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TO THE KING.
TO THE KING.
your majesty's growing behindhand, hath been in general have place next the e.dest brothers' work of time, so must likewise be your majesty's wives, I hold convenient. coming forth and making even. Not but I wish Lastly, Whereas it is desired, that the apparent it were by all good and fit means accelerated, but heirs males of the bodies of the baronets may be that I foresee, that if your majesty shall propound knighted during the life of their fathers; for that to yourself to do it per saltum, it can hardly be I have received from the lord chamberlain a without accidents of prejudice to your honour, signification, that your majesty did so understand safety, or profit.
it, I humbly subscribe thereunto with this, that Endorsed,
the baronets' eldest sons being knights, do not My letter to the king, touching his estate in gene- fathers live.
take place of ancient knights, so long as their ral, September 18, 1612.
All which, nevertheless, I humbly submit to your majesty's judgment. Your majesty's most humble and most bounden servant,
Fr. Bacon. MAY IT PLEASE your MAJESTY,
According to your highness's pleasure, signified by my Lord Chamberlain,* I have considered of the petition of certain baronets,t made unto your majesty for confirmation and extent, or IT MAY PLEASE YOUR MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY, explanation of certain points mentioned in their
Having understood of the death of the lord charter, and am of opinion, that first, whereas it chief justice, * I do ground, in all humbleness, an is desired, that the baronets be declared a middle assured hope, that your majesty will not think of degree, between baron and knight, I hold this to any other but your poor servants, your attorneyt be reasonable as to their placing.
and your solicitor, I one of them for that place. Secondly, Where it is desired, that unto the Else we shall be like Noah's dove, not knowing words degree or dignity of baron, the word honour where to rest our feet. For the places of rest, might he added; I know very well, that in the after the extreme painful places wherein we serve, preface of the baronets' patent it is mentioned, have used to be either the lord chancellor's place, that all honours are derived from the king. I find or the mastership of the rolls, or the places of also, that in the patent of the baronets, which are the chief justices; whereof, for the first, I could marshalled under the barons, (except it be certain be almost loath to live to see this worthy counselprincipals,) the word honour is granted. I find lor fail. The mastership of the rolls is blocked also, that the word dignity is many times in law with a reversion. My Lord Coke is like to outa superior word to the word honour, as being live us both: so as, if this turn fail, I, for my applied to the king himself, all capital indict- part, know not whither to look. I have served ments concluding contra coronam et dignitatem your majesty above a prenticehood, full seren wstram. It is evident also, that the word honour years and more, as your solicitor, which is, I and honourable are used in these times in common think, one of the painfullest places in your king. speech very promiscuously. Nevertheless, be- dom, specially as my employments have been: cause the style of honour belongs chiefly to peers and God hath brought mine own years to fifty. and counsellors, I am doubtful what opinion to two, which, I think, is older than ever any solicigive therein.
tor continued unpreferred. My suit is principally Thirdly, Whereas it is believed, that if there that you would remove Mr. Attorney to the place. be any question of precedence touching baronets, If he refuse, then I hope your majesty will seek it may be ordered, that the same be decided by no farther than myself, that I may at last, out the commissioners marshal; I do not see but it of your majesty's grace and favour, step forwards may be granted them for avoiding disturbances.
to a place either of more comfort or more ease. Fourthly, For the precedence of baronets I find Besides, how necessary it is for your majesty to no alteration or dificulty, except it be in this, strengthen your service amongst the judges by a that the daughters of baronets are desired to be chief justice which is sure to your prerogative, declared to have precedence before the wives of your majesty knoweth. Therefore, I cease farther knights' eldest sons; which, because it is a degree to trouble your majesty, humbly craving pardon, hereditary, and that, in all examples, the daughters
* Sir Thomas Fleming, who died about August, 1013. * Thomas Iloward, Earl of Suffolk.
+ Sir Henry Hobart, who was made Lori Chief Justice of # The order of baronets was created by patent of King Die Common Pleas, November 20, 1613, in the room of Sir James I., dated the 224 of May, 1611. The year following, a Edward Coke, removed to the post of Lord Chief Justice of decree was made relating to their place and precedence; the King's Bench, October 25. and four years after, viz., in 1616, another decree to the same I Sir Francis Bacon himself, who was appointed attorney. purpose. See Selden's Titles of Honour, Part II., Ch. V., p. general, Oct. 27, 1613. 21. Ch. XI., p. 910, and 906. 24 Edit. fol. 1613.
