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Publications (II): Rollins, Method of Teaching and Studying the Belles-Arts; Bolingbrokes Dissertations on Parties, Political Tracts; Oldcastles Remarks on the History of England, and Letters on the Spirit of Patriotism [given in Sir John Gilbert, Appendix to the Eight Report (London: Royal Comm. on Hist. MSS 1881); Dublin edn. of Lord Lyttons History of the Life of Henry II and the Age in which He Lived (1767); 18 vol. Dublin edn. of The Universal History [authored by George Sale, A. Bower, J. Campbell, and J. Sweaton (Dublin Feb. 1744). [All cited incidentally in Ward and Ward, eds., Letters of Charles OConor, 1988, p.57; n.1, as being printed at the back of his An Humble Address to the Nobility, Gentry, and Free Holders of the Kingdom of Ireland (1751).]
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See also R. C. Cole, Irish Booksellers and English Writers, 1740-1800 (London: Mansell Pub.; NJ: Atlantic Heights 1986) and Maureen Wall, Catholic Ireland in the 18th c., ed. Gerard OBrien (1989).
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Richard Cumberland, Memoirs (1806, 1807): [Faulkner] a solemn intrepidity of egotism and a daring contempt of absurdity that fairly outfaced imitation. He never deigned to join in the laugh he had raised, nor seemed to have a feeling of the ridicule he had provoked; at the same time he was pre-eminently and by preference the butt and buffoon of the company, he could find openings and opportunities for hints of retaliation, which were such left-handed thrusts as few could parry, nobody could foresee where they would fall, nobody was of course, forearmed, and as there was in his calculation, but one super-eminent character in the kingdom of Ireland, and he the printer of the Dublin Journal, rank was no shield against Georges arrows, which flew where he listed, and fixed or missed as chance directed, he cared not about the consequences. Cumberland describes the company at a meeting in Faulkners house, which includes both a man who has been reprieved from the gallows and the judge who sentenced him. (See Sir John Gilbert, History of Dublin, Vol. III, p.289.)
Sir John Gilbert, History of Dublin (1854 &c.), The Prince of Dublin Printers [chap. & extract in Justin McCarthy, ed., Irish Literature, Washington: University of America 1904], gives details: Essex-street and Parliament-street, his house; son of victualler, b. 1699; ed. by Dr Lloyd, apprenticed to Thomas Hume, printer, Essex-st.; opened bookselling with James Hoey, Christ Church Lane and Skinners Row, opp. the Tholsel; commenced the Dublin Journal in 1724 [sic]; the Dean picked Faulkner over Hoey, on the death of John Harding (his first printer); you are the man I want; moved to Essex-st. alone with Swifts patronage; ordered to appear at bar of House of Lords, 1731 for queries reflecting on honour of House; Parliament prerogued; appeared Oct 1733; received reprimand on his knees; Swift describes him in letter to Alderman Barber of 1735 as printer most in vogue, and a great undertaker, perhaps too great a one; anecdote of Faulkner returning from London in finery, and Swift pretending not to recognise him when he presented himself to him; amputation of leg, and various puns, classical and otherwise; published in 1735 pamphlet by disreputable Bishop of Kilmore on A new proposal for the better regulation and improvement of the game of quadrille, containg reflections on character of Sargeant Bettersworth, regarded as breach of privelige, leading Faulkner to be committed to Newgate for some days, settling with legal officers with copies of Swift; Scott, Swift was the first who had the honour of giving the world &c.; published An Universal History, 7 folio vols. (1744); intimacy with Lord Chesterfield; planned but did not execute Vitruvius Hibernicus, in 1753; satirised as Sir Tady Faulkner, printer in petto to the Court Party, for remarks in his Journal that modern patriotism consisted of eating, drinking, and quarreling; early member of Royal Dublin Society; one of the proselytes made by Charles OConor and Dr. Curry in 1758, according to Mathew OConor; very zealous advocate for relaxation of Penal Code; applied to Oconor to collection 50 guineas among Catholics as retainer for Dr Johnson; praised by Matthew OConr as first Protestant to stretch his hand to the prostrate Catholic, recognised hm as a fellow-Christian and a brother &c.; anecdote of Jephson; after disuasion from printing quarto edition of Swift in magnificent style, Faulkner published Works in 20 octavo vols. in 1772; notes chiefly by himself, subject to ridicule but form groundwork of all subsequent commentary, and largely appropriated by Scott; Faulkners conduct in publishing Orrerys strictures on Swift excited reproach; Orrey, the unseuccessful translator of Pliny; famed for hospitality; d. 30 Aug. Note that Gilbert omits the pirating of Pamela in 1741, and the aborted pirating of Sir Charles Grandison; and while he gives circumstantial account of his involvement with OConor, he does not claim that he became a Catholic. Note also, the account of an unsolicited letter from Johnson to OConor looks dubious when one reads that Faulkner proposes a fee be raised to pay for Johnsons support of Catholic Relief.
