Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland (Google eBook)
It is a travelogue that encapsulates Johnson's eighty-three days' journey to Scotland and the islands of Hebrides in 1773. Johnson has portrayed Scotland by depicting the scenes picturesquely. The whole panorama enhances reader's interest to an utmost pleasure. Johnson has recorded and commented on the Scottish life including all its peculiarities. Interesting!
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Page 6 - It is surely not without just reproach that a nation, of which the commerce is hourly extending, and the wealth increasing, denies any participation of its prosperity to its literary societies ; and while its merchants or its nobles are raising palaces, suffers its universities to moulder into dust.
Page 1 - He cannot deny himself the vanity of finishing with the encomium of Dr. Johnson, whose friendly partiality to the companion of his tour represents him as one "whose acuteness would help my inquiry, and whose gaiety of conversation and civility of manners are sufficient to counteract the inconveniences of travel in countries less hospitable than we have passed.
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