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Your very loving friend,
THE EARL OF ESSEX TO MR. FRANCIS BACON *
1593 Sept. * Among the papers of Antony
I found the queen so wayward, as I thought it no fit the Lam- time to deal with her in any sort, especially since her brary.
choler grew towards myself, which I have well satis-
Your assured friend,
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the papers of Antony
LORD TREASURER BURGHLEY TO din Bond MR. FRANCIS BACON *. toit on D* Among
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Bacon, Esq. I have no leisure to write much; but for answer I fol. 197, in HAVE
; have attempted to place you : but her majesty hath the Lamrequired the lord keeper t to give to her the names brary. of divers lawyers to be preferred, wherewith he made + 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 t. f Among
of Antony SE Cousin, on be
Bacon, Esq. ASSURE yourself, that the solicitor's † coming gave fol. 197
. . no cause of speech; for it was concerning a book to verso, in the
an Lambeth be drawn, concerning the bargain of wines. If there
library. had been, you should have known, or when there : Mr. Ed
. 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-Ino, 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 VIH. concerning Jointures.TUDE
not removed of her forbearance to speak with you. This being not yet perfected may stop good, when the hour comes of conclusion, though it be but a trifle,
and questionless would be straight dispatched, if it I were luckily handled. But herein do I, out of my policy
desire to satisfy you, use this my opinion, leaving you to your own better knowledge what hath been done for you, or in what terms that matter standeth. And thus, desirous to be recommended to my good aunt, to whom my wife heartily commends her, I leave you to the protection of Almighty God. From the court at Windsor, this 27th of September, 1593. Do
Your loving cousin and friend,
DE ROBERT CECIL. I I have heard in these causes, Facies hominis est tanquam leonis.
MR. FRANCIS BACON TO THE QUEEN
1593. * Among the papers of Antony Bacon, Esq.
the Lambeth library.
Madam, kol . 315 , in REMEMBERING, that your majesty had been gracious
to me both in countenancing me, and conferring upon me the reversion of a good place, and perceiving, that your majesty had taken some displeasure towards me, both these were arguments to move me to offer unto your majesty my service, to the end to have means to deserve your favour, and to repair my er- . ror. Upon this ground, I affected myself to no great matter, but only a place of my profession, such as I do see divers younger in proceeding to myself, and men of no great note, do without blame aspire unto. But if
do press this matter, I do assure your majesty my spirit is not with them. o.
It sufficeth me, that I have let your majesty know, that I am ready to do that for the service, which I never would do for mine own gain. And if
your majesty like others better, I shall, with the Lacedemonian, be glad, that there is such choice of abler men than myself. Your majesty's favour indeed, and ac
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 nas
much, as to stand now, when
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. to * Among the papers of Antony Bacon, Esq. vol. III.
Good Robin, THERE is no news you can write to me, which I fol. 281, in take more pleasure to hear, than of your health, and the Lamof your loving remembrance of me; the former brary. whereof though you mention not in your letter, yet I straight presumed well of it, because your mention was so fresh to make such a flourish. And it was afterwards 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. no evento
In short, nothing is done in it; but I propose to remain here at Twickenham till 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
Yours in loving affection,
FR. BACON. this 4th of Nov. 1593.
1593, Nov. 10. * Among
MR. FRANCIS BACON TO THE EARL OF ESSEX*.
My Lord, of Antony I THOUGHT it not amiss to inform your lordship of Bacon, Esq.
that, which I gather partly by conjecture, and partly . , in the Lam. im 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) workéth for the Huddler (6)
con. (a) Probably Lord Keeper Puckering. (6) Mr. Edward Coke.