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An account of a MONUMENT crected to - the memory of Dr Swift in Ireland.
Taken from the DUBLIN JOURNAL.
Have at last finished what you have often heard me greatest genius of our age, the late Dean of St Patrick's. The thing in itself is but a trifle ; but it is more than 1 should ever have attempted, had I not with indignation seen a country (so honoured by the birth of so great a man, and so faithfully ferved by him all his life) so long and so thamefully negligent in erecting some monument of gratitude to his memory. Countries are not wise in such a neglect; for they hurt themselves. Men of genius are encouraged to apply their talents to the Tervice of their country, when they see in it gratitude to the memory of those that have deserved well of them. The ingenious Pere Caftell told me at Paris, that he reckoned it the greatelt misfortune to him that he was not born an Englishman; and when he explained himself, it was only for this, that after two hundred years they had erected a monument to Shakespear ; and another to a modern, but to the greatest of them, Sir Isaac Newton. Great fouls are very disinterested in the affairs of life; they look for fame and immortality, fcorning the mean paths of interest and lucre : and, surely, in an age so mercenary as ours, men should not be si sparing to give public marks of their gratitude to men of such viilue, dead, however they may treat them living; lince, in so doing, they bespeak, and almost infure to themselves a fucceffion of fuch useful persons in society. It was with this view that I determined to throw in my mite
In a fine lawn below my house, I have planted an hippodrome. It is a circular plantation, consisting of five walks, the central of which is a horse course, and three rounds make exactly a mile. All the lines are so laid out, that, from the centre, the fix rows of trees appear but one, and form 100 arches round the field; in the centre of which I have erected a mount, and
placed a marble column on its proper pedestal, with all
Aonidum fontes aperis, divine poeta,
1750. I have also appointed a small fund fo: annual premiums to be distributed in the celebration of games at the monument yearly. The ceremony is to last three days, beginning the ift of May yearly. On this day, young maids and men in the neighbourhood are to assemble in the hippodrome, with their garlands and chaplets of flowers, and to dance round the monument, finging the praises of this ingenious patriot, and strowing with flowers all the place : after which they are to dance for a prize; the best dancer among the maids is to be presented with a cap and ribbands; and after the dance, the young men are to run for a hat and gloves.
The second day, there is to be a large market upon the ground; and the girl who produces the fineft hank of yarn, and the most regular reel and count, is to have a guinea premium ; and the person who buys the greatest quantity of yarn, is to have a premium of two guineas.
The third day, the farmer who produces the best yearling calf of his own breed, is to have two guineas premium ; and he that produces the faireft colt or filly, of his own breed likewise, not over two years old, fall receive a premium of two guineas also. Thus the whole will not exceed ten pounds; and all these useful branches of our growth and manufacture will be encouraged, in remembring the patron who with so much care and tenderness recommended them to others, and cherished them himself.
I am &c.
TALE OF A
OF A TU B.
Written for the
M A N K I N D.
Diu multumque defideratum.
With the Author's APOLOGY;
By W. Wotton, B.D. and others.