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LI V ES
OF THE MOST EMINENT
BY SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.
A NEW EDITION, CORRECTED.
IN THREE VOLUMES.
AN account of Dr. Swift has been already col: lected, with great diligence and acuteness, by Dr. Hawkesworth, according to a scheine 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 narration with so much elegance of language and force of sentiment.
JONATHAN SWIFT . wàs, 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 minifter of a parish in Herefordshire yp. During his life the place of his birth was undetermined. He was
* 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. III.