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My very good Lord,

I HAVE sent inclosed a letter to his majesty about
the public charge I am to give the last Star-Cham-
ber day, which is this day sevennight, to the judges
and justices before the circuit. I
I pray
deliver it to
his majesty with speed. I send also some papers
appertaining to that business, which I pray your
lordship to have in readiness, if his majesty call for
them. I ever rest

Your Lordship's true friend and devoted servant,
FR. BACON, Canc.

February 6, 1617.

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My honourable Lord,

His majesty marvelleth, that he heareth nothing of the business touching the gold and silver thread ; (b) and therefore hath commanded me to write unto your lordship to hasten the dispatch of it; and to give him as speedy an account thereof as you can. And so I rest

Your Lordship's faithful servant,


Newmarket, Feb. 7.

Indorsed, 1617.

(a) Harl. MSS. Vol. 7006.

(b) A patent for the monopoly of which was granted to Sir Giles Mompesson and Sir Francis Mitchel, who were punished for the abuse of that patent by the parliament, which met January 30, 1620-1.


My honourable Lord,

I UNDERSTAND by this bearer, Edward Hawkins, how great pains your lordship hath taken, in the business which I recommended to you concerning him, and how favourably your lordship hath used him for my sake. For which I give your lordship many thanks, and will be ever ready to acknowledge your favour toward him by all the testimonies of

Your Lordship's faithful friend,

Theobalds, Feb. 12, 1617.



My honourable Lord,

I HAVE acquainted his majesty with your letter, who liketh well of the course you mention in the end of your letter, and will speak with you farther of it at his return to London. In the mean time he would have your lordship give direction to the master of the Rolls (c) and Mr. Attorney (d) to stay the examination. And so I rest Your Lordship's most assured to do assured to do you service,


Hampton-Court, March 18, 1617.

(a) Harl. MSS. Vol. 7006. (b) Ibid.

(c) Sir Julius Cæsar.
(d) Sir Henry Yelverton.


My Lord Chancellor,

I WILL not have you account the days of my not answering your letter. It is a thing imposed upon the multitude of my business to lodge many things faithfully, though I make no present return.

Your conjunction and good understanding with the deputy (b) I approve and commend; for I ever loved intire and good compositions, which was the old physic, better than fine separations.

Your friendly attributes I take as effects of affection; which must be causes of any good offices, wherewith I can requite you.

We conceive that kingdom is in growth. God send soundness to the increase; wherein I doubt not but your lordship will do your part. God keep you. Your Lordship's very loving friend, FR. BACON, Canc.

York-house, April 15, 1618.


I THANK you for your letter, and assure you, that you are not deceived, neither in the care I have of the public in that state, nor in my good wishes, and the effects thereof, when it shall lie in my power towards yourself.

I am glad to receive your testimony of my lord deputy, both because I esteem your judgment, and because it concurreth with my own.

(a) Dr. Thomas Jones, archbishop of Dublin, who died April 10, 1619.

(b) Sir Oliver St. John, afterward viscount Grandison. He died at Battersea in Surrey, December 29, 1630, aged seventy.

(c) Sir William Jones, to whom, upon his being called to that post, the lord keeper made a speech, printed in his works.

The materials of that kingdom, which is trade and wealth, grow on apace. I hope the form, which giveth the best living of religion and justice, will not be behind, the rather by you, as a good instrument. I rest

Your Lordship's assured friend,

York-house, ** of April, 1618.

FR. BACON, Canc.


My honourable Lord,

UNDERSTANDING, that there is a suit depending before your lordship, between Sir Rowland Cotton, (b) plaintiff, and Sir John Gawen, defendant, which is shortly to come to a hearing; and having been likewise informed, that Sir Rowland Cotton hath undertaken it in the behalf of certain poor people; which charitable endeavour of his, I assure myself, will find so good acceptation with your lordship, that there shall be no other use of recommendation: yet, at the earnest request of some friends of mine, I have thought fit to write to your lordship in his behalf, desiring you to shew him what favour you lawfully may, and the cause may bear, in the speedy dispatch of his business; which I shall be ever ready to acknowledge, and rest

Your Lordship's most devoted to serve you,


Whitehall, April 20, 1618.

(a) Harl. MSS. Vol. 7006.

(b) A gentleman eminent for his learning, especially in the Hebrew language, in which he had been instructed by the famous Hugh Broughton, who died in 1612. He was son of Mr. William Cotton, citizen and draper of London, and had an estate at Bellaport in Shropshire, where he resided, till he came to live at London at the request of Sir Allen Cotton, his father's younger brother, who was lord mayor of that city in 1625. Sir Rowland was the first patron of the learned Dr. Lightfoot, and encouraged him in the prosecution of his studies of the Hebrew language and antiquities.


My honourable Lord,

I WILL not go about to excuse mine own fault, by making you believe his majesty was backward in your business; but upon the first motion, he gave me directions for it; which it was my negligence, as I freely confess, that I have no sooner performed, having not been slack in moving his majesty, but in dispatching your man. All is done, which your lordship desired, and I will give order, according to his majesty's directions, so that your lordship shall not need to trouble yourself any farther, but only to expect the speedy performance of his majesty's gracious pleasure.

I will take the first opportunity to acquaint his majesty with the other business, and will ever rest Your Lordship's faithful friend and servant,

Theobald's, May 8, [1618.]



My honourable good Lord,

WHEREAS in Mr. Hansbye's cause, (c) which formerly, by my means, both his majesty and myself recommended to your lordship's favour, your lordship thought good, upon a hearing thereof, to decree some part for the young gentleman, and to refer to some masters of the chancery, for your farther satisfaction,

(a) Harl. MSS. Vol. 7006.

(b) Ibid.

(c) This seems to be one of the causes, on account of which lord Bacon was afterward accused by the House of Commons; in answer to whose charge he admits, that in the cause of Sir Ralph Hansbye there being two decrees, one for the inheritance, and the other for goods and chattels; some time after the first decree, and before the second, there was 5001. delivered to him by Mr. Tobie Matthew; nor could his lordship deny, that this was upon the matter pendente lite.

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