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D. JONATHAN SWIFT.
Written for the uni- St. James's Library.
cerning the Mecha-
the antient and mo- of the SPIRIT.
Diu multumque defideratum.
With the Author's APOLOGY;
Bafima eacabasa eanaa irrauriita, diarba da caeotaba
-Juvatque novos decerpere flores,
TER, at Edinburgh; and A. STALKER, at Glasgow; and
M, DCC, LII.
For the, &c.
F good and ill Nature equally operated upon
Mankind, I might have saved myself the
Trouble of this Apology; for it is manifeft, " by the Reception the following Discourse hath met
with, that those who approve it; are a great Majo“ rity among the Men of Taste: Yet there have "been two or three Treatises written expressly against
it, besides many others that have flirted at it occa4 fionally, without one Syllable having been ever
published in its Defence, or even Quotation to its "Advantage that I can remember, except by the
polite Author of a. late Discourse between a Deist s and.a Socinian.
“ THEREFORE, since the Book seems calculated: “to live at least as long as our Language and our “ Taste admits no great Alterations, I am content to “ convey fome Apology along with it.
“ The greatest Part of that. Book was finished a“bove thirteen Years fince, 1696; which is eight “ Years before it was published. The Author was “ then young, his Invention at the Height, and his “ Reading fresh in his Head. By the Afiftance of “ some Thinking, and much Conversation, he had “ endeavoured to strip himself of as many real Pre* judices as he could: I fay, real ones ; because, un"der the Notion of Prejudices, he knew to what