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Dr: Jonathan Swift,
Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin.
Of the THIRD VOLUME.
PREFACE by Dr. Swift and Mr. Pope.
By Dr. Swift.
A Discourse of the contests and diffentions between the nobles
and the commons in Athens and Rome ; with the con-
Squire Bickerstaff detected; or, the astrological impostor
the present year. 1709. By the said Ifaac Bickerstaff,
* This is the only piece in this volume which was not writ-
ten by Dr. Swift.
HE Papers that compose the first of these vo
lumes were printed about eighteen years ago, to which there are now added two or three small tracts; and the verses are transferred into the fourth volume apart, with the addition of such others as we fince have written. The second and third will confift of several small treatises in prose, in which a friend or two is concerned with us.
Having both of us been extremely ill treated by some booksellers, especially one Edmund Curll, it was our opinion that the best method we could take for justifying ourselves, would be to publish whatever loose papers, in profe and verse, we have formerly written; not only such as have already stolen into the world (very much to our regret, and perhaps very little to our credit) but such, as in any probability. hereafter may run the same fate; having been obtained from us by the importunity, and divulged by the indiscretion of friends, although restrained by promises, which few of them are ever known to observe, and often think they make us a compliment in breaking.
But the consequences have been still worfe: We have been entitled, and have had our names prefixed at length, to whole volumes of mean productions, equally offenfive to good manners and good sense, which we never saw nor heard of till they appeared in print.
For a forgery in setting a false name to a writing, which may prejudice another's fortune, the law punishes the offender with the loss of his ears; but has inflicted VOL. III.