The Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D.
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JONATHAN SWIFT, D. D. 7
vice to his family after the Restoration ; for Godwin
Swift, his eldest son, who had studied at Gray ' s Inn,
and had been called to the bar, was appointed Attor
ney-general of the Palatinate of Tipperary, under
the Duke of Ormond. He was a man of talents, and
appears to have possessed a considerable revenue,
which he greatly embarrassed by embarking in spe
culative and expensive projects, to which his nephew,
Jonathan, ever after entertained an unconquerable
aversion.* Meantime, however, the success of God
win Swift, in his profession, attracted to Ireland
three of his brethren, William, Jonathan, and Adam,
* One of these projects seems to have been the iron manufactory
at Swadlingbar, mentioned sarcastically by the Dean in his Essay
on Barbarous Denominations in Ireland, Vol. VII. p. 147. Swift ' s
dislike to projects and projectors, is exhibited in his Essay on
English Bubbles, and the subsequent Tracts relating to the pro
posed establishment of a bank in Ireland. The following anec
dote is also recorded on the same subject :
" When Swift was at Holyhead, waiting for a fair wind to sail
for Ireland, one Welldon, an old seafaring man, sent him a letter
that he had found out the longitude, and would convince him of
it ; to which the Dean answered, in writing, that if he had found it
out, he must apply to the Lords of Admiralty, of whom, perhaps,
one might be found who knew something of navigation, of which
he was totally ignorant ; and that he never knew but two projec
tors, one of whom, (meaning his uncle Godwin,) ruined himself
and family, and the other hanged himself; and desired him to de
sist, lest one or other might happen to him. " Swiftiana, London,
1804, 12mo, vol. I. p. 177- The other unfortunate projector was
probably Joseph Beaumont, often mentioned in Swift ' s Journal,
who committed suicide.
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