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Lives of great men, Johnson de.

lighted in the, 129.
Living, Johnson offered a good,

Lobo, his voyage to Abyssinia,

Murphy's account of Johnson's

translation of, 367-72.
London, a poem, Johnson's, praised

by Pope, 187.
London, Johnson's first arrival at,

186 ; Dr. Campbell's illustration

of the vast size of, 256.
Love, Johnson on the passion of,

“Lovely courier of the sky," Ana-

creon's Dove translated, 22.
Ludicrous. Always looking at

things in a ludicrous light a

most dangerous habit, 456.
Lydiat, account of, 429.
Lyttelton, Lord, Johnson's Life of,


Lamp. Rasselas, a lamp of wisdom,

Langton, Bennet, Johnson's regard

for, 34 ; obtains Topham Beau-
clerk's portrait of Johnson, 130;
his children, 300; Johnson's

character of, 341.
Late hours, Johnson loved, 52.
Latin, Johnson spoke, with fluency,

43, 126.
Lauder, bis imposition concerning

Milton, 387, 388.
Laugh, Johnson's, 118.
Lawrence, Dr., his melancholy in.

terview with Johnson, 34; Hill

Boothby mentions, 142.
Leap, Cornelius Ford's famous, 6.
Learning, in Scotland, 105.
Lennox, Mrs.Charlotte, her Female

Quixote, 305.
Letters, Johnson's, to Mrs. Thrale

during the Scotch Tour, 67 ;
Johnson's interest in Lady Mary
Wortley's, 103; from Miss Hill
Boothby, 141-60, 161 - 74;
from Johnson to Hill Boothby,
160, 175-9; Lord Chester-
field's to his son, described by
Johnson, 190; Johnson famed
for letter-writing, 198; his cele-
brated letter to Lord Chester.

field, 395.
Levett, Dr., Johnson's fine verses

on, 50 ; Tyers' remarks on them,

203; Bishop Percy on, 229.
Lexiphanes, an attack on Johnson,

Library, The, at Streatham, 116,

“Life, a pill none of us can swallow
without gilding,” said Johnson,

excuse the indulgences he
granted to the poor, 38.
Life and death, 184, 392.
Lions, Dr. Campbell is asked if he

Madden, Dr., his liberality to

Johnson, 227.
Madness, of Johnson's father, 6.
Manufactures, Johnson had con-

came to London " to see the

lions,” 265.
Literary assistance, Johnson's

liberality in giving, 24, 128, 198.
Literary history, Johnson's great

knowledge of, 90.

siderable knowledge of, 137.
Marchmont, Lord, gives Johnson

some particulars relating to
Pope, 127.
Markland, Jeremiah, 101.
Marmor Norfolciense, a pamphlet

by Johnson against Sir Robert
Walpole, 378.
Marriage. Misery of late mar.

riages, 9; Johnson's, 62, 373;
“I advise no one to marry who
is not likely to propagate under-
standing," 42; description of a
mercenary marriage, 102; second
marriage, “ the triumph of hope
over experience,” 125; objects

for marriage, 129.
Martial, A Modern, Johnson's say.

ing of these verses, that they
contained too much folly for
madness, and too much madness

for folly, 28.
Maxim, Johnson quotes a malicious

one of Rochefoucault's, 39.


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Melancholy, story of,“ You and I

and Hercules, all troubled with,"
24; Johnson afflicted with, 334.
Memory, Johnson's, 8; accuracy

of, 49; Johnson's reply to å
person complaining of the want

of, 340.
Messiah, Pope's, done into Latin

verse by Johnson, 186.
Millar, Mr. Andrew, the Mæcenas

of the age, 127; Dr. Campbell
calls him a “ dilettanti man,"

Milton, Johnson exhibits more of

his excellencies, but also more
of his defects than Addison, 203;
Lauder's fraudulent attempt to
defame, 387, 388, 390 ; John-
son's dislike of his political prin-
ciples, 443; Johnson's criticism
on Paradise Lost, “a sublime
composition," 446; his grand-
daughter's benefit, 390.
Minor, Dr., and Goodman Dull,

