Bacon and The Misfortunes of Arthur at Gray's Inn

There is a Play in which Francis Bacon is acknowledged to have had a hand, and which affords strong internal evidence of being written or revised by him, "The Misfortunes of Arthur." Beaumont and Fletcher dedicated to Bacon the Masque, which was designed to celebrate the marriage of the Count Palatine with the Princess Elizabeth, February 14th, 1612-3.The dedication of this Masque began with an acknowledgement that Bacon, with the gentlemen of Gray's Inn and the Inner Temple, had

"spared no pain nor travail in the setting forth, ordering, and furnishing of this Masque..... and you , Sir Francis Bacon, especially, as you did them by your countenance and loving affections advance it, so let your good word grace it, which is able to add value to the greatest and least matters."

"On Tuesday," says Chamberlain, writing on the 18th of February, 1612-3, "it came to Gray's Inn and the Inner Temple's turn to come with their Masque, whereof Sir Francis Bacon was the chief contriver." ( Court and Times of James I. i.227, and see Spedding's L.L. iv.344)

----reproduced in Baconiana