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September 21. Description of Dunvegan. Lord Lovat's Pyramid.

Ride to Ulinish. Phipps's Voyage to the North Pole.
September 22. Subterraneous house and vast cave in Ulinish.

Swift's Lord Orrery. Defects as well as virtues the proper
subject of biography, though the life be written by a friend.
Studied conclusions of letters. Whether allowable in dying
men to maintain resentment to the last. Instructions for writ-
ing the lives of literary men. Fingal denied to be genuine, and

pleasantly ridiculed.

September 23. Further disquisition concerning Fingal. Eminent

men disconcerted by a new mode of publick appearance.

Garrick. Mrs. Montague's Essay on Shakspeare. Persons of

consequence watched in London. Learning of the Scots from

1550 to 1650. The arts of civil life little known in Scotland

till the Union. Life of a sailor. The folly of Peter the Great

in working in a dock-yard. Arrive at Talisker. Presbyterian

clergy deficient in learning.

September 24. French hunting. Young Col. Dr. Birch, Dr. Percy.

Lord Hailes. Historical impartiality. Whiggism unbecom-

ing in a clergyman.

September 25. Every island a prison. A Sky cottage. Return to

Corrichatachin. Good fellowship carried to excess.

September 26. Morning review of last night's intemperance. Old

Kingsburgh's Jacobite song. Lady Margaret Macdonald
adored in Sky. Different views of the same subject at differ-

ent times. Self-deception.
September 27. Dr. Johnson's popularity in the Isle of Sky. His

good-humoured gaiety with a Highland lady.
September 28. Ancient Irish pride of family. Dr. Johnson on

threshing and thatching. Dangerous to increase the price

of labour. Arrive at Ostig. Dr. M‘Pherson's Latin poetry.
September 29. Reverend Mr. M‘Pherson. Shenstone. Hammond.

Sir Charles Hanbury Williams.

September 30. Mr. Burke the first man every where. Very mod-

erate talents requisite to make a figure in the House of Com-

mons. Dr. Young. Dr. Doddridge. Increase of infidel writ-

ings since the accession of the Hanover family. Gradual im-

pression made by Dr. Johnson. Particular minutes to be kept

of our studies.

October 1. Dr. Johnson not answerable for all the words in his


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Dictionary. Attacks on authours useful to them. Return to

October 2.

Old manners of great families in Wales. German
courts. Goldsmith's love of talk. Emigration Curious

story of the people of St. Kilda.
October 3. Epictetus on the voyage of death. Sail for Mull.

storm. Driven into Col.
October 4.

Dr. Johnson's mode of living in the Temple. His
curious appearance on a sheltie. Nature of sea-sickness.
Burnet's History of his own Times. Difference between dedi-

cations and histories.
October 5. People may come to do anything by talking of it. The

Reverend Mr. Hector Maclean. Bayle. Leibnitz and Clarke.
Survey of Col. Insular life. Arrive at Breacacha. Dr. John-

son's power of ridicule.

October 6. Heritable jurisdictions. The opinion of philosophers

concerning happiness in a cottage, considered. Advice to


October 7.

Books the best solace in a state of confinement.

October 8. Pretended brother of Dr. Johnson. No redress for a

man's name being affixed to a foolish work. Lady Sidney

Beauclerk. Carte's Life of the Duke of Ormond. Col's cabi-

net. Letters of the great Montrose. Present state of the isl-

and of Col.

October 9. Dr. Johnson's avidity for a variety of books. Improbabil-

ity of a Highland tradition. Dr. Johnson's delicacy of feeling.

October 10. Dependence of tenants on landlords.

October 11. London and Pekin compared. Dr. Johnson's high

opinion of the former.

October 12.

Return to Mr. M‘Sweyn's. Other superstitions be-
side those connected with religion. Dr. Johnson disgusted

with coarse manners. His peculiar habits.

October 13. Bustle not necessary to dispatch. Oats the food not

of the Scotch alone.

October 14. Arrive in Mull. Addison's Remarks on Italy. Addi-

son not much conversant with Italian literature. The French

masters of the art of accommodating literature. Their Ana.

Racine. Corneille. Moliere. Fenelon. Voltaire. Bossuet.

Massillon. Bourdaloue. Virgil's description of the entrance

into hell, compared to a printing-house.


