The Works of Jonathan Swift, D D , Dean of St Patrick's, Dublin, Volume 15
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 228 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 QJJEEN's LAST MINISTRY, With Relation to their Qjjarrels among themfelVes, and the Defign charged upon them of altering the Succeflion of the Crown. June Mdccxv. SINCE the death of the Queen, it was reafonable enough for me to conclude that I had done with all public affairs and fpeculations: Befides, 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 prefent adminiflration, upon that invincible reafon 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 and enquiring after news not being one of my diverfions, having alii, z waysways difliked 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 at a great diflance from the feat of bulinefs; I am altogether ignorant of many common events which happen in the world: Only, from. the little I know and hear, it is manifefl that the hearts of mofl 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 confequences of this may be, let thofe confider who have contributed to the caufes; which, I thank God, is no concern of mine. There are two points, with reference to the conduct of the late Miniftry, much infifted on, and little underftood by thofe who write or talk upon that fubjecl: wherein I am fufficiently qualified to give fatisfaction; and would gladly do it, be- caufe I fee very much weight laid...
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