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 Front Cover
 Half Title
 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 Introduction
 Foreword
 Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations
 Part I: A voyage to Lilliput
 Part II: A voyage to Brobdingn...
 Part III: A voyage to Laputa,...
 Part IV: A voyage to the country...
 Back Cover
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Title: Travels into several remote nations of the world
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Title: Travels into several remote nations of the world
Alternate Title: Gulliver's travels
Physical Description: xxx, 381, 2 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745
Craik, Henry, 1846-1927 ( Author of introduction )
Brock, C. E ( Charles Edmund ), 1870-1938 ( Illustrator )
Macmillan & Co ( Publisher )
R. & R. Clark (Firm) ( Printer )
Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
Place of Publication: London ;
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Manufacturer: R. & R. Clark
Publication Date: 1894
 Subjects
Subject: Youth -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Imaginary places -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Voyages, Imaginary -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Pride and vanity -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Ship captains -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Travelers -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Utopias -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
War -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Castaways -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Courts and courtiers -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Giants -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Treason -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Reason -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Scotland -- Edinburgh
 Notes
Statement of Responsibility: by Lemuel Gulliver, first a surgeon, and then a captain of several ships ; with a preface by Henry Craik, and one hundred illustrations by Charles E. Brock.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Half Title
        Page i
        Page ii
        Page iii
    Frontispiece
        Page iv
    Title Page
        Page v
        Page vi
    Introduction
        Page vii
        Page viii
        Page ix
        Page x
        Page xi
        Page xii
        Page xiii
        Page xiv
    Foreword
        Page xv
        Page xvi
    Table of Contents
        Page xvii
        Page xviii
        Page xix
        Page xx
        Page xxi
        Page xxii
        Page xxiii
        Page xxiv
        Page xxv
        Page xxvi
    List of Illustrations
        Page xxvii
        Page xxviii
        Page xxix
        Page xxx
    Part I: A voyage to Lilliput
        Page xxxi
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        Chapter I
            Page 1
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        Chapter II
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        Chapter III
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        Chapter IV
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        Chapter V
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        Chapter VI
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        Chapter VII
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        Chapter VIII
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    Part II: A voyage to Brobdingnag
        Page 85
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        Chapter I
            Page 87
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        Chapter II
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        Chapter III
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        Chapter IV
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        Chapter V
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        Chapter VI
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        Chapter VII
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        Chapter VIII
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    Part III: A voyage to Laputa, etc.
        Page 179
        Page 180
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        Chapter I
            Page 182
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        Chapter II
            Page 190
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        Chapter III
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        Chapter IV
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        Chapter V
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        Chapter VI
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        Chapter VII
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        Chapter VIII
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        Chapter IX
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        Chapter X
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        Chapter XI
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    Part IV: A voyage to the country of the Houyhnhnms
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        Chapter I
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        Chapter II
            Page 289
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        Chapter III
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        Chapter IV
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        Chapter V
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        Chapter VI
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        Chapter VII
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        Chapter VIII
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        Chapter IX
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        Chapter X
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INTO SEVERAL REMOTE NATIONS

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FIRST A SURGEON, AND THEN A CAPTAIN OF SEVERAL SHIPS


WITH A PREFACE BY HENRY CRAIK


AND ONE HUNDRED ILLUSTRATIONS BY
CHARLES E. BROCK





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To those who read Gulliver's Travels apart from the other works
of Swift, the question will probably present itself, What had been
the life and experience of the man who could write such a book ?
It is not the work most typical of his genius: but it has achieved
a popularity which none of his other works has approached. T/7zat,
then, had been the course of his life when he produced a book
which takes its place without question amongst the few which have
become familiar as household words wherever books are either read
or known ?
T4zen, in 17 14, Swift came to settle permanently in Ireland, he
was a man offorty-seven, who had passed through an experience so
varied as falls to the lot of few literary men. With a character in-
domitably imperious, born to control all with whom he came in contact,
Swift had passed his childhood and his youth under the shadow of
poverty and dependence, and had spent his early manhood in the
household of Sir William Temple, where he became familiar
with those who were making history, and had made his power





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felt by them, even though he had been compelled to school his pride
into the humility of subordination. As the henchman of his patron,
he had entered the lists in a great literary controversy, and in
The Battle of the Books had contributed to that controversy its
one immortal monument. Entering the Church with no con-
suming enthusiasm, but not until he could do so without any
suspicion of compulsion, he had become thenceforth her faithful
servant, permitting to himself no deviation from her discipline, and
compelling a mind of unexampled freedom to a strict obedience to
her creed: an obedience which he demanded from others less in a
spirit of dogmatism than from a haughty contempt for any possible
liberty which human reason might assume. In the Tale of a
Tub he discussed with a freedom which he himself scarcely
recognized, much as it alarmed the more timid of his contemporaries,
the largest questions of the day-the pretensions of rising science,
the impotence of human reason, the immeasurable follies of man-
kind: and he did so with an almost apathetic disregard for
conventional modes of thought, and habits of reverence. At first,
by accident and connexions, he had found himself the ally of the
Wigs : but his loyalty to the Church, his impatience of party
shibboleths, and the pervading influence of personal resentment, as
well as anger at personal neglect, had all combined to drive him
into the arms of their opponents. Received with ready welcome by
his new allies, he had found his pride flattered by their confidence,
and became their chief defender. The intimate adviser of ministers,
deeply concerned in political schemes which were felt by some to
be the prelude to great and far-reaching changes, and possibly the
harbingers of high ideals, he was drawn into bonds of ever-
increasing strength and closeness.: and personal attachment, satisfied
pride, the consciousness of power, the irresistible attraction of a
great scene of action, riveted these bonds with the intensity of
conviction. To him the schemes of the Tory Ministry of Queen
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dishonesty, faction, intrigue, and vacillation, seemed to embody all
that was best in politics, to provide a way of safety for the
country, and to promise an escape from the vanity of political
pretenders, and from the selfshness of party wire-pullers. When
that M.inistry fell, all his hopes for his country were gone : he saw
nothing before him but the continued triumph of those who, as he
deemed, pursued only narrow, petty, and factious aims. In the
days of his power, he had half despised reward because he knew
how it was obtained, and half sought it, as a means of influence,
and because his sarcastic insight taught him how insincere was
the commonplace assumption of indifference to personal advance-
ment. When the Deanery of St. Patrick's fell to him, he
regarded it as a recompense ill-proportioned to his deserts, and as
a provision uncongenial to his taste : but he accepted it as a refuge
after the wreck of all his hopes.
He came to Ireland, then, filled with that hatred for her soil
which made him, in spite of the accident of Irish birth, ever cling
to his English parentage : disappointed with the result of all his
efforts, his weapon of satire sharpened by the bitterness of political
strife ; and hopeless of the future. The one element of his genius
which now overshadowed all others was its sarcastic force.
and that sarcasm found abundant food amidst his new sur-
roundings. The glaring wrongs of Ireland: the contemptuous
indifference of English statesmen: the pettiness of the circle round
him : the waste, the misery, the oppression-all these burned into a
spirit only too ready to lash itself into rage, and to wreak its
anger on the nearest victim. During all these earlier years of
Irish banishment, he was in constant correspondence with those in
England whose genius was the one redeemingfeature of the time
to him, but who, like himself, looked on the new world around
them with profound disgust.
The first subject that drew him back to activity was the wrong
suffered by Ireland. He saw her commerce crippled, her finances






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disordered, her independence scored at, and her government a hot-
bed of intrigue : and what roused him most of all, was the slavish
and abject submission with which all this was siufered, and the
despicable tyranny which the landlords wielded over their tenants,
with whom they might at least have had the sympathy of .:,::
under a common yoke. His indignation first found voice in a
pamphlet on the Use of Irish Manufactures: and it presently
seized on a still more available topic, presented by a scandalous
job in connexion with the copper coinage of Ireland. This gave
rise to the famous Drapier Letters. Swift did not measure his
words: he hesitated at no exaggeration: he left his victims with
no shred of defence or excuse: out of their subterfuges he wrested
new and more damnatory charges: he rang the changes on this
one topic through every note of fierce denunciation and contemptu-
ous sarcasm and for the first time he roused, in all its fury,
the envenomed bitterness of a wrath that embraced at once the
racial antpathy of ages and the political jealousy of the English
colonists against their brethren across the sea.
But this fight, however fierce and exciting, could not employ
the wholeforce of Swift's genius. In his comparative loneliness and
isolation, other objects engaged him. His chief attack must be on
human nature and the human race, against which he waged an
undying war: and ill-health, melancholy, discontent, long absence
from friends, all combined to embitter the hatred with which he re-
garded it. Even the more tender feelings of Swift added fuel to
this intensity of hate. Despising the "animal called man," Swift
yet clung, with warm affection, to individuals: and this very .
in every instance, was now deepening his gloom. Amongst his Irish
friends, he could count the astute and witty Delany : but Delany
was an object of suspicion to the 4Wyig intriguers. The gentle
unworldliness and ready humour of N' formed a resting-
place for Swift's troubled spirit, and soothed him, we are told, as
David's harp soothed Saul: but .. r-':. was pursued by faction,






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and Swift afects to defend even his scholarship from a suspicion of
Tory proclivities. Had he found only a few more Arbuthnots, he
would, he tells us, have burned his travels: but Arbuthnot was
wearing into old age while Swift was banished from the literary
circle in which he formerly took delight. And last of all, the one
devotion of his life-the one ray of a woman's tenderness that
shone upon it-was not only clouded by the mystery that had
gathered round his relation to Esther Johnson, and by the abiding
misery which its complications caused, but worse still, the shadow of
illness and the fear of her impending death were darkening his life
with gloom. It was in such surroundings, and amid such feelings,
that the Travels of Gulliver were composed; and theirpublication,
in i7 26, followed immediately upon Swift's last visit to London,
and preceded by a few months the death of Stella.
The book bears upon it in every line the vivid impress of
Swift's deepest feeling, and is instinct with his saeva indignatio:
and this lessens the interest for the general reader of the literary
question as to the special circumstances of its genesis. These are,
indeed, somewhat obscure. In earlier days, Swift, Pope, Arbuthnot,
and Gay had formed plans for a series of sketches illustrating the
whims and vagaries of pedantic folly, which were to be strung together
under the name of Martinus Scriblerus. This gave rise to the as-
sumption by the little coterie of the name of the Scriblerus Club."
Arbuthnot alone was capable of dealing with the scientific side of
the picture : and he did execute some of the designs in the Memoirs
of Scriblerus. Gulliver seems to have been conceived as a part of
the scheme, and was talked of and discussed on that footing by the
friends. Its general plan was long known amongst them, and it
was doubtless read in part by them before its publication. But,
save in the Laputa, it is difficult to see how the Travels conform
in any way to the scheme as -: ..'..' conceived.
Another question, which has been much discussed, is that of
the amount of suggestion which Swift may have had from other






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tales modelled on the same plan. .Models with a certain kind of
resemblance may be adduced almost without number: and without
attempting to gauge with any assurance the amount of Swiffs
indebtedness, it may be sufficient to repeat here, once again, the more
obvious models which may have been present to his mind. The
first of these is the True History of Lucian: a book which Swift
had almost certainly read: which, in its direct simplicity of narra-
tion, combined with extravagance of marvellous episodes, bears a
strong resemblance to Gulliver: but which is chiefly designed, as
Gulliver is not, to ridicule the absurdities of historians. Cyrano
de Bergerac, in the previous century, had written Voyages to the
Sun and Moon, which had been translated into English, and
which, also, was certainly known to Swift, as he borrows certain
episodes from it-such as the exhibition of the hero for money, as
Gulliver is exhibited in Brobdingnag: the comparison between the
hero and the apes (just as Gulliver is compared to the Yahoo):
and some incidental remarks. The Gerania of Joshua Barnes, of
Cambridge (1675), describes a people called Pygmies, who, it is
suggested, may have given to Swift the idea of the Lilliputians.
The Voyages in Rabelais have frequently been compared with those
of Gulliver: but there is really much more of contrast than of
parallel in the comparison between Rabelais's extravagant fancy,
and the calm and merciless satire for which Swifts story is merely
a convenient dress. Voltaire's Micromegas only shows that the
idea of representing an imaginary country in which the ordinary
proportions of size were transmogrified, was no unfamiliar one
when Swift was writing Gulliver.
Those to whom Swiffs genius is an object of the most profound
admiration may feel somewhat jealous of the popularity which has
been universally accorded to the Travels of Gulliver. They may
be disposed to agree with Johnson's verdict, in which (while paradox-
ically doubting Swift's authorship) he pronounces the Tale of a
Tub to be without question the greatest of the works that swell his






INTRODUCTION


fame, and finds little to admire in the machinery of Gulliver.
They willprobably agree that though the Tale yields its treasures only
to repeated and careful study, yet after such study, it takes its place
without question amongst the greatest products of human genius.
They may even doubt whether in perfection of style, in eloquence
which produces its effects by absolute simplicity, and in keen logic,
and quick rapier-play, some of his political pieces do not take a place
higher than Gulliver. They may miss in that the consummate grace
of his lighter verse, and the fiery energy by which, in his more
serious poems, he enthrals and captivates us. But mixed with
jealousy of that popularity there may also be some amusement. It
is strange indeed that a book animated by consuming hatred of
mankind, lenient, where it is lenient, only because contempt some-
times prevails over hatred, should have been largely read for the
entertainment of children. But this is really a homage to the
greatness of Swiffs genius. Imagination was not the distinguishing
feature of Swiff s power. Rarely indeed can that be combined with a
consuming satire: he whom (to parody Swifz s own words) "Phebus
in his ire Has blasted with satiric fire," rarely joins to that the
gift of constructive imagination. But Gulliver has captivated the
fancy by means of that gift of vivid reality-as different as
possible from what modern jargon styles realism-which was the
special attribute of Swifts age, and was shared to the full by him.
In spite of all extravagance, and although all is presented to us
through a medium of inverted proportions, we never cease to feel the
personages in the book real from beginning to end. We follow
theirfortunes with interest; we sympathise with their mishaps; we
feel the inevitableness of their actions. The very inconsistencies of
the book are proofs of his genius. Neither the inhabitants of
Lillp@ut nor those of Brobdingnag are in all things good or in all
things bad. Both have their good traits-both have their inherent
weaknesses-all portrayed, not (we are made to fancy) with the
formed design of the satirist, but with the fidelity of the faithful






INTRODUCTION


narrator. It is not the invention of the machinery, but its con-
summate management, that proves Swifts greatness.
Of the fourparts, the first two, Lilliput and Brobdingnag, are
the most simple in their plan, the most easy and natural in their
narrative, and the most direct in their effect upon the reader.
Laputa was Swift's favourite: and though it has never attained
the acceptance achieved by those that precede it, the cause of his
preference is not difficult to trace. In it, Swift comes nearest to the
subject of the Tale of a Tub : he attacks those foibles of intellectual
complacency and of pedantic folly which most moved his ire. Nor
can we forget that in the Struldbrugs we have perhaps the most
tragic passage in the whole book, as well as one of the finest
specimens of his style. In the Houyhnhnms he gives the most free
rein to his consuming indignation against his fellow-men. He
revels in admiration of the race, because it has least relation to
mankind. In that part the picture has no relief from modulated
colours.: it is all fierce contrast of light and shadow : the calm
wisdom, self-control, and dignity of the Houyhnhnm is always
in the most striking contrast with the unmitigated brutality and
degradation of the Yahoo.
Critics and moralists have condemned the book, and have
ascribed its unflattering picture of human nature either to the
perversity of morbid fancy, or to the encroachment of incipient
madness. But readers of every generation and of every country
have found it irresistible in interest: and children have found in it
an unfailing store of enjoyment. Who shall say that Swift has
not driven home a lesson and a moral in its pages? And if
its writer is condemned for the gloom of the picture he has drawn,
we must yet remember that the fierceness of that saeva indignatio
which inspired it, lacerated his own heart more than any other.

