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child. Thy mourning cannot avail me, I am but duit.

Thirdly, you shall underftand that my land was conveyed, bona fide, to my child.' The; writings were drawn at Midsummer was twelve months ; my honest cousin Brett can testify so much, and Dolberry too. can remember somewhat therein : and, I trust my

blood will quench their malice that have cruelly murdered me; and, that they will not seek also to kill thee and thine with extreme poverty.

To what friend to direct thee I know not, for all mine have left me in the true time of trial; and I perceive that my death was determined from the first day. Most sorry I am, God knows, that, being thus surprized with death, I can leave you in no better eftate : God is my witness I meant you all

office of wines, or all that I could have purchased: by selling it, half my stuff, and all my jewels, but some one for the boy ; but God hath prevented all my resolutions: that great God that ruleth all in all : but, if you can live free from want, care for no more, the rest is but: vanity. Love God, and begin betimes to repose yourself upon him; and therein you shall find true and lasting riches, and endless comfort: for the rest, when you have travelled and wearied your thoughts over all sorts of worldly cogitations, you shall but fit down by sorrows in the end. Teach

son also to love and fear God, whild he is yet young, that the


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fear of God may grow with him ; and then God will be a husband to you, and a father to him ; a husband and a father which cannot be taken from you.

Bailey oweth me two hundred pounds, and Adrian fix hundred pounds, in Jersey. I also have much owing me befides. The arrearages of the wines will pay your debts : and, howfoever you do, for my

Toul's fake, pay


poor When I am gone, no doubt but you mall be fought to, for the world thinks that I was very rich. But take heed of the pretences of men and their affections, for they laft not but in honest and worthy men ; and no greater misery can befal you in this life than to become a prey, and afterwards to be despised. I speak not this, God knows, to diffuade you from marriage, for it will be best for you both in respect of the world and of God. As for me, I am no more yours, nor you mine ; Death hath cut us asunder ; and God hath divided me from the world, and you from me. Remember your poor child for his father's sake, who chose you, and loved you in his happiest times.

Get those letters, if it be posible, which I writ to the lords, wherein I sued for


life. God is my witness, it was for you


yours that I desired life; but it is true that I difdained myself for begging of it: for know it, my dear wife, that your son is the son of a true man, and who, in his own respect, despiseth death and all his milhapen and ugly forms. I

cannot write much. God, he knows how hardly I steal this time while others sleep; and it is also time that I should separate my thoughts from the world.

Beg my dead body, which living was denied thee; and either lay it at Sherborne, (and, if the land continue) or in Exeter-church, by my father and mother.

I can say no more, time and death call me away. The everlasting, powerful, infinite, and omnipotent God; that almighty God, who is goodness itself, the true life and true light, keep thee and thine ; have mercy on me, and teach me to forgive my perfecutors and accusers, and send us to meet in his glorious kingdom. My dear wife farewel. Blefs my poor boy. Pray for me, and let my good God hold you both in his arms.

Written with the dying hand of sometimes thy husband, but now, alas! overthrown,


A gentleman, who writes the history of Raleigh's life, informs us, That, coming from Ireland, and being equipped in a very good habit, which it seems was the greatest part of his eflate (and which, he well observes, is one of the best means of introducing a man into the world whose worth is unknown) as the queen was walking in the park, and coming to a watry place, where the found fonie difficulty to get over, Sir Walter immediately pulled off a new plush coat he had on, and said it down for her majesty to tread on; which the queen was extremely pleased with, and foon after took occasion to requite.

To such lucky accidents sometimes do men owe their success. The greatest merit is often defeated by a kind of criminal modesty, or a want of opportunity to discover itself; while the forward and bold, though the most empty worth less things in nature, often arrive at the highest preferments ;. but this was not the cafe of Sir Walter. He was a gentleman of a good presence, handsome, and well proportioned i had a strong and natural wit, and a better judgment; a voluble tongue, and good address; and to these he had added a general learning, being an indefatigable reader, even while engaged in the service by sea or land; and a great observer of men and times.

His motto, says the writer of his life, was, Tam Marti quam Mercurio ; though we find it in Collier to be, Either die nobly, or live honourably.

Five hours he used to sleep, four he read, two he fpent in discourse, and the rest he allotted for business. There was not an expert foldier or seaman but he consulted ; no valuable treatise of navigation, whether printed or manuscript, but he read: observing that there was nothing of greater consequence, for the advancement of learning, than the finding out the plainest and most compendious way of knowing and teaching things in every sci


During During his confinement in the Tower, he composed that excellent work, entitled, The History of the World; from whence, indeed, the character of this gentleman may be best collected, every man being best known by his works.

On his return to England, after his last expedition, not doubting but that he should be made a sacrifice to the Spaniard, he sent for Mr. Burre, who had printed his first volume of The History of the World, and asked him how it fold. Burre answered, It fold so slowly it had undone him ; which it feems was false. Whereupon Sir Walter took the other part, which was un printed, out of his desk, and fighing faid, “Ah! my friend, hath the firfi part undone thee? The second volume fall undo no more; this ungrateful world is unworthy of it: and immediately threw it into the fire, and set his foot upon it till it was consumed.

Besides his History of the World, he wrote a treatise called, The Cabinet Council; containing the arts of government: An Accurate Account of his Catholic Majesty's power and Riches: The Rise and Ruin of the Saracen Empire : A Treatise of Mines and Minerals : The Prerogatives of Parliaments : another treatise, entitled, Instructions to his Son and his Pofterity; and several speeches and argu. ments in several parliaments,

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