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The author leaves Lagado, arrives at Maldonada. We ship ready. He takes a short voyage to Glubaubdrib. His reception by the governour *.
* Gulliver seems to have finished his voyage to Laputa in a careless hurrying manner; which makes me almost think. that sometimes he was tired with his work, and attempted to run through it as fast as he could, otherwise why was the curtain dropt so soon, or why v were we deprived of so noble a scene as might have been discovered in the island of Glubdubdrib, where the governour, by his skill in necromancy, had the power of calling whom he pleased from the dead. I have not time by this post to write to you my thoughts upon a subjećt, which I confess awakened, but by no means satisfied my curios, y, I lamented to find so many illustrious ghosts vanish so quickly and so abruptly from my fight, many of whom were of the brightest charaćters in history. In my next letter I shall endeavour to detain them a little longer in Leicester fields, than Swift suffered them to stay in the island of Sorcerers. Oirery.
our duty to the governor, as he was pleased to command us. After this manner we continued in the island for ten days, most part of every day with the governor, and at night in our lodging. I soon grew so familiarised to the fight of spirits, that after the third or fourth time they gave me no emotion at all : or if I had any apprehensions left, my curiosity prevailed over them. For his highness the governor ordered me to call up whatever persons I would chuse to name, and in whatever numbers, among all the dead, from the beginning of the world to the present time, and command them to answer any questions I should think fit to ask ; with this condition, that my questions must be confined within the compass of the times they lived in. And one thing J might depend upon, that they would certainly tell me truth, for lying was a talent of no use in the lower world. I made my humble acknowledgments to his highness for so great a favour *. We were in a chamber, from whence there was a fair prospect in the park. And, because my first inclination was to be entertained with scenes of pomp and magnificence, I defired to see Alexander the Great at the head of his army, just after the battle of Arbela, which, upon a motion of the governor's finger, immediately appeared in a large field under the window, where we stood. Alexander was called up into the room ; it was with great difficulty that I understood his Greek, and
* I believe it would be impossible to find out the design of Dr. Swift, in summoning, up a parcel of apparitions, that, from their behaviour, or from any thing they say, are almost of as little consequence as the ghosis in Gay's farce of the What de' ye call it. Perhaps Swift's general design might be to arraign.the condućt of eminent persons after their death, and to convey their names and images to posterity depived of those false colours in which they formerly appeared. If these were his intentions, he has missed his aim ; or at least has been so far carried away by his disposition to raillery, that the moral which ought to arise from such a fable is buried in
obscurity, Orrery. had