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Legacies to my friends: I give unto the right | Wagstaffe, one hundred pounds. I give to Morrice honourable my worthy friend the marquis Fiatt, late Davis one hundred pounds. I give to old John lord ambassador of France, my books of orizons or Bays one hundred pounds. I give to my ancient psalms curiously rhymed; I give unto the right servant, Woder, threescore and ten pounds. I give honourable my noble friend Edward earl of Dorset, to my ancient servant, Guilman, threescore pounds. my ring, with the crushed diamond, which the king I give to my ancient servant, Faldo, forty pounds. that now is gave me when he was prince; I give I give to London, my coachman, forty pounds. I unto my right honourable friend the lord Cavendish, give to Harsnep, my groom, forty pounds. I give my casting-bottle of gold; I give to my brother to Abraham, my footman, forty pounds. I give to Constable all my books, and one hundred pounds to Smith, my bailiff, and his wife, forty pounds. I give be presented to him in gold; I give to my sister to my ancient servant, Bowes, thirty pounds. I give Constable some jewels to be bought for her, of the to my servant, Atkins, thirty pounds. I give to old value of fifty pounds; I give to Nall, her daughter, Thomas Gotherum, who was bred with me from a some jewels, to be bought for her, of the value of child, thirty pounds. I give to my servant, Plomer, forty pounds; I give to my lady Cooke some jewels, twenty pounds. I give to Daty, my cook, twenty to be bought for her, of the value of fifty pounds; pounds. I give to Henry Brown twenty pounds. and to her daughter, Ann Cooke, to buy her a jewel, I give to Richard Smith twenty pounds. I give to forty pounds; and to her son, Charles, some little William Sayers ten pounds. I give to John Large jewel, to the value of thirty pounds. I will also, twenty pounds. I give to old goodwife Smith ten that my executors sell my chambers in Gray's-Inn, pounds. I give to Peter Radford's wife five pounds. which, now the lease is full, I conceive may yield some I give to every mean servant that attends me, and three hundred pounds; one hundred pounds for the is not already named, five pounds. ground story, and two hundred pounds for the third The general devise and bequest of all my lands and fourth stories; which money, or whatsoever it and goods to the performance of my will. be, I desire my executors to bestow for some little Whereas by former assurance made to Sir John present relief, upon twenty-five poor scholars in both Constable, knight, my brother-in-law, and to Sir universities, fifteen in Cambridge, and ten in Oxford. Thomas Crew and Sir Thomas Hedley, knights and I give to Mr. Thomas Meautys some jewel to be serjeants at law, and some other persons now debought for him, of the value of fifty pounds, and my ceased, all my lands and tenements in Hertfordshire foot-cloth horse. I give to my ancient good friend, were by me conveyed in trust : and whereas of late Sir Tobie Matthew, some ring, to be bought for him, my fine, and the whole benefit thereof, was by his of the value of thirty pounds. I give to my very Majesty's letters patents conveyed to Mr. Justice good friend, Sir Christopher Darcy, some ring, to be Hutton, Mr. Justice Chamberlain, Sir Francis Barnebought for him, of the value of thirty pounds. '

Iham, and Sir Thomas Crewe, knight, persons by me give to Mr. Henry Percy one hundred pounds. I named in trust; I do devise by this my will, and degive to Mr. Henry Goodricke forty pounds. I give to clare that the trust by me reposed, as well touching my godson, Francis Lowe, son of Humphrey Lowe, the said lands as upon the said letters patents, is, one hundred and fifty pounds. I give to my godson, that all and every the said persons so trusted, shall Francis Hatcher, son of Mr. William Hatcher, one perform all acts and assurances that by my executors, hundred pounds.

I give to my godson, Francis or the survivor or survivors of them, shall be thought Fleetwood, son of Henry Fleetwood, Esq. fifty fit and required, for the payment and satisfaction of ponnds. I give to my godson, Philips, son of audi- my debts, and legacies, and performance of my will, tor Philips, twenty pounds. I give to every of my having a charitable care that the poorest either of executors a piece of plate of thirty pounds value. my creditors or legataries be first satisfied.