H. C.















THE PUBLISHER TO THE READER


THE Author of these Travels, Mr. Lemuel Gulliver, is my
antient and intimate Friend; there is likewise some Relation
between us by the Mother's Side. About three Years ago,
Mr. Gulliver growing weary of the Concourse of curious
People coming to him at his House in Redriff, made a small
Purchase of Land, with a convenient House, near Newark
in Nottingkamskire, his Native Country; where he now lives
retired, yet in good Esteem among his Neighbours.

ALTHOUGH Mr. Gulliver was born in Nottinghamshire, where
his Father dwelt, yet I have heard him say, his Family came
from Oxfordskire; to confirm which, I have observed in the
Church-Yard at Banbury, in that County, several Tombs and
Monuments of the Gullivers.

BEFORE he quitted Redrijf, he left the Custody of the
following Papers in my Hands, with the liberty to dispose
of them as I should think fit. I have carefully perused them
three times: The Style is very plain and simple; and the
only Fault I find is, that the Author, after the manner of
Travellers, is a little too Circumstantial. There is an Air
of Truth apparent through the Whole; and indeed the
Author was so distinguished for his Veracity, that it became





PUBLISHER'S NOTE


a sort of Proverb among his Neighbours at Redri, when any
one affirm'd a Thing, to say, it was as true as if Mr. Gulliver
had spoke it.

By the Advice of several worthy Persons, to whom, with
the Author's Permission, I communicated these Papers, I now
venture to send them into the World, hoping they may be
at least, for some time, a better Entertainment to our young
Noblemen, than the common Scribbles of Politicks and Party.

THIs Volume would have been at least twice as large, if
I had not made bold to strike out innumerable Passages
relating to the Winds and Tides, as well as to the Variations
and Bearings in the several Voyages; together with the
minute Descriptions of the Management of the Ship in
Storms, in the Style of Sailors: Likewise the Account of the
Longitudes and Latitudes; wherein I have Reason to appre-
hend that Mr. Gulliver may be a little dissatisfied: But I
was resolved to fit the Work as much as possible to the
general Capacity of Readers. However, if my own Ignorance
in Sea-Affairs shall have led me to commit some Mistakes,
I alone am answerable for them: And if any Traveller hath
a Curiosity to see the whole Work at large, as it came from
the Hand of the Author, I shall be ready to gratify him.

As for any further Particulars relating to the Author, the
Reader will receive Satisfaction from the first Pages of the
Book.


RICHARD SYMPSON.











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PART I

A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT


CHAP. I

The Author gives some Account'of himself and Family. His first Induce-
ments to travel. He is shipwreck'd, and swims for his Life, gets saft
on Shoar in the Country of Lilliput, is made a Prisoner, and carried
up the Country Page I


CHAP. II

The Emperor of Lilliput, attended by several of the Nobility, come to see
the Author in his Confinement. The Emperor's Person and Habit
described. Learned len appointed to teach the Author their Language.
He gains Favour by his mild Disposition. His Pockets are searched,
and his Sword and Pistols taken from him 15


CHAP. III

The Author diverts the Emperor and his Nobility of both Sexes, in a
very uncommon Manner. The Diversions of the Court of Lilliput
described. The Author hath his Liberty granted him, upon certain
Conditions 27






CONTENTS


CHAP. IV-

Mildendo the Metropolis of Lilliput described, together with the Emperor's
Palace. A Conversation between the Author and a principal Secretary,
concerning the Afairs of that Empire. The Author's Ofers to serve
the Emperor in his Wars Page 38



CHAP. V

The Author by an extraordinary Stratagem, prevents an Invasion. A
high Title of Honour is conferred upon him. Ambassadors arrive
from the Emperor of Blefuscu, and sue for Peace 46



CHAP. VI

Of the Inhabitants of Lilliput, their Learning, Laws and Customs, the
Manner of educating their Children. The Author's way of living in
that Countrey. His Vindication of a great Lady 53



CHAP. VII

The Author being informed of a Design to accuse him of High-Treason,
makes his Escape to Blefuscu. Iis Reception there 66



CHAP. VIII

The Author, by a lucky Accident, finds Means to leave Blefuscu; and, after
some Difficulies, returns safe to his native Countrey 76






CONTENTS


'PART II

A VOYAGE TO BROBDINGNAG


CHAP. I

A great Storm described; the Long-boat sent to fetch Water; the Author
goes with it to discover the Countrey. He is left on Shoar; is seized
by one of the Natives, and carried to a Farmer's House. His
Reception there, with several Accidents that happen'd to him. A
Description of the Inhabitants Page 87


CHAP. II

A Description of the Farmers Daughter. The Author carried to a
Market-Town, and then to the Metropolis. The Particulars of his
journey 102


CHAP. III

The Author sent for to Court. The Queen buys him of his Master, the
Farmer, and presents him to the King. He disputes with his
Majesty's great Scholars. An Apartment at Court provided for the
Author. He is in high Favour with the Queen. He stands up
for the Honour of his own Countrey. His Quarrels with the Queen's
Dzwarf 10


CHAP. IV

The Countrey described. A Proposal for correcting modern Maps. The
King's Palace, and some Account of the Metropolis. The Author's
way of travelling. The chief Temple described 24


CHAP. V

Several Adventures that happened to the Author. The Execution of a
Criminal. The Author shews his Skill in Navigation 130





CONTENTS


CHAP. VI

Several Contrivances of the Author to please the King and Queen. He
shews his Skill in Musick. The King enquires into the State of
Europe, which the Author relates to him. The Kings Observations
thereon Page 143


CHAP. VII

The Author's Love of his Countrey. He makes a Proposal of much
advantage to the King, which is rejected. The King's great Ignorance
in Politicks. The Learning of that Countrey very imperfect and
confined. The Laws, and military Affairs, and Parties in the
State 154


CHAP. VIII

The King and Queen make a Progress to the Frontiers. The Author
attends them. The manner in which he leaves the Countrey very
particularly related. Hfe returns to England 163




PART III

A VOYAGE TO LAPUTA, ETC.


CHAP. I

The Author sets out on his Third Voyage, is taken by Pyrates. The
Malice of a Dutchman. His arrival at an Island. He is received
into Laputa 182


CHAP. II

The Humours and Dispositions of the Laputians described. An account of
their Learning. Of the King and his Court. The Author's Recep-
tion there. 7he Inihabitants sulfect to Fears and Disquietudes. An
account of the Women 190





CONTENTS


CHAP. III

A Phenomenon solved by modern Philosophy and Astronomy. The
Laputians' great Improvements in the latter. The King's method of
suppressing Insurrections Page 204



CHAP. IV

The Author leaves Laputa, is conveyed to Balnibarbi, arrives at the
Metropolis. A Description of the Metropolis and the Country
adjoining. The Author hospitably received by a great Lord. His
Conversation with that Lord 213



CHAP. V

The Author permitted to see the grand Academy of Lagado. The
Academy largely described. The Arts wherein the Professors employ
themselves : 221



CHAP. VI

A further Account of the Academy. The Author proposes some Improve-
ments which are honourably received. 232



CHAP. VII

The Author leaves Lagado, arrives at Maldonada. No Ship ready.
He takes a short Voyage to Glubbdubdrib. His Reception by the
Governor 239



CHAP. VIII

A further account of Glubbdubdrib. Ancient and Modern History
corrected 245





CONTENTS


CHAP. IX

The Author's Return to Maldonada. Sails to the Kingdom of Luggnagg.
The Author confined. He is sent for to Court. The manner of his
admittance. The King's great Lenity to his Subjects Page 253



CHAP. X

The Luggnuggians commended.. A particular descriition of the Struldbrugs,
with many conversations between the Author and some eminent persons
upon that subject 259



CHAP. XI

The Author leaves Luggnagg and sails to Japan. From thence he
returns in a Dutch Ship to Amsterdam, and from Amsterdam to
England 270





PART IV

A VOYAGE TO THE COUNTRY OF

THE HOUYHNHNMS


CHAP. I

The Author sets out as Captain of a Ship. His Men conspire against
him, confine him a long Time to his Cabbin, set him on shoar in an
unknown Land. He travels up in the Country. The Yahoos,
a strange Sort of Animal, described. The Author meets two
Houyhnhnms 280






CONTENTS


I CHAP. II

The Author conducted by a Houyhnhnm to his House. The House
described. The Author's Reception. The Food of the Houyhnhnms.
The Author in Distress for want of Meat, is at last relieved. His
Manner offeeding in this Country Page 289




CHAP. III

The Author studious to learn the Language, the Houyhnhnm his
Master assists in teaching him. The Language described. Several
Houyhnhnms of Quality came out of Curiosity to see the Author.
He gives his Master a short Account of his Voyage 297



CHAP. IV

The Houyhnhnms Notion of Truth and Falshood. The Author's Dis-
course disapproved by his Master. The Author gives a more particular
Account of himself, and the Accidents of his Voyage 304




CHAP. V

The Author at his Master's Commands informs him of the State of
England. The Causes of War among the Princes of Europe. The
Author begins to explain the English Constitution 310




CHAP. VI

A Continuance of the State of England, so well governed by a Queen as to
need no first Minister. The Character of such an one in some
European Courts 320






CONTENTS


CHAP. VII

The Author's great Love of his Native Country. His Master's Observa-
tions upon the Constitution and Administration of England, as
described by the Author, with parallel Cases and Comparisons. His
Master's Observations upon Human Nature Page 330



CHAP. VIII

7he Author relates several Particulars of the Yahoos. The great Virtues
of the Houyhnhnms. The Education and Exercise of their Youth.
Their general Assembly 338



CHAP. IX

A grand Debate at the General Assembly of the Houyhnhnms, and how it
was determined. The Learning of the Houyhnhnms. Their Build-
ings. Their manner of Burials. The Defectiveness of their Lan-
guage 346



CHAP. X

The Author's Oeconomy and happy Life among the Houyhnhnms. His
great Improvement in Virtue, by conversing with them. Their
Conversations. The Author has notice given him by his Master
that he must depart from the Country. IHe falls into a Swoon for
Grief, but submits. He contrives and fnishes a Canoo, by the help
ofa Fellow-Servant, and puts to Sea at a venture 353



CHAP. XI

The Author's dangerous Voyage. He arrives at New-Holland, hoping
to settle there. Is wounded with an Arrow by one of the Natives.
Is seized and carried by Force into a Portugueze Ship. The great
Civilities of the Captain. The Author arrives at England 362


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CONTENTS xxv


CHAP. XII

The Author's Veracity. His Design in publishing this Work. His
Censure of those Travellers who swerve from the Truth. The Author
clears himself from any sinister Ends in writing. An Objection
answered. The Method of planting Colonies. His Native Country
commended. The Right of the Crown to those Countries described by
the Author, is justified. The Dfficulty of conquering them. The
Author takes his last leave of the Reader : proposeth his Manner of
Living for the future, gives good Advice, and concludes Page 374































PAGE
'Three Great Scholars' rontispiece
Heading to Introduction ii
Heading to Contents xvi
Heading to List of Illustrations xxvi
Heading to Part I. .
'I roared' 5
'Many Periods of Threatnings' 7
'To draw me towards the Metropolis' 12
' Whereupon I rose up' I3
'Reared up on his hinder Feet' 16
'Pushing them forwards into my reach' 18
'To deliver victuals for my sustenance' 20
'We saw certain strange Figures' 23
'A Tryal of Dexterity' 29
'The Emperor took a fancy of diverting himself in a very singular
manner' 33
'I made my Acknowledgments' 36
'I walked with the utmost circumspection' 39
'Gave me her Hand to kiss' 41
'Happened to cut one of his Fingers' 44





LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


PAGE
Drew Fifty of the Enemies largest Men of War after me' 48
'A solemn Embassy'. 51
'And always in the presence of a Professor' 58
'Let fall a Plumline' 62
'I eat more than usual' 63
You are to know, said he' 67
Rising up in Fury' 70
'By the assistance of Two thousand men 77
'Grazing in a Bowling-Green at Greenwich'. .82
I-eading to Part II. 87
'I made a low Bow towards the farmer' .94
I walked with Intrepidity' 97
'Got my Head in his Mouth' 98
'The other made his escape' 101
'I could not forbear laughing very heartily' 04
'She often took me out of my Box' o8
'Put the tip of it, with the utmost respect, to my Lip' III
'Turning to his First Minister' 18
'A scurvy trick' 121
'Came flying into the room' 122
'The People were very curious' 127
'One of them hit me on the back' 131
'Broke my Right shin against the shell of a Snail' 133
'Gave me a Gale with their Fans' 35
'The Frog climbed up' 137
He dragged me out' 139
'The King had frequent Consorts at court' 145
'His Majesty proposed many Doubts' 149
'I have perused many of their Books' 159
'A Cavalier mounted on a large Steed' 161
'Forced to let me drop' 166
'I was taken into the Ship in a very weak condition' 169
'A Footman's Tooth' 173
' I stooped lower than her Knees' 176
'He plainly invited me' 181
' I made the Captain a very low bow' 184


xxviii





LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS xxix
PAGE
'A vast opake body' .. 187
'Wrapped up in cogitation' 91
' He was then deep in a Problem' 193
'We sat together four Hours' 95
'Very ill made' 197
'The first Question is about the Sun's Health' 20
'Always so rapt in speculation' 202
'A Load-stone of a prodigious size' 205
' He took me in his Chariot to see the Town' 216
' He complained that his Stock was low' 222
' Taught them to distinguish by feeling and smelling' 223
' A Device of plowing the Ground with Hogs' 224
' He then led me to the frame' 227
'Conversation' 230
' To prevent forgetfulness' 234
'I had the honour to dine with-the Governour' 241
'In good Intelligence with each other' 243
'I was not able to get down a second Spoonfil' 246
'I could plainly discover from whence one Family derives a long
Chin' 248
'Corruption' 252
'I was examined very strictly upon my landing' 254
More than matter of form' 256
'I cryed out as in a Rapture' 261
'Desired I would give them Slumskudask' 268
'They knew the Seal' 271
'Twenty strokes on the Shoulders' 273
Binding me Hand and Foot' 279
Kept them off, by waving my Hanger' 284
'The Grey steed rubbed my Hat all round' 286
'The beast and I were brought close together' 292
Often looking on me' 294
'It cost me much trouble to explain'. 298
'Used to all kind of Drudgery till they died' 305
'Double Fee'. 316
'A sort of Liquid which made us merry' 322






LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


PAGE
'Skill at Prognosticks' 325
'Would take the Advantage, and carry it away from them both' .334
' I once caught a young Male' 339
'They are ordered to leap into a Pond or River' .344
'They milk their Cows' 350
'I fell to imitate their Gate and Gesture' .356
'He did me the honour to raise it gently to my Mouth' .361
'Discharged an Arrow' 364
'At last they found me' .366
'The Captain forced me to cover myself with his cloak' .370
'I converse with them' 372
'At the farthest End of a long Table' 380
Tailpiece 381


MAPS

Lilliput and Blefuscu xxxii
Brobdingnag 86
Lugnagg and Balnibarbi, with Islands of Laputa and Glubdrubdrib 180
The Country of Balnibarbi, with floating Island of Laputa .207
Houyhnhnms Land 278


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CHAP. I

The Author gives some Account of himself and Family. His first Induce-
ments to travel. He is shipwreck'd, and swims for his Life, gets safe
on Shoar in the Country of Lilliput, is made a Prisoner, and carried
up the Country.

Y Father had a small estate in Nottingham-
shire; I was the Third of five Sons.
S He sent me to Emanuel- College in
Cambridge at Fourteen years old, where
I resided Three years, and applyed
myself close to my Studies: But the
Charge of maintaining me (although I
had a very scanty Allowance) being too great for a narrow
Fortune, I was bound Apprentice to Mr. James Bales, an
eminent Surgeon in London, with whom I continued four
years; and my Father now and then sending me small sums
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A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT


of Money, I laid them out in learning Navigation, and other
parts of the Mathematicks, useful to those who intend to
travel, as I always believed it would be some time or other my
fortune to do. When I left Mr. Bates, I went down to my
Father; where, by the assistance of Him and my Uncle fohn,
and some other Relations, I got forty Pounds, and a promise
of thirty Pounds a year to maintain me at Leyden: There I
studied Physick two Years and seven Months, knowing it
would be useful in long Voyages.

SooN after my Return from Leyden, I was recommended,
by my good Master Mr. Bates, to be Surgeon to the Swallow,
Captain Abraham Pannell Commander; with whom I continued
three Years and a half, making a Voyage or two into the
Levant, and some other Parts. When I came back, I resolved
to settle in London, to which Mr. Bates, my Master, encouraged
me, and by him I was recommended to several Patients. I
took part of a small House in the Old-Jury ; and being advised
to alter my condition, I married Mrs. Mary Burton, second
Daughter to Mr. Edmund Burton Hosier in Newgate-street,
with whom I received four hundred Pounds for a Portion.

BUT, my good Master Bates dying in two years after, and
I having few Friends, my Business began to fail; for my
Conscience would not suffer me to imitate the bad practice of
too many among my Brethren. Having therefore consulted
with my Wife, and some of my Acquaintance, I determined to
go again to Sea. I was Surgeon successively in two Ships,
and made several Voyages, for six Years, to the East and
West-Indies, by which I got some Addition to my Fortune.
My hours of Leisure I spent in reading the best Authors
ancient and modern, being always provided with a good
number of Books; and when I was ashoar, in observing the
Manners and Dispositions of the People, as well as learning
their Language, wherein I had a great Facility by the strength
of my Memory.
THE last of these Voyages not proving very fortunate, I
grew weary of the Sea, and intended to stay at home with my


PART I





A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT


Wife and Family. I removed from the Old-Jury to Fetter-
Lane, and from thence to Wapping, hoping to get Business
among the Sailors; but it would not turn to account. After
three years expectation that things would mend, I accepted an
advantageous Offer from Captain William Prichard, Master
of the Antelope, who was making a Voyage to the South-Sea.
We set sail from Bristol May 4, I699, and our Voyage at
first was very prosperous.

IT would not be proper, for some reasons, to trouble the
Reader with the Particulars of our adventures in those Seas :
Let it suffice to inform him, that in our Passage from thence
to the East-Indies, we were driven by a violent Storm 'to the
Northward of Van Diemen's Land. By an Observation, we
found ourselves in the Latitude of 30 Degrees 2 Minutes
South. Twelve of our Crew were dead by immoderate Labour
and ill Food, the rest were in a very weak condition. On the
fifth of November, which was the beginning of Summer in
those parts, the Weather being very hazy, the Seamen spyed a
Rock, within half a Cable's length of the Ship; but the Wind
was so strong, that we were driven directly upon it, and
immediately split. Six of the Crew, of whom I was one,
having let down the Boat into the Sea, made a shift to get
clear of the Ship, and the Rock. We rowed by my Com-
putation about three Leagues, till we were able to work no
longer, being already spent with labour while we were in the
Ship. We therefore trusted ourselves to the mercy of the waves,
and in about half an hour the Boat was overset by a sudden
Flurry from the North. What became of my Companions in
the Boat, as well as of those who escaped on the Rock, or
were left in the Vessel, I cannot tell; but conclude they were
all lost. For my own part, I swam as Fortune directed me,
and was push'd forward by Wind and Tide. I often let my
Legs drop, and could feel no bottom: But when I was almost
gone, and able to struggle no longer, I found myself within my
depth; and by this time the Storm was much abated. The
Declivity was so small, that I walked near a Mile before I got
to the shore, which I conjectur'd was about eight a-clock in


CHAP. I





A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT


the Evening. I then advanced forward near half a Mile, but
could not discover any sign of Houses or Inhabitants; at
least I was in so weak a condition, that I did not observe
them. I was extremely tired, and with that, and the Heat of
the weather, and about half a pint of Brandy that I drank as
I left the Ship, I found myself much inclined to sleep. I lay
down on the Grass, which was very short and soft, where I
slept sounder than ever I remember to have done in my life,
and as I reckoned, above Nine hours; for when I awaked, it
was just Day-light. I attempted to rise, but was not able to
stir : For, as I happened to lie on my back, I found my Arms
and Legs were strongly fastened on each side to the ground;
and my Hair, which was long and thick, tied down in the
same manner. I likewise felt several slender Ligatures across
my body, from my Arm-pits to my Thighs. I could only look
upwards; the Sun began to grow hot, and the Light offended
mine Eyes. I heard a confused Noise about me, but in the
posture I lay, could see nothing except the Sky. In a little
time I felt something alive moving on my left Leg, which
advancing gently forward over my Breast, came almost up to
my Chin; when bending mine Eyes downwards as riuch as I
could, I perceived it to be a Human creature not Six inches
high, with a Bow and Arrow in his Hands, and a Quiver at
his Back. In the mean time, I felt at least forty more of the
same kind (as I conjectured) following the first. I was in the
utmost astonishment, and roared so loud, that they all ran
back in a fright; and some of them, as I was afterwards told,
were hurt with the Falls they got by leaping from my sides
upon the ground. However, they soon returned, and one of
them, who ventured so far as to get a full sight of my Face,
lifting up his hands and eyes by way of Admiration, cryed out
in a shrill but distinct voice, Hekinah Degil: The others
repeated the same Words several times, but I then knew not
what they meant. I lay all this while, as the Reader may
believe, in great Uneasiness: At length struggling to get
loose, I had the fortune to break the Strings, and wrench
out the Pegs that fastened my Left arm to the ground;
for, by lifting it up to my Face, I discovered the methods


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they had taken to bind me; and, at the same time,
with a violent Pull, which gave me excessive pain, I a
little loosened the Strings that tied down my Hair on
the Left side, so that I was just able to turn my Head
about Two inches. But the Creatures ran off a second time,
before I could seize them; whereupon there was a great
Shout in a very shrill accent, and after it ceased,-I heard one
of them cry aloud, Tolgo Phonac; when in an instant I felt
above an Hundred Arrows discharged on.my Left hand, which
pricked me like so many Needles; and besides they shot
another Flight into the Air, as we do Bombs in Euroje, whereof
many, I suppose, fell on my Body (though I felt them not)
and some on my Face, which I immediately covered with my
Left hand. When this shower of Arrows was over, I fell a
groaning with Grief and Pain, and then striving again to get
loose, they discharged another Volly larger than the first, and
some of them attempted with Spears to stick me in the Sides;
but, by good luck, I had on me a Buff Jerkin, which they
could not pierce. I thought it the most prudent method to
lie still, and my design was to continue so till night, when my
Left hand being already loose, I could easily free myself:
And as for the Inhabitants, I had reason to believe I might
be a match for the greatest Armies they could bring against
me, if they were all of the same size with him that I saw.
But Fortune disposed otherwise of me. When the People
observed I was quiet, they discharged no more Arrows: But
by the Noise I heard, I knew their numbers increased; and
about Four yards from me, over-against my Right ear, I heard
a knocking for above an hour, like that of people at work;
when turning my head that way, as well as the Pegs and
Strings would permit me, I saw a Stage erected about a Foot
and a half from the ground, capable of holding Four of the
Inhabitants, with two or three Ladders to mount it: From
whence one of them, who seemed to be a Person of Quality,
made me a long Speech, whereof I understood not one
Syllable. But I should have mentioned, that before the
Principal person began his oration, he cryed out Three times
Langro Dehul san: (these words and the former were after-


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wards repeated and explained to me.) Whereupon im-
mediately about Fifty of the Inhabitants came, and cut the
Strings that fastened the Left side of my head, which gave
me the liberty of turning it to the Right, and of observing the

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' Many Periods of Threatnings.


Person and Gesture of him that was to speak. He appeared
to be of a middle age, and taller than any of the other Three
who attended him, whereof one was a Page that held up his
train, and seemed to be somewhat longer than my Middle
finger; the other Two stood one on each side to support him.


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He acted every part of an Orator, and I could observe many
Periods of Threatnings, and others of Promises, Pity, and
Kindness. I answered in a few words, but in the most
submissive manner, lifting up my Left hand and both mine
Eyes to the Sun, as calling him for a Witness; and being
almost famished with Hunger, having not eaten a Morsel for
some hours before I left the Ship, I found the Demands of
nature so strong upon me, that I could not forbear shewing my
Impatience (perhaps against the strict Rules of Decency) by
putting my finger frequently on my mouth, to signify that I
wanted Food. The Hurgo (for so they call a great Lord, as
I afterwards learnt) understood me very well. He descended
from the Stage, and commanded that several Ladders should
be applyed to my Sides, on which above an Hundred of the
Inhabitants mounted, and walked towards my Mouth, laden
with Baskets full of Meat, which had been provided, and sent
thither by the King's Orders upon the first Intelligence he
received of me. I observed there was the Flesh of several
Animals, but could not distinguish them by the Taste. There
were Shoulders, Legs, and Loins shaped like those of Mutton,
and very well dressed, but smaller than the Wings of a Lark.
I eat them by Two or Three at a mouthful, and took Three
Loaves at a time, about the bigness of Musket Bullets. They
supplyed me as they could, shewing a thousand marks of
Wonder and Astonishment at my Bulk and Appetite. I then
made another sign that I wanted Drink. They found by my
eating that a small quantity would not suffice me, and being a
most ingenious people, they slung up with great dexterity one
of their largest Hogsheads, then rolled it towards my Hand,
and beat out the Top; I drank it off at a Draught, which I,
might well do, for it did not hold Half a pint, and tasted like
a small Wine of Burgundy, but much more delicious. They
brought me a Second Hogshead, which I drank in the same
manner, and made signs for more, but they had none to give
me. When I had performed these Wonders, they shouted for
joy, and danced upon my breast, repeating several times as
they did at first, Hekinah Degul. They made me a sign that
I should throw down the two Hogsheads, but first warned the


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people below to stand out of the way, crying aloud, Borach
Mivola, and when they saw the Vessels in the air, there was
an universal shout of Hekinah Degul. I confess I was often
tempted, while they were passing backwards and forwards on
my body, to seize Forty or Fifty of the first that came in my
reach, and dash .them against the ground. But the re-
membrance of what I had felt, which probably might not be
the worst they could do, and the Promise of Honour I made
them, for so I interpreted my submissive behaviour, soon
drove out these Imaginations. Besides, I now considered
myself as bound by the Laws of Hospitality to a People who
had treated me with so much Expence and Magnificence.
However, in my thoughts I could not sufficiently wonder at the
Intrepidity of these diminutive Mortals, who durst venture to
mount and walk upon my Body, while one of my Hands was
at liberty, without trembling at the very sight of so prodigious
a Creature as I must appear to them. After some time,
when they observed that I made no more demands for Meat,
there appeared before me a Person of high Rank from his
Imperial Majesty. His Excellency having mounted on the
small of my Right Leg, advanced forward up to my Face,
with about a Dozen of his Retinue. And, producing his
Credentials under the Signet Royal, which he applyed close to
mine Eyes, spoke about Ten minutes, without any signs of
Anger, but with a kind of determinate Resolution; often
pointing forwards, which, as I afterwards found, was towards
the Capital City, about Half a mile distant, whither it was
agreed by his Majesty in Council that I must be conveyed.
I answered in few Words, but to no purpose, and made a
sign with my Hand that was loose, putting it to the other
(but over his Excellency's Head, for fear of hurting him or his
Train) and then to my own Head and Body, to signify that
I desired my Liberty. It appeared that he understood me
well enough, for he shook his head by way of disapprobation,
and held his hand in a posture to shew that I must be carried
as a Prisoner. However, he made other Signs to let me
understand that I should have Meat and Drink enough, and
very good Treatment. Whereupon I once more thought of


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attempting to break my Bonds, but again, when I felt the
smart of their Arrows upon my Face and Hands, which were
all in Blisters, and many of the Darts still sticking in them,
and observing likewise that the number of my Enemies en-
creased, I gave tokens to let them know that they might do
with me what they pleased. Upon this the Hurgo and his
Train withdrew with much Civility and cheerful Countenances.
Soon after I heard a general Shout, with frequent repetitions
of the words, Pealom Selan, and I felt great numbers of the
people on my Left side relaxing the cords to such a degree,
that I was able to turn upon my Right. But before this,
they had dawbed my Face and both my Hands with a sort
of Ointment very pleasant to the Smell, which in a few
minutes removed all the smart of their arrows. These
Circumstances, added to the Refreshment I had received by
their Victuals and Drink, which were very nourishing, dis-
posed me to sleep. I slept about Eight hours, as I was after-
wards assured; and it was no wonder, for the Physicians,
by the Emperor's Order, had mingled a sleepy Potion in the
Hogsheads of Wine.

