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ing the end of an oar at the base, with ANDERSON*, Alexander, Edine which

burgh, 1688. selves up in nearly a backward direc- Angus +, Alexander, Aberdeen. tion.

Balfour, John, Edinburgh, 1770, 71, Having reached the summit of 75. the isthmus, we found another diffi 1775 Kobert Alexander, Esq. culty, for it was impossible to walk 1776 James Smollet, Esq. of Bonupon it, as the descent on the other

hill, by auction. side was immediate, and as steep as and Elphinston, Balfour, 1781, the one we had ascended ; but, by 82-87. throwing our legs across it, as would Elphinston, 1781, supplement be done on the ridge of a house, and

1787. moving ourselves forward by our 1787 Hugh Seton, Esq. of Tough. hands, we at length reached that part Bell, Johnt, Edinburgh, 1773, 78,85. of it where it gradually widened itself, 1786 Auction. and formed the summit of the cliff, and Bradfute, 1790, 91. which we found to have a perfectly Chalmers J, James, Aberdeen. flat surface, of the dimensions before stated. Judging this to be the most conspicuous situation, we here plant *“A Catalogue of excellent and rare ed the Union, and left a bottle sealed Books, especially Histories and Romances, up, containing a small account of the for the most part in English, and the Vari.

orums, to be sold by way of Auction, the origin of the island, and of our having 12th day of November 1688. The books landed upon it, and naming it Sabri are to be seen, from the first of November na Island.

to the day of the Auction, at Edinburgt, m Within the crater I found the the South side of the High-street, a little complete skeleton of a guard fish, the ly above the Fish-market close, in the head

above the Cross, being the close immediatebones of which, being perfectly burnt, of the said close on the left hand, where a fell to pieces upon attempting to take placat will be on the gate, and the Catalogues them up; and, by the account of the are to be had there gratis. The time for inhabitants on the coast of St. Mi- Sale is only in the afternoon, from two of

the clock till four. Edinburgh, printed in chael's, great numbers of fish had

the year 1688 ;" only nine pages, closely been destroyed during the early part printed in two columns

. “ He who pays of the cruption, as large quantities, not his money presently, is to give earnesi, probably suffocated or poisoned, were

to take them away and pay his money be occasionally found drifted into the

fore the next day the auction begins ; or else

to lose his earnest, and the books to be put small inlets or bays. The island, like to sale again. What books shall happen to other volcanic productions, is compo be unsold at the auction, are to be had afsed principally of porous substances, terward.”. and generally burnt to complete cin

+ Mr Angus, of Aberdeen, who died about ders with occasional masses of a stone, his life, the “ Leigh and Sotheby, and the

the year 1792, was, for the greatest part of which I should suppose to be a mix- King and Lochee," of that part of the world, ture of iron and lime-stone.

and sold a great many libraries by auction. He was a man of great pleasantry and ready wit ; and many of his bon mots are well recollected in Aberdeen,

One of the original promoters of the

Society of Booksellers of Edinburgh and Progress of Sale Catalogues and Auc- Leith; and the first who filled the situation tions of Books in SCOTLAND. of Præses thereof. He died in September

1806. (Prom Nichols's Literary Anandates of the $ Printer to the City and University, and

Eighteenth Century. 6 cois. Soo. Lon. Printer und Proprietor of the Aberdeen don, 1812.)

Journal, which he conducted with uncom.

mon

Creech, William, successor to Kir- Elliott, T. Kay, and Co. 1788.

caid, 1774, 1778, auction 1780, Facie *, Robert, Glasgow. Constable, Archibald, Edinburgh, Foulis t, Robert and Andrew, Glas1795.

gow.