Legacies to my servants now, or late servants: I I do farther give and devise all my goods, chattels, give to my servant, Robert Halpeny, four hundred and debts due to me whatsoever, as well my pension pounds, and the one half of my provisions of hay, fire- of twelve hundred pounds per annum from the king, wood, and timber, which shall remain at the time of for certain years yet to come ; as all my plate, jewels, my decease. I give to my servant, Stephen Paise, household-stuff, goods and chattels whatsoever, exthree hundred and fifty pounds, and my bed with cept such as by this my last will I have especially the appurtenances, bed-linen, and apparel-linen, as bequeathed, to my executors, for the better and more shirts, pillow-biers, sheets, caps, handkerchiefs, &c. ready payment of my debts, and performance of I give to my servant, Wingsdorthree hundred and my wili

. thirty pounds, with all my apparel, as doublets, hose ; And because I conceive there will be upon the and to his wife, ten pounds. I give to my late moneys raised by sale of my lands, leases, goods servant, Francis Edney, two hundred pounds, and my and chattels, a good round surplusage, over and

I give to my ancient servant, Trough- above that which may serve to satisfy my debts and ton, one hundred pounds. I give to my chaplain, legacies, and perform my will, I do devise and deDr. Rawleigh, one hundred pounds. I give to my clare, that my esecutors shall employ the said surancient servant, Welles, one hundred pounds. I give plusage in manner and form following : that is to to my ancient servant, Fletcher, one hundred pounds ; say, that they purchase therewith so much land of and to his brother ten pounds ; and if my servant inheritance, as may erect and endow two lectures in Fletcher be dead, then the whole to his brother. I either of the universities ; one of which lectures give to my wife's late waiting-gentlewoman, Mrs. I shall be of natural philosophy, and the sciences in

rich gown.

EDWARD LEGGE.

general thereunto belonging; hoping that the sti- | appointed to my wife, in the former part of this my pends or salaries of the lectures may amount to two will, I do now, for just and great causes, utterly rehundred pounds a year for either of them; and for voke and make void, and leave her to her right only. the ordering of the said lectures, and the election of I desire my executors to have special care to disthe lecturers from time to time, I leave it to the charge a debt by bond, now made in my sickness to care of my executors, to be established by the Mr. Thomas Meautys, he discharging me fully advice of the lords bishops of Lincoln and Coventry towards Sir Robert Dowglass, and to procure Sir and Litchfield.

Robert Dowglass his patent to be delivered to him. Nevertheless, thus much do I direct, that none

FR. ST. ALBAN. shall be lecturer if he be English, except he be master of arts of seven years standing, and that he Published the nineteenth day of December, be not professed in divinity, law, or physic, as long

1625, in the presence of as he remains lecturer; and that it be without dif

W. RAWLEY, RO. HALPENY, ference whether [he] be a stranger or English : and

STEPHEN PAISE, WILL. ATKINS,
I wish my executors to consider of the precedent of

THOMAS KENT,
Sir Henry Savil's lectures, for their better instruction.
I constitute and appoint for my executors of this

Decimo tertio die mensis Julii anno Domini milmy last will and testament, my approved good friend

lessimo sexcentesimo vicesimo septimo emathe right honourable Sir Humphrey Maye, chan

navit commissio domino Roberto Rich militi, cellor of his Majesty's duchy of Lancaster, Mr. Justice Hutton, Sir Thomas Crewe, Sir Francis Barne

supremæ curiæ cancellariæ magistror' uni, et ham, Sir John Constable, and Sir Euball Thelwall;

Thomæ Meautys armigero, creditoribus hono

randi viri domini Francisci Bacon militis, and I name and entreat to be one of my supervisors,

domini Verulam, vice-comitis Sancti Albani, my most noble, constant, and true friend, the duke of Buckingham, unto whom I do most humbly make

defuncť, habentibus etc. ad administrand' bona

jura et credita dicti defuncti Francisci Bacon this my last request, that he will reach forth his hand of grace to assist the just performance of this

defuncť, juxta tenorem et effectum ipsius tesmy will; and likewise that he will be graciously

tamenti suprascript', ea quod dominus Thomas

Crewe miles et dominus Johannes Constable pleased for my sake to protect and help such of my good servants, as my executors shall at any time

