In his account of the mission, where his veracity
is most to be suspected, he neither exaggerates overmuch the merits of the Jesuits, if we consider the partial regard paid by the Portuguese to their countrymen, by the Jesuits to their society, and by the Papists to their church, nor aggravates the vices of the Abyssins; but if the reader will not be satisfied with a Popish account of a Popish mission, he may have recourse to the history of the church of Abyssinia, written by Dr.
Bingley's regard; and yet, it was not in her nature to question the veracity
of a young man of such amiable appearance as Wickham.
Certainly the ablest men that ever were, have had all an openness, and frankness, of dealing; and a name of certainty and veracity
; but then they were like horses well managed; for they could tell passing well, when to stop or turn; and at such times, when they thought the case indeed required dissimulation, if then they used it, it came to pass that the former opinion, spread abroad, of their good faith and clearness of dealing, made them almost invisible.
As public interest was in question, and transatlantic communications suffered, their veracity
could not be doubted.
As for Jones, he was well satisfied with the truth of what the other had asserted, and believed that Partridge had no other inducements but love to him, and zeal for the cause; a blameable want of caution and diffidence in the veracity
of others, in which he was highly worthy of censure.
As a matter of fact, knights errant were NOT persons to be believed -- that is, measured by modern standards of veracity
; yet, measured by the standards of their own time, and scaled accordingly, you got the truth.
"That lie," Orlando once said to me long after, "was the truest thing I ever said in my life,"--a remark which may not give the reader a very exalted idea of his general veracity
This gentleman treated me with kindness, and desired I would let him know what place I came from last, and whither I was bound; which I did in a few words, but he thought I was raving, and that the dangers I underwent had disturbed my head; whereupon I took my black cattle and sheep out of my pocket, which, after great astonishment, clearly convinced him of my veracity
. I then showed him the gold given me by the emperor of Blefuscu, together with his majesty's picture at full length, and some other rarities of that country.
If any doubt the accuracy of this assertion, as inferring more conscientious self-denial or Scipio-like self-control than they feel disposed to give me credit for, let them take into consideration the following circumstances, which, while detracting from my merit, justify my veracity
When he makes a joke, it is looked upon as a pretended relation of fact and his want of veracity
The peddler had certainly spoken the truth when he declared that the dye wouldn't wash off, however his veracity
might be impeached in other respects.
Here are three instances, then, which I personally know the truth of; but I have heard of many other instances from persons whose veracity
in the matter there is no good ground to impeach.