The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 11/From Jonathan Swift to William King - 1
I WAS several times to wait on your lordship at your lodgings; but you were either abroad, or so engaged, that I could not be permitted the honour to attend you. I have an humble request to your lordship, that you will please to excuse me if I cannot be at the triennial visitation; for, my lord and lady continually residing at the lodge, I am obliged to a constant attendance there.
I am, with all respect,
Your lordship's most obedient
and most humble servant,