The works of Samuel Johnson [ed. by F.P. Walesby].

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W. Pickering, London; and Talboys and Wheeler, Oxford, 1825

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Contents

Misargyrus account of his companions concluded
35
On the trades of London
41
Idle hope
46
Apology for neglecting ofhcious advice
52
Incitement to enterprise and emulation Some account of the admirable Crichton
57
Folly of false pretences to importance A juurney in a stagecoach
62
Study composition and converse equally necessary to intellectual accomplishment
68
Criticism on the Pastorals of Virgil
73
Apology for apparent plagiarism Sources of literary variety
79
Projectors injudiciously censured and applauded
84
Infelicities of retirement to men of business 8 9
94
On the uncertainty of human things 100
100
The pleasures and advantages of industry
104
The itch of writing universal
109
The folly of creating artificial wants
114
The miseries of life
122
Solitude not eligible
123
Men differently employed unjustly censured each other
128
Singularities censured
133
Writers not a useless generation
139
Their happiness and infelicity
144
Numb Pace 1 The Idlers character
151
Idlers reason for writing
157
Charities and hospitals
160
Proposal for a female army
163
Ladys performance on horseback
166
Scheme for newswriters
169
Plan of military discipline
172
Progress of idleness
177
Political credulity
179
Discourses on the weather
183
Marriages why advertised
184
The imaginary housewife
187
Robbery of time
192
Treacles complaint of his wife
193
Druggets retirement
196
Expedients of idlers
198
Drugget vindicated
201
Whirlers character
203
Capture of Louisbourg
207
Lingers history of listlessness
210
Imprisonment of debtors
213
Uncertainty of friendship
216
Man does not always think
219
New actors on the stage
221
Betty Brooms history
224
Power of habits
230
Betty Brooms history continued
233
Corruption of newswriters
236
Disguises of idleness Sobers character
239
On Sleep
242
Journal of a fellow of a college
245
Punch and conversation compared
249
Nune Pace 35 Auctionhunter described and ridiculed
252
The terrific diction ridiculed
254
Molly Quicks complaint of her mistress
285
Deborah Gingers account of citywits
288
The bustle of idleness described and ridiculed
291
Marvels journey narrated
294
Marvels journey paralleled
297
Domestick greatness unattainable
299
Selfdenial necessary
302
Mischiefs of good company
305
Mrs Savecharges complaint
308
Authors mortifications
312
lirtuosos whimsical
315
Character of Sophron
318
Expectations of pleasure frustrated
322
Books fall into neglect
323
Minim the critic
325
Minim the critic
329
Rangers account of the vanity of riches
332
Progress of arts and language
335
Rangers complaint concluded
338
Fate of posthumous works
341
Loss of ancient writings
343
Scholars journal
349
History of translation 350
350
History of translation
353
Ilard words defended
355
Dick Shifters rural excursion
358
Regulation of memory
362
Tranquils use of riches
365
Memory rarely deficient
367
Gelaleddin of Bassora
371
False criticisms on painting
373
Easy writing
376
78 Steady Snug Startle Solid and Misty
379
Grand style of painting
383
Ladies journey to London
385
Indians speech to his countrymen
388
Scruple Wormwood Sturdy and Gentle
395
Biography low best performed
398
Books multiplied by useless compilations
401
Amazonian bravery revived
406
What have ye done?
409
Physical evil moral good
411
Rhetorical action considered
414
Sufficiency of the English language
417
Nature of cunning
420
Sam Softlys history
422
Obstructions of learning
425
Tim Wainscots son a fine gentleman
427
Hacho of Lapland
430
Narratives of travellers considered
433
Sophia Heedful
437
The good sort of woman
440
Omars plan of life
443
Authors inattentive to themselves
446
Horrour of the last
448

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