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fordshire, and some neighbouring counties; and which some of those fons often told to their children; many of which are still remembered, but many more forgot.
Sect. XI. He was deprived of both his church-livings, fooner than most other loyal clergymen, upon account of his superior zeal for the King's cause, and his estate fequestered : His preferments, at least that of Goodrich, were: given to a fanatical faint *; who scrupled not however to conform upon the Restoration ; and lived many years, I think till after the Revolution. I have seen many persons at Goodrich, who knew, and told me. his name, which I cannot. now remember.
Sect. XII. The Lord Treasurer Oxford told the Dean, that he had among his father's (Sir Edward Harley's) papers, several letters from Mr Thomas Swift, writ in those times, which he promised to give to the grandson, whose life I am now writing : But never going to his house in Herefordshire while he was treasurer, and the Queen's death happening in three days after his removal, the Dean went to Ireland ; and the Earl being tried for his life, and dying while the Dean was in Ireland, he could never get them.
Sect. XIII. Mr Thomas Swift died in the year 1658, and in the [63d] year of his age.
* Gyles Rawlins succeeded him in the parish of Goodrich : But the other here mentioned, succeeded Rawlins some time ben fore October 1657. His name was William Triogham.
His body lies under the altar at Goodrich, with a short inscription. He died about two years before the return of K. Charles II. who, by the recommendation of some prelates, had promised, if ever God should restore him, that he would promote Mr Swift in the church, and otherwise reward his family, for his extraordinary services and zeal, and persecutions in the royal cause ; but Mr Swift's merit died with hinself.
Sect. XIV. He left ten fons and three or four daughters, most of which lived to be men and
His eldest son Godwin Swift, of the Inner-temple *, Esq; (so styled by Guillim the herald, in whose book the family is described at large) was, I think, called to the bar before the Restoration. He married a relation of the old Marchionefs of Ormond; and upon that account, as well as his father's loyalty, the old Duke of Ormond made him his attorney-general in the palatinate of Tipperary. He had four wives; one of which, to the great offence of his family, was co-heiress † to Admiral Deane, who was one of the Regicides. Godwin left several children, who have all estates. He was an ill pleader, but perhaps a little too dextrous in the subtle parts of the law.
SECT. XV. The second son of Mr Thomas Swift, was called by the same name, was bred at Oxford, and took orders. He married the eldest daughter of Sir William D'Avenant; but died young, and left only one son, who was called Thomas, and is now rector of Puttenham in Surrey *. His widow lived long, was extremely poor, and in part supported by the famous Dr South, who had been her husband's intimate friend.
young, * Of Gray's Inn, not of the Inner-temple. + Sole heiress.
Sect. XVI. The rest of his fons, fo far as I can call to mind, were Mr Dryden Swift, (called so after the naine of his mother, who was a near relation to Mr Dryden the poet +) William, Jonathan, and Adam ; who all lived and died in Ireland ; but none of them left male iffue, except Jonathan, who, besides a daughter, left one fon, born seven months after his father's death; of whose life I intend to write a few memorials.
SECT. XVII. J. S. D. D. and D. of St Pwas the only son of Jonathan Swift, who was the seventh or eighth son of Mr Thomas Swift above mentioned, fo eminent for his loyalty and his fufferings.
SECT. XVIII. His father died young, about two years after his marriage. He had some employments and agencies. His death was much lamented on account of his reputation for integrity, with a tolerable good understanding.
SECT. XIX. He married Mis Abigail Erick, of Leicestershire, descended from the most ancient family of the Ericks; who derive their lineage from Erick the Forester, a great commander,
* He died in May 1752, in the 87th year of his age. of She was aunt to the famous John Dryden.
who raised an army to oppose the invasion of William the Conqueror; by whom he was vanquished, but afterwards employed to command that prince's forces : And in his old age retired to his house in Leicestershire, where his family hath continued ever since ; but declining every age, and are now in the condition of very private gentlemen.
Sect. XX. This marriage was on both sides very indiscreet : For his wife brought her husband little or no fortune ; and his death happening so suddenly *, before he could make a fufficient establishment for his family, his fon (not then born) hath often been heard to say, that he felt the consequences of that marriage, not only through the whole course of his education, but during the greatest part of his life.
SECT. XXI. He was born in Dublin, on St Andrew's day t. And when he was a year old, an event happened to him that seems
very unusual : For his nurse, who was a woman of Whitehaven, being under an absolute necessity of seeing one of her relations, who was then extremely fick, and from whom she expected a legacy; and being extremely fond of the infant, The stole him on shipboard unknown to his mother and uncle, and carried him with her to Whitehaven ; where he continued for almost For, when the matter was discodies;
vered, * He died at the age of about five and twenty,
In the year 1667
vered, his mother sent orders, by all means not to hazard a second voyage, till he could be better able to bear it. The nurse was so careful of him, that before he returned, he had learned to spell ; and by the time that he was three * years old, he could read any chapter of the Bible.
Sect. XXII. After his return to Ireland, he was fent, at fix years old, to the school of Kilkenny; from whence, at fourteen, he was admitted into the University at Dublin : Where, by the ill treatment of his nearest relations, he was so discouraged and sunk in his fpirits, that he too much neglected some parts of his academic ftu
for which he had no great relish by nature, and turned himself to reading history and poetry: So that when the time came for taking his degree of Bachelor, although he had lived with great regularity and due observance of the statutes, he was stopped of his degree for dulness and insufficiency; and at last hardly admitted, in a manner little to his credit, which is called in that college Speciali gratia. And this discreditable mark, as I am told, stands upon record in their collegeregistry.
SECT. XXIII. The troubles then breaking out, he went to his mother, who lived in Leicester ; and after continuing there some months, he was received by Sir William Temple, whose father had been a great friend to the family, and who was now retired to his house called Moorpark,
* Hawkesworth says five ; and probably he is right.