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THE ESSAYS

OF

FRANCIS BACON

WITH AN INTRODUCTION

BY

WILLIAM H. HUDSON

NEW YORK
THOMAS Y. CROWELL & CO.

PUBLISHERS

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INTRODUCTIOX.

FRANCIS BACON, whose name stands Deri és Shakespeare's in the brilliant period of Elizabeth and the first James, was the younger of two sons born in second marriage to Sir Nicholas Bacon, a famous lawyer and statesman, who was keeper of the Great Seal from the accession of Queen Elizabeth till his own death in 1579. The date of his birth was the 22d January, 1561, and he was therefore some three ye speare's senior. Educated during his bos

the immediate direction of his mother,

a family prominent in the Protestant erself a woman of stern and uncomty, young Bacon early saw something of rld's high places, and even by his wit and acted the special attention of the Queen, at jestingly to salute him as her “young er." At the age of twelve, he entered lege, Cambridge, where he remained till ras during this period, we are told by his pher, that boy as he still was, he already ssatisfied with the current Aristotelian phi

strong for disputations and contentions," ren of the productions of works for the benee life of man.” Sir Nicholas destined the (RECAP)

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