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that, I should talk of those things when I came to
Your most affectionate friend.
Among the papers of Antony Bacon, Esq. vol. IV. fol. 123,
in the Lambeth library.
And for the pretence of the approbation given you upon partiality, that all the world, lawyers, judges, and all, could not be partial to you; for somewhat you were crossed for their own interest, and some for their friends; but yet all did yield to your merit. She did in this as she useth in all, went from a denial to a delay, and said, when the council were all here, she would think of it; and there was no haste in determining of the place. To which I answered, that my sad heart had need of hasty comfort; and there. fore her majesty must pardon me, if I were hasty and importunate in it. When they come we shall see what will be done ; and I wish you all happiness, and rest
Your most affectionate friend, Indorsed, 18th of May, 1594.
Among the papers of Antony Bacon, Esq.
FOULKE GREVILL, ESQ. TO MR. FRANCIS
BACON* Mr. Francis Bacon, SATURDAY was my first coming to the court, from vol. 1.foSin
132, in whence I departed again as soon as I had kissed the Lamher majesty's hands, because I had no lodging nearer than my uncle's, which is four miles off. This day I came thither to dinner, and waiting for to speak with the queen, took occasion to tell how I met you, as I passed through London ; and among other speeches, how you lamented your misfortune to me, that remained as a withered branch of her roots, which she had cherished and made to flourish in her service. I added what I thought of your worth, and the expectation for all this, that the world had of her princely goodness towards you : which it pleased her majesty to confess, that indeed you began to frame very well, insomuch as she saw an amends in those little supposed errors, avowing the respect she carried to the dead, with very exceeding gracious inclination towards you. Some comparisons there fell out besides, which I leave till we meet, which I hope
shall be this week. It pleased her withal to tell of the jewel you offered her by Mr. Vice-chamberlain, which she had refused, yet with exceeding praise. I marvel, that as a prince she should refuse those hav. ings of her poor subjects, because it did include a small sentence of despair ; but either I deceive mya self, or she was resolved to take it; and the conclu. sion was very kind and gracious. Sure as I will 1001. to 50l. that you shall be her solicitor, and my friend : in which mind and for which mind I commend
you to God. From the court this Monday in haste,
Your true friend to be commanded by you,
• FOULKE GREYILL.
We cannot tell whether she come to or stay here. I am much absent for want of lodging ; wherein my own man hath only been to blame.
Indorsed, 17 June, 1594.
MR. FRANCIS BACON TO THE QUEEN
Among the papers of Antony Bacon, Esq. vol. IV.
156, in the Lambeth library.
Most gracious and admirable Sovereign, fol. 141 and As I do acknowledge a providence of God towards
me, that findeth it expedient for me tolerare jugum in juventute meâ ; so this present arrest of mine by his divine Majesty from your majesty's service is not the least affliction, that I have proved ; and I hope your majesty doth conceive, that nothing under mere impossibility could have detained me from earning so gracious a vail, as it pleased your majesty to give me. But your majesty's service by the grace of God shall take no lack thereby; and thanks to God, it hath lighted upon him, that may be best spared. Only the discomfort is mine, who nevertheless have the private comfort, that in the time I have been made acquainted with this service, it hath been my hap to stumble upon somewhat unseen, which may import the same, as I made my lord keeper acquainted before my going. So leaving it to God to make a good end of a hard beginning, and most humbly craving your
majesty's pardon for presuming to trouble you, , commend your sacred majesty to God's tenderest preservation.
Your sacred Majesty's
in most humble obedience and devotion, From Huntingdon, this
20th of July, 1594.
the papers of Antony
MR. FRANCIS BACON TO HIS BROTHER
* Among My good Brother,
Bacon, Esq. One day draweth on another; and I am well pleased in fol
in my being here; for methinks solitariness collecteth the Lamthe mind, as shutting the eyes doth the sight. I pray brary.
I you therefore advertise me what you find, by my lord of Essex, (who, I am sure, hath been with you,) was done last Sunday; and what he conceiveth of the matter. I hold in one secret, and therefore you may trust your servant. I would be glad to receive my parsonage rent as soon as it cometh. So leave I
you to God's good preservation,
Your ever loving brother, From Twickenham-park, this Tuesday morning, 1594.
Indorsed, ļ6 Oct. 1594.
of Ibid. fol. 195.
EARL OF ESSEX TO MR. FRANCIS BACON 4.
SIR, I WILL be to-morrow night at London. I purpose to hear your argument the next day. I pray you send me word by this bearer of the hour, and place, where it is. Of your own cause I shall give better account when I see you, than I can do now; for that which will be done, will be this afternoon or to
I am fast unto you, as you can be to yourself,
** FRANCIS B
wrote to me.
MR. FRANCIS BACON TO HIS BROTHER
But this resolution was ut supra ; and she
came bain forward counsellors were persuaded me she is never peremptory but to my lord of Essex. I missed a line of my lord keeper's; but thus much I hear otherwise. The queen seemeth to apprehend my travel. Whereupon I was sent for by Sir Robert Cecil in sort as from her majesty; himself having of purpose immediately gone to London to speak with me; and not finding me there, he
, Whereupon I came to the court, and upon his relation to me of her majesty's speeches, I desired leave to answer it in writing ; not, I said, that I mistrusted his report, but mine own wit; the copy of which answer I send. We parted in kindness secundum exterius. This
copy you must needs return; for I have no other; and I wrote this by memory after the original was sent away. The queen's speech is after this sort. Why? I have made no solicitor. Hath any body carried a solicitor with him in his pocket? But he must have it in his own time (as if it were but yesterday's nomination) or else I must be thought to cast him away: Then her majesty sweareth thus ; " If I continue this manner, she “ will seek all England for a solicitor rather than take 66me. Yea, she will send for Heuston and Coven“ try (a) to-morrow next," as if she would swear them both. Again she
66 " never deals so with hoc erratum
non est) she hath pulled me over the bar (note the 66. words, for they cannot be
r own she hath used s me in her greatest causes. But this is Essex';' and s she is more angry with him than with me.” And
(a) Thomas Coventry, afterwards one of the justices of the common pleas, and father of the lord keeper Coventry.
she entereth into it!