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therefore of leffe force, but built upon no very found foundations; and therefore they can have the leffe strength by any affured and confident confederacie with France, they are in competition for Navarre, Milan, Naples, and the Franch County of Burgundy, with the See of Rome, for Naples alfo; for Portugall, with the right heirs of that Line. For that they have in their Low Countries, with the United Provinces: for Ormus (now) with Perfia; for Valencia, with the Moores expulfed and their confederates; for the East and West Indies, with all the World. Soe that if every bird had his feather, Spaine would be left wonderful naked. But yet there is a greater confederation against them than by meanes of any of these quarrells or titles, and that is contracted by the fear that almoft all Nations have of their ambition, whereof men fee no end. And thus much for the ballanceing of their forces.

For the last pointe, which is the choice of the defignes and enterprises, in which to conduct the Warre; you will not now speake, because you should be forced to defcend to diverfe particulars, whereof fome are of a more open, and fome of a more fecret nature. But that you would move the Houfe to make a felected Committee for that purpose. Not to eftrange the House in any forte, but to prepare things for them, giveing them power and commiffion to call before them, and to conferr with any martial men or others that are not of the House that they shall think fit for their advice and information. And foe to give an account of the business to a general Committee of the whole House.

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HE preceding Letters and Papers were committed to the Prefs by Mr. Stephens before his Illness; and those which follow, being found among his Papers, are added from Originals; that no genuine Remains of the Lord Bacon, in our Power, may be loft.

The Speeches and State Papers are taken from a Manufcript Volume corrected throughout by his Lordship's Hand, which bears the following Ti tle.

Orationes, Acta, Inftrumenta circa res civiles,

FR. BACON.

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BOOK of SPEACHES

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PARLAMENT,

Or otherwise delivered by

Sir Francis Bacon

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King's SOLLICITOR-General:

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DECLARATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS,

Or other

ACTS OF INSTRUMENTS touching Matters of Estate,

Penned by him.

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Mr. BACON's Difcourfe in the prayse of his Soveraigne.

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O prayse of magnanymitye, nor of love, nor of knowlege, can intercept her prayse that planteth, and nouryfheth magnanymitye by her example, love by her person, and knowlege by the peace and ferenitie of her times. And if these rych peeces be so faire unset, what are they set, and fet in all perfection? Magnanymitye no doubt confifteth in contempt of peryl, in contempt of profit, and in meriting of the times wherein one lyveth. For contempt of peryl, fee a Ladye that cometh to a crowne after the experyence of fome adverfe fortune, which for the moste parte extenuateth the minde, and maketh it apprehenfive of feares. Noe fooner she taketh the scepter into her facred hands, but she putteth on a refolution to make the greateft, the most importante, the most dangerous that can be in a state; the alteration of religion. This fhe doth, not after a foveraintie establyshed and contynewed by fundrye yeres, when custome might have bred in her people a more absolute obedyence; when tryal of her servants mought have made her more affured whom to imploy; when the reputation of her policy and vertue might have made her government redoubted. But at the verye entrance of her rayne, when she was greene in aucthorytie, her fervants fcant knowen adverfe parte not weakened, her Hh 2

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