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77. Charles king of Sweden, a great enemy of the Jesuits, when he took any of their colleges, he would hang the old Jesuits, and put the young to his mines, saying; that since they wrought so hard above ground, he would try how they could work under ground.

78. In chancery, at one time when the counsel of the parties set forth the boundaries of the land in question, by the plot; and the counsel of one part said, we lie on this side, my lord; and the counsel of the other part said, and we lie on this side: the lord chancellor Hatton stood up and said ; if you lye on both sides, whom will you have me to believe?

79. Sir Edward Coke was wont to say, when a great man came to dinner to him, and

gave knowledge of his coming ; sir, since you sent me no word of your coming, you must dine with me; but if I had krown of it in due lime, I would have dined with you.

80. Pope Julius the third, when he was made pope, gave his hat unto a youth, a favourite of his, with great scandal. Whereupon at one time a cardinal that might be free with him, said modestly to him ; what did your holiness see in that young man, to make him cardinal? Julius answered, what did you see in me to make me pope?

him no

81. The same Julius, upon like occasion of speech, why he should bear so great affection to the same young man, would say; that he found by astrology, that it was the youth's destiny to be a great prelate; which was impossible except himself were pope. And therefore that he did raise him, as the driver on of his own fortune.

82. Sir Thomas More had only daughters at the first, and his wife did ever pray for a boy. At last she had a boy, which being come to man's estate, proved but simple. Sir Thomas said to his wife, thou prayedst so long for a boy, that he will be a boy as long as he lives.

83. Sir Fulk Grevil, afterwards lord Brook, in parliament, when the house of commons in a great business, stood much upon precedents, said unto them; why do you stand so much upon precedents ? The times hereafter will be good or bad. If good, precedents will do no harm ; if bad, power will make


where it finds none. 84. Sir Thomas More, on the day that he was beheaded, had a barber sent to him, because his hair was long; which was thought, would make him more commiserated with the people. The barber came to him and asked him, whether he would be pleased to be trimm'd? In good faith, honest fellow, (saith Sir Thomas) the king and I have a suit for my head; and till the title be cleared, I will do not cost upon it.



85. Doctor Johnson said, that in sickness there were three things that were material ; the physician, the disease, and the patient: and if any two of these joined, then they get the victory; for, Ne Hercules quidem contra duos. If the physician and the patient join, then down goes the disease; for then the patient recovers; if the physician and the disease join ; that is a strong disease; and the physician mistaking the cure, then down goes the patient; if the patient and the disease join, then down goes the physician, for he is discredited.

86. Mr. Bettenham said; that virtuous men were like some herbs, and spices that give not out their sweet smell, till they be broken or crushed.

87. There was a painter became a physician, whereupon, one said to him; you have done well; for before the faults of your work were seen, but now they are unseen.

88. There was a gentleman that came to the tilt all in orange-tawny, and ran very ill. The next day he came again all in green, and ran

There was one of the lookers on asked another; what is the reason that this gentleman changeth his colours? The other answered, sure, because it may be reported, that the gentleman in the green ran worse than the gentleman in the orange-tawny.


89. Stephen Gardener bishop of Winchester, a great champion of the popish religion, was wont to say of the protestants who ground upon the scripture; that they were like posts, that bring truth in their letters, and lyes in their mouths.

90. The former Sir Thomas More had sent him by a suitor in chancery, two silver flagons. When they were presented by the gentleman's servant, he said to one of his men, have him to the cellar, and let him have of 'my best wine: and turning to the servant, said ; tell thy master, if he like it, let him not spare it.

91. Michael Angelo the famous painter, painting in the pope's chapel the portraiture of hell and damned souls, made one of the damned souls so like a cardinal that was his enemy, as every body at first sight knew it. Whereupon the cardinal complained to pope Clement, humbly praying it might be defaced. The pope said to him ; why, you know

very well, I have power to deliver a soul out of purgatory, but not out of hell.

92. They were wont to call referring to the • masters in chancery, committing. My lord keeper Egerton, when he was master of the rolls, was wont to ask what the cause had done that it should be committed.

93. Sir Nicholas Bacon, when a certain nim. ble-witted counsellor at the bar, who was forward




to speak, did interrupt him often, said unto him ; there's a great difference betwixt you

and me: a pain to me to speak, and a pain to you to hold your peace.

94. The same sir Nicolas Bacon, upon bills exhibited to discover where lands lay, upon proof, that they had a certain quantity of land, but could not set it forth, was wont to

and if

you not find your land in the country, how will you have me find it in the chancery?

95. Mr. Howland, in conference with a young student, arguing a case, happened to say, I would

I ask you but this question. The student presently interrupted him, to give him an answer. Whereunto Mr. Howland gravely said ; nay, though I ask you a question, yet I did not mean you should answer me, I mean to answer myself.

96. Pope Adrian the sixth was talking with the duke of Sesa, that Pasquil gave great scandal, and that he would have him thrown into the river: but Sesa answered; do it not, holy father, for then he will turn frog; and whereas now he chants but by day, he will then chant both by day and by night.

97. There was a king of Hungary took a bishop in battle, and kept him prisoner: whereupon the Pope writ a monitory to him, for that he had broken the privilege of holy church, and taken his son. The king sent an embassage to him, and sent

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