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Printed by C. 7. CLAY, 1862. Reprinted with corrections 1863,

with many additions 1865, with slight corrections 1867, 1871,
1872, 1873, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1882, 1883, 1885,
1887, 1890, 1892, 1896, 1899.

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consisting of 15 folios besides the title, and these by The Coulers of Good and euill,which are the places of perswasion and disswasionalready mentioned, The numbering of the folios in the last two is consecutive, 32 in all. This volume was dedicated by Bacon to his brother Anthony in the following Epistle.


To M. Anthony Baconi

his deare Brother.

Louing and beloued Brother, I doe nowe like some that haue an Orcharide ill neighbored, that gather their fruit before it is ripe, to preuent stealing. These fragments of my conceites were going to print; To labour the staie of them had bin troublesome, and subiect to interpretation; to let them passe had beene to aduēture the wrong they mought receiue by vntrue Coppies, or by some garnishment, which it mought please any that should set them forth to bestow vpon them. Therefore I helde it best 'discreation to publish them my selfe as they passed long agoe from my pen, without any further disgrace, then the weaknesse of the Author. And as I did euer hold, there mought be as great a vanitie in retiring and withdrawing mens conceites (except they bee of some nature) from the world, as in obtruding them: So in these particulars I haue played my selfe the Inquisitor, and find nothing to ту vnderstanding in them contrarie or infectious to the state of Religion, or manners, but rather (as I suppose) medicinable, Only I disliked now to put them out because they will

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