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He took care to put them in mind of it, and by their means engaged the cardinal to present him to the pope. A baron proselyte undoubtedly sounded high at Rome; and our artful convert knew how to make the most of his title. He infinuated himself equally into the good graces of cardinal Cienfuegos, who procured him the usual pension which new converts are allowed by the congregation De propaganda Fide. Some presents he received too from the pope and the prime cardinals, so that he soon had an income of above 1500 scudis per annum. They even shaved him, to enable him to hold a benefice; and, as soon as ever he heard of a vacancy, he forgot nothing to obtain the nomination to it; and nominated he was at length to a confiderable canonry in the collegiate church of Courtray. But though the baron used his best diligence to get installed, it was all to no purpose, the chapter of that church disputing the pope's right to fill any vacancies among them,

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