Abbreviated title
An answer of the Right Honourable William Pultney to the Right Honourable Robert Walpole
JSA Identification Number
8_3_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
88
ESTC Number
T140271
Copy and its Location
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Publisher and Printer
Letters, written by the late Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin, and several of his friends. From the year 1710 to 1742. Published from the originals; collected and revised by Deane Swift, Esq. Of goodrich, in herefordshire. Volume IV, Vol. iv., pp 291-306.
London, Bathurst, Charles Woodfall, Henry Strahan, William Rivington, J. Davis, Lockyer Reymers, Charles Owen, William Baldwin, Robert Davies, Thomas Johnston, William Longman, Thomas Hardy, John, 1768.

Commentary

Deane Swift’s is the first printing of this letter. The text is modernized in its capitals, with nouns beginning in lower case, but it has the free use of italic characteristic of Swift’s polemical writing.

Deane Swift (1707-83) was doubly linked to Swift by family ties. His father, also Deane Swift, was Swift’s Cousin, the son of Godwin Swift, who had supported Swift’s education. He married Mary, the daughter of Martha Whiteway, also Swift’s cousin and one of the people who cared for him in later life.

Deane Swift was on good terms with Swift in the 1730s (Swift praised him in a letter to Pope), and he later wrote An Essay upon the Life, Writings, and Character of Dr. Jonathan Swift (1755), an important biographical study. Mrs Whiteway inherited many of Swift’s manuscripts, and Deane Swift was able to draw on this collection when he revised Hawkesworth’s edition of Swift in 1765.

The group of booksellers responsible for this publication is a very distinguished one. 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. v, pp. 111-19, 351; 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).