This Chief Justice Whitshed
was the same who acted as judge on
Harding’s trial for printing the fourth Drapier letter. Swift never
forgot him, and took several occasions to satirize him bitterly.
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The text of the present
edition is based on the Dublin edition of
1720 and collated with the texts of Faulkner, 1735, and
Miscellanies of same date.
For the universal Use
Of Irish Manufacture,
Cloaths and Furniture of Houses, &c.
Rejecting and Renouncing
Every Thing wearable that comes from
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Dublin: Printed and Sold by E. Waters, in Essex-street, at the Corner of Sycamore-Alley, 1720.
A PROPOSAL FOR THE UNIVERSAL USE OF IRISH MANUFACTURE,
AND FURNITURE OF HOUSES, &c.
UTTERLY REJECTING AND RENOUNCING EVERY THING WEARABLE
THAT COMES FROM
It is the peculiar felicity and prudence of the people in this kingdom, that whatever commodities or productions lie under the greatest discouragements from England, those are what we are sure to be most industrious in cultivating and spreading. Agriculture, which hath been the principal care of all wise nations, and for the encouragement whereof there are so many statute laws in England, we countenance so well, that the landlords are everywhere by penal clauses absolutely prohibiting their tenants from ploughing; not satisfied to confine them within certain limitations, as it is the practice of the English; one effect of which is already seen in the prodigious dearness of corn, and the importation of it from London, as the cheaper market: And because people are the riches of a country, and that our neighbours have done, and are doing all that in them lie, to make our wool a drug to us, and a monopoly to them; therefore the politic gentlemen of Ireland have depopulated vast tracts of the best land, for the feeding of sheep.