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ceive how much I desire and how much I do not despair of the recontinuance of our acquaintance by conversation. In the mean time I wish you would desire the astronomers of Italy to amuse us less than they do with their fabulous and foolish traditions, and come nearer to the experiments of sense; and tell us, that when all the planets, except the moon, are beyond the line in the other hemisphere for six months together, we must needs have a cold winter; as we saw it was the last year. For understanding that this was general over all these parts of the world; and finding that it was cold weather with all winds, and namely west-wind, I imagined there was some higher cause of this effect; though yet I confess I thought not that ever I should have found that cause so palpable an one as it proved. Which yet when I came quickly afterwards to observe, I found also very clearly that the summer must needs be cold too; though yet it were generally thought that the year would make a shift to pay itself, and that we should be sure to have heats for our cold. You see that though I be full of business, yet I can be glad rather to lay it all aside than to say nothing to you. But I long much more to be speaking often with you, and I hope I shall not long want my wish.

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1. Amendment of the laws. Bacon's views. BEGINNING OF A

LETTER TO THE KING, OF UNCERTAIN DATE. Appointment
of Commissioners

57

A PROPOSITION TO HIS MAJESTY BY SIR FRANCIS Bacon, His

MAJESTY'S ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND

HIS PRIVY

COUNCIL; TOUCHING THE COMPILING AND AMENDMENT OF

THE LAWS OF ENGLAND

61

2. State of the cloth-trade

71

A LETTER TO SIR GEORGE VILLIERS ACKNOWLEDGING THE

KING'S FAVOUR IN GRANTING SOME SUIT OF HIS. (22 Aug.

1616.)

73

TO THE KING. (13 Sept. 1616)

74

TO THE KING UPON TOWERSON'S PROPOSITION ABOUT THE

CLOTH BUSINESS. (18 SEPT. 1616.)

75

3. Sir Edward Coke called before the Council to give account of

what he had done in revising his Reports

76

THE LORD CHANCELLOR AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO

THE KING. [2 October, 1616 ?]

76

The King's reply signified by Lord Villiers (3 Oct.)

79

THE LORD CHANCELLOR AND THE ATTORNEY TO THE King,

in answer. (6 Oct. 1616)

79

4. The two cloth companies

82

TO THE LORD VISCOUNT VILLIERS (14 October 1616)

82

REASONS WHY THE NEW COMPANY IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED

AND CONTINUED WITH THE TRADE OF CLOTHS.

83

5. A LETTER TO MY LORD OF BUCKINGHAM TOUCHING MOM-

PERSON'S BUSINESS of Inns. (18 Oct. 1616).

85

6 Exceptions to Coke's Reports. The Lord Chancellor Egerton's

observations upon them. Passages objected to. Coke's expla-

nations. Real ground of complaint against him

85

INNOVATIONS INTRODUCED INTO THE LAWS AND GOVERNMENT 90

The King declares to the Council his resolution to remove him

from the Bench (10 Nov. 1616).

94

REMEMBRANCES OF HIS MAJESTY'S DECLARATIVE TOUCHING

THE LORD COKE

94

Appointment of a New Chief Justice.

TO THE KING (13 November, 1616)

97

Commission appointed for review of Coke's Reports

97

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CHAPTER III.

A.D. 1616 (XOVEMBER). ÆTAT. 56.

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1. Patent for Inns. Murder of Sir John Tindal. Roper's office : 98

To the Lord VisCOUNT VILLIERS (13 Nov. 1616)

99

TO THE SAME (17 Nov. 1616)

99

THE CASE OF Joes BARTRAN

. 101

To my LORD OF BUCKINGHAM, TOUCHING MOMPERSON'S

BUSINESS, THE MaltSTERS, ETC. (21 Nov. 1616) . 102

2. Complaint by Lord Darcy against Mr. Markham for challenging

him to challenge him. Account of the quarrel

. 103

To The King (21 Nov. 1616)

. 105

Case brought before the Star Chamber. Bacon's speech . 106

Notes Of The LORD DARCY'S CASE OF DUELS AGAINST MR.

GERVASE MARKHAM .

107

To the LORD VIsCounT VILLIERS (28 November, 1616) 114

3. Villiers's private estate .

115

TO THE LORD Viscount VILLIERS (29 November, 1616).

4. Case of Sir Thomas Monson

. 118

CERTIFICATE OF BACON AND YELVEKTON CONCERNING SIR

Thomas Monson's Case (7 Dec. 1616)

. 120

His appearance at the bar of the King's Bench to plead his

pardon

121

5. A letter of advice from a concealed friend to Sir Edward Coke

circulated in manuscript

121

How it came to be attributed to Bacon

122

Explanation of the allusions ; shewing the absurdity of supposing

it to be his

123

Question as to the authorship of the “ Christian Paradoxes”

finally settled by the Rev. Alexander Grosart .

129

6. Correspondence with the University of Cambridge. Answer to

congratulations on being made Privy Councillor

131

Rescriptum PROCURATORIS Regis PRIMARII, AD ACADEMIAM

CANTABRIGIENSEM, QUANDO

SANCTIUS REGIS Con.

SILIUM CO-OPTATUS FUIT (5 July, 1616).
Petition of the town's people of Cambridge for a new charter;

referred to the L. Chancellor, the Earl of Suffolk, and Bacon.

Opposed by the University

132

To The Right WorshipFUL THE VICE-CHANCELLOR AND

OTHERS THE MASTERS AND HEADS OF HOUSES OF THE

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE (28 Dec. 1616)

133

7. Remonstrance of the Farmers of the Customs against the in-

tended Proclamation for wearing English cloth. Proceedings

in Chancery

133

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