IT seems that upon the first moment I was discovered sleep-
ing on the ground after my Landing, the Emperor had early
notice, of it by an Express, and determined in Council that I
should be tyed in the manner I have related (which was done
in the Night while I slept), that Plenty of Meat and Drink
should be sent me, and a Machine prepared to carry me to
the Capital City.

THIS Resolution perhaps may appear very bold and
dangerous, and I am confident would not be imitated by any
Prince in Europe on the like occasion; however, in my
opinion it was extremely Prudent as well as Generous. For
supposing these People had endeavour'd to kill me with
their Spears and Arrows while I was asleep, I should cer-
tainly have awaked with the first Sense of Smart, which might
so far have rouzed my Rage and Strength, as to have en-
abled me to break the Strings wherewith I was tied; after


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which, as they were not able to make Resistance, so they
could expect no Mercy.

THESE people are most excellent Mathematicians, and
arrived to a great perfection in Mechanicks by the counte-
nance and encouragement of the Emperor, who is a renowned
Patron of Learning. This Prince- hath several Machines
fixed on Wheels for the carriage of Trees and other great
Weights. He often builds his largest Men of War, whereof
some are Nine foot long, in the Woods where the Timber
grows, and has them carried on these Engines three or four
hundred yards to the Sea. Five hundred Carpenters and
Engineers were immediately set at work to prepare the
greatest Engine they had. It was a Frame of Wood raised
Three inches from the ground, about Seven foot long and
Four wide, moving upon Twenty-two wheels. The Shout I
heard was upon the arrival of this Engine, which it seems set
out in Four hours after my Landing. It was brought
parallel to me as I lay. But the principal Difficulty was to
raise and place me in this Vehicle. Eighty Poles, each of
One foot high, were erected for this purpose, and very strong
Cords of the bigness of Packthread were fastened by Hooks to
many Bandages, which the Workmen had girt round my Neck,
my Hands, my Body, and my Legs. Nine hundred of the
strongest Men were employed to draw up these Cords by
many Pulleys fastned on the Poles, and thus in less than
Three hours, I was raised and slung into the Engine, and there
tyed fast. All this I was told, for while the whole operation
was performing, I lay in a profound sleep, by the force of
that soporiferous Medicine infused into my Liquor. Fifteen
hundred of the Emperor's largest Horses, each about Four
inches and an half high, were employed to draw me towards
the Metropolis, which, as I said, was Half a mile distant.

ABOUT Four hours after we began our Journey, I awaked
by a very ridiculous Accident; for the Carriage being stopt a
while to adjust something that was out of order, two or three
of the young natives had the curiosity to see how I looked


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12 A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT PART I

when I was asleep; they climbed up into the Engine, and
advancing very softly to my Face, One of them, an Officer in
the Guards, put the sharp end of his Half-pike a good way up
into my Left nostril, which tickled my Nose like a Straw, and
made me sneeze violently : whereupon they stole off unper-





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awaking so suddenly. We made a long March the remaining
part of that day, and rested at night with Five hundred Guards
on each side of me, half with Torches, and half with Bows
and Arrows, ready to shoot me if I should offer to stir. The
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within Two hundrceI yards of the City-Gates about Noon.
The Emperor, and all his Court, came out to meet us, but
his Great Officers would by no means suffer his Majesty to
endanger his Person by mounting on my Body.

AT the place where the Carriage stopt, there stood
an ancient Temple, esteemed to be the largest in the
whole Kingdom, which having been polluted some Years
before by an unnatural Murder, was, -according to the Zeal -of
those People, look'd on as Prophane, and therefore had been
applied to common Uses, and all the Ornaments and Furniture
carried away. In this Edifice it was determined I should
lodge. The great Gate fronting to the North was about Four
foot high, and almost Two foot wide, through which I could
easily creep. On each side of the Gate was a small Window
not above Six inches from the ground : into that on the Left
side, the King's Smiths conveyed Fourscore and eleven Chains,
like those that hang to a Lady's Watch in Europe, and almost
as large, which were locked to my Left leg with Six and thirty
Padlocks. Over-against this Temple, on t'other side of the
great Highway, at Twenty foot distance, there was a Turret at
least Five foot high. Here the Emperor ascended with many
principal Lords of his Court, to have an opportunity of viewing
me, as I was told, for I could not see them. It was reckoned
that above an Hundred Thousand Inhabitants came out of the
town upon the same errand; and in spight of my Guards, I
believe there could not be fewer than Ten thousand, at several
times, who mounted upon my body by the help of ladders.
But a Proclamation was soon issued to forbid it upon pain of
death. When the Workmen found it was'impossible for me
to break loose, they cut all the Strings that bound me; where-
upon I rose up with as melancholy a disposition as ever I had
in my life. But the noise and astonishment of the People at
seeing me rise and walk are not to be expressed. The Chains
that held my Left leg were about Two yards long, and gave
me not only the liberty of walking backwards and forwards in
a Semicircle; but being fixed within Four inches of the gate,
allowed me to creep in, and lie at my full length in the Temple.


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CHAP. II


The Emperor of Lilliput, attended by several of the Nobility, come to see the
Author in his Cozfinement. The Emperor's Person and Habit
described. Learned M en appointed to teach the Author their Language.
He gains Favour by his mild Disposition. His Pockets are search'd,
and his Sword and Pistols taken from him.

WHEN I found myself on my feet, I looked about me, and
must confess I never beheld a more entertaining Prospect.
The Countrey round appeared like a continued Garden, and
the inclosed Fields, which were generally Forty foot square,
resembled so many Beds of Flowers. These Fields were
intermingled with Woods of half a Stang, and the tallest Trees,
as I could judge, appeared to be Seven foot high. I viewed
the Town on my Left hand, which looked like the painted
Scene of a City in a Theatre.

THE Emperor was already descended from the Tower, and
advancing on Horse-back towards me, which had like to have
cost him dear; for the Beast, though very well trained, yet
wholly unused to such a Sight, which appeared as if a
Mountain moved before him, reared up on his hinder Feet:
But that Prince, who is an excellent Horseman, kept his Seat,
till his Attendants ran in, and held the Bridle, while his
Master had time to dismount. When he alighted, he surveyed
me round with great admiration, but kept without the length
of my Chain. He ordered his Cooks and Butlers, who were
already prepared, to give me Victuals and Drink, which they
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reach them. I took those Vehicles, and soon emptied them
all; Twenty of them were filled with Meat, and Ten with Liquor,
each of the former afforded me two or-three good mouthfuls,
and I emptied the Liquor of Ten Vessels, which was contained
in earthen Vials, into one Vehicle, drinking it off at a draught,
and so I did with the rest. The Empress, and young Princes


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of the Blood, of both Sexes, attended by many Ladies, sate at
some distance in their Chairs; but upon the Accident that
happened to the Emperor's Horse, they alighted, and came
near his Person, which I am now going to describe. He is
taller by almost the breadth of my Nail, than any of his Court,
which alone is enough to strike an Awe into the Beholders.
His Features are strong and masculine, with an Austrian Lip
and arched Nose, his Complexion olive, his Countenance
erect, his Body and Limbs well proportioned, all his Motions


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graceful, and his Deportment majestick. He was then past
his Prime, being Twenty-eight years and three quarters old, of
which he had reigned about Seven, .in great felicity, and
generally victorious. For the better convenience of beholding
him, I lay on my side, so that my Face was parallel to his, and
he stood but Three yards off: However, I have had him since
many times in my hand, and therefore cannot be deceived in
the description. His Dress was very plain and simple, and the
Fashion of it between the Asiatick and the European; but he
had on his Head a light Helmet of Gold, adorned with Jewels,
and a Plume on the Crest. He held his Sword drawn in his
hand, to defend himself, if I should happen to break loose;
it was almost Three inches long, the Hilt and Scabbard were
Gold enriched with Diamonds. His Voice was shrill, but very
clear and articulate, and I could distinctly hear it when I
stood up. The Ladies and Courtiers were all most magnifi-
cently clad, so that the Spot they stood upon seemed to
resemble a Petticoat spread on the ground, embroidered with
Figures of Gold and Silver. His Imperial Majesty spoke
often to me, and I returned answers, but neither of us could
understand a syllable. There were several of his Priests and
Lawyers present (as I conjectured by their habits) who were
commanded to address themselves to me, and I spoke to
them in as many Languages as I had the least smattering of,
which were High and Low Dutch, Latin, French, Spanish,
Italian, and Lingua Franca; but all to no purpose. After
about Two hours the Court retired, and I was left with a
strong Guard, to prevent the Impertinence, and probably the
Malice of the Rabble, who were very impatient to croud about
me as near as they durst, and some of them had the impu-
dence to shoot their Arrows at me as I sate on the ground by
the Door of my house, whereof one very narrowly missed my
Left eye. But the Colonel ordered Six of the Ring-leaders to
be seized, and thought no Punishment so proper as to deliver
them bound into my hands, which some of his Soldiers
accordingly did, pushing them forwards with the But-ends of
their Pikes into my reach; I took them all in my Right hand,
put Five of them into my Coat-pocket, and as to the Sixth, I


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made a Countenance as if I would eat him alive. The poor
Man squalled terribly, and the Colonel and his Officers were in
much pain, especially when they saw me take out my Penknife:
But I soon put them out of fear; for, looking mildly, and
immediately cutting the Strings he was bound with, I set him
gently on the ground, and away he ran ; I treated the rest in
the same manner, taking them one by one out of my Pocket,


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Pushing them forwards into my reach.'

and I observed both the Soldiers and People were highly
obliged at this mark of my Clemency, which was represented
very much to my advantage at Court.

TOWARDS night I got with some difficulty into my House,
where I lay on the ground, and continued so to do about a
Fortnight; during which time the Emperor gave orders to have


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a Bed prepared for me. Six hundred Beds of the common
Measure were brought in Carriages, and worked up in my house;
an hundred and fifty of their Beds sown together made up the
Breadth and Length, and these were Four double, which how-
ever kept me but very indifferently from the Hardness of the
Floor, that was of smooth Stone. By the same Computation
they provided me with Sheets, Blankets, and Coverlets, tolerable
enough for one who had been so long enured to Hardships as I.

As the news of my arrival spread through the Kingdom, it
brought prodigious numbers of rich, idle, and curious People to
see me; so that the Villages were almost emptied, and great
neglect of Tillage and Houshold Affairs must have ensued, if
his Imperial Majesty had not provided, by several Proclama-
tions and Orders of State, against this Inconveniency. He
directed that those who had already beheld me, should return
home, and not presume to come within Fifty yards of my
House without License from Court; whereby the Secretaries
of State got considerable Fees.

IN the mean time, the Emperor held frequent Councils to
debate what course should be taken with me; and I was
afterwards assured by a particular Friend, a Person of great
Quality, who was looked upon to be as much in the Secret as
any, that the Court was under many difficulties concerning me.
They apprehended my breaking loose, that my Diet would be
very expensive, and might cause a Famine. Sometimes they
determined to starve me, or at least to shoot me in the face
and hands with poisoned arrows, which would soon dispatch
me: But again they considered, that the Stench of so large a
carcase might produce a Plague in the Metropolis, and
probably spread through the whole Kingdom. In the midst
of these consultations, several Officers of the Army went to
the door of the great Council-Chamber; and two of them
being admitted, gave an account of my behaviour to the Six
Criminals above-mentioned, which made so favourable an
impression in the breast of his Majesty and the whole Board
in my behalf, that an Imperial Commission was issued out,


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obliging all the Villages Nine hundred yards round the .City,
to deliver in every morning Six beeves, Forty sheep, and
other victuals for my sustenance; together with a proportion-
able quantity of Bread, and Wine, and other Liquors: for the
due payment of which his Majesty gave Assignments upon
his Treasury. For this Prince lives chiefly upon his own





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To deliver victuals for my sustenance.'

Deresnes, seldom except upon great occasions raising any
Subsidies upon his Subjects, who are bound to attend him in
his Wars at their own expence. An Establishment was also
made of Six hundred persons to be my Domesticks, whb had
Board-wages allowed for their maintenance, and Tents built
for them very conveniently on each side of my door. It was
likewise ordered, that Three hundred Taylors should make me
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of his Majesty's greatest Scholars should be employed to
instruct me in their Language : And, lastly, that the Emperor's
Horses, and those of the Nobility and Troops of Guards should
be frequently exercised in my sight, to accustom themselves to
me. All these Orders were duly put in execution, and in
about Three weeks I made a great progress in learning their
Language; during which time, the Emperor frequently
honoured me with his Visits, and was pleased to assist my
Masters in teaching me. We began already to converse
together in some sort; and the first Words I learnt were to
express my desire that he would please to give me my
Liberty, which I every day repeated on my knees. His
Answer, as I could apprehend it, was, that this must be a
work of Time, not to be thought on without the Advice of his
Council, and that first I must Lumos Kelmin pesso desmar Ion
Emposo; that is, swear a Peace with him and his Kingdom.
However, that I should be used with all kindness, and he
advised me to acquire by my Patience, and discreet Behaviour,
the good Opinion of himself and his Subjects. He desired I
would not take it ill, if he gave orders to certain proper
Officers to search me; for probably I might carry about me
several Weapons, which must needs be dangerous things, if
they answered the Bulk of so prodigious a person. I said, his
Majesty should be satisfied, for I was ready to strip myself, and
turn up my Pockets before him. This I delivered part in
Words, and part in Signs. He replied, that by the Laws of
the Kingdom I must be searched by Two of his Officers;
that he knew this could not be done without my Consent and
Assistance; that he had so good an opinion of my Generosity
and Justice, as to trust their Persons in my hands: That
whatever they took from me should be returned when I left
the Country, or paid for at the rate which I would set upon
them, I took up the Two Officers in my hands, put them
first into my Coat-pockets, and then into every other Pocket
about me, except my Two Fobs, and another secret Pocket I
had no mind should be searched, wherein I had some little
Necessaries that were of no consequence to any but myself.
In One of my Fobs there was a Silver Watch, and in the other


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a small quantity of Gold in a Purse. These Gentlemen,
having Pen, Ink and Paper about them, made an exact
Inventory of every thing they saw; and when they had done,
desired I would set them down, that they might deliver it to
the Emperor. This Inventory I afterwards translated into
English, and is word for word as follows.

