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Monday, August 5, 2013

BURN EVERYTHING ENGLISH BUT THEIR COAL






BOYCOTT EVERYTHING BRITISH BUT THEIR MONEY
Jonathan Swift 1667 -1745,  the satirist had a love-hate relationship with Ireland. More than a quarter of a century after his appointment as Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, he was ranting about an accident of birth that had made him a very popular Irishman: 'I happened to be dropped here.'

However he did champion Irish rights, advocating a boycott of English goods, in the Drapier Letters (1724-1725), which called: 'Burn everything English but their coal.' This earned him the title of 'Hibernian Patriot.' .Jonathan (Dean) Swift became dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, in 1713,  and wrote about English misrule in Ireland. In 1720, he first advocated 'BURN EVERYTHING THAT COMES FROM ENGLAND EXCEPT THE COAL'. 

In his anonymous Drapier's Letters 1724, he also opposed 'Wood's halfpence', a corrupt English currency. In 'A Modest Proposal' 1729 he suggested feeding impoverished children to the rich. His most well known satire, Gulliver's Travels 1726, survived as a children's classic.




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