J. Fitzgerald Molloy, Romance of Irish Stage (1897), Vol. II, 156ff., tells the story of Samuel Foote, English comedian, whose play The Orators contains a character, Peter Paragraph, modelled on George Faulkner who at first ignored it but later sued when he found his own mechanics attending with hilarity.
Maurice Craig, Dublin Bookbinding [Ireland Heritage Series], has narrative about Faulkner as follows: Sir Walter Scott said, that Faulkner was the first who had the honour of giving to the world a collected and uniform edition of the works of this distinguished English classic; the story of the publication is told by Thomas Sheridan; Faulkner friends with Chesterfield, corresponding with him till the last year of his life; Faulkner a fat little man with a large well powdered wig and brown clothes; in his shop stood a bust of Swift [but see supra]; he had a wooden leg; appeared as Peter Paragraph in Samuel Footes The Orators; Faulkner advised to sue, but at first printed and sold the play, and later sued after all; Foote lost a leg later, and quipped, Now shall I take off Faulkner to the life. (See also Dublin 1660-1800.)
Robert E. Ward, ed. and intro. The Prince of Dublin Printers, Letters of George Faulkner (Lexington: Kentucky UP 1972), x, 141pp. [1 Z232 F2A4] This book contains letters to and from Faulkner in Correspondence with Samuel Derrick, Edmund Burke [one to], Lord Orrery [one to], and Charles OConnor, and others; also a long introductory essay which does not explicitly dispute other accounts but makes it clear that Faulkner did not pirate Pamela, and that he did not convert to Catholicism. On the first topic, he writes, Faulker was Samuel Richardsons business associate for two of the three novels Richardson wrote. Therein lies a story which helped unjustly to lower the English opinion of George Faulkner. / On 14 Feb. 1741,, Faulkner and George Ewing advertised for sale Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded. Faulkners association with such an illustrious man gained him nothing but an infamous name form the English people and financial loss and much frustration from his Irish colleagues (p.18). Details of the transactions, and the duplication of copytest in other hands follows. On religion, he merely says that Faulkner, a Protestant, was enlisted by OConor. The OConor Letters are part of Egerton 201 (f-31 to f-61), and also from RIA BI.1 and BI.2. Ward cites verse squib copied to Mrs Dewes by Mary Delany, A disease this scribbling [itch] is / His Lordship on his Pliny vain / Twas Madam Pilkington in stitches / And now attacks the Irish Dean / Libel his friend when laid in ground / Pray good Sir, you may spare your hints / This parallel Im sure is found / For what he writes George Faulkner prints / Had Swift provoked to this behaviour / Sure after death resentment cools / And his last act bespoke [a favour?] / He founds a hospitable for fools. (Autobiography an Correspondence, 3.79.)