To Sir Julius Cæsar.
and relying wholly upon your goodness and me with wonderful tokens of kindness. We both
brought to him by Mr. Shute, of a promise of the
TO MR. MURRAY.*
MAY IT PLEASE YOU, SIR,
The notice I have from my Lord Roos, Sir
Henry Goodere, and other friends, of the extreme
obligation wherein I continue towards you, to-
gether with the conscience I have of the know
ledge how dearly and truly I honour and love you, could perceive by any objection or reply they and daily pray that you may rise to that height made, we left them in good opinion of the same, which the state wherein you live can give you, with this, that because my lord chancellor (by the hath taken away the wings of fear, whereby I advice, as it seemeth, of the other two) had ac
was almost carried away from daring to importune quainted the council-table, for so many as were
in this kind. But I know how good you have
it is; I will presume there is enough for any use,
whereupon an honest humble servant may em-
It imports the business of my poor estate, that other. Meanwhile, finding his majesty to have
I be restored to my country for some time; and I care of the matter, we thought it our duty to have divers friends in that court, who will further return this answer to you in discharge of his
my desire thereof, and particularly Mr. Secretary
Lake and my Lord Roos, whom I have desired to
confer with you about it. But nothing can be
done therein, unless my Lord of Canterburyt
may be made propitious, or at least not averse;
by the music of your tongue. I beseech you, sir,
lose some minutes upon me, which I shall be SIR,~The message which I received from you
glad to pay by whole years of service; and call
to mind, if it please you, the last speech you made by Mr. Shute hath bred in me such belief and
me, that if I should continue as I then was, and confidence as I will now wholly rely upon your neither prove ill-affected to the state, nor become
When persons of
otherwise than a mere secular man ia iny religion,
On my part the conditions are performed ; and it
remains, that you do the like : nor can I doubt
but that the nobleness of your nature, which loves
as to be doing of
good, can descend from being the attorney-general
* Son of Dr. Tobie Matthew, Archbishop of York. He was
born at Oxford in 1578, while his father was Dean of Christ
was seduced to the Remish religion by Father Parsons. This
country from the year
was again ordered to leave it in October, 1618; but, in 1622,
James I. at Royston, on the 10th of October, 1623. He trans.
lated into Italian Sir Francis Bacon's Essayy, and died at
† Dr. George Abbot.
excellent and happy self.
February 15, 1615.
* Harl. MSS. vol. 6986.
to a great king, to be solicitor for one of the MR. TOBIE MATTIEW TO SIR FRANCIS BACON, meanest subjects that he hath.
ATTORNEY-GENERAL. I send my letter to my lord's grace open, that May it PLEASE YOUR Honour, before you seal it (if you shall think fit to seal it, Such as know your honour may congratulate and rather not to deliver it open) you may see the with you the favour which you have lately received reasons that I have; which, if I be not partial, are from his majesty, of being made a counsellor of very pregnant. Although I confess, that till it state :* but as for me, I must have leave to conwas now very lately motioned to me by some gratulate with the council-table, in being so happy honourable friends, who have already procured to as to have you for an assessor. I hope these are lisimpression his majesty of some bard conceit but beginnings, and that the marriage, which now he had me in, I did not greatly think thereof; I perceive that fortune is about to make with and now I am full of hope that I shall prevail. virtue, will be consummate in your person. I canFor supposing that my Lord of Canterbury's mind not dissemble, though I am ashamed to mention, is but made of iron, the adamant of your persua- the excessive honour which you have vouchsafed sion will have power to draw it. It may please to do unto my picture. But shame ought not to you either to send a present answer hereunto, or, be so hateful as sin; and without sin I know not since I am not worthy of so much favour, to tell how to conceal the extreme obligation, into which either of those honourable persons aforenamed what I ain entered thereby, which is incomparably more the answer is, that accordingly they may co-operate. than I can express, and no less than as much as I
