Reward, proportionably to the heigth of his Pleasure in reading, he should hold himself oblig’d to give him more than he had: Withal he sent an invitation to the Poet, to see him at those hours, in which he would be most at leasure. After this Mr. Spenser, by degrees, so far gain’d upon him, that he became not only his Patron, but his Friend too; entred him at Court, and obtain’d of the Queen the Grant of a Pention to him as Poet Laureat: But in this, his Fate was unkind; for it prov’d only a Poetical Grant, the payment, after a very short time, being stopt by a great Councellour, who studied more the Queen’s Profit than her Diversion, and told Her, ’twas beyond Example to give so great a Pention to a Ballad-maker.
For the Tyndale family, friends and neighbours of John Aubrey, see David Tylden-Wright, John Aubrey: A Life, London, 1991, pp. 133-4. The first name of this member of the family, probably a son of Thomas (1588-1671) and Dorothy, and brother of Stafford Tyndale, seems not to be known.
The idea that such a ‘key’ can or should be provided is rejected by ‘Philophilippos’ (No. 61).
I wishe I could give you the key you desire, but all I know of it is not worth anything; though conversant amongst his relations, could learne noe more then Pamela’s being my lady Northumberland, 1 Philoclea my lady Rich, two sisters, the last beloved by him, upon whose account he made his Astrophell and Stella; Miso,