The Wood’s Halfpence Controversy in Ireland, 1724–1725. Second revised and augmented edition
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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- Abbreviated Titles
- 1. Ireland's Consternation in the Loosing of Two Hundred Thousand Pounds of their Gold and Silver for Brass Money
- 2. Ireland's Case Humbly Presented to the Honourable the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses in Parliament Assembled
- a) The Humble Address of the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses
- b) The Humble Address of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal
- c) "The Humble Address of the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses"
- d) "The Humble Address of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal"
- 4. From the Weekly Journal (26 October 1723)
- 5. The Pattentee's Computation of Ireland
- 6. A Creed for an Irish Commoner
- 7. Punch's Petition to the Ladies
- 8. A New Dialogue between Two Beggars
- 9. The True State of the Case between the Kingdom of Ireland of the one Part, and Mr. William Wood of the other Part
- 10. Ireland's Warning
- 11. From the Dublin Impartial News Letter (21 April 1724)
- 12. A Letter from Dublin to William Wood, Esquire
- 13. A Letter to William Woods, Esq; From his Only Friend in Ireland
- 14. An Excellent New Ballad upon the New Half-pence
- 15. "The Humble Address of the Lords Justices and Privy Council of Ireland"
- 16. "The Humble Petition of the Gentlemen of the Grand Jury"
- 17. Wood's Plot Discover'd by a Member of his Society
- 18. A Word of Advice: or, A Friendly Caution to the Collectors
- 19. The Soldier's Plea against Receiving Mr. Wood's Brass-Money
- 20. Another Letter to Mr. Harding the Printer
- 21. A Word or Two to the People of Ireland
- 22. Remarks upon Mr. Wood's Coyn and Proceedings
- 23. A Letter to the Lord C-----t
- 24. Some Considerations on the Attempts Made to Pass Mr. Wood's Brass-Money in Ireland
- 25. Some Reasons Shewing the Necessity the People of Ireland are under, for Continuing to Refuse Mr. Wood's Coinage
- 26. Remarks upon the Report of the Committee of the Lords of his Majesty's Most Honourable Privy-Council
- 27. A Letter from a Lady of Quality to Mr. Harding the Printer
- 28. Advice to the Roman Catholicks of Ireland
- 29. The Humble Petition of the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Commons, and Citizens of the City of Dublin
- a) [The Declaration of the Dublin Bankers]
- b) "A Declaration by the Master, Wardens, Brethren, and the Rest of the Corporation of Coopers"
- c) The Brewers Declaration
- d) The Declaration of the Grand Jury and the Rest of the Inhabitants of the Liberty of the Dean and Chapter of St. Patrick's, Dublin
- e) The Flying-Stationers Declaration
- f) The Declaration of the Corporation of the Butchers
- g) Advertisements by private persons
- h) "The Declaration of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Burrough of Swords"
- i) "The Declaration of the Inhabitants of the Burrough of Cavan"
- j) "Advertisement from the Church-Wardens of the City"
- k) "Declaration of the Beggars"
- l) "The Declaration of the Town of Gallway"
- m) [The Declaration of the County of Meath]
- n) [The Declaration of the County of Dublin]
- o) "[The Declaration of the] Burrough of En[n]iscorthy"
- 31. From Needham's Post-Man (2 September 1724)
- 32. An Express from Elisium
- 33. An Excellent New Song Made by a Lover of his Country
- 34. Woods's Confession to the Mobb of the City of Dublin
- 35. "A full and true Account of the solemn Procession to the Gallows"
- 36. An Excellent New Song upon the Declarations of the several Corporations of the City of Dublin
- 37. A Serious Poem upon William Wood
