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C H R O N O LOGICAL CATALOG U E
PROSE WORKS OF SAMUEL 9 OHAWSOAV, LL.D.
[N. B. To those which he himself acknowledged is added ac. &nowl. 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 Abyssinia. 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 with
out doing it. See also post, 1750, Boswell's note on Addison's style. Marmor 2O A Chronological Catalogue of the Marmor Morfolciense: 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. I74I. For the Gentleman's Magazine. Preface. interm. evid. A free translation of the Jests of Hierocles, with an introduction. intern. evid. Debate on the Humble Petition and Advice of the Rump Parliament 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. interm. evid. Translation of Fontenelle's Panegyrick on Dr. Morin. intern, evid. 1742. Aor the Gentleman's Magazine.
Preface. intern, evid.
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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. interm. evid. Dedication to Dr. Mead of Dr. James's Medicinal Dictionary, interm. evid.
For the Gentleman's Magazine. Preface. interm. 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 Warburton on Pope's Essay on Man. intern. evid. A Letter announcing that the Life of Mr. Savage was speedily to be published by a person who was favoured with his Confidence. intern. evid. Advertisement for Osborne concerning the Harleian Catalogue. intern, evid. Life of Richard Savage. acknowl. Preface to the Harleian Miscellany. acknowl.
For the Gentleman's Magazine. Preface, intern, evid. 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. Plan for a Dictionary of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE, addressed to Philip Dormer, Earl of Chesterfield. acknowl.
For the Gentleman's Magazine.
Life of Roscommon. acknowl.
For Dodsley's PRECEPTOR.
A Chronological Catalogue of the
of March this year, and the last 17th of March, 1752, the day on which Mrs. Johnson died. acknowl. Letter in the General Advertiser to excite the attention of the Publick to the Performance of Comus, which was next day to be acted at Drury-Lane Playhouse for the Benefit of Milton's Grandaughter, acknowl. Preface and Postscript to Lauder's Pamphlet intitled, “An Essay on Milton's Use and Imitation of the Moderns in his Paradise Lost.' acknowl. Life of Cheynel in the Miscellany called ‘The Student.” acknowl. Letter for Lauder, addressed to the Reverend Dr. John Douglas, acknowledging his Fraud concerning Milton in Terms of suitable Contrition. acknowl. Dedication to the Earl of Middlesex of Mrs. Charlotte Lennox's “Female Quixotte.’ intern. evid.' Dedication to John Earl of Orrery, of Shakspeare Illustrated, by Mrs. Charlotte Lennox, acknowl. During this and the following year he wrote and gave to his much loved friend Dr. Bathurst the Papers in the Adventurer, signed T. acknowl. Life of Edw. Cave in the Gentleman's Magazine. acknowl. 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 1680. acknowl. This he wrote for Mr. Zachariah Williams, an ingenious ancient Welch Gentleman, father of Mrs. Anna Williams whom he for many years kindly lodged in his House. It was 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 Johnson. intern, evid. An Abridgement of his Dictionary. acknowl. Several Essays in the Universal Visitor, which there is
* The Female Quixote was published in 1752. See post, 1762, note.
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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 Authours.” The Dissertation on the Epitaphs written by Pope he afterwards acknowledged, and added to his ‘Idler.’ Life of Sir Thomas Browne prefixed to a new Edition of his Christian Morals. acknowl.
In the Literary Magazine; or, Universal Review, which began in January, 1756.
His Original Essays are
Preliminary Address. intern, evid.
Empress of Russia and the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel.
intern. evid. Observations on the Present State of Affairs. intern, evid. Memoirs of Frederick III. King of Prussia. interm. evid.
In the same Magazine his Reviews are of the following books:
‘Birch's History of the Royal Society.”—“Browne's Chris-