From Manx Soc vol IV,VII & IX
A LETTER FROM CHANCELLOR HYDE TO
DR. JOHN BARWICK, IN LONDON,
DATED FROM BRUSSELS, FEBRUARY 20TH, 1660, S.N.
KENNETTS REGISTER AND CHRONICLE.
12 CHAS II
CONCERNING the business of the Church, I will confess truly to you. 1 am always ashamed to mention it to His Majesty, who is as much troubled and ashamed that there should be no more care taken of it by those whose part it is, when he hath done all that he can. I cannot blame you for not being desirous of accepting the Bishoprick of Mans, which if you should do nobody will accuse you of ambition. So that you will not thereby be less capable of pressing on the wOrk, but on the contrary will give a good example to others, by shewing them that for the Churches sake you expose yourself to as much danger as they can do, and when you can receive nothing to recompense it. I hope what Mr. Allestry will say from the King, when he shall be heard, will prevail with the Bishops to proceed to the despatch of the whole, and if they shall find it counselable first to provide for the Northern Province (if the person designed by the King for Chester shall refuse) that they choose as for Carlisle (which he leaves to them to do) so another fit person for Chester ; and then since the election for Man is in my Lord Derby, and he hath conferred it upon you, and much time may be spent in the alteration, I hope your friends will persuade you to accept of it for the facilitating the rest. * ~ * * * * * * * *
Your most affectionate servant,