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The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 11/From Narcissus Marsh and William King to John Hartstonge - 1

IRISH BISHOPS TO THE BISHOPS OF OSSORY AND KILLALOE.


DUBLIN, AUG. 31, 1710.


OUR VERY GOOD LORDS,


WHEREAS several applications have been made to her majesty about the first-fruits and twentieth parts, payable to her majesty by the clergy of this kingdom, beseeching her majesty, that she would be graciously pleased to extend her bounty to the clergy here, in such manner as the convocation have humbly laid before her majesty, or as her majesty shall in her goodness and wisdom think fit; and the said applications lie still before her majesty; and we do hope, from her royal bounty, a favourable answer.

We do therefore entreat your lordships to take on you the solicitation of that affair, and to use such proper methods and applications, as you in your prudence shall judge most likely to be effectual. We have likewise desired the bearer, Dr. Swift, to concern himself with you, being persuaded of his diligence and good affection: and we desire, that if your lordships occasions require your leaving London before you have brought the business to effect, that you would leave with him the papers relating to it, with your directions for his management in it, if you think it advisable so to do. We are your lordships most humble servants and brethren,


To the right rev. fathers in God, John, lord bishop of Ossory, and Thomas, lord bishop of Killaloe.