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The Author giveth fome Account of himself and Family; His firft Inducements to travel. He is Shipwrecked, and fwims for his Life; gets fafe on Shoar in the Country of Lilliput; is made a Prifoner, and carried up the Country.

Y Father had a small Estate in Nottinghamshire; I was the Third of five Sons. He fent me to Emanuel-Col


lege in Cambridge, at fourteen Years Gold, where I refided three Years, and applied my felf clofe to my Studies: But the Charge of maintaining me (although I had a very




fcanty Allowance) being too great for a narrow Fortune; I was bound Apprentice to Mr. James Bates, an eminent Surgeon in London, with whom I continued four Years; and my Father now and then fending me fmall Sums 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 Affistance of him and my Uncle John, and fome other Relations, I got forty Pounds, and a Promife of thirty Pounds a Year to maintain me at Leyden: There I ftudied Phyfick two Years and feven Months, knowing it would be useful in long Voyages.

SOON after my Return from Leyden, I was recommended by my good Mafter 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 fome other Parts. When I came back, I refolved to fettle in London, to which Mr. Bates, my Master, encouraged me; and by him I was recommended to feveral Patients. I took Part of a fmall House in the Old-Jury; and being advised to alter my Condition, I married Mrs. Mary Burton, fecond Daughter to Mr. Edmond Burton, Hofier, in Newgate-street, with whom I received four hun

dred Pounds for a Portion.

BUT, my good Mafter Bates dying in two Years after, and I having few Friends, my Business began to fail; for my Confcience would not fuffer me to imitate the bad Practice of too many among my Brethren. Having therefore confulted with my Wife, and fome of my Acquaintance, I determined


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