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and Panther published by Dryden in defence of popery, 360.
Egg and Canna the only islands of the Hebrides where that
religion is retained, viii. 368.
Population, the flight of every man a loss to the community, and
rogues ought rather to be made useful to the society they have
injured, than be driven from it, x. 258. Decayed religious houses,
or want of them, no evidence of a decreasing, viii. 288.
Portia, (daughter of Cato) characterized, ii. 321.
Portland, earl of, taken up for being concerned in Waller's Plot,
ix. 246. Receives a letter from Waller, advising him to confess,
which he rejects, and applies to the Lords for redress, 247. After
being examined several times by the Lords, is admitted to bail,
Posidippus, his account of human life, iii. 235.
Posthumous Works, thoughts on the publication of, vii. 260.
Poverty, the impropriety of reflecting on persons for it, x. 335. The
afflictive scenes of it described, iv. 338. The fears of it strongly
excite to activity and diligence, 339. The folly of those whose
negligence and profusion involve them in the miseries of it, 339.
In what cases they are objects of pity, 340. The disappointments
attending it, 176. Why its circumstances are so often regarded
with contempt, vi. 184. When only to be dreaded, 362. Ought
not to be looked on as hereditary, viii. 35. What it is, and the
necessity of it, considered, 40.
Power, the effect of necessity, v. 373.
Praise of servants, the highest panegyrick of private virtue, iv. 432.
The practice of giving unmerited, censured, v. 355.
cellency of that which is duly deserved, 412. The integrity
and judgment with which it ought to be dispensed, 412. The
love of it engages in a variety of means for attaining it, vi. 142.
The general passion for it shown, vi. 306. To an old man an
empty sound, iii. 424.
Prayer and labour should co-operate, ix. 34.
Prayers by Dr. Johnson, Sept. 18, 1738, xii. 441. April 24, 1752,
443. May 6, 1752, March 28, 1754, 444. Jan. 23, 1759,
445. March 25, 1759, 446. Jan. 1, 1770, Jan. 1, 1777, 447.
Sept. 18, 1779, 448. June 22, 1781, Oct. 6, 1782, 449.
Dec. 5, 1784, 450.
Precedent, implicit submission to it unreasonable, v. 405.
Preceptor (a plan of education), preface to the, ii. 235.
Precipitation, often fatal to great designs, iv. 278.
Preferment-hunters, characterized, i. 17.
Presbyterians and independents, account of the disputes between
them at Oxford, on the authority of ministers, xii. 188.
Prescience, advantages of, iii. 285.
Prester John, great pains taken by the Portuguese for the discovery
of his country, ii. 228.
Presumption, more easily corrected than pusillanimity, iv. 164.
Pride, frequently the effect of hereditary wealth, x. 334. Generally
the source of anger, iv. 68. Characterized, vii. 121.
petition with idleness, 121.
Prints, observations on the collectors of, vii. 226.
Printing, Mr. Savage's peculiar attention to correctness in, iii. 286.
By subscription, first tried by Dryden's Virgil, xi. 76.
Prior, Matthew, his life, x. 157. Of obscure original, by some
supposed to have been born at Winburne, Dorsetshire; by others
to have been the son of a joiner, in London, 157. Educated
for some time at Westminster, 158. Received his academical
education at Cambridge, at the expense of the earl of Dorset,
158. Took his Bachelor's degree in 1686, and his Master's,
by mandate, in 1700, 158. Wrote the City Mouse and Coun-
try Mouse, 1688, 159. Secretary to the embassy to the con-
gress at the Hague, 159. Gentleman of the bedchamber to king
William, 160. Wrote a long Ode on the Death of Queen Mary,
160. Secretary to the treaty of Ryswick, in 1697, 160.· Secre-
tary at the court of France, in 1698, 160. Under-secretary of
Wrote the Carmen Seculare, in 1700, 161. Mem.
ber of Parliament for East Grinstead, 1701, 162. Went to Paris
with propositions of peace, in 1711, 164. Recalled from Paris,
Aug. 1715, 166. On his return taken up and examined before the
privy-council, 167. Remained in confinement for two years, when
he was excepted in an Act of Grace, but soon after discharged, 168.
Died at Wimpole, Sept. 18, 1721, and buried at Westminster, 170.
Left 5001. for a monument, 170. Copy of his epitaph, 170. His
character, 172. Character of his writings, 175.
the Assembly of Bards, xi. 173.
Private vices public benefits, how far they may sometimes prove so,
Procrastination, the danger of, ix. 34.
Prodigality, destitute of true pleasure, and the source of real and
lasting misery, iv. 341, 342.
Projects, the folly of, exposed, iii. 150. The folly of, in general,
187. Projectors characterized, 220. The folly and wickedness
of those who only project the destruction and misery of mankind,
220. For the good of mankind, in searching out new powers
of nature, and contriving new works of art, ought to be encou-
Prologue, at the opening of Drury-lane Theatre, 1747, xi. 28. To
the Mask of Comus, 131. To the Good-natured Man, 132. To
the Word to the Wise, 134.
Pronunciation, difficulties in settling it, ii. 10.
