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pers on various points in Venetian History are found among his Remains.*—He had also collected many materials for a Life of Luther, with a general History of the Reformation in Germany; but it was laid aside, after he became Provost of Eton College, at the request of King Charles, who wished him to direct his attention to the Ancient History of England. To further this design, a pension of 2001. a year, which had been settled on him by the King, was augmented to 5001., that he might be able to provide “the amanuenses and clerks necessary to be employed in that work.”+ “ Little, however, appears to have been written,” says Mr. Lodge," and probably less was paid." The one fact is certain, whatever may be thought of the other. In “A Conceipt of some Observations” on remarkable passages in English History, which were to extend from the Norman Conquest to the time of Charles I., he advanced no farther than the reign of the Conqueror ; and of a Latin account of Henry VI., we have only three broken pages. 1-At the close

Easter, 1613.)-- That Wotton was engaged on that subject, we know from other sources (see Winw. iii. 432); but the MS. to which Thuanus allodes was entrnsted tv Bedel, not Wotton. See Letters of F. Paul, pp. 339, 393.

• His accounts of “The Election of the New Duke of Venice, after the Death of Giovanni Bembo” (March 16: 1618 :) and of “ The Election of the following Duke after the death of Niccolo Donato” (May 8: 1618:) are prefaced by a dedicatory letter dated May 25: 1618: (Rel. Wotton. Pp. 253-264.) Part of a Latin Introduction to a more general History of Venice was sent to the King with a letter dated Dec. 9: 1622: (Rel. Wolton. pp. 247-250. A difficulty occurs in that brief Preface, of which the greater part is evidently lost. He dates it " Anno unici Mediatoris supra Millesimum sexcentesimum vicesimo secondo, Ætatis meæ quinquagesimo tertio jam labente." Now if Wotton was born, as Wood states, Mar. 30: 1568: bis 53rd year would close Mar. 30 : 1621: i. e, nearly twelve months before 1622 would tben begin, Mar. 25: 1622: and more than 20 months before the date of bis letter to the King. Yet Wood's date for his birth is confirmed by the account of his age when he died, and in particolar by some Pedigrees in the Herald's College, which Mr. Conrthope has kindly examined for me.) There is also an unfinished " Letter concerning the Original of Venice,” Rel. Wotton. pp. 250-2.

+ See Zouch's Walton, pp. 176,510. Cf. Rel. Wotton. p. 562. | Rel. Wotton. pp. 100-110. A copy of the former is printed (from a

of his Treatise on Architecture, he announced that he intended to publish another work, which he had “long devoted to the service of Chis] Countrey," namely, “ A Philosophical Survey of Education, which is indeed a second Building or repairing of Nature, and, as I may term it, a kind of Moral Architecture.This design he kept in view at Eton, where “ he was pleased constantly to breed up one or more hopeful youths, which he picked out of the school, and took into his own domestic care, and to attend him at his meals: out of whose discourse and behaviour he gathered observations for the better completing of his intended work of education : of which, by his still striving to make the whole better, he lived to leave but part to posterity.”

Some still smaller fragments may be enumerated in a note;t but even those will probably leave our list imperfect. Wood mentions two of Wotton's unpublished MSS. which he had seen; † and he had heard of several others. Some perished altogether; for Walton tells us (p. 187), that in

Tann. MS.) in Gutch's Collect. Car. i. 215-222, with a Preface which is not in Rel. Wotton.

• Walton, p. 165. Rel. Wotton. p. 71. The commencement of this pro jected Treatise is in Rel. Wotton., together with “ The Aphorisms of Edocation," pp. 73-99.

+ His “ Character of Perdinando di Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany," was dedicated to the King (Rel. Wolton. pp. 243-6). It confirms Waltou's account of Wotton's introduction to King James.—A few remarks on " the Great Action between Pompey and Cæsar" were to be dedicated to Sir Edmund Bacon (ib. pp. 239-242). This may be the commencement of the work which he mentioned in a letter to Sir Edmund written in 1637 (ib, p. 468).-There are also two Religious Meditations, one on Gen. xxii., and the other on Christmas-Day (ib. pp. 265-272).

