Abbreviated title
The last farewell of Ebenezor Elliston to this transitory world
JSA Identification Number
4_17_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
n/a
ESTC Number
T192946
Copy and its Location
?TCD, ?Press A 7.2 no. 28
Publisher and Printer
The last farewell of Ebenezor Elliston to this transitory world, Vol. , pp .
Dublin, Sadleir, Elizabeth Harding, John, [1720?].

Commentary

This broadside, printed by John Harding, parallels the original printing of Swift’s The Last Speech an d Dying Words of Ebenezor Ellis on; it isn’t by Swift. Elliston was executed on 2 May 1722. The name in Swift’s broadside is ‘Ellison’.

John Harding had worked as a press corrector for Edward Waters, and was a printer on his own account from 1718 until his death in 1725. He was the printer of two journals, the Post Boy and the Dublin (or Weekly) Impartial, and there were rumours he was in trouble for printing news of the Pretender. He seems to have first been employed by Swift in the protests over the Bank of Ireland in November 1721. He was prosecuted for printing false information about the gold coin on 17 May 1723, and was imprisoned for it. He became Swift’s printer for the Drapier’s Letters in the controversy over Wood’s brass coinage between February and December 1724. After the fourth letter, £300 was offered for discovery of the author, and Harding was taken into custody. Mary Pollard has found no evidence of a prosecution. He died on 19 April 1725. It has been said he died in prison, but the evidence is unclear.

Elizabeth Sadleir was a printer and typefounder, but she sometime played the role of undertaker for an edition. Mary Pollard wonders whether she might have been the mother of Sarah, John Harding’s wife.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. ix, pp. 365-7, 371, 379; Mary Pollard, A Dictionary of Members of the Dublin Book Trade 1550-1800 (London: The Bibliographical Society, 2000); Mary Pollard, ‘Who’s for Prison? Publishing Swift in Dublin’, Swift Studies, 14 (1999), 37-49; James Woolley, ‘Poor John Harding and Mad Tom: “Harding’s Resurrection”’, in That Woman! Studies in Irish Bibliography for Mary ‘Paul’ Pollard, ed. Charles Benson and Siobhàn Fitzpatrick (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2005), pp. 102-21.