Prose Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.


to the first Volume of that Catalogue, in which the Latin Accounts of the Books were written by him. acknowl. Abridgement intitled, Foreign History. intern, evid.

Essay on the Description of China, from the French of Du
Halde. intern. evid.

1743. Dedication to Dr. Mead of Dr. James's Medicinal Dictionary. intern. evid.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.

Preface. intern, evid.

Parliamentary Debates under the Name of Debates in the Senate of Lilliput, from Nov. 19, 1740, to Feb. 23, 1742-3, inclusive. acknowl.

Considerations on the Dispute between Crousaz and Warburton on Pope's Essay on Man. intern. evid.

A Letter announcing that the Life of Mr. Savage was speedily to be published by a person who was favoured with his Confidence. intern. evid.

Advertisement for Osborne concerning the Harleian Catalogue. intern. evid

1744. Life of Richard Savage. acknowl.

Preface to the Harleian Miscellany. acknowl.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.

Preface. intern. evid.

1745. Miscellaneous Observations on the Tragedy of Macbeth, with remarks on Sir T. H.'s (Sir Thomas Hanmer's) Edition of Shakspeare, and proposals for a new Edition of that Poet. acknowl.

1747. Plan for a Dictionary of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE, addressed to Philip Dormer, Earl of Chesterfield. acknowl.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.

1748. Life of Roscommon. acknowl.

Foreign History, November. intern. evid

For Dodsley's PRECEPTOR.

Preface. acknowl.

Vision of Theodore the Hermit. acknowl.

1750. The RAMBLER, the first Paper of which was published 20th



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.1

1753. Dedication to John Earl of Orrery, of Shakspeare Illustrated, 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 Adventurer, signed T. acknowl.

1754. Life of Edw. Cave in the Gentleman's Magazine. acknowl. 1755. A DICTIONARY, with a Grammar and History, of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE. acknowl.

An Account of an Attempt to ascertain the Longitude at Sea, by an exact Theory of the Variations of the Magnetical 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

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


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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 Dissertation 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 Christian 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 History 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.'



A Chronological Catalogue of the

-The Cadet, a Military Treatise.'-'The Conduct of the Ministry relating to the present War impartially examined.' 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 Collection 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 continued 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 certain 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 General Conclusion of the Book. intern. evid.

Introduction to the World Displayed, a Collection of Voyages and Travels. acknowl.


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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. acknowl.

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-

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 Critica'

Review. acknowl.

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