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“ lawe, as ye haue some time taken vppon you in 6 place of iustice. And if it were well tried, I “ beleue ye shuld not be wel able to stand how “ nestli therto.

to counterpaise

“ HALES. 66 Mi Lord i am not so perfect but i mai erre 6 for lacke of knowledge. But both in con“ fience & such knoledge of the law as God “ hath geuē me, i wil do nothing but i wil " maintain and abide in it. And if mi goodes 6 and all that I haue be not able to counterpaise

the case: mi bodie shal be redi to serue the “ turne, for thei be all at the Quenes Highnesse s pleasure.

« CHAUNCELOR. 6 Ah sir, ye be veri quicke & stoute in your “ answers. But as it shoulde feme, that which 6 ye did was more of a will, fauouring the opi. “ nion of your Religion against the Seruice “ nowe vsed, then for ani occasió or zeale of “ iustice, seinge the Quenes Highnes dooth set « it furthe, as yet wishinge all hir faithful sub. " iectes to imbrace it accordingli : & where ye so offer both bodie and goodes in your triall, " there is no such matter required at youre “ handes, and yet ye shall not haue your owne " will neither.

« HALES,

66 HALES. 66 My Lord, I seke not wilful will, but to shew « my self as i am bound in loue to God, and “ obedience to the Quenes Maiestie, in whose “ cause willingly for iustice fake (al other respectes “ set apart) i did of late (as your Lordship e knoeth) aduenture as much as i had. And " as for my religion, i trust it to be suche as «c pleaseth God, wherin i am redy to aduenture e aswell my life as my substaūce, if i be called

therunto. And so in lacke of mine owne power ād wil, the Lordes wil be fulfilled..

" CHAUNCELOR. « Seing ye be at this point Master Hales, i “ wil presently make an end with you. The 66 Quenes Highnes shal be enfourmed of youre 6 opinion, and declaration. And as hir Grace “s shall therupon determine, ye shall haue kno“ledge, vntil whiche tyme ye may depart, as ye “ came without your oth, for as it appeareth, “ ye ar scarse worthi the place appointed.

. " HALES. " I thanсke your Lordship, and as for my “ vocation, being both a burthen and a charge, “ more than euer i desired to take vpon me, 66 whenfoeuer it shal please the Quenes Highnes

us to

as to ease me thereof: i shall mooft humbli with 6 due contentation obei the fame.

“ And so departed from

56 the barre.”

SIR NICHOLAS THROCKMORTON was arraigned for high treason before the Lord Mayor of London and some of the principal nobility and Judges of the realm, for being concerned in Sir Thomas Wyatt's rebellion. The jury, however, acquitted him, against the pleasure of the Judges, and in spite of their menaces. They were all imprisoned for this terrible offence: some of them were fined, and paid 500 marks a-piece, according to Stowe; the rest were fined smaller sums, and, after their discharge from confinement, ordered to attend the Council-table at a minute's warning.

“ In one of the trials about this time,” says Fuller, “ the following occurrence took place:

“ A person tried for treason, as the jury were « about to leave the bar, requested them to con156 sider a statute which he thought made very “ much for him. Sirrah, cried out one of the “ Judges, I know that statute better than you

“ do. “ do. The prisoner coolly replied, I make no “ doubt, Sir, but that you do know it better " than I do; I am only anxious that the Jury 66. should know it as well.”

QUEEN ELIZABETH.

[1558—1603.] The following servile letter from this Queen, then the Princess Elizabeth, to Queen Mary, on sending the latter her portrait, is in the Collection of Royal Letters in the British Museum.

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« PRINCESS ELIZABETH TO QUEEN MARY.

66 Like as the riche man, that dayly gathereth 6 notes to notes, and to one bag of money “ layeth a great fort, till it come to infinit, so " methinks your Majesty, not being fufficed " with many benefits and gentleness, shewed to 6 me afore this time, doth now increse them in “ asking & defyring, (when you may bid & « commande,) requiring a thinge, not worthy “ the defyring for itselfe, but made worthy for “ your Highness request: my picture I mene ; « in wiche if the inward good will towarde 66 your Grace might as wel be declared as the « outside face and countenance shal be seen, I

66 wold

a wold not have tarried the commandment, but « prevent it, nor have been the last to graunt 66 but the first to offer it. For the face I « graunt, I might wel blushe to offer, but the “ mynde I shal never be ashamed to presente: “ for though from the grace of the pictur the « coulors may fade by time, may give by wether, “ may be spotted by chance; yet the other not “ time with her swift winges shall overtake, nor o the mustie cloudes with their lowerings may “ darken, nor chance with her slippery foote may “ overthrow. Of this although yet the prise “ could not be greate, because the occasion “ hathe beene but small; notwithstanding, as a “ dog hathe a day; so I perchance may have s time to declare it in deedes when now I do “ write them but in wordes. And further, I « shall most humbly beseeche your Majestie, that 66 when you shall looke on my pictur, you will 66 vitsafe to thinke, that as you have but the out6. ward shadowe of the body afore you, so my in56 ward mynde wilheth that the body itselfe were 6 oftene in your presence: howbeit because both “ my so beinge I thinke could do your Majestie “ litel pleasure, though myselfe great good ; & “ againe, because I see as yet not the time agrees “ therewith; I shall learn to followe this faing “ of Orace: Feras non culpes quod vitari non poteft. And then I will (trublinge your Ma“ jeftie I fere) ende with my most humble

" thankes,

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