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Right Honourable my very good Lord
THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM,
His Grace Lord High Admiral of England.
“A good name is as a pre“ cious ointment;" and I assure myself such will your Grace's name be with posterity : for your fortune and merit both have been emi. nent; and you have planted things that are like to last. I do now publish my Essays ; which, of all
other works, have been most current: for that, as it seems, they come home to men's business and bosoms. I have enlarged them both in number and weight; so that they are indeed a new work : I thought it therefore agreeable to my affection and obligation to your Grace, to prefix your name be: fore them, both in English and Latin ; for I do conceive, that the Latin volume of them, being in the universal language, may last as long as books last. My Instauration I dedi
cated to the king ; my History of Henry the Seventh, which I have now translated into Latin, and my portions of Natural History, to the Prince; and these I dedicate to your Grace, being of the best fruits, that, by the good increase which God gives to my pen
and labours, I could yield. God lead your Grace by the hand.
Your Grace's most obliged
And faithful servant,
FR. ST. ALBAN.
Op Regimen of Health
Nature in Men
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Vicissitude of Things