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Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
A NEW EDITION,
IN TWELVE VOLUMES.
AN ESSAY ON HIS LIFE AND GENIUS,
By ARTHUR MURPHY, Ese.
VOLUME THE ELEVENTH.
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SW I F T.
account of Dr. Swift has been already collected, with great diligence and acuteness, by Dr. Hawkesworth, according to a scheme which I laid before him in the intimacy of our friendship. I cannot therefore be expected to say much of a life, concerning which I had long since communicated my thoughts to a man capable of dignifying his narrations with so much elegance of language and force of sentiment.
JONATHAN SWIFT was, according to an account said to be written by himself*, the son of Jonathan Swift, an attorney, and was born at Dublin on St. Andrew's day, 1667: according to his own
report, as delivered by Pope to Spence, he was born wat Leicester, the son of a clergyman, who was mini* ster of a parish in Herefordshirent. During his life the place of his birth was undetermined. He was
* Mr. Sheridan in his Life of Swift observes, that this account was really written by the Dean, and now exists in his own handwriting in the library of Dublin College. R. + Spence's Anecdotes, vol. II. p. 273. Vol. XI.