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That influences being so predominant, corruption so formidable, and elections so controlled by the mighty power of those two statesmen, your loyal kingdom of Ireland feels the sad effects of it, and dreads this duumvirate as much as England did that of the Earl of Stafford and Archbishop Laud.
That your other ministers, officers, subjects, and servants, being cut out of dignity and power by this formidable monopoly, can scarce perform the proper functions of their ministry, as all measures are determined by fatal and influenced majorities in the houses.
That the citizens of Dublin have for a long time laboured under an unprecedented slavery in subjection to the bankers of administration, who act in a despotic manner, raising and disposing the public revenues of the city, just as to them seems fitting.
That your majesty's interest in the hearts of your loyal subjects is likely to be affected by those arbitrary measures, as the landed interest is very much injured thereby, and as few care to represent their country in parliaments where a junto of two or three men disconcert every measure taken for the good of the subject, or the cause of common liberty.
Ỉhat your memorialist has nothing to ask of your majesty, neither place, civil or military, neither employment or preferment for himself or friends, and that nothing but his duty to your majesty, and his natural hatred to such detestable monopoly, could have induced your memorialist to this presumption,
THE GENTLEMEN WHO VOTED IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLU
[Marked thus, * spoke in the Debate.]
Tellers for the Ayes.
* Edmond Sexton Pery, Esq. Hon. Hugh Skeffington, Lieute. James Smyth, Esq. Collector nant of Horse
Charles O'Neile, Esq. Sir William Parsons, Bart.
Richard Trench, Esq.
John Pomeroy, Esq. LieuteJames Hamilton, Esq.
nant Colonel of Foot Sir Richard Wolesley, Bart. Hugh Crofton, Esq. *Lord Newtown
Charles Smyth, Esq. Hon. Barry Maxwell Hercules Langford Rowley, John Cramer, Esq.
Esq. Richard Ponsonby, Esq.
Richard Edgworth, Esq. Denham Jephson, Esq. Right Hon. William Henry William Forward, Esq.
Fortescue, Esq. Privy CounAbraham Creichton, Esq.
sellor Bernard Ward, Esq.
John Ruxton, Esq. Alexander Hamilton, Esq.
Thomas Fortescue, Esq. Robert Scott, Esq.
James Fortescue, Esq. Matthew Ford, Esq.
Thomas Tenison, Esq. ComFrancis Leigh, Esq.
missioner of Appeals Sir Charles Burton, Knt. Anthony Forster, Esq. *Philip Tisdal, Esq. Solicitor Townley Bellfore, Esq.
General, and Judge of the Sir Thomas Taylor, Bart.
Richard Moore, Esq.
Thomas Dawson, Esq.
Jonah Barrington, Esq. Pen*Nicholas Arehall, Esq.
sioner *Robert French, Esq. Robert Cunningham, Esq. AdRobert Fitzgerald, Esq. Judge jutant General Advocate
Nehemiah Donellan, Esq. Sir William Founds, Bart. Right Hon. Sir Thomas Pen
Packer, Searcher, and Gau- dergast, Post-Master Geneger, in the port of Cork ral and Privy Counsellor Maurice Keating, Esq.
Kinsmill Penefather, Esq. John Bourke, Esq. Commis- William Stewart, Esq.
sioner of the Revenue Thomas Knox, Esq. Walter Weldon, Esq.
Nehemiah Donellan, Esq. jun. Richard Dawson, Esq.
Richard Georges, Esq.
Secretary to the Commis- James Stopfort, Esq.
Charles Tottenham, Esq. Sur, Henry Lyons, Esq.
veyor General of Excise
Hon. Henry Loftus, Esq. Richard Chapel Whaley, Esq.
Against the Question, and for Stifling the Resolutions from ap
pearing before His Majesty,
Tellers for Noes.
Thomas Carter, Esq. junior.
John Graham, Esq. Hon. Hungford Skeffington, Robert Standford, Esq. Captain Pensioner
of Horse Sir Richard Butler, Bart. John Eyre, Esq. Right Hon. Richard Rigby, Henry Bingham, Esq. PenPrincipal Secretary
sioner Sir Edward Obrien, Bart. William Crosby, Esq. Murrough Obrien, Esq. Sir Kildare Burrowes, Bart. Emanuel Pigot, Esq.
Robert Harman Hon. James Obrien, Esq. Col. Agmondisham Vesy, Esq. Aclector of Cork
comptant General Bellingham Boyle, Esq. Pen- James Agar, Esq. sioner
Ralph Gore, Esq. Pensioner Sir John Freke, Bart. *Warden Flood, Esq. AttorLord Limerick, Chief Remembrancer
John Gore, Esq. Counsel to John Magill, Esq.
the Commissioners William Harward, Esq. Edmond Malone, Esq. CounEdward Barry, Esq. State Phy- sellor at Law sician
William Scot, Esq. Prime SerGeneral Dilkes, Governor of jeant the Hospital
Alexander Nesbit, Esq. PenJohn Lysaght, Esq. junior sioner Andrew Knox, Esq.
