The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. - Volume 07 eBook

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A dozen such men in power would be able to reform a kingdom.  He hath no employment under the Crown; nor is likely to get or solicit for any:  his education having not turned him that way.  I will assure for no man’s future conduct; but he who hath hitherto practised the rules of virtue with so much difficulty in so great and busy a station, deserves your thanks, and the best return you can make him; and you, my brethren, have no other to give him, than that of representing you in Parliament.  Tell me not of your engagements and promises to another:  your promises were sins of inconsideration, at best; and you are bound to repent and annul them.  That gentleman, although with good reputation, is already engaged on the other side.  He hath four hundred pounds a year under the Crown, which he is too wise to part with, by sacrificing so good an establishment to the empty names of virtue, and love of his country.  I can assure you, the DRAPIER is in the interest of the present Lord Mayor, whatever you may be told to the contrary.  I have lately heard him declare so in public company, and offer some of these very reasons in defence of his opinion; although he hath a regard and esteem for the other gentleman, but would not hazard the good of the city and the kingdom for a compliment.

The Lord Mayor’s severity to some unfair dealers, should not turn the honest men among them against him.  Whatever he did, was for the advantage of those very traders, whose dishonest members he punished.  He hath hitherto been above temptation to act wrong; and therefore, as mankind goes, he is the most likely to act right as a representative of your city, as he constantly did in the government of it.

SOME

CONSIDERATIONS

HUMBLY OFFERED TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE LORD MAYOR, THE COURT OF ALDERMEN, AND COMMON-COUNCIL OF THE HONOURABLE CITY OF DUBLIN,

IN THE

CHOICE OF A RECORDER.

1733.

SOME CONSIDERATIONS IN THE CHOICE OF A RECORDER.

The office of Recorder to this city being vacant by the death of a very worthy gentleman,[188] it is said, that five or six persons are soliciting to succeed him in the employment.  I am a stranger to all their persons, and to most of their characters; which latter, I hope, will at this time be canvassed with more decency than it sometimes happeneth upon the like occasions.  Therefore, as I am wholly impartial, I can with more freedom deliver my thoughts how the several persons and parties concerned ought to proceed in electing a Recorder for this great and ancient city.

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