The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 18/Letter from Jonathan Swift to William St. Lawrence - 1

DUBLIN, AUG. 14, 1735.

THE bearer, Mr. Faulkner, came to me just an hour before he was taking a journey to Kilkenny and Cashel, and desired I would write by him to your lordship and the archbishop, only to let your lordship know, that he is an honest man, and the chief printer; and that I know him, and treat him with indulgence, because I cannot help it. For, although he printed what I never would have done, yet he got the consent of my friends, and so I shall get nothing by being angry with him. He hopes, as a citizen, to be admitted to your lords and ladies in the country, and I am contented you shall make him welcome; but take care you put no manuscripts in his hands; otherwise, perhaps there will be the works of the right hon. &c., and of my lady and the giant[2], neatly bound next winter. My lady Acheson has not been well since she left the town; but her mother is almost perfectly cured, except the loss of her eye. I owe my lady Howth[3] a letter, I believe. I desire my most humble service to her and the giant. I have time to say no more, but that I am,

Your lordship's most obedient servant,

  1. William St. Lawrence, baron of Howth, died April 4, 1748, aged 60. His son, Thomas, was created earl of Howth and viscount St. Lawrence, Aug. 15, 1767.
  2. A very tall young lady, nearly related to lord Howth.
  3. Lucy, youngest daughter of lieutenant general Richard Gorges, was married to lord Howth, Aug. 2, 1728: and after that nobleman's death became the lady of Nicholas Weldon of Gravelment, esq.