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CONTENTS OF VOL. V.
JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES WITH SAMUEL
A. EXTRACTS FROM WARBURTON
483 B. LORD HOUGHTON'S TRANSLATION OF JOHNSON'S ODE WRITTEN IN SKY.
484 C. JOHNSON'S USE OF THE WORD BIG
A JOURNEY INTO NORTH WALES IN THE YEAR 1774 · 487-524
JAMES BOSWELL, after the Portrait by Sir Joshua Rey
TO EDMOND MALONE, ESQ.
MY DEAR SIR,
In every narrative, whether historical or biographical, authenticity is of the utmost consequence'. Of this I have ever been so firmly persuaded, that I inscribed a former work to that person who was the best judge of its truth. I need not tell you I mean General Paoli; who, after his great, though unsuccessful, efforts to preserve the liberties of his country, has found an honourable asylum in Britain, where he has now lived many years the object of Royal regard and private respect'; and whom I cannot name without expressing my very grateful sense of the uniform kindness which he has been pleased to shew me'.
The friends of Doctor Johnson can best judge, from internal evidence, whether the numerous conversations which form the most valuable part of the ensuing pages are correctly related. To them, therefore, I wish to appeal, for the accuracy of the portrait here exhibited to the world.
As one of those who were intimately acquainted with him, you have a title to this address. You have obligingly taken the trouble to peruse the original manuscript of this
i See ante, ii. 497, note 1, and iii. 237.
• Horace Walpole wrote on Nov. 6, 1769 (Letters, V. 200):—'I found Paoli last week at Court. The King and Queen both took great notice of him. He has just made a tour to Bath, Oxford, &c., and was everywhere received with much distinction.' See ante, ii. 81. 4 Boswell, when in ndon, was ‘his constant guest.' Ante, iii. 40.