This letter goes by Sir Edward Parham, a gen- am able to conceive. And as the copy is more tleman whom I have been much beholden to. I fortunate than the original, because it hath the know him to be a perfect honest man; and since, I honour to be under your eye, so the original, being protest, I had rather die than deceive you, I will much more truly yours than the copy can be, humbly pray, that he may rather receive favour aspires, by having the happiness to see you, to froin you than otherwise, when he shall come in put the picture out of countenance. your way, which at one time or other all the I understand by Sir George Petre,+ who is arworld there must do. And I shall acknowledge rived here at the Spa, and is so wise as to honour myself much bound to you, as being enabled by you extremely, though he have not the fortune to this means to pay many of my debts to him. be known to your honour, that he had heard how
I presume to send you the copy of a piece of a my Lord of Canterbury had been moved in my letter, which Galileo, of whom I am sure you behalf, and that he gave way unto my return. have heard, wrote to a monk of my acquaintance This, if it be true, cannot have happened without in Italy, about the answering of that place in some endeavour of your honour; and, therefore, Joshua, which concerns the sun's standing still, howsoever I have not been particularly advertised and approving thereby the pretended falsehood of that your honour had delivered my letter to his Copernicus's opinion. The letter was written by grace; yet now methinks I do as good as know it, occasion of the opposition, which some few in and dare adventure to present you with my hum. Italy did make against Galileo, as if he went blest thanks for the favour. But the main point about to establish that by experiments which ap- is, how his majesty should be moved ; wherein pears to be contrary to Holy Scripture. But he my friends are straining courtesy; and unless I makes it appear the while by this piece of a let- have your honour for a master of the ceremonies to ter which I send you, that if that passage of take order, who shall begin, all the benefit, that I Scripture doth expressly favour either side, it is can reap by this negotiation, will be to have the for the affirmative of Copernicus's opinion, and reputation of little judgment in attempting that for the negative of Aristotle's. To an attorney- which I was not able to obtain; and that howsoever general in the midst of a town, and such a one I have shot fair, I know not how to hit the mark. as is employed in the weightiest affairs of the I have been directed by my Lord Roos, who was kingdom, it might seem unseasonable for me to the first mover of this stone, to write a letter, interrupt you with matter of this nature. But I which himself would deliver to the Master of the know well enough in how high account you have Horse, who doth me the honour to wish me very the truth of things: and that no day can pass, well: and I have obeyed his lordship, and beseech wherein you give not liberty to your wise thoughts your honour, that you will be pleased to prevent, of looking upon the works of nature. It may or to accompany, or second it with your commenplease you to pardon the so much trouble which dation, lest otherwise the many words that I have I give you in this kind ; though yet, I confess, I used have but the virtue of a single 0, or cipher. do not deserve a pardon, because I find not in But, indeed, if I had not been overweighed by the myself a purpose of forbearing to do the like here
* Sir Francis Bacon was sworn at Greenwich of the privy. after. I most humbly kiss your hand.
council, June 9, 1616. Your most faithful and affectionate servant,
† Grandson of John, the first Lord Petre, and son of Wil.
liam, second baron of that name. TOBIE MATTHEW.
Sir George Villiers, who was appointed to that office, Brussels, this 21st of April, 1616.
January 4, 1615-6.
authority of my Lord Roos's commandment, I your honour that I expressed thereby an act rather
letters do run into between these parts and those,
If I durst, I would most humbly entreat your that this may be delivered.
If my business should be remitted to the coun-
. Any letter sent to Mr. Trumball for me glad to use him in the delivery of this letter to
The term doch now last with your honour all to command me any thing, he will convey it to
year long, and therefore the sooner I make an my knowledge.
I hear to my unspeakable joy of heart, how
much power you have with the master of the Your honour's most entirely, and
horse; and how much immediate favour
TOBIE MATTHEWS. not but hope for all good success, when I consider
withal the protection whereinto you have been
your honour's many servants,
of my forefinger.
TO SIR FRANCIS BACON, ATTORNEY-GENERAL.'
