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

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And I do hereby require and request the very reverend sub-dean not to permit any of the vicars-choral, choristers, or organists, to attend or assist at any public musical performances, without my consent, or his consent, with the consent of the chapter first obtained.

And whereas it hath been reported, that I gave a licence to certain vicars to assist at a club of fiddlers in Fishamble Street, I do hereby declare that I remember no such licence to have been ever signed or sealed by me; and that if ever such pretended licence should be produced, I do hereby annul and vacate the said licence.  Intreating my said sub-dean and chapter to punish such vicars as shall ever appear there, as songsters, fiddlers, pipers, trumpeters, drummers, drum-majors, or in any sonal quality, according to the flagitious aggravations of their respective disobedience, rebellion, perfidy, and ingratitude.

I require my said sub-dean to proceed to the extremity of expulsion, if the said vicars should be found ungovernable, impenitent, or self-sufficient, especially Taberner, Phipps, and Church, who, as I am informed, have, in violation of my sub-dean’s and chapter’s order in December last, at the instance of some obscure persons unknown, presumed to sing and fiddle at the club above mentioned.

My resolution is to preserve the dignity of my station, and the honour of my chapter; and, gentlemen, it is incumbent upon you to aid me, and to show who and what the Dean and Chapter of Saint Patrick’s are.

Signed by me,
Dean of St. Patrick’s.

Witnesses present,

To the very Reverend Doctor John Wynne, sub-dean of the Cathedral church of Saint Patrick, Dublin, and to the reverend dignitaries and prebendaries of the same.




In April, 1727, Swift paid his last visit to England.  The visit paid by him to Walpole, already referred to, resulted in nothing, though it cannot, on that account, be argued that Swift’s open friendship for, and even support of, Pulteney and Bolingbroke was owing to his failure with Walpole.  Swift pleaded with Walpole for Ireland and Ireland only, as his letter to Peterborough amply testifies.  It had nothing to do with the political situation in England.  The explanation for this sympathy is most likely found in Sir Henry Craik’s suggestion that Swift humoured the pretences of his friends that they were of the party that maintained the national virtues, resisted corruption, and defended liberty against arbitrary power.  To Pulteney Swift always wrote reminding him that the country looked to him as its saviour, and he wrote in a similar vein to Bolingbroke and Pope.  The “Craftsman” had been founded by Pulteney and Bolingbroke (a curious companionship when one remembers the
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