The Works of Dr Jonathan Swift
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 142 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: A N ENQUIRY Into the BEHAVIOUR of the QUEEN'S LAST MINISTRY, With relation to their QU A R R E L s among themfelves, and the de- fign charged upon them of altering the SucceiHon of the Crown. June Mdccxv. q IN C E the death of the Queen, it was reafonable enough for me to conclude that I had done with all public affairs and fpeculations: betides, the fcene and ftation I am in have reduced my thoughts into a narrow compafs: and being wholly excluded from any view of favour under the pre- fent adminiftratioo, upon that invincible rea- fon of having been in fome degree of truft and confidence with the former, I have not found the tranfition very difficult into a private life, for which I am better qualified both by nature and education. The reading of, and enquiring after, news not being one of my diverfions, having al- D 4. waysways diffiked a mixed and general converfa- tion, which, however it fell to my lot, is now in my power to avoid; and being placed, by the duties of my function, af a great diftance from the feat of bufinefs; I am altogether ignorant of many common events which happen in the world: only, from the little I know and hear, it is man if eft that the hearts of moft men are filled with doubts, fears, and jealoufies, or elfe with hatred and rage, to a degree that there feems to be an end of all amicable commerce between people of different parties; and what the conft- quences of this may be, let thofe conlider who have contributed to the cauies; which, I thank God, is no concern of mine. There are two points, with reference to the conduit of the late miniftry, much in- fiftedon, and little underftood by thofe who write or talk upon that fubject; wherein I am fufficiently qualified to give fatisfac- tion; and would gladly do it, b...