miles, executores in hujusmodi testamento recommend to his Grace's favour : and also I do

nominat' alias vigore mandator sive occasionum desire his Grace, in all humbleness, to commend the

a curia prærogat Cantuar' emanať ad id legimemory of my long-continued and faithful service time et peremptorie citati, onus executionis unto my most gracious sovereign, who ever, when

testament suprascript in se suscipere recusahe was prince, was my patron, as I shall, who have

runt et denegarunt, saltem plus juste distule. now. I praise God, one foot in heaven, pray for him

runt; eoque quod dominus Humphridus Maye while I have breath.

miles, cancellarius ducatus Lancastriæ, dominus And because of his Grace's great business, I pre

Ricardus Hutton miles, unus justitiariorum sume also to name for another of my supervisors,

domini nostri regis de banco coram, dominus my good friend and near ally the master of the rolls.

Euball Thelwall miles, supremæ curiæ cancelAnd I do most earnestly entreat both my execu

lariæ magistrorum unus, et dominus Franciscus tors and supervisors, that although I know well it is

Barnham miles, executores etiam in testamento matter of trouble and travail unto them, yet con

suprascript nominat, ex certis causis eos et sidering what I have been, that they would vouch amicos suos in ea parte juste moven' oneri exsafe to do this last office to my memory and good

ecutionis testament' suprascript expresse rename, and to the discharge of mine honour and

nuntiarunt, prout ex actis curiæ prædict' plenius eonscience ; that all men may be duly paid their

liquet et apparet; de bene et fideliter adminisown, that my good mind by their good care may

trando eadem ad sancta Dei evangelia in debita effect that good work.

juris forma jurať.

LINTHWAITE FARRANT Whatsoever I have given, granted, confirmed, or

Registrar' deputat assumpt'.

FRANCISCI DE VERULAMIO,

SUMMI ANGLIE CANCELLARII,

INSTA URA TIO M A G N A.

NOBILISSIMI AUCTORIS VITA.

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A quo

Franciscus Baconus, seculi et gentis suæ decus, præ aliis contemporaneis suis, mirifice profecisse deornator, et ornamentum literarum, natus est in pala- prehensus est. Dum adhuc in academia studiis intio Eboracensi, infra plateam dictam Le Strand, juxta cubuit, tantum non sexdecim annos ætatis nato Londinum, xx1° Januarii, anno salutis humanæ (prout dominationi suæ mihi seorsum impertire plaMDLX. Patrem habuit illustrem illum Elizabethæ cuit) philosophia Aristotelica primum insipida visa reginæ consiliarium, regni ejus (dum ipse vixit) fuit; non propter vilipendium auctoris, quem sumcolumen alterum, dominum Nicolaum Baconum, mis semper laudibus evehere in more habuit, sed equitem auratum, magni sigilli Angliæ custodem, propter inefficacitatem vitæ ; ejusmodi nimirum cum heroëm perspectæ prudentiæ, judicii, moderationis, esset hæc philosophia (sicut dominationi suæ sæpius et integritatis; matrem, Annam Cocam, Antonii inculcare visum est) quæ ad disputationes et contenCoci, equitis itidem aurati (qui eruditioni Edwardi tiones solummodo nata, ad productionem autem sexti Angliæ regis præfuit) e filiabus unam ; fæmi. operum pro vitæ humanæ commodis sterilis omnino nam lectissimam, tam pietate et virtute, quam dod fuerit. In qua mente ad extremum usque spiritum trina, præpollentem ; necnon Græcæ et Romanæ perstitit. linguæ peritia non mediocriter, pro sexu muliebri, Postquam artium liberalium encyclopædiam emenimbutam. His ortus parentibus, in qualem prolem sus fuerat, operæ pretium patri visum est eum ad evasurus esset, etiam tum facile conjicere licuit; artes politicas effingere atque formare: cujus rei cui nulla, vel a natura, vel ab educatione adjumenta gratia, in Galliam in comitatu Amicii Powletti, equesdefuere.

