A Journal to Stella

A Journal to Stella is a work by Jonathan Swift first partly published posthumously in 1766.

It consists of 65 letters to his friend, Esther Johnson, whom he called Stella and whom he may have secretly married. They were written between 1710 and 1713, from various locations in England, and though clearly intended for Stella's eyes were sometimes addressed to her companion Rebecca Dingley.

Amongst the references to contemporaries of Dean Swift, frequent mention is made of Elizabeth Germain.[1] There is also mention of St. George Ashe, Bishop of Clogher, an old friend who by some accounts secretly married Swift to Stella in 1716.


  1. ^ Courtney, William Prideaux (1890). "Germain, Elizabeth" . In Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of National Biography. 21. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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