The History and Antiquities of the County of Carlow
John Ryan, Esq., M.R.S.L.
(Dublin 1833); Pages 35 and 36
Adrian the bishop, the servant of the servants of God, to his most dear son in
Christ, the noble king of England, sendeth greeting, and apostolic benediction. Your
magnificence hath been very careful and studious how you might enlarge the
church of God here on earth, and increase the number of his saints and elect in
heaven; in that, as a good catholic king, you have and do, by all means, labour and
travail to enlarge and increase God’s church, by teaching the ignorant people the
true and Christian religion, and in abolishing and rooting up the weeds of sin and
And wherein you have, and do crave, for your better furtherance, the help of the
apostolic see, wherein more speedily and discreetly you proceed, the better success, we hope, god will send, for all they which of a fervent zeal and love in religion do begin and enterprise any such thing, shall, no doubt, in the end, have a
good and prosperous success.
And as for Ireland, and all other islands, where Christ is known, and the Christian
religion received, it is out of all doubt, and your Excellency well knoweth, they do
all appertain and belong to the right of St. Peter, and of the church of Rome, and
we are so much the more ready, desirous and willing to sow the acceptable seed of
god’s word, because we know the same in the latter day will be most severely required at our hands (p.35) You have (our well-beloved son in Christ) advertised
and signified unto us, that You will enter into the land and realm of Ireland; to the
end to bring them to obedience unto law, and under your subjection, and to root out
from among them their foul sins and wickedness; as also to yield and pay yearly
out of every house, a yearly pension of one penny to St. Peter, and besides, also
will defend and keep the rites of these churches whole and inviolate.
We therefore, well allowing and favouring this your godly disposition, and commendable affection, do accept, ratify and assent unto this your petition; and do
grant, that you (for the dilating of God’s church, the punishment of sin, there forming of manners, planting of virtue, and the increasing of Christian religion)do enter
to possess that land, and there to execute according to your wisdom, whatsoever
shall be for the honour of god, and the safety of the realm.
And further, also, we do strictly charge and require, that all the people of that land
do with all humbleness, dutifulness and honour, receive and accept you as their
liege lord and sovereign, reserving and excepting the right of holy church to be inviolably preserved; as also the yearly pension of Peter-pence, out of every house;
which we require to be truly answered to St. Peter and the Church of Rome.
If therefore you do mind to bring your godly purpose to effect, endeavour to travail
to reform the people to some better order and trade of life, and that also by your
self, and by such others as you shall think meet, true and honest in their life,
manners and conversation, to the end the church of god may be beautified, the true
Christian religion sowed and planted, and all other things done, that by any means
shall or may be to God’s honour, and salvation of men’s souls, whereby you may in
the end receive of God’s hands the reward of everlasting life; and also, in the mean
time, and in this life, carry a glorious fame, and an honourable report among all
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