Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

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Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

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THE AUTHOR GIVES SOME ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF AND FAMILY--HIS FIRST INDUCEMENTS TO TRAVEL--HE IS SHIPWRECKED, AND SWIMS FOR HIS LIFE--GETS SAFE ON SHORE IN THE COUNTRY OF LILLIPUT--IS MADE A PRISONER, AND CARRIED UP THE COUNTRY.

My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire; I was the third of five sons. He sent me to Emanuel College in Cambridge, at fourteen years old, where I resided three years, and applied myself close to my studies; but the charge of maintaining me, although I had a very scanty 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 sending me small sums of money, I laid them out in learning navigation, and other parts of the mathematics, 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 assistance of him and my uncle John, and some other relations, I got forty pounds, and a promise of thirty pounds a year to maintain me at Leyden; there I studied physic two years and seven months, knowing it would be useful in long voyages.

Soon after my return from Leyden, I was recommended by my good master, Mr. Bates, to be surgeon to the Swallow, Captain Abraham Pannell, commander; With whom I continued three years and a half, making . . .

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