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SWIFT, Jonathan]
Fraud detected: or, the Hibernian Patriot containing all the Drapier's letters to the people of Ireland, on Wood's coinage, &c. Interspersed with the following particulars, viz.I. The addresses of the Lords and Commons of Ireland, against Wood's coin. II. His Majesty's answer to the said addresses. III. the report of His Majesty's most honourable Privy Council. IV. Seasonable advice to the Grand Jury. V. Extract of the votes of the House of Commons of England, upon breaking a Grand Jury. VI. Considerations on the attempts made to pass Wood's coin. VII. Reasons, shewing the necessity the people of Ireland are under, to refuse Wood's coinage.
Dublin: re-printed and sold by George Faulkner in Pembroke-Court Castle-street, 1725. 8vo., (2) + 14 + 222 + (2)pp., oval rubber stamp of the African Mission Library> on title-page and occasionally elsewhere, but overall an excellent crisp copy in contemporary panelled calf, professionally rebacked and lettered. First collected edition. Swift's Letters,> each originally published separately under the pseudonym, 'M.B. Drapier', 1723-1725, are here reissued as a group for the first time. (They were to be reprinted in London in 1730 as The Hibernian Patriot>]. The letters opposed the patentee William Wood's highly unpopular proposal for an issue of Irish copper coins. 'Wood nevertheless obtained in July 1722 a patent to supply halfpence and farthings for use in Ireland, during ten years, to the value of £108,000. At the same time he obtained the patent to supply coins to the American colonies, and he was exporting coins in 1722 and the earlier part of 1723. Minting of the Irish coins began in January 1723, in Phoenix Street, Westminster, and they were conveyed to Bristol for shipment to Ireland. Although the workmanship was good the brass content was low, and the measure involved a tax upon the country of between £6000 and £7000 a year. The imposition of English coinage in Ireland, and the lack of consultation, alienated Irish opinion at all levels of society, and opposition was voiced in the addresses of the Irish houses of parliament in September 1723. Wood published an injudicious reply. The wildest accusations were circulated, alleging bribery, mismanagement, deliberate fr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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