Strand, Dec. 11, 1756
To the Reader.
The following letter came to my hands on Friday. I hope the
author will excuse my printing it, as it will be impossible for
me to read it to every person who has made, or shall make,
objections to his performance.
I am the Reader's
Most obedient servant,
R-----, Dec. 8, 1756.10
To Mr. VAILLANT.
I thank you for your letter and the criticisms, which, by some
mistake, I did not receive till this morning. I am surprised that
you should seem uneasy at the objections which are made to
Lilliput; for, be assured, if it is worth carping at, it will be
worth buying; and then it will at least answer your end. How-
ever, since the critics, as you call 'em, will nibble at my dra-
matic morsel, I shall, like my Brother Bayes, throw a crust
among 'em, that will rub their gums a little, I'll warrant ye.20 They are angry, you say, that I make Fripperel talk of firing
a broadside, when it may be seen in Gulliver's Travels, that
the people of Lilliput had not the use of gunpowder. In an-
swer to which, I shall quote a passage from a Lilhputian manu-
script, which was brought over by Gulliver, and shown to
me by the gentleman to whom he left all his curiosities. The