mon ability, and steady and loyal consistency

In 1769, he married Margaret, youngest of principle, for the long space of forty-six daughter of Mr David Douglas of London, years. Few men have departed life in the by whom he left four sons and six daughters, city of Aberdeen with more unfeigned re who, with his afflicted widow, had to lagret by a most numerous and highly-respect ment the loss of a tender husband, an indulable circle of friends, to whom he was en gent father, and an affectionate and engadeared by the best virtues that adorn social ging friend and companion, such as is not life_inflexible integrity, stcady friendship, often to be found. He died June 17, 1810. a disposition elevated, humane, and chari # lle died March 30, 1800. table, a temper unusually cheerful, and a + " Scotland, by these two learned Bro. memory rich in anecdote and information, thers, produced some of the most beautiful chiefly of the literary kind.—His father and correct printing which at present adorns cultivated his profession for some years in the republic of letters. Even Bodoni of London, in the Printing-office of Mr Watts, Parma, or Barbou of Paris, have not gone (where he had the celebrated Dr Franklin beyond some of the productions from the for his fellow-journeyman,) was afterwards press of Robert and Andrew Foulis. ranked among the literary printers of his “ Robert Foulis began printing about the time, and at his death was recorded as a year 1740; and one of his first essays was a gentleman “ well skilled in the learned good edition of Demetrius Phalereus, in languages.His father was the Rev. James 4to. In 1741, he brought out his famous €. Professor of Divinity in the Marishal immaculate edition of Horace, small 12mo. College, who died in 1744. About the year at Glasgow; and soon afterwards was in 1740 his son returned from London, and in partnership with his brother Andrew. 1746 established the Aberdeen Journal, at These two Printers were so industrious, that the close of the memorable Rebellion, during in thirty years time they produced as many which he was a considerable sufferer from correct and well-printed books as any of the his attachment to the House of Hanover. famous Printers of old. Their large ClasHis son, the subject of this article, was born sics, as well as their smaller sizes, either in in March 1742, and, after a classical and Greek and Latin, or in pure Greek, are as academical education at Marischal College, remarkable for their beauty and exactness, removed to London, and improved himself as any in the Aldine series. in the typographical art, both there and at “ It is a melancholy reflection to think, Cambridge, until Sept. 1764, when the that their taste for the fine arts at last prodeath of his father put him in possession of duced their ruin ; for, engaging to establish the establishment in his native city. Al an Academy for the instruction of youth in though now engaged in a business which af Painting and Sculpture in Scotland, and the forded but little relaxation, and with the enormous expence necessary to send pupils cares of a numerous family, he found leisure to Italy, to study and copy the antients, to indulge his love of literature by that ex gradually brought on their decline in the tensive course of reading which rendered him Printing business ; and they found the city a valuable member of the literary societies of Glasgow no fit soil to transplant the imiof the place. With many of the Professors tative arts into, although the literary genius of both Colleges, and particularly with the of Greece and Rome had already produced late Drs. Campbell, Gerard, and Beattie, he them ample fortunes. formed an intimacy which death only dis “ Notwithstanding the beginning of this solved. Had he been able to devote more scheme was very weak, yet in some of the time to study, it was universally thought departments it rose above mediocrity, parby all who knew him, that he might have ticularly in drawing and engraving ; but in excelled in any branch of polite litera moulding, modelling, and painting, they ture.- The Gentleman's Magazine was fre- proved that all temporary and private atquently favoured with his communications tempts must be abortive, for want of conon subjects of Biography and Antiquities. tinual support. Human life is too short for As a man of business he was more general- bringing to perfection those arts which rely known for his unvaried integrity, indus quire permanent establishments to prevent try, and punctuality, which recoinmended their decline. This is particularly the case him to the confidence and friendship of men with Painters; to whose studies no limits of the highest rank and superior attainments. can be set, but whose encouragement is of

you any amusement, I have received proposal with much complacency, and amusement from you. At Ash-' a large sum of money was offered for bourne, where I had very little con- it by Mr Cadell,) he declined, from pany, I had the luck to borrow • Mr motives of the sincerest modesty.-Bowyer's Life,' a book so full of con- When talking of a regular edition of his temporary history, that a literary man own Works, not long before his death, must find some of his old friends. I he said, “ that he had power, [from thought that I could now and then the booksellers,] to print such an edi. have told you some hints worth your tion, if his health admitted it; but had notice; and perhaps we may talk a no power to assign over any edition, Life over. I hope we shall be much unless he could add notes, and so alter together. You must now be to me them as to make them new Works; what you were before, and what dear which his state of health forbade him Mr Allen was besides. He was taken to think of.” unexpectedly away, but I think he I had occasionally the pleasure of was a very good man. I have made introducing to him some of my literalittle progress in recovery. I am very ry friends, who were ambitious of this weak, and very slecpiess; but I live honour. Amongst these was the Rev. on, and hope. I am, Sir, Your most Samuel Badcock, well known for his humble servant,

SAM. JOHNSON.eminent talents; who soon afterwards After these invitations, my visits thus noticed the visit: “ How much to him were of course more frequent;

I am obliged to you for the favour and his communications were more

you did me, in introducing me to Di confidential.

