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22 Edmund Burton, Esq. Petty-France, Westminster,

June 12, 1785, to Mr. Whyte-respecting Mr.Sheridan's
Plan of Education, &c.

128 History of the Academy in King-street, of which the

present Lord Chief Baron was the first Master 133 Three Letters from a young Lady deceased, &c. 134 23. 'To Mr. Whyte, Miniken Cottage, Sept. 28, 1771 135

Charlton, August 6th, 1773 137

London, December 7th, 1772 140 Conclusion,

142 26. Letter from W. Vickers, Esq. Holyhead, May 29,1798 143 27. Mr. Whyte in Aņswer, Dublin, June 6, 1798 144

EXTRACTS, &c. Gefta Romanorum, one of the rarest in the catalogues of rare books, an Account of

145 The Hermit (in its original form) from do. The Parable of the Eremite and the Angel, from Dr. Henry Moore

147 Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, the Polychronicon, &c. 153 William Tell, Wyllyam of Cloudellé, &c.

154 Story of the Mysterious Mother, according to four dife ferent Writers

15,5 Bürger's Leonora, Observations on

161 The Suffolk Miracle, an old English Ballad, manifestly the original of Bürger's Leonora

166 Scarron's comical Romance, Destiny and the Apparition 172 Arabian Nights, Sinbad and the Old Man of the Sea


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Animal Magnetism, Observations on

175 Masquerades not confined to Europe

176 Muley Moluc and Don Sebastian, Story of

178 Erroneous Quotation by Addison, Steele and Sheridan 181 Gay's John Hewit and Sarah Drew, the original of Thomson's Celadon and Amelia

185 Story of the Revenge, a Tragedy, by Dr. Young

188 On


On the Origin of Bürger's Leonora, from the Monthly
Magazine, 1799

Letter, signed J. Francis Cordes, on the same Subject I9I
A full Answer to J. Francis Cordes and Co.

Letter from Joseph Cooper Walker, Esq.

Story of the Mysterious Mother, from the ninth Volume
of the Spectator, &c.

Incidental Sketches
The Merchant's Tale
The Recreant Knights, &c, a Ballad
Elegies and other Poems.


Preface, p. vi. l. 9, for Johnson's are read Johnsons are.
Remarks, p. 10, note I August 16th

August 14th.

p. 11, 1.


Prejudice - Presumption.

p. 16, l. 8

a way he had

a way he also had.

p. 17, 1. 24, brave Earl

The Hon. Mr. Percy.

p. 41, 1.

£. 1500

£. 3000

in the notes

Addenda, p. 68, l. 6, with Ireland in Ireland,

p. . 69, l. 2, Dorset


Letters, p.

17th, 1757,

- March 17th, 1747.

in the noted

p. 108, l. 13, May 31st, 1759, May 31st, 1762.
p. 171, l. 29, Royal


Leonora, p. 213, 1. lait, must

must have.

p. 214, 1. 9,1




of Westminster.

No B. The Efray on the Art of Reading, having no absolute connexion with

any other part of this work, the Book-binder may place before or
after the Remarks, &c. or do then up separately, at the Option of
che purchaser.

THE REMARKS on Mr. Boswell's LIFE OF DR. JOHNSON were, on their first publication, annexed as an Appendix to the Third Edition of Whyte's Poems, for which they were originally drawn up, as referred to in the setting out; but, left it might swell the volume to too great a bulk, many passages were omitted, which, tho' the form remains the same, are in this detached Edition restored, and a confiderable portion of fresh matter occasionally intro fuced. Several Original Papers by way of farther Froof and Illustration, never before printed, are also given ; which, it is imagined, will be a treat to the curious in literary history, and deemed, not improbably by many, the most interesting part of the work. The present performance, without any pretensions to rivalship, has a chance to be read by some who have not seen Mr. Boswell's volumes, and others, who have perused them, may not have them at hand ; feveral passages are therefore cited verbatim, which might otherwise have been spared : the following extract from his preface is likewise given as a specimen of his manner, and as a key to certain passages and allusions in the course of the REMARKS, which, without it, might appear difingenuous or obscure.

Thus then Mr. Boswell asserts his prerogatives, and denounces the tribe of objectors. .... aft, deliver to the world a Work which I have long



66 I, at promised, and of which, I am afraid, too high'exopectations have been raised. The delay of its pub. lication must be imputed, in a considerable degree, to the extraordinary zeal which has been shewn by distinguished persons in all quarters to supply me with additional information concerning its illustrious Subject ; resembling in this the grateful tribes of ancient nations, of which every individual was eager to throw a stone upon the grave of a departed Hero, and thus to share in the pious office of erecting an honourable monument to his memory.

“ The labour and anxious attention with which I have collected and arranged the materials of which thefe volumes are composed, will hardly be conceived by those who read with careless facility. The stretch of mind, and prompt assiduity by which so many conversations were preserved, I myself, at some distance of time, contemplate with wonder; and I must be allowed to suggeft, that the nature of the work, in other respects, as it consists of innumerable detached particulars, all which, even the most minute, I have spared no pains to ascertain with a scrupulous authenticity, has occasianed a degree of trouble far beyond that of any other species of composition. Were I to detail the books which I have consulted, and the inquiries which I have found it necessary to make by various channels, I should probably be thought ridiculously oftentatious. Let me only observe, as a fpecimen of my trouble, that I have sometimes been obliged to run half over London, order to fix a date correctly; which, when I had accomplished, I well knew, would obtain me no praise, though a failure would have been to my discredit. And after all, perhaps, hard as it may be, I shall not be surprized if omiffions or mistakes be pointed out with invidious severity. I have also been extremely careful as to the exactness of my quotations; holding, that there is a respect due to the Publick which should oblige every Author to attend to this, and never to presume to introduce them with - -"I think I have read,'-or- If I remember right;'when the originals may be examined.”

Advertisement to the first Edit. p. vii, viii. ix. Again : “ It seems to me, in my moments of selfcomplacency, that this extensive biographical work, however inferior in its nature, may in one respect be afsimilated to the ODYSSEY. Amidst a thousand entertaining and instructive episodes the Hero is never long out of fight; for they are all in some degree connected with him ; and He in the whole course of the History is exhibited by the Authour for the best advantage of his readers.

• Should there be any cold-Blooded and morose mortals who really dislike this Book, I will give them a story to apply. When the great Duke of Marlborough, accompanied by Lord Cadogan, was one day reconnoitering the army in Flanders, a heavy, rain came on, and they both called for their cloaks. Lord Cadogan's servant, a good humoured, alert lad, brought his Lordship’s, in a minūte. The Duke's servant, a lazy, sulky dog, was so sluggish, that his Grace, being wet to the skin, reproved him, and had


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