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a preface by one Griffith. I have the book; and

"the preface is mentioned in the title page, but is


"I am your assured friend,


"If more sheets of Dr. Spencer's are done, pray "send them."

For Mr. Chiswell, at the Rose and Crown, in St. Paul's Church-Yard, London.

The other letter of which I have a copy taken by the late Richard Rawlinson, LL.D. from Bishop Tanner's manuscripts, in Christ-Church, Oxford, Vol. XXXV. p. 152. was addressed to Archbishop Sancroft in these terms:

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"I HAVE received your grace's letter touching my "course of preaching in Lent, which I shall be "ready, God assisting me, to do my duty at that "time according to my poor talent.

"I did forget on Tuesday to acquaint your grace, “that I had, by a strange providence, lately found "out in this town a great many original papers of "the Lord Bacon. When I have looked over them "and sorted them, I will be bold to present your grace with a catalogue of them. They came to

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Meautys, who was his lordship's executor. Amongst "his lordship's papers are letters from King James, "the Queen of Bohemia, Count Gondomar, and

* Heneage Finch, earl

"others. Amongst his lordship's own letters, there " is one in Latin to Isaac Casaubon.

"One just now come from my lord Chancellor's,*

of Notting" assured me he was not indeed dead, but just

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"I am your Grace's most obliged servant,

Decemb. 18, 1682.


The reason of the rule which I prescribed to myself in the former edition, of publishing only what was new, not subsisting in the present, which forms a part of a complete collection of the author's writings, I have inserted in it such letters from and to him, as I had published in 1754, in the Memoirs of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.

London, January 1, 1765.






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I AM Very glad, that the good affection and friendship, College, which conversation and familiarity did knit between Arch. D. 2. us, is not by absence and intermission of society This letter discontinued; which assureth me, it had a farther be of a very root than ordinary acquaintance. The signification early date, whereof, as it is very welcome to me, so it maketh been writme wish, that, if you have accomplished yourself, b. Cecil, as well in the points of virtue and experience, while he which you sought by your travel, as you have won his travels. the perfection of the Italian tongue, I might have the contentment to see you again in England, that we may renew the fruit of our mutual good will; which, I may truly affirm, is, on my part, much increased towards you, both by your own demonstration of kind remembrance, and because I discern the like affection in your honourable and nearest friends.

Our news are all but in seed; for our navy is set forth with happy winds, in token of happy adventures, so as we do but expect and pray, as the hus bandman when his corn is in the ground.

Thus commending me to your love, I commend you to God's preservation.

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fol. 74, in I DID almost conjecture by your silence and countenance a distaste in the course I imparted to your lordship touching mine own fortune; the care whereof in your lordship as it is no news to me, so nevertheless the main effects and demonstrations past are so far from dulling in me the sense of any new, as contrariwise every new refresheth the memory of many past. And for the free and loving advice your lordship hath given me, I cannot correspond to the same with greater duty, than by assuring your lordship, that I will not dispose of myself without your allowance, not only because it is the best wisdom in any man in his own matters, to rest in the wisdom of a friend (for who can by often looking in the glass discern and judge so well of his own favour, as another with whom he converseth?) but also because my affection to your lordship hath made mine own contentment inseparable from your satisfaction. But, notwithstanding, I know it will be pleasing to your good lordship, that I use my liberty of replying; and I do almost assure myself, that your lordship will rest persuaded by the answer of those reasons, which your lordship vouchsafed to open. They were two, the one, that I should include** *

1593, April.



The rest of the letter is wanting.


My Lord,

Ir is a great grief unto me, joined with marvel, that her majesty should retain an hard conceit of my

(a) Harl. MSS. Vol. 286. No. 129. fol, 232.

speeches in parliament.(a) It might please her sacred majesty to think what my end should be in those speeches, if it were not duty, and duty alone. I am not so simple, but I know the common beaten way to please. And whereas popularity hath been objected, I muse what care I should take to please many, that take a course of life to deal with few. On the other side, her majesty's grace and particular favour towards me hath been such, as I esteem no worldly thing above the comfort to enjoy it, except it be the conscience to deserve it. But if the not seconding of some particular person's opinion shall be presumption, and to differ upon the manner shall be to impeach the end; it shall teach my devotion not to exceed wishes, and those in silence. Yet, notwithstanding, to speak vainly as in grief, it may be her majesty hath discouraged as good a heart, as ever looked toward her service, and as void of self-love. And so in more grief than I can well express, and much more than I can well dissemble, I leave your lordship, being as ever,

Your Lordship's intirely devoted, &c.



Mr. Alderman Spencer, (b)

THOUGH I be ready to yield to any thing for brother's sake, so yet he will not, I know, expect, nor permit me, that I should do myself wrong.

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(a) On Wednesday the 7th of March, 159, upon the three subsidies demanded of the house of commons; to which he assented, but not to the payment of them under six years, urging the necessities of the people, the danger of raising public discontentment, and the setting of an evil precedent against themselves and their posterity. See Sir Simonds D'Ewes's Journals, p. 493. He sat in that parliament, which met November 19, 1592, and was dissolved 10 April, 1593, as one of the knights of the shire for Middlesex,

(b) Sir John Spencer, lord mayor of London in 1594. His vast fortune came to his only daughter, Elizabeth, married to William, lord Compton, created earl of Northampton, in August, 1618.

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