IMPRIMIS, In the Right Coat-pocket of the Great Man
Mountain (for so I interpret the words Quinbus F/estrin) after
the strictest search, we found only one great piece of coarse
Cloth, large enough to be a Foot-cloth for your Majesty's chief
Room of State. In the Left Pocket, we saw a huge Silver
Chest, with a Cover of the same Metal, which we the Searchers
were not able to lift. We desired it should be opened, and
One of us stepping into it, found himself up to the mid leg in
a sort of Dust, some part whereof flying up to our Faces, set
us both a sneezing for several times together. In his Right
Wastcoat-pocket, we found a prodigious bundle of white thin
Substances, folded one over another, about the bigness of
Three men, tied with a 'strong Cable, and marked with black
Figures; which we humbly conceive to be Writings, every
Letter almost half as large as the Palm of our Hands. In the
Left, there was a sort of Engine, from the Back of which were
extended Twenty long Poles, resembling the Pallisado's before
your Majesty's Court; wherewith we conjecture the Man
Mountain combs his head, for we did not always trouble him
with Questions, because we found it a great difficulty to make
him understand us. In the large Pocket on the Right side of
his middle Cover, (so I translate the word ]Ranfu-Lo, by which
they meant my Breeches) we saw a hollow Pillar of Iron,
about the length of a Man, fastened to a strong piece of
Timber, larger than the Pillar; and upon One side of
the Pillar were huge pieces of Iron sticking out, cut into
strange Figures, which we know not what to make of. In the
Left pocket, another Engine of the same kind. In the
smaller pocket on the Right side, were several round flat
pieces of white and red Metal, of different bulk; some of the
white, which seemed to be Silver, were so large and heavy,


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that my Comrade and I could hardly lift them. In the Left
pocket were Two black Pillars irregularly shaped: We could
not, without difficulty, reach the top of them as we stood at
the bottom of his pocket. One of them was covered, and
seemed all of a piece : But at the upper end of the other,
there appeared a white round Substance, about twice the big-























( We saw certain strange Figures.'

ness of our Heads. Within each of these was enclosed a pro-
digious Plate of Steel; which, by our orders, we obliged him
to shew us, because we apprehended they might be dangerous
Engines. He took them out of their Cases, and told us, that
in his own country his practice was to shave his Beard with
one of these, and to cut his Meat with the other. There
were two pockets which we could not enter: These he called
his Fobs ; they were Two large Slits cut into the top of his


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middle Cover, but squeezed close by the pressure of his Belly.
Out of the Right Fob hung a great Silver Chain, with a
wonderful kind of Engine at the bottom. We directed him
to draw out whatever was fastened to that Chain; which
appeared to be a Globe, half Silver, and half of some trans-
parent. Metal: For on the transparent side we saw certain
strange Figures circularly drawn, and thought we could touch
them, till we found our Fingers stopped by that lucid
Substance. He put this Engine to our Ears, which made an
incessant Noise like that of a Water-mill: And we conjecture
it is either some unknown Animal, or the God that -he
worships; but we are more inclined to the latter Opinion,
because he assures us, (if we understood him right, for he
expressed himself very imperfectly) that he seldom did any thing
without consulting it: He called it his Oracle, and said it
pointed out the Time for every Action of his life. From
the Left fob he took out a Net almost large enough for a
Fisherman, but contrived to open and shut like a Purse, and
served him for the same use: We found therein several massy
pieces of yellow Metal, which if they be real Gold, must be of
immense value.

HAVING thus, in obedience to your Majesty's Commands,
diligently searched all his Pockets, we observed a Girdle about
his Waist made of the Hide of some prodigious Animal; from
which, on the Left side, hung a Sword of the length of Five
men; and on the Right, a Bag or Pouch divided into Two
Cells, each Cell capable of holding Three of your Majesty's
Subjects. In one of these Cells were several Globes or Balls
of the most ponderous Metal, about the bigness of our Heads,
and required a strong Hand to lift them: The other Cell con-
tained a heap of certain black Grains, but of no great bulk or
weight, for we could hold above Fifty of them in the palms of
our Hands.

THIS is an exact Inventory of what we found about the
body of the Man-Mountain, who used us with great civility,
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Sealed on the Fourth day of the Eighty-ninth moon of your
Majesty's auspicious Reign.
Clefren Frelock, Marsi Frelock.

WHEN this Inventory was read over to the Emperor, he
directed me, although in very gentle terms, to deliver up the
several Particulars. He first called for my Scymiter, which I
took out, Scabbard and all. In the mean time he ordered
Three Thousand of his choicest Troops (who then attended
him) to surround me at a distance, with their Bows and
Arrows just ready to discharge: But I did not observe it, for
mine Eyes were wholly fixed upon his Majesty. He then
desired me to draw my Scymiter, which, although it had got
some Rust by the Sea-water, was in most parts exceeding
bright. I did so, and immediately all the Troops gave a Shout
between Terror and Surprize; for the Sun shone clear, and
the Reflexion dazled their Eyes as I waved the Scymiter to and
fro in my hand. His Majesty, who is a most magnanimous
Prince, was less daunted than I could expect; he ordered me
to return it into the Scabbard, and cast it on the ground as
gently as I could, about Six foot from the end of my Chain.
The next thing he demanded was One of the hollow Iron
Pillars, by which he meant my Pocket-pistols. I drew it out,
and at his desire, as well as I could, expressed to him the use
of it; and charging it only with powder, which by the close-
ness of my Pouch happened to scape wetting in the Sea (an
inconvenience against which all prudent Mariners take special
care to provide) I first cautioned the Emperor not to be
afraid, and then I let it off in the Air. The Astonishment
here was much greater than at the sight of my Scymiter.
Hundreds fell down as if they had been struck dead; and even
the Emperor, although he stood his ground, could not recover
himself in some time. I delivered up both my Pistols in the
same manner as I had done my Scymiter, and then my Pouch
of Powder and Bullets; begging him that the former might be
kept from the Fire, for it would kindle with the smallest
Spark, and blow up his Imperial Palace into the Air. I like-
wise delivered up my Watch, which the Emperor was very


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curious to see, and commanded Two of his tallest Yeomen of
the Guards to bear it on a Pole upon their Shoulders, as Dray-
men in England do a Barrel of Ale. He was amazed at the
continual Noise it made, and the Motion of the Minute-hand,
which he could easily discern ; for their Sight is much more
acute than ours; and asked the Opinions of his learned Men
about him, which were various and remote, as the Reader may
well imagine without my repeating; although indeed I could
not very perfectly understand them. I then gave up my
Silver and Copper Money, my Purse with Nine large pieces of
Gold, and some smaller ones; my Knife and Razor, my Comb
and Silver Snuff-box, my Handkerchief and Journal-book.
My Scymiter, Pistols, and Pouch, were conveyed in Carriages
to his Majesty's Stores; but the rest of my Goods were
returned me.

I had, as I before observed, one private Pocket which
escaped their search, wherein there was a pair of Spectacles
(which I sometimes use for the weakness of mine eyes), a
Pocket Perspective, and several other little Conveniencies;
which being of no consequence to the Emperor, I did not
think myself bound in Honour to discover, and I apprehended
they might be lost or spoiled if I ventured them out of my
possession.


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CHAP. III


The Author diverts the Emperor and his Nobility of both Sexes, in a very
uncommon Manner. The Diversions of the Court of Lilliput described.
The Author hath his Liberty granted hii, upon certain Conditions.

MY Gentleness and good Behaviour had gained so far on the
Emperor and his Court, and indeed upon the Army and
People in general, that I began to. conceive hopes of getting
my Liberty in a short time. I took all possible methods to
cultivate this favourable disposition. The Natives came by
degrees to be less apprehensive of any Danger from me. I
would sometimes lie down, and let Five or Six of them dance
on my hand. And at last the Boys and Girls would venture
to come and play at Hide and Seek in my hair. I had now
made a good progress in understanding and speaking their
Language. The Emperor had a mind one day to entertain
me with several of the Country Shows, wherein they exceed all
Nations I have known, both for Dexterity and Magnificence.
I was diverted with none so much as that of the Rope-dancers,
performed upon a slender white Thread, extended about Two
foot, and Twelve inches from the ground. Upon which I
shall desire liberty, with the Reader's patience, to enlarge a
little.

THIS Diversion is only practised by those persons who are
Candidates for great Employments and high Favour at Court.
They are trained in this Art from their youth, and are not
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Office is vacant either by Death or Disgrace (which often
happens) Five or Six of those Candidates petition the
Emperor to entertain his Majesty and the Court with a Dance
on the Rope, and whoever jumps the highest without falling
succeeds in the Office. Very often the Chief Ministers them-
selves are commanded to shew their Skill, and to convince the
Emperor that they have not lost their Faculty. Flimnap, the
Treasurer, is allowed to cut a Caper on the strait Rope, at
least an Inch higher than any other Lord in the whole
Empire. I have seen him do the Summerset several times
together upon a Trencher fixed on the Rope, which is no
thicker than a common Pack-thread in England. My Friend
Reldresal, Principal Secretary for private Affairs, is, in my
opinion, if I am not partial, the second after the Treasurer;
the rest of the Great Officers are much upon a Par.

THESE Diversions are often attended with fatal Accidents,
whereof great numbers are on record. I myself have seen
Two or Three Candidates break a Limb. But the Danger is
much greater when the Ministers themselves are commanded
to shew their Dexterity; for by contending to excel them-
selves and their Fellows, they strain so far, that there is
hardly One of them who hath not received a Fall, and some of
them Two or Three. I was assured that a Year or Two be-
fore my arrival, Flimnap would have infallibly broke his Neck,
if One of the King's Cushions, that accidentally lay on the
ground, had not weakened the force of his Fall.

THERE is likewise another Diversion which is only shewn
before the Emperor and Empress, and First Minister, upon
particular Occasions. The Emperor lays on a Table Three
fine silken Threads of Six inches long. One is Purple, the
other Yellow, and the Third White. These Threads are
proposed as Prizes for those persons whom the Emperor hath
a mind to distinguish by a peculiar mark of his Favour. The
Ceremony is performed in his Majesty's great Chamber of
State, where the Candidates are to undergo a Tryal of
Dexterity very different from the former, and'such as I have


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not observed the least resemblance of in any other Countrey
of the old or the new World. The Emperor holds a Stick in
his hands, both ends parallel to the Horizon, while the
Candidates advancing one by one, sometimes leap over the
Stick, sometimes creep under it backwards and forwards
several times, according as the Stick is advanced or depressed.
Sometimes the Emperor holds one end of the Stick, and his
First Minister the other; sometimes the Minister has it
entirely to himself. Whoever performs his part with most
Agility, and holds out the longest in leaping and creeping, is
rewarded with the Purple coloured Silk; the Yellow is given
to the next, and the White to the Third, which they all wear
girt twice round about the middle; and you see few great
Persons about this Court who are not adorned with one of
these Girdles.

THE Horses of the Army, and those of the Royal Stables,
having been daily led before me, were no longer shy, but
would come up to my very feet without starting. The Riders
would leap them over my hand as I held it on the ground,
and One of the Emperor's Huntsmen, upon a large Courser;
took my Foot, Shoe and all; which was indeed a prodigious
Leap. I had the good fortune to divert the Emperor One
day after a very extraordinary manner. I desired he would
order several Sticks of Two foot high, and the thickness of an
ordinary Cane, to be brought me; whereupon his Majesty
commanded the Master of his Woods to give directions
accordingly; and the next morning Six Wood-men arrived
with as many Carriages, drawn by Eight Horses to each.
I took Nine of these Sticks, and fixing them firmly in the
ground in a Quadrangular Figure, Two foot and a half square,
I took four other Sticks, and tyed them parallel at each
Corner, about Two foot from the ground; then I fastned
my Handkerchief to the Nine Sticks that stood erect, and
extended it on all sides till it was as tight as the top of a
Drum ; and the Four parallel Sticks rising about Five inches
higher than the Handkerchief, served as Ledges on each side.
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a Troop of his best Horse, Twenty-four in number, come and
exercise upon this Plain. His Majesty approved of the
Proposal, and I took them up one by one in my hands, ready
mounted and armed, with the proper Officers to exercise
them. As soon as they got into order, they divided into
Two Parties, performed mock Skirmishes, discharged blunt
Arrows, drew their Swords, fled and pursued, attacked and
retired, and in short discovered the best Military Discipline I
ever beheld. The parallel Sticks secured them and their
Horses from falling over the Stage; and the Emperor was so
much delighted, that he ordered this Entertainment to be
repeated several days, and once was pleased to be lifted up,
and give the word of Command; and, with great difficulty,
persuaded even the Empress herself to let me hold her in her
close Chair within Two yards of the Stage, from whence she
was able to take a full view of the whole performance. It was
my good fortune that no ill Accident happened in these Enter-
tainments, only once a fiery Horse that belonged to one of
the Captains pawing with his Hoof struck a hole in my
Handkerchief, and his Foot slipping, he overthrew his Rider
and himself; but I immediately relieved them both, and
covering the Hole with one hand, I set down the Troop with
the other, in the same manner as I took them up. The
Horse that fell was strained in the Left shoulder, but the
Rider got no hurt, and I repaired my Handkerchief as well as
I could; however, I would not trust to the strength of it any
more in such dangerous Enterprizes.

