The Works of Francis Bacon, Vol. 7: Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, and Lord High Chancellor of England; Literary and Professional Works, Vol. II (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from The Works of Francis Bacon, Vol. 7: Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, and Lord High Chancellor of England; Literary and Professional Works, Vol. II
A few days before Bacon was made Lord Keeper, the state of the negotiation then pending with Spain for the marriage of Prince Charles with the Infanta had been laid before the Council board, and they had by consent agreed that his Majesty might with honour enter into a treaty of marriage It was not a project from which Bacon expected any good; and if the King had taken his advice he would have gone no further in it than to let it be talked of as a possible resource by which the Crown might free itself from debt. Neither did the Council, I think, (judging from the terms of the resolution, ) expect it to succeed; but they thought that, if it were fairly proceeded with on the King's part, some occasion would pro bably turn up for breaking it off with honour and advantage} That it should he proceeded with for the present was however settled; and Sir J ohn Digby was appointed to go as ambassador to Spain, partly to conduct the negotiation, partly to effect some arrangement for the suppression of the pirates of Algiers and Tunis, who had become very troublesome.
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