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Partis Instaurationis secundæ delineatio et arguDESCRIPTIO GLOBÍ INTELLECTUALIS.

mentum

667 PAGE Aphorismi et consilia de auxiliis mentis et acCap. I. Partitio universalis humanæ doctrinæ censione luminis naturalis

681 in historiam, poësin, philosophiam, secundum De interpretatione naturæ sententiæ xii. 682 triplicem facultatem mentis; memoriam, phan De interpretatione naturæ proæmium

687 tasiam, rationem ; quodque eadem partitio De principiis atque originibus secundum fabulas competat etiam in theologicis

649 Cupidinis et Cæli: sive Parmenidis, et Telesii, Cap. II. Partitio historiæ in naturalem et civi et præcipue Democriti, philosophia, tractata lem; ecclesiastica et literaria sub civili com

in fabula

. 688 prehensa. Partitio historiæ naturalis in historiam generationum, prætergenerationum,

DE SAPIENTIA VETERUM. et artium, et triplici statu naturæ, liberæ videlicet, aberrantis, et constrictæ 649 1. Cassandra, sive parrhesia

704 Cap. III. Partitio historiæ naturalis, ex usu et 2. Typhon, sive rebellis

. 705 fine suo: quodque finis longe nobilissimus 3. Cyclopes, sive ministri terroris

705 historiæ naturalis sit ministratio prima ad 4. Narcissus, sive philautia

· 706 condendam philosophiam; et quod hujusmodi 5. Styx, sive fædera

706 historia, quæ scilicet sit in ordine ad eum 6. Pan, sive natura

. 706 finem, desideretur 650 7. Perseus, sive bellum

709 Cap. IV. Incipit tractatus qualis esse debeat 8. Endymion, sive gratiosus

· 710 historia desiderata ; nempe historia naturalis 9. Soror gigantum, sive fama

710 ad condendam philosophiam. Id ut clarius 10. Actæon et Pentheus, sive curiosus

710 explicetur, primo subjungitur partitio historiæ 11. Orpheus, sive philosophia

710 generationum. Ejus constituuntur partes 12. Cælum, sive origines

. 711 quinque. Prima, cælestium. Secunda, me 13. Proteus, sive materia

712 teororum. Tertia, terræ et maris. Quarta, 14. Memnon, sive prematurus

. 712 collegiorum majorum, sive elementorum aut 15. Tithonus, sive satias

713 massarum. Quinta, collegiorum minorum 16. Procus Junonis, sive dedecus

713 sive specierum. Historia vero virtutum pri 17. Cupido, sive atomus

713 marum rejicitur donec explicatio primæ illius 18. Diomedes, sive zelus

· 714 partitionis generationum, prætergenerationum, 19. Dædalus, sive mechanicus

715 et artium, sit absoluta 651 20. Erichthonius, sive impostura

. 715 Cap. V. Resumitur tractanda historia cæles 21. Deucalion, sive restitutio

715 tium; qualis et esse debeat in genere, et quod

22. Nemesis, sive vices rerum

· 716 legitima hujusce historiæ ordinatio versetur 23. Achelous, sive prælium

716 in triplici genere præceptorum; videlicet, de 24. Dionysus, sive cupiditas

716 fine, de materia, ac de modo conficiendæ 25. Atalanta, sive lucrum

718 hujusmodi historia 651 26. Prometheus, sive status hominis

· 718 Cap. VI. Quod quæstiones philosophicæ circa

27. Icarus volans ; item Scylla et Charybdis, cælestia, etiam quæ præter opinionum sunt, et

sive via media

721 quodammodo duræ, recipi debeant : proponun 28. Sphinx, sive scientia

· 721 tur vero quinque quæstiones circa systema

29. Proserpina, sive spiritus

722 ipsum ; videlicet, an sit systema? et, si sit,

30. Metis, sive consilium

723 quod sit centrum ejus? et qualis profunditas ?

31. Sirenes, sive voluptas

723 et qualis connexio ? et qualis partium collocatio 653 Nova Atlantis

724 Cap. VII. Sequuntur quæstiones de substantia Imago civilis Julii Cæsaris

739 cxlestiam ; qualis, videlicet, sit substantia Imago civilis Augusti Cæsaris

741 cælestium in genere comparata ad corpora

In felicem memoriam Elizabethæ Angliæ reginæ 741 sublunaria ? et qualis substantia ætheris in In Henricum Principem Walliæ Elogium 746 terstellaris comparata ad corpus stellæ ? et qualis sit substantia astrorum ipsorum com

MEDITATIONES SACRÆ. parata ad invicem, et comparata ad ignem Dostrum, et in natura propria ? et qualis sit 1. De operibus Dei et hominis

