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Jonathan Swift’s Allies

The Wood’s Halfpence Controversy in Ireland, 1724–1725. Second revised and augmented edition

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Edited By Sabine Baltes-Ellermann

The patent for coining copper money granted by King George I to the English manufacturer William Wood aroused nationwide protest in Ireland. It led to the publication of Jonathan Swift’s «Drapier’s Letters», in which the Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, attacked both the patent and England’s Irish policy. But this is not the whole story. This annotated edition contains more than 100 pamphlets, declarations, poems, and songs that were published during the dispute. Most of the reproduced texts are extremely rare and have hitherto lain dormant in various libraries. They illustrate that the protest was in fact carried on by the Irish population at large, who regarded the coinage scheme as a severe intrusion into the nation’s circulating cash which threatened to ruin the country’s economy.

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Baltes, Sabine. The Pamphlet Controversy about Wood's Halfpence (1722–25) and the Tradition of Irish Constitutional Nationalism. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, 2003.

—."Anything but Human: Gods, Beasts, and Demons in Swift's Poems on William Wood." Reading Swift: Papers from the Fifth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift, ed. Hermann J. Real. München: Fink, 2008, pp. 375–91.

—."'The Grandson of that Ass Quin': Swift and Chief Justice Whitshed." Swift Studies, 23 (2008), 126–46.

—."'To Bring Men from an Anxiety for Trifling Superfluities to the Calm Desire of Bare Necessaries': The Drapier, his Allies, and Mandeville's Paradox." Reading Swift: Papers from the Sixth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift, eds Kirsten Juhas, Hermann J. Real, and Sandra Simon. München: Fink, 2013, pp. 285–303.

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