Swift and the Church of Ireland

Swift and the Church of Ireland

Swift and the Church of Ireland

Swift and the Church of Ireland

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Most of the research for this book was done in 1947-8 when I was a Guggenheim Fellow, privileged to spend the year in Ireland and England. To the Guggenheim Foundation I owe, as do so many others, my most profound thanks. I am equally grateful to my own university for constant generous treatment manifested in a variety of ways, particularly for granting me leave of absence. In Ireland I received countless courtesies from institutions and individuals. The Very Reverend David F. R. Wilson, then Dean of St. Patrick's, welcomed me with old-world courtliness to Swift's realm and gave me permission to use the chapter minutes and the cathedral manuscripts. His vicar, the Reverend J. W. Armstrong, a canon of St. Patrick's, displayed infinite patience and searched among the archives at my whim. I shall not forget the pleasant hours in the cathedral. I acknowledge with special thanks the kindness of Mr. Newport White, who has dominion over Marsh's Library, which played its part in Swift's life. Miss Geraldine Fitzgerald aided me again and again, both when I worked in the Library of the Representative Church Body (Dublin) and later when I bombarded her by post. The Reverend John Brady of Dunboyne, Co. Meath, supplied me with useful historical information concerning Co. Meath. I wish particularly to single out among the individuals to whom I am obligated Dr. Richard Hayes, Director of the National Library of Ireland. I can never thank him adequately for his generosity and thoughtfulness; I will merely say, feebly in view of what he has done, that I am deeply appreciative. I am also grateful to the authorities and . . .

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