A Letter To The Reverend Mr. Dean Swift, Occasion’d By A Satire Said To Be Written By Him,.


Disbound pamphlet. Early practice of a copperplate hand and numerals, largely confined to the two blank pages on the verso of half-title and title.



Printed for James Roberts in Warwick Lane.,






Entitled, a dedication to a great man, concerning dedications. discovering, among other wonderful secrets, what will be the present posture of affairs a thousand years hence. the preface is signed at end: p. a. [i.e. john arbuthnot].

Item Description

4to. 4.75 x 7.5 inches. 22 pp. Half-title.


Decorated by printer's devices on half-title and headpiece vignette and initial.


An answer to the satire on life a thousand years hence, entitled A Dedication to a Great Man, wrongly attributed at the time to Jonathan Swift, who disclaimed authorship and now considered to be the the work of Thomas Gordon (d. 1750). The reply is known to be the work of John Arbuthnot. An amusing satirical letter by one who 'can write a Pamphlet in half an Hour.' It concludes by the author 'foreseeing the day 'when it will be as unfashionable to be Witty, as 'tis now to be Good-natur'd or Sober.' John Arbuthnot (1667-1735), satirist and physician, was a Scot who moved to London, where he practised as a doctor, later becoming a physician-in-ordinary to Queen Anne. He compiled works on mathematics and was elected FRS in 1704. Arbuthnot was an intimate of Swift and Pope and author of the John Bull pamphlets, which satirised the War of Spanish Succession.

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