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their country. They would not then, if they were trusted with fair and hope'full armies, suffer them for want of jutt and wise discipline to shed away from about them like fick feathers, though they be never so oft suppli’d; they would not suffer their empty and unrecrutible Colonells of twenty men in a company, to quaffe out, or convay into fecret hoards, the wages of a delusive list, and 'a miserable remnant : yet in the mean 'while to be overmasterd with a score or two of drunkards, the only souldiery left about them, or else to comply with all rapines and violences. No.certainly, if they knew ought of that knowledge that belongs to good men or good governours, they would not suffer these things.
But But to return to our own institute, befides these constant exercises at home, there is another opportunity of gaining experience to be won from pleasure itselfe abroad; In those vernal feasons of the yeer, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullennesse against nature not to go out, and see her riches, and partake in her rejoycing with heaven and earth. I should not therefore be a perswader to them of studying much then, after two or three yeer that they have well laid their grounds, but to ride out in companies with prudent and staid guides, to all the quarters of the land : learning and observing all places of ftrength, all commodities of building
bours and ports for trade. Somtimes taking sea as farre as to our navy, to learn there also what they can in the practicall knowledge of sailing and of sea fight. These wayes would trie all their peculiar gifts of nature, and if there were any secret excellence among them, would fetch it out, and give it fair opportunities to advance it felfe by, which could not but mightily redound to the good of this nation, and bring into fashion again those old admired vertues and excellencies, with farre more advantage now in this puritie of Christian knowledge. Nor shall we then need the Monsieurs of Paris to take our hopefull youth into thir flight and prodigall custodies and send them over back again tranf
form’d into mimics, apes & Kicshoes. But if they desire to see other countries at. three or four and twenty yeers of age, not to learn principles, but to enlarge experience, and make wise observation, they will by that time be such as shall deserve the regard and honour of all men where they pafle, and the society and friendship of those in all places who are best and most eminent. And perhaps then other nations will be glad to visit us for their breeding, or else to imie tate us in their own country. . ,
Now lastly for their diet there cannot be much to say, save only that it would be best in the same house; for inuch time else would be lost abroad, and many ill habits got; and that it thould be plain,
04 healthfull, healthfull, and moderate I suppose is out of controversie. Thus Master Hartlib, yon have a generall view in writing, as your desire was,, of that which at sever: rall times I had discourft with you concerning the best and Nobleft way of Education ; not beginning, as some have done from the cradle, which yet might be worth inany confiderations, if brevity had not bean my scope, many other circumstances also I could have mentionid, but this to such as have the worth in them to make triall, for light and direct tion may be anough. Only I believe that this is not a bow for every man to fhoot in that counts himselfe a teacher ; but will require finews almoft equall to those which Homer gave Ulyffes, yet I