The Works of Jonathan Swift: Accurately Revised in Twelve Volumes, Adorned with Copper-plates. With Some Account of the Author's Life and Notes, Historical and Explanatory, Volume 10 (Google eBook)

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C. Bathurst, 1755
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Page 213 - As to Ireland, they know little more of it than they do of Mexico: farther than that it is a country subject to the King of England, full of bogs, inhabited by wild Irish Papists, who are kept in awe by mercenary troops sent from thence : and their general opinion is, that it were better for England if this whole island were sunk into the sea ; for they have a tradition, that every forty years there must be a rebellion in Ireland.
Page 306 - Ireland is the only kingdom I ever heard or read of, either in ancient or modern story, which was denied the liberty of exporting their native commodities and manufactures wherever they pleased, except to countries at war with their own prince or state : yet this privilege, by the superiority of mere power, is refused us in the most momentous parts of commerce...
Page 140 - The Remedy is wholly in your own Hands; and therefore I have digressed a little, in order to refresh and continue that Spirit so seasonably raised amongst you; and to let you see, that by the Laws of GOD, of NATURE, of NATIONS, and of your own Country, you ARE and OUGHT to be as FREE a People as your Brethren in England.
Page 311 - The miserable dress, and diet, and dwelling of the people; the general desolation in most parts of the kingdom; the old seats of the nobility and gentry all in ruins, and no new ones in their stead; the families of farmers, who pay great rents, living in filth and nastiness upon buttermilk and potatoes, without a shoe or stocking to their feet, or a house so convenient as an English hog-sty to receive them...
Page 41 - I will tell you one Thing further; that if Mr. Wood's Project should take, it will ruin even our Beggars: For when I give a Beggar a Half-penny, it will quench his Thirst, or go a good Way to fill his Belly; but the Twelfth Part of a Half-penny will do him no more Service than if I should give him three Pins out of my Sleeve. IN short; these Half-pence are like the accursed Thing, which, as the Scripture tells us, the Children of Israel were forbidden to touch.
Page 47 - But your news-letter says that an assay was made of the coin. How impudent and insupportable is this ? Wood takes care to coin a dozen or two half-pence of good...
Page 114 - I was in the case of David who could not move in the armour of Saul, and therefore I rather chose to attack this uncircumcised philistine (Wood I mean) with a sling and a stone.
Page 49 - I were to answer, it should be thus : " Let Mr Wood and his crew of founders and tinkers coin on, till there is not an old kettle left in the kingdom ; let them coin old leather, tobacco-pipe clay, or the dirt in the...
Page 138 - ... against them, as some of my countrymen did against theirs at Preston. And if such a rebellion should prove so successful as to fix the Pretender on the throne of England, I would venture to transgress that statute so far, as to lose every drop of my blood to hinder him from being King of Ireland.
Page 115 - And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail ; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.

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