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Ireland in the Days of Dean Swift Irish Tracts, 1720 to 1734   By: (1667-1745)

Ireland in the Days of Dean Swift Irish Tracts, 1720 to 1734 by Jonathan Swift

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IRELAND IN THE DAYS OF DEAN SWIFT.

London: Printed by Gilbert and Rivington, Limited, St. John's House, Clerkenwell Road.

IRELAND IN THE DAYS OF DEAN SWIFT.

( Irish Tracts, 1720 To 1734. )

by

J. BOWLES DALY, LL.D.

Author of "Broken Ideals," "Radical Pioneers of the 18th Century," etc., etc.

London Chapman and Hall, Limited. 1887.

TO THE RIGHT HON. JOHN MORLEY, M.P., THE FIRST CHIEF SECRETARY OF IRELAND WHOSE UNFLINCHING COURAGE AND OUTSPOKEN SYMPATHY HAS SECURED HIM THE GRATITUDE OF THE IRISH PEOPLE, THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED WITH THE ADMIRATION OF THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

INTRODUCTION 1

THE DRAPIER'S LETTERS 25

THE ADDRESS TO THE JURY 131

SWIFT'S DESCRIPTION OF QUILCA 137

ANSWER TO A PAPER 142

MAXIMS CONTROLLED 151

A SHORT VIEW OF THE STATE OF IRELAND, 1727 162

THE STORY OF THE INJURED LADY 174

THE ANSWER TO THE INJURED LADY 184

A LETTER TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN, CONCERNING THE WEAVERS 187

TWO LETTERS ON SUBJECTS RELATIVE TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF IRELAND 198

THE PRESENT MISERABLE STATE OF IRELAND 216

"A PROPOSAL FOR THE UNIVERSAL USE OF IRISH MANUFACTURES." 1720 227

A MODEST PROPOSAL. 1729 240

A CHARACTER, PANEGYRIC, AND DESCRIPTION OF THE LEGION CLUB, 1736 254

ON DOING GOOD 264

IRELAND IN THE DAYS OF DEAN SWIFT.

INTRODUCTION.

The shifting combinations of party, from the settlement of the constitution at the Revolution to a later period, is an attractive study to any who wish to find the origin of abuses which have long vexed the political life of England. Besides, it is wholesome and instructive to be carried away from the modern difficulty to the broader issues which have gradually led to the present complication.

William III. was a Whig, and his successor a Tory, but except for short periods no Tory party was able in either reign to carry on the government upon Tory principles. William made no complete change of ministry during his reign, only modifying its composition according to what appeared the prevailing sentiment of the parliament or the nation. It was composed of both parties; the Whigs predominated till the close of the reign, when their opponents acquired ascendency. Anne's first ministry was Tory, but a change was soon wrought by a favourite of the court who happened to be a Whig and who soon turned the scale. Some knowledge of the character of the monarch is indispensable to a clear understanding of the times. In 1702, Anne ascended the throne. The queen's notions of government were those of her family narrow and despotic. She would have been as arbitrary in her conduct as Elizabeth, but that her actions were restrained by the imbecility of her mind. The queen was the constant slave of favourites who, in their turn, were the tools of intriguing politicians. Events of the greatest importance were crowded into the short space of the twelve years which covered her reign, and the most distinguished intellects adorned the period... Continue reading book >>




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