Queen Elizabeth, the second Prop of the Kingdom, in his Tiuie, Sir Nicholas Bacon, Knight, Lord-Keeper of the Great Seal of England 3 a Worthy, of known Prudence, Judgment, Moderation, and Integrity : His Mother was Ann Cook, a Daughter of Sir Authony Cook, Knight; unto whom the Erudition of King Edward, the Sixth, had been committed ; a choice Lady, and eminent for Piety, Virtue, and Learning ; being exquisitely skill'd, for a Woman, in the Greek and Latin Tongue. These being the Parents, any one might easily make an early Conjeđure, what the issue was like to be; having had all the Advantages that Nature and Education could give him.

His first and tender Years of Childhood, passid not without remarkable Proofs of fuperior Excellency ; at which Age, he was endued with fuch a towardness and acuteness of Wit, as gave great Hopes of that pro. found and universal Apprehension, which he was afterwards famous for ;, and caused him to be taken notice of by several of the Nobles, and other Persons of Eminence for Worth and Place

; and especially by the Queen her self, who ( as I have been credibly inforın'd) delighted to talk with him, and to try him with pretty hard Questions : Unto whom he acquitted bimself with that Gravity and Maturity of Judgment, above his Years, that her Majesty used to call hiin,


The young Lord Keeper. When she ask'd him, How old be was, he ingeniously, tho' but a Child, answer’d, That he was two Years younger tbán Her Majesty's bappy Administration.

At the ordinary Years of Ripeness for Uniyersity-Learning, or rather something earlier, by Order of his father, he was enter'd of Trinity College, under the Care of the most Reverend John Whitgift, Doctor of Divinity, then Master of the College, afterwards the Renowned Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, Prelate of the First Magnitude, for San&tity, Learning, Patience, and Humility, ; under whoin he was observ'd to have made a wonderful Proficience, above any of his Co-temporaries, in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Whilst he was yet a Student in the University, being about 16 Years of Age ( as his Lordship hath been pleased to impart unto my felf) he first fell into Dislike of the Aristotelian Philosophy; not from any Undervalue entertain'd of the Author, whom he ever used to extol most highly, but for the Unfruitfulness of the Way ; being a Philosophy ( as his Lordship was often pleas'd to say ) made only for Disputations and Contentions, but for the production of Works for the Benefit of human Life, altogether barren. In which Mind he continu'd to his dying Day.

After he had run the Circle of the Libeos tal Arts, his Father thought fit to frame and mould him to the Arts of State ; and


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Twenty Seven Chapters, Translated from.

His Lordship’s Treatise,
De Augmentis Scientiarum.

Fellow of King's College in Cambridge, and Master

of a Private School at Iseworth in Middlesex.

With the Life of the Author.


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