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In the 1720s, he printed Tory opposition papers such as the Duke of Wharton’s True Briton and Mist’s Daily Journal, both crypto-Jacobite and thus anathema to the Whig government of the day, and in 1728 he came close to arrest and imprisonment for his involvement with Nathaniel Mist’s journal; Mist had his own press broken up and fled to France to avoid detention. In the 1730s, however, Richardson was printing works such as William Webster’s religiously orientated Weekly Miscellany and the pro-government Daily Gazetteer.
In Roxana, the memoir of a guilt-ridden adventuress who is apparently complicit in the murder of her own daughter, Defoe creates the voice of a virtuoso exponent of dissociation and extenuation who, in a deft appropriation of casuistical process, pleads poverty as the source of her actions ‘not . . 27 Casuistry is at the centre of this startling effect, but it functions in contrary ways. On one hand, casuistical methodology enables Moll and Roxana to undertake serious analysis of the urgent and peculiarly circumstanced cases of conscience with which the extreme environments they inhabit repeatedly confront them.
Here, for the first time, there are exchanges of correspondence between masculine characters, such as Mr B. and Sir Simon Darnford, and there are many more letters in a variety of registers by minor characters, such as Lady Davers, Jackey, and Polly Darnford, than in the original novel.