Abbreviated title
The last speech and dying words of the Bank of Ireland
JSA Identification Number
9_4_8
Teerink/Scouten Number
910A
ESTC Number
T231076
Copy and its Location
CUL , Microfilm 9917 Hib.0.725.1
Publisher and Printer
The last speech and dying words of the Bank of Ireland. Which was executed at College-Green, on Saturday the 9th inst., Vol. , pp .
Dublin, Harding, John, 1721.

Commentary

A broadside mimicking the reports of the last speeches of dying criminals. Harding, probably on Swift’s instructions, has made liberal use of capitals for key words.

John Harding had worked as a press corrector for Edward Waters, and was a printer on his own account from 1718 until his death in 1725. He was the printer of two journals, the Post Boy and the Dublin (or Weekly) Impartial, and there were rumours he was in trouble for printing news of the Pretender. He seems to have first been employed by Swift in the protests over the Bank of Ireland in November 1721. He was prosecuted for printing false information about the gold coin on 17 May 1723, and was imprisoned for it. He became Swift’s printer for the Drapier’s Letters in the controversy over Wood’s brass coinage between February and December 1724. After the fourth letter, £300 was offered for discovery of the author, and Harding was taken into custody. Mary Pollard has found no evidence of a prosecution. He died on 19 April 1725. It has been said he died in prison, but the evidence is unclear.