tris dignitatis viri, ad regem Galliæ eo tempore leAnnos pueritiæ teneriores non sine eximiis præ-gati ordinarii designati, mittendum curavit. cellentiæ speciminibus transegit ; qua ætate, ea non ita multo post idoneus habitus est qui in Anindole et ingenii acumine præditus fuit, ut spem gliam ad nuncium aliquem reginæ perferendum remagnam injecerint profundæ illius et universalis ap- mitteretur. Quo quidem negotio perfunctus, non prehensionis, qua postea inclaruerit, et in notitiam sine gratiis a regina redditis, in Galliam secundo procerum complurium, aliorumque, tam dignitate remeavit ; eo consilio, ut non nisi post annos aliquot quam officiis eminentium virorum, induxerint; ante exactos Angliam denuo inviseret. Dum in Galliis omnes autem reginæ ipsius, cui (ut a fide dignis peregrinatus est, pater ejus, dominus custos magni accepi) cum eo colloqui, et quæstionibus difficilio- sigilli, diem suum obiit; relicta (sicut a quibusdam ribus tentare, sæpiuscule volupe fuit: ille autem ejus rei gnaris accepi) satis ampla nummorum vi, ad tanta gravitate et judicii maturitate, supra ætatem, id congesta, ut latifundia aliqua in usum hujusce se expedire valebat, ut regina eum dominum custo- filii sui natu minimi coëmeret et compararet; qui dem sigilli minorem appellare solita sit. Interro- solus sine patrimonio post obitum patris remansit : ganti, Quot annos natus esset? ingeniose, etiam et quamvis in bonis paternis, in affectu tamen papuer adhuc, respondit, Se regimine ejus feliciterno, non infimum locum tenuit. Verum cum ejusduobus annis juniorem fuisse."

modi terrarum coëmptio, superstite adhuc patre, Ætate academicæ literaturæ pro more idonea, vel designata tantum et non perimpleta fuerit, non plus potius paulo maturius, in album collegii Sanctæ et ei cessit, quam pro rata pecuniæ inter quinque fraindividuæ Trinitatis Cantabrigiæ, patris jussu, relatus tres distribuendæ. Quod in causa fuit, ut fortuna est, sub tutela reverendissimi viri, domini Joannis aliquantulum dura, ætate juniore usus sit. Neque Whitgifti, sacræ theologiæ doctoris, eo tempore col- enim præclarum illud et peramænum prædium Gorlegii illius præfecti, postea autem percelebris archie- hamburiense, nisi multis postea annis, adeptus est; piscopi Cantuariensis, præsulis magnitudinis primæ, per mortem scilicet carissimi fratris sui germani, sanctitate, doctrina, patientia, et humilitate fulgen- Antonii Baconi, magni nominis viri, et in aulis printissimi; sub quo in artibus et studiis liberalibus, cipum externorum versatissimi, celsitudine quidem

ingenii paris, sed in artium liberalium scientia fratri | malevolo aut infenso in eum reginæ ipsius animo, concedentis ; inter quos magna necessitudo inter- sed artibus et æmulationi cujusdam e proceribus ea venerat : siquidem qui, præter eandem paternam tempestate apud reginam potentis, qui eum omnibus originem, unius matris nexu arctius conjungerentur. modis deprimere et coërcere sedulo curavit, ne, si

Reverso e Galliis, de genere vitæ statuendum fuit. ad fastigium aliquod attoleretur, propria per eum Itaque juris Angliæ municipalis studio et professioni gloria obfuscaretur. se addixit. In qua sparta ornanda eximios brevi Quamvis autem tempore dominæ suæ Elizabethæ progressus fecit, licet (ut ipsius verbis utar) peritiam reginæ retardationem diutinam passus sit, post regiillam, tanquam accessoriam, sive subsidiariam, non minis tamen mutationem, et ingressum domini sui tanquam principalem, amplexus sit. Varios tracta novi Jacobi regis, incitato gradu perrexit : a quo tus circa hoc argumentum a principio emisit. In fiduciæ, honoris, et proventuum muniis eximie coquibus, quamvis ab aliquibus professionis illius cory- honestatus est. Ipse vidi literas quasdam, propria phæis mole et casuum numero forte superetur; pon manu ad Jacobum regem conscriptas, quibus “tadere tamen, et fundamentorum ac mysteriorum juris lem illum fuisse erga se dominum agnoscit, qui scientia, nemini cessit. Nondum tyrocinium in lege repetitis subinde favoribus novies cumulasset; ter egressus, a regina in concilium suum doctum extra- honoribus, sexies autem officiis."

