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Courteous Reader,
FOR bestowing some vacant hours (by

that excellent Personages direction, to whom I am equally obliged for my Employment and my Leasure) in an attempt fo agreeable to the lord Verulam's judgment, which may

be seen in the next page ; and so pursuant of fir Robert Naunton's designe, which may be traced in the following Book; another person's abilities might have gained applause, and


weakness may deserve an excuse, notwithstanding my years, (if yet any man be too young to read and observe) or my profeffion (if yet a divine should not (as times go) be as well read in Men, as Books :) especially fince I gratifie to man's fondness, writing not a Panegyrick, but an History : nor pleasure any persons malice ; designing


Observations, rather than Invectives: nor tyre any man's patience : setting down rather the remarkes of mens publick capacities, than the minute passages of their private lives : but innocently discourse the most choice instances our ENGLISH histories afford for the three great qualifications of men (1. Noblenesse in behaviour: 2. Dexterity in business ; and


Wisdome in government) among which are twenty-eight secretaries of state, eight chancellours, eighteen lord treasurers, fixteen chamberlains, who entertain gentlemen with, observations becoming their extraction, and their hopes, touching,

1. The rise of states-men.
2. The beginning of families.
3. The method of greatness.
4. The conduct of courtiers.

5. The miscarriages of favourites, and what-ever may make them either wife or wary.

The chancellour of France had a picture, that to a common eye shewed many little heads, and they were his Ancestors; but to


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