Goldsmith's annoyance at being

so called, 75.
Mirth, “the size of a man's under-

standing may be measured by

his mirth,” 118.
Mitre, Johnson and Boswell tête-

à-tête at the, 452, 454.
Molière, not sufficiently apprecia-

ted by Johnson, 112.
Money, the value of, should be

taught, 80.
Montagu, Mrs., her praise of

Johnson's writings, 75; John-
son's compliments to her, 84 ;
Mrs. Piozzi's note on her Essay
on Shakespeare, 122; Johnson's
fun with Fanny Burney about,

with Johnson, and they try who

pepper the highest," 285;
Johnson comes to tea with the
Miss Mores, 285; her petite
assemblée when Johnson and
Garrick began a close encounter,
286 ; finds Boswell a very agree-
able, good-natured man, 287 ;
sits for her picture to Miss Rey.
nolds, Johnson talking to her
to make her look well, 288;
umpire in a trial of skill between
Garrick and Boswell, which
could most nearly imitate John-
son's manner, 289; goes to
Oxford, and Johnson shows her
about, 290; describes Johnson
softened by illness, 291; and
his death, and the impression

made by it, 292, 294.
Mother, Johnson's, 7, 13, 15, 82.
Mulso, Miss, lines by, repeated by

Johnson, 330.
Murphy, Mr. Arthur, persuades

Mr. Thrale to invite Johnson to
his house, 52 ; curious circum-
stances of his first acquaintance
with Johnson, 95, 397 ; trans-
lates Johnson's epitaph on Mrs.
Salusbury, 55; Dr. Campbell
meets, 256; he irritates Johnson
by setting up Barry against
Garrick, 262 ; his Essay on the
Life and Writings of Johnson,

Musgrave, Sir Richard, urges

Johnson to write the lives of

our prose authors, 116.
Music, Johnson could not enjoy,

42; the only sensual pleasure

More, Hannah, her first introduc.

tion to Johnson, 283; who
accosts her with a verse from
her Morning Hymn, 283; visits
Miss Reynolds, who carries her
in her coach to call on Johnson,
283; his polite attentions, 284;
sits in Johnson's great chair,
284 ; drinks tea at Sir Joshua's

without vice, 125.
Myrtle, Lines on receiving a Sprig

of, 17.
Mysteriousness in trifles much of-

fended Johnson, 107.
Mystery, where, begins, vice or

roguery not far off, 125.
National Debt, extraordinary cal-

culation of Johnson's about the,

Oxford, Johnson's partiality for,

18; his exploits at, 15, 16;
luxurious living at, 240; Jobo.
son visits, at the same time as
Hannah More, 290.

The Earl of, his library
bought by Osborne and cata-
logued by Johnson, 38).

ferior race,

Necessity made Johnson what he

was, 211.
Needlework, much approved of by

Johnson, 107.
Negroes, Johnson thought an in-

Nettle, a lady who was like a dead,

she would sting if alive, 71.
Newspaper abuse, Johnson's con-

tempt for, 76.
Newton, Sir Isaac, 196, 197.
New Year, congratulations on the,

to Miss Boothby, 160.
Nichols, Mr., editor of the Gentle-

man's Magazine, 375, 419, 421.
Night, Young's description of,

quoted, 27 ; night was Johnson's

time for composition, 189.
Nile, discovery of the head of the,

by Lobo, 369-72.
Nugarum contemptor, an expres-

sion used by Johnson in reverie,

Number and numeration defined,

Numbers, round, always false, 126.

Packthread, story of the man who

had scruples concerning, 91, 92.
Palmira, Johnson gives a lesson

on the history, geography, and

chronology of, 142.
Pamphlets, Johnson's political,

Mrs. Piozzi's account of, 19;
Murphy's account of, 437; The
False Alarm, his first and
favourite, 20; the Falkland
Islands, attacking Junius, 408,
437, 438 ; Dr. Campbell hears
the talk of the clubs about
Taxation no Tyranny, 244;
Johnson anxious to know how
it is received, 247; answers to
Taxation no Tyranny, 255,
259; another

Resistance no Rebellion, 266;

The Patriot, 408.
Panic, an invasion, annoys John-


son, 37.