Anthony Marlay, Esq. ComSir Ralph Gore St. George, missioner of Appeals, and Bart.
Bart. Privy Counsellor Hon. Mr. Westely Michael Clarke, Esq. Exami- General Bligh, Colonel of a ner of Excise
Regiment of Horse Francis Pier Burton, Esq. Richard Hamilton, Esq. Thomas Montgomery, Esq. Nathaniel Clements, Esq. DeWilliam Cooper, Esq.
puty Vice Treasurer
Alexander Montgomery, Esq. Lord Boyle
Teller of the Exchequer Marcus Patterson, Esq. Ser- *Right Hon. Anthony Malone, jeant at Law
Chancellor of the Exchequer, William Henry Dawson, Esq. and Privy Counsellor Henry Sandford, Esq. Gustavus Lambert, Esq. ColThomas Mahon, Esq.
lector of Excise Frederick Gore, Esq.
Lord Forbes, Colonel of Foot Galbraith Lowry, Esq.
Richard Malone, Esq. Serjeant Frederick Gore, Esq. St. George Richardson, Esq. Hon. Thomas Southwell, Esq. Lieutenant of Horse
Pensioner Aland Mason, Esq.
Charles Gardiner, Esq. Sur. Lord Beresford
veyor General of the Cus. Shapland Carew, Esq.
toms in Ireland.
EXHORTATION OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY OF DUBLIN,
READ FROM THEIR ALTARS ON THE SECOND OF OCTOBER, 1757....PAGE 53.
(From the Dublin Journal of October 4th, 1757.)
IT is now time, Christians, that you return your most grateful thanks to Almighty God, who, after visiting you with a scarcity, which approached near unto a famine, has been graciously pleased, like a merciful father, to hear your prayers, and feed you with a plentiful harvest: nor ought you to forget those kind benefactors, who, in the severest times, mindful only of the public good, generously bestowed, without any distinction of persons, those large charities, by which thousands were preserved, who otherwise must have perished the victims of hunger and poverty. We ought especially to be most earnest in our thanks to the chief governors and magistrates of the kingdom, and of this city in particular, who, on this occasion, proved the fathers and saviours of the nation. But as we have not a more effectual method of shewing our acknowledgment to our temporal governors, than by an humble, peaceful, and obedient behaviour ; as hitherto, we carnestly exhort you to continue in the same happy and Christian disposition, and thus, by degrees, you will entirely efface in their minds those evil impressions, which have been conceived so much to our prejudice, and in. dustriously propagated by our enemies. A series of more than sixty years spent, with a pious resignation, under the hardships of very severe penal laws, and with the greatest thankfulness for the lenity and moderation, with which they were executed, ever since the accession of the present royal family, is certainly a fact which must outweigh, in the minds of all unbiassed persons, any misconceived opinions of the doctrine and tenets of our holy church.
You know that it has always been our constant practice, as ministers of Jesus Christ, to inspire you with the greatest horror for thefts, frauds, murders, and the like abominable crimes; as being contrary to the laws of God and nature, destructive of civil society, condemned by our most holy church, which, so far from justifying them on the score of religion, or any other pretext whatsoever, delivers the unrepenting authors of such criminal practices over to Satan.
We are no less zealous than ever in exhorting you to abstain from cursing, swearing, and blaspheming; detestable vices, to which the poorer sort of our people are most unhappily addicted, and which must at one time or other bring down the vengeance of heaven upon you in some visible punishment, unless you absolutely refrain from them.
It is probable, that, from hence, some people have taken occasion to brand us with this infamous calumny, that we need not fear to take false oaths, and consequently to perjure ourselves; as if we believed that any power upon earth could authorize such damnable practices, or grant dispensations for this purpose. How unjust and cruel this charge is, you know by our instructions to you both in public and private, in which we have ever condemned such doctrines, as false and impious. Others, likewise, may easily know it from the constant behaviour of numbers of Roman Catholics, who have given the strongest proofs of their abhorrence of those tenets, by refusing to take oaths, which, however conducive to their temporal interest, appeared to them entirely repugnant to the principles of their religion.
We must now intreat you, dear Christians, to offer up your most fervent prayers to the Almighty God, who holds in his hands the hearts of kings and princes, beseech him to direct the counsels of our rulers, to inspire them with sentiments of moderation and compassion towards us. We ought to be more earnest, at this juncture, in our supplications to heaven; as some very honourable personages have encouraged us to hope for a mitigation of the penal laws. Pray then the Almighty to give a blessing to these their generous designs, and to aid their coun, sels, in such a manner, that, whilst they intend to assist us, like