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buried in St. James's church-yard, to dress
the Graves with flowers, cut paper, Scripture phrases, garlands, chaplets, and a number of other pretty and pious devices, where those affectionate mementos remained, until they were displaced by fresh ones the next year.14
14 O'KEEFE's Recollections, vol. i. p. 21.
This HISTORICAL DESCRIPTION may possibly be thought, at first sight, to have been extended to a greater length than is necessary,—But it must be considered, that ancient and pious rights have become the subject of Legislation, and that any degree of information, however humble, may aid in storing the mind with a species of Knowledge suitable to the occasion.
Benevolence needs not abundance,and it may with the greatest truth be announced to the Public, that the sum of their Bounty is not negligently preserved, but, with comparatively few exceptions, is faithfully administered according to the Injunctions of the Donors.
As the present Investigation of THE COMMISSIONERS is one of the most important in which the Legislature has lately
been engaged, it would scarcely seem that facts can be too numerously collected. TO THE COUNTRY at large it may honestly be stated, that these REPORTS have been received with the most cordial acquiescence and confidence, -a circumstance the more gratifying, as it is justly due to the personal good Qualities of THE COMMISSIONERS, and the Candour with which their Investigations have been conducted. Leaving Pecuniary Remuneration in this case a bare act of Justice,
But in what terms shall we express our Gratitude to those HONORARY COMMISSIONERS, who have had nothing but responsibility for their reward,—and who, ever anxious for the success of the Inquiry, have devoted their inestimable Time and great Talents unceasingly in it's progress?
It would be the highest degree of Presumption in me, to attempt to expatiate upon the Merits of an INQUIRY, which has so largely experienced the approbation of the Public. Nor could I, with
prudence, have assumed the right of conducting the reader to more copious Notices, - which, as they could derive no lustre from my humble reference, neither can they suffer injury by any silence of mine.
Printed by W. Nicol, Cleveland-row, St. James's.