Properantia, her letter on the alteration of the style, v. 228.
Prosapius, his character, iv. 122.
Prosperity, often productive of various infelicities, vi. 61. 348. Ob-
structs the knowledge of ourselves, vi. 62. The danger of, iii.
Prospero, his character, vi. 347.
Prostitutes, reflections on their infamous and deplorable condition, v.
230, vi. 186. In what respects objects of compassion, v. 232.
Proverbs, ch. vi. ver. 7-11, paraphrased, i. 157.
Prudence, wherein its province lies, v. 264. Characterized, vii. 228.
Exemplified in the character of Sophron, 228
Prudentius, the motives on which he contracted marriage, iv. 118.
Prune, Mrs. her treatment of Leviculus, vi. 247.
Prussia, King of (the former), characterized, xii. 220. Account of
his Tall Regiment, 221. His disagreement with his son, 222.
Obliges his son to marry against his will, 224. Died 1740, 225.
Prussia, King of (Charles Frederick), his life, xii. 220. Born Jan.
24, 1711-12, 220. Remarkable for his disagreement with his
father, 222. Designed to fly his country, but discovered by his
father, himself arrested, and his confident executed, 223. Obliged
by his father to marry, but does not consummate during his
father's life, 224. Applies himself to study and liberal amuse-
ments, 225. Succeeds to the crown, 1740, 228. Receives
his wife as queen, 228. Releases the boys marked for military
service, 229. Continues bis correspondence with learned men,
229. Governs with very little ministerial assistance, and banishes
the prime minister and favourite of his father, 229.
toleration of religion and free-masonry, 229. Institutes the Or-
der of Merit, 230. Charitable, if not liberal, 231. Advancement
of learning one of his first cares, 231. Revives his claim to Herstal
and Hermal, 232. On the death of the emperor of Germany,
claims Silesia, 233. His proceedings in the war for Silesia, 233.
Makes peace with the queen of Hungary, on surrendering to him
the half of Silesia, 237. Observations on his reasons for en-
acting and repealing laws, 238. Account of the Code Fre-
derique, 239. Epitome of his plan for the reformation of courts,
240. Proceedings of his army, 1742, against the Austrians, 244.
Is deserted by the French, 248. Makes peace
who surrenders the reinaining part of Silesia, 250. Reforms his
laws, and concludes a defensive alliance with England, 251. Raises
an army under pretence of fixing the emperour in possession
of Bohemia, 256. His declaration of reasons for going to war, 256.
The queen of Hungary's answer to the declaration, 260. Enters
Bohemia with 104,000 men, Aug. 1744, 261. Besieges and takes
Prague, Sept. 1744, 263. Quits Prague, and retires with his
army into Silesia, 266. After several engagements, enters Dres-
den as a conqueror, 270.
Psalmanazar, George, account of him, xi. 206.
Publick spirit, the duty of, in times of danger, vii. 29.
Punch, the mixture used in making it, requisite to conversation, vii.
135. The ingredients of both compared, 136.
Punishments, capital, the severity and frequency of them in some cases
disapproved, v. 272. 275. Instead of hindering the commission
of the crime, they often prevent the detection of it, 276.
Puritans, their tenets ridiculed, ix. 197.
Puzzle, Will, his story, vii. 369.
Pyramids, a visit to, iii. 385.
Pyramus and Thisbe, written by Cowley, when only ten years of
QUEBEC, considerations on the establishment of popery in that
province, viii. 146.
Quibble, the ill use made of it by Shakspeare, vii. 256.
Quick, Molly, her complaint against her mistress for only hinting at
what she wants, vii. 182.
Quick, Ned, ready at finding objections, vii. 348.
Quin, Mr. his friendship for Thomson, xi. 230.
Quincunx figures, their excellence, xii. 284.
Quisquilius, his extravagancies in indulging an injudicious curiosity,
Quixote, Don, the idea of Hudibras taken from it, ix. 190. The
characters compared, 190. Recommended by Dr. Sydenham to
young physicians, xii. 182.
greatest prosperity, 356. Visits a hermit, 358. Examines the
happiness of high stations, 365. Visits the pyramids, 385. Visits
the catacombs, 435.
Rats, none in the islands of Sky, viii. 311.
Reading man, characterized, iii. 197.
Ready man characterized, iii. 197.
Reason, the uncertain continuance of, iii. 419. The importance of
its keeping a constant guard over the imagination, iv. 49.
Rectitude delineated, vii. 142.
Regimen, rather to be decreased than increased as men advance in
years, xii, 165,
Register, universal, of a new kind, to what useful purposes it may be
applied, v. 215.
Regret, sometimes both necessary and useful, vii. 290.
Reid, Andrew, employed by lord Lyttelton in the punctuation of his
Life of Henry II. xi. 385.
Rehearsal, the character of Bayes designed for Dryden, ix. 349.
Written by Buckingham, assisted by Butler, Martin Clifford, and
Dr. Sprat, 349. First acted in 1671, 349. The dialogue between
Love and Honour designed for the duke of Ormond, 350.
Relaxation, the necessity and usefulness of it with regard to study,