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about the expedience of complying with a bill then depending for making Parliaments triennial, against which King William was ftrongly prejudiced, after having in vain tried to shew the Earl that the proposal involved nothing dangerous to royal power, he sent Swift for the same purpose to the King. Swift, who probably was proud of his employment, and went with all the confidence of a young man, found his arguments, and his art of displaying them, made totally ineffectual by the predetermination of the King; and used to mention this difappointment as his first antidote against vanity.
Before he left Ireland he contracted a disorder, as he thought, by eating too A 4
much fruit. The original of diseases is: commonly obscure. Almost every boy eats as much fruit as, he can get, without any great inconvenience. The disease of Swift was.giddiness with deafness, which attacked him from time to time, began very carly, pursued him through life, and at lait sent him to the grave deprived of reason.
Being much oppressed at Moor-parik by this grievous malady, he was advised to try his native air, and went to Ireland; but, finding no benefit, returned to Sir William, at whole house he continued his studies, and is known to have read, among other books, Cypriin and Irenceus. He thought exercise of great neceflity, and used to run half a
mile up and down a hill every two hours. . .
It is easy to imagine that the mode in which his first degree was conferred left him no great fondness for the University of Dublin, and therefore he refolved to become a Master of Arts at Oxford. In the testimonial which he pra duced, the words of disgrace were omitted, and he took his Master's degree (July 5, 1692) with such reception and regard as fully contented him.
While he lived with Temple, he used to pay his mother at Leicester an yearly visit. He travelled on foot, unless some violence of weather drove him into a waggon, and at night he would go to a penny lodging, where he purchased
clean sheets for fix-pence. This practice LordOrrery imputes to his innate love of grossness and vulgarity: fome may ascribe it to his desire of surveying human life through all its varieties; and others, perhaps with equal probability, to a passion which seems to have been deep fixed in his heart, the love of a shilling. · In time he began to think that his attendance at Moor-park deserved some other recompense than the pleasure, - however mingled with improvement, of
Temple’s conversation; and grew so impatient, that (1694) he went away in discontent. .
Temple, conscious of having given reason for complaint, is said to have made him Deputy Master of the Rolls in Tre
Jand; which, according to his kinfman's account, was an office which he knew him not able to discharge. Swift therefore resolved to enter into the Church, in which he had at first no higher hopes than of the chaplainship to the Factory at Lisbon; but being recommended to Lord Capel, he obtained the prebend of Kilroot in Connor, of about a hundred pounds a year.
But the infirmities of Temple made a companion like Swift so necessary, that he invited him back, with a promise to procure him English preferment, in exchange for the prebend which he desired him to resign. With this request Swift quickly complied, having perhaps equally repented their separation, and they