Abbreviated title
A modest enquiry into the reasons of the joy ... upon the spreading of a report of Her Majesty’s death
JSA Identification Number
Teerink/Scouten Number
ESTC Number
T170237 [attributed to Delariviere Manley]
Copy and its Location
CUL?, Williams 410/7?
Publisher and Printer
A modest enquiry into the reasons of the joy expressed by a certain sett of people, upon the spreading of a report of Her Majesty’s death, Vol. , pp .
Dublin, Morphew, John Waters, Edward, 1714.


Probably written by Delarivier Manley, John Barber’s mistress and the writer who took over the Examiner from Swift.

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.

Edward Waters (fl. 1707-1740) was a busy Dublin printer, involved with 8 newspapers, and often in trouble with the authorities. In 1720 he was to print Swift’s Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manusfacture and be prosecuted for it.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. viii, pp. 183-97, 232; 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; ; Mary Pollard, A Dictionary of Members of the Dublin Book Trade 1550-1800 (London: The Bibliographical Society, 2000); Mary Pollard, ‘Who’s for Prison? Publishing Swift in Dublin’, Swift Studies, 14 (1999), 37-49.