Elizabeth of Bohemia
(King James' daughter)

 

A letter (that included a copy of his recent book, The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh) Bacon wrote To The Queen of Bohemia followed by her letter in response

It May Please Your Majesty,

I find in books (and books I dare alledge to your Majesty, in regard of your singular ability to read and judge of them even above your sex) that it is acounted a great bliss for a man to have Leisure with Honour. That was never my fortune ; nor is. For time was, I had Honour without Leisure; and now I have Leisure without Honour. And I cannot say so neither altogether ; considering there remain with me the marks and stamp of the King's , your father's, grace : though I go not for so much in the value as I have done. But my desire is now to have Leisure without Loitering, and not to become an abbey-lubber, as the old proverb was , but to yield some fruit of my private life. Having therefore written the reign of your majesty's famous ancestor, King Henry The Seventh, and it having passed the file of his Majesty's judgment, and been graciously also accepted of the Prince, your brother, to whom it is delicate. I could not forget my duty so far to your excellent Majesty (to whom, for that I know and have heard, I have been at all times so much bounder as you are ever present with me both in affection and admiration) as not to make unto you in all humbleness a present thereof, as new being not able to give you tribute of any service. If King Henry The Seventh were alive again, I hope verily he would not be so angry with me for not flattering him as well-pleased in seeing himself so truly described in colours that will last and be believed. I most humbly pray your Majesty graciously to accept of my good will, and so with all reverence kiss your hands, praying to God above, by his divine and most benign providence to conduct your affairs to happy issue, and resting.

Your Majesty's most humble
and most devoted servant
FR. ST. ALBAN

20 April, 1622


The Queen's letter to Bacon

The Hague 11th of June 1622

My Lord,
I thank you very much for your letter and your book, which is the best I ever read of the kind ; and though my wit does not deserve the honour which you give me, yet with the little wit I have consider that worthy Prince fortunate in having found so faithful a biographer as you are ; and I am very sorry that I cannot show otherwise but by my letters my gratitude for this and other benefits for which I am beholden to you ; and though your fortunes are changed (for which I grieve) believe that I shall not change to be what I am.

Your very affectionate friend
Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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