55. Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745. (sometimes attrib.)

Human ordure botanically considered : the first essay of the kind, ever published in the world / by Dr. S-----t. (London : printed at Dublin and reprinted at London for F. Coggan …, 1733)

55. Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745. (sometimes attrib.) Human ordure botanically considered

This may not be by Swift. The convenience of being able to attribute a pamphlet on such a subject to a "Dr. S---t" would doubtless have seemed a good joke to many a Grub Street hack. Its general tone is crude humour, but it includes some interesting horticultural observations such as this,

‘Tis certainly a common Custom in England of eminent Gardeners who propose to propagate choice stone fruit, to give a quantity of them to Children to eat, provided they promise to swallow the stones, and they constantly watch them till they go to Stool, to pick them out; and this they aver to be the most natural and nicest preparation, before they inter them; for they never fail, being treated in this manner, top come to the greatest perfection (p. 9-10)

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