Officia, quæ ordinarium adscitus est; gratiam (uti accepi) vix intelligit (ut puto) hæc erant, consilium doctum cuiquam antea indultam. Sedem sibi delegit, studiis extraordinarium regiæ majestati suæ, (quo loco suis et officio advocati commodam, inter honorabilem antea inservivit majestati reginæ,) regis solicitator societatem hospitii Greiensis : in cujus societatis nu generalis, atturnatus regis generalis sive procurator merum sese adscripsit; ubi elegans illud ædificium primarius, cooptatus in sanctius regis concilium sive structuram erexit, quæ hodie baronis Baconi dum adhuc atturnati locum gessit, dominus custos nomine innotescit; quam per vices maximam partem magni sigilli Angliæ, ultimo dominus cancellarius vitæ (paucis solummodo annis exemptis) usque in Angliæ. Quæ quidem munera posteriora duo diem mortis incoluit. In qua societate ea demum licet auctoritate et potestate eadem sint, diplomasuavitate, comitate, et animi generositate usus est, tibus tamen, fastigio, et favore principis differunt. ut magnum exinde amorem et reverentiam ab hos- A cujus magistratu successorum nullus domini can. pitii illius senioribus et alumnis sibi conciliaverit. cellarii Angliæ titulo in hunc usque diem decoratus

Quamvis autem legis consultorum professioni pro est. Honores erant, primo, eques auratus; dein, vitæ et convictus sui exigentia astrictus esset, animo baro Verulamius; postremo, vice-comes Sancti Altamen et affectu in artes politicas et officia status bani : præter alia dona magnifica et manus benigmagis propendebat; quibus sane, si majestati tunc nitates, quibus eum dotare majestati suæ visum fuit, augustæ placuisset, cum primis habilis fuit. Ætate tam ex proventibus magni sigilli, quam ex officio adhuc integra, in numerum eorum, qui rebus nobilis alienationis. illius sed infelicis herois, comitis Essexiæ, studebant, Circa annos magis propitios de matrimonio conse adscripsit; cui, tanquam intimus et fidissimus con trahendo consilium cepit. Itaque in uxorem duxit sultor, omnibus viribus inservivit, et in id incubuit, Aliciam, filiam, et hæredum unam Benedicti Barnut tuta tantum et honorifica monita animo ejus in- hami, armigeri, et aldermanni Londinensis : cum stillaret : donec ad extremum comes ille, temerario- qua dotem satis amplam et lautam, tam in terris, rum quorundam et furiosorum hominum consiliis quam in pecuniis numeratis, recepit. Liberos ex ea aures præbens, in exitium se præcipitaverit. suscepit nullos: qui quamvis adjumento sint ad no

