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a hurry, to cry NOW, NOW, as the quickest expression, I suppose, for urging another to immediate haste. “ AT PRESENT we cannot come to you ” — is a common phrase — He was here This INSTANT, means, 't is not an instant scarcely since he was here: but it does certainly mean time past ; for one says to a person who, looking round, misses the individual sought for, — “Why, she is here, now, cannot you see her ?”.

“ I thought we were to begin upon the subject now,” says a man impatient of decision. “We will begin this INSTANT,” replies his cooler friend (meaning a future time, though near); “ AT PRESENT it would not be so proper." These things are difficult to foreigners; nor can I guess why both time past, and time to come, should be hourly and commonly exprest by THIS INSTANT, which at first view appears improper enough.



These verbs stand in conversation chiefly in the place of the verb to annihilate, or rather between that and the softer phrase of, to render ineffectual. Horatio's arguments, say we, were rendered null and void, at least in my opinion, by what our friend Cleomenes urged against them: but no man better knows than he bow to NULLIFY the discourse of his competitor without annihilating the speaker either in his own eyes, or those of the auditors; as a good legislator will see the way to ANNULL a statute no longer useful or necessary, without taking away by direct annihilation all trace or remembrance of its former utility. The third verb is a favorite among the vulgar here in England, who misapply it comically enough. I asked the late Lord Halifax's gardener for a walk and summer-house I used to see at Horton : “ There was such a walk once,” replies the man, “ but my Lord DISANNULLED it.”

In 1815, Mrs. Piozzi sent a copy of “ British Synonymy” to Sir James Fellowes with the following note and verses, which will appropriately conclude this compilation :

5 Nov., 1815. Accept, dear Sir, this second-hand copy of your poor little friend's favorite work, now completely out of print. That it should bear the name of Samuel Johnson on the title page, is so curious, that I would not erase it.

Ten years at fewest must have elapsed since the author of the “ Rambler” had breathed his last, when this book saw the light : and he to whom I have now the honor of presenting it, was struggling between the perils of fire and water in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean. Awful Retrospect! Yet a lightly volant pen traces the following lines, only to say that

In this Synonymy you 'll find
Portraits from poor Floretta's mind;
With many a tale and many a jest,
By which her fancy was imprest.
Oh! had that fancy been acquainted

With characters too late displayed,
Far happier pictures had been painted,

Far stronger light and softer shade.
Beneath the life-preserving hand,
How had we seen the soldier stand !
Or kneel, instructed to adore
Him who bestow'd the healing power.
But merit, dazzling men to blindness,
Was still reserved for Piozzi's Finis.

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Abdy, Lady and Miss, 359.

Baretti, passages in Dr. Johnson's letters
Abington, Mrs., 59.

relating to, 114.
Aldborough, Lady, anecdote of, 20, 234. - his papers in the European Mag-
Alfieri and the Duchess of Albany, 226. azine," 115.
Alexander I. of Russia, anecdote of. 312. - his death, 115.
Alphabet, infant, Mrs. Thrale's, 31. - his rupture with Dr. Johnson, 116.
“ Alphabet, the Political, or the Young his character, sketched by Mrs.
Member's A, B, C," quoted, 32.

Thrale, 116, 481, 488, 489.
Amelia, Princess, daughter of George - the comedy of the “Sentimental
II., 227.

Mother," 117.
Andrews, Miles Peter, 229.

- lines on his portrait, 256.
- his death, 313.

Barnard, Dr., Provost of Eton, John-
" Anecdotes of Dr. Johnson,” 39, note, son's remarks on, quoted, 39, note.

Barrow, his description of Wit, quoted,
Anne, Queen, couplet on, 226.

Anglesea, isle of, 409.

Bassi's verses, 266
Antichrist, 365.

- translation of, 266.
Ashe, Miss, 227.

Bath, riots in, 458.
Asheri, Mrs. Piozzi's story of, 258. Bayntun, Admiral Sir H., 474, note.
Aston, Molly, Johnson's admiration for, Beadon, Dr., 468.

Bearcroft, Mr., anecdotes of, 137.
- Johnson's epigram on her, 28. Beauclerc, Lady Diana, 103.
“Atlas" man-of-war, the, 242.

Beauclerc, Topham, 238, 276.
Atmospheric stones, 311.

Bells, names of, 373.
Autobiograpbical Memoirs of Mrs. Pi- Beloé, his “ Sexagenarian,” 399.
ozzi, 161 et seq.

Bentley, Dr. Richard, his verses on

Learning, 223.
Bâch y Graig, Dr. Johnson's description Bertola's verses, 276.
of, 49, 173.

- his fables, 277.
“ Bæviad and Mæviad," origin of the, Betty, the actor, 317.

Blue-Stocking Clubs, origin of the, 14.
Bagot, Mrs., 298.

Bodryddan, visited by Johnson, 50.
Baillie, Joanna, 436.

