Sir Thomas Bodley

 

Sir Thomas Bodley, the founder of the library that bears his name at Oxford, despised all play-writing, and under the terms of his gift of the library specially excluded from it all dramatic productions on the ground that "they are nothing but riff-raffs."

Sir Thomas Bodley made the following statement: "Bacon had wasted many years of his life on such study as was not worthy of him." None of the works published by Bacon under his own name can be considered unworthy, but if Bodley knew that Bacon had been writing plays under a pseudonym, then his condemnation of Bacon for writing what was "unworthy of him" can be understood.

Bacon in his last prayer commended himself to God, because he had, as he said, "though in a despised weed (disguise), procured the good of all men."

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