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October 15. Erse poetry. Danger of a knowledge of musick. The
propriety of settling our affairs so as to be always prepared for

Religion and literary attainments not to be described
to young persons as too hard. Reception of the travellers in

their progress. Spence.
October 16. Miss Maclean. Account of Mull. The value of an

oak walking-stick in the Hebrides. Arrive at Mr. M'Quar-
rie's in Ulva. Captain Macleod. Second Sight. Mercheta
Mulierum, and Borough-English. The grounds on which the
sale of an estate may be set aside in a court of equity.

Arrive at Inchkenneth. Sir Allen Maclean and his
daughters. None but theological books should be read on
Sunday. Dr. Campbell. Dr. Johnson exhibited as a High-
lander. Thoughts on drinking. Dr. Johnson's Latin verses

on Inchkenneth.

October 18. Young Col's various good qualities. No extraordi-

nary talents requisite to success in trade. Dr. Solander. Mr.

Burke. Dr. Johnson's intrepidity and presence of mind. Sin-

gular custom in the islands of Col and Otaheité. Further

eulogium on young Col. Credulity of a Frenchman in foreign


Oitober 19. Death of young Col. Dr. Johnson slow of belief

without strong evidence. La Crédulité des incrédules. Coast

of Mwl. Nun's Island. Past scenes pleasing in recollection.

Land on Icolmkill.

October 20.

Sketch of the ruins of Icolmkill. Influence of sol-

emn scenes of piety. Feudal authority in the extreme. Re-

turn to Mull.

October 21. Pulteney. Pitt. Walpole. Mr. Wilkes. English and

Jewish history compared. Scotland composed of stone and
water, and a little earth. Turkish Spy. Dreary ride to Loch-

buy. Description of the laird.
October 22. Uncommon breakfast offered to Dr. Johnson, and

rejected. Lochbuy's war-saddle. Sail to Oban.
October 23. Goldsmith's Traveller. Pope and Cowley compared.

Archibald Duke of Argyle. Arrive at Inverary. Dr. John-
son drinks some whiskey, and assigns his reason. Letter

from the author to Mr. Garrick. Mr. Garrick's answer.

October 24. Specimen of Ogden on Prayer. Hervey's Meditations.

Dr. Johnson's Meditation on a Pudding. Country neighbours.


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The authour's visit to the castle of Inverary. Perverse oppo-

sition to the influence of Peers in Ayrshire.

October 25. Dr. Johnson presented to the Duke of Argyle. Gran-

deur of his grace's seat. The authour possesses himself in an

embarrassing situation. Honourable Archibald Campbell on

a middle state. The old Lord Townshend. Question con-

cerning luxury. Nice trait of character. Good principles and

bad practice.

October 26. A passage in Home's Douglas, and one in Juvenal,

compared. Neglect of religious buildings in Scotland. Arrive

at Sir James Colquhoun's.

October 27. Dr. Johnson's letter to the Duke of Argyle. His

grace's answer. Lochlomond. Dr. Johnson's sentiments on

dress. Forms of prayer considered. Arrive at Mr. Smollet's.

October 28. Dr. Smollet's Epitaph. Dr. Johnson's wonderful

memory. His alacrity during the Tour. Arrive at Glasgow.

October 29. Glasgow surveyed. Attention of the professors to

Dr. Johnson.

October 30. Dinner at the Earl of Loudoun's. Character of that

nobleman. Arrive at Treesbank.
October 31. Sir John Cunningham of Caprington.
November 1. Rules for the distribution of charity. Castle of Dun-

donald. Countess of Eglintoune. Alexander Earl of Eglin.

November 2. Arrive at Auchinleck. Character of Lord Auchin-

leck. His idea of Dr. Johnson.

November Dr. Johnson's sentiments concerning the Highlands.

Mr. Harris of Salisbury.

November 4. Auchinleck. Cattle without horns. Composure of

mind, how far attainable.

November 5. Dr. Johnson's high respect for the English clergy.

November 6. Lord Auchinleck and Dr. Johnson in collision.

November 7. Dr. Johnson's uniform piety. His dislike of pres-

byterian worship.

November 8. Arrive at Hamilton.

November 9. The Duke of Hamilton's house. Arrive at Edin-


November 10. Lord Elibank. Difference in political principles

increased by opposition. Edinburgh Castle. Fingal. Eng.

lish credulity not less than Scottish. Second Sight. Garrick


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