John Warburton

CriticismCommentary

Life
Author, with Whitelaw and 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 1818).

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Quotations
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].

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Notes
Warburton’s 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 Britstol, & 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.

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