The Three Crosses





Swift in his journeys on foot from Dublin to London, was accustomed to

stop for refreshments or rest at the neat little ale-houses at the

road's side. One of these, between Dunchurch and Daventry, was formerly

distinguished by the sign of the Three Crosses, in reference to the

three intersecting ways which fixed the site of the house. At this the

Dean called for his breakfast, but the landlady, being engaged with

accommodating her more constant customers, some wagoners, and staying to

settle an altercation which unexpectedly arose, keeping him waiting, and

inattentive to his repeated exclamations, he took from his pocket a

diamond, and wrote on every pane of glass in her best room:--





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