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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
Veracicy: Yahoo as I am, it is well known through all Houybnbnmland, 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, fome Corruptions of my Yaboo Nature have revived in me by conversing with a few of your Species, and particularly those of mine own Family, by an unavoidable Necessity; else I should never have attempted fo abfurd a Project as that of reforming the Yahoo Race in this Kingdom ; but, I have now done with all such visionary Schemes for ever.
April 2, 1727.
HE AUTHOR of these Travels, Mr.
Lemuel Gulliver, is my antient and inT
timate Friend; there is likewise fome Relation 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 Notting bamshire, his Native County ; where he now lives retired, yet in good Efteem among his Neighbours.
ALTHOUGH Mr. Gulliver were born in Nottingbambire, where his Father dwelt, yet I have heard him say, his Family came from Oxfordshire; 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 dispose 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 circumftantial. There is an Air of Truth apparent through the Whole; and indeed the Author was so distinguished for his veracicy, that it became a Sort of Proverb among his Neighbours at Redriff, when any one affirmed a Thing, to say, 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 send them into the World ; hoping they may be, at least for fome 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 Reafon to apprehend that Mr. Gulliver may be a little diffatisfied: 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.
CHAP. I. Р HE Author gives fome
Account of himself and Family. His first Inducements to Travel. He is Shipwrecked, and swims for his Life ; gets safe on Sboar in the Country of Lilliput ; is made a Prisoner, and carried up the Country.
Page 1 CH A P. II. The Emperor of LILLIPUT,
attended by several of the Nobility, come to see the Author in bis Confinement. The Emperor's PerJon and Habit described. Learned Men appointed to teach the Author their Language. He gains
Favour by bis mild Disposition. His Pockets are searched, and his sword and Pistols taken from
bim. CHA P. III. The Author diverts the Empe
ror and his Nobility of both Sexes in a very uncommon Manner. The Diversions of the Court of LILLIPUT described. The Author bath his Liberty granted him upon certain Conditions. 28
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