[Mortimer O'Sullivan, Church of Ireland clergyman and controversialist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mortimer O Sullivan') to London bookseller Thomas Cadell, on 'anxiety felt in Dublin', publishing his work, Dublin bookseller John Miliken, the 'cause'

Mortimer O'Sullivan (1793-1859), Church of Ireland clergyman and controversialist, Roman Catholic apostate, brother of Samuel O'Sullivan (1790-1851) [Thomas Cadell; John Miliken; Orange Order; Dublin]
Publication details: 
10 May 1827; 17 Ely Place, Dublin.
SKU: 22243

See the entries for O'Sullivan and his brother Samuel, and for the recipient Thomas Cadell the younger (1773-1836), in the Oxford DNB. 3pp, 4to. Bifolium, addressed, with seal in red wax and postmarks, to 'Thos Cadell Esqr | Bookseller | Strand | London'. In fair condition, aged and worn. He begins by explaining 'the circumstances in consequence of wh' the writing of the present letter 'has been so long delay'd'. He explains that when he last wrote to Cadell 'there was a considerable anxiety felt in Dublin with respect to the Scriptural Arguments on the Popes asserted supremacy, & I thought it not unlikely that my lecture might be of use.' Other subjects have since 'changed the direction of enquiry, & the pamphlet would have come too late to be so useful as I had at first expected.' Referring to the Dublin bookseller John Miliken, he continues: 'I thought it therefore more advisable to consult with Mr Miliken whom I expected soon to return, & who seems to think it adviseable [sic] that we should not send out a small part of my lectures, if they are all to be published; & that it is better to sacrifice what the first may have cost them to print it separately.' The 'pressure of parochial duties' has prevented O'Sullivan from printing 'the lectures wh I delivered during the late Lent', in conformity with the 'wishes of my parishioners', but his 'superior in the Church' has now made arrangements that will leave him free to do so. He gives a brief description of his plan for the volume, adding 'Mr Miliken tells me, that you will be so kind as to publish for us in London & allow your name to appear in the Title page – I should suppose however that the book is very unlikely to be sought for in London'. He rather grandly observes that the volume 'may be of service to a cause wh I think even ministerial arrangements in political matters shall not avail to destroy.' He ends with a request for 'a statement of my account'.