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6 well knew his own strength, and whom the e love of riot necessitated to a love of treasure, “ which commonly is fupplied by oppression of " the subject. His buildings were few, but “ fumptuous for the time, which are yet to be “ seene at the Tower of London, his house of 6 Elthem, the Castles of Nottingham and Dover, " but above all at Windsor, where he built the “ new Chapel, (finished after by Sir Reginald “ Bray, Knight of the Order,) and endowed the “ Colledge with negative revenues, which he “ gave not, but transferred thither, taking from “ King's Colledge in Cambridge, and Eaton Col« ledge, a thousand pounds the yeare, to enrich 46 this at Windsor.

" But our buildings, like our children, are os obnoxious to death, and time scorns their « folly who place a perpetuite in either. And 1 " indeed the safer kind of fate happened to King « Edward, in both these felicities: his posteritie, 65 like his edifices, lost in other names.

< Edward,” says Habington, “ to recover 66 him the great love which in both fortunes the 66 Londoners had shewed him to his last houre, “ used towards them a particular kindnesse, even 6c so much that he invited the Lord Mayor,

“ Aldermen, " Aldermen, and some of the principal Citizens, s to the forest of Waltham, to give them a “ friendly, not a pompous entertainment, where « in a pleasant lodge they were feasted, the King 66 himself seeing their dinner served in ; and by

thus stoopinge downe to a loving familiarity, ço sunke deepe into their hearts ; and that the $ sex he always affected might not bee unre... 66 membered, he caused great plentie of venifon “ to be sent to the Lady Mayoress and the Al66 dermen's wives."


[1485—1509.] * « THIS politic Prince,” says Lord Bacon, s always professed to love and to seek peace, and to it was his usual preface to his Treaties, Thaç $when Christ came into the world peace was “ sung, and that when he went out of the world, “ peace was bequeathed. Yet he knew the way " to peace was not to seem to be desirous to « avoid wars, therefore would he make offers “ and fames of wars till he had worded the con“ ditions of peace. For his pleasures," adds Lord Bacon, “ there is no news of them. He " did by pleasures as great Princes do by bans yol, I.

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" quets—come and look a little upon them, " and turn away. He was rather studious than « learned, reading most books that were of any cs worth in the French tongue; yet he under66 stood the Latin, as appeareth in that Cardinal " Adrian and others, who could very well have “ written French, did write to him in Latin.”

“ He was,” says his noble Historian, “ a little « above just stature, well and straight-limbed, “ but slender. His countenance was reverend, " and a little like a churchman; and as it was not 6 strange or dark, so neither was it winning nor « pleasing, but as the face of one well disposed. “ But it was to the disadvantage of the painter, 6 for it was best when he spoke.”

The king of Castile was shipwrecked on the coast of England in the reign of Henry the Seventh. “ Henry,” says Lord Bacon, "as 6 soon as he heard the news, commanded pre66 sently the Earl of Arundel to go to visit the 6. King of Castile, and let him understand, that 6 as he was very sorry for his mishap, so he was “ glad that he had escaped the danger of the 6 feas, and likewise of the occasion, he had to “ do him honour; and desiring him to think “ himself as in his own land, and that the king “ made all possible haste to come and embrace

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so him. The Earl came to him in great magsc nificence at Weymouth, with a brave troop of " three hundred horse, and, for more state, came " by torch-light. After he had done the King's s message, King Philip, (seeing how the world 56 went,) the sooner to get away, went upon 5 speed to the King at Windsor, and his Queen so followed by easy journies. The two Kings at ss their meeting used all the caresses and loving • demonstrations that were possible, and the 66 King of Castile said pleasantly to the King, that so he was now punished, for that he would not 56 come within his walled town of Calais when * they met last. But the King answered, that 66 walls and seas were nothing where hearts were 66 open, and that he was here no otherwise than $s to be served. After a day or two's refreshing, 6 the Kings entered into speech of renewing the 66 treaty; King Henry faying, that though King 66 Philip’s person were the same, yet his fortunes " and state were raised, in which case a reno: 56 vation of treaty was used amongst Princes, $. But whilst these things were in handling, the 56 King choosing a fit time, and drawing the King “ of Castile into a room, (where they two only « were private,) and laying his hand civilly upon 56 his arm, and changing his countenance a little “ from a countenance of entertainment, said to 56 him, Sir, you have been saved upon my coast,


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" I hope that you will not suffer me to be wrecked “ upon yours. The King of Castile asked him 6 what he meant by that speech. I mean by it “ (said the King) that same hair-brain wild - fellow, the Earl of Suffolk, who is protected in “ your country, and who begins to play the fool " when all others are tired of it. The King of 66 Castile answered, I had thought, Sir, that “ your felicity had been above these thoughts ; 6 but if he trouble you, I will banish him. The “ King replied, that hornets were best in their “ nest, and worst when they did fly abroad, and " that his desire was to have the Earl of Suffolk s6 delivered to him. The King of Castile here. “ with a little confused, and in a hurry, replied, " That can I not do with my honour, and less “ with yours, for you will be thought to have “ used me as a prisoner. The King presently said, “ Then the matter is at end, for I will take that

dishonour upon me, and so your honour is - saved. The King of Castile, who had the “ King in great estimation, (and besides remema bered where he was, and knew not what use « he might have of the King's amity, for that s himself was new in his estate of Spain, and o unsettled both with his father-in-law and with « his people,) composing his countenance, said, « Sir, you gave law to me, and so will I to you.

You fhall have him, but (upon your honour)

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