Natalibus atque ingenuis animi sui dotibus hoc men nostrum post obitum perpetuandum ; illi tamen debuit, ut facilior ei et liberior ante reliquos profes- alia propagine ad nomen suum perpetuandum beari sionis ejusdem aditus pateret ad aulam principis, contigit, propagine scilicet cerebri sui, in qua semadeoque in conspectum reginæ ipsius ; quæ ser per felix et mirabilis fuit; instar Jovis, cum Pallada mones cum eo seorsum et summa cum facilitate mis- enixus sit. Neque vero liberorum defectus ullo cere (quoties commodum erat) non aspernata est, pacto amorem ejus erga nuptam imminuit, quam non solum circa professionis ejus res et materias ju- summa semper dilectione conjugali et amoris indiridicas, sed etiam circa ardua negotia status regni; ciis prosecutus est; supellectili lauta, monilibus cujus responsis de tempore in tempus libentissime variis, et fundis insuper donavit : addita etiam traacquievit. Veruntamen quamvis benignitate vultus bea honoraria maritali, quam viginti plus minus sui eum abunde refocillaverit, nunquam tamen refo annos post obitum ejus gestavit. Totidem enim cillavit benignitate manus ; utpote quæ ad nullum annis honoratissimo marito superstes fuit. publicum munus, sive honoris sive emolumenti, eun Quinquennium extremum vitæ suæ, a negotiis dem promoverit; dempta una reversione sicca offi- civilibus et vita activa retractus, studiis et contemcii registrarii in camera stellata, annui ut putabatur plationibus insumpsit. Quæ res sane visa est ei valoris mille et sexcentarum librarum, in cujus pos- maxime cordi fuisse; ac si in umbra potius, quam sessionem non ante annos viginti aut circiter devenit : in luce, commori optasset. Cujus etiam non obde quo officio dominatio sua Elizabethæ tempore fes scura indicia in operibus ejus perlegendis reperire tive dixit, “ Illud sibi esse instar fundi alieni ædibus licet. Quo temporis spatio, librorum suorum, tam suis adjacentis, qui prospectum meliorare, horreum Anglicano quam Romano sermone conscriptorum, autem ejus replere non possit.” Verum, regnante Ja- maximam partem exaravit. Quos jam juxta temcobo, illo tandem officio potitus est, et per deputatum poris seriem, quo conscripti erant (quam præsens administravit. Hoc autem tribui possit nullo modo observavi) enumerare satagam. li sic se habuerunt.

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• Historia regni Henrici septimi regis Angliæ,' ser mortalium novissimis his temporibus radio quodam mone patrio. · Abecedarium naturæ,' scriptum scientiæ humanæ illuminare dignatus sit, illum metaphysicum ; quod, nescio quo malo fato, periit. procul dubio illuminasse : quanquam enim sedulo • Historia ventorum.' • Historia vitæ et mortis.' libros evolverat, ex libris tamen solis scientiam suam • Historia densi et rari,' jam primum typis mandata. deprompsisse haudquaquam concedere licet, sed ex • Historia gravis et levis,' quæ itidem periit. Hi principiis et notionibus quibusdam, intra se accensis; libri stylo Romano elucubrati. Dein fragmenta quas nihilominus non temere, sed caute admodum, quædam Anglicana, quæ fuerunt, • Dissertatio de et lente, propalavit. Opus illud · Novi Organi' bello cum Hispanis gerendo.' • Dialogus de bello sa (cui ipse inter opera sua primas tribuit) neutiquam cro.' Fabula Nova Atlantidis.' • Præfatio digesto sane cogitatio umbratilis, aut cerebri proprii comde legibus Angliæ præfigenda. Initium ‘Historiæ mentum fuit ; sed veluti fixa et radicata notio, mulregni Henrici octavi regis Angliæ.' Intervenerat torum annorum et laboris improbi proles. Ipse opus ' De augmentis scientiarum ;' in quo e lingua reperi, in archivis dominationis suæ, autographa vernacula, proprio marte, in Latinam transferendo plus minus duodecim Organi novi,' de anno in honoratissimus auctor plurimum desudavit, et mul. annum elaborati, et ad incudem revocati; et singutis subinde ac variis additionibus locupletavit. lis annis, ulteriore lima subinde politi et castigati ; Postea, • Consilia civilia et moralia' (antea · De- donec in illud tandem corpus adoleverat, quo in lulibationes' dictæ) tunc autem et numero et pon cem editum fuit: sicut multa ex animalibus fætus dere aucta, idiomate Anglicano. • Psalmorum Da- lambere consuescunt, usque quo ad membrorum vidis nonnulli

, in rhythmos Anglicanos compositi.' firmitudinem eos perducant. Iterum, versio quorundam e scriptis suis de patrio In libris suis componendis, verborum vigorem et in sermonem Romanum : quæ fuerunt, • Historia perspicuitatem præcipue sectabatur ; non elegantiam, regni Henrici septimi regis Angliæ.' •Consilia | aut concinnitatem sermonis: et inter scribendum, aut civilia et moralia,' exinde dicti, Sermones fideles, dictandum, sæpe interrogavit, num sensus ejus clare sive interiora rerum.' Dialogus de bello sacro :' admodum et perspicue redditus esset ? Quippe qui et. Fabula Nova Atlantidis ;' in gratiam exterorum, sciret æquum esse ut verba famularentur rebus, non apud quos expeti inaudiverat. Liber · De sapientia res verbis Et si in stylum forsitan politiorem inciveterum' recognitus. • Inquisitio de magnete.' disset (siquidem apud nostrates eloquii Anglicani

