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1. Proceedings of the Commissioners for bettering the King's re-
Question of calling a new Parliament
REASONS FOR CALLING A PARLIAMENT
LETTER TO THE KING, with advice how to proceed with a Par-
Advice given by Sir Henry Neville on the same occasion 373
2. Death of Sir Thomas Fleming, Chief Justice of the King's Bench.
Bacon recommends Sir H. Hobart for his successor.
Afterwards recommends a different arrangement : viz. Coke to
be promoted from the Common Pleas to the King's Bench :
Hobart to succeed Coke : and himself to succeed Hobart. Pro-
bable reasons for preferring this arrangement
REASONS FOR THE REMOVE OF COKE .
3. Attempt to introduce Parliamentary government into Ireland.
Creation of new boroughs. Election of Sir John Davies as
Speaker. Refusal of the Roman Catholic members to serve.
Reference to the King. Commissioners appointed to investi-
LETTER FROM BACON TO The King concerning the Commis-
sion and Instructions (13 Aug. 1613).
4. Proposal to require the members of the deputation from Ireland
to take the oath of allegiance
OPINION OF THE LAW OFFICERS UPON THE LEGALITY OF
Report of the Commissioners ; and orders issued thereupon.
The seceding members consent to serve .
5. Coke made Chief Justice of the King's Bench : Hobart of the
Common Pleas : Bacon Attorney General : Yelverton Solicitor
LETTER OF THANKS TO THE KING .
Dissolution of the marriage between the Earl of Essex and Lady
Frances Howard. Her marriage to Rochester, created Earl
of Somerset for the occasion, Bacon's complimentary offer-
ing of the ‘Masque of Flowers.' Probable motive and occasion 392
6. Prevalence of duels. Proclamation against them by the King.
A PROPOSITION FOR THE REPRESSING OF SINGULAR COMBATS
Prosecution in the Starchamber of a challenger and his second · 397
THE CHARGE OF SIR PRANCIS Bacon, Knight, his MA-
JESTY's ATTORNEY GENERAL, TOUCHING DUELS, UPON AN
INFORMATION IN THE STARCHAMBER AGAINST PRIEST AND
WRIGHT. WITH THE DECREE OF THE STARCHAMBER IN
On the 5th of October, 1607,-according to the MS. lists of knights in the Herald's College, -the King, being then at Royston, knighted Sir John Constable. And though the statement involves, as we shall see, one small difficulty, it may serve in the absence of better evidence to determine the place of the next letter; to which (printed originally in the 'Remains,' without any date) some incautious editor, transcriber, or possessor, has attached a date which must be wrong.
John Constable, of Gray's Inn, married Dorothy Barnham, a sister of Alice, and so became what would then be called Bacon's “brother-in-law”; at whose request he was knighted. The precise date of his marriage I have not been able to ascertain ; but as I find him described as Sir John Constable” in a docket dated January 31, 1607-8, and as he could not be Bacon's brother-in-law before the 10th of May, 1607,—the day of Bacon's own marriage,—the occasion to which the letter refers must lie between those dates. The date given to it in the modern printed copies-1603—has no doubt been inserted by some one upon conjecture; 1603 being the year when knights were made so freely,--the true date of Bacon's marriage not being known,-and the extreme improbability that he could at that time have been so far advanced in the King's good graces as to ask for a personal favour of this kind not being consi. dered. In 1607 there is nothing strange either in the making or
Calendar of State Papers, Dom. James I.