747 substantia galaxiæ, et macularum nigrarum in 2. De miraculis Servatoris

747 hemisphærio antarctico? Tum proponitur

3. De columbina innocentia et serpentina pruqnæstio prima, an sit heterogenea inter cæles dentia

747 tia et sublunaria, et qualis ea esse possit? 656 4. De exaltatione charitatis

747 663 5. De mensura curarum

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1. Epistola ad Fulgentium

750 Index to the English part. 2. Rescriptum procuratoris primarii ad Acade

miam Cantabrigiensem, quando in sanctius Index to the Latin part regis concilium cooptatus fuit

751

798

LETTERS.

LETTERS IN THE REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH.

I.*

which is, a mind in all humbleness to wait upon your IT MAY PLEASE YOUR GOOD LORDSHIPS,

commandments and business : wherein I would to

God, that I were hooded, that I saw less; or that I I am sorry the joint masque from the four inns of could perform more : for now I am like a hawk, that court faileth ; wherein I conceive there is no other bates, when I see occasion of service, but cannot ground of that event but impossibility. Nevertheless, fly, because I am tied to another's fist. But meanbecause it falleth out that at this time Gray's Inn is while, I continue my presumption of making to well furnished of gallant young gentlemen, your your Majesty my poor oblation of a garment; as lordship may be pleased to know that rather than unworthy the wearing, as his service that sends it, this occasion shall pass without some demonstration but the approach to your excellent person may give of affection from the inns of court, there are a dozen worth to both ; which is all the happiness I aspi unto. gentlemen of Gray's Inn, that out of the honour which they bear to your lordship and my lord chamberlain, to whom at their last masque they were so much bounden, will be ready to furnish a masque ;

IV. TO THE QUEEN.Ş wishing it were in their power to perform it according to their mind. And so for the present I humbly IT MAY PLEASE YOUR SACRED MAJESTY, take my leave, resting,

I would not fail to give your Majesty my most Your Lordship's very humble and much bounden, humble and due thanks, for your royal choice of

FR. BACON. such commissioners in the great star-chamber cause ;

being persons, besides their honour, of such science

and integrity : by whose report I doubt not but your II. A LETTER OF CEREMONY TO QUEEN Majesty will find that, which you have been heretoELIZABETH, UPON THE SENDING OF A fore informed, both by my lord keeper, and by some NEW-YEAR'S GIFT.

much meaner person, touching the nature of that IT MAY PLEASE YOUR SACRED MAJESTY, cause, to be true. This preparatory hearing doth ACCORDING to the ceremony of the time, I would already assail me, with new and enlarged offers of not forget, in all humbleness, to present your Ma- composition; which if I had borne a mind to have jesty with a small new-year's gift: nothing to my hearkened unto, this matter had been quenched long mind. And therefore to supply it, I cannot but ago, without any benefit to your Majesty. But your pray to God to give your Majesty his new-year's Majesty's benefit is to me in greater regard than gist; that is, a new year that shall be as no year to mine own particular : trusting to your Majesty's your body, and as a year with two harvests to your gracious disposition and royal word, that your Macoffers ; and every other way prosperous and glad- jesty will include me in any extraordinary course of some. And so I remain,

your sovereign pleasure, which your Majesty shall

like to take in this cause. The other man, I spoke Your Majesty's loyal and obedient subject.

to your Majesty of, may, within these two terms, be in the same straits, between your Majesty's justice

and mercy, that this man now is, if your Majesty be III. A LETTER OF CEREMONY TO QUEEN

so pleased. So most humbly craving pardon for my ELIZABETH, UPON THE SENDING OF A presuming to seek access for these few lines, I reNEW.YEAR'S GIFT.

commend your Majesty to the most precious custody Most EXCELLENT SOVEREIGN MISTRESS, and best preservation of the Divine Majesty. The only new-year's gift, which I can give your Your Majesty's most humble, and entirely obeMajesty, is that, which God hath given to me ; dient servant and subject. • Harl. MSS. Vol. 7042. No. 2.

Rawley's Resuscitatio. † Rawley's Resuscitatio.

§ Ibid. Probably wrote 1600. VOL. II.

