Joseph Addison

Walter Graham (ed.), The Letters of Joseph Addison

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211. To John Somers, Baron Somers of Evesham

Dublin Castle [Friday] Augt 12th 1709

My Lord

I would not return your Lordship my most humble thanks for the kind and condescending Letter you were pleased to honour me with by Mr Denton, til I could acquaint Your Lordship with the Success of the Money Bill, which he brought along with him. There arose a great Debate upon it this day, whether it should be rejected or Committed, and I was once in some pain for it when I saw the Sollr Genll employing all his Interest and Rhetoric against it, notwithstanding My Lord Lieut had detained him from going into England on purpose that he might do Her Majesty Service on this Occasion. The cheif Speakers of his Party were Ludlow the Chairman of the Committee for ways and means, Saunders one of the Six Clerks, Bernard Chief Justice of the Palatinate of Tipperay under ye Duke of Ormond, Dopping the Leader of a flying Party, Stewart my pg 178Lord Mountjoys Brother, Nuttely a Councellour of the late Trustees, and Sr Harry Bingham a Countrey Gentleman. The Gentlemen that spoke with great Strength and warmth for it, and whose names your Lordship may possibly have heard on other Occasions were Conelly, Upton, the Speakers Son, and Brother, Stafford, Major Genl Hamilton, Silver, Alleyn, Macartney, Maxwell, Dean, the Recorder of Dublin, Kelly, and Clayton. No man in place, except Mr Keightly spoke and what he said was only for fashion sake upon a point, relating to the Revenue. His Brother Commissioner Mr Tenison withdrew before the Question. Mr Savage Chancellour of the Exchequer, had promised his Excie to be with him, but voted for throwing out the Bill. Mr Bligh, and Sr John Percival two others of the Privy Council, were on ye same side. Mr Denton gave some Account of the great caution and tenderness that had been shown by the Privy Council in England to conform their Alteration to my Lord Lieuts Speech which was indeed very necessary for a great many were persuaded here that the Alteration was made by some private Enemies of his Excy on purpose to discredit him here, and show the Court of England his want of Interest to carry on their Service….

The Votes for Committing the Bill were 147 and those against it but 59. The diligence of his Excys friends has been incredible in this Affair, for had the Parliament mett according to its first adjournment, I beleive the odds would have been as much against him, as they are now for him; but everyone here was persuaded that his Continuance in the Government of this place depended on his Success in this point, which united both his friends and Enemies.

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Address: [London]—Charterhouse copy.

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