Browne's His-
tory of Jamaica.'-Hales on Distilling Sea Waters,
Ventilators in Ships, and curing an ill Taste in Milk.'-
'Lucas's Essay on Waters.'—Keith's Catalogue of the
Scottish Bishops.' -'Philosophical Transactions, Vol.
XLIX.'— Miscellanies by Elizabeth Harrison.'—Evans's
Map and Account of the Middle Colonies in America.'

The

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A Chronological Catalogue of the

- The Cadet, a Military Treatise.'—'The Conduct of the Ministry relating to the present War impartially ex

amined.' intern, evid. 'Mrs. Lennox's Translation of Sully's Memoirs.'—'Letter

on the Case of Admiral Byng.'- Appeal to the People concerning Admiral Byng.' -'Hanway's Eight Days' Journey, and Essay on Tea.'—'Some further Particulars in Relation to the Case of Admiral Byng, by a Gentleman

of Oxford.' acknowl. Mr. Jonas Hanway having written an angry Answer to the

Review of his Essay on Tea, Johnson in the same Col-
lection made a Reply to it. acknowl. This is the only
Instance, it is believed, when he condescended to take
Notice of any Thing that had been 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. 1757. Speech on the Subject of an Address to the Throne after

the Expedition to Rochefort; delivered by one of his
Friends in some publick 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 con

tinued 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 cer:

tain 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 Gen

eral Conclusion of the Book. intern. evid. Introduction to the World Displayed, a Collection of Voyages and Travels. acknowl.

Three

Prose Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

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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 acute

and able Vindication of Mary Queen of Scots. acknowl. Introduction to the Proceedings of the Committee for

Cloathing the French Prisoners. acknowl. 1761. Preface to Rolt's Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. ac

knowi. Corrections and Improvements for Mr. Gwyn the Archi

tect's Pamphlet, intitled “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, Quarto Edition. acknowl. Concluding Paragraph of that Work. intern, evid. Preface to the Catalogue of the Artists' 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 Rev

erend Mr. Bennet. acknowl. The Life of Ascham, also prefixed to that edition. acknowl. Review of Telemachus, a Masque, by the Reverend George

Graham of Eton College, in the Critical Review. ac

knowl.
Dedication to the Queen of Mr. Hoole's Translation of

Tasso. acknowl.
Account of the Detection of the Imposture of the Cock-

Lane Ghost, published in the Newspapers and Gentle

man's Magazine. acknowl. 1764. Part of a Review of Grainger's 'Sugar Cane, a Poem,' in the

London Chronicle. acknowl.
Review of Goldsmith's Traveller, a Poem, in the Critical

Review. acknowl.

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A Chronological Catalogue of the

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. ac

knowl. 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 Scot

land. acknowl. 1774. The Patriot. acknowl. 1775. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. acknowl.

Proposals for publishing the Works of Mrs. Charlotte Len

nox, in Three Volumes Quarto. 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 Session in Scotland. acknowl.
Argument to prove that the Corporation of Stirling was cor-

rupt; dictated to me for the House of Lords. acknowi. 1776. Argument in Support of the Right of immediate, and per

sonal reprehension from the Pulpit; dictated to me. ac

knowl. Proposals for publishing an Analysis of the Scotch Celtick

Language, by the Reverend William Shaw. acknowi. 1777. Dedication to the King of the Posthumous Works of Dr. Pearce, Bishop of Rochester, acknowl.

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