Abbreviated title
Some remarks upon a pamphlet, entitl’d, A letter to the seven lords of the committee, appointed to examine Gregg. By the author of the Examiner
JSA Identification Number
6_4_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
534
ESTC Number
T49386
Copy and its Location
CUL , VIII.30.36 (7)
Publisher and Printer
Some remarks upon a pamphlet, entitl’d, A letter to the seven lords of the committee, appointed to examine Gregg. By the author of the Examiner, Vol. , pp .
London, Morphew, John, 1711.

Commentary

This is the first printing of this piece. Morphew acted for John Barber, who was Swift’s printer and the financer of his publications in this period. The printing is done professionally, with heavy use of italic to represent the speech and ideas of others, a characteristic of Swift’s polemical writing.

John Morphew was a trade publisher. He had been a journeyman in Edward Jones’s printing house and took on John Nutt’s business when Nutt took over Jones’s printing shop in 1706. He continued the publishing business until he died in 1720. He seems to have been the trade publisher the Tories preferred. His was a small business, employing only a woman and a boy.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. iii, pp. 185-205, 278; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. ii, p. 471-3; 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.