The Works of Francis Bacon - Vol. 11

The Works of Francis Bacon - Vol. 11

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The Works of Francis Bacon - Vol. 11

The Works of Francis Bacon - Vol. 11

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Among the Harleian manuscripts in the British Museum, there is a volume bearing the following title: -- The Writings of Sir Francis Bacon, Knt., the King's Solicitor General, in Morality, Policy, and History. It is only half filled, and contains nothing but essays. We may infer however from the titlepage that it was at that time Bacon's intention to gather his writings of that class into a separate collection; and I suppose that if it had been continued and completed according to that intention, it would have contained all such pieces as are here collected under the title of Literary Works; by which I mean works which were intended to take their place among books; as distinguished from writings of business, which though they may be collected into books afterwards, were composed without reference to anything beyond the particular occasion to which they relate. The Philosophical Works contained in the first three volumes of this edition belong of course to this class; and next to them in order of importance come the . . .

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