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to him, I should be happy to give him this small testimony of my regard." Such spontaneous testimonies of approbation from such men, without any personal acquaintance with me, are truly valuable and encouraging.
CATALOGUE OR LIST OF DESIGNS.
[Referred to in Vol. VIII. p. 388. ]
DIVINITY. A SMALL book of precepts and directions for piety; the hint taken from the directions in Morton's Exercise.
PHILOSOPHY, HISTORY, AND LITERATURE IN GENERAL. History of Criticism, as it relates to judging of authors, from Aristotle to the present age.
An account of the rise and improvements of that art: of the different opinions of authors, ancient and modern.
Translation of the History of Herodian.
New edition of Fairfax's Translation of Tasso, with notes, glossary, &c.
Chaucer, a new edition of him, from manuscripts and old editions, with various readings, conjectures, remarks on his language, and the changes it had undergone from the earliest times to his age, and from his to the present ; with notes explanatory of customs, &c. and references to Boccace, and other authors, from whom he has borrowed, with an account of the liberties he has taken in telling the stories ; his life, and an exact etymological glossary.
Aristotle's Rhetoric, a translation of it into English.
A Collection of Letters, translated from the modern writers with some account of the several authors.
Oldham's Poems, with notes, historical and critical.
Lives of the Philosophers, written with a polite air, in such a manner as may divert as well as instruct.
History of the Heathen Mythology, with an explication of the fables, both allegorical and historical ; with references to the poets.
History of the State of Venice, in a compendious manner.
Aristotle's Ethics, an English translation of them, with notes.
Geographical Dictionary from the French. [Utrecht.] MS.
Hierocles upon Pythagoras, translated into English, perhaps with notes. This is done by Norris. [Nov. 9th, 1752.] MS.
A book of Letters, upon all kinds of subjects.
Claudian, a new edition of his works, cum notis variorum, in the manner of Burman.
Tully's Tusculan questions, a translation of them.
History of the Revival of Learning in Europe, containing an account of whatever contributed to the restoration of literature; such as controversies, printing, the destruction of the Greek empire, the encouragement of great men, with the lives of the most eminent patrons, and most eminent early professors of all kinds of learning in different countries.
A Body of Chronology, in verse, with historical notes. [Nov. 9th, 1752.] MS.
A Table of the Spectators, Tatlers, and Guardians, distinguished by figures into six degrees of value, with notes giving the reasons of preference or degradation.
A Collection of Letters from English authors, with a preface, giving some account of the writers; with reasons for selection, and criticism upon styles; remarks on each letter, if needful.
A Collection of Proverbs from various languages. Jan. 6th, -53.
A Dictionary to the Common Prayer, in imitation of Cal. met's Dictionary of the Bible. March, 52.
A Collection of Stories and Examples, like those of Valerius Maximus. Jan, 10th, 53.
From Ælian, a volume of select Stories, perhaps from others. Jan. 28th, 53.
Collection of Travels, Voyages, Adventures, and Descriptions of Countries.
Dictionary of Ancient History and Mythology.
Treatise on the Study of Polite Literature, containing the history of learning, directions for editions, commentaries, &c.
Maxims, Characters, and Sentiments, after the manner of Bruyère, collected out of ancient authors, particularly the Greek, with Apophthegms.
Classical Miscellanies, Select Translations from ancient Greek and Latin authors.
Lives of Illustrious Persons, as well of the active as the learned, in imitation of Plutarch.
Judgment of the learned upon English Authors.
Observations on the English Language, relating to words, phrases, and modes of speech.
Minutiæ, Literariæ, Miscellaneous Reflections, Criticisms, Emendations, Notes.
History of the Constitution.
Comparison of Philosophical and Christian Morality, by sentences collected from the moralists and fathers.
Plutarch's Lives, in English, with notes.
POETRY AND WORKS OF IMAGINATION.
Johnson's extraordinary facility of composition, when he shook off his constitutional indolence, and resolutely sat down to write, is admirably described by Mr. Courtenay, in his “ Poetical Review,” which I have several times quoted :
“ While through life's maze he sent a piercing view,
His mind expansive to the object grew.
We shall in vain endeavour to know with exact precision every production of Johnson's pen. He owned to me that he had written about forty sermons; but as I understood that he had given or sold them to different persons, who were to preach them as their own, he did not consider himself at liberty to acknowledge them. Would those who were thus aided by him, who are still alive, and the friends of those who are dead, fairly inform the world, it would be obligingly gratifying a reasonable curiosity, to which there should, I think, now be no objection. Two volumes of them, published since his death, are sufficiently ascertained. See Vol. VII. p. 326. I have before me in his handwriting a fragment of twenty quarto leaves, of a translation into English of Sallust, De Bello Catilinario. When it was done I have no notion : but it seems to have no very superior merit to mark it as his. Besides the publications heretofore mentioned, I am satisfied, from internal evidence, to admit also as genuine the following, which, notwithstanding all my chronological care, escaped me in the course of this work :
“ Considerations on the Case of Dr. Trapp's Sermons,”+ published in 1739, in the “ Gentleman's Magazine.”
It is a very ingenious defence of the right of abridging an author's work, without being held as infringing his property. This is one of the nicest questions in the Law of Literature ; and I cannot help thinking, that the indulgence of abridging is often exceedingly injurious to authors and booksellers, and should in very few cases be permitted. At any rate, to prevent difficult and uncertain discussion, and give an absolute security to authors in the property of their labours, no abridgment what ever should be permitted till after the expiration of such a number of years as the legislature may be pleased to fix.
But, though it has been confidently ascribed to him, I cannot allow that he wrote a dedication to both houses of parliament of a book entitled “ The Evangelical History Harmonised." He was no croaker, no declaimer against the times. He would not have written “ That we are fallen upon an age in which corruption is not barely universal, is universally confessed.” Nor, “ Rapine preys on the public without opposition, and perjury betrays it without inquiry." Nor would he, to excite a speedy reformation, have conjured up such phantoms of terror as these :-“ A few years longer, and perhaps all endeavours will be in vain. We may be swallowed by an earthquake; we may be delivered to our enemies.” This is not Johnsonian.
There are, indeed, in this dedication several sentences constructed upon the model of those of Johnson. But the imitation of the form, without the spirit of his style, has been so general, that this of itself is not sufficient evidence. Even our newspaper writers aspire to it. In an account of the funeral of Edwin, the comedian, in “ The Diary” of Nov. 9. 1790, that