B

and faithful devotion unto your service, and your V. TO THE QUEEN."

honourable correspondence unto me and my poor

estate can breed in a man, do I commend myself IT MAY PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENT MAJESTY,

unto your lordship. I wax now somewhat ancient; I PRESUME according to the ceremony and good one and thirty years is a great deal of sand in the manner of the time and my accustomed duty, in all hour-glass. My health, I thank God, I find conhumbleness, to present your Majesty with a simple firmed; and I do not fear that action shall impair it; gift; almost as far from answering my mind, as because I account my ordinary course of study and sorting with your greatness; and therewith wish, meditation to be more painful than most parts of acthat we may continue to reckon on, and ever, your tion are. I ever bare a mind, in some middle place Majesty's happy years of reign : and they that that I could discharge, to serve her Majesty; not reckon upon any other hopes, I would they might as a man born under Sol, that loveth honour; nor reckon short and to their cost. And so craving par- under Jupiter, that loveth business, for the contemdon most humbly, I commend your Majesty to the plative planet carrieth me away wholly : but as a preservation of the divine goodness.

man born under an excellent sovereign, that deserveth the dedication of all men's abilities. Besides I do not find in myself so much self-love, but that the

greater part of my thoughts are to deserve well, if VI. TO THE QUEEN.+

I were able, of my friends, and namely of your

lordship; who being the atlas of this commonIT MAY PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENT MAJESTY,

wealth, the honour of my house, and the second I most humbly entreat your Majesty, not to im- founder of my poor estate, I am tied by all duties, pute my absence to any weakness of mind or un both of a good patriot, and of an unworthy kinsman, worthiness. But, I assure your Majesty, I do find and of an obliged servant, to employ whatsoever I envy beating so strongly upon me, standing as I do, am to do you service. Again, the meanness of my if this be to stand, as it were not strength of mind, estate doth somewhat move me: for though I cannot but stupidity, if I should not decline the occasions ; accuse myself, that I am either prodigal or slothful, except I could do your Majesty more service than yet my health is not to spend, nor my course to get. I can any ways discern that I am able to do. My Lastly, I confess that I have as vast contemplative course towards your Majesty, God is my witness, ends, as I have moderate civil ends : for I have hath been pure and unleavened ; and never poor taken all knowledge to be my province ; and if I gentleman, as I am persuaded, had a deeper and could purge it of two sorts of rovers, whereof the truer desire and care of your glory, your safety, one with frivolous disputations, confutations, and your repose of mind, your service: wherein, if I verbosities; the other with blind experiments and have exceeded my outward vocation, I most humbly auricular traditions and impostures, hath committed crave your Majesty's pardon for my presumption. so many spoils; I hope I should bring in indusOn the other side, if I have come short of my inward trious observations, grounded conclusions, and provocation, I most humbly crave God's pardon for fitable inventions and discoveries; the best state of quenching the Spirit. But in this mind I find such that province. This, whether it be curiosity, or solitude, and want of comfort, which I judge to be, vain-glory, or nature, or if one take it favourably, because I take duty too exactly, and not according philanthropia, is so fixed in my mind, as it cannot to the dregs of this age, wherein the old anthem be removed. And I do easily see that place of any might never be more truly sung, “ Totus mundus in reasonable countenance doth bring commandment maligno positus est.” My life hath been threatened, of more wits than of a man's own; which is the and my name libelled, which I count an honour. thing I greatly affect. And for your lordship, perBut these are the practices of those whose despairs haps you shall not find more strength and less enare dangerous, but yet not so dangerous as their counter in any other. And if your lordship shall hopes; or else the devices of some, that would put find now or at any time, that I do seek or affect any out all your Majesty's lights, and fall on reckoning place, whereunto any that is nearer unto your lord. how many years you have reigned; which I beseech ship shall be concurrent, say then that I am a most our blessed Saviour may be doubled, and that I may dishonest man. And if your lordship will not carry never live to see any eclipse of your glory, inter me on, I will not do as Anaxagoras did, who reduced ruption of safety, or indisposition of your person, himself with contemplation unto voluntary poverty: which I commend to the Divine Majesty, who keep but this I will do, I will sell the inheritance that I you and fortify you.

have, and purchase some lease of quick revenue, or This seems to refer to the earl of Essex, 1600.

some office of gain, that shall be executed by deputy, and so give over all care of service, and become some sorry book-maker, or a true pioneer in that

mine of truth, which, he said, lay so deep. This VII. TO MY LORD TREASURER BURGHLEY.

which I have writ unto your lordship, is rather 1591.1

thoughts than words, being set down without all art,

disguising, or reservation : wherein I have done With as much confidence as mine own honest honour both to your lordship’s wisdom, in judging * Rawley's Resuscitatio.

† Ibid.

# Ibid.

that that will be best believed of your lordship which

MY LORD,

is truest; and to your lordship's good nature in re than humble thanks for the same : and withal, taining nothing from you. And even so, I wish having regard to my own unworthiness to receive your lordship all happiness, and to 'myself means such favour, and to the small possibility in me to and occasion to be added to my faithful desire to do satisfy and answer what her Majesty conceiveth, I you service.

am moved to become a most humble suitor to her From my lodging at Gray's Inn.

