Page images
PDF
EPUB

him, or the distresses they severally laboured under. Any other supposition would be injurious to the memory of a man, who, by his private memoranda in my possession, appears to have applied near a fourth part of his income in acts of beneficence.

The above facts are so connected with the transactions of Dr. Johnson, in the latter days of his life, that they are part of his history; and the mention of them may serve as a caveat against oftentatious bounty, favour to negroes, and testamentary dispositions in extremis.

*. It will afford some satisfaction to the compaffionate reader to know, that the means of benefiting Heeley, and fome others of Dr. Johnson's relations, whom he had either totally neglected, or Nightly noticed, have been found out, and rendered practicable by Mr. Langton. That gentleman, to whom the doctor had given bis manuscript Latin poems, having got for them of the booksellers 20 l. with that benignity which is but one of his excellent qualities, had determined to divide the same among the doctor's relations. And whereas the doctor died indebted to the estate of the late Mr. Beauclerk, in the sum of 30 1. lady Diana Beauclerk, his reli&t and executrix, upon the receipt thereof, and being informed of Mr. Langton's intention, in a spirit of true benevolence requested, that fhe might be permitted to add that sum to the former, and, accordingly, deposited it in his hands. Part of this money has been applied in relieving the wants of Heely and his wife, and the rest will be disposed of among those relations that shall appear to stand most in need of help ; and, as a farther relief to Heely, and for the benefit of the idiot-boy, measures have been taken to settle him with the parish, upon which he has a legal claim for maintenance, which having succeeded, the poor man is eased of a heavy burden, and the boy is become fure of a provision for life.

[ocr errors][merged small]

Ι Ν D Ε Χ.

PAGE.

1

378

A.
ABidinia, account of the Portuguese miflion to

23
Ax for licensing plays, the occasion thereof

74 Adventurer, history of that publication

292
Advertisement, a spirited one, respecting the Idler
Æbuda, see Hebrides.
Ainsworth, Michael, note of him

254 Akenfide, Dr. Mark, anecdotes of him

242 - challenges Ballow, a lawyer

245 account of a day spent with him in the country 247 Amburst, (editor of the Craftsman) memoirs of him

157 Annet, anecdote of his inveterate hatred of the holy scriptures

567 Arches, observations on the controversy on the strength of 373 Afton, Mally, Johnson's epigram on

316 Autbors, by profession, characterized

27 - prostitution in, what

81 the various kinds of

205 Johnson's sentiments on

268 instances of generosity of booksellers to

345
the frequent contrariety between their lives and writings 410

B.
Bailey's Dictionary, the foundation of Johnson's

175
Balloru, Mr. a lawyer, anecdotes of him
- affronts Dr. Aken side and is challenged by him, but
declines a meeting

245 Baret, John, the preface to his dictionary of four languages 172 Barker, Dr. Edmund, account of him

233 Barnard, Sir John, his elocution described Bathurst, Dr. Richard, his history

234 Beauclerk, Topham, Esq; account of him

422 Lady Diana, his relict, her benevolence to the neglected relations of Johnson

605 Bell, Mrs. Johnson's epitaph on her

472 Birch, Dr. Thomas, account of him

206 account of a perambulation by him round London

207 Blackfriars Bridge, observations on the architecture of

375 Blackmore, Sir Richard, his contempt of calumny

349 Blaney, Elizabeth, inscription to her memory, by Johnson's father

Bookfellers,

244

[ocr errors]

96

[ocr errors]

Page. .
Booksellers, instances of their generofity to authors 346
Bofwell, Mr. James, accompanies Dr. Johnson to the Hebrides 472
Boyfe, Samuel, a distressed poet, account of him

158
Breakfafts of persons of quality before the introduction of tea 353
Brett, Dr. Thomas, his sentiments of prayer for the dead 448
Brocklefby, Dr. his generous offer to Johnson

574
Brooke, Mr. Henry, account of his tragedy of Guftavus Vafa 76

I21

176

[ocr errors]

C.
Camden, (the antiquary) story of the mutilation of his mo-
nument in Westminster Abbey)

519
Campbell, (the architect)

374
Campbell, Dr. Jobn, account of him

210
Canton, Mr. John, a writer in the Gentleman's Magazine 48
Catalogue of the Harleian Library, extracts from

134
Cave, Edward, (the printer) account of him

45
- his correspondents

46
Chamier, Anthony, Esq; account of him

422
Chefterfield, Earl of, his speech on the act for licensing the
retailing of spirituous liquors

113
his character as a speaker
pretends to patronize Johnson's Dictionary

175
his interview with Johnson
survey of his character

177
story of his attempt on a married lady of quality 180
the immoral tendency of his letters to his son examined 181
his letters contrafted with a letter of Sir Henry Sid.
ney's to his fon Philip

