The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. - Volume 07 eBook

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(3) Mr. Maxwell’s Second Letter to Mr. Rowley, wherein the
objections against the Bank are answered.  Dublin, 1721.

(4) An answer to Mr. Maxwell’s Second Letter to Mr. Rowley,
concerning the Bank.  By Hercules Rowley, Esq.  Dublin, 1721.

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Sir Walter Scott, in his edition of Swift’s works, reprints these
pamphlets.  The text of the present edition of “The Swearer’s Bank”
is based on that published in London in 1720.

[T.  S.]




Parliamentary Security


Establishing a new BANK




The Medicinal Use of OATHS is considered.


The Best in Christendom.  A TALE.)

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Written by Dean SWIFT.

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Si Populus vult decipi decipiatur.

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To which is prefixed,

An ESSAY upon English BUBBLES.


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Printed by THOMAS HUME, next Door to the Walsh’s-Head in Smock-Alley. 1720.  Reprinted at London by J. ROBERTS in Warwick-Lane.


“To believe everything that is said by a certain set of men, and to doubt of nothing they relate, though ever so improbable,” is a maxim that has contributed as much for the time, to the support of Irish banks, as it ever did to the Popish religion; and they are not only beholden to the latter for their foundation, but they have the happiness to have the same patron saint:  For Ignorance, the reputed mother of the devotion of the one, seems to bear the same affectionate relation to the credit of the other.

To subscribe to banks, without knowing the scheme or design of them, is not unlike to some gentlemen’s signing addresses without knowing the contents of them:  To engage in a bank that has neither act of parliament, charter, nor lands to support it, is like sending a ship to sea without bottom; to expect a coach and six by the former, would be as ridiculous as to hope a return by the latter.

It was well known some time ago, that our banks would be included in the bubble-bill; and it was believed those chimeras would necessarily vanish with the first easterly wind that should inform the town of the royal assent.

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