The Morning VisitDEAN. My Lord I hope your goodness will excuse / This early Visit, since my only views / Are center'd in the glory of your House, / And now have brought a trifle --- for your Spouse / Of which I beg her kind acceptance ------- then Rank me my Lord, amongst the happiest men. / LORD. My rev'rend Dean, I'm glad to see you now, / Early or late; or any time, I vow: / What news abroad, my rev'rend Dean, what news? / Somethings behind - have you no trifling views In which my Int'rest can the least avail-------? / DEAN. Indeed, my Lord, there is a flying tale / That my good Lord of B------h [Bath] declines so fast With Age, and Gout, this fit will be his last. / LORD. I know he 's old and cannot long be here: / But, revd Dean, you know -- what 'tis a Year: / 'Twill gain me Friends----------- / DEAN.-------My Lord I know that's true, / And all the Int'rest in my pow'rs your due / In future times the same shall me control / My Friends------Estate-------my Body, and my-------[soul], / LORD. 'Tis well my rev'rend Dean - all's very right; / On these conditions you're put down to night, / You shall succeed------- / DEAN.-------All grateful thanks are due; / My gratitude shall shine, my Lord -: my Lord adieu /
Etching, 345 x 225mm. 13½ x 9". Laid on conservation backing, with repaired tears.
'42' inscribed upper right, apparently in some series. It illustrates a dialogue in verse engraved below the design between 'Lord' and 'Dean'. The 'lord , writing at a table, receives the visit of a dean, who bows, hat in hand, and proffers a money-bag, asking for a bishopric.. On the floor in the foreground are documents partly cut and destroyed: "CHARTER COMMUNIUM Johannes del Gratia" and "LIBERTATUM give [?sive] MAGNA CHARTA". From a nearly closed box hang other documents also in bad repair: "HABE . . CORPUS Rex Magna B" ; "Bill of Rights"; "nilla [sic] Ransom". In an open chest are neatly rolled documents, evidently recent patent rolls, or grants, one of which shows the words "and Grant beloved". The document on which the Minister is writing is inscribed "List of persons proper for Pensions Rever[si]ons and Places for life &c. for his M-----y's private inspection", the first name on the list being John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. The Dean here depicted who is promised the 'first bishoprick', is Josiah Tucker, dean of Gloucester. He was reputed a ministerial propagandist. The peer resembles portraits of Lord Rochford, one of the Secretaries of State.
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