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FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE. 1744. 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 pro
posals 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 MR. DODSLEY'S PRECEPTOR.
Vision of Theodore the Hermit; acknowl. 1750. The Rambler, the first paper of which was published 20th of March
this year, and the last 17th of March, 1752, the day on which Mrs.
Johnson died *; acknowl,
to the performance of Comus, which was next day to be acted at
acknowl. Preface and postscript to Lauder's pamphlet, entitled, 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, acknow
ledging his fraud concerning Milton in terms of suitable contrition ;
acknowl. Dedication to the earl of Middlesex, of Mrs. Charlotte Lennox's Female
Quixote; intern. evid. 1753. Dedication to John, earl of Orrery, of Shakspeare illustrated, by Mrs.
Charlotte Lennox; acknowl.
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 1860; acknowl. This he wrote for Mr. Zachariah Williams,
* This date is not accurate. The concluding Rambler was published on the 14th of March, three days before Mrs. Johnson died. See Prefatory Notice to the Rambler in the second volume of the Oxford edition of Johnson's Works.-ED. VOL. 1.
1755. an ingenious ancient Welch gentleman, father of Mrs. Anna Wil
liams, whom he for many years kindly lodged in his house. 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 Johnsou ; intern. evid. 1756. An Abridgement of his Dictionary; acknowl.
Several essays in the Universal Visiter, which there is 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 Authors. The Dissertation on the Epitaphs written by Pope he afterwards acknow- 1756. descended to take notice of any thing that had been written against
ledged, and added to his Idler.
January, 1756, his original Essays are,
Russia and the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel ; intern. evid.
History of the Royal Society. Browne's Christian Morals. War-
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 1756. 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 con
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 In
troduction 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 De
signs of Chinese Buildings, etc.; acknowl. 1758. The Idler, which began April 5, in this year, and was continued till
April 5, 1760; acknowl.
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. Three letters in the Gazetteer, concerning the best plan for Blackfriars'
Bridge; acknowl. 1760. Address of the Painters to George the Third on his Accession to the
Throne ; intern. evid.
Abreu, then envoy-extraordinary from Spain at the court of Great
Vindication of Mary Queen of Scots ; acknowl.
French prisoners; acknowl.
Corrections and improvements for Mr. Gwyn the architect's pamphlet,
entitled, Thoughts on the Coronation of George the Third ; acknowl. 1762. Dedication to the king, of the reverend Dr. Kennedy's Complete Sys
tem of Astronomical Chronology unfolding the Scriptures, quarto
edition ; acknowl.
Preface to the Catalogue of the Artists' Exhibition ; intern. evid. 1763. Character of Collins in the Poetical Calendar, published by Fawkes and
Woty ; acknowl.
English works, published by the reverend Mr. Bennett ; acknowl.
1763. Review of Telemachus, a masque, by the rev. George Graham, of Eton
college, in the Critical Review; ucknowl, 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 Gentleman's Magazine; acknowl. 1764. Part of a review of Granger's Sugar Cane, a poem, in the London
acknowl. 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 Chron
icle; acknowl. 1770. The False Alarm; acknowl. 1771. Thoughts on the late Transactions respecting Falkland's Islands ; ack. 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 ; acknowl, 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 Scotland ; acknowl. 1774. The Patriot; acknowl. 1775. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland; acknowl.
Proposals for publishing the works of Mrs. Charlotte Lennox, in three
volumes quarto; acknowl.
American Congress ; acknowl,
sessions in Scotland; acknowl.
tated to me for the house of lords ; acknowl. 1776. Argument in support of the right of immediate, and personal repre
hension from the pulpit ; dictated to me; acknowl. Proposals for publishing an Analysis for the Scotch Celtick Language,
by the reverend William Shaw; acknowle 1777. Dedication to the King of the Posthumous Works of Dr. Pearce, bishop
of Rochester ; acknowl, Additions to the Life and Character of that prelate ; prefixed to those
works; acknowl, 1777. Various Papers and Letters in favour of the reverend Dr. Dodd; ack, 1780. Advertisement for his Friend Mr. Thrale to the Worthy Electors of the
Borough of Southwark; acknowl.
First Paragraph of Mr. Thomas Davies's Life of Garrick; acknowl. 1781. Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the works of the most eminent
1781. English Poets : afterwards published with the title of the Lives of
the English Poets; acknowl. Argument on the importance of the Registration of Deeds ; dictated to
me for an election committee of the house of commons; acknowl, On the Distinction between Tory and Whig; dictated to me; acknowl. On Vicarious Punishments, and the great Propitiation for the Sins of
the World, by Jesus Christ; dictated to me; acknowl. Argument in favour of Joseph Knight, an African Negro, who claimed
his liberty in the court of session in Scotland, and obtained it; dic
tated to me; acknowl. Defence of Mr. Robertson, printer of the Caledonian Mercury, against
the society of procurators in Edinburgh, for having inserted in his paper a ludicrous paragraph against them; demonstrating that it was
not an injurious libel; dictated to me; acknowl. 1782. The greatest part, if not the whole, of a Reply, by the reverend Mr.
Shaw, to a person at Edinburgh, of the name of Clarke, refuting his arguments for the authenticity of the poems published by Mr. James
Macpherson as translations from Ossian; intern, evid. 1784. List of the Authors of the Universal History, deposited in the British
Museum, and printed in the Gentleman's Magazine for December,
enjoining him to publish them; acknowl.
Westminster, and given to the world by the rev. Samuel Hayes,
A. M. intern. evid. t Such was the number and variety of the prose works of this extraordinary man, which I have been able to discover, and am at liberty to mention; but we ought to keep in mind, that there must undoubtedly have been many more which are yet concealed ; and we may add to the account, the numerous letters which he wrote, of which a considerable part are yet unpublished. It is hoped that those persons in whose possession they are, will favour the world with them.
+ To this list of the writings of Dr. Johnson, Mr. Alexander Chalmers, with considerable probability, suggests to me that we may add the following:
IN THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE. 1747. Lauder's Proposals for printing the Adamus Exul of Grotius, vol. 20. p.
404. 1750. Address to the Publick, concerning Miss Williams's Miscellanies, vol. 20. p.
428. 1753. Preface. Notice of Mr. Edward Cave's death, inserted in the last page of the Index.
IN THE LITERARY MAGAZINE. 1756. Observations on the foregoing letter; i. e. a letter on the American Colonies, vol. i.
p. 66.-MALONE. Since the above were communicated to Mr. Malone, Mr. C. has discovered the following in the Gentleman's Magazine : 1739. Address to the Reader in May, 1749. Letter on Fire-works, in January. 1751. Preface to the Gentleman's Magazine. Criticism on Moore's Gil Blas. 1754. Preface. A. C.