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Advice given by Sir Henry Neville on the same occasion
Contrast between the two.

2. Death of Sir Thomas Fleming, Chief Justice of the King's Bench.
Bacon recommends Sir H. Hobart for his successor.


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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


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-
gate complaints.

LETTER FROM BACON TO THE KING concerning the Commis-
sion and Instructions (13 Aug. 1613).

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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, 1607-8,1 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 considered. In 1607 there is nothing strange either in the making or Calendar of State Papers, Dom. James I.



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