The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D: Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XVI. .
1773

Sail to Portree in Sky -- Discourse on Death -- Lord Elibank -- Ride to Kingsburgh -- Flora Macdonald -- Adventures of Prince Charles Edward Stewart -- Emigration -- Dunvegan -- Female Chastity -- Dr. Cadogan -- Preaching and Practice -- Good Humour -- Sir George Mackenzie -- Burke's Wit, Knowledge, and Eloquence -- Johnson's Hereditary Melancholy -- His "Seraglio" -- Polygamy.

Sunday, Sept. 12. -- IT was a beautiful day, and although we did not approve of travelling on Sunday, we resolved to set out, as we were in an island from whence one must take occasion as it serves. Macleod and Talisker sailed in a boat of Rasay's for Sconser, to take the shortest way to Dunvegan. M'Cruslick went with them to Sconser, from whence he was to go to Slate, and so to the main land. We were resolved to pay a visit at Kingsburgh, and see the celebrated Miss Flora Macdonald, who is married to the present Mr. Macdonald of Kingsburgh; so took that road, though not so near. All the family, but Lady Rasay, walked down to the shore to see us depart. Rasay himself went with us in a large boat, with eight oars, built in his island; as did Mr. Malcolm Macleod, Mr. Donald M'Queen, Dr. Macleod, and some others. We had a most pleasant sail between Rasay and Sky; and passed by a cave, where Martin says fowls were caught by lighting fire in the mouth of it. Malcolm remembers this. But it is not now practised, as few fowls come into it.

We spoke of Death. Dr. Johnson on this subject observed, that the boastings of some men, as to dying easily, were idle talk, pro. ceeding from partial views. I mentioned Hawthornden's Cypress Grove, where it is said that the world is a mere show; and that it is unreasonable for a man to wish to continue in the show-room. after he has seen it. Let him go cheerfully out and give place to other spectators. JOHNSON. "Yes, Sir, if he is sure he is to be well

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents of Vol. II iii
  • Chapter I - 1769 9
  • Chapter II - 1769-1770 29
  • Chapter III - 1770 47
  • Chapter IV - 1771 60
  • Chapter V - 1772 81
  • Chapter VI - 1772-1773 98
  • Chapter VII - 1773 117
  • Chapter VIII - 1773 144
  • Chapter IX - 1773 168
  • Chapter X 190
  • Chapter XI 203
  • Chapter XII 219
  • Chapter XIII - 1773 236
  • Chapter XIV - 1773 255
  • Chapter XV - 1773 276
  • Chapter XVI - 1773 301
  • Chapter XVII - 1773 323
  • Chapter XVIII - 1773 348
  • Chapter XIX - 1773 376
  • Chapter XX - 1773 396
  • Chapter XXI - 1773 421
  • Chapter XXII - 1773 441
  • Appendix 467
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