Abbreviated title
Advice to the free-men of the city of Dublin, in the choice of a member to represent them in Parliament
JSA Identification Number
10_23_4
Teerink/Scouten Number
87
ESTC Number
T52755
Copy and its Location
CUL, Williams 49
Publisher and Printer
The works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's Dublin. Accurately revised in six volumes . . . by John Hawkesworth, Vol. VI.i., pp 200-6.
London, Bathurst, Charles Davis, Charles Hitch, Charles Hawes, Lacey Hodges, James Dodsley, Robert Dodsley, James Bowyer, William, 1765.

Commentary

This Advice was first published as a broadside in 1733. This printing probably derives from the Miscellanies text (ESTC T39445), though James Woolley’s researches on Swift’s poems suggest that Hawkesworth may sometimes have collated the Miscellanies with a Faulkner text.

This edition continued the tradition of the Swift-Pope Miscellanies, but modernized the typography and added some notes. There is rather violent modernization of some capitals (note ‘english’) but not of punctuation.

John Hawkesworth (baptized 1720, died 1773) was a friend of Samuel Johnson and a successful editor and man of letters. His approach to Swift’s text was lively and reforming, allowing himself room to modernize Swift on most fronts.

The group of booksellers responsible for this publication is distinguished. They are led by Charles Bathurst, who was taken into apprenticeship by Benjamin Motte, the bookseller for Gulliver’s Travels and other of Swift’s official publications, in 1727 for the large sum of £80. He became a partner in the firm in 1734 and, after Motte’s death in 1738, he carried on the business until his own death in 1786. All my information on Motte and Bathurst comes from the research of Michael Treadwell.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. xiii, pp. 79-85, 221; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 761-2; J. L. Abbott, John Hawkesworth : Eighteenth-Century Man of Letters (Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1982); Michael Treadwell, ‘Benjamin Motte, Jr’, in Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 154, The British Literary Book Trade, 1700-1820, ed. James E. Bracken and Joel Silver (Detroit, MI: Gale, 1995).