The Father of Empiricism

Bacon, Francis, English philosopher, statesman, and scientist (1561-1626). Letter signed and subscribed ("assured/ fr. verulam Canc[ellarius]").

Gorhambury, 3. VIII. 1619.

Folio. 1 page. With integral address leaf.

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Letter signed and subscribed ("assured/ fr. verulam Canc[ellarius]"), as Baron Verulam and Lord Chancellor, to Lord Zouch, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, notifying him of a forthcoming legal case affecting his prerogative: "There are protest gone out at Mr Attorney Generalls prayer against Hugh Hugginson and Josias Ente concerning the busines against the Dutchmen in Starchamber. Out of a desire to extened the ancient priviledges and customes due to your place not to serve such protest within your jurisdiction without your leave and contente, I have thought it good hereby to desire your Lordship for his Majesties service, that you would cause them forthwith to be sent papers to answer Mr Attorneys Bill and abide such further proceedings as their case shall require".

Written in a secretarial hand, with the place, date and closing in an italic hand, as is Bacon's signature and subscription; contemporary endorsement.

From the Spiro Family Collection (Christie's, London, 3 December 2003, lot 59).


Printed by Spedding; two other manuscript sources (although not our original) are listed by the online CELL calendar, The Correspondence of Francis Bacon.

Art.-Nr.: BN#49034