His conge d'elire as bishop of Salisbury had been made out on the 27th of July, but he was not consecrated until the 21st of January 1560.
In the case of sees of old foundation this is done by means of the conge d'elire (q.v.), in that of others by letters patent.
Out of the spoils of the dissolved monasteries - were elected by the chapter on a conge d'elire from the crown, but now all deans are installed by letters-patent from the crown.
His nomination by Lord John Russell to the vacant see of Hereford in December 1847 was again the signal for a violent and organized opposition; and his consecration in March 1848 took place in spite of a remonstrance by many of the bishops and the resistance of Dr John Merewether, the dean of Hereford, who went so far as to vote against the election when the conge d'elire reached the chapter.
In two important points the Irish Church was made more dependent on the state than in England: conges d'elire were abolished and heretics made amenable to royal commissioners or to parliament without reference to any synod or convocation.