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The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 11/From William King to Jonathan Swift - 5

DUBLIN, OCT. 24, 1710.

I THANK you for your's of the 10th instant, and send you enclosed a farther power by my lord primate and me. My lord is not able to come to town, which obliged me to wait on him at Johnston, and hindered the joining of two or three bishops in it who are yet in town: but I suppose our signing is sufficient. I went in the morning to wait on his grace, and intended, when he had signed it, to have applied to other bishops; but he was abroad taking the air, and I could not get it until it was late, and thought it better to sign and lend it as it is, than wait for another post. You may expect by the next a letter to his grace of Canterbury, and another to the archbishop of York. I apprized them both of the business. The latter, if I remember right, spoke to her majesty about it; I am not sure, that her majesty remembers what I said on that subject; but am sure she was pleased to seem satisfied with it, and to scruple only the time: I suppose, not thinking it fit to confer the favour she designed the clergy of Ireland by the hands it must then have passed through, but said, that in the interval of a change, or absence of a chief governor, it should be done. I hope now is the proper time, and that her majesty will rather follow the dictates of her own bountiful inclinations, than the intrigues of cunning covetous counsellors.

I thought to have troubled you with a great many things; but such a crowd of visitors have broken in upon me before I could lock my gates, that I am forced to break off abruptly, recommending you to God's care.

I am, &c.