The first was, a “ Journal of bis Embassies to Venice. MS. fairly written in the library of Edw. Lord Conway.” The second,“ Three Propositions to the Count d'Angosciola in Malter of Duel," &c. This had been in Sheldon's Library, and is “ now," says Wood," among the books in the Coll. of Arms." (A 0. ii. 646.) I am told that it cannot be found in the Herald's College. It seems that some of Sheldon's MSS. which were iptended for that Library never reached it; and probably Wood only knew that this MS. had been Sheldon's, and stated its subsequent destination as a matter of course.

his last illness, he burnt“ many papers that had passed his pen, both in the days of his youth, and in the busy part of his life;" and it must not be forgotten, that both in his Life of Donne, and in his Complete Angler, Walton professed to be merely doing what Wotton meant to have done, “had not death prevented him.” To the specimens of his Table-talk which Walton has preserved, many might be added from other sources.*

His Letters and Journals, of which many were printed in Rel. Wotton., are often of considerable value, even to the general Historian. From these documents, the best illustrations of Walton's beautiful biography have been drawn ; and his future commentators might furnish some important additions from papers which have never been collected.

* For example :-"Sir Henrie Wotton vsed to say; That Critticks are like Brushers of Noble-mens cloaths. Bacon's Apoth. No.64, p. 83, ed. 1625. (A letter from Lord Bacon to Wotton, with the reply, is in Rel. Wotton. pp. 297-302. Wotton is said to have written the famous inscription on Bacon's monument, “ Franciscus Bacon.... Sic sedebat,” &c.) Park, in his MS. notes to Rel. Wotton. quotes another saying from Frag. menta Aulica, 1662, p. 127.- A story which Wotton related to King James, in illustration of the sagacity of the fox,“ perhaps derived,” as Mr. Thoms says, “ from dear old Izaak Walton," was no doubt told with all possible gravity. (Anecd, and Trad. p. 25.) It was quite as characteristic of Wotton to repeat it as of James to believe it.

+ Some of these have been already mentioned; viz. tbe Jonrnal of 1591, two letters to Lord Pembroke in 1612, a letter to Spinola in 1614, and a letter to Lord Middlesex in 1624. Many others are mentioned in the catalogues of Public Libraries, especially that of the Harl. MSS. ; but these I need not specify, as they will be readily found by those who want them.Mr. Pickering has an unpublished letter of Wotion's dated June 5: 1604; -One which is printed in Winwood, ii. 24, dated Dover, July 19: 1604: marks the period of his leaving England.-Some of his letters wrilten to Prince Henry, during his first Venetian embassy, were quoted from Harl. MS. 7007, by Birch, in his Life of Prince Henry (pp. 99, 106, 114, 171). One of them has been lately printed at length by Sir Henry Ellis (Orig. Letters, I Ser. iii. 98; Birch, p. 114). Iu another occurs the expression “a poor counterfeit Italian," which is qnoted by Zouch (p. 141; Birch, P. 107).- I have been kindly informed that there is a letter of Wolton's among Mr. Dawson Turner's MSS.dated Venice, Mar. 9: 1607: and signed Ottavio Baldi.-Collins printed two letters written at Venice in 1617, in

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Notwithstanding the affectionate sedulity with which Walton recorded the chief occurrences of his life, and the labour which has been expended on it by various modern writers, there are several points in his character which might be placed in a still clearer light by a more extensive examination of contemporary letters and publications; but as this volume is designed to trace the history of poems rather than of men, it would be impossible to enter on the subject here. Any elaborate details of dates and pedigrees would be still less appropriate; and I must therefore content myself by appending a note on his connection with Sir Albertus Morton, to redeem a promise which I have made elsewhere. *

his Histor. Collect, on Noble Fam. pp. 266-7, wbence they were copied by Brydges (Peers of James 1.) and froin Brydges by Miss Aikin.—The letters in Cabala (pp. 361-7, ed. 1691,) are all in Rel. Wotton.—There are two letters from Wotion to Wentworth among the Strafford Papers (i. 45, 48); as well as iwo from Wentworth to Wollon (i. 5, 6). The rough sketch of one of Wotton's is printed among his Remains, p. 373.

