- 494 pages
- The Works of of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D, Vol. 10 of 19
- Jonathan Nichols
- 08 April 2018 Jonathan Nichols
Excerpt From The Works Of Of The Rev Jonathan Swift, D.D, Vol 10 Of 19 Dean Of St Patrick S, Dublin Arranged By Thomas Sheridan, A M With Notes, Historical And CriticalI Think It May Therefore Be Of Some Use To Lay Before You The Chief Causes Of This Wretched Condi Tion We Are In, And Then It Will Be Easier To Assign What Remedies Are In Our Power, Toward Removing At Least Some Part Of These Evils.For, It Is Ever To Be Lamented, That We Lie Under Many Disadvantages, Not By Our Own Faults, Which Are Peculiar To Ourselves, And Of Which No Other Nation Under Heaven Hath Any Reason To Complain.I Shall, Therefore, First Mention Some Causes Of Our Miseries, Which I Doubt Are Not To Be Remedied, Until God Shall Put It Into The Hearts Of Those Who Are The Stronger, To Allow Us The Common Rights And Privileges Of Brethren, Fellow Subjects, And Even Of Mankind.The First Cause Of Our Misery Is, The Intolerable Hardships We Lie Under In Every Branch Of Trade, By Which We Are Become As Hewers Of Wood And Drawers Of Water To Our Rigorous Neighbours.The Second Cause Of Our Miserable State Is, The Folly, The Vanity, And Ingratitude, Of Those Vast Numbers, Who Think Themselves Too Good To Live In The Country Which Gave Them Birth, And Still Gives Them Bread And Rather Choose To Pass Their Days, And Consume Their Wealth, And Draw Out The Very Vitals Of Their Mother Kingdom, Among Those Who Heartily Despise Them.These I Have But Lightly Touched On, Because I Fear They Are Not To Be Redressed And Besides, I Am Very Sensible How Ready Some People Are To Take Offence At The Honest Truth And For That Reason, I Shall Omit Several Other Grievances, Under Which We Are Long Likely To Groan.I Shall Therefore Go On To Relate Some Other Causes Of This Nation S Poverty, By Which, If They Continue Much Longer, It Must Infallibly Sink To Utter Ruin.The First Is, That Monstrous Pride And Vanity In Both Sexes, Especially The Weaker Sex, Who, In The Midst Of Poverty, Are Suffered To Run Into All Kind Of Expense, And Extravagance In Dress And Particularly Priding Themselves To Wear Nothing But What Cometh From Abroad, Disdaining The Growth Or Manufacture Of Their Own Country, In Those Articles With Which They Can Be Better Served At Home At Half The Expense And This Is Grown To Such A Height, That They Will Carry The Whole Yearly Rent Of A Good Estate At Once On Their Body And As There Is In That Sex A Spirit Of Envy, By Which They Cannot Endure To See Others In A Better Habit Than Them Selves, So Those, Whose Fortunes Can Hardly Support Their Families In The Necessaries Of Life, Will Needs Vie With The Richest And Greatest Among Us, To The Ruin Of Themselves And Their Posterity.About The PublisherForgotten Books Publishes Hundreds Of Thousands Of Rare And Classic Books Find At Www.forgottenbooks.comThis Book Is A Reproduction Of An Important Historical Work Forgotten Books Uses State Of The Art Technology To Digitally Reconstruct The Work, Preserving The Original Format Whilst Repairing Imperfections Present In The Aged Copy In Rare Cases, An Imperfection In The Original, Such As A Blemish Or Missing Page, May Be Replicated In Our Edition We Do, However, Repair The Vast Majority Of Imperfections Successfully Any Imperfections That Remain Are Intentionally Left To Preserve The State Of Such Historical Works.