By Norman Page

This chronology, like others within the sequence, provides the tale of Dr Johnson's existence in a conveniently available structure to supply pupil and common reader alike with a brief consultant to dates, humans and locations including supplementary indexes.

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19 JB spends the evening tete-a-tete with SJ at the latter's house. 20 SJ appears as a witness at Baretti' s trial for murder at the Old Bailey. Baretti is acquitted. 26 SJ and JB dine at the Mitre; afterwards they drink tea at SJ's house. SJ is upset by a conversation on death, becomes angry when JB tries to prolong the discussion of this topic, and tells him as they part 'Don't let us meet to-morrow'; JB goes home 'exceedingly uneasy', feeling 'like the man who had put his head into the lion's mouth a great many times with perfect safety, but at last had it bit off' (Life).

4 Goes to Streatham. September 27 (Thurs) Tells Joseph Warton that he is revising his edition of Shakespeare. November 26 (Mon) Hears of the death of Anne, daughter of Thomas Percy. He writes a letter of condolence on the 27th. 1771 March 16 (Sat) SJ publishes his pamphlet Thoughts on the Late Transactions Respecting Falkland's Islands. 24 (Palm Sunday) SJ' s diary records his plans to read the Greek Testament in regular portions; 'was unwilling to go to study, and hour stole away after hour. I did not go to Church' (diary).

SJ, diary). He fasts all day. 21 'My thoughts have been clouded with sensuality, and, except that from the beginning of this year I have in some measure forborn excess of Strong Drink my appetites have predominated over my reason. A kind of strange oblivion has overspread me .... ' (diary). 22 (Easter Day) After sleeping badly he rises, prays, and thinks of his dead wife 'with my eyes full' (diary). He goes to church twice, dines with Miss Williams, and spends the evening, 'not unpleasantly', at Davies's.

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