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ne day, as this Gentleman was walking about cinner-time alone in the Mall, it happened that a Manuscript dropt from under his cloak, which my servant pick'd up, and brought to me. written in the Latin tongue, and contain 'd many most profound secrets, in an unusual turn of reasoning and style. The first leaf was inscribed with these words Codicillus, seu Liber Memorialis, Martini Scribleri. The Book was of so wonderful a nature, that it is incredible what a desire I conceived that moment to be acquainted with the Author, who I clear. ly perceived was some great Philosopher in disguise. I several times endeavoured to speak to him, which he as often industriously avoided. At length I found an opportunity (as he stood under the Piazza by the Dancing-room in St. James's) to acquaint him in the Latin tongue, that his Manuscript was fallen into my hands; and saying this, I presented it to him, with great encomiums on the learned Author. Hereupon he took me afide, surveyd me over with a fixt attention, and opening the clasps of the Parchment cover, spoke (to my great surprize) in English, as follows:

Courteous stranger, whoever thou art, I em“ brace thee as my best friend; for either the Stars and my Art are deceitful, or the destined time is “come which is to manifest Martinus Scriblerus to " the world, and thou the person chosen by fate for 66 this task. What thou seest in me is a body ex“ hausted by the labours of the mind. I have found “ in Dame Nature not indeed an unkind, but a

very coy Mistress : Watchful nights, anxious days, “ slender meals, and endless labours, must be the lot “ of all who pursue her, through her labyrinths and “ mæanders. My first vital air I drew in this island “ (a foil fruitful of Philosophers) but my complexion “ is become aduft, and my body arid, by visiting "lands (as the poet has it) alio fub fole calentes. I “have, through my whole life, pafled under several

disguises and unknown names, to skreen myself from the envy and malice which mankind express

against those who are possessed of the Arcanum "Magnum. But at present I am forced to take Sanc

tuary in the British Court, to avoid the Revenge of a cruel Spaniard, who has pursued me almost * through the whole terraqueous globe. Eeing about “ four years ago in the City of Madrid in quest of “ natural knowledge, I was informed of a Lady who

was marked with a Pomegranate upon the in“ side of her right Thigh, which bloffom'd, and, as it were, seem'd to ripen in the due season. Forth“ with was I possessed with an insatiable curiosity to “ view this wonderful Phænomenon. I felt the ars dour of my passion encrease as the season advanced, till, in the month of July, I could no longer

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* “ contain. I bribed her Duenna, was admitted to “ the Bath, saw her undress'd, and the wonder dif

played. This was soon after discovered by the “ husband, who finding some letters I had writ to “ the Duenna, containing expressions of a doubtful

meaning, suspected me of a crime moft alien from “the Purity of my Thoughts. Incontinently I left “ Madrid by the advice of Friends, have been pur“ sued, dogged, and way-laid through several na“ tions, and even now scarce think myself secure “ within the sacred walls of this Palace. It has “ been my good fortune to have seen all the grand “ Phænomena of Nature, excepting an Earthquake, “ which I waited for in Naples three years in vain ; “ and now by means of some British Ship (whose * Colours no Spaniard dare approach ) I impa

tiently expect a safe passage to Jamaica, for that “ benefit. To thee, my Friend, whom Fate has “ marked for my Historiographer, I leave these my " Commentaries, and others of my works. No

more-be faithful and impartial.”

He soon after performed his promise, and left me the Commentaries, giving me also further lights by many Conferences; when he was unfortunately snatched away (as I before related) by the jealousy of the Queen's Ministry.

à This marks the time when the Introduâion was written,

Tho' I was thus to my eternal grief deprived of his conversation, he for some years continued his Correspondence, and communicated to me many of his Projects for the benefit of mankind. He sent me some of his Writings, and recommended to my care the recovery of others, ftraggling about the world, and assumed by other men. The last time I heard from him was on occasion of his Strictures on the Dunciad: fince when, several years being elapsed, I have reason to believe this excellent person is either dead, or carried by his vehement thirst of knowledge into some remote, or perhaps undiscovered Region of the world. In either case, I think it a debt no longer to be delayed, to reveal what I know of this Prodigy of Science, and to give the History of his life, and of his extensive merits to mankind; in which I dare promise the Reader, that, whenever he begins to think any one Chapter dull, the style will be immediately changed in the next,

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MEMOIRS

OF

MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS.

BOOK I. CH A P. I. Of the Parentage and Family of Scriblerus, how he was begot, what Care was taken of him before he was born, and what Prodigies attended his birth.

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and learned Gentleman, by Profession an Antiquary; who, among all his invaluable Curiosities,

Memoirs.) Mr. Pope, Dr. Arbuthnot and Dr. Swift projected to write a satire in conjunction, on the abuses of buman learning ; and to make it the better received, they proposed to do it in the manner of Cervantes (the original author of this species of satire) under the history of some feigned adventures. They had observed those abuses ftill kept their ground against all that the ableft and gravest Authors could say to discredit them; they concluded therefore, the force of ridicule was wanting to quicken their disgrace; which was here in its place, when the abuses had been already detected by fober reasoning; and Truth in no danger to fuffer by the premature use of so powerful an instrument. But the separation of our Author's friends, which soon after happened, with the death of one, and the infirmities of the other, put a final stop to their project, when they had only drawn out

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