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It may perhaps be objected, that some of the
PIECES in this Volume, are too TRIFLING, and were never intended, by the AUTHOR, for the EYE OF THE PUBLICK : But as it was thought it would be an agreeable Entertainment to the Curious, to see how oddly a Man of his GREAT WIT and HUMOUR could now and then descend to amuse himself with his particular Friends, it is hoped this will apologize for the Publication of them.
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N the Name of God, Amen. I JONATHAN Swift, Doctor in Divinity, and Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Patrick,
Dublin, being at this Present of sound Mind, although weak in Body, do here make my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all my
former Wills. Imprimis: I bequeath my Soul to God, (in humble Hopes of his Mercy through Jesus CHRIST) and my Body to the Earth. And, I desire that my Body may be buried in the great Isle of the said Cathedral, on the South Side, under the Pillar next to the Monument of Primate Narcisus Marsh, three Days after my Decease, as privately as possible, and åt Twelve o'Clock at Night : And, that a Black Marble of
Feet square, and seven Feet from the Ground, fixed to the Wall, may be erected, with the following Inscription in large Letters
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deeply cut, and strongly gilded. HIC DEPOSITUM EST CORPUS JONATHAN SWIFT, S. T. D. HUJUS ECCLESIÆ CATHEDRALIS DECANI, UBI SÆVA INDIGNATIO ULTERIUS COR LACERARE NEQUIT. ABI VIATOR, ET IMITARE, SI POTERIS, STRENUUM PRO VIRILI LIBERTATIS VINDICATOREM. OBIIT ANNO (1745) MENSIS (OCTOBRIS) DIE (19) ÆTATIS ANNO (78).
Item: I give and bequeath to my Executors all my worldly Substance, of what Nature or Kind soever (excepting such Part thereof as is herein after particularly devised) for the following Uses and Purposes, that is to say, to the Intent that they, or the Survivors or Survivor of them, their Éxecutors, or Administrators, as foon as conveniently may be after my Death, shall turn it all into ready Money, and lay out the fame in purchasing Lands of Inheritance in Fee-simple, situate in any Province of Ireland, except Connaught, but as near to the City of Dublin, as conveniently can be found, and not incumbered with, or subject to any Leases for Lives renewable, or any Terms for Years longer than Thirty-one : And I desire that a yearly Annuity of Twenty Pounds Sterling, out of the annual Profits of such Lands when
purchased, and out of the yearly Income of my said Fortune, devised to my Executors as aforesaid, until such Purchase shall be made, shall
be paid to Rebecca Dingley of the City of Dublin, Spinster, during her Life, by two equal half-yearly Payments, on the Feasts of AllSaints, and St. Philip and St. Jacob, the first Payment to be made on such of the said Feasts as shall happen next after my Death. And that the Residue of the yearly Profits of the faid Lands when purchased, and until such Purchase be made, the Refidue of the yearly Income and Interest of my said Fortune devised as aforesaid to my Executors, shall be laid out in purchasing a piece of Land, situate near Dr. Stevens's Hospital, or if it cannot be there had, somewhere in or near the City of Dublin, large enough for the Purposes herein after mentioned, and in building thereon an Hospital large enough for the Reception of as many Idiots and Lunaticks as the annual Income of the said Lands and worldly Substance shall be fufficient to maintain : And, I desire that the faid Hospital may be called St. Patrick's Hofpital, and
be built in such a manner, that another Building may be added unto it, in case the Endowment thereof should be enlarged; so that the additional Building may make the whole Edifice regular and compleat. And my further Will and Defire is, that when the said Hospital shall be built, the whole yearly Income of the said Lands and Estate, shall, for ever after, be laid out in providing Victuals, Cloathing, Medicines, Attendance, and all other Necessaries for such Idiots and Lunaticks, as fhall be received into the same ; and in repair