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THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS AND MOST EXCELLENT
Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Earl of Chester, &c.
IT MAY PLEASE YOUR HIGHNESS,
IN part of my acknowledgment to your Highness, I have endeavoured to do honour to the memory of the last King of England, that was ancestor to the King your father and yourself; and was that King to whom both unions may in a sort refer: that of the roses being in him consummate, and that of the kingdoms by him begun besides, his times deserve it. For he was a wise man, and an excellent King; and yet the times were rough, and full of mutations, and rare accidents. And it is with times, as it is with ways: some are more up-hill and down-hill, and some are more flat and plain; and the one is better for the liver, and the other for the writer. I have not flattered him, but took him to life as well as I could, sitting so far off, and having no better light. It is true, your Highness hath a living pattern, incomparable, of the King your father: but it is not amiss for you also to see one of these ancient pieces. God preserve your Highness.
Your Highness's most humble
and devoted servant,
FRANCIS ST. ALBAN.
26. 4 fotwel and sat to SRO