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56 and lively in his conversation; and both bes «fore and after dinner, preserved the same “ fobriety of behaviour. He joked himself, but “ with great pleasantry, and permitted it in “ others; yet he never allowed his jokes, or " those of his friends, to descend into person“ ality and detraction, which he abhorred as ço much as any man can detest a serpent. One
peculiarity he had which was something royal; “ he never disinised any suitor from him dislatif $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 hiin not because he was too much loved in the country; and that he would follow his father's leffon, which was, that the less opinion others fet by him, the more he would set by himself.
THOMAS DUKE OF NORFOLK. 113 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, fr and be bound upon my life not to speak to 6. him who says mass, which he may do in the s other chamber, whilft I remain within. That “ I may be aļlowed sheets to lie on; to have li “ cence in the day-time to walk in the chamber " without, and in the night be locked in as I am so now. I would gladly have licence to send to “ London to buy one book of St. Austin de " Civitate Dei, and one of Jofephus de Antiqui. $ tatibus, and another of Sabellius, who doth $6 declare, most of any book that I have read, s how the Bishop of Rome, from time to time, $G hath usurped his power against all Princes by of their unwise sufferance."
JOHN HEYWOOD, “ The following hapned," says Puttenham, go on a time at the Duke of Northumberland's s board, where merry John Heywood was al. so lowed to sit, at the board's end. The Duke “ had a very noble and honourable mynde al.
66 wayes to pay his debts well; and when he 66 lacked money, would not stick to sell the 4 greatest part of his plate: so had he done “ fome few days before.
“ Heywood being loth to call for his drinke so o 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, 6. thinking he had spoken it of some knowledge 6 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; 6 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 u 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 al66 ways be standing by him.”
| EDWARD THE SIXTH.';
[1547—1553.] In the British Museum there is a large folig 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. Ed. ward's abilities, acquirements, and disposition were fo transcendent, that they extorted an eulogium upon them from the cynic Cardan himself, who, in his once-celebrated book “ De Genie “ turis,” thus describes the young Prince, with whom he had seyeral conversations upon the subjects of some of his books, particularly on that “ De Rerum Varietate :"_" The child was fa
wonderful in this respect, that at the age of 6 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 6 was perfect. In the conversations that I had “ with him (when he was only fifteen years of S 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 5expectations of him, from the sweetness of his
12 “ disposition
u 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 6 England, but the whole world has to lament 66 his being taken from us so prematurely. We “ owed much to him as it was, but alas ! how 6 much more was taken away from us by the 56 artifice and malignity of mankind. Alas! “ how prophetically did he once repeat to me,
• Innmodicis brevis eft etas, et rara senectus.'
6 Alas! he could only exhibit a specimen, not e a pattern, of virtue. When there was occa. * fion for this Prince to assume' the King, he « appeared as grave as an old man, though at 66 other times he had the manners and behaviour " of his own age. He attended to the business 6 of the State, and he was liberal like his Father, « who, whilst he affected that character, gave « into the extreme of it. The fon, however, it had never the shadow of a fault about him ; 6 he had cultivated his inind by the precepts of « philosophy."
-Fuller, in his “ Worthies," has preserved the following letter of this Prince, addressed to Mr. Barnaby Fitzpatrick, Gentleman of his Bed