Swift's Politics: A Study in Disaffection by Ian Higgins

By Ian Higgins

Smooth scholarship has represented Jonathan fast as either an previous Whig and a non-Jacobite Tory. Ian Higgins' contextual reassessment of Swift's political writing and recorded opinion considers the interpretative difficulties they current. It explores the consonance of Swift's political writing with militant Jacobite Tory writing on affairs of Church and kingdom, and demonstrates Swift's dissimilarity from the outdated Whig writers with whom smooth feedback has misleadingly pointed out him. Swift's writings of the 1690s, over the last 4 years of Queen Anne's reign, and after the Hanoverian succession are proven to comprise Jacobitical political implications whilst tested of their context within the 'paper wars' of the interval. Higgins concentrates at the partisan meanings of the good satires A story of a bathtub and Gulliver's Travels, and represents quick (as he was once learn by means of his contemporaries) as a disaffected excessive Church Anglican extremist with Jacobite tendencies.

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1754), I, Preface. , sixth edition (London, 1735), I, no. II, p. 14, on the High Church clergy who preach up their 'Votaries to Rebellions and Assassinations'. 54 The Old Whig publication castigates corrupt modern Whig government, but it also condemns High Church prelatical tyranny, the imposition of Anglican uniformity through persecutory statutes, and Tory Jacobitism. 55 Old Whigs such as Trenchard and Gordon regretted such 'Lenity5. Establishment Whigs such as Joseph Addison commended George I5s mercy and grace.

To these ought to be added the Sectaries, who heartily join with them on one common bottom, against Popery and Slavery either in Church or State. All Whigs, in principle, support civil and religious liberty, trade and Hanoverian European policy. 61 Robert Molesworth complained in his Principles of a Real Whig' that 'there has been such chopping and changing both of Names and Principles, that we scarce know who is who'. , 2 vols. (London, 1747), pp. 244-5. See the 'Sentiments of the late Lord Molesworth' in The Memoirs of John Ker, of Kersland in North Britain Esqy 3 pts.

A 'Tory' text might express certain characteristic commitments and hostilities: engagement for the rights, powers and privileges of the Church of England, support for the proscription of Dissent from public 1 Several important essays by Howard Erskine-Hill explore Dryden, Pope and Johnson in relation to affairs of state and Jacobitism: 'Scholarship as Humanism', Essays in Criticism, 29 (1979), 33-52 (pp.

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