Hieroglyphic Tales eBook

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of the majority to go and drink her majesty’s health.  This seeming violence gave occasion to a very long protest, drawn up by sir Archee Mac Sarcasm, in which he contrived to state the claim of the departed foetus so artfully, that it produced a civil war, and gave rise to those bloody ravages and massacres which so long laid waste the ancient kingdom of Kilkenny, and which were at last terminated by a lucky accident, well known, says my author, to every body, but which he thinks it his duty to relate for the sake of those who never may have heard it.  These are his words: 

It happened that the archbishop of Tuum (anciently called Meum by the Roman catholic clergy) the great wit of those times, was in the queen-mother’s closet, who had the young queen in her lap. [5] His grace was suddenly seized with a violent fit of the cholic, which made him make such wry faces, that the queen-mother thought he was going to die, and ran out of the room to send for a physician, for she was a pattern of goodness, and void of pride.  While she was stepped into the servant’s hall to call somebody, according to the simplicity of those times, the archbishop’s pains encreased, when perceiving something on the mantle-piece, which he took for a peach in brandy, he gulped it all down at once without saying grace, God forgive him, and found great comfort from it.  He had not done licking his lips before the queen-mother returned, when queen Grata cried out, “Mama, mama, the gentleman has eat my little brother!” This fortunate event put an end to the contest, the male line entirely failing in the person of the devoured prince.  The archbishop, however, who became pope by the name of Innocent the 3d. having afterwards a son by his sister, named the child Fitzpatrick, as having some of the royal blood in its veins; and from him are descended all the younger branches of the Fitzpatricks of our time.  Now the rest of the acts of Grata and all that she did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Kilkenny?


This tale was written for Anne Liddel countess of Offory, wife of John Fitzpatrick earl of Offory.  They had a daughter Anne, the subject of this story.

[Footnote 1:  Vide Lodge’s Peerage of Ireland, in the family of Fitzpatrick.]

[Footnote 2:  Queen Anne in her first speech to the parliament said, her heart was entirely English.]

[Footnote 3:  Lady Offory had miscarried just then of two sons.]

[Footnote 4:  The housekeeper, as soon as lord Offory came home, wished him joy of a son and heir, though both the children were born dead.]

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