Majesty, that this benefit also may be affixed unto the other; which is, that if there appear in me no such towardness of service, as it may be her Majesty

doth benignly value and assess me at, by reason of VIII. TO THE LORD TREASURER

my sundry wants, and the disadvantage of my nature, BURGHLEY*

being unapt to lay forth the simple store of those

inferior gifts which God hath allotted unto me, MY SINGULAR GOOD LORD,

most to view; yet that it would please her excellent Your lordship's comfortable relation of her Ma- Majesty, not to account my thankfulness the less, jesty's gracious opinion and meaning towards me, for that my disability is great to show it; but to though at that time your leisure gave me not leave sustain me in her Majesty's gracious opinion, whereto show how I was affected therewith; yet upon upon I only rest, and not upon any expectation of every representation thereof it entereth and striketh desert to proceed from myself towards the contentmore deeply into me, as both my nature and duty ment thereof. But if it shall please God to send presseth me to return some speech of thankfulness. forth an occasion whereby my faithful affection may It must be an exceeding comfort and encouragement be tried, I trust it shall save me labour for ever to me, setting forth and putting myself in way making more protestation of it hereafter. In the towards her Majesty's service, to encounter with an mean time, howsoever it be not made known to her example so private and domestical, of her Majesty's Majesty, yet God knoweth it through the daily sogracious goodness and benignity ; being made good licitations wherewith I address myself unto him, in and verified in my father, so far forth, as it extend- unfeigned prayer, for the multiplying of her Maeth to his posterity : accepting them as commended jesty's prosperities. To your lordship also, whose bş his service, during the non-age, as I may term recommendation, I know right well, hath been mait, of their own deserts. 1, for my part, am very terial to advance her Majesty's good opinion of me, well content, that I take least part, either of his I can be but a bounden servant. So much may I abilities of mind, or of his worldly advancement; safely promise, and purpose to be, seeing public and both which he held and received, the one of the private bonds vary not, but that my service to her gift of God immediately, the other of her Majesty's Majesty and your lordship draw in a line. I wish gift: yet in the loyal and earnest affection which therefore to show it with as good proof, as I can say he bare to her Majesty's service, I trust my portion it in good faith, &c. sball not be with the least ; nor in proportion with

Your lordship’s, &c. the youngest birth. For methinks his precedent should be a silent charge, upon his blessing, unto us all, in our degrees, to follow him afar off, and to dedicate unto her Majesty's service both the use IX. TO THE LORD TREASURER BURGHLEY.+ and spending of our lives. True it is, that I must

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR GOOD LORDSHIP, needs acknowledge myself prepared and furnished thereunto with nothing but with a multitude of I am to give you humble thanks for your favourlacks and imperfections ; but calling to mind how able opinion, which, by Mr. Secretary's report I dirersly, and in what particular providence God hath find you conceive of me, for the obtaining of a good declared himself to tender the state of her Majesty's place, which some of my honourable friends have affairs, I conceive and gather hope, that those whom wished unto me nec opinanti. I will use no reahe hath in a manner pressed for her Majesty's ser-son to persuade your lordship's mediation, but this, vice, by working and imprinting in them a single that your lordship, and my other friends, shall in and zealous mind to bestow their duties therein; he this beg my life of the queen; for I see well the sill see them accordingly appointed of sufficiency bar will be my bier, as I must and will use it, rather coavenient for the rank and standing where they than my poor estate or reputation shall decay. But shall be employed : so as, under this her Majesty's I stand indifferent whether God call me, or her Mablessing, I trust to receive a larger allowance of jesty. Had I that in possession, which by your God's graces. And as I may hope for this, so I can lordship’s only means, against the greatest opposiassure and promise for my endeavour, that it shall tion, her Majesty granted me, I would never trouble not be in fault; but what diligence can entitle me her Majesty, but serve her still voluntarily without cnta, that I doubt not to recover. And now seeing pay. Neither do I, in this, more than obey my it hath pleased her Majesty to take knowledge of friends' conceits, as one that would not be wholly this my mind, and to vouchsafe to appropriate me wanting to myself. Your lordship’s good opinion unto her service, preventing any desert of mine with doth somewhat confirm me, as that I take comfort her princely liberality ; first, I humbly do beseech in above all others; assuring your lordship, that I your lordship, to present to her Majesty my more never thought so well of myself for any one thing, • Rawley's Resuscitatio.

† Rawley's Resuscitatio.

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