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"afwell my life as my fubftaūce, if i be called "therunto. And fo in lacke of mine owne power ad wil, the Lordes wil be fulfilled.
Seing ye be at this point Mafter Hales, i wil prefently make an end with you. The Quenes Highnes fhal be enfourmed of youre opinion, "and declaration. And as hir Grace fhall therupon determine, ye fhall haue knoledge, vntil "whiche tyme ye may depart, as ye came with"out your oth, for as it appeareth, ye ar fcarfe "worthi the place appointed.
"I thancke your Lordship, and as for my vocation, being both a burthen and a charge, more "than euer i defired to take vpon me, whenfoeuer "it fhal please the Quenes Highnes to eafe me "thereof: i fhall mooft humbli with due con"tentation obei the fame.
"And fo departed from
SIR NICHOLAS THROCKMORTON Was arraigned for high treafon before the Lord Mayor of London and some of the principal Nobility and Judges of the realm, for being concerned in Sir Thomas Wyatt's rebellion. The jury, however, acquitted him, against the pleafure of the Judges, and in spite of their menaces. They were all imprifoned for this terrible offence: fome of them were fined, and paid 500 marks a-piece, according to Stowe; the reft were fined fmaller fums, and after their discharge from confinement, ordered to attend the Council-table at a minute's warning.
"In one of the trials about this time," fays Fuller, "the following occurrence took place:
"A perfon tried for treafon, as the jury were "about to leave the bar, requested them to con"fider a ftatute which he thought made very "much for him. Sirrah, cried out one of the
Judges, I know that ftatute better than you "do. The prifoner coolly replied, I make no
doubt, Sir, but that you do know it better than "I do; I am only anxious that the Jury should "know it as well."
THE following fervile letter from this Queen, then the Princess Elizabeth, to Queen Mary, on fending the latter her portrait, is in the Collection of Royal Letters in the British Museum.
PRINCESS ELIZABETH TO QUEEN MARY.
"Like as the riche man, that dayly gathereth "notes to notes, and to one bag of money layeth a great fort, till it come to infinit, fo methinks "your Majefty, not being fufficed with many "benefits and gentleness, fhewed to me afore this "time, doth now increfe them in asking & defyring, (when you may bid & commande) re"quiringe a thinge, not worthy the defyring for itselfe, but made worthy for your Highness re"queft: my picture I mene; in wiche if the
inward good will towarde your Grace might as "wel be declared as the outfide face and coun"tenance fhal be feen, I wold not have tarried "the commandment, but prevent it, nor have "been the laft to graunt but the first to offer it. "For the face I graunt, I might wel blufhe to "offer, but the mynde I fhal never be afhamed "to prefente: for though from the grace of the pictur the coulors may fade by time, may give
"by wether, may be spotted by chance; yet the "other not time with her fwift winges fhall over<c take, nor the muftie cloudes with their lower"ings may darken, nor chance with her slippery "foote may overthrow. Of this although yet
the prife could not be greate, because the occa"fion hathe beene but fmall; notwithstanding, "as a dog hathe a day, fo I perchance may have "time to declare it in deedes when now I do "write them but in wordes. And further, I "shall most humbly befeeche your Majestie, that "when you fhall looke on my pictur, you will "vitsafe to thinke, that as you have but the out"ward fhadowe of the body afore you, fo my in"ward mynde wifheth that the body itfelfe were "oftene in your prefence: how beit because both my fo beinge I thinke could do your Majeftie «litel pleasure, though myselfe great good; &
againe, because I fee as yet not the time agrees "therewith; I fhall learn to followe this faing " of Orace: Feras non culpes quod vitari non poteft. And then I will (trublinge your Majeftie I fere) ende with my most humble thankes, befechinge God long to preserve you "to his honour, to your comfort, & to the realms
profitt & to my joy.
"From Hatfelde this 18th day of May.
"Your Majestie's most humbly
"Sifter and Servant
Of the extent of Queen Elizabeth's abilities, the following teftimony was given by her Treafurer Lord Burleigh:
"No one of her Councillors could tell her "what she knew not; and when her Council had "faid all they could, fhe could find out a wise "counsel beyond theirs; and thus there never was
anie great confultation about her country at which he was not prefent to her great profitte "and prayfe."
Scot, in his " Philomathologia," fays, "Courtier, who had great place about her Majeftic, made fuite for an office belonging to the "law. Shee told him he was unfitt for the place, "He confeffed as much, but promised to find "out a fufficient deputy. Do fo, faith fhe, and "then I may bestow it upon one of my ladies; "for they, by deputation, may execute the office "of Chancellor, Chief Juftice, and others, as well "as you. This (faid the author) anfwered him: ་་ and (adds he) I would that it would anfwer "all others, that fit men might be placed in
every office, and none, how great foever, fuf"fered to keep two."
"I find," fays Puttenham, "none example in English metre fo well maintayning this figure (Exargafia, or the Gorgeous) as that dittie of her Majeftie Queen Elizabeth's own making, paffing fweete and harmonical; which figure being,