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May 6 1709 May it please yr Excellency The Hours of Great men are Sacred, and not to be disturbed upon every occasion, But, my Lord, we have reason to believe that this high Station, which yr Excellency so worthily fills has made no other alterations in yr Lordship but that it has enlarged yr power of doing good. My Ld., amongst a Crowd of Petitioners, which apply themselves to yr Excellency, we presume, upon yr Ld ships form’r favours, to appear in behalf of this our neighbour Cap. Bea:, he would willingly, by yr Excellency’s favour, have some little business in Ireland, such as a Tyde Surveyor; or whatever other imployment yr Excellency shall think him quallify’d for, We assure ourselves he will do his duty with integrity and Care, otherwise yr Excellency will believe we should not recommend him. Some misfortunes have lately befallen the Pet[it]ioner in his Circumstances vizt. A Chargeable Suit at law the loss of his Wife by whom he had a very considerable maintenance and some other disappointments, which are the reason of our application at present to yr Excellence and we were the more willing to do this Because it gave us an opportunity of assuring yr Excellency that we are with all possible humility and Devotion My Lord yr Excellency’s most obedient & Humble servants E. B. H. J.
Addressee is unknown, but presumably the grandee controlling patronage of customs appointments in Ireland. Blackett’s co-petitioner, H.J., on behalf of Captain Beale is also unknown