- 38. A True Character of the Wooden Monster
- 39. ["Drive on ye bold Projectors"]
- 40. An Apology for Mr. Wood
- 41. Mr. Woods to all the People of Ireland
- 42. The Drapier Demolished and Set out in his own Proper Colours
- 43. A Letter from a Quaker-Merch[ an]t to Will. Wood, Hard-Ware- Man
- 44. A Letter to William Wood
- 45. The Funeral of Woods's Halfpence
- 46. Some Farther Account of the Original Disputes in Ireland
- 47. A Short Defence of the People of Ireland
- 48. The Present State of Ireland Consider'd
- 49. "A Letter from Cork to Mr. Harding the Printer"
- 50. The Brazen Age Banish'd
- 51. "An Epigram on Wood's Brass-Money"
- 52. To his Grace the Arch-Bishop of Dublin
- 53. An Excellent New Song upon His Grace Our Good Lord Archbishop of Dublin
- 54. An Ode Humbly Inscribed to the Honourable William Con—ly Esq;
- 55. To the Citizens
- 56. The Fifth and Last Letter to the People of Ireland
- 57. A Defence of the Conduct of the People of Ireland
- 58. The Sixth Letter to the Whole People of Ireland
- 59. A Letter from Aminadab Firebrass Quaker Merchant
- 60. An Excellent New Ballad against Wood's Half-Pence
- 61. The Donore Ballad
- 62. The Drapier Anatomiz'd
- 63. A New Song Sung at the Club at Mr. Taplin's
- 64. A Letter from a Young Lady to the Rev[eren]d D—n S—t
- 65. Prometheus
- 66. An Excellent New Ballad upon the Present Gr[a]nd Jury
- 67. An Excellent New Song upon the Late Grand-Jury
- 68. A New Poem Ascrib'd to the Hon[oura]ble the Gentlemen of the Late Grand-Jury
- 69. "Whitshed's Motto on his Coach"
- 70. "Verses on the Upright Judge, who Condemned the Drapier's Printer"
- 71. A Letter from a Friend to the Right Honourable -----
- 72. A Letter from the Right Hon. ----- ----- To the Reverend N. N.
- 73. A Second Letter from a Friend to the Right Honourable ----
- 74. A Third Letter from ---- to the ----
- 75. Fourth Letter to the Right Honourable -----
- 76. A Letter Ascrib'd to the R[igh]t Hon[oura]ble the L[or]d C—f J—st—e W—
- 77. A Letter to M. B. Drapier
- 78. Seasonable Advice to M. B. Drapier
- 79. The Drapier's Ballad
- 80. A Moral Poem on the Middle State of Life
- 81. Tom Punsibi's Dream
- 82. Blue-Skin's Ballad
- 83. An Excellent New Song Call'd the Irish-man's Joy
- 84. Woods Reviv'd
- 85. Tyburn's Courteous Invitation to William Wood, Esq.
- 86. Wood's Melancholly Complaint
- 87. The Case of John Browne, Esq.
- 88. The Case of John Browne, Esq; In Answer to a Libel
- a) "The Humble Address of the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses"
- b) "The Humble Address of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal"
- c) "To his Excellency John Lord Carteret"
- d) To His Excellency John Lord Carteret
- 90. On Wisdom's Defeat in a Learned Debate
- 91. The Last Speech of Wisdom's Defeat
- 92. "Will. Wood's Petition to the People of Ireland"
- 93. "Wood, an Insect"
- 94. "On Wood the Ironmonger"
- 95. "A Simile on our Want of Silver"
- 96. A Second Song Sung at the Club at Mr. Taplin's
- 97. "New Songs Sung at the Club at Mr. Taplin's"
- 98. A Poem to D— S—
- 99. "To the Worthy Author of the Drapier's Letters"
- 100. An Express from Parnassus
- 101. A Congratulary Poem to the Reverend D[ea]n Swift
- 102. A Congratulary Poem on Dean Swift's Return to Town
- 103. A Poem on the Drapiers Birth-Day
- 104. A Satyr
- 105. "A Letter from D. S---t to D. S---y"
- 106. The Satyr Satiris'd
- 107. A Poem to the Whole People of Ireland
- 108. "Drapier's Hill"
- Biographical Index
- Select Bibliography of Critical Studies
79. The Drapier's Ballad
: To the Tune of the London 'Prentice. Dublin: Printed by John Harding in Molesworth's-Court, 1724–5.720
Of a Worthy Dublin DRAPIER
My Purpose is to speak;
Who for no private Interest.
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