Daniel Defoe: His Life by Paula R. Backscheider

By Paula R. Backscheider

Throughout one among English history's so much tumultuous classes, Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) took half in and stated on approximately each significant political, spiritual, and social controversy. This greatly acclaimed biography bargains a desirable account of Defoe's amazing existence. Paula Backscheider finds new information regarding Defoe's mystery occupation as a double agent, his bold enterprise ventures, his harmful pen―and his cat-and-mouse video games with those that sought to regulate it. this is often the definitive biography of 1 of eighteenth-century England's so much influential figures―and essentially the most prolific and broadly learn authors of all time

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In 1697 Neale became commissioner of the transfer office for duties on salt, beer, ale, and other liquor at £i ,200 a year, with another £600 for an office and clerks. He already held the position of master of the mint for Norwich, York, Chester, Bristol, and Exeter. 5 Somewhat ironically, because it was mortgaged to Ghiselyn, Maresco, and Stamper and under litigation, the one property that Defoe could not lose after his bankruptcy was his land in Essex. From their suit it is clear that Defoe received "rents and profits" from this property in Chadwell and Tilbury parishes.

5 Somewhat ironically, because it was mortgaged to Ghiselyn, Maresco, and Stamper and under litigation, the one property that Defoe could not lose after his bankruptcy was his land in Essex. From their suit it is clear that Defoe received "rents and profits" from this property in Chadwell and Tilbury parishes. For some reason this land held a 1660-1703 special place in Defoe's heart. Intriguingl y located partly in the parish where "Daniel son of a stranger " had been born in 1662, it carried the magic for him that Tilbury had for all English people who glorified Queen Elizabeth and remembered how she had gathered her forces there in 1588 before defeating the Spanish Armada , but it also seemed to have or to gain some special personal appeal.

Because England had no machmery ~or public finance, the government relied heavily on arrangements with joint stock companies such as the East India Company and the Bank of . * When Defoe began writing his Essay upon Projects (by his account m 1692), Englishmen invested with individuals (as Defoe had in Joseph Williams' diving bell scheme) or formed companies (as William Paterson had, first with the Bank of England and then with the Scottish Darien Company). Many of these investment schemes began with published explanatory tracts.

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