Lives of Eminent Persons; Consisting of Galileo, Kepler

Lives of Eminent Persons; Consisting of Galileo, Kepler

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...we see you do directly with a touch of vain-glory, having no respect to the true end." From the tenour of these remarks, which were addressed to Coke under the form of " an expostulation," it will be perceived that he was not upon terms of friendship with the illustrious personage who afterwards became Lord Chancellor. Though the want of amity between them may, no doubt, in some measure be attributed to the insolent and haughty bearing of the attorneygeneral, it must be admitted, that a feeling of jealousy, wholly unworthy of such a character as Bacon's is usually represented, was probably thechief cause of it. But, to whichever of the two the original wrong be imputed, it is certain that their dislike of each other shortly became mutual, and was at length increased to undisguised animosity. After the specimen which has been just given of the language employed by Coke, in the trial of Sir Walter Raleigh, it will not excite much surprise to find him on another occasion forgetful of decorum (at least as decorum is at present understood) towards his own personal enemy; and to perceive that the same ungovernable warmth of temper which he had before exhibited in so disgraceful a manner, should again give a calm opponent a decided advantage over him. Bacon has left among his works a short tract, entitled, "A true remembrance of the abuse I received of Mr. Attorney-General, publicly in the exchequer, the first day of term; for the truth whereof I refer myself to all that were present: " and if this document state the circumstances correctly, it will not be disputed that the attorney-general would, in every point of view, have done wisely if he had refrained from provoking such an adversary to an open contest. Bacon, who was then...show more

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  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 748g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236535227
  • 9781236535221