Swift’s footnotes, sinister slush funds, suspect patronage and the peculiar horrors of Holyhead

The following post was first published on Conrad Brunstrom’s blog on 19 October 2014. He has kindly given us permission to re-blog it here…

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Yesterday morning was devoted to an Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society committee meeting in South William Street in Dublin.  There, in elegant stuccoed surroundings, we convened one of our regular Continue reading Swift’s footnotes, sinister slush funds, suspect patronage and the peculiar horrors of Holyhead

Resources: A Modest Proposal

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[From seattlesportsinsider.com]
First published in 1729, Jonathan Swift’s Modest Proposal is a well known satire highlighting Ireland’s economic difficulties at that time.

In the publication, Swift recommends a scheme that would prevent children from being ‘a charge upon their parents or the parish, or wanting food and raiment for Continue reading Resources: A Modest Proposal