1 edition of Boswells Journal of a tour to the Hebrides found in the catalog.
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 60 p. :|
|Number of Pages||97|
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' and defied Mr Sheridan to shew ten good lines in it. Both books can be read on Undiscovered Scotland. Dr Johnson, who was fully conscious of his own superior powers, afterwards praised Principal Robertson for his caution in this respect.
Kilda, what a strange tale Lady Grange's kidnapping made! His doubts appear to have had no foundation; for my respectable neighbour, Mr Fairlie, who, with all his attention to agriculture, finds time both for the Classicks and his friends, assures me they are a distinct species, and that, when any of their calves have horns, a mixture of breed can be traced. I did have much difficulty in distinguishing many of the Scots from one another, as they almost all seemed to be named Mr.
One gentleman in company expressing his opinion 'that Fingal was certainly genuine, for that he had heard a great part of it repeated in the original', Dr Johnson indignantly asked him, whether he understood the original; to which an answer being given in the negative, 'Why then,' said Dr Johnson, 'we see to what THIS testimony comes: thus it is. Still, he often manages to clarify Johnson's observations and, while often as chauvinistic as Johnson himself, does occasionally come down on the side of the Highlanders.
Book has light shelf wear on edges, yellowing to pages. This he said of him, not as a man, but as an authour; and I give his opinions of men and books, faithfully, whether they agree with my own, or not. I am not sure how useful it would be in planning for a trip back to Scotland, but this is very readable, especially the more I know about Johnson.
' — Blacklock seemed to be much surprized, when Dr.
Indeed, I was at all times desirous to preserve the letters which he received from eminent persons, of which, as of all other papers, he was very negligent; and I once proposed to him, that they should be committed to my care, as his Gustos Rotulorum.
Johnson himself read Boswell's journal as they travelled around and did not quarrel with Boswell's portrait of him.
The 'sullen dignity of the old castle', as he has forcibly expressed it, delighted him exceedingly.
Sir John, I perceived, was ambitious of having such a guest; but, as I was well assured, that at this very time he had joined with some of his prejudiced countrymen in railing at Dr Johnson, and had said, he wondered how any gentleman of Scotland could keep company with him, I thought he did not deserve the honour: yet, as it might be a convenience to Dr Johnson, I contrived that he should accept the invitation, and engaged to conduct him.