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of them came up almoft to my Face, whereupon I rofe in a Fright, and drew out my Hanger to defend myself. Thefe horrible Animals had the Boldness to attack me on both Sides, and one of them held his Fore-feet at my Collar; but I had the good Fortune to rip up his Belly, before he could do me any Mischief. He fell down at my Feet, and the other, seeing the Fate of his Comrade, made his Efcape, but not without one good Wound on the Back, which I gave him as he fled, and made the Blood run trickling from him. After this Exploit, I walked gently to and fro on the Bed, to recover my Breath, and Lofs of Spirits. Thefe Creatures were of the Size of a large Maftiff, but infinitely more nimble and fierce, fo that, if I had taken off my Belt before I went to fleep, I must have infallibly been torn to Pieces and devoured. I measured the Tail of the dead Rat, and found it to be two Yards long, wanting an Inch; but it went against my Stomach to drag the Carcafs off the Bed, where it lay ftill bleeding; I obferved it had yet fome Life, but, with a trong Slash cross the Neck, I thoroughly dif patched it.

Soon after, my Miftrefs came into the Room, who, feeing me all bloody, ran and took me up in her Hand. I pointed to the dead Rat, fmiling, and making other Signs, to fhew I was not hurt, whereat she was extremely rejoiced, calling the Maid to take up the dead Rat with a Pair of Tongs, and throw it out of the Window. Then fhe fet me on a Table, where I fhewed her my Hanger all bloody, and, wiping it on the Lappet of my Coat, returned it to the Scabbard. I was prefied to do more than one Thing, which another could not do for me, and therefore endeavoured to make

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my Mistress understand that I defired to be set down on the Floor; which after she had done, my Bashfulness would not fuffer me to express myself farther, than by pointing to the Door, and bowing feveral Times. The good Woman, with much Difficulty, at laft perceived what I would be at, and, taking me up again in her Hand, walked into the Garden, where she fet me down. I went on one side, about two hundred Yards, and, beckoning to her not to look or to follow me, I hid myself between Leaves of Sorrel, and there discharged the Neceffities of Nature.

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I hope the gentle Reader will excuse me for dwelling on these and the like Particulars, which, however infignificant they may appear to grovelling vulgar Minds, yet will certainly help a Philofopher to enlarge his Thoughts and Imagination, and to apply them to a Benefit of public as well as private Life, which was my fole Defign in prefenting this and other Accounts of my Travels to the World; wherein I have been chiefly ftudious of Truth, without affecting any Ornaments of Learning or of Style. But the whole Scene of this Voyage made fo ftrong an Impreffion on my Mind, and is fo deeply fixed in my Memory, that, in committing it to Paper, I did not omit one material Circumitance: However, upon a ftrict Review, I blotted out feveral Paffages of lefs Moment which were in my firft Copy, for fear of being cenfured as tedious and trifling, whereof Travellers are often, perhaps not without Juftice, accufed.

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A Defcription of the Farmer's Daughter. The Author carried to a Market-Town, and then to the Metropolis. The Particulars of his Journey.

Y Miftrefs had a Daughter of nine Years

Mold, a Child of towardly Parts for her Age,

very dexterous at her Needle, and skilful in dreffing her Baby. Her Mother and the contrived to fit up the Baby's Cradle for me against Night: The Cradle was put into a fmall Drawer placed. upon a Hanging fhelf, for Fear of the Rats. This was my Bed all the Time I ftayed with thofe People, tho' made more convenient by Degrees, as I began to learn their Language, and make my Wants known. This young Girl was fo handy,, that, after I had once or twice pulled off my Cloaths before her, fhe was able to drefs and undrefs me, though I never gave her that Trouble, when he would let me do either myfelf. She made me feven Shirts, and fome other Linnen, of as fine Cloth as could be got, which, indeed, was coarfer than Sackcloth; and thefe fhe conftantly washed for me with her own Hands. She was likewife my School-miftrefs to teach me the Language: When I pointed to any Thing, fhe told me the Name of it in her own Tongue, fo that, in few Days, I was able to call for whatever I had a Mind to. She was very good-natured, and not above forty Feet high, being little for her Age. She gave me the Name of Grildrig, which the Family took up, and afterwards the whole Kingdom. The Word imports, what the Latins call Nanun

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Nanunculus, the Italians Homunceletino, and the English Mannikin! To her I chiefly owe my Prefervation in that Country: We never parted while I was there, I called her my Glumdalclitch, or little Nurfe: And fhould be guilty of great Ingratitude, if I omitted this honourable Mention of her Care and Affection towards me, which I heartily with it lay in my Power to requite as the deferves, instead of being the innocent, but unhappy Inftrument of her Difgrace, as I have too much Reafon to fear.

It now began to be known and talked of in the Neighbourhood, that my Mafter had found a ftrange Animal in the Field, about the Bignefs of a Splacknuck, but exactly fhaped in every Part like a human Creature; which it likewife imitated in all its Actions; feemed to fpeak in a little Language of its own, had already learned feveral Words of theirs, went erect upon two Legs, was tame and gentle, would come when it was called, do whatever he was bid, had the finest Limbs in the World, and a Complexion fairer than a Nobleman's Daughter of three Years old. Another Farmer, who lived hard by, and was a particular Friend of my Mafter, came on a Vifit on Purpose to enquire into the Truth of this Story. I was immediately produced, and placed upon a Table, where I walk ed as I was commanded, drew my Hanger, put it up again, made my Reverence to my Mafter's Guelt, asked him in his own Language how he did, and told him he was welcome, just as my little Nurfe had inftructed me. This Man, who was old and dim-fighted, put on his Spectacles to behold me better, at which I could not forbear laughing very heartily, for his Eyes appeared like the Full-Moon fhining into a Chamber at two Windows.

Windows. Our People, who discovered the Caufe of my Mirth, bore me Company in laughing, at which the Old Fellow was Fool enough to be angry and out of Countenance. He had the Character of a great Mifer, and, to my Misfortune, he well deferved it, by the curfed Advice he gave my Mafter to fhew me as a Sight upon a Market-Day in the next Town, which was half an Hour's Riding, about two and twenty Miles from our Houfe. I gueffed there was fome Mifchief contriving, when I obferved my Master and his Friend whispering long together, fometimes pointing at me; and my Fears made me fancy that I overheard and understood fome of their Words. But, the next Morning, Glumdalclitch, my little Nurfe, told me the whole Matter, which she had cunningly picked out from her Mother. The poor Girl laid me on her Bofom, and fell a weeping with Shame and Grief. She apprehended fome Mischief would happen to me from rude vulgar Folks, who might squeefe me to Death, or break one of my Limbs, by taking me in their Hands. She had alfo obferved how modeft I was in my Nature, how nicely I regarded my Honour, and what an Indignity I fhould conceive it to be expofed for Money as a public Spectacle to the meaneft of the People. She faid, her Papa and Mamma had promised that Grildrig fhould be hers, but now the found they meant to ferve her as they did laft Year, when they pretended to give her a Lamb, and yet, as foon as it was fat, fold it to a Butcher. For my own Part, I may truly affirm, that I was lefs concerned than my Nurfe. I had a strong Hope, which never left me, that I fhould one Day recover my Liberty; and as to the Ignominy of being carried about for H 2

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