By Norman Page
This chronology, like others within the sequence, provides the tale of Dr Johnson's lifestyles in a effectively available structure to supply student and common reader alike with a short advisor to dates, humans and areas including supplementary indexes.
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M. to explore Mull on horseback. Conditions for riding are difficult, and SJ is 'out of humour'. m. Then they cross to the island of Ulva and spend the night at Mr M'Quarrie's house. ' Later, perhaps towards the end of the year, SJ composes Latin verses ('Parva quidem regio') commemorating the visit; he sends them to JB on 21 January 1775. 18 The day is spent at Sir Allan's and in viewing the island. 19 They bid farewell to Donald Maclean ('Young Col'), who has been their guide and is to return to Skye; then they sail down the coast of Mull and Skye and cross to Iona (Icolmkill), accompanied by Sir Allan.
Dines at the Welches'. 9 Rises at eight. Dines at Strahan's. 10 Rises at eight. Receives a number of visitors. ' 11 Rises at eight. Dines at Reynolds's; has supper at the Mitre. The diary breaks off at this point until March. 1766 25 14 Admits to JB, who is still abroad, that he has been 'a sparing and ungrateful correspondent', adding the assurance that 'nothing has lessened either the esteem or love with which I dismissed you at Harwich', and urging him to 'Come home ... and take your chance.
25 SJ's diary notes regular church attendance and reading of the Greek Testament (see 24 Mar above) in recent months. September 17 (Tues) Death of Tobias Smollett. , SJ notes that it is his sixty-second birthday; there has been some improvement in his physical and mental health, but insomnia is still a problem and 'Indolence and indifference has been neither conquered nor opposed'. 23 He returns home after a short visit to the Thrales, 'that I might be more master of my hours'. Goes to church (exceptional for SJ on a weekday).