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TO THE HONORABLE SOCIETY
GOVERNOR AND ASSISTANTS OF LONDON,
New Plantation in Wlster,
WITHIN THE REALM OF IRELAND.
We of your select Committee, whose names are hereunto subscribed, to whom, by a Resolution of your Court of the 13th day of October last, it was referred to examine and compare an Abridgment of your Society's Precords, Journals, and other Documents, and to prepare the same for publication, for the use of the present and future Mbembers of this Society, Do Certify, that we have employed ourselves with unwearied diligence in furtherance of the objects committed to our care; and have great satisfaction in non presenting to you the result of our labours in the following sheets, which we have entitled “A concise View of the Origin, Consti'tution, and Proceedings of the Honorable Society of the Governor and Áfristants of London, of the new Plantation in Ulster, within the Realm of Ireland, commonly called the Irish Society;” wherein you will
observe we have found it convenient to follow the Chronological order, in detailing such of your proceedings as we judged would afford useful information to the Mbembens. To which we have added an Appendix of such documents at large particularly translations of the original Charters of Incorporation of this Society, of the City of Londonderry, and of the Town of Coleraine) as we conceived it would be desirable that the Members should have always before them, as evidence tending to support the Society's nights, titles, and patronage, whether of a seigniorial, territorial, eccosiastical, or parliamentary nature, and as holding their pofefsions, privileges, rights, and immunities, in the Province of Ulster, immediately from and under the Crown, and in as full and amplo a manner, to all intents and purposes, as the Crown itself heretofore held and enjoyed the same; and we have also added two Inquisitions, relating to the Fisheries and the Church Patronage of the Society, which we consider to be of the highest importance.
All which we humbly and respectfully submit to the consideration of your Honorable Court, hoping it will be accepted as a token of our real to accomplish your desires to be furnished with a Manual for the use of the present and future Members of the Irish
Society; and we rejoice, that within our time of servico our humble labours in this work are thus brought to a close
And here we beg permißion, as an act of common justice, to add, that its thus speedy completion has been greatly accelerated by the most ardent zeal and able apsistance of our worthy and justly respected Secretary, Robert Slade, Esq; and by the more laborious, but not legs efsential services of the Apoistant Secretary, Mor. Schultes, whose unremitting afsiduity and love of research, led to the unravelling the great confusion into which your most valuable Records had fallen by lapse of time, and afforded a clue by which to decipher those parts defaced and mutilated by the Fire which raged at Guildhall in the year 1786
And it is with additional pleasure we have seen a Poesolution of your Court, which promises to provide not only against a recurrence of a similar accident by Fire, but which will enable the Society to have for their own exclusive concerns, a building suitable to their dignity and importance.
Irish CHAMBER, GUILDHALL,
19th January, 1822.
J. F. VANDERCOM,