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PROSE WRITINGS OF SWIFT.

CHOSEN AND ARRANGED BY
WALTER LEWIN.

THE WALTER SCOTT PUBLISHING CO., LTD.

LONDON AND NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE

NEW YORK: 3 EAST 14TH STREET

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INTRODUCTORY NOTICE.

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IOGRAPHERS have long been busy with the career of Swift. The Earl of Orrery's Remarks appeared in 1751, six years after Swift's death. Of this work 7500

were sold within a month of publication.

Dr. Delany's Observations followed in 1754, and Deane Swift's Essay and Hawkesworth's Life the next year. In 1778 came Dr. Johnson's essay in his series of Lives of the Poets, and in 1784 Sheridan the younger issued yet another Life. This Sheridan was the son of Swift's intimate friend, Dr. Sheridan, a brother clergyman and sometime Master of Cavan School; but he himself was a boy when Swift died, and had known him only in the period of decay. In 1814 Sir Walter Scott attempted in his Memoirs "to condense the information" given by his predecessors "into one distinct and comprehensible narrative," and, touched

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