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[The following Prayer was composed and used by

Doctor Johnson previous to his receiving the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, on Sunday December 5, 1784.]

LMIGHTY and most merciful Father, I am A

now, as to human eyes it seems, about to commemorate, for the * last time, the death of thy Son Jesus Christ our Saviour and Redeemer. Grant, O Lord, that my whole hope and confidence may be in his merits and thy mercy; enforce and accept my imperfect repentance;

make this commemoration available to the confirmation of my faith, the establishment of my hope, and the enlargement of my charity; and make the death of thy Son Jesus Christ effectual to my redemption. Have mercy upon me, and pardom the multitude of my offences. Blefs my friends; have mercy upon all men. Support me, by thy Holy Spirit, in the days of weakness, and at the hour of death ; and receive me, at my death, to everlasting happiness, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

• He died the 13th following.

Ι Ν D Ε Χ.

67 The Roman Numerals refer to the Volume, and

the Figures to the Page.


ABERBROTHICK, account of the town of, viii. 216. Of

the ruins of the monastery there, 218.
Aberdeen, account of, x. 2.1. Dr. Johnson meets with an old ac.

quaintance, Sir Alexander Gordon, there, 221. Account of the
King's College, 223. Account of the Marischal College, 224 •
Account of the Library, 224. The course of education there,
225. Account of the English chapel, viii. 226.
Abilities, the reward of, to be accepted when offered, and not fought

for in another place, exemplified in the ftory of Gelaleddin of

Baffora, vii. 300.
Abouzaid, the dying advice of Morad his father to him, vi. 289.
Absence, a destroyer of friendship, vii. 89.
sbs:Tinia, preface to the translation of Father Lobo's voyage to, ii.

Academical education, one of Milton's objections to it, ix. 88.
Acaftus, an instance of the commanding influence of curiosity, vi.

Achilles, his address to a Grecian prince supplicating life, improper

for a picture, vii. 180.
Aktion (dramatick), the laws of it stated and remarked, vi. 97.
Action (exercise), necessary to the health of the body, and the

vigour of the mind, v. 81. 87. The source of cheerfulness and

vivacity, 86.
Aation (in oratory), the want of, confidered, vii. 361. Tends to

no good in any part of oratory, 362.
Aktions, every man the best relator of his own, vii. 259. The in-

justice of judging of them by the event, iii, 219.
Adam unparadised, a MSS. supposed to be the embryo of Para-

dise Lost, viii. 3.
Adams, Parfon, of Fielding, not Edward, but William Young, xi,

Addison, Joseph, supposed to have taken the plan of his Dialogues
on medals from Dryden's Essay on Dramatick Poetry, ix. 322.


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His life, x. 73. Born at Milfton, in Wiltshire, May 1, 1672, 73. The various schools at which he received instruction, 73. Cultivates an early friendship with Steele, 74. Lends 100l. 10 Steele, and reclaims it by an execution, 75. Entered at Oxford, 1687, 75.

Account of his Latin poems, 76. Account of his English poems, 76. On being introduced by Congreve to Mr. Montague, becomes a courtier, 78. Obtains a pension of 300 1. a year, that he might be enabled to travel, 78. Publishes his travels, 79. Succeeds Mr. Locke as Commissioner of Appeals, as a reward for his poem The battle of Blenheim, 81. Went to Hanover with Lord Halifax, 81. Made Under-secretary of State, 81. Writes the opera of Rosamond, 81. Aflists Steele in writ. ing the Tender Husband, 81 Goes to Ireland with Lord Wharton as Secretary, 81. Made Keeper of the Records in Birmingham's Tower, 82. The opposite characters of him and Wharton, 82. His reason for resolving not to remit any fees to his friends, 82. Wrote in the Tatler, 83. Wrote in the Spectators, 83. His tragedy of Cato brought on the stage, and fupported both by the Whigs and Tories, 89. 91. Cato warmly attacked by Dennis, 92. Other honours and enmities fhewed to Cato, 93. Cato translated both into Italian and Latin, 93: Writes in the Guardian, 94. His fignature in the Spectator and Guardian, 95. Declared by Steele to have been the author of the Drummer, with the story on which that comedy is founded, 95. Wrote several political pamphlets, 96. Appointed Secretary to the Regency, 98. In 1715 publishes the Freeholder, 98. Marries the Countess of Warwick, Aug. 2, 1716, 99. Secretary of State, 1717, but unfit for the place, and therefore resigns it, 100.

Sir J. Hawkins's Defence of the Character he had given of Addison in his History of Mufick against the author of the Biog. Brit. 104. Purposes writing a tragedy on the death of Socrates, 100. Engages in his Detence of the Christian reli. gion, 101. Had a design of writing an English di&ionary, 101. His controversy with Steele on the Peerage Bill, 102. During his last illness sends for Gay, informs him that he had injured him, and promises, if he recovered, to recompence him, 105. Sends for the young Earl of Warwick, that he might see how Christian ought to die, 105. Died June 17, 1719, 106. His character, 106. The course of his familiar day, 109. His literary character, 112. Account of his works, 113. Extracts from Dennis's Observations on Cato, 119. Considered as a critick, 137. Commended as a teacher of wisdom, 140. Character of his profe works, 140. Example of his disinterested conduct in difpofing of places, 141. A conversation with Pope on Tickell’s translation of Homer, 233. Becomes a rival of Pope,

Supposed to have been the translator of the Iliad, published under the name of Tickell

, 99. His critical capacity remarked, v. 91. 140. 143. Observations on his tragedy of

Cato, xi. 99: Hdmiration, and ignorance, their mutual and reciprocal operation,


xi. 95.

of, 270.

