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2. Meeting of Parliament (9 Feb. 1609-10). Conference between
REPORT OF PART OF THE SPEECH MADE BY THE EARL OF
SALISBURY AT THE CONFERENCE OF THE TWO HOUSES, 18TH
3. Proceedings of the Commons against Dr. Cowell for unconstitu-
4. Further conferences concerning the Great Contract. Whether
A SPEECH OF THE KING'S SOLICITOR USED UNTO THE LORDS
AT A CONFERENCE BY COMMISSION FROM THE COMMONS;
MOVING AND PERSUADING THE LORDS TO JOIN WITH THE
COMMONS IN PETITION TO THE KING TO OBTAIN LIBERTY
TO TREAT OF A COMPOSITION WITH HIS MAJESTY FOR WARDS
Liberty to treat granted (March 12).
Offer made by the Commons (March 26)
5. Dilatory proceeding of the Government. Apparent impolicy and
6. Pretended misunderstandings. Salisbury's new version of the
Government proposal (April 26). Rejected (May 3). Negotia-
7. Collection of Grievances. Impositions. Message from the King
to the Commons received through the Council
A SPEECH OF THE KING'S SOLICITOR, PERSUADING THE HOUSE
OF COMMONS TO DESIST FROM FURTHER QUESTION OF RE-
CEIVING THE KING'S MESSAGES BY THEIR SPEAKER AND
FROM THE BODY OF THE COUNCIL AS WELL AS FROM THE
Resolved not to receive messages from the Council as messages
8. The King warns the Commons not to dispute his power to lay
impositions upon merchandises; though willing to put a limit
9. Assassination of Henry IV. Negotiation of the Great Contract
10. Debate on Impositions (June 23-July 2)
AN ARGUMENT OF THE KING'S SOLICITOR IN THE LOWER
HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT, PROVING THE KING'S RIGHT of
11. Conference concerning the Contract. Better offer from the King
A SPEECH USED TO THE KING BY HIS MAJESTY'S SOLICI-
TOR, BEING CHOSEN BY THE COMMONS AS THEIR MOUTH
AND MESSENGER, FOR THE PRESENTING TO HIS MAJESTY
THE INSTRUMENT OR WRITING OF THEIR GRIEVANCES
The King offers (July 10) to consent to an Act suspending his
power to impose for the future without consent of Parliament.
Dissatisfaction of the Commons. Grant of one subsidy and
12. Great Contract resumed, terms agreed upon (July 17), and me-
morials exchanged (July 21). Answer given to the remaining
Grievances (July 23), and Parliament prorogued till October. 206
Terms of the Contract, as affecting the people, considered
1. Clauses inserted by Bacon in a manuscript copy of Camden's
TO SIR ROBERT COTTON (April 7, 1610)
2. Petition for the new founding of St. John's Hospital in Bedford.
TO THE RIGHT HONBLE SIR JULIUS CAESAR, KNIGHT, CHAN-
CELLOR OF HIS MAJESTY'S EXCHEQUER (Aug. 23, 1610). 215
3. Death of Bacon's mother. Probable condition of her latter years 216
5. Conference with the Judges concerning certain Proclamations
6. Effect of discussion of the Great Contract during the recess.
Loss and gain variously estimated; and both parties afraid of
Parliament meets again (Oct. 16). Conference between the
Houses, by invitation of the Lords (Oct. 25). True copy of
the King's answer to the Petition of Grievances sent for by the
proceed with the Contract, required of the Commons by the
NOTES OF SALISBURY'S SPEECH, as reported by Bacon
The King speaks with certain members of the Lower House.
His letter to the Speaker (Nov. 21). Debate on Supply (Nov.
A BRIEF SPEECH IN THE END OF THE SESSION OF PARLIA-
MENT 7 JAC. PERSUADING SOME SUPPLY TO BE GIVEN TO
8. Message of thanks and explanations resolved on, but no supply
2. Legal appointments. Prospects of promotion.
LETTER TO THE KING, DESIRING TO SUCCEED IN THE AT-
3. Proclamation concerning the value of coins.
LETTER TO THE LORD TREASURER SALISBURY
LETTER TO THE SAME (report upon a petition)
LETTER TO THE SAME UPON A NEW-YEAR'S TIDE
LETTER TO SIR MICHAEL HICKES, 8th Jan. 1611
LETTER TO MR. JOHN MURRAY OF HIS M. BEDCHAMBER
4. Death of Thomas Sutton, founder of the Charterhouse.
ADVICE TO THE KING TOUCHING SUTTON'S ESTATE
5. A CERTIFICATE TO THE LORDS OF THE COUNCIL upon infor-
mation given touching the scarcity of silver at the Mint, and
7. A LETTER TO THE MASTERS OF THE COURT OF REQUESTS. 261
8. Disputes as to jurisdiction of the Marshalsea Court. New Court
erected, to be called the Court of the Verge. Bacon one of the
THE JUDICIAL CHARGE OF SIR FRANCIS BACON, KNIGHT,
THE KING'S SOLICITOR GENERAL, UPON THE COMMISSION
1. Death of Salisbury. Result of his financial administration.
THE BEGINNING OF A LETTER TO THE KING IMMEDIATELY
AFTER MY LORD TREASURER'S DECEASE, 29th of May, 1612. 279
LETTER TO THE KING IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LORD
TREASURER'S DEATH, 31st of May
Difficulty of filling up the place of principal Secretary of State.
Secretaryship left vacant. Treasurership put in commission.
2. Mastership of the Wards. Contemplated reform in the adminis-
bury interrogated by the Council and committed on refusing to
answer. Brought before a select Council, and charged
CHARGE AGAINST THE COUNTESS OF SHREWSBURY
1. Marriage arranged between the Princess Elizabeth and the Elector
work entrusted to Bacon
INSTRUCTIONS TO THE COMMISSIONERS FOR COLLECTING THE
AID ON THE MARRIAGE OF THE PRINCESS ELIZABETH
2. LETTER TO THE KING TOUCHING HIS ESTATE IN GENERAL,
3. ACCOUNT OF THE COMMITTEES FOR REPAIR OF THE KING'S
4. REPORT UPON A PROPOSITION CONCERNING THE AUGMENTA-
TION OF THE KING'S YEARLY REVENUE BY CONVERTING OF
HIS LANDS INTO A YEARLY FEE-FARM RENT, MULTIPLIED
REPORT FROM LORD CHANCELLOR ELLESMERE AND LORD
NORTHAMPTON (drawn up apparently by Bacon), 11 Oct. 1612 337
6. New volume of Essays published. Intended dedication to the
TO THE MOST HIGH AND EXCELLENT PRINCE HENRY, PRINCE
OF WALES, DUKE OF CORNWALL AND EARL OF CHESTER. 340
Death of the Prince. Remembrance of his character written in
8. Marriage of the Princess Elizabeth. Triumphs and rejoicings.