Bodville, Mrs. Thrale's birthplace, 51.
Balbus, story of, 355.

| Boethius, Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Thrale's
Banks, Sir Joseph, 410, 412.

translations from, 31, 222.
Barclay, Mr., the Quaker, purchases Bolingbroke, Lord, anecdote of Johnson

Mr. Thrale's brewery, 64, 108, 202. and, 102.'
Baretti, Signor Giuseppe, his verses, Bolingbroke, Lady, 276.
quoted, 18.

| Bolton, Duke of, Lord Harry Powlett,
accompanies Dr. Johnson and the anecdote of, 252.

Thrales on a tour to France, 53. Bonaparte, intelligence of his meditated
history of, 54.

escape from Elba, 231.
his trial for murder, 55.

- military tactics, 243.
his introduction to the Thrales, 56. - his expedition to Egypt, 296.
Dr. Warton's opinion of him, 56. - pasquinade on, 316.
account of him by Dr. Campbell, - the Apocalyptic beast, 319.

Boothby, Miss Hill, Johnson's admira-
his dislike of Boswell, 58.

tion for, 16.


Boswell, James, his character as a bi-| Byron, Lord, his estimate of life at thirty-
ographer, 2.

five quoted, 20.
- his «Letters to Temple," and his estimate of Italian singers, 71.
" Boswelliana," 2.

- his description of Curran and Mad-
- his account of Johnson's introduc ame de Staël, 155.

tion into Mr. Thrale's family - his “ Cain," 454.

quoted, 6.
his jealousy of Mrs. Thrale, 6. Cader Idris, 306.
his first visit to Streatham Park, 25. Campbell, Dr. Thomas, his “ Diary”
arranges an interview between quoted, 56, note.'
Johnson and Lord Marchmont, - Mrs. Thrale's account of him. 57.

his account of the mode of life at
- his conversations at Streatham, 27. Streatham, 57.
his version of Johnson's epigram Capetian Dynasty, story of the, 317.
on Mary Aston, 28.

Capua, poverty of, 378.
his proposed poetical epistle to Caraboo, Princess of Jarasu, 390, 391.
Johnson, 30."

Careless, of the “ Blue Posts," and Mrs.
his dislike of Baretti, 58.

Thrale, 41.
Walpole's remarks on his " Anec-Carlton House, 298.

dotes of Dr. Johnson, 90. Carlyle, the bookseller, 453, 454.
- reasons for his depreciating Mrs. Caroline of Anspach, Queen, and Sir
Piozzi, 90.

Woolston Dixie, anecdote of, 233.
- Peter Pindar's satire on, quoted, 99. Caroline. Queen, at Bath. 400. 401. 403.
Boulogne, Mrs. Piozzi's account of, 122. - her death, 411.
Bou verie, Mrs., 233.

her trial, 466.
Bowdler, Rev. Dr., 61.

Caroline of Naples, story of, 84.
Bowles, Mr., shooting his nephew, 421. Carter, Mrs., her “Letters," 389.
Bowles, Rev. W., and his fountain, 50, Catamaran, 218.

Cathcart, Lady, in “ Castle Rackrent,"
Boyce, Johnson's description of, 221. 78.
his verses to Cave, 221.

Catherine, Empress of Russia, verses
Bramah and his air-balloon, 327.

on, 226
Brighton, Dr. Johnson at, 65.

Catholic question, 417, 429.
Bristow, Caroline (afterwards Mrs. Lyt-Cator, Mr., 196, 197, 201.
telton), 52.

- Dr. Johnson's remark on, 104.
British Museum, 422.

Cave, Boyce's verses to, 221.
Broadhead, Mrs., 384.

Cervantes, 329.
Browne, Isaac Hawkins, 103.

Chalmers!" Modern Astronomy," 356.
Brynbella, 141, 142, 197.

Chamberlayne, Mr., his verses, “The
Buffon, verses on, 280.

Pleiades," 225.
Burdett, Lady, 441.

Chambers, Sir Robert, 211.
Burdett, Sir F., 417, 452.

- lines on his portrait, 255.
Burke, Right Hon. Edmund, his opin- Chantilly, Mrs. Piozzi's account of, 122.

ion of Dr. Johnson as a public Chappelow, Mr., 384, 385.
speaker, 42.

Charles Edward, the young Pretender,
- remarks on him, 238.

at Florence, 226.
lines on his portrait, 256.

Charlotte, the Princess, her marriage,
Burney, Miss. See D'Arblay, Madame. 849.
Burney, Dr., 432.

- her death, 401.
- quoted, 10, note.

Charlotte, Queen, 112.
- his visit with his daughter to Chester, walls of, 49.
Streatham Park, 34.

Chesterfield, Philip Dormer, Earl of, 120.
his description of Mr. and Mrs. Christmas, old customs at, 311.
Piozzi in 1808, 142.

Churchill, the poet, quoted, 237.
— and Dr. Johnson, 214.

Cicisbeism in Italy, i26.
his verses to Mrs. Thrale, 214. Clinton, Lord John, 61.
- lines on his portrait, 256.

