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REV. JONATHAN SWIFT, D. D.
DEAN OF ST. PATRICK'S, DUBLIN.
THOMAS SHERIDAN, A.M.
NOTES, HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL.
A NEW EDITION, IN TWENTY-FOUR VOLUMES.
CORRECTED AND REVISED
BY JOHN NICHOLS, F. A. S.
EDINBURGH AND PERTH.
TUBLISHED BY WILLIAM DURELL AND CO.
THE FOURTEENTH VOLUME.
3 20 33
55 67 82 94 105 119 129
1 The Difficulty of knowing one's self,
V. On Brotherly Love,
lish, by way of Abstract, for the Use of the Poor,
142 153 158 162 163 165 176 184 190
193 226 231 236
Character of Mrs. Howard,
to the Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole,
243 247 258
Though the Dean's first and most laudable ambition was to exce? as a preacher, he frequently declared that he had not talents for it; and therefore would not publish any Sermons, though often pressed by his friends to do it. He was, however, well attended by a crowded audience every fifth Sunday at his Cathedral, when the preaching came to his turn, which was well known in Dublin; and his Sermons are certainly curious, for such reasons as would make other works despicable. They were written in a careless hurrying manner, the offspring of necessity, not of choice: so that we see the original force of wis genius more in these compositions, that were the legitimate sons of duty, than in other pieces, that were the patural sons of love, They were held in such low esteem in his own thoughts, that, some years before he died, he gave away the whole collection to Dr. Sheri. dan, with the utmost indifference. 'Here," says he,“ are a bundle of my old Sermons; you may have them if you please; they may be of use to you; they have never been of any to me.” The parcel given to Dr. Sheridan consisted of about five-and-thirty Sermons. Twelve of these having come to light at different periods of time, are here collected; and a perusal of any one of them must excite a wish for those which we have not been so happy as to recover. N.