This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. In providing a cross-section of the Republic of Letters centered upon Dodsley's Tully's Head enterprise, the book shows how the mid-eighteenth-century growth of the literary market and the debate over the political, religious, and constitutional implications of the Glorious Revolution impacted the self-identity of Dodsley's literary associates, and led them to fashion a revised Patriot criticism that aimed to harness the energy of a broad public-spiritedness to the reinforcement of social order. In the process, it uncovers an alternative picture of the role of Burke's Irishness in his literary and political career that challenges the anachronistic emphasis given recently to nationalist and anticolonialist contexts.
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