Johnson ! Tantum vidi Virgilium.He seriously entertained the thought But to have seen him, and to have of translating Thuanus : and often talk. received a testimony of respect from ed to me on the subject. Orice, in him, was enough. I recollect all the particular, when I was rather wishing conversation, and shall never forget that he would favour the world, and one of his expressions.-Speaking of gratify his Sovereign, by a Life of Dr Priestley, (whose writings I saw Spenser, (which he said that he would he estimated at a low rate,) be said, readily have done, had he been able

You have proved him as deficient in to obtain any necu materials for the probity as he is in learning.'-I called purpose,) he added, “ I have been him an • Index-scholar ; ; but he was thinking again, Sir, of Thunnus: it not willing to allow him a claim even would not be the laborious task which to that merit. He said, “ that he boryou have supposed it. I should have rowed from those who had been borno trouble but that of dictation, which

rowers themselves, and did not know would be performed as speedily as an

that the mistakes he adopted had been amanuensis could write. --- He was

answered by others.'-I often think earnestly invited, by his warm friend of our short, but precious, visit to this the late Mr Alderinan Cadell, to pub. Kind of an æra in my life.”—The Rev.

great .

I shall consider it as a lish a volume of Devotional Exercises; but this, (though he listened to the William Tooke, F.R.S. (the compa

nion of my boyish days, and the steations on it in his own hand-writing. This dy friend thro' a pilgrimage of sixty i hre cu efully placed in my copy of years, whose fame is established by Sbaw'. Siattordshire.--He afterwards wrote many valuable publications,) accomto Lichfieki, Det. 2, de-iring that a plain panied me one day to Dr Johnson's; stone might bus placed over the bodies of and highly delighted they were with His father, mother, and brother, who were lineu ia St Michael's Church; and hoped

each other's conversation-- palival.ro s sight be done while he wu yet alive.” ly after Mr Tooke hd pe}" ...:

that, amidst the progress which Li- sable monthly attendance :” Dr Johnterature was making at St Peters- son, * Dr Horsley, * Dr Brocklesby, burgh, translations of “ The Ram- Mr Joddreil, * Mr Cooke, * Mr Ry. bler," and of “ Blackstone's Com- land, * Mr Paradise, * Dr Burney, mentaries,” had been made into the *Mr Hoole, * Mr Sastres, Mr Allen, Russian language, by the especial Hon. Mr Barrington, Mr Barry, Mr command of the Empress. - I was Wyatt, * Mr Nichols, Mc Poore, present also when Mr Henderson the * Mr Wyndham, * Mr Cruikshank, Tragedian was first introduced to Dr * Mr Seward, Mr Clarke, Mr MurJohnson, who received him with great phy, Mr Bowles, * Mr Metcalfe, Mr cordiality; and, having occasion to Boswell. The three last gentlemen mention a certain Dramatic Writer, had been introduced in the room cf added, “ I never did the man an in- Dr Scott, who was named, but never jury: but he would read his Tragedy attended; of Mr Tyers, who abdicato me!"-Speaking one day of a per- ted the club, Feb. 1, 1784 ; and of son for whom he had a real friend. Mr Strahan, who followed his examship, but in whom vanity was some. ple on the 26th of June. [Those what predominant, he observed, that whose names are thus * marked at“ Kelly was su fond of displaying on tended the Doctor's funeral. The his side-board the plate which he pos- others, by some mistake, were not insessed, that he added to it his spurs. vited.] For my part," said he, “ I never was The following letter, which I remaster of a pair of spurs but once; ceived only seven days before his and they are now at the bottom of the death, is one of the last that he ever Ocean. By the carelessness of Bos. wrote: well's servant, they were dropped from the end of the boat, on our return

Dec. 6, 1784. The late learned from the Isle of Sky."

