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"and lively in his conversation; and both be* * fore and after dinner, preserved the same i* sobriety of behaviour. He joked himself, but ** with great pleasantry, and permitted it in "others; yet he never allowed his jokes, or "those of his sriends, to descend into person"ality and detraction, which he abhorred as "much as any man can detest a serpent. One "peculiarity he had which was something royal; ?c he never dismissed any suitor from him dissatisf fied or out of humour."
THOMAS DUKE OF NORFOLK,
in spite of all his submissions, joined with the great merits of his past services, would most probably have been executed, had not the death of Henry reserved him for more merciful times.
One of the Articles brought against the Duke was, that he had complained to a Mr. Holland, that he was not of the Cabinet, (or as he termed it, the Privy Council) that his Majesty loved him not because he was too much loved in the country; and that he would follow his father's lesson, which was, that the less opinion others set by him, the more he would set by himself.
In his petition to the Lords from the Tower of London, he requests to have some of the books that are at Lambeth; "for," adds he, " unless ** I have books to read ere I fall asleep, and after ** I awake again, I cannot sleep, nor have done "these dozen years. That I may hear mass, ** and be bound upon my life not to speak to "him who says mass, which he may do in the ** other chamber, whilst I remain within. That "I may be allowed sheets to lie on; to have lie "cence in the day-time to walk in the chamber ** without, and in the night be locked in as I am
now. I would gladly have licence to fend to "London to buy one book of St. Austin de ** Civitate Dei, and one of Josephus de Antiqui"tatibus, and another of Sabellius, who doth ** declare, most of any book that I have read, "how the Bishop of Rome, from time to time, ** hath usurped his power against all Princes by « their unwise sufferance,"
** The following hapned," says Puttenham, f on a time at the Duke of Northumberland's "board, where merry John Heywood was al? "lowed to sit, at the board's end. The Duke
had a very noble and honourable mynde air yoL. J. 1 "wayes; "waves to pay his debts well; and when he "lacked money, would not stick to fell the "greatest part of his plate: so had he done "some few days before.
"Heywood being loth to call for his drinke so "oft as he was dry, turned his eye towards the "cupboard, and said, I find a great misse of "your Grace's standing cups. The Duke, ** thinking he had spoken it of some knowledge "that his plate was lately sold, said somewhat ** sharply, Why, Sir, will not these cuppes "serve as goode a man as yourselfe? Heywood "readily replied, Yes, if it please your Grace; "but I would have one of them stand still at my ** elbowe, full of drinke, that I might not be * * driven to trouble your man so often to call for ** it. This pleasant and speedy revers of the "former words," says Puttenham, " holpe all "the matter againe; whereupon the Duke be"came very pleasant, and dranke a bottle of ".wine to Heywood, and bid a cup should ak "ways be standing by him."
1 EDWARD THE SIXTH.
In the British Museum there is a large folio volume in MS. of the exercises of this excellent Prince, in Greek, in Latin, and in English, with his signature to each of them, as King of England, in the three different languages. Edward's abilities, acquirements, and disposition were so transcendent, that they extorted an eulogium upon them from the cynic Cardan himself, who, in his once-celebrated book " De Geni** Juris," thus describes the young Prince, with whom he had seyeral conversations upon the subjects of some Q.f his books, particularly on that ** De Rerum Varietate:"—" The child was so "wonderful in this respect, that at the age of w fifteen he had learned, as I was told, seven dif"ferent languages. In that of his own country, "that of France, and the Latin language, he "was perfect. In the conversations that I had "with him (when he was only fifteen years of "age) he spoke Latin with as much readiness "and elegance as myself. He was a pretty good ** logician, he understood natural philosophy "and music, and played upon the lute. The "good and the learned had formed the highest w expectations of him, from the sweetness of his 12 ** disposition "disposition and the excellence of his talents. "He had begun to favour learning before he ** was a great scholar himself, and to be ac** quainted with it before he could make use of it. ** Alas the wretched state of mortals! not only ** England, but the whole world has to lament "his being taken from us so prematurely. We ** owed much to him as it was, but alas! how "much more was taken away from us by the * *artifice and malignity of mankind. Alas I how prophetically did he once repeat to me,
* Immodicis brevis est etas, et rarasene£Ius.'
** Alas! he could only exhibit a specimen, not "a pattern, of virtue. When there was occa"sion for this Prince to assume the King, he ** appeared as grave as an old man, though at "other times he had the manners and behaviour "of his own age. He attended to the business "of the State, and he was liberal like his Father, * who, whilst he affected that character, gave ** into'the extreme of it. The son, however, "had never the shadow of a fault about him; ** he had cultivated his mind by the precepts of philosophy."
Fuller, in his "Worthies," has preserved the followirtg'letter of this Prince, addressed to Mr. Barnaby;Fitzpatrick, Gentleman of his Bed4 chamber,