Ode to Mrs. Thrale, from the Isle

of Sky, 67 n.
“ Oft in danger, yet alive,” verses

to Mrs. Thrale, 68.
Oglethorpe, General, Dr. Camp-
bell dines with, and Boswell
teases Johnson with questions,
263; Johnson begs him to

write his own life, 263.
Ombersley, the seat of Lord

Sandys, the only place where
Johnson acknowledged he had

enough fruit, 44.
Ordinary, Dr. Campbell dines at

one in the Strand, and describes

the guests, 251.
Osborne, Tom, the bookseller,

knocked down by Johnson, 94,
190, 382 ; Boswell's true version

of the story, 382 n.
Ossian, Poems of, their authenti-

city examined by Johnson,


Paoli, General, Johnson delighted

by his fine manner, 132.
Paralytic struke, Johnson's speech

affected by a, 416.
Paris, Dr. Campbell's impressions

of, 275.
Parliamentary Debates, Tyers'

of Johnson's, 187;
Murphy's account of, 380, 381,
438; the only parts of his
writings which gave Johnson

any compunction, 421.
Parodies by Johnson of celebrated

poets, 29-31.
Patience, Johnson's, 96; Mrs.

Cumberland's, in making tea for

Johnson, 213.
Patriot, The, a pamphlet of John-

son's, 408.

Patrons, Johnson said his earliest

were Dodsley and Cave, 187;
Johnson's definition of one, in
his letter to Lord Chesterfield,

Pepnies put by Johnson into the

hands of sleeping children, 342.
Pension, Johnson's, 195; Murphy

describes his going to offer it to

Johnson, 403, 404.
Pepper Alley, people live as long

in, as in Salisbury Plain, 84.
Pepys, Mr., Johnson's altercation

with, 59.
Percy, Bishop, his Anecdotes and

Remarks, being notes to Ander-
son's Life of Johnson, 225-31.

his account of Johnson's
method of composition, 227.
Person, Johnson's, described by

Mrs. Thrale, 117; by Bishop
Percy, 225; by Cumberland,
212; by Dr. Campbell, 247;
by Fanny Burney, 298; by
Murphy, 423.
Philosophic Survey, The, Dr.

Campbell goes to London to
publish, in 1776, 278.
Piety, Johnson's exemplary, 40,

293, 320, 336, 355, 423, 426.
Pindar, Johnson is reading, at

breakfast, when Dr. Campbell

calls, 267.
Pinkethman, Mrs., Johnson's ac-

count of, 304.
Poetry, devotional, Johnson's dis-

like of, 77; his idea of poetry
magnificent, ibid.; his power of

repeating, 119, 128, 330.
Poets, Lives of the, success of,

195; Murphy's account of, 439-

Politian, proposal to translate

poems of, 372.
Political conversation disliked by
Johnson, 36.

principles, Johnson's Tory,
189, 408, 437.
Politics, modern, Johnson's con-

tempt for, 36; American, Dr.
Campbell on, 255, 256, 266 ; Dr.

Campbell and Johnson discuss

those of Ireland, 273, 274.
Poor, Johnson's indulgence to the,

37; and benevolence to, 38.
Pope, Johnson's high opinion of,

26, 330, 331 ; his conversation
described, 127 ; his praise of

Johnson's London, 187, 376.
Porridge Island and its cooks'

shops, 44.
Portico, a preface likened to a, 3.
Portrait, Johnson's, begun by Sir

Joshua for Mrs. Thrale, but
not finished, called by Johnson
himself Blinking Sam, 99, 335,
336 n.; one at Streathain,117; one
painted for Mr. Beauclerk, now
Mr. Murray's, Mrs. Thrale
thinks very like, 130.

poetical, by Mrs. Piozzi, of
Johuson, 117.