185
Johnson's character of him

189
his description of Johnson

190
Chriftian, a complete one defined, by Howell

543
Clarke, Dr. Samuel, his definition of virtue

253
Cock-lane Ghoft, account of the
Columns, the proportions of

375
Compton, Mr. a convert from popery, obtains, by Dr. John-

son's means, a comfortable settlement in the church
of England

530
Contraband trader characterized

468
Cooper, Bishop of Lincoln, note respecting his dictionary 171
Coran, Captain, his noble reply to an offer of aslistance 574
Corbet, Mr. Andrew, sends Johnson with his son to Pem.
broke College, Oxford

9
Cornelys, Mrs. the superintendant of our public diversions 262
is banished the cities of Turin and Brussels

- ibid.
Courts of Justice, their tenderness to prisoners

521
Craftsman, character of that paper

60
Creditor , merciless, a character now hardly known in England 523
Crichton, James, surnamed the Admirable, account of him
and his exploits

294
Crousaz, character of him and his writings

D. Dead,

436

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

= 65

D.

20

PAGE.
Dead, praying for them a constant usage in the primitive
church

449
Dictionaries, account of the old English

171
Diverfions, the incessant round of them in London

262
Dixie, Sir Wolfan, his treatment of Johnson
Dod (the decalogist) anecdote of him

542
Dodd, Dr. William, account of him

435
further account of him and his forgery

520
- his petition to the king for pardon, written by Dr. John-
fon

524
Mrs. Dodd's, to the queen

526
- motives for mercy in his case assigned by Johnfon 527
Dodington, Bubb, Lord Melcombe, seeks the friendship of
Johnson

329
account of his favourites and dependants

ibid.
- note on his diary

330
Douglas, Dr. John, detects Lauder of accusing Milton
falsely of plagiarism

276
Duck, epitaph on a, written by Johnson when only three
years of age

6
Ducket, his atheistical letter

333
Duick, Mr. John, a writer in the Gentleman's Magazine 47
Dyer, Mr. Samuel, character and memoirs of - 223 et feqq.
Dyson, Jer. Efq; particulars respecting him

243

48

E.
Eames, Mr. John, account of his academy
Editha, the wife of Edward the Confesfor, story of her

meeting with Ingulphus when a boy, and examining
him as to his progress in learning

470
Egmont, Lord, author of “ Faction detected"

85
Emigration, its legal consequences

496

[ocr errors]

C

F.
Falkland Isands, the dispute concerning them
- characterized by Johnson

467

466
advantages and disadvantages of

467
False Alarm, account of that pamphlet

501
Felons, the tenderness with which they are now treated

521
chances in favour of their escaping juftice multifold

523
Fielding, Henry, character of him and his works

214
Fleetwood, anecdote of a conversation between him and

Mr. Garrick
Foote, Samuel, deterred by Johnson from his design of ridi.

culing him on the stage
Ford, Parson, short account of
- supposed to be the parson intended in Hogarth's Mo-

dern Midnight Conversation

55

438

Perbergi

Page.

243

Fothergill, Dr. John, account of him
Fournier, story of his forgery on Bishop Hoadly
Free-Masonry, a mock procession in ridicule of

412

336

431

[ocr errors]

96

G.
Garrick, Mr. placed in his youth under the tuition of Johnson 35
in comes to London with Johnson

38
acts a part in the Mock Doctor with some journeymen
printers, before Cave at his house

45
anecdote of him and Fleetwood

55
purchases Drury-lane theatre, in conjun&tion with Lacy 194
lines by him on the publication of Johnson's Dictionary 344
his notion of the importance of his profession

427
- his conduct in a chancery-suit

428
his pleasantry
bis liberality

432
his reformation of the stage

ibid.
his arts to ensure the favour of the public

433
General Warrants, a good use of them

508
Gentleman's Magazine, the origin and progress of

27
account of some of the early contributors to it 46
Johnson undertakes a biographical article in it 89
conteft between it and the London Magazine

go
parliamentary speeches therein, first published in July
1736, under the direction of Guthrië

95
Johnson undertakes to write the debates
the sale greatly increased thereby

123
Johnson continues the debates to the end of 1743 132
the debates continued by Hawkesworth, to 1760

- ibid.
review of books, by Owen Ruff head, continued by
Hawkesworth

- ibid.
note of several pieces in it, written by Johnson
George II. King, an elegant compliment of his to the wife

of Mr. Thornton
Gibbs, (the architect)
Glasgow, account of the voyage of an inhabitant of St.
Kilda to

477
Goldsmith, Dr. Oliver, anecdotes of him

415
relation of some of his absurdities, and of a trick played
upon him by Roubiliac the sculptor

417
- flighted the patronage of the Duke of Northumberland 419
Good-breeding a favourite quality with Johnson

407
Goodman's-Fields Theatre, history of its erection and suppression 73
Grenville, Mr. characterized

514
Grub-ftriet Journal, origin and progress of
Grub-ftreet writers and politicians, why so called

ibid.
Guftavus Vasa, written by Mr. Brooke

72
passages in it

77
Guibrie compiles the parliamentary speeches in the Gentle-
man's Magazine

95
RS

H. Hall,

प।।।।।

i 351

459
374

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

31

« PreviousContinue »