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MEMOIRS

OF

Capt. JOHN CREICHTON.

From his own MATERIALS.

Drawn up and digested by

Dr. J. SWIFT, D. S. P. D.

First Printed in the Year 1731.

A D V E R T I SEM E N T.

WHEN Dr. Swift was at Sir Ar

thur Acheson's at Markethill in the county of Armagh, an old gentleman was recommended to him, as being a remarkable cavalier in the reigns of Charles II. James II. and William III. who had behaved with great loyalty and bravery in Scotland during the troubles of those reigns, but was neglečted by the government, although he deserved great rewards from it. As he was reduced in his circumstances, Dr. Swift made him a handsome prefent; but said at the same time, Sir, this trifle cannot support you long, and

your friends may grow tired of you; « therefore I would have you contrive fome honest means of getting a sum of money

fufficient to put you into a way of life of
supporting yourself with independency in

old
age.

To which captain Creichton (for that was the gentleman's name) answered, I have tired all my friends, and cannot expect any such ex

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traordinary favours." Then Dr. Swift replied, Sir, I have heard much of your " adventures; that they are fress in your

you can tell them with great humour; and that

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have taken memorandums of them in writing.To which the captain said, I bave; but no " one can understand them but myself.Then Dr. Swift rejoined, ". Sir, get your manuscripts, read them to me, and tell

me none but genuine stories, and then I « will place them in order for you, prepare them for the press, and endeavour to get

you a subscription among my friends, as you may do among your own. tain soon after, waited on the dean with bis papers, and related many adventures to bim; which the dean was so kind as to put in order of time, to correčt the style, and make a small book of, entitled, The MEMOIRS OF CAPTAIN JOHN CREICHTON. A subscription was immediately set on fooi, by the dean's interest and recommendation, which raised for the captain above two hundred pounds, and made the remaining part of his life very happy and easy.

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He author of these memoirs, capt,

John Creichton, is still alive, and resides in the northern part of this kingdom. He is a very honest and worthy man; but of the old stamp; and, it is probable, that some of his principles will not relish very well in the present disposition of the world. His memoirs are therefore to be received like a posthumous work, and as containing facts, which very few alive, except himself, can remember: Upon which account, none of his generous subscribers are, in the least, answerable for many opinions, relating to the publick, both in church and state, which he seems to justify, and in the vindication of which, to the hazard of his life, and the loss of his fortune, he spent the most useful part of his days. Principles, as the world goes, are little more than fashion.; and the apostle tells us, that the fashion of this world passeth away.

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