• See this vol. p. 40.—Thomas Wotion, the father of Sir Henry, was twice married; by his first wife, Elizabeth Rudstone, he had six sons and three daughters, some of whom died young. By his second, Eleanor, daughter of Sir W. Finch, and widow of Robert Morton, esq., he had only two sons, William, who was born Apr. 14:1566; and died in the July of the same year; and Henry, who was born March 30: 1568:--George Morton, esq., the father of Sir Albertos, was the son of Sir Henry's mother by her former husband. (Pedigrees of Wotton and Morton, communicated by W. Courthope, esq., Rouge-Croix, to whom I ain indebted for this and many other favours.) Sir Albertus is mentioned in one of Wotton's Venetian Letters cited by Birch (Life of Pr. Henry, p. 171); and I think in one of those to Lord Pembroke, preserved among the Ashm. MSS. ; though only the first and last letters of his name can be now decyphered. His appoint. ment to a clerkship of the Council seems to have taken place in 1613 (Rel. Wotton. pp. 421-5; Winwood, iii. 469); and his futore advancement may probably be ascribed to the influence of Buckingham, whose" singular Love" for him is recorded by his uncle, as “ concurring with” the Queen of Bohemia's “ inestimable affection.” (ib. p. 552.) His name is mentioned in the list of candidates for the vacant Provostship of Eton, at the time when it was given to Sir Henry (Zouch, p. 160). Wood thongbt that be left "a son of both his names, who was elected scholar of King's Coll. (Cambridge] in 1638; but left that house soon after, and became a lieut. col. in the wars in Ireland." But this person must have been the " second son to Sir RA bert Morton, Knight, late deceased" (brother to Sir Albertus), who was one of Wotton's executors, That Sir Albertus died without issue, is proved

SIR WALTER RALEIGH.

IGHTEEN of the poems contained in this vo

lume bave been ascribed to Raleigh :* but I have not discovered any direct evidence which

extends to more than eleven; and even that number contains some much disputed pieces. Of the other seven, two have apparently been assigned to Raleigh by mere mistake; and his claiin to five, though there is nothing to give it a positive contradiction, has not hitherto been satisfactorily established. But several other pieces to which his name is generally annexed have been incidentally quoted or referred to; and as the whole number of his reputed poems is but small, I will give such a list of them as my present materials enable me to furnish.

by the disposal of his property after the death of his widow in 1627. (See also Cartwright's Rape of Bramber, p. 243. Hasted's Kent, iii. 136.) Wotton's "Nephew Colonel Morton," or, as be elsewhere calls him, “ my Sir Thoinas Morton," was another of Sir Albertus Morton's brothers (Rel. Wotton. pp. 479, 579).

• Namely, one in Part I.; six in Part II.; all the nine poems in Part III.; and two short pieces printed on pp. 74, 81.

+ They are, No. vi. in Part II. ; all Part III. except No. iii.; and the two short pieces just mentioned, one of which (p. 81) resls only on the testimony of a single MS.-Of these, The Lie (III. i.) and the piece beginning “ Passions are likened best," &c. (III. ix.) have been most dispoted; but I believe that Raleigh wrote them both; the Reply to Marlow (III. viii.) is not a very certain case, but the general opinion is in Raleigh's favour; the foar lines containing a pun on his name (III. iv.) read more like an attack upon him; and the Ballad on a Pilgrimage to Walsingham (III. vii.) must be regarded as exceedingly doubtful.- Seven of the eleven were in the Lee Priory ed.; two were among the Addit. Poems in the Oxford ed.; one is taken from Davison; and one from MS.

The two are, Wouton's Hymn at Venice (I. xiii.), and Tychbourne's Verses (II. iv.) The five are, those pieces in Part II. which are signed Ignoto (i. ii. v. viii.), and the Farewell to the Vanities of the World (I11. iii.). The four signed Ignoto in Part II. are in the Lee Priory ed. of Ra. leigh. The oiber three are not claimed by his modero editors.

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