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SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.
A NEW EDITION
IN TWELVE VOLUMES.
AN ESSAY ON HIS LIFE AND GENIUS,
By ARTHUR MURPHY, Esq.
VOLUME THE EIGHTH.
PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON; G. AND W. NICOL; T. EGERTON ;
LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN; T. ('ADELL ; J. NUNN ;
An account of Dr. Swift has been already collected, with great diligence and acuteness, by Dr. Hawkesworth, according to a scheme which I laid before him in the intimacy of our friendship. I cannot therefore be expected to say much of a life, concerning which I had long since communicated my thoughts to a man capable of dignifying his narrations with so much elegance of language and force of sentiment.
JONATHAN Swift was, according to an account said to be written by himself *, the son of Jonathan Swift, an attorney, and was born at Dublin on St. Andrew's day, 1667: according to his own report, as delivered by Pope to Spence, he was born at Leicester, the son of a clergyman, who was minister of a parish in Herefordshiret. During his life the place of his birth was undetermined. He was contented to be called an Irishman by the Irish; but would occasionally call himself an Englishman. The question may, without much regret, be left in the obscurity in which he delighted to involve it.
Mr. Sheridan in his Life of Swift observes, that this account was really written by the Dean, and now exists in his own handwriting in the library of Dublin College. R.
+ Spence's Anecdotes, vol. ii. p. 273. VOL. VIII.