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succession, without the intervention of other matter. Such are the Drapier's Letters, and some other papers published upon the same occasion, which have not only in the Irish edition, but in every other, been so mixed, as to misrepresent some facts, and obscure others. Such also are the tracts on the Sacramental test; which are now put together in a regular order, as they should always be read, by those who would see their whole strength and propriety.
As to the arrangement of the different pieces, we have classed them in the order which appeared the most natural, according to the plan pointed out by the Earl of Orrery, and, as near as can be, in chronological order. The first ten volumes contain what were published in the author's lifetime, the uth. 12th, and 13th volumes are a selection from what is called The Pofthumous Works, containing all that the original editor, Mr. Falconer, has thought worthy of publication.
As to the Notes, this edition will be found to contain double the number that is inserted in any London edition.' Most part of those notes to which no name is annexed, are taken from the Dublin and other editions. The greatest part of the other notes are taken from the Earl of Orrery's remarks on the life and writings of Dr. Swift, Mr. Dean Swift's Effay on the same subject, and Warburton's edition of Pope's Works. A few notes of
reference, reference, and some historical remarks, are inserted by the editor. To some of the large extracts from Orrery and Swift, we have given the title of Criticisms; which are to be found in the ist, 7th, and 9th volumes. And care has been taken not to omit any remark of importance contained in the writings of these authors upon any piece of Swift's works.
Dr. Hawkesworth's edition of this celebrat. ed author, has been juftly esteemed; yet, upon comparison, this one will be found to contain several pieces, both in verse and prose, not inserted in his , besides other advantages of Indexes, &c.
As to the Life of Dr. Swift, many accounts have been published of it. These have mutually reflected light upon each other, ascertained controverted facts, and rectified miltakes, which, if they had still been tradi. tional and oral, would still have been believed. Several little incidents, which shewed the peculiarities of his conversation and domestic life, were related by Mrs. Pilkington, in her memoirs ; though these could be believed only in proportion as they verified themselves. Lord Orrery's letters contained many of the priacipal events, intermingled with many characteristic incidents, supported in general upon better authority ; but sometimes founded upon false information. Some of these mistakes were detected by a volume of letters signed J. R. in which were also some new materials, and the account since
publified published by Mr. Swift, with an imperfect sketch by the Dean himself, has furnilhed yet more. It was not thought neceffary (says he) to relate every trifling particular that has been recorded, but only to select such as will sufficiently diftinguish the peculiarities of his character and manners, and transmit a knowledge of him to posterity, of the same kind, if not in the same degree, as was obtained by those among his contemporaries, who were admitted to his conversation and friendship.
In the account of Dr. Swift's Life, lèveral anecdotes, and different relations of particu. far incidents, are thrown into notes, and some critical remarks on his character, taken from Lord Orrery and Mr. Swift, are now added, An abridgement of Mrs. Pilkington's account is annexed. In the tenth volume, immedi, ately after the Dean's Will, are two letters describing his furiosity. After which is given Lord Orrery's account of Swift's death, and his Lordship's dissertation on lunacy and idiotism, occalioned by the melancholy situation of the Dean's understanding, fome years be- . fore his death.
In works of great extent, the utility of indexes is obvious to every reader, and the want is generally complained of : Yet few of the London editions have any index. Therefore, to supply so material a defect, three indexes are annexed to the tenth volume. The first is of the titles of the pieces in profe ;
the second, of those of the poetry; and the third is of the principal matters. Besides these indexes, unto volume 13th is added any index to the three volumes of Pofthumous Works.
Care has been taken to print this edition as correctly as poslible, and it is hoped, that, in point of accuracy, it will not be found inferior to any former one In short, no pains or expence have been spared to render this a complete and correct edition of the Works of the celebrated Dean of St. Patrick's.
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