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Vavasor, or Sir John Britain, may have a bountiful and gracious reward for their discovery; but not the prime, or without stint.

In sum, I would wish his majesty to refer the whole business, and carriage of the same for his honour and profit, to the commissioners of treasury; or because it is a legal forfeiture, to myself, Mr. Chancellor, Sir Edward Coke, and my lord chief justice of England: and by us his majesty shall be assured to know the best course for his justice, honour, and profit

, and that he may dispose what bounty he will. God ever preserve and prosper you. Your lordship’s most obliged friend siis

and faithful servant, u.

FR. VERULAM, Canc. York-house, Octob. 19, 1618.

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CCIX. To the Lord Chancellor, My Lord, I HAVE acquainted his majesty with your letter, who giveth you thanks for your advice to communi. cate the business of the Dutchmen to the commissioners of the treasury, which his majesty was before purposed to refer to them, as it concerns his treasure, for the carriage of it: and to your lordship and the rest named in your letter, for the relation it hath to the law. For the proposers of the suit, his majesty intendeth only to reward their pains as may stand with his service and his princely disposition, but to preserve the main benefit himself: all that his majesty would have your Tordship to do for the present, is to take order about the writ of Ne exeant regnum; to advise with his learned counsel what course is to be taken, and if by a warrant from his majesty, that your lordship send him a warrant to be signed, which shall be returned with all speed. Of other things his majesty thinketh

to speak at his return to Lon. don. In the mean time I rest Your lordship's faithful friend and servant,

G. BUCKINGHAM. Hinchenbroke, 21 Octob. 1618.-91

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an CCX. To the Marquis of BUCKINGHAM. Stephens's

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p. 88. 1. I HAVE this morning received the petty roll for the sheriffs. I received also the papers exhibited by Sir Miles Fleetwood, which I will use to his majesty's best service, and thereupon give account to his majesty when time serveth.

My care, which is not dormant touching his majesty's service, especially that of treasure, which is now summa summarum, maketh me propound to his majesty a matter, which, God is my witness, I do without contemplation of friend or end, but animo recto.

If Sir Edward Coke continue sick, or keep in, I fear his majesty's service will languish too, in those things which touch upon law; as the calling in debts, recusants, alienations, defalcations, etc. And this is most certain, that in these new diligences, if the first beginning cool, all will go back to the old bias. Therefore it may please his majesty to think of it, whether there will not be a kind of necessity to add my lord chief justice of England to the commissioners of treasure. This I move only to the king and your lordship, otherwise it is a thing ex non entibus. God preserve and prosper you. Your lordship's most faithful servant,

FR. VERULAM, Canc. From the Star-Chamber,

25 Nov. 1618. P.S. I forget not Tufton's cause. All things stay, and precedents are in search.

CCCXI. To the Marquis of BUCKINGHAM. Ibid. p. 89. なっ

My very good Lord, 23 attska - This long book, which I send for his majesty's sig. nature, was upon a conference and consult yesternight (at which time I was assisted by the two chief justices, and attended by the surveyor, attorney, and receiver of the court of wards, Fleetwood) framed and allowed.

It is long, because we all thought fit not to piece new instructions with old instructions, but to reduce both old and new into one body of instructions. I do not see that of the articles, which are many, any could have been spared. They are plain, but they have a good property, that they will take fast hold. I may not trouble his majesty with choosing some of them in particular, when all are good: only I think fit to let his majesty, know of one, which is, that according to his own directions, the oath of making no private unlawful profit is now as well translated to the master and officers, that may take, as to the parties and suitors that may give.

It little becometh me to possess his majesty that this
will be to his majesty's benefit ten thousands yearly, or
fifteen thousands, or twenty thousands: for these
rattles are fitter for mountebanks of service, than grave
counsellors. But my advices, as far as I am able to
discern, tend or extend but to thus much: this is his
majesty's surest and easiest way for his most good.

Sir Miles Fleetwood, who both now and heretofore
hath done very good service in this, meriteth to be par-
ticularly from your lordship encouraged; which I
beseech your lordship not to forget. God ever prosper
Your lordship's most faithful bounden friend

and servant,

Dec. 4, 1618.

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ACCORDING to your majesty's pleasure, signified
to us by the lord marquis Buckingham, we have con-
sidered of the fitness and conveniency of the gold and
silver thread business, as also the profit that may accrue
unto your majesty .

We are all of opinion that it is convenient that the
same should be settled, having been brought hither at
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being a means to set many of your poor subjects on
work; and to this purpose there was a former certificate
to your majesty from some of us with others.
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to doubtr but do conceive apparent likelihood, that it
will redound much to your majesty's profit, which we
esteem may be at the least 10,0006. by the year; and
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iti were good its were settled with all convenient speed,
by all lawful means that may be thought of, which,
notwithstanding, we most humbly leave to your ma-
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Your majesty's most humble and faithful servants,
Fint FR. VERULAM, Canc.
Y4Oct. 1618: The marquis of Buckingham writes from Theo-
balus to the lord chancellor, that the king 'being desirous to be
satisfied of the gold, and silver thread business, would have his
lordship consult the lord chief justice, and the attorney and soli,
citor-general therein.

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the garden ; the city grown from wood to brick ; your sea-walls or pomærium of your island surveyed, and in edifying; your merchants embracing the whole compass of the world, east, west, north, and south; the times gives you peace, and yet offer you opportunities of action abroad: and lastly, your excellent royal issue entaileth these blessings and favours of God to descend to all posterity. It resteth, therefore, that God having done so great things for your majesty, and you

for others, you would do so much for yourself, as to go through, according to your good beginnings, with the rectifying and settling of your estate and means, which only is wanting; hoc rebus defuit unum. I therefore, whom only love and duty to your majesty, and your royal line, hath made a financier, do intend to present unto your majesty a perfect book of your estate, like a perspective glass, to draw your estate nearer to your sight; beseeching your majesty to conceive, that if I have not attained to do that that I would do, in this which is not proper for me, in my element, I shall make your majesty amends in some other thing, in which I am better bred. God ever preserve, etc. Jan. 2, 1618. CCXIV. To the Marquis of BUCKINGHAM.

My very good Lord, IF I should use the count de Gondomar's action, I should first lay your last letter to my mouth in token of thanks, and then to my heart in token of contentment, and then to my forehead in token of a perpetual remembrance.

I send now to know how his majesty doth after his remove, and to give you account, that yesterday was a day of motions in the chancery. This day was a day of motions in the star-chamber, and it was my hap to clear the bar, that no man was left to move any thing, which my lords were pleased to note they never saw before. To-morrow is a sealing day; Thursday is the funeral day; so that I pray your lordship to direct me whether I shall attend his majesty Friday or Saturday. Friday

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