Author, with James Whitelaw and Robert Walsh, of History of the city of Dublin from the earliest accounts to the present time, containing its annals,
antiquities, ecclesiastical history and charters, 2 vols. (London
T. Cadell & W. Davies 1818). [See t.p. image - infra.]
Elegant literature and the fine arts require the fostering protection
of the sovereign or the Government, and the patronage of the nobility
and the opulent, to cause them to flourish. Without such support, they
are fond rarely to attain any degree of perfection in a provincial capital,
and truth compels us to write that not only have they declined most perceptibly
in Dublin since the Union, but the very taste and inclination for them
are deteriorated. [See in Richard J. Kelly, The Old Newspapers
and Publishers of Dublin (Dublin: The Nation 1904; cited in
Chris Corr, English Literary Culture and Irish Literary Revival,
PhD Thesis, UUC 1995].
Warburtons Dublin contains the copy of the Charter of Dublin issued
to the men of Bristol by Henry II, which Joyce parodies (from this or
another source such as Hely Thom), in Finnegans Wake, p.545: Wherfore
I will & firmly command that they do inhabit it, & hold it for
me & of my heirs, well & in peace, freely and quiety, fully &
amply & honourably, with the the liberties & free customs which
the men of Bristol have at Bristol, & through my whole land.
See also reference to same in Denis Johnson, Non-Information in
Finnegans Wake, in Robin Skelton and David R. Clark, eds.,
Irish Renaissance, A Gathering of Essays, Memoirs, and Letters from
the Massachusetts Review (Dolmen Press 1965), p.122.