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WALPOLE, Robert (subject).

Some Persons Vindicated against the Author of the Defection,

&c. And that Writer Convicted of Malice and Falshood. R-- W--, Esq.

London: Printed for William Boreham, 1718 Stock Code: 146780
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One of two editions, this of 40 pages, another of 28 pages. "Published 28 January 1718, a furious, but empty and generalising, reply to Tindal's The Defection Consider'd of December 1717, in which Tindal blamed Walpole and Townshend for 'defecting' for cynical motives, thereby creating a serious division in the Whig party. The present tract argues that Tindal's reflections on the motives of Walpole and Townshend are a gross injustice to men of unblemished patriotism, and that to claim, as Tindal does, that their 'defection' has put the whole country at risk is to insult the competence of the present administration" (Furbank and Owens).

Moore attributed the pamphlet to Defoe in his checklist of the author's writings, but Furbank and Owens dispute this. The attribution dates back to the Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Matthew Tindal of 1733, where the author (likely the publisher Edmund Curll) writes the pamphlet was then said to be written by Defoe. Furbank and Owens note it is unlikely that Defoe, who took a detached and ironic attitude towards the defections, would write such a partisan piece; Curll attributed several works to Defoe which struck the bibliographers as distinctly questionable.

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Octavo (213 x 134 mm), 40pp. Disbound pamphlet, remnants of earlier spine, pages uncut.


Minor creasing to a few page corners; in excellent condition.


ESTC T56980; Furbank and Owens, Defoe De-Attributions 388; Moore 388; Goldsmiths' 5501.


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