Maureen Wall, Catholic Ireland in the 18th c., ed. Gerard OBrien (1989): Faulkner involved in [t]he attempt to gain passage for a bill entitling Catholics to rights of mortgage and lease gained supporters, but aroused as many enemies, among them churchmen and merchants concerned with the advance of popish religion and competition in town properties. The Protestant case against mortgages and leases was made by George Ogle, member for Co. Wexford, when he said that Catholics had hitherto received only toleration, but the passing of a lease bill would mean that popery would be established by law. (Reported in Faulkners Dublin Journal, 8 Feb. 1774.)
Joseph Th. Leerssen, Mere Irish & Fior-Ghael: Studies in the Idea of Irish Nationality, Its Development and Literary Expression Prior To The Nineteenth Century (Amsterdam: John Benjamins Pub. Co. 1986) : Charles OConors [...] Dissertations on the antient history of Ireland, wherein an account is given of the origins, government, letters, sciences, religion, manners and customs of the antient inhabitants [...] won Dr. Johnsons positive interest, having been shown it, as he wrote to OConor in an unsolicited letter of appreciation, by the favour of Mr. Faulkner. (q.p.)
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Dictionary of National Biography [adds], Bishop of Kilmore, Dr. Josias Hort, never assisted Faulkner when in prison for some days; letter of extreme indignation from Swift, 1736; accident in London requiring amputation, though Faulkners love of reputation for gallantry led him to ascribe it to an affair involving a jealous husband; Chesterfield called himself the only lieutenant who obeyed him; refused offered knighthood; satires recounted by Gilbert [History of Dublin]; converted to Catholicism [ERR], 1758; involved in printing of Richardsons novels in Dublin; bibl, Richardsons Address to the Public (1754), gives account of his treatment by Dublin publishers; elected high sherrif, July 1767; caricatured as Peter Paragraph in The Orators (1762); sued; see Footes Poetic Address to the Public After Prosecution for Libel, in Gentlemans Magazine (1763, p.39); satire on Faulkner, imitating his manner of literary composition, Epistle to Gorges Edmund Howard Esq, with Notes Explanatory, Critical and Historical. By George Faulkner Esq and Alderman (1771; 6th ed. 1762; 9 eds.), actually by Robert Jephson against him, after quarrel with solicitor and friend Howard; became conspicuous patriot; fined for not serving in Sherriffs office; elected alderman, 1770; d. 30 Aug. First editor of Swifts works in 1735, which Swift affected to regret; defended him against imputations of English publishers; used Swifts marginal corrects for Gulliver; printed Swifts Directions to Servants in 1742[5?]); Letters of Lord Chesterfield to Faulkner, Dr Madden, &c (1770), as Supplement, now vols. iii and iv of Stanhope ed.; PORT in Miscellaneous Works of Lord Chesterfield (Dublin 1777).
Charles A. Read, ed., A Cabinet of Irish Literature, 3 vols., 1876-78), and Do. [rev. edn. with add. vol.], ed. T. P. OConnor (London & Glasgow: Blackie & Co. 1880) gives a practical joke as the means by which Foote lost his foot, and supplies the details about The Minor, which was first produced at Dublin (1760) and was a failure there, though successful in London in an enlarged form. Foote acted in his co-lessee Murphys plays at Drury Lane, and played Peter Paragraph in his own Orators; awarded patent for a theatre at Westminster from Duke of York in compensation for loss of leg, &c.; much broken by litigation with William Jackson, the Dr Viper of Capuchins.
Ernest Reginald McClintock Dix, with Plumer and Bushell, in A Dictionary of Printers and Booksellers who were Working in England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1726 to 1775 (Bibl. Soc. 1968); Ireland, pp.376-428. George Faulkner, printer 1724-75; apprenticed to Thomas Hume or Humes; est. Essex St., 1730, later Parliament St., 1765; called Swifts Printer; pubished dublin Journal; Alderman; will proved, 1775; output from his press considerable [see ODNB]; his mongraph, G.F.; his compnay continued by a nephew, Thomas Todd Faulkner, from 1776. Also listed by this author, James Hoey, father and son; and Faulkner and Hoey, of short duration.
