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deviations from it.—Printing, in a free country, is surely a lawful trade; and when a man opens a shop, he must of course fill it with such wares as are saleable.—He is not to set the fashions, but to maintain his family by following them. The road therefore was plain before me. The discovery of new lands had often been made the vehicle of romance or satire—witness the voyages of Panurge, Gulliver, and Sinbad the Sailor; nor would the resort to such a fiction have been plagiary when the objects were so different, as mine will be found to be.—The foreign voyage or travel is in these cases only as the bolus, in which a medicine for the mind is to be administered; and an author could no more be considered even as an imitator by resorting to a romance, though so familiar, than Dr. James's patent could have been set aside for the invention of his celebrated powders, if his specification had directed them to be swallowed in the common wafers of the shop: what possible motive, then, could I have had for imposing upon the public an invention as a reality,since