Advice to a Son: Precepts of Lord Burghley, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Francis Osborne

Advice to a Son: Precepts of Lord Burghley, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Francis Osborne

Advice to a Son: Precepts of Lord Burghley, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Francis Osborne

Advice to a Son: Precepts of Lord Burghley, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Francis Osborne

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In printing the texts of the advice that William Cecil Lord Burghley, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Francis Osborne saw fit to compile for their sons, we have sought to present versions that are accurate and readable. As with other texts in the Folger Documents of Tudor and Stuart Civilization, we have tried to keep the documentation to the minimum needed for the comprehension of the documents. Readable texts, rather than critical editions identifying every allusion and source of ideas, are our aim.

To that end we have modernized spelling, punctuation, and capitalization, but we have of course retained all obsolete words and we have not meddled with the authors' grammar. It has seemed best to retain the exact spelling of all foreign language passages, including Latin quotations, because they illustrate the authors' understanding and usage.

For making the transcriptions of these works I am indebted to Miss Ellen Eyler of the Folger editorial staff. She has been of immense help in the preparation of this edition. I wish also to thank officials of the British Museum for making available a photographic copy of Burghley "A Memorial for Thomas Cecil." In this text, as in many others, the keen eye of Miss Virginia LaMar, chief editorial assistant, has saved us from many errors.

L. B. W.

Folger Library June 24, 1961 . . .

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