Mr Swinton of Oxford, having one At the beginning of the Winter of day remarked that one man, meaning, 1783 the project was started of estab

I suppose, no man but himself, could lishing an evening club for his com.

assign all the parts of the Antient fort; which was accordingly begun thors; at the request of Sir Robert

Universal History to their proper auearly in the year 1784, at the EssexHead, in Essex-street. To this club, Chambers, or of myself

, gave the acfounded, according to his own words, in his own hand, being willing that

count which I now transmit to you " in frequency and parsimony," he gave a set of Rules, as Ben Jonson did of so great a work the History should hís Leges Convivales at the Devil be known, and that each writer should Tavern ; and prefixed this motto:

receive his due proportion of praise

from posterity.-- I recommend to you “ To-day deep thoughts with me resolve to drench

to preserve this scrap of literary intel“ In mirth, which after no repenting draws.” ligence in Mr Swinton's own hand,

MILTON. or to deposit it in the Museum, that The club consisted of a select number

the veracity of this account may ne

ver be doubted. I am, Sir, of his friends, who entered very hearti

Your most humble servant, ly into the scheme, for the pleasure of

SAM. Johnson. enjoying his conversation, and of contributing their quota to the general Mr Swinton: The History of the amusement. The names of the con- Carthaginians, Numidians, Mauritastant members at the time of Dr nians, Gætulians, Garamantes, Melano Johnson's death were thus placed in Gætulians, Nigritæ, Cyrenaica, Marthe book, " on the rota of indispen- marica, the Regio Syrtica, Turks, August 1812,

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Tartars, and Moguls, Indians, Chi- it was his regular practice to have the nese ; Dissertation on the Peopling of Church-service read to him, by some America, Dissertation on the Inde- attentive and friendly Divine ; and he pency of the Arabs.—The Cosmogo- occasionally requested me to join the ny, and a small part of the History small devotional assembly. The Rev. immediately following, by Mr Sale. - John Hoole performed this kind office To the Birth of Abraham, chiefly by in my presence for the last time, when, Mr Shelvock.--History of the Jews, by his own desire, no more than the Gauls, and Spaniards; and Xeno. Litany was read ; in which his rephon's Retreat, by Mr Psalmanazar. sponses were in the deep and sonorous

-History of the Persians, and of the voice which Mr Boswell has occasionConstanstinopolitan Empire, by Dr ally noticed, and with the most proCampbell.--History of the Romans, found devotion that can be imagined. by Mr Bower.” The original of the His hearing not being quite perfect, above Letter, agreeably to Dr John- he more than once interrupted Mr son's desire, is deposited in the British Hoole, with Louder, my dear Sir, Museum. It was also printed, at the louder, I entreat you, or you pray in time it was sent, by the Doctor's ex- vain !' -and when the service was press desire, in the Gentleman's Ma- ended, he, with great earnestness, gazine, vol. LIV. p. 892.- The date turned round to the mother of Mr of it will shew, that, amidst the pangs Hoole, who was present, saying, "I of illness, the love of truth, and an at- thank you, Madam, very heartily, for tachment to the interests of of Litera- your kindness in joining me in this ture, were still predominant. His solemn exercise. Live well, i conjure Letter, I may add, appeared in pub- you; and you will not feel the comlic, not only by his permission, but by punction at last, which I now feel.' his express desire. And it may be So truly humble were the thoughts matter of some exultation to Mr Ur- which this great and good man enterban, whom Dr Johnson always ac- tained of his own approaches to reliknowledged to have been one of his gious perfection. He said at another earliest patrons, that the Gentleman's time, speaking of the little fear he had Magazine should have been by him of undergoing a chirurgical operation, selected as the repository of perhaps I would give one of these legs for å the last scrap he ever dictated for the year more of life, I mean comfortpress.

able life, not such as that which I now On the following day, he said to suffer ; ' -and lamented much his inme,

“ I may possibly live, or rather ability to read during his hours of breathe, three days, or perhaps three restlessness; I used formerly,' he weeks; but I find myself daily and added, ' when sleepless in bed, to read gradually worse." His farther con- like a Turki' versation on the subject of Mr Cave During the whole time of my intiand the Magazine, &c. is printed in macy with him, he rarely permitted vol. V. p. 15.-Before I quitted him, me to depart without some sententious he asked whether any of the family of advice. At the latest of these affectFaden, the printer, were living. Be- ing interviews, I was gratified by his ing told that the Geographer near approbation of a Sonnet which I shewCharing Cross was Faden's son, he ed him, addressed to Mr Urbán, said, after a short pause, “ I borrowed (printed in vol. LXV. p. i.) and his a guinea of his father near thirty years words at parting were,

Take care ago; be so good as to take this, and of your eternal salvation. Remember pay it for me.”

to observe the Sabbath. Let it never Whilst confined by his last illness, be a day of business, nor wholly a day

of

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