ABOUT Two or Three days before I was set at liberty, as I
was entertaining the Court with these kind of Feats, there
arrived an Express to inform his Majesty that some of his
Subjects riding near the place where I was first taken up, had
seen a great black Substance lying on the ground, very odly
shaped, extending its Edges round as wide as his Majesty's
Bed-chamber, and rising up in the middle as high as a Man;
that it was no living Creature, as they at first apprehended,
for it lay on the grass without motion, and some of them had
walked round it several times: That by mounting upon each


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others Shoulders, they had got to the top, which was flat and
even, and stamping upon it they found it was hollow within;
that they humbly conceived it might be something belonging
to the Man-Mountain, and if his Majesty pleased, they would
undertake to bring it with only Five horses. I presently
knew what they meant, and was glad at heart to receive this
Intelligence. It seems upon my first reaching the shore
after our shipwreck, I was in such confusion, that before I
came to the place where I went to sleep, my Hat, which I
had fastned with a String to my Head while I was rowing,
and had stuck on all the time I was swimming, fell off after
I came to land; the String, as I conjecture, breaking by some
accident which I never observed, but thought my Hat had
been lost at sea. I intreated his Imperial Majesty to give
orders it might be brought to me as soon as possible, describ-
ing to him the Use and the Nature of it: And the next day
the Waggoners arrived with it, but not in a very good condition;
they had bored two Holes in the Brim, within an Inch and
half of the Edge, and'fastned Two Hooks in the Holes;
these Hooks were tyed by a long Cord to the Harness, and
thus my Hat was dragged along for above half an English
Mile: But the Ground in that country being extremely
smooth and level, it received less damage than I expected.

Two days after this Adventure, the Emperor having
ordered that part of his Army which quarters in and about
his Metropolis to be in a readiness, took a fancy of diverting
himself in a very singular manner. He desired I would
stand like a Colossus, with my Legs as far asunder as I con-
veniently could. He then commanded his General (who was
an old experienced Leader, and a great Patron of mine)
to draw up the Troops in close Order, and march them under
me, the Foot by Twenty-four in a breast, and the Horse by
Sixteen, with Drums beating, Colours flying, and Pikes ad-
vanced. This Body consisted of Three thousand Foot, and a
Thousand Horse.

I had sent so many Memorials and Petitions for my


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Liberty, that his Majesty at length mentioned the Matter first
in the Cabinet, and then in a full Council; where it was
opposed by none, except Skyreslz Bolgolam, who was pleased,
without any provocation, to be my mortal Enemy. But it
was carried against him by the whole Board, and confirmed
by the Emperor. That Minister was Galbet, or Admiral of
the Realm, very much in his Master's Confidence, and a
Person well versed in affairs, but of a morose and sour Com-
plexion. However, he was at length persuaded to comply;
but prevailed that the Articles and Conditions upon which I
should be set free, and to which I must swear, should be
drawn up by himself. These Articles were brought to me by
Skyresh Bolgolam in person, attended by Two Under-Secre-
taries, and several Persons of Distinction. After they were
read, I was demanded to swear to the performance of them;
first in the manner of my own country, and afterwards in
the method prescribed by their Laws; which was to hold my
Right foot in my Left hand, to place the Middle finger of my
Right hand on the Crown of my head, and my Thumb on
the Tip of my Right ear. But because the Reader may per-
haps be curious to have some idea of the Style and Manner
of expression peculiar to that People, as well as to know the
Articles upon which I recovered my Liberty, I have made a
Translation of the whole Instrument word for word, as near
as I was able, which I here offer to the public.

GOLBASTO MOMAREN EVLAME GURDILO SHEFIN MULLY
ULLY' GUE, most Mighty Emperor of Lilliput, Delight and
Terror of the Universe, whose Dominions extend Five thousand
Blustrugs (about Twelve miles in Circumference) to the Ex-
tremities of the Globe; Monarch of all Monarchs, taller than the
Sons of Men; whose Feet press down to the Center, and whose
Head strikes against the Sun: At whose Nod the Princes of
the Earth shake their Knees; pleasant as the Spring, comfortable
as the Summer, fruitful as Autumn, dreadful as Winter. His
most sublime Majesty proposeth to the Man-Mountain, lately
arrived to our Celestial Dominions, the following Articles,
which by a solemn Oath he shall be obliged to perform.


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FIRST, The Mfan-Mountain shall not depart from our
Dominions, without our License under our Great Seal.

2d, HE shall not presume to come into our Metropolis,
without our express Order; at which time the Inhabitants shall
have Two hours warning to keep within their Doors.

3d, THE said Man-MAountain shall confine his Walks to
our principal High Roads, and not offer to walk or lie down
in a Meadow or Field of Corn.

4th, As he walks the said Roads, he shall take the utmost
care not to trample upon the bodies of any of our loving
Subjects, their Horses, or Carriages, nor take any of our said
Subjects into his hands, without their own consent.

5th, IF an Express requires extraordinary Dispatch, the
Man-fountain shall be obliged to carry in his pocket the
Messenger and Horse a Six days Journey once in every
S Moon, and return the said Messenger back (if so required)
safe to our Imperial Presence.

6th, HE shall be our Ally against our Enemies in the Island
of Blefuscu, and do his utmost to destroy their Fleet, which is
now preparing to invade Us.

7th, THAT the said Man-Mountain shall, at his times of
leisure, be aiding and assisting to our Workmen, in helping to
raise certain great Stones, towards covering the Wall of the
principal Park, and other our Royal Buildings.

8th, THAT the said Man-Mountain shall, in Two Moons
Time, deliver in an exact Survey of the Circumference of our
| Dominions by a Computation of his own Paces round the
' Coast.

LASTLY, That upon his solemn Oath to observe all the above
Articles, the said Man-Mountain shall have a daily Allowance


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of Meat and Drink sufficient for the Support of 1728 of our
Subjects, with free access to our Royal Person, and other
marks of our Favour. Given at our Palace at Belfaborac the
Twelfth Day of the Ninety-first Moon of our Reign.

I swore and subscribed to these articles with great Chearful-
ness and Content, although some of them were not so honour-
able as I could have wished; which proceeded wholly from the
malice of Skyresh Bolgolam the High Admiral: Whereupon
my Chains were immediately unlocked, and I was at full
















made mry AcknowleIdgments.

liberty; the Emperor himself in person did me the Honour to
be by at the whole Ceremony. I made my Acknowledgments
by prostrating myself at his Majesty's Feet: But he com-
manded me to rise; and after many gracious expressions,
which, to avoid the censure of Vanity, I shall not repeat,
he added, that he hoped I should prove a useful Servant,
and well deserve all the Favours he had already conferred
upon me, or might do for the future.

THE Reader may please to observe, that in the last Article
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me a quantity of meat and drink sufficient for the support of
1728 Lilli1utians. Some time after, asking a Friend at
Court how they came to fix on that determinate number; he
told me, that his Majesty's Mathematicians, having taken the
Height of my Body by the help of a Quadrant, and finding it
to exceed theirs in the proportion of Twelve to One, they con-
cluded from the Similarity of their bodies, that mine must
contain at least 1728 of theirs, and consequently would
require as much Food as was necessary to support that
number of Lilliputians. By which, the Reader may conceive
an idea of the Ingenuity of that People, as well as the prudent
and exact Oeconomy of so great a Prince.

















CHAP. IV


Mildendo the Metropolis of Lilliput described, together with the Emperor's
Palace. A Conversation between the Author and a principal Secretary,
concerning the Affairs of that Empire. The Author's Offers to serve
the Emperor in his Wars.

THE First request I made after I had obtained my Liberty,
was, that I might have license to see Mildendo, the Metro-
polis; which the Emperor easily granted me, but with a
special charge to do no hurt, either to the Inhabitants, or
their Houses. The People had notice by Proclamation of my
design to visit the Town. The Wall which encompassed it, is
Two foot and an half high, and at least Eleven inches broad,
so that a Coach and Horses may be driven very safely round it;
and it is flanked with strong Towers at Ten foot distance. I
stept over the great Western Gate, and passed very gently,
and sideling through the Two principal Streets, only in
my short Waistcoat, for fear of damaging the Roofs and
Eves of the Houses with the Skirts of my Coat. I walked
with the utmost circumspection, to avoid treading on any
Stragglers, that might remain in the Streets, although the
Orders were very strict, that all people should keep in their
houses, at their own peril. The Garret Windows and Tops
of houses were so crowded with Spectators, that I thought in
all my Travels I had not seen a more populous place. The
City is an exact Square, each side of the Wall being Five
hundred foot long. The two great Streets which run cross
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Lanes and Alleys which I could not enter, but only viewed
them as I passed, are from Twelve to Eighteen inches. The
Town is capable of holding Five hundred thousand Souls.
The Houses are from Three to Five Stories. The Shops and
Markets well provided.

THE Emperor's Palace is in the Center of the City, where
the Two great Streets meet. It is inclosed by a Wall of Two
foot high, and Twenty foot distant from the Buildings. I
had his Majesty's permission to step over this Wall; and the
Space being so wide between that and the Palace, I could
easily view it on every side. The outward Court is a Square
of Forty foot, and includes Two other Courts : In the inmost
are the Royal Apartments, which I was very desirous to see,
but found it extremely difficult; for the great Gates, from one
Square into another, were but Eighteen inches high, and
Seven inches wide. Now the Buildings of the outer Court
were at least Five foot high, and it was impossible for me to
stride over them, without infinite damage to the Pile, though
the Walls were strongly built of hewn Stone, and Four inches
thick. At the same time the Emperor had a great desire
that I should see the Magnificence of his Palace; but this I
was not able to do till Three days after, which I spent in
cutting down with my Knife some of the largest Trees in the
Royal Park, about an Hundred yards distant from the City.
Of these Trees I made Two Stools, each about Three foot
high, and strong enough to bear my Weight. The People
having received notice a Second time, I went again through
the City to the Palace, with my Two Stools in my hands.
When I came to the side of the outer Court, I stood upon
One Stool, and took the other in my hand: This I lifted
over the Roof, and gently set it down on the Space between
the first and second Court, which was Eight foot wide. I
then stept over the Buildings very conveniently from one
Stool to the other, and drew up the first after me with a
hooked Stick. By this contrivance I got into the inmost
Court; and lying down upon my Side, I applied my Face to
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purpose, and discovered the most splendid Apartments that
can be imagined. There I saw the Empress, and the young
Princes in their several Lodgings, with their chief Attendants


'Gave me her Hand to kiss.'


about them. Her Imperial Majesty was pleased to smile
very graciously upon me, and gave me out of the Window her
Hand to kiss.

BUT I shall not anticipate the Reader with farther Descrip-


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tions of this kind, because I reserve them for a greater Work,
which is now almost ready for the Press, containing a general
Description of this Empire, from its first Erection, through
a long Series of Princes, with a particular Account of their
Wars and Politicks, Laws, Learning, and Religion; their Plants
and Animals, their peculiar Manners and Customs, with other
Matters very curious and useful; my chief design at present
being only to relate such Events and Transactions as happened
to the public, or to myself, during a Residence of about Nine
months in that Empire.

ONE morning, about a Fortnight after I had obtained my
liberty, Reldresal, Principal Secretary (as they style him) of
private Affairs, came to my House, attended only by one
Servant. He ordered his Coach to wait at a distance, and
desired I would give him an hour's Audience; which I readily
consented to,. on account of his Quality and personal Merits,
as well as the many good Offices he had done me during my
Solicitations at Court. I offered to lie down, that he might
the more conveniently reach my Ear; but he chose rather to let
me hold him in my hand during our conversation. He began
with Compliments on my Liberty, said he might pretend to
some Merit in it; but, however, added, that if it had not been
for the present Situation of things at Court, perhaps I might
not have obtained it so soon. For, said he, as flourishing a
Condition as we may appear to be in to Foreigners, we labour
under Two mighty Evils; a violent Faction at home, and the
danger of an Invasion by a most potent Enemy from abroad.
As to the first, you are to understand, that for above Seventy
moons past, there have been Two struggling Parties in this
Empire, under the Names of Tramecksan, and Slamecksan,
from the high and low Heels on their Shoes, by which they
distinguish themselves. It is alleged indeed, that the high
Heels are most agreeable to our ancient Constitution: But
however this be, his Majesty hath determined to make use of
only low Heels in the Administration of the Government, and
all Offices in the gift of the Crown, as you cannot but observe;
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at least by a Drurr than any of his Court; (Drurr is a
Measure about the Fourteenth part of an inch.) The
Animosities between these Two parties run so high, that they
will neither eat nor drink, nor talk with each other. We
compute the Tramecksan, or High-heels, to exceed us in
number; but the Power is wholly on our side. We apprehend
his Imperial Highness, the Heir to the Crown, to have some
Tendency towards the High-heels; at least, we can plainly
discover one of his Heels higher than the other, which
gives him a Hobble in his Gait. Now, in the midst of
these intestine Disquiets, we are threatened with an Invasion
from the Island of Blefuscu, which is the other great Empire
of the Universe, almost as large and powerful as this of his
Majesty. For as to what we have heard you affirm, that there
are other Kingdoms and States in the world, inhabited by
human Creatures as large as yourself, our Philosophers are in
much doubt, and would rather conjecture that you dropt from
the Moon, or One of the Stars; because it is certain, that an
hundred Mortals of your Bulk would, in a short time, destroy
all the Fruits and Cattel of his Majesty's Dominions. Besides,
our Histories of Six thousand Moons make no mention of
any other Regions, than the Two great Empires of Lillitutand
Blefuscu. Which Two mighty Powers have, as I was going
to tell you, been engaged in a most obstinate War for Six and
thirty Moons past. It began upon the following Occasion.
It is allowed on all hands, that the primitive way of breaking
Eggs before we eat them, was upon the larger End: But his
present Majesty's Grandfather, while he was a Boy, going to
eat an Egg, and breaking it according to the ancient practice,
happened to cut one of his Fingers. Whereupon the Emperor
his Father published an Edict, commanding all his Subjects,
upon great Penalties, to break the smaller End of their Eggs.
The People so highly resented this Law, that our Histories tell
us there have been Six Rebellions raised on that account;
wherein one Emperor lost his Life, and another his Crown.
These Civil Commotions were constantly fomented by the
Monarchs of Blefuscu ; and when they were quelled, the Exiles
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Eleven thousand Persons have, at several times, suffered
Death, rather than submit to break their Eggs at the smaller
End. Many hundred large Volumes have been published
upon this Controversy: But the Books of the Big-Endians
have been long forbidden, and the whole Party rendered
incapable by Law of holding Employments. During the


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Happened to cut one ofhis Fingers.'

