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Vl A LETTER/rOwCxp/Æ/«GuLLIVER, i£c.
improve in some Virtues, without any Mixture of Vice.
Do these miserable Animals presume to think, that I am so far degenerated, as to defend my Veracity: Tahoo as I am, it is well known through all Houyhnhnmland, that by the Instructions and Example of my illustrious Master, I was able in the Compass of two Years (although I confess with the utmost Difficulty) to remove that infernal Habit of Lying, Shuffling, Deceiving, and Equivocating, so deeply rooted in the very Souls of all my Species, especially the Europeans.
I Have other Complaints to make upon this vexatious Occasion; but I forbear troubling myself or you any further. I must freely confess, that since my last Return, some Corruptions of my Tahoo Nature have revived in me by conversing with a few of your Species, and particularly those of mine own Family, by an unavoidable Necessity 5 else I should never have attempted so absurd a Project as that of reforming the Taboo Race in this Kingdom; but, I have now done with all such visionary Schemes for ever.
April 2, i727.
Publisher to the Reader.
|HE Author of these Travels, Mr. Lemuel Gulliver, is my antientand intimate Friend; there is likewise some Rel ation between us by the Mother's Side. About three Years ago, Mr. Gulliver growing weary of the Concourse of curious People coming to him at his House in Redriff, made a small Purchase of Land, with a convenient House, near Newark, in Nottingham/hire, his Native County; where he now lives retired, yet in good Esteem among his Neighbours.
Although Mr. Gulliver were born in Nottingham/hire, where his Father dwelt, yet I have heard him fay, his Family came from Oxfordjhire; to confirm which, I have observed in the Church-Yard at Banbury, in that County, several Tombs and Monuments of the Gullivers.
Before he quitted Redriff, he left the Custody of the following Papers in my Hands, with the Liberty to ditpose of them as I should think fit. I have carefully perused them three Times: The Style is very plain and simple; and the only Fault I find is, that the Author, after the Manner of Travellers, is a little too circumstantial. There is an Air of Truth apparent through the Whole; and indeed the Author was so distinguished for his Veracity, that it became a Sort of Proverb among his Neighbours at Redriff, when any one affirmed a Thing, to fay, it was as true as if Mr. Gulliver had spoke it.
By the Advice of several worthy Persons, to .whom, with the Author's Permission, I communicated these Papers, I now venture to fend them into the World; hoping they may be, at least for some Time, a better Entertainment to our young Noblemen, than the common Scribbles of Politicks and Party.
This Volume would have been at least twice as large, if I had not made bold to strike out innumerable Passages relating to the Winds and Tides, as well as to the Variations and Bearings in the several Voyages; together with the minute Descriptions of the Management of the Ship in Storms, in the Style of Sailors: Likewise the Account of the Longitudes and Latitudes wherein I have Reason to apprehend that Mr. Gulliver may be a little dissatisfied: But, I was resolved to fit the Work, as much as possible to the general Capacity of Readers. However, if my own Ignorance in Sea Affairs shall have led me to commit some Mistakes, I alone am answerable for them: And, if any Traveller hath a Curiosity to see the whole Work at large, as it came from the Hand of the Author, I will be ready to gratify him.
As for any further Particulars relating to the Au-thor, the Reader will receive Satisfaction from the first Pages of the Book.
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