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An Essay Upon Projects

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"[...]be either made, repealed, or, which is all one, suspended, but by their consent."
In January, 1688, Defoe having inherited the freedom of the City of London, took it up, and signed his name in the Chamberlain's book, on the 26th of that month, without the "de," "Daniel Foe." On the 5th of November, 1688, there was another landing, that of William of Orange, in Torbay, which threatened the government of James the Second. Defoe again rode out, met the army of William at Henley-on-Thames, and joined its second...
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"[...]be either made, repealed, or, which is all one, suspended, but by their consent."
In January, 1688, Defoe having inherited the freedom of the City of London, took it up, and signed his name in the Chamberlain's book, on the 26th of that month, without the "de," "Daniel Foe." On the 5th of November, 1688, there was another landing, that of William of Orange, in Torbay, which threatened the government of James the Second. Defoe again rode out, met the army of William at Henley-on-Thames, and joined its second line as a volunteer. He was present when it was resolved, on the 13th of February, 1689, that the flight of James had been an abdication; and he was one of the mounted citizens who formed a guard of honour when William and Mary paid their first visit to Guildhall.
Defoe was at this time twenty-eight years old, married, and living in a house at Tooting, where he had also been active in foundation of a chapel. From hose factor he had become merchant adventurer in trade with Spain, and is said by one writer of his time to have been a "civet-cat merchant." Failing then in some venture in 1692, he became bankrupt, and had one vindictive creditor who, according to the law of those days, had power to shut him in prison, and destroy all power of recovering his loss and putting himself straight with the world. Until his other creditors had conquered that one enemy, and could give him freedom to[...]".
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Defoe began working on the series of radical proposals to improve England in about 1692 when he had just gotten out of prison and was hiding from authorities and creditors; by the time he had finished and published them in 1697, he had also righted himself publicly and financially. The collection represents new beginnings for him as a political and literary figure, new assertions of principles, new ventures on public terrain. It also is solidly within the tradition of the flurry of similar proposals and prophecies published, usually as pamphlets, during that decade. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781502929716
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Defoe wurde Anfang 1660 - sein genaues Geburtsdatum ist unbekannt - in London als Sohn eines Fleischers geboren. Defoe hatte ursprünglich puritanischer Geistlicher werden sollen, entschied sich dann aber für die kaufmännische Laufbahn, wo er allerdings bald scheiterte. Er versuchte sich in mehreren Berufen. Aus dem Wunsch heraus, die praktischen Lebensbedingungen seiner Landsleute zu verbessern, gab er nacheinander mehrere Zeitschriften heraus und verfaßte zahlreiche zum Teil satirische ArtikeL Ein heftiger Angriff gegen die religiöse Unduldsamkeit der anglikanischen Kirche brachte ihn sogar an den Pranger, wo ihm das Volk jedoch begeistert zujubelte. Nach einem Gefängnisaufenthalt änderte er seinen ursprünglichen Namen (Daniel Foe) in Defoe. Er starb am 26.4.1731 in London
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Foreword
Headnote
Works Consulted before 1731
Works Consulted after 1731
An Essay upon Projects
Preface 1
Introduction 7
The History of Projects 13
Of Projectors 16
Of Banks 18
Of the High-Ways 29
Of Assurances 46
Of Friendly-Societies 48
The Proposal Is for a Pension-Office 57
Of Wagering 67
Of Fools 69
Of Bankrupts 75
Of Academies 89
Of a Court-Merchant 115
Of Seamen 118
The Conclusion 127
Textual Notes 129
App. A Bibliographic Descriptions and The Order of Issues 131
Notes to Lines 148
Index 204
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