Abbreviated title
A letter from a lady in town to her friend in the country
JSA Identification Number
9_4_7
Teerink/Scouten Number
910
ESTC Number
T180961
Copy and its Location
NLI, LO.Swift.203(4)
Publisher and Printer
A letter from a lady in town to her friend in the country, concerning the bank. Or, the list of the subscribers farther explain’d, Vol. , pp .
Dublin, Harding, John, 1721.

Commentary

This is a half-sheet publication from the shop of Swift’s printer John Harding. It is doubtfully Swift’s, but Ehrenpreis thinks it is probably by him.

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 these 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.