Topica inquisitionis de luce et lumine.' Ultimum artifex habitus est) id evenit, quia evitare arduum locum tenuit. Sylva sylvarum, sive historia natu- ei erat. Neque vero verborum minutiis, et allusiralis,’ opus Anglicum. Atque hi fructus fuerunt, onibus capiebatur ; sed eas semper ex composito, qui in umbra annorum quinque memoratorum matu- et de industria, effugit; probe sciens ejusmodi furuerunt. Libros ante quinquennium illud elaboratos tilitates nihil aliud esse, quam deviationes et abernon hic recito. Quin et propositum illi fuit (man- rationes a scopo proposito, et gravitati et dignitati dante serenissimo nuper rege Carolo). Historiam styli non modicum officere et detrahere. Henrici octavi Angliæ regis' contexuisse : sed opus Legendo usque ad satietatem aut tædium non illud ultra designationem solam non processit, Deo immorabatur. Quamvis enim multum legerit, idque ulteriorem vitam celeberrimo auctori minime lar summo cum judicio, et rejectione omnis scoriæ, quæ giente. Extat tamen specimen quoddam historiæ in scriptoribus plurimis sese offert; commodam illius, quam paucæ unius diei horulæ matutinæ olim tamen animi relaxationem studiis suis intermiscuit: parturierunt, inter opera ejus historica Anglice edita ; | veluti, deambulationem lenem, vectionem in rheda, per quod ex ungue leonem dignoscere possis. equitationem, non citam sed lentam, globorum luz

Virtutes et animi dotes non minus, quain curricu- sum; et alia id genus exercitia. Neque vero jaclum vitæ, in heroë isto commemorando locum sibi turam temporis ullam fecit : quamprimum enim vendicant. Facultates illæ, quas in aliis non infimi domum redierit, confestim et absque ulla mora ingenii hominibus dissociatas fere et solitarias repe- lectioni aut meditationi renovandæ incubuit: sicque ries, in illo conjunctæ, et quasi connubio copulatæ nullum momentum, aut temporis segmentum, perire eminebant. Eæ fuerunt ingenii acumen, memoria et intercidere passus est. fida, judicium penetrans, et elocutio profluens. Ac de Mensam ejus refectionem aurium diceres, æque prioribus illis tribus libri ejus abunde testantur ; de ac ventris : non absimilem noctibus illis Atticis, quibus (ut de Julio Cæsare Hirtius) “quam bene atque aut conviviis deipnosophistarum; in quibus mente et emendate, cæteri judicent; nos etiam, quam facile intellectu refici licebat, non minus quam corpore. atque celeriter, eas præscripserit, scimus.” Sed de Novi etiam nonnullos sublimioris ingenii viros, qui quarta (puta elocutione) illud effari libet, quod ipse ad pugillares se recepisse professi sint, quoties a audivi insignem illum Gualtherum Raleghum, virum mensa ejus surrexerint. Convivantium neminem, equestri dignitate et singularibus virtutibus ornatum aut alias colloquentium, pudore suffundere gloriæ (cujus judicio non immerito fidendum est) semel sibi duxit, sicut nonnulli gestiunt; sed facultates disserentem: nimirum, " Comitem Sarisburiensem eorum qualescunque fovere et provehere paratus oratorem bonum fuisse, scriptorem malum ; e contra, erat. Quin et sermonis licentiam sibi soli arripere comitem Northamptoniensem scriptorem bonum fu- in more non erat ; sed et aliis simul considentibus isse, oratorem malum ; sed dominum Franciscum libertatem et vicissitudinem loquendi permittere : Baconum in utroque, tam dicendo, quam scribendo, hoc etiam addendo, quod in arte unumquemque præcelluisse."

propria lubentissime audiret; et ad ejusmodi disserNon raro mentem subiit cogitatio, Deum, si ullum tationem pellicere et provocare consueverit. Ipse

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