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Preface to Part III of Sir William Temple's Memoirs
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[Temple, Sir William] Memoirs. Part III. From the peace concluded 1679. to the time of the author's retirement from publick business ... Publish'd by Jonathan Swift, Vol. , pp 2-3.
London, Booksellers of London and Westminster, 1709.


This preface explains Swift’s role in editing Sir William Temple’s papers and addresses the question whether the weaknesses of ministers should be exposed. The text is taken here from the original volume. The title page says, ‘Publish’d by Jonathan Swift, D.D.’, which declares Swift’s role. ‘Published’ in this context means ‘edited’ but also ‘put before the public’.

Benjamin Tooke, Jr. (1671-1723, fl. 1693-1723) was the son of Benjamin Tooke, Sr., sometimes confused with him. He was Swift’s bookseller from 1701, when he first published some of Temple’s papers, until his death. He published important works, including Contests and Dissensions and Tale of a Tub; Swift’s formal and serious works bore his imprint. After he began to write for the ministry in 1710, Swift was drawn into an alliance with the government printer, John Barber, but Tooke shared with Barber the appointments that came through ministry patronage, perhaps through Swift’s influence: The London Gazette; Stationers to the Ordnance; the reversion of Queen’s printer.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. i, pp. 268-71, 304; Irvin Ehrenpeis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. ii, pp. 33-6; 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 Poytechnic Press, 1983), pp. 1-36.