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TO THE

THIRD EDITION.

SEVERAL valuable letters, and other curious matter, having been communicated to the Author too late to be arranged in that chronological order which he had endeavoured uniformly to observe in his work, he was obliged to introduce them in his Second Edition, by way of ADDENDA, as commodiously as he could. In the present edition these have been distributed in their proper places. In revising his volumes for a new edition, he had pointed out where some of these materials should be inserted; but unfortunately in the midst of his labours, he was seized with a fever, of which, to the great regret of all his friends, he died on the 19th of May, 1795'. All the Notes

'On this day his brother wrote to Mr. Temple: 'I have now the painful task of informing you that my dear brother expired this morning at two o'clock; we have both lost a kind, affectionate friend, and I shall never have such another. Letters of Boswell, p. 357. What was probably Boswell's last letter is as follows :

MY DEAR TEMPLE,

'I would fain write to you in my own hand, but really cannot. (These words, which are hardly legible, and probably the last poor Boswell ever wrote, afford the clearest evidence of his utter physical prostration.) Alas, my friend, what a state is this! My son James is to write for me what remains of this letter, and I am to dictate. The pain which continued for so many weeks was very severe indeed, and when it went off I thought myself quite well; but I soon felt a conviction that I was by no means as I should be—so exceedingly weak, as my miserable attempt to write to you afforded a full proof. All then that can be said is, that I must wait with patience. But, O my friend! 1.-2.

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that he had written in the margin of the copy which he had ! in part revised, are here faithfully preserved; and a few new Notes have been added, principally by some of those friends to whom the Author in the former editions acknowledged his obligations. Those subscribed with the letter B, were communicated by Dr. Burney: those to which the letters J Bare annexed, by the Rev. J. Blakeway, of Shrewsbury, to whom Mr. Boswell acknowledged himself indebted for some judicious remarks on the first edition of his work : and the letters J B—0. are annexed to some remarks furnished by the Author's second son, a Student of Brazen-Nose College in Oxford. Some valuable observations were communicated by James Bindley, Esq. First Commissioner in the Stamp-Office, which have been acknowledged in their proper places. For all those without any signature, Mr. Malone is answerable.Every new remark, not written by the Author, for the sake of distinction has been enclosed within crotchets : in one instance, however, the printer by mistake has affixed this mark to a note relative to the Rev. Thomas Fysche Palmer, which was written by Mr. Boswell, and therefore ought not to have been thus distinguished.

I have only to add, that the proof-sheets of the present edition not having passed through my hands, I am not answerable for any typographical errours that may be found in it. Having, however, been printed at the very accurate press of Mr. Baldwin, I make no doubt it will be found not less perfect than the former edition, the greatest care having been taken, by correctness and elegance to do justice to one of the most instructive and entertaining works in the English language.

EDMOND MALONE. April 8, 1799. how strange is it that, at this very time of my illness, you and Miss Temple should have been in such a dangerous state. Much occasion for thankfulness is there that it has not been worse with you. Pray write, or make somebody write frequently. I feel myself a good deal stronger to-day, notwithstanding the scrawl. God bless you, my dear Temple! I ever am your old and affectionate friend, here and I trust hereafter.

JAMES BOSWELL.' Letters of Boswell, p. 353. Malone died on May 25, 1812.

А

CHRONOLOGICAL CATALOGUE

OF THE

PROSE WORKS OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.

[N. B. To those which he himself acknowledged is added acknowl. To those which may be fully believed to be his from internal evidence, is added intern, evid.]

1735. ABRIDGEMENT and translation of Lobo's Voyage to Abys

sinia. acknowl. 1738. Part of a translation of Father Paul Sarpi’s History of the

Council of Trent. acknowl. [N. B. As this work after some sheets were printed, suddenly stopped, I know not whether any part of it is now to be found.]

For the Gentleman's Magazine,
Preface. intern. evid.

Life of Father Paul. acknowl. 1739. A complete vindication of the Licenser of the Stage from

the malicious and scandalous aspersions of Mr. Brooke, authour of Gustavus Vasa. acknowl.

'I do not here include his Poetical Works; for, excepting his Latin Translation of Pope's Messiah, his London, and his Vanity of Human Wishes imitated from Juvenal; his Prologue on the opening of Drury-Lane Theatre by Mr. Garrick, and his Irene, a Tragedy, they are very numerous, and in general short; and I have promised a complete edition of them, in which I shall with the utmost care ascertain their authenticity, and illustrate them with notes and various readings. BOSWELL. Boswell's meaning, though not well expressed, is clear enough. Mr. Croker needlessly suggests that he wrote they are not very numerous. Boswell a second time (post, under Aug. 12, 1784, note) mentions his intention to edit Johnson's poems. He died without doing it. See also post, 1750, Boswell's note on Addison's style.

Marmor

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A Chronological Catalogue of the

Marmor Norfolciense : or, an Essay on an ancient prophetical

inscription in monkish rhyme, lately discovered near Lynne in Norfolk; by PROBUS BRITANNICUS. acknowl.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.
Life of Boerhaave. acknowl.
Address to the Reader, intern, evid.
Appeal to the Publick in Behalf of the Editor, intern, evid.
Considerations on the case of Dr. Trapp's Sermons; a

plausible attempt to prove that an authour's work may be
abridged without injuring his property. acknowl.

1740.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.
Preface. intern, evid.
Life of Admiral Drake. acknowl.
Life of Admiral Blake. acknowl.
Life of Philip Barretier. acknowl.
Essays on Epitaphs, acknowl.

1741.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.
Preface. intern. evid.
A free translation of the Jests of Hierocles, with an intro-

duction. intern. evid.
Debate on the Humble Petition and Advice of the Rump Par-

liament to Cromwell in 1657, to assume the Title of King ;

abridged, methodized and digested. intern. evid. Translation of Abbé Guyon's Dissertation on the Amazons.

intern. evid. Translation of Fontenelle's Panegyrick on Dr. Morin. in

tern, evid.

1742.

For the Gentleman's Magazine.
Preface. intern, evid.
Essay on the Account of the Conduct of the Duchess of

Marlborough. acknowl.
An Account of the Life of Peter Burman. acknowl.
The Life of Sydenham, afterwards prefixed to Dr. Swan's

edition of his Works. acknowl.
Proposals for printing Bibliotheca Harleiana, or a Catalogue
of the Library of the Earl of Oxford, afterwards prefixed

to

Prose Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

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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 Diction

ary. 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 War

burton on Pope's Essay on Man. intern. evid. A Letter announcing that the Life of Mr. Savage was speed

ily to be published by a person who was favoured with

his Confidence. intern. evid. Advertisement for Osborne concerning the Harleian Cata

logue. 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

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