Spiritual Peers. Archbishops have the ducal title of "Grace," and take precedence of all dukes, next to those of royal birth. The Archbishop of Canterbury ranks as first peer of the realm, and the Archbishop of York as third, coming immediately after the Lord Chancellor. His Grace of Canter-bury stylist himself "by divine providence;" while the Archbishop of York, and the bishops, adopt the term "permission" instead of " providence." Bishops are styled " Lords," and " Right Reverend Fathers in God." The wives of ecclesiastics are not designated by the titles of their husbands. "Reverend," belongs to all clergymen under the rank of archdeacon. The archdeacon is addressed as - "The Venerable the Archdeacon------." The dean as - "The very Reverend the Dean of------." The bishop as - "The right Reverend the "Bishop of-----"
The archbishop as - "The most Reverend the Archbishop of------." But the archbishop being equal in rank to a duke, his letters are addressed as follows: - "To his Grace the Archbishop of Y. or Z." " Worship" is a title that belongs to magistrates and municipal corporations. The corporation of London is "right worshipful," others are only " worshipful." "Your Worship," is a term addressed to a magistrate sitting in judgment; even a justice of the peace is entitled to this form of address, when engaged in official duties. The superscription of letters sent to ladies, follows the same rule as that which serves for gentlemen, merely changing the pronoun from him to her. thus - "To her Grace the Duchess of B." The wife of a baronet or knight is styled "Lady." A lady who derives the title of " Honourable" by descent, as the daughter of an earl or viscount, if marrying a private gentleman, is always addressed by her Christian name; thus - "The Honourable Charlotte de Courcy." Whereas, the wife of a gentleman who boars the title of "Honourable" by virtue of birth, or some official situation, is addressed as - "The Honourable Mrs. C. In writing to the Queen, the form of address runs thus: - "Madam, may it please your Majesty;" the superscription on the letter being uniformly - " To your Majesty." It is presumed that her Majesty listens to the request of the petitioner; she is therefore feigned to be present, and being present, is addressed with the pronoun you. To write otherwise is an utter breach of etiquette.