Michael Arnott, English Theatrical Literature (1979): The Minor, first played at Crow St. on Jan 28 1760, and later at Haymarket, 28 June. Also, An apology for the Minor, in a letter to the Rev. Bain (Edinburgh).
Henry Boylan, Dictionary of Irish Biography (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1988) states that he converted to Catholicism and opposed the Penal Laws [prob. error; see De Burca, infra.]
A. N. Jeffares & Peter Van de Kamp, eds., Irish Literature: The Eighteenth Century - An Annotated Anthology (Dublin/Oregon: Irish Academic Press 2006), selects Preface to 1735 edition of Swift's works, excusing his poetry: Although we are very sensible that, in some of the following Poems, the Ladies may resent certain satyrical Touches against the mistaken Conduct in some of the fair Sex: and that, some warm Persons on the prevailing Side may censure this Author, whoever he be, for not thinking in publick Matters exactly as themselves: Yet we have been assured by several judicious and learned Gentlemen, that what the Author hath here writ, on either of those two Subjects, had no other Aim than to reform the Errors of both Sexes. 
De Burca Books (Cat. 32) lists [anon.], Some Considerations on the Laws which Incapacitate Papists from Purchasing Lands, from Taking long or beneficial Leases, and from Lending Money on Real Securities (Dublin: Faulkner 1739), first pages, 39pp [a study of financial implications of the Penal Laws against Roman Catholics, Kress 4471]
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John Giffard [1745-1819] ed., Faulkners Dublin Weekly, the Govt. paper, and offered a libel on William Drennan, following his treason trial of 1792, which Drennan distained to prosecute; A savage attack on John Keogh appeared in Faulkners Dublin Journal, 29 March 1792.
Chesterfield Connection: Philip Dormer, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773), Hague embassy, 1728; intimate with Mlle du Bochet, mother of his natural son; begotiated marrige of Prince of Orange with Anne, princess royal of England; lord Stewart, 1730; signed treaty with Spain and Holland aagreeing pragmatic sanction; retired embassy, 1732; dismissed stewardship; witty speech against licencing of theatres, 1737 (printed 1749); visited Voltaire, 1741; denounced plan to hire Hanoverian troops; attacked new ministers as Geffrey Broadboattom, 1743; bequest from Lady Marlborough for political conduct; entered Pelham min. in retirement of Carteret; as Viceroy of Ireland, 1745-46, kept country quiet by tolerant policy and encouraged national industry; ... the prospectus of Dr Johnsons Dictionary addressed to him, 1747; eulogised Dictionary in the World, 1754; satirised as Sir John Chester in Barnaby Rudge; his prophecy of French Revolution, 1753; letters to natural son published by sons widow, Eugenia Stanhope, 1774; Supplement, 1787;, Fr. version, 1775, German, 1774-76; Misc. Works,. incl. Memoirs of his Life, prepared by Maty, and seuppl. letter, with Chars. of Eminent Personages, 1777; Misc. Works, collected 1779; Letters relative to education of his godson publ., 1817; collected editions of letters and lit. works, ed. Lord Mahon, 1845-53; John Bradshaw, 1892; extracts from unpubl. letters, in Ernsts Life of Chesterfield, 1893. Note that William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington (?1690-1756), succeeded Carteret as secretary of state, 1744; resigned after George IIs vain attempt to detach him from the Pelhams, 1746, but exchanged seals in Oct. for LL of Ireland; his vice-royalty, 1746-51, marked by beginning of Irish parl. opposition; was friendly with Lord Chesterfield, but met antagonism of patriot party, cited by Gilbert, during the succeeding Vice-royalty of Harrington, another Stanhope.
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