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To The

Right Honourable my very good Lord

THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM,

His Grace Lord High Admiral of England.

ExCELLENT LORD, Solomon says, “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 eminent; and you have planted things that are like to last. I do now publish my Essays; which, of all my 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 before 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 dedicated 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.

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Regimen of Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Suspicion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Discourse.. . . . . . . 156
Plantations . . . . . . . 159
Riches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Prophecies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Ambition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Masques and Triumphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Nature in Men . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Custom and Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Fortune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
#. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Youth and Age ....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Beauty...........................
Deformity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Building .................... . . . . . . . . . . 204
Gardens ........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Negociating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222

Followers and Friends...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Suitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Faction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233

Ceremonies and Respects ............ . . . . 236
Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239

jo............ - - - - - - 242 Honour and Reputation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245

Judicature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Anger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Vicissitude of Things . . . . . . . . . ........... 258

* * A Fragment of an Essay on Fame ............ 268

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