Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Jonathan Swift Autograph Letter Signed "Jonath Swift". One page of a bifolium, Deanery-house, Dublin; April 20, 1732. Addressed to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lionel Sackville, Duke of Dorset. It reads, in full: "My Lord. I return my most humble acknowledgements to your Grace and my Lady Dutchess [sic] for your great condescention [sic] in inquiring after me at a time when you are so much taken up in crowds and ceremony. I can make no wishes for either of you, but a good voyage without sickness or accidents. For as to honor fortune, favor, and the like, I can only pray for the continuance of them. That I so seldom troubled your Grace, I am sure you will approve, as a matter of conscience in me, not to disturb your house, which in the business of some months left so few for your own leisure and diversions."

    At the time the letter was written, the elderly Swift was Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. Swift and the Duke had numerous correspondences over the years, and Swift once remarked that the Duke was "one of the most agreeable and well- informed men, and best conversationalists, he had ever met." A popular satirist and essayist, Swift is probably best known as the author of Gulliver's Travels (1726).

    Condition: Flattened folds, with soiling at the folds and on verso. Separations at the folds have been repaired with material on verso (internal pages 2 and 3). Light toning throughout.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2019
    14th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 339

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 March 4 Rare Books Signature Auction Books Signature Auction - New York .

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 September 21 - 22 The David and Janice Frent Collection Presidential &  Political Americana, Part VI Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 September 21 - 22 The David and Janice Frent Collection Presidential & Political Americana, Part VI Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $648,838