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TO THE CHANCELLOR OF THE DUCHY (a), SIR

HUMPHREY MAY.

Good Mr. Chancellor,

I Do approve very well of your forbearance to move my suits, in regard the duke's return (b) is so near at hand, which I thought would have been a longer matter; and I imagine there is a gratiastitium till he come. I do not doubt but you shall find his grace nobly disposed. The last time you spake with him about me, I remember you sent me word, he thanked you for being so forward for me. Yet I could wish, that you took some occasion to speak with him, generally to my advantage, before you move to him any particular suit; and to let me know how you find him.

My lord treasurer sent me a good answer touching my monies. I pray you continue to quicken him, that the king may once clear with me. A fire of old wood needeth no blowing; but old men do. I ever rest

Yours to do

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(a) This letter is indorsed, 1625.

(b) From Paris, whither the duke of Buckingham went in May,

1625, to conduct the new queen to England.

Consultations in Parliament anno 1 Caroli Regis, at Westminster, anno Domini 1625 (a).

[Found among Lord Bacon's Papers.]

THE Consultations now in parliament may be regulated into these four heads following.

1.

The state of the king in the constant revenue of his crown.

f 1. What it was; and how far the introitus et exitus there ordered. Vide my book of a medium for ten years before primo Jacobi regis.

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(a) This parliament met on the 18th of June, and was dissolved August 12,

1625.

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Under this head will fall the complaint of Dover.

f Anation feared, renowned, victorious.

It made the Netherlands there a state when it was none.

Recovered Henry IV. of France's kingdom, when he had nothing left but the town of Dieppe.

Conquered the invincible navy of Spain in 1588.

Took towns in Portugal the year following, and marched 100 miles upon the firm land.

Fired, or brought away, the Spanish

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navy before Cadiz, and sacked the

town.

Took the Spanish ships daily, and spoiled the Port-Towns of the West-Indies, never losing but one ship during all the Spanish wars.

Reduced the ambition of that king for a fifth monarchy to so low an ebb, that in one year he paid 2500 millions of ducats for interest, so as after he was inforced to beg treaties of peace, in low terms, at the last queen regent's hands.

A carriage and readiness in the people to assist their sovereign in their purse and person.

A wisdom and gravity of council, who ordered nothing but by public debate, and then assisted by the military professors, either by land or sea, of the best repute, and such only employed.

4.
Loss in re-
putation by
the ill suc-

cess.

5.
The reasons.

In the voyage of Al

gier.

In the Palatinate.
In the journey with
Mansfield.

In this last to Cadiz (b).

The unchearfulness we have either to adventure our purses or goods, occasioned by a distrust we have of the successes.

The want of the like courses and counsels, that were formerly used.

I could, wish, that for every of these four heads there were a particular committee to examine an apt report for the houses; and the houses, upon every report, to put itself into a Committee of the whole assembly; and after a full and deliberate debate, to order a model, or form, for a conference with the lords and so, together, humbly to present unto his majesty a remonstrance of their labour; offering withal a serious consultation and debate amongst

(b) In October, 1625.

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