Course of these Troubles, the Emperors of Blefuscu did
frequently expostulate by their Ambassadors, accusing us of
making a Schism in Religion, by offending against a funda-
mental Doctrine of our great Prophet Lustrog, in the Fifty-
fourth Chapter of the Brundecral (which is their Alcoran).
This, however, is thought to be a mere Strain upon the Text:
For the Words are these; That all true Believers shall break
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venient end, seems, in my humble opinion, to be left to every
man's Conscience, or at least in the power of the Chief
Magistrate to determine. Now the Big-Endian Exiles have
found so much credit in the Emperor of Blefuscu's Court,
and so much private Assistance and Encouragement from
their Party here at home, that a bloody War hath been carried
on between the Two Empires for Six and thirty moons with
various Success; during which time we have lost Forty
Capital Ships, and a much greater number of smaller Vessels,
together with Thirty thousand of our best Seamen and
Soldiers; and the Damage received by the Enemy is
reckoned to be somewhat greater than ours. However, they
have now equipped a numerous Fleet, and are just preparing to
make a Descent upon us; and his Imperial Majesty placing
great Confidence in your Valour and Strength, hath com-
manded Me to lay this account of his Affairs before You.

I desired the Secretary to present my humble Duty to the
Emperor, and to let him know, that I thought it would not
become Me, who was a Foreigner, to interfere with Parties;
but I was ready, with the hazard of my Life, to defend his
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The Author by an extraordinary Stratagem, prevents an Invasion. A
high Title of Honour is conferred upon him. Ambassadors arrive
from the Emperor of Blefuscu, and sue for Peace.

THE Empire of Blefuscu is an Island situated to the North-
North-East side of Lilliput, from whence it is parted only by
a Channel of Eight hundred yards wide. I had not yet seen
it, and upon this notice of an intended Invasion, I avoided
appearing on that side of the Coast, for fear of being discovered
by some of the Enemies Ships, who had received no Intelli-
gence of me, all Intercourse between the Two Empires having
been strictly forbidden during the War, upon pain of Death,
and an Embargo laid by our Emperor upon all Vessels what-
soever. I communicated to his Majesty a Project I had
formed of seizing the Enemy's whole Fleet; which, as our
Scouts assured us, lay at anchor in the Harbour ready to sail
with the first fair Wind. I consulted the most experienced
Seamen, upon the depth of the Channel, which they had
often plummed, who told me, that in the middle at High-
water it was Seventy Glumgluffs deep, which is about Six foot
of European measure; and the rest of it Fifty Glumgluffs at
most. I walked towards the North-East Coast over-against
Blefuscu, and lying down behind a Hillock, took out my
small Pocket Perspective-Glass, and viewed the Enemy's Fleet
at anchor, consisting of about Fifty Men of War, and a great
number of Transports: I then came back to my House, and
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of the strongest Cable and Bars of Iron. The Cable was
about as thick as Packthread, and the Bars of the length and
size of a Knitting-needle. I trebled the Cable to make it
stronger, and for the same reason I twisted Three of the Iron
Bars together, bending the Extremities into a Hook. Having
thus fixed Fifty Hooks to as many Cables, I went back to the
North-East Coast, and putting off my Coat, Shoes, and Stock-
ings, walked into the Sea in my Leathern Jerkin, about half
an hour before High-water. I waded with what haste I could,
and swam in the middle about Thirty yards till I felt
ground; I arrived at. the Fleet in less than half an hour.
The Enemy was so frighted when they saw me, that they
leaped out of their ships, and swam to shore, where there
could not be fewer than Thirty thousand Souls. .I then took
my Tackling, and fastning a Hook to the hole at the Prow
of each, I tied all the Cords together at the End. While I
was thus employed, the Enemy discharged several thousand
Arrows, many of which stuck in my Hands and Face; and
besides the excessive smart, gave me much disturbance in my
Work. My greatest Apprehension was for mine Eyes, which
I should have infallibly lost, if I had not suddenly thought of
an Expedient. I kept among other little Necessaries a pair
of Spectacles in a private Pocket, which, as I observed before,
had escaped the Emperor's Searchers. These I took out and
fastened as strongly as I could upon my Nose, and thus
armed went on boldly with my Work in spight of the Enemies
Arrows, many of which struck against the Glasses of my
Spectacles, but without any other effect, further than a little to
discompose, them. I had now fastned all the Hooks, and
taking the Knot in my hand, began to pull; but not a Ship
would stir, for they were all too fast held by their Anchors, so
that the boldest part of my Enterprize remained. I there-
fore let go the Cord, and leaving the Hooks fixed to the Ships,
I resolutely cut with my Knife the Cables that fastned the
Anchors, receiving above Two hundred Shots in my Face and
Hands; then I took up the knotted end of the Cables to
which my Hooks were tyed, and with great ease drew Fifty of
the Enemies largest Men of War after me.


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THE Blefuscudians, who had not the least imagination of
what I intended, were at first confounded with astonishment.
They had seen me cut the Cables, and thought my Design
was only to let the Ships run a-drift, or fall foul on each other:
But when they perceived the whole Fleet moving in order,
and saw me pulling at the end, they set up such a scream of
Grief and Despair, that it is almost impossible to describe or con-
ceive. When I had got out of danger, I stopt a while to pick"
out the Arrows that stuck in my Hands and Face, and rubbed
on some of the same Ointment that was given me at my first
arrival, as I have formerly mentioned. I then took off my
Spectacles, and waiting about an hour till the Tide was a
little fallen, I waded through the middle with my Cargo, and
arrived safe at the Royal Port ofi.. -..

THE Emperor and his whole Court stood on the shore ex-
pecting the Issue of this great Adventure. They saw the
Ships move forward in a large Half-moon, but could not
discern me, who was up to my Breast in Water. When I
advanced to the middle of the Channel, they were yet more
in pain because I was under Water to my Neck. The
Emperor concluded me to be drowned, and that the Enemy's
Fleet was approaching in a hostile manner: But he was soon
eased of his Fears, for the Channel growing shallower every
step I made, I came in a short time within hearing; and
holding up the end of the Cable by which the Fleet was
fastned, I cried in a loud Voice, Long live the most puissant
Emperor of illiput! This great Prince received me at my
landing with all possible Encomiums, and created me a
Nardac upon the spot, which is. the highest Title of Honour
among them.

His Majesty desired I would take some other Opportunity
of bringing all the rest of his Enemy's Ships into his Ports.
And so unmeasurable is the Ambition of Princes, that he
seemed to think of nothing less than reducing the whole
Empire of Blefuscu into a Province, and governing it by a
Vice-Roy; of destroying the Big-Endian Exiles, and com-
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pelling that People to break the smaller end of their Eggs, by
which he would remain the sole Monarch of the whole World.
But I endeavoured to divert him from this Design, by many
Arguments drawn from the Topicks of Policy as well as
Justice : And I plainly protested, that I would never be an
Instrument of bringing a Free and Brave People into Slavery.
And when the Matter was debated in Council, the wisest part
of the Ministry were of my opinion.

THIS open bold Declaration of mine was so opposite to
the Schemes and Politicks of his Imperial Majesty, that he
could never forgive it; he mentioned it in a very artful
manner at Council, where I was told that some of the wisest
appeared, at least, by their silence, to be of my opinion; but
others, who were my secret Enemies, could not forbear some
Expressions, which by a side-wind reflected on me. And
from .this time began an Intrigue between his Majesty, and
a Junto of Ministers maliciously bent against me, which broke
out in less than Two months, and had like to have ended in
my utter Destruction. Of so little weight are the greatest
Services to Princes, when put into the balance with a Refusal
to gratify their Passions.

ABOUT Three weeks after this Exploit, there arrived a
solemn Embassy from Blefuscu, with humble Offers of a Peace ;
which was soon concluded upon Conditions very advantage-
ous to our Emperor, wherewith I shall not trouble the Reader.
There were Six Ambassadors, with a Train of about Five
hundred Persons, and their Entry was very magnificent, suitable
to the Grandeur of their Master, and the Importance of
their Business. When their Treaty was finished, wherein I
did them several good Offices by the Credit I now had, or at
least appeared to have at Court, their Excellencies, who were
privately told how much I had been their Friend, made me a
Visit in form. They began with many Compliments upon my
Valour and Generosity, invited me to that Kingdom in the
Emperor their Master's Name, and desired me to shew them
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heard so many Wonders; wherein I readily obliged them, but
shall not trouble the Reader with the Particulars.

WHEN I had for some time entertained their Excellencies
to their infinite Satisfaction and Surprize, I desired they


'A solemn Embassy.'

would do me the Honour to present my most humble respects
to the Emperor their Master, the Renown of whose Virtues
had so justly filled the whole World with Admiration, and whose
Royal Person I resolved to attend before I returned to my
own Countrey: Accordingly, the next time I had the honour
to see our Emperor, I desired his general Licence to wait on
the Blefuscudian Monarch, which he was pleased to grant me,
as I could plainly perceive, in a very cold manner; but could


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not guess the Reason, till I had a Whisper from a certain
person, that Flimnap and Boagolam had represented my
Intercourse with those Ambassadors as a mark of Disaffection,
from which I am sure my heart was wholly free. And this
was the first time I began to conceive some imperfect Idea of
Courts and Ministers.

IT is to be observed, that these Ambassadors spoke to me
by an Interpreter, the Languages of both Empires differing as
much from each other as any Two in Europe; and each
Nation priding itself upon the Antiquity, Beauty, and Energy
of their own Tongues, with an avowed Contempt for that of
their Neighbour; yet our Emperor, standing upon the ad-
vantage he had got by the seisure of their Fleet, obliged them
to deliver their Credentials, and make their Speech in the
Lillutiian Tongue. And it must be confessed, that from the
great Intercourse of Trade and Commerce between both
Realms, from the continual Reception of Exiles, which is
mutual among them, and from the Custom in each Empire to
send their young Nobility and richer Gentry to the other, in
order to polish themselves, by seeing the World, and under-
standing Men and Manners; there are few persons of
Distinction, or Merchants, or Seamen, who dwell in the
Maritime Parts, but what can hold conversation in both
Tongues; as I found some Weeks after, when I went to pay
my respects to the Emperor of Blefuscu, which in the midst
of great misfortunes, through the Malice of my enemies,
proved a very happy Adventure to me, as I shall relate in its
proper place.

THE Reader may remember, that when I signed those
Articles upon which I recovered my Liberty, there were some
which I disliked upon account of their being too servile, neither
could any thing but an extreme Necessity have forced me to
submit. But being now a Nardac, of the highest Rank in
that Empire, such Offices were looked upon as below my
dignity, and the Emperor (to do him justice) never once
mentioned them to me.


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Of the Inhabitants of Lilliput, their Learning, Laws and Customs, the
Manner of educating their Children. The Author's way of living in
that Countrey. His Vindication of a great Lady.

ALTHOUGH I intend to leave the Description of this Empire
to a particular Treatise, yet in the mean time I am content to
gratify the curious Reader with some general Ideas. As the
common size of the natives is somewhat under Six inches
high, so there is an exact Proportion in all other Animals, as
well as Plants and Trees: For instance, the tallest Horses
and Oxen are between Four and Five inches in height, the
Sheep an Inch and a half, more or less; their Geese about
the bigness of a Sparrow, and so the several Gradations
downwards, till you come to the smallest, which, to my sight,
were almost invisible; but Nature hath adapted the Eyes of
the Lilliputians to all Objects proper for their view: They see
with great exactness, but at no great distance. And to show
the sharpness of their sight towards Objects that are near, I
have been much pleased in observing a Cook pulling a Lark,
which was not so large as a common Fly; and a young Girl
threading an invisible Needle with invisible Silk. Their
tallest Trees are about Seven foot high; I mean some of
those in the great Royal Park, the Tops whereof I could but
just reach with my Fist clenched. The other Vegetables are
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I shall say but little at present of their Learning, which for
many Ages hath flourished in all its branches among them:
But their manner of writing is very peculiar, being neither
from the Left to the Right, like the Europeans; nor from the
Right to the Left, like the Arabians; nor from up to down,
like the Chinese; nor from down to up, like the Cascagians;
but aslant from one corner of the paper to the other, like
Ladies in England.

THEY bury their Dead with their Heads directly down-
wards, because they hold an opinion, that in Eleven thousand
moons they are all to rise again, in which period the Earth
(which they conceive to be flat) will turn upside down, and by
this means they shall, at their Resurrection, be found ready
standing on their feet. The Learned among them confess
the Absurdity of this Doctrine, but the Practice still continues,
in compliance to the Vulgar.

THERE are some Laws and Customs in this Empire very
peculiar, and if they were not so directly contrary to those of
my own dear Countrey, I should be tempted to say a little in
their justification. It is only to be wished, that they were as
well executed. The first I shall mention, relates to Informers.
All Crimes against the State are punished here with the
utmost severity; but if the Person accused maketh his
Innocence plainly to appear upon his Tryal, the Accuser is
immediately put to an ignominious Death; and out of his
Goods or Lands, the innocent Person is quadruply re-
compensed for the Loss of his Time, for the Danger he
underwent, for the Hardship of his Imprisonment, and for all
the Charges he hath been at in making his Defence. Or, if
that Fund be deficient, it is largely supplied by the Crown.
The Emperor does also confer on him some public Mark of
his Favour, and Proclamation is made of his Innocence
through the whole City.

THEY look upon Fraud as a greater Crime than Theft,
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alledge, that Care and Vigilance, with a very common Under-
standing, may preserve a man's Goods from Thieves, but
Honesty has no fence against superior Cunning: and since it
is necessary that there should be a perpetual Intercourse of
Buying and Selling, and dealing upon Credit, where Fraud is
permitted or connived at, or hath no Law to punish it, the
honest Dealer is always undone, and the Knave gets the
advantage. I remember when I was once interceding with
the King for a Criminal who had wronged his Master of a
great Sum of Money, which he had received by order, and
ran away with; and happening to tell his Majesty by way of
extenuation, that it was only a Breach of trust; the Emperor
thought it monstrous in me to offer, as a Defence, the
greatest Aggravation of the Crime: And truly I had little to
say in return, farther than the common Answer, that different
Nations had different Customs; for, I confess, I was heartily
ashamed.

