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council for giving his vote in parliament in a case where his excellency's own friends were of the same opinion, until they were wheedled or threatened out of it by his excellency. The particulars beforementioned I have not yet received; whenever they come, I shall publish them in a second part.
R E SOLUTION
'I N H A BIT AN TS
St. P A T R I C K.
hehe work Mr. B-fw—, ferjeant at law, and mem
ber of parliament, a professed enemy
was at a friend's house *, followed him thither, charged him with writing the faid verses, but had not courage enough to put his bloody design in execution. However, as he had the assurance to relate this affair to several noblemen and gentlemen, the inhabitants of the liberty of St. Patrick's waited upon the dean in form, and presented the following paper, signed by above thirty of them, in the name of themselves, and the rest of their neighbourhood, viz.
E the inhabitants of the liberty
of the dean and chapter of St. Patrick's, Dublin, and the neighbourhood of the same, having been informed, by universal report, that a certain man of this city hath openly threatened, and sworn before many hundred people, as well persons of quality, as others, that he resolves, upon the first opportunity, by the help of several ruffians, to murder or maim the Rev. the dean of St. Patrick, our neighbour, benefactor, and head of the liberty of St. Patrick, upon a frivolous The Rev. Mr. John Worrallos in Big Ship-Street.
unproved suspicion, of the said dean's having written some * lines in verse reflecting on the said man.
Therefore we, the said inhabitants of the said liberty, and in the neighbourhood thereof, from our great love and respect to the faid dean to whom the whole kingdom hath so many obligations, as well as we of the liberty, do unanimously declare, that we will endeavour to defend the life and limbs of the said dean against the said man, and all his ruffians and murderers, as far as the law will allow, if he or any of them presume to come into the said liberty, with any wicked malicious intent against the house or family, or person, or goods of the said dean. To which we have chearfully, sincerely, and heartily set our hands.
On the words brother protestants and fellow christians. See that poem vol. VII.
The dean being in bed, very much indisposed,
and not able to receive the said persons, diftated the following anfuer:
many kind expressions of your concern for my safety, as well as your declared resolution to defend me (as far as the laws of God and man will allow) against all murderers and ruffians, who shall attempt to enter into the liberty with any bloody or wicked designs upon my life, my limbs, my house, or my goods. Gentlemen, my life is in the hand of God, and whether it may be cut off by treachery or open violence, or by the common way of other men; as long as it continueth, I shall ever bear a grateful memory for this favour you have shewn, beyond my expectation, and almost exceeding my wishes