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR HONOUR,
I have been made happy by your honour's
+ William, afterwards knighted. He had been secretary lo
of France, and
was afterwards agent at that court; and at last made clerk offered to be the deliverer thereof. Withal I told / of the council.
by the notice they gave me of some intentions foreign princes. My king is wise, and I hope and advices of your honour, which you have been that he hath this just mercy in store for me. God pleased to impart to others of my friends, with a Almighty make and keep your honour ever hap. meaning, that they should acquaint me with them; py, and keep me so in his favour, as I will be whereof they have entirely failed. And, there- sure to continue fore, if still it should import me to understand Your honour's ever most obliged what they were, I must be enforced to beg the
and devoted servant, knowledge of them from yourself. Your honour
TOBIE MATTHEW. hath by this short letter delivered me otherwise Antwerp, this first of Sept., stylo novo, 1616. from a great deal of laborious suspense; for, be- P. S., May it PLEASE your Honour, sides the great hope you give me of being so I have written to Sir John Digby; and I think shortly able to do you reverence, I am come to he would do me all favour, if he were handsome. know, that by the diligence of your favour towards ly put upon it. My lady of Pembroke hath writme, my Lord of Canterbury hath been drawn to ten, and that very earnestly, to my lord chambergive way, and the master of the horse hath been lain in my behalf. induced to move. That motion, I trust, will be This letter goes by Mr. Robert Garret, to granted, howsoever; but I should be out of fear whom I am many ways beholden, for making me thereof, if, when he moves the king, your honour the best present that ever I received, by deliverwould cast to be present; that if his majesty ing me your honour's last letter. should make any difficulty, some such reply as is wont to come from you in such cases may have power to discharge it. I have been told rather confidently than credi
SIR FRANCIS BACON TO THE KING. bly, (for in truth I am hardly drawn to believe it,) MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENT MAJESTY, that Sir Henry Goodere should underhand (upon
Because I have ever found, that in business the reason of certain accounts that run between the consideration of persons, who are instrumenta him and me, wherein I might justly lose my right, animata, is no less weighty than of matters, I if I had so little wit as to trouble your honour's humbly pray your majesty to peruse this enclosed infinite business by a particular relation thereof) paper, containing a diligence which I have used oppose himself to my return, and perform ili in omnem eventum. If Towerson,* as a passionoffices, in conformity of that unkind affection ate man, have overcome himself in his opinion, which he is said to bear me; but, as I said, I can- so it is. But if his company make this good, not absolutely believe it, though yet I could not then I am very glad to see in the case wherein so far despise the information, as not to acquaint we now stand, there is this hope left, and your your honour with what I heard. I offer it not as majesty's honous preserved in the entier. God a ruled case, but only as a query, as I have also have your majesty in his divine protection. done to Mr. Secretary Lake, in this letter, which Your majesty's most devoted I humbly pray your honour may be given him,
and most bounden servant, &c. together with your best advice, how my business is to be carried in this conjuncture of his ma
This is a secret to all men but my lord chanjesty's drawing near to London, at which time I cellor; and we go on this day with the new comshall receive my sentence. I have learned from pany without discouraging them at all. your honour to be confident, that it will be pro- September 18, 1616. nounced in my favour: but, if the will of God
Endorsed, should be otherwise, I shall yet frame for myself to the king, upon Towerson's propositions about
the cloth business. a good proportion of contentment; since, howsoever, I was so unfortunate, as that I might not enjoy my country, yet, withal, I was so happy, as that my return thither was desired and negotiated RICHARD MARTIN, ESQ.+ TO SIR FRANCIS BACON. by the affection, which such a person as yourself Right HONOURABLE, vouchsafed to bear me. When his majesty shall
By attendance at court two days (in vain, conbe moved, if he chance to make difficulty about sidering the end of my journey,) was no loss my return, and offer to impose any condition, which it is known I cannot draw myself to di
* Whose brother, Captain Gabriel Towerson, was one of the
English merchants executed by the Dutch at Amboyna, in 1623. gest, I desire it may be remembered, that my + Born about 1570, entered a commoner of Broad-gate's case is common with many of his subjects, who Hail, now Pembroke College, Oxford, in 1585, whence he rebreathe in the air of their country, and that my served for the borough of Barnstable in Devon; and in the
moved to the Middle Temple. In the Parliament of 1601, he case is not common with many, since I have first Parliament of King James I. he served for Cirencester in lived so long abroad with disgrace at home; and Gloucestershire. He was chosen recorder of London in Sepyet have ever been free, not only from suspicion tember, 1618; but died in the last day of the following month.
He was much esteemed by the men of learning and of practice, but from the least dependence upon genius of that age.