Daniel Defoe

George Harris Healey (ed.), The Letters of Daniel Defoe

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219. [To Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford].25 December 1713

My Lord

I hope your Servts accquainted your Ldpp That I attended last Night and The Evening before according to your Command.

I Mention it That your Ldpp May Not Think me wanting in duty in Not attending This Evening, being Confin'd by a Violent Cold.

I assure your Ldpp I have Imediately apply'd good part of your Ldpps Last bounty to the Use I proposed it.1 I am Vain of The honor They do the letter to the Dissenters in Nameing your Ldpp to be the Author of it.2 But More yet am I Vain with the Success I hope That Little work has among The wisest and best of The Dissenters. I have Caused it to be Reprinted in Little3 to be Convey'd as proposed Over The West, and have Ordred pg 428it to be printed at New Castle and Edinburgh.1 Perhaps it may Mutatis Mutandis be Many wayes usefull in Scotland as well as here.

Either My Lord These Men Must alter Their Conduct to the Governmt or the Governmt Must alter its Conduct to Them. There is a Time when Clemency becomes Criminall, and when Justice Must Exert it Self or Suffer a Contempt Dangerous Even to Governmt it Self.

  • I am, May it please your Ldpp            
  • Your Ldpps Most Humble & Obedt Servt
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Decemb. 25. 1713

MS.: Duke of Portland, Defoe Papers, 2 f. 115. Pub.: H.M.C. Portland, v. 374–5. Address: none.

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Editor’s Note
1 Probably to the dissemination of A Letter to the Dissenters.
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2 See Edmund Calamy, An Historical Account of My Own Life, 1830, ii. 277.
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3 A 16mo edition dated 1714 was published in Dublin (W. T. Morgan, Bibliography of British History 1700–1715, Bloomington, Indiana, 1934–42, ii. 383).
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1 No Newcastle or Edinburgh edition has come to light. The title does not appear in Richard Welford, 'Early Newcastle Typography, 1639–1800', Archaeologia Aeliana, 3rd series, iii (1907), 1–134.
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