Abbreviated title
An Answer to a scurrilous pamphlet, lately printed, intituled, A letter from Monsieur de Cros, to the Lord --
JSA Identification Number
1_5_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
n/a
ESTC Number
R38334
Copy and its Location
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Publisher and Printer
An Answer to a scurrilous pamphlet, lately printed, intituled, A letter from Monsieur de Cros, to the Lord -, Vol. , pp .
London, Taylor, Randal, 1693.

Commentary

In his Memoirs (1692) Sir William Temple criticized du Cros as a rogue. His resentment sprang from du Cros’ interference with a diplomatic mission to the Netherlands in 1678, at the end of the Franco-Dutch War. Charles II had sent Temple to bolster the position of William of Orange, who did not want peace with France and Sweden. Temple succeeded in making a defensive treaty with the Dutch, only to find his approach countermanded as a result of the diplomacy/machinations of du Cros who had persuaded the Swedes and Charles II to support French moves which brought about the Peace of Nijmegen. (The diplomacy is complex and my grasp of it frail.) Du Cros resented Temple’s account and published his Letter. There is disagreement about whether this response, An An swer to a Scurrilous Pamphlet, came from the Temple household and about whether, even if it did, it was written by Swift. David Woolley and Alan Downie think it is by Swift. I’m not sure; reflections of this prose in Swift’s later work do not mean he wrote it. (See also Reflections upon Two Pamphlets Lately Published.)

References: David Woolley, 'The Authorship of An Answer to a Scurrilous Pamphlet (1693)', in Proceedings of the First Muenster Symposium on Jonathan Swift, ed. Hermann J. Real and Heinz J. Vienken (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 1985), pp. 321-35; Swift, Temple, and the Du Cros Affair, Part I, introd. David L. T. Woolley, Augustan Reprint Society Nos. 239-40 (1986-7).