Club, the Literary, formation of the, 13.
Burney, Dr. junior, his death, 408. Club, Hell-fire, incident at the, 238, nole.
Byng, Admiral, 234.

Clubs, the Blue-Stocking, origin of the,
Byron, Mrs. (wife of the Admiral), 61, 14.
106, 466.

Clwyd, the river, 49.
Byron, Mrs., 218.

Cobbett, William, 327, 372, 467.
Byron, Lord, 308, 422, 466.

Coligny, Henrietta de, verses on, 225.

Collier, Dr., 171.

| D'Arblay, Madame, her description of
- educates Miss Hester Lynch Sal- the Streatham portraits, 251.
usbury, 171.

-- her “ Camilla," 298.
- Mrs. Piozzi's account of, 209. - her " Wanderer," 308.
Comber, Mr., his verses, 444.

Mrs. Piozzi's account of her, 484.
Combermere Abbey, Johnson's visit to, Davenant, Mrs., 61, 220.

Davis, Eliza, story of, 387.
Condé, Prince of, anecdote of the, 123, Davison's verses on Dido, 276.

Death, Dr. Johnson's letter upon, 111.
Congreve, W., his " Way of the World” Delamira of the “ Tatler," 234.
quoted, 29.'

Delap, Dr., 65, 103.
Conway, Mr. Shipley, 50, note.

Della Crusca verses, 270.
Conway, W. A., and Mrs Piozzi, 143, Demosthenes, Johnson's remark on, 29.

436, 441, 446, 452, 456, 471, 472. Dent, “ Dog,'' and his bill on dogs, 303.
- notice of him, 143.

Desmoulins, Mrs., 11.
- his letter to Mrs. Piozzi's execu Dido, verses on, 276.
tors, 150.

- epigrams, 275.
Conway, 446, 447, 471, 472.

Divorces, conversation at Streatham
“Corinne " quoted, 78, note.

on, 27.
Corsini, Prince, 81.

Dixié, Sir Woolston, and Queen Caro-
Corsini, Cardinal, 81.

line, 233.
Cotton, Mrs., her cascade, 50.

Dobson, Dr., 189.
Cotton, George (afterwards Dean of Doddridge's epigram on his own motto
Chester, 418.

quoted, 237.
Cotton, Sir Lynch, Johnson's visit and Dodington, Bub (Lord Melcombe), his
rudeness to, 52.'

"Diary,'' 371.
Cotton, Sir Robert Salusbury, 166. Doukin, General, 349, 354.
Cowper, Countess, 226.

Dress, female, 408.
Cowper, William, quoted, 361.

- Dr. Johnson's observations on fe-
Coxe's * Life of the Duke of Marlbor male dress and demeanor, 44, 45.
ough," 420.

Dunning, Lord Ashburton, his personal
Crewe, Mrs., 233, 236, 428.

vanity, 105.
Croker, Right Hon. John Wilson, Lord - his ugliness, 239.

Macaulay's remarks on his edi Duppa, R., Esq., edits Johnson's “Jour-
tions of Boswell's “Johnson" ney into Wales," 49, 369.
quoted, 21.

“ Duty and Pleasure," 250.
his translation of Johnson's epi-

gram on Mary Croker, 28. Edward, Prince, brother of George III.,
- his account of the correspondence

between Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Eglintoun, Lady, 294.

Piozzi on her marriage, 73, Elton, Mr.. 453.
Cumberland, Duke and Duchess of, 80. English, John, his epitaph, 304.
Curran, J. P., Byron's description of Enigma, an, 446.
him, 165.

Epaminondas, 243.
Custom House, fire at the, 308.

Esher in Surrey, 295.
Cuzzona, the actress, story of, 133. Etruscan pottery, 352.

Exmouth, liberation of slaves, 399.
Dancing, 454.

Exmouth, Lord, Christian slaves liber-
D'Arblay, Madame, 17, 107.

ated by, in Rome, 314.
- her account of her first visit to
Streatham Park, 34.

Faber's prophecy for 1866, 404.
her " Evelina," 35.

“ Fable for April, 1815, a," 319.
her introduction to Dr. Johnson, 36. Fables of Bertola, 277.
her notes of conversations at Streat Falmouth, Lord, 241.
ham, 39.

“ Fancy, Imagination," 181.
quoted, 12.

Farinelli, the singer, 416.
her " Diary" quoted, 51, note, 61, Farmer, Dr., 439.
64, 69, 70, 87.

Ferrier, Miss, the novelist, 426.
her'letter 'to Mrs. Piozzi on her Fidele, Casa, Mrs. Piozzi's account of

the, 193.
- her remarks on Johnson's " Let- Fielding, Henry, his disregard of the

ters," 111.
her character of Mrs. Piozzi, 152. Sally, sister of the novelist, 178.

marriage, 72.

Johnson's " Let-Field Balue of money, novelist, 178.

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