Hannah More sits to Miss
Reynolds for her, and Johnson
talks to her to make her look

well, 288.
Postscript, Mrs. Piozzi's, on a re-

mark of Boswell's, 122.
Poverty an evil to be avoided by

all honest means, 102.
Pride, Johnson's neither mean nor

vain, 121.
Prior quoted on suffering, 197.
Prosperity, even, could not spoil

Reynolds, 78.
Psalmanazar, George, the best

man Johnson knows, 72; sup-
posed to be a person of great

piety, 131.
Punchinello, a literary, Johnson's

name for Cooper, 178.
Puns, Johnson no friend to, 134.
Purgatory, Johnson on the doc-

trine of, 392.
Pyramid, Boswell so calls his Life

of Johnson, 294.

Quarrels, all, should be studiously

avoided, 61.
Quixote, Don, Mrs. Piozzi's digres-

sion on, 112; Charlotte Len-
nox's Female Quixote, 305.

230 p. ;

Race, Johnson runs

a, with a

Richardson, Samuel, his love of
young lady, 346.

flattery, 76; “ he picked the
Rambler, The, account of different kernel of life, Fielding was con-

papers in, 23; Bishop Percy on tent with the husk,” 81.
the, 230; a paper in, translated Rochefoucault's maxim ou taking
into French and back into Eng- pleasure in the misfortunes of
lish, 95 ; written as a relief friends, 39.
while carrying on the Diction- Roffette, Abbé, Johnson takes a
ary, 192; Johnson's choice of

great fancy to, 43.
this title, 230; a paper so called Rollin, when Xenophon commends
appeared in 1712,

like a pedant, Rollin applauds
Murphy's account of, 386-91, like a slave, 14.

Romantic virtue distrusted, 125.
Rasselas, many of the severe re- Roughness of manner, Johnson's,

flections on domestic life in, sometimes overcame the regu.
taken from Johnson's early larity of his notions, 76, 119.
years, 7; Johnson's object in Round numbers always false, 126.
writing it, 82 ; a lamp of wisdom, Rousseau, J. J., Mrs. Piozzi com-
201 ; described by Murphy, 402; pares Johnson to, 11, 46.
by Hawkins, 435; with Mur-

phy's remarks, 435, 436.
Raynal, Abbé, Johnson refuses to Salt, price of, in 1775, 272.
be introduced to, 294.

Salusbury, Mrs., Johnson's aver-
Reading, Johnson learns from his sion to, 53; changed by illness

mother and maid Catharine, 10; and trouble to respect and ad.
Johnson has violent fits of, 103 ; miration, 54; Johnson's epitaph

his amazing quickness in, 310.
Restraining Bill, The, Dr. Camp- Sandys, Lord, and his garden, 4t.

bell sees the king go to give the Sastres, Mr., attends Johnson's
royal assent to, 264.

deathbed, 319, 422.
Retaliation, Goldsmith's poem, Savage, Richard, Johnson's attach.

written in revenge for some ment to, 375; Johnson's Life of
satirical epitaphs, 219.

him said to have been written
Retirement, religious, Johnson's in thirty-six hours, 187.
veneration for, 40.

Saving, a habit to be encouraged,
Reynolds, Sir Joshua, a man not

to be spoiled by prosperity, 84; Sayings, no man's character to be
Johnson's three requests to, judged by his sayings, 214.
when dying, 127; his pictures Scepticism, Johnson on, 340.
visited by Dr. Campbell, 253 ; Schools, Johnson's, 11-15.
compared with Gainsborough's, Scotch, learning distributed among
253 ; on Johnson's character, the, 127; Johnson's hatred of
351; on Johnson's influence, 357. the, 71.

Miss, her first meeting with Scrofula, Johnson touched for, 8,
Johnson, 229; carries Hannah 364.
More in her coach to see John- Scoundrel, Johnson fears Mrs.
son in his own house, 283; takes Thrale will spoil him into one,
a portrait of Hannah More, 288; 73; a scoundrel is one who is
her purity of character, 39; her afraid of anything, 127.
Recollections of Johnson, 329- Scruples make men miserable, but

seldom good, 48; Johnson con-

on, 54, 55.

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