Personal History of Lord Bacon: From Unpublished Papers

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CHAPTER XI. LORD CHANCELLOR.

1. IN striding over Coke's head to the Mace and Seals, Bacon puts the crown to his many offences against that wealthy and vindictive foe. Their lives have been spent in a daily contest for rank, love, place, and power. Up to the present year Coke has been able to keep in front. He made more money, he won Lady Hatton, he first got office under the Crown. He went up to the Common Pleas while Bacon was fighting for his promo- tion at the bar. Before the great philosopher was com- missioned as Attorney-General, the great jurist had been seated on the King's Bench. For the three years and four months that Bacon, as Attorney