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quo est ilia vulgata camera, in cujns parietibus sunt omnes historian bellicae totius Bibliae ineffabiliter depictae, atque in Gallico completisshne et perfectissime conscriptae, in non modica intuentium admiratione et maxima regali magnificentia.
1 have had certain observations on your Royal and Noble Authors given me to send you perhaps about three years ago: last week I found them in a drawer, and (my conscience being troubled) now enclose tbem to you. I have even forgot whose they are.
1 have been also told of a passage in Ph. de Comines, which (if you know) ought not to have been passed over. The book is not at hand at present, and I must conclude my letter. Adieu!
TO MR. WALPOLE.
Pembroke-College, March 8, 176*.
Here is sir William Cornwallis, entitled Essayes of certaine Paradoxes. 2d Edit. 1617, Lond.
King Richard III.
The French Pockes
Good to be in debt
Julian the Apostate's vevtues J The title-page will probably suffice you; but if you would know any more of him, he has read nothing but the common chronicles, and those without atteution: for example, speaking of Anne the queen, he says, she was barren, of which Richard had often complained to Rotheram. He extenuates the murder of Henry VI. and his son: the first, he says, might be a malicious accusation, for that many did suppose he died of mere melancholy and grief: the latter cannot be proved to be the action of Richard (though oxecuted in his presence); and if it were, he did it out of love to his brother Edward. He justifies the death of the lords at Tomfret, from reasons of state, for his own preservation, the safety of the commonwealth, and the ancient nobility. The execution of Hastings he excuses from necessity, from the dishonesty and sensuality of the man: what was his crime with respect to Richard, he does not say. Dr. Shaw's sermon was not by the king's command, but to be imput
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ed to the preacher's own ambition: but if it was by order, to charge his mother with adultery was a matter of no such great moment, since it is no wonder in that sex. Of the murder in the Tower he doubts; but if it were by his order, the offence was to God, not to his people; and horn could he demonstrate his love more amply, than to venture his soul for their quiet? Have you enough, pray? You see it is an idle declamation, the exercise of a school-boy that is to be bred a statesman.
. I have looked in Stnwe: to be sure there is no proclamation there. Mr. Hume, I suppose, means Speed, where it is given, how truly 1 know not; but that he had seen the original is sure, and seems to quote the very words of it in the beginning of that speech which Perkin makes to James IV. and also just afierwards, where he treats of the Cornish rebellion.
Guthrie, you see, has vented himself in the Critical Review. His History 1 never saw, nor is it here, nor do I know any one that ever saw it. He is a rascal, but rascals may chance to meet with curious records; and that commission to sir J. Tyrell (if it be not a lie) is such: so is the -order for Henry the Sixth's funeral. I would by no means take notice of him, write what he would. 1 am glad you have seen the Manchester-roll.
It is not I that talk of .Phil, de Comines: it was mentioned to me as a thing that looked like a voluntary omission: but I see you have taken notice of it in the note to page 71, though rathar too slightly. You have not observed that the same writer says, c. 56, Richard tua de sa main, ou fit titer en sa presence, quclque lieu apart, ce bon homme le roi Henry. Another oversight I think there is at p. 43, where you speak of the roll of parliament and the contract with lady Eleanor Boteler, as things newly come to light; whereas Speed has given at large the same roil in his History. Adieu!
TO THE DUKE OF GRAFTOX.
Cambridge, July, 1768. My. LORD,
Your grace has dealt nobly with me; and the same delicacy of mind that induced you to confer this favour on me, unsolicited and unexpected, may perhaps make you averse to receive my sincerest thanks and grateful acknowledgments. Yet your grace must excuse me, they will have their way: thej' are indeed but words; yet I know and feel they come from my heart, and therefore are not wholly unworthy of your grace's acceptance. I even flatter myself (such is my pride) that you have some little satisfaction in your own work. If I did not-deceive myself in this, it would complete the happiness of,
My lord, your grace's
Most obliged and devoted servant. . •• . . >t
. .', I 'O'
TO MR. NICHOLLS.*
JermTn-stifct, Aug. 3, 1708.
That Mr. Brocket has broken his neck by a fall from his horse, you will have seen in the newspapers; and also that I, your humble servant, have kissed the king's hand for his succession; they are both true, but the manner how you know not; only I can as
* Rector of Loundeawl Braihvel!, in Suffolk. His acquaintance with Mr. Gray commenced a few yean before the date of this. when he was a stud ent of Trinity-Hall, Cambridge.