Abbreviated title
Some reasons to prove, that no person is obliged by his principles, as a Whig, to oppose Her Majesty or her present ministry. In a letter to a Whig-lord
JSA Identification Number
7_4_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
578
ESTC Number
T49355
Copy and its Location
CUL , Williams 357
Publisher and Printer
Some reasons to prove, that no person is obliged by his principles, as a Whig, to oppose Her Majesty or her present ministry. In a letter to a Whig-lord, Vol. , pp .
London, Morphew, John, 1712.

Commentary

This threepenny pamphlet was published on 31 May 1712. Unusually, it has an errata notice. It is a professional piece of printing, with a clever use of black letter on the title page for ‘In a Letter to a Whig-Lord’, drawing attention to the daring and oddity of the conception. Italic is used for emphasis, with the usual capitals for nouns. Like other Swift pieces of this period, this was probably financed and printed by John Barber, and published by John Morphew.

References: Jonathan Swift, English Political Writings, 1711-1714, ed. Bertrand A. Goldgar and Ian Gadd (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. 410-14 (411-12); The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. vi, pp. 121-36, 210; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. ii, pp. 563-5; Charles A. Rivington, ‘Tyrant’: The Story of John Barber (York: William Sessions, 1989); Michael Treadwell, ‘Swift’s Relations with the London Book Trade to 1714’, in Author/Publisher Relations during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris (Oxford: Oxford Polytechnic Press, 1983), pp. 1-36; Michael Treadwell, ‘London Trade Publishers, 1675-1750’, Library, 6th ser. 4 (1982), 99-134.