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me, that touch no money, to have a statute hurrying
Your very loving friend,
THE EARL OF ESSEX TO MR. FRANCIS BACON.*
Among the papers of Antony
Mr. Bacon, Bacon, Esq. Your letter met me here yesterday. When I came, fol. 197, in I found the queen so wayward, as I thought it no fit
time to deal with her in any sort, especially since her choler grew towards myself, which I have well satisfied this day, and will take the first opportunity. I can to move your suit. And if
And if you come hither, I pray you let me know still where you are.
And so being full of business, I must end, wishing you what you wish to yourself.
Your assured friend,
LORD TREASURER BURGHLEY TO MR. FRANCIS
the papers Nephew,
Bacon, Esq. I have no leisure to write much; but for answer I vol. III.
fol. 197, in have attempted to place you : but her majesty hath the Lamrequired the lord keeperf to give to her the names bethliof divers lawyers to be preferred, wherewith he made 1 Pucker
ing. me acquainted, and I did name you as a meet man, whom his lordship allowed in way of friendship, for your father's sake: but he made scruple to equal you with certain, whom he named, as Brograve (a) and Branthwayt, whom he specially commendeth. But I will continue the remembrance of you to her majesty, and implore my lord of Essex's help.
Your loving uncle,
27 Sept. 1593.
SIR ROBERT CECIL TO MR. FRANCIS Bacon.I
# Among Cousin,
of Antony ASSURE yourself, that the solicitor's coming gave rol. Ili, no cause of speech; for it was concerning a book to verso, in the be drawn concerning the bargain of wines. If there Lambeth had been, you should have known, or when there $ Mr. Edshall. . To satisfy your request of making my lord ward Coke. know, how recommended your desires are to me, I have spoken with his lordship, who answereth, he hath done and will do his best. I think your absence longer than for my good aunt's comfort will do you no good : for, as I ever told you, it is not likely to find the queen apt to give an office, when the scruple is
(a) John Brograve, attorney of the duchy of Lancaster, and afterwards knighted. He is mentioned by Mr. Francis Bacon, in his letter to the lord treasurer, of 7th June, 1595, from Gray's-Inn, as having discharged his post of attorney of the duchy with great sufficiency. There is extant of his, in print, a reading upon the statute of 27 Henry VIII. concerning Jointures.
not removed of her forbearance to speak with you.
Your loving cousin and friend,
I have heard in these causes, Facies hominis est tan
MR. FRANCIS BACON TO THE QUEEN.
1593. Among the papers of Antony
the Lambeth li
Madam, Bacon, Esq. REMEMBERING, that your majesty had been gracious fol. 315 , in to me both in countenancing me, and conferring upon
me the reversion of a good place, and perceiving, that brary. your majesty had taken some displeasure towards
me, both these were arguments to move me to offer
It sufficeth me, that I have let your majesty know,
cess to your royal person, I did ever, encouraged by your own speeches, seek and desire; and I would be very glad to be reintegrate in that. But I will not wrong mine own good mind so much, as to stand upon that now, when your majesty'may conceive, I do it but to make my profit of it. But my mind turneth upon other wheels than those of profit. The conclusion shall be, that I wish your majesty served answerable to yourself. Principis est virtus maxima
Thus I most humbly crave pardon of my boldness and plainness. God preserve your majesty.
1593. Nov. 4. * Among the papers of Antony Bacon, Esq
MR. FRANCIS BACON TO ROBERT KEMP, OF
GRAY's-INN, ESQ.* Good Robin, There is no news you can write to me, which I take more pleasure to hear, than of your health, and vol. III. of your loving remembrance of me; the former the Lamwhereof, though you mention not in your letter, yet beth LiI straight presumed well of it, because your mention was so fresh to make such a flourish. And it was afterward accordingly confirmed by your man Roger, who made me a particular relation of the former negociation between your ague and you. Of the latter, though you profess largely, yet I make more doubt, because your coming is turned into a sending; which, when I thought would have been repaired by some promise or intention of yourself, your man Roger entered into a very subtle distinction to this
purpose, that you could not come, except you heard I was attorney ; but I ascribe that to your man's invention, who had his reward in laughing; for I hope you are not so stately, but that I shall be one to you stylo vetere or stylo novo. For my fortune (to speak court) it is very slow, if any thing can be slow to him that is secure of the event. In short, nothing is done in it; but I propose to remain here at Twickenham tilí Michaelmas term, then to St. Alban's, and after the term to court. Advise you, whether you will play the
honest man or no. In the mean time I think long to
Your's in loving affection,
MR. FRANCIS BACON TO THE EARL OF ESSEX.
Ainong the papers
Bacon, Esq. vol. III.
the Lambeth li
My Lord, of Antony I thought it not amiss to inform your lordship of
that, which I gather partly by conjecture, and partly fol . 283, in by advertisement, of the late recovered man, that is
so much at your devotion, of whom I have some brary. cause to think that he(a) worketh for the Huddler (b)
underhand. And though it may seem strange, considering how much it importeth him to join straight with your lordship, in regard both of his enemies and of his ends; yet I do the less rest secure upon the conceit, because he is a man likely to trust so much to his art and finesse (as he, that is an excellent wherryman, who, you know, looketh towards the bridge, when he pulleth towards Westminster), that he will hope to serve his turn, and yet to preserve your lordship’s good opinion. This I write to the end, that if your lordship do see nothing to the contrary, you may assure him more, or trust him less; and chiefly, that your lordship be pleased to sound again, whether they have not, amongst them, drawn out the nail, which your lordship had driven in for the negative of the Huddler; which if they have, it will be necessary for your lordship to iterate more forcibly your former reasons, whereof there is such copia, as I think you may use all the places of logic against his placing
Thus, with my humble thanks for your lordship's honourable usage of Mr. Standen, I wish you all honour. Your Lordship's in most faithful duty,
FR. BACON. (a) Probably Lord Keeper Puckering, (b) Mr, Edward Coke.