ALTHOUGH we usually call Reward and Punishment the
Two Hinges upon which all Government turns, yet I could
never observe this Maxim to be put in practise by any Nation
except that of Lillzput. Whoever can there bring sufficient
proof that he hath strictly observed the Laws of his Country
for Seventy-three moons, hath a claim to certain Privileges,
according to his Quality and Condition of Life, with a
proportionable Sum of Money out of a Fund appropriated for
that use: He likewise acquires the Title of Snilpall, or Legal,
which is added to his Name, but does not descend to his
Posterity. And these people thought it a prodigious Defect
of Policy among us, when I told them that our Laws were
enforced only by Penalties without any mention of Reward.
It is upon this account that the Image of Justice, in their
Courts of Judicature; is formed with Six eyes, Two before, as
many behind, and on each side One, to signify Circumspection;
with a bag of Gold open in her Right hand, and a Sword
sheathed in her Left, to shew she is more disposed to Reward
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IN chusing Persons for all Employments, they have more
regard to good Morals than to great Abilities; for, since
Government is necessary to Mankind, they believe that the
common size of Human Understandings is fitted to some
Station or other, and that Providence never intended to make
the Management of public Affairs a Mystery, to be com-
prehended only by a few Persons of sublime Genius, of which
there seldome are Three born in an Age: But they suppose
Truth, Justice, Temperance, and the like, to be in every man's
power; the practice of which Virtues, assisted by Experience
and a good Intention, would qualify any Man for the Service
of his Countrey, except where a Course of Study is required.
But they thought the want of Moral Virtues was so far from
being supplied by superior Endowments of the mind, that
Employments could never be put into such dangerous hands
as those of Persons so qualified; and at least, that the
Mistakes committed by Ignorance in a virtuous Disposition,
would never be of such fatal consequence to the Publick
Weal, as the Practices of a Man whose Inclinations led him to
be Corrupt, and had great Abilities to manage, and multiply,
and defend his Corruptions.
IN like manner, the Disbelief of a Divine Providence
renders a Man uncapable of holding any Publick Station; for
since Kings avow themselves to be the Deputies of Providence,
the Lilliiutians think nothing can be more absurd, than for
a Prince to employ such men as disown the Authority under
which he acts.
IN relating these and the following Laws, I would only be
understood to mean the original Institutions, and not the
most scandalous Corruptions into which these People are
fallen by the degenerate nature of man. For as to that
:infamous Practice of acquiring great Employments by dancing
on the Ropes, or Badges of Favour and Distinction by
leaping over Sticks, and creeping under them; the Reader is
to observe, that they were first introduced by the Grandfather
of the Emperor now reigning, and grew to the present height,
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INGRATITUDE is among them a capital Crime, as we read
it to have been in some other Countries; for they reason thus,
That whoever makes ill Returns to his Benefactor, must needs
be a common Enemy to the rest of Mankind, from whom he
hath received no Obligation, and therefore such a Man is not
fit to live.

THEIR Notions relating to the Duties of Parents and
Children differ extremely from ours. For, since the Con-
junction of Male and Female is founded upon the great Law
of Nature, in order to propagate and continue the Species,
the Lillputians will needs have it, that Men and Women are
joined together like other Animals, by the Motives of Con-
cupiscence; and that their Tenderness towards their Young
proceeds from the like natural Principle: For which reason
they will never allow, that a Child is under any obligation to
his Father for begetting him, or his Mother for bringing him
into the World; which, considering the Miseries of human
Life, was neither a Benefit in itself, or intended so by his
Parents, whose Thoughts in their Love-Encounters were other-
wise employed. Upon these, and the like Reasonings, their
Opinion is, that Parents are the last of all others to be trusted
with the Education of their own Children: And therefore
they have in every town public Nurseries, where all Parents,
except Cottagers and Labourers, are obliged to send their
Infants of both Sexes to be reared and educated when they
come to the Age of Twenty moons, at which time, they
are supposed to have some Rudiments of Docility. These
Schools are of several kinds, suited to different Qualities, and
to both Sexes. They have certain Professors well skilled in
preparing Children for such a condition of life as befits the
Rank of their Parents, and their own Capacities as well as
Inclinations. I shall first say something of the Male Nurseries,
and then of the Female.

THE Nurseries for Males of noble or eminent Birth, are
provided with grave and learned Professors, and their several
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and simple. They are bred up in the principles of Honour,
Justice, Courage, Modesty, Clemency, Religion, and Love of
their Countrey; they are always employed in some Business,
except in the times of Eating and Sleeping, which are very
short; and Two hours for Diversions, consisting of bodily
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and then are obliged to dress themselves, although their
Quality be ever so great; and the Women Attendants, who
are aged proportionably to ours at Fifty, perform only the most
menial Offices. They are never suffered to converse with
Servants, but go together in small or greater numbers to take
their Diversions, and always in the presence of a Professor, or
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Impressions of Folly and Vice to which our Children are
subject. Their Parents are suffered to see them only twice a
year; the Visit is to last but an hour. They are allowed to
kiss the Child at meeting and parting; but a Professor, who
always stands by on those occasions, will not suffer them to
whisper, or use any fondling Expressions, or bring any Presents
of Toys, Sweet-meats, and the like.

THE Pension from each Family for the Education and
Entertainment of a Child, upon failure of due payment, is
levied by the Emperor's Officers.
THE Nurseries for Children of ordinary Gentlemen,
Merchants, Traders, and Handicrafts, are managed propor-
tionably after the same manner; only those designed for
Trades, are put out Apprentices at Eleven years old, whereas
those of Persons of Quality continue in their Nurseries till
Fifteen, which answers to One and twenty with us : But the
Confinement is gradually lessened for the last Three years.

IN the Female Nurseries, the young Girls of Quality are
educated much like the Males, only they are dressed by
orderly Servants of their own Sex, but always in the presence
of a Professor or Deputy, till they come to dress themselves,
which is at Five years old. And if it be found that these
Nurses ever presume to entertain the Girls with frightful or
foolish Stories, or the common Follies practised by Chamber-
maids among us, they are publicly whipped thrice about the
City, imprisoned for a Year, and banished for life to the most
desolate part of the country. Thus the young Ladies there
are as much ashamed of being Cowards and Fools, as the
Men, and despise all personal Ornaments beyond Decency
and Cleanliness: Neither did I perceive any Difference in
their Education, made by their Difference of Sex, only that
the Exercises of their Females were not altogether so robust,
and that some Rules were given them relating to domestic
Life, and a smaller compass of Learning was enjoined them :
For the Maxim is, that among People of Quality, a Wife
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because she cannot always be young. When the Girls are
Twelve years old, which among them is the marriageable Age,
their Parents or Guardians take them home, with great ex-
pressions of Gratitude to the Professors, and seldom without
Tears of the young Lady and her Companions.

IN the Nurseries of Females of the meaner sort, the
Children are instructed in all kinds of Works proper for their
Sex, and their several degrees : Those intended for Apprentices
are dismissed at Nine years old, the rest are kept to Thirteen.

THE meaner Families who have children at these nurseries,
are obliged, besides their annual Pension, which is as low-as
possible, to return to the Steward of the Nursery a small
monthly share of their Gettings, to be a Portion for the child;
-and therefore all Parents are limited in their Expences by the
I,aw. For the Lilliputians think nothing can be more unjust,
than for people, in subservience to their own Appetites, to
bring Children into the World, and leave the Burthen of
supporting them on the Publick. As to Persons of quality,
they give Security to appropriate a certain Sum for each Child,
suitable to their Condition; and these Funds are always
managed with good Husbandry, and the most exact Justice.

THE Cottagers and Labourers keep their children at home,
their Business being only to till and cultivate the Earth, and
therefore their Education is of little consequence to the
Public; but the Old and Diseased among them are sup-
ported by Hospitals: For Begging is a Trade unknown in this
Kingdom.

AND here it may perhaps divert the curious Reader, to
give some account of my Domesticks, and my manner of living
in this Countrey, during a Residence of Nine months and
Thirteen days. Having a Head mechanically turned, and
being likewise forced by necessity, I had made for myself a
Table and Chair convenient enough, out of the largest Trees
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played to make me Shirts, and Linen for my Bed and Table,
all of the strongest and coarsest kind they could get; which,
however, they were forced to quilt together in several Folds, for
the thickest was some degrees finer than Lawn. Their Linen
is usually Three inches wide, and Three foot make a Piece.
The Sempstresses took my measure as I lay on the ground,
one standing at my Neck, and another at my Mid-leg, with a
strong Cord extended, that each held by the end, while the
third measured the length of the Cord with a Rule of an Inch
long. Then they measured my Right thumb, and desired no
more; for by a mathematical computation, that twice round the
Thumb is once round the Wrist, and so on to the Neck and
the Waist, and by the help of my old Shirt, which I displayed
on the ground before them for a Pattern, they fitted me
exactly. Three hundred Taylors were employed in the same
manner to make me Clothes; but they had another Contriv-
ance for taking my measure. I kneeled down, and they
raised a Ladder from the Ground to my Neck; upon this
Ladder one of them mounted, and let fall a Plumline from
my Collar to the Floor, which just answered the length of my
Coat; but my Waist and Arms I measured myself. When
my Clothes were finished, which was done in my house (for the
largest of theirs would not be able to hold them) they looked
like the Patchwork made by the Ladies in England, only that
mine were all of a Colour.

I had Three hundred Cooks to dress my Victuals, in little
convenient Huts built about my house, where they and their
Families lived, and prepared me Two dishes a-piece. I took
up Twenty Waiters in my Hand, and placed them on the
Table, an Hundred more attended below on the Ground,
some with Dishes of Meat, and some with Barrels of
Wine, and other Liquors, slung on their Shoulders; all which
the Waiters above drew up as I wanted, in a very ingenious
manner, by certain Cords, as we draw the Bucket up a Well
in Europe. A Dish of their Meat was a good Mouthful, and
a Barrel of their Liquor a reasonable Draught. Their Mutton
yields to ours, but their Beef is excellent. I have had a


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62 A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT PART I

Sirloin so large, that I have been forced to make Three bits
of it; but this is rare. My Servants were astonished to see


'Let fall a Plumlinc.'
Cogyright 1894 by MJacmillan & Co.

me eat it Bones and all, as in our Countrey we do the Leg of a
Lark. Their Geese and Turkeys I usually eat at a Mouthful, and






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I must confess they far exceed ours. Of their smaller Fowl
I could take up Twenty or Thirty at the end of my Knife.

ONE day his Imperial Majesty being informed of my way
of living, desired that himself and his Royal Consort, with the


I eat wmore than usuaL.'
Copyright 1894 by lMancillani & Co.
young Princes of the Blood of both Sexes, might have the
Happiness (as he was pleased to call it) of dining with me.
They came accordingly, and I placed 'em upon Chairs of
State on my Table, just over-against me, with their Guards
about them. Flimnap the Lord High Treasurer attended


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64 A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT PART I
there likewise, with his White Staff; and I observed he often
looked on me with a sour Countenance, which I would not
seem to regard, but eat more than usual, in honour to my dear
Country, as well as to fill the Court with admiration. I have
some private Reasons to believe, that this Visit from his
Majesty gave Flimnap an opportunity of doing me ill Offices
to his Master. That Minister had always been my secret
Enemy, though he outwardly caressed me more than was usual
to the Moroseness of his Nature. He represented to the
Emperor the low Condition of his Treasury; that he was
forced to take up Money at great Discount; that Exchequer
Bills would not circulate under Nine per Cent. below Par; that
in short I had cost his Majesty above a Million and a half
of Sprugs (their greatest Gold Coin, about the bigness of a
Spangle ;) and upon the whole, that it would be adviseable in
the Emperor to take the first fair occasion of dismissing me.

I am here obliged to vindicate the Reputation of an
excellent Lady, who was an innocent Sufferer upon my
account. The Treasurer took a fancy to be jealous of his
Wife, from the Malice of some evil tongues, who informed
him that her Grace had taken a violent Affection for my
Person, and the Court-Scandal ran for some time, that she
once came privately to my Lodging. This I solemnly declare
to be a most infamous Falshood, without any grounds,
farther than that her Grace was pleased to treat me with all
innocent marks of Freedom and Friendship. I own she came
often to my house, but always publicly, nor ever without
Three more in the Coach, who were usually her Sister and
young Daughter, and some particular Acquaintance; but this
was common to many other Ladies of the Court. And I still
appeal to my Servants round, whether they at any time saw a
Coach at my door without knowing what Persons were in it.
On those occasions, when a Servant had given me notice, my
Custom was to go immediately to the door; and after paying
my respects, to take up the Coach and Two horses very care-
fully in my hands (for if there were Six horses, the Postillion
always unharnessed Four) and place them on a Table, where





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I had fixed a moveable Rim quite round, of Five inches high, to
prevent Accidents. And I have often had Four Coaches and
horses at once on my Table full of Company, while I sate in
my Chair leaning my Face towards them; and when I was
engaged with one Sett, the Coachman would gently drive the
others round my table. I have passed many an afternoon
very agreeably in these Conversations. But I defy the
Treasurer, or his Two Informers (I will name them, and let
'em make their best of it) Clustril and Drunlo, to prove that
any Person ever came to me incognito, except the Secretary
Reldresal, who was sent by express Command of his Imperial
Majesty, as I have before related. I should not have dwelt
so long upon this Particular, if it had not been a Point wherein
the Reputation of a great Lady is so nearly concerned, to say
nothing of my own; though I had then the Honour to be a
Nardac, which the Treasurer himself is not; for all the World
knows he is only a C('..:-.',", '., a Title inferiour by one degree,
as that of a Marquiss is to a Duke in England, although I
allow he preceded me in right of his Post. These false
Informations, which I afterwards came to the knowledge of,
by an accident not proper to mention, made Flimnap the
Treasurer shew his Lady for some time an ill countenance,
and me a worse; and although he was at last undeceived and
reconciled to her, yet I lost all credit with him, and found my
Interest decline very fast with the. Emperor- himself, who was
indeed too much governed by that Favourite.


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CHAP. VII


The Author being informed of a Design to accuse him of High-Treason,
makes his Escape to Blefuscu. His Reception there.

BEFORE I proceed to give an account of my leaving this
Kingdom, it may be proper to inform the Reader of a private
Intrigue which had been for Two months forming against
me.

I had been hitherto all my life a stranger to Courts, for
which I was unqualified by the Meanness of my condition.
I had indeed heard and read enough of the Dispositions of
great Princes and Ministers; but never expected to have
found such terrible effects of them in so remote a Countrey,
governed, as I thought, by very different Maxims from those
in Europe.

WHEN I was just preparing to pay my attendance on the
Emperor of Blefuscu, a considerable Person at Court (to
whom I had been very serviceable at a time when he lay
under the highest displeasure of his Imperial Majesty) came
to my House very privately at night in a close Chair, and
without sending his Name, desired admittance: The Chair-
men were dismissed; I put the Chair, with his Lordship in
it, into my Coat-pocket; and giving orders to a trusty Servant
to say I was indisposed and gone to sleep, I fastened the
Door of my house, placed the Chair on the Table, accord-
ing to my usual custom, and sate down by it. After the




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