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"Sellengers, wher we saw old Mr. went into the "Hicklin,'wher he and his daugh"ter preferd William Pond to searue my Lady. "To this place we came about 10 of ye clock ** in the night, and I was so wearie as I could ** not tell whether I should sleepe or eate sirst.
"The next day we went to North-hall, wher "we found my aunt of Warwick something ill "and melancholy; she hir seise had not bin "ther passinge a moneth, but lay at Sr Moyle "Finches in Kent, by reason of the great plague, ** wch was then much about North-hall.
"Not longe after Michaellmas my unckle "Russell, my aunt Russell his wife, their son, "my Lo: of Bedford, my mother, and I,.gauc"all allowance to M\ Chambers, my aunts"Steward, in wch sort the house was kept du"ringe or being ther. I vsed to weare my haire-"cullered veluet gowne euerie day, and learned "to singe and play on the bass viol of Jack ** Jenkins, my aunts boye.
"Before Christmas my cozen Fraunces was "sent for from Nonesuch to North-hall, by rea"son that hir grace was to goe from thence to "be brought vp w'h the La: Harington in the ** cuntrie. All this tyme we wear merrie at q_3 "North, *' North-hall, my coz: Fra: Bourcher and my ** cozen Frauncis Russell and I did vse to walk"much in the garden, and weare great one w h"the other #*#*####**#»*# ** #####**##**#*##**#
"Now ther was much talk of a maske wch the "Queene had at Winchester, and how all the ** Ladies about the Court had gotten such ill "names that it was growen a scandalous place; "and the Queene hir selfe was much fallen "from hir former greatnes and reputation she «. had in [the] world,"
FIRST DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM.
"The Duke," fays Sir Henry Wotton, "was illiterate; yet had learned, at Court, "first to sift and question well, and to supply "his own defects, by the drawing or flowing ** unto him of the best instruments of ex"perience and knowledge; from whom he "had a sweet and attractive manner, to suck ** what might be for the public or his own pro"per use; so as the less he was favoured by "the Muses, he was the more so by the « Graces."
"In point of dress and luxury," fays Sir Henry Wotton, in his Parallel between the Earl of Essex and the Duke of Buckingham, "they were both very inordinate in their appe"tites, especially the Earl, who was by nature "of so indifferent a taste, that I must tell a rare ** thing of him, though it be but homely, that "he would stop in the midst of any physical "potion, and, after he had licked his lips, he. "would drink off the rest."
Lord Clarendon, in the " Disparity between ** the Estates and Conditions of this Nobleman "and the Earl of Essex," observes, after praising the Duke's extreme affability and gentleness to all men, " He had besides such a tenderness and "compassion in his nature, that such as think "the laws dead if they are not severely executed, ** censured him for being too merciful; but his "charity was grounded upon a wiser maxim of "state: "Non minus turpe Principi multa sup"plicia quam Medico, multa funera :—and he "believed, doubtless, that hanging was the "worst use man could be put to."
The Duke, on his fatal journey to Portsmouth, was advertised by an old woman on the road, that she had heard some desperate persons vow to kill him. His nephew Lord Fielding, riding in c^4 company
r company with him, desired him to exchange coats with him, and to let him have his blue ribbon, and undertook to muffle himself up in such a manner that he should he mistaken for the Duke. The Duke immediately caught him in his arms, saying, that he could not accept of such an osfer from a nephew whose life he valued as highly as his own.
The following Letter from the Duke of Buckingham to James the First, I believe, is not in print. In most of his letters he appears an abject flatterer of the King, and shews a childish affection expressed in very low language; in this, however, he writes in a manly style. He would have recommended a servant of his to some place, but the King had previously disposed of it.
"God forbid that for eyther me or anie of mine your promis should be forced; my man "is not in miserie; his master by your favour is v in estate not to let him want; he is younge, ** yett patient, and your meanes manie to benefitt "him some other way, an his honestie can de"serve it; I will answere he will. So both I "and he are humble suters that you please your "feise, in which doeing you content all. So "cravinge your blessings, I ende your humble slave and doge,
*.* Steenie." LORD BACON.
This great man has been accused os deserting his friend and patron the Earl of Essex in hi? distress. Fuller thus attempts to exculpate him:
"Lord Bacon," fays he, " was more true to f the Earl than the Earl was to himself; for ** finding him prefer destruction before displeasing ** counsel, he fairly forsook (not his person, whom "his pity attended to the grave, but) his prac*l tices, and herein was not the worse friend for "being the better subject."
Lord Bacon's Essays, which, as he fays, will be more read than his other works, " coming "home to men's business and bosoms," have been the text-book of myriads of Essay-Writers, and comprehend such a condensation of wisdom and learning, that they have very fairly been wire-drawn by his successors. Dr. Rowley, his Chaplain, gives the following account of his method of study, and of some of his domestic habits.
"He was," fays he, "no plodder upon P works; for though he read much, and that "with great judgment and rejection of impertiP nences incident to many authors, yet he would P use some relaxation of mind with his studies;