The first edition of an Account of the Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government in England appeared anonymously, with the title page dated 1677 and the place of publication given as Amsterdam. The following March the London Gazette printed an offer of a considerable reward to whoever could inform on the author or the printer. As Marvell himself makes clear in a letter of 10 June 1678 (Letters, p. 357), his authorship was known and, following his death in August, a second edition appeared with his name on the title page. In a series of virulent writings, Sir Roger L’Estrange (see No. 17) undertook to oppose Marvell both alive and dead.
A Letter from Amsterdam, To A Friend in England, dated ‘18 April 1678, English stile’ (p. 6) and printed in England, indicates that Marvell’s authorship is known.
Extract from pp. 4-5.
Bring on new Accounts of Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government: Charge them upon evil Counselors: Be sure to lift ’em, at any hand lift ’em: Noyse may do it; ah, but Tumult is wanting! Then burn the Pope again, to fulfill the Revelation; that will draw together the Rabble; But forget not Cakes and Ale for ’em; Pot-valiant will