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Wotton's Observations on A Tale of a tub
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[Wotton, William], A defense of the reflections upon ancient and modern learning, in answer to the objections of Sir W. Temple, and others. With observations upon the Tale of a tub, Vol. , pp 45-68.
London, Goodwin, Timothy, 1705.


Wotton’s ‘Observations’ constitute the major contemporary critique of Tale of a Tub and Swift responded to them in two ways in the fifth edition. His ‘Apology’ rebuts the criticism, but in the footnotes added in that edition he makes use of Wotton as a commentator, quoting him to provide a basic explanation of the allegory and correcting him when he is wrong.

References: A Tale of a Tub, ed. A. C. Guthkelch and D. Nichol Smith, 2nd edn (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1958), p. xxv; Irvin Ehrenpeis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. i, pp. 185-225.