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W OR R K
Dr JONATHAN SWIFT,
Dean of ST PATRICK'S, DU.B.LI No.
E DIN BURGH
Printed for A. DONALDSON, at Pope's Head
The CONTENT S.
HE preface to Pope and Swift's miscellanies $
Swift's Miscellanies, in 4 volumes 1 2110, 1727
were printed about eighteen years ago, to which there are now added two or three small tracts; and the verses are transferred into the fourth volume apart, with the addition of such others as we since have writ. ten.
The second and third will consist of several fmall treatises in profe, in which a friend or two is concerned with us.
Having both of us been extremely ill treated by some booksellers, especially one Edmund Curll, it was our opinion, that the best method we could take for justifying ourselves, would be to publish whatever loose papers, in prose and verse, we have formerly written; not only such as have already stole into the world (very much to our regret, and perhaps very little to our credit), but such as in any probability hereafter may run the fame fate; having been obtained from us by the importunity, and divulged by the indiscretion of friends, although restrained by promises, which few of them are ever known to observe, and often think they make us a compliment in breaking.
But the consequences have been still worse: we have been intitled, and have had our names prefixed at length, to whole volumes of mean productions, equally offensive to good manners and good sense, which we never saw nor heard of till they appeared in print.
For a forgery in setting a false name to a writing, which may prejudice another's fortune, the law punishes the offender with the loss of his cars; but has inflicted no adequate penalty for such as prejudice another's reputation in doing the same thing in print; though all and every
individual book, so sold under a false name, are manifestly so inany several and multiplied forgeries.
Indeed we hoped, that the good nature, or at least the good judgment of the world, would have cleared us from the imputation of such things, as had been thus Voi, II.