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Swift, Jonathan
The Publick Spirit of the Whigs: Set forth in their Generous Encouragement of the Author of the Crisis: with some Observations on the Seasonableness, Candor, Erudition, and Style of that Treatise
Printed for John Morphew, London, 1714. First edition, first issue. [2], 45 pp. 1 vols. 4to. The scarce first issue of one of Swift's most effective political pamphlets, written on behalf of the government against Steele's The Crisis. Swift's aspersions on the Scottish peers made the Lords seek special means to suppress his work, and it was reprinted with the offending passages removed. His remarks here make it clear why the suppression was sought: in reply to Steele's note that the Kingdom of Scotland had many nobles, Swift chips in: "They had indeed; and to that we owe one of the great and necessary Evils of the Union upon the Foot it now stands. Their Nobility is indeed so numerous, that the whole Revenues of their Country would be hardly able to maintain them according to the Dignity of their Titles; and what is infinitely worse, they are never likely to be Extinct till the last Period of all Things . I could Point out some with great Titles, who affected to appear very vigorous for Dissolving the Union, though their whole Revenues before that Period would have ill maintained a Welch Justice of the Peace; and have since gathered more Money than ever any Scotchmen, who had not travell'd, could form an Idea of." Very scarce on the market. Teerink 596; Rothschild 2054 Modern marbled boards. Title somewhat spotted and with wormhole through first few leaves, slight waterstaining in blank margins to text; otherwise very good [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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