THE ANSWER OF THE Right Honourable W———M P———Y, Esq; TO THE Right Honourable Sir R———T W———E * Written by Dr. Swift.

SIR, Oct. 15, 1739.

I shall therefore only remark upon this particular, that the frauds and corruptions in most other arts and sciences, as law, physick (I shall proceed no further) are usually much more plausibly defended than in that of politicks; whether it be, that by a kind of fatality the vindication of a corrupt minister is always left to the management of the meanest and most prostitute writers; or whether it be, that the effects of a wicked or unskillful administration are more publick, visible, pernicious and universal. Where as the mistakes in other sciences are often matters that affect only speculation; or at worst, the bad consequences fall upon few and private persons. A nation is quickly sensible of the miseries it feels, and little comforted by knowing what account it turns to by the wealth, the power, the honours conferred on those who sit at the helm, or the salaries paid to their pen-men; while the body of the people is sunk into poverty and despair. A French-