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Daniel Defoe: Master of FictionsHis Life and Works$
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Maximillian E. Novak

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.001.0001

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From Pilloried Libeller to Government Propagandist

From Pilloried Libeller to Government Propagandist

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(p.189) 9 From Pilloried Libeller to Government Propagandist
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Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions
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Maximillian E. Novak

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.003.0021

In his letter of July 12, 1703, to William Penn, Daniel Defoe pointed out that he had been urged by some friends to take advantage of his bail to flee. He apparently thought that he might yet avoid the pillory, and urged Penn to continue his services. The government had succeeded in punishing the body of Defoe, but his images of a type of persecution that most people in England were no longer willing to accept had blunted the attack upon the Dissenters. Defoe was to tell the story of his release in moving terms in Appeal to Honour and Justice. He was attempting to explain his sense of gratitude toward Robert Harley and Queen Anne as a justification for his loyalty to both of them from that point forward. This was not exactly the way Defoe became a secret agent for the Queen and a propagandist for Harley. Defoe probably had difficulty getting Harley to provide exact orders about the kind of propaganda he wanted.

Keywords:   Daniel Defoe, William Penn, pillory, persecution, England, Queen Anne, Robert Harley, Appeal to Honour and Justice, propaganda, Dissenters

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