Adventurer, No. xxxiv. iii. 137. No. xli. 144. No. xlv. 1500

No. 1. 156. No. liii. 162. No. lviii. 168. No. lxii. 175.
No. Ixix. 183. No. lxxxiv. 190. No. lxxxv. 197. No. xçii.
204. No. xcv. 213. No. xcix. 219. No. cii. 220. No. cvii.
223. No. cviii. 239. No. cxi. 245. No. cxv. 252. No. cxix.
259. No. cxx. 255. No. cxxvi. 271. No. cxxxi. 278. No.

cxxxvii. 2o5. No. cxxxviii. 292.
Adversaries, the advantage of contending with illustrious ones, xii.

Adversity, a season fitted to convey the most falutary and useful in-

struction to the mind, vi. 58. The appointed instrument of pro-
moting our virtue and happiness, 60.
Advertisements, on pompous and remarkable, vii. 160.
Advice, good, too often difregarded, v. 97. The causes of this af-

signed, 98. Vanity often the apparent motive of giving it, 99.

When most offensive and ineffeciual, vi. go.
Affability, the extensive influence of this amiable quality, vi. 2.
Affe Etation, the vanity and folly of indul ing it, iv. 131. 133.
Wherein it properly differs from hypocrity, 134. The great ab.

surdity of it exposed in the character of Gelasimus, vi. 228.
Aflictions, proper methods of obtaining consolation under them, iv.

113. 332. Inseparable from human life, vi. 268. The benefits
Africa, progress of the discoveries made on that coast by the Portu-

guese, ii, 213 .
Age, the present an age of authors, iii. 252.
Age, the complaints of, iii. 224.
Agriculture, its extensive usefulness considered, vi. 28, Thoughts on,

both antient and modern, ii. 384. Productions of, alone lufficient
for the support of an industrious people, 385. In high confidera-
tion in Egypt, 385. The many antient writers on that subject, 388.
'The enrichment of England, 389. A proper subject for honorary
rewards, 391. Superior to trade and manufactures, 392. Danger
to be apprehended from the neglect of, 397.

An art which go-
vernment ought to protect every proprietor of lands to practise, and
every enquirer into nature to improve, 397. Account of, at aa.
fay, one of the Hebrides, 283. Bad ftate of, at Ofig, in Sky,
ix. 305. The raising of the rents of eitates in Scotland confider-

ed, 326.
Ajut, his history, vi. 267. 276.
Akenside, Dr. Mark, his opinion of Dyer's Fleece, xi. 275. His

Son of a butcher at Newcastle upon Tyne, born 1721.
Deligned for a diffenting minifter, but turns his mind to phyfick,
335. Pleasures of Imagination published, 1744, 356. Studies at
Leyden, and becomes M. D. 1744, 356. An enthusiastick friend
to liberty, and a lover of contradiction, 357. Practiles phy frck at
Northampton and Hampstead, 358. Seitles at London, 358. Al-
lowed zcol. a year by Mr. Dylon, 358. By his writings obtains
the name both of a wit and scholar, 359. Died 1770, 359. Cha.

racter of his works, 359.
Alabajler, Roxana, commended, ix, 87.


lite, 335;

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Alacrity, the cultivation of it the source of personal and social pleasure,

v. 18, 19.

Albion, in lat. 3o, account of the friendly inhabitants found there by

Drake, xii. 137
Alexandrian Library, its loss lamented, vii, 263,
Aliger, his character, vi. 354.
Alien, Mr. of Bath, praised by Pope in his Satires, xi. 135.
All's Well that Ends Well, observations on Shakespeare's, ii.

Almamoulin, the dying speech of Nouradin, his father, to him, v. 314,

His thoughtless extravagance, 316. The excellent advice which

the fage gave him, 318.
Altilia, her coquetry described, vi. 246.
Amazons, observations on the history of the, vii. 351. Old maids

in England moft like Amazons, 352,
Amazons, of the Pen, iii. 254.
Ambition, generally proportioned to capacity, xii. 17. A quality

natural to youth, iv. 97. The peculiar vanity of it in the lower
ftations of life, 420, 421. A destroyer of friendship, vii. go.

Characterized. viii. 268.
America, Taxation no Tyranny, or, an answer to the Resolutions and

Address of the American Congress (1775), x. 155. Motives
urged by patriots against the taxation of, 157. Examination into
our claim to the right of taxing it, and of their objections to be
taxed, 162. The plea of want of representation examined, 172.
Their claims of exemption from taxation from their charters ex-
amined, 179. Objection to taxation made by an old member,
examined, 181. Proceedings of the congress of Philadelphia
examined, 185. Pleas of the Bostonians exposed, 188. Their
resolutions and address exposed, in a supposed address from the
Cornish men, 194: Some of the arguments made use of against
our taxing it examined, 199. First incited to rebellion from Eu.
ropean intelligence, 202. Confiderations on the Indians granting
their lands to foreign nations, 211. Difficulty of ascertaining
boundaries, 282. The power of the French there, 1756, 287,
Colonies first fettled there in the time of Elizabeth, 294. Con
tinued in the reign of James I. 299. Colony first sent to Canada
by the French, 301. "The first discovery of Newfoundland by
Cabot, and the settlement from thence to Georgia confidered,
314. The encroachment of French on our back settlements

examined, 315
Amicus, his reflections on the deplorable case of proftitutes, v,

Amoret, Lady Sophia Murray celebrated by Waller under that name,

ix. 233•

Amusements, by what regulations they may be rendered useful, vi

* Anacreon, Ode ix. transated, i. 159.

Anatomy, cruelty in anatomical researches reprobated, vii. 66.
Andrew's, St, account of the city of, viii. 11. The ruins of the
cathedral, 113• Account of the univeráty, 194: Expence of


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