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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.
quaintance, Sir Alexander Gordon, there, 221. Account of the
for in another place, exemplified in the ftory of Gelaleddin of
Baffora, vii. 300.
for a picture, vii. 180.
vigour of the mind, v. 81. 87. The source of cheerfulness and
no good in any part of oratory, 362.
justice of judging of them by the event, iii, 219.
dise Lost, viii. 3.
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,
Adventurer, No. xxxiv. iii. 137. No. xli. 144. No. xlv. 1500
No. 1. 156. No. liii. 162. No. lviii. 168. No. lxii. 175.
cxxxvii. 2o5. No. cxxxviii. 292.
struction to the mind, vi. 58. The appointed instrument of pro-
signed, 98. Vanity often the apparent motive of giving it, 99.
When most offensive and ineffeciual, vi. go.
surdity of it exposed in the character of Gelasimus, vi. 228.
113. 332. Inseparable from human life, vi. 268. The benefits
guese, ii, 213 .
both antient and modern, ii. 384. Productions of, alone lufficient
An art which go-
Son of a butcher at Newcastle upon Tyne, born 1721.
racter of his works, 359.
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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
His thoughtless extravagance, 316. The excellent advice which
the fage gave him, 318.
in England moft like Amazons, 352,
natural to youth, iv. 97. The peculiar vanity of it in the lower
Characterized. viii. 268.
Address of the American Congress (1775), x. 155. Motives
Amusements, by what regulations they may be rendered useful, vi
Anatomy, cruelty in anatomical researches reprobated, vii. 66.