The Story of Lord Bacon's Life

The Story of Lord Bacon's Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...of that power. 1" Amos's Great Oyer of Poisoning, i. 59. When Carew died suddenly, six months after his nomination, Bacon reminded the favourite of his claims to the Court of Wards. His fixed pay from the Crown as Solicitor-General being less than seventy pounds a year, though the uncertain fees were large, he had been promised a place of profit, and in the letter which he addressed to Carr he pointed out that the Court of Wards was one for a lawyer rather than a courtier to hold: " This Mastership of the Wards is like a mistsometimes it goeth upwards and sometimes it falleth downwards. If it go up to great lords, then it is as it was at the first, --if it fall down to mean men, then it is as it was at the last, But neither of these ways concerns me in particular, --but if it should in a middle region go to lawyers, then I beseech your Lordship have some care of me." He felt so certain of success in this suit that he ordered the new clothes for his servants; yet his suit failed. He wanted the Court of Wards and Liveries as a right, and would not buy it. While Bacon alleged his services, Sir Walter Cope, a man of larger fortunes and smaller scruples, told down his money and bought the place. The wags of the Mitre had their laugh. " Sir Walter," they said, has got the Wards, Sir Francis the Liveries." 1' Two years of fag and moil cured James of his ambition to be deemed the best scribe in Christendom. 17 Bacon to Carr, Nov. 14, 1612, R. O. (printed in the Personal History, 175, 176); Lake to Carleton, Nov. 19, 1612, 'Venetian MSS., R. 0. That lack of means which so often opens the eyes of kings drove him to the thousand and one arts of raising money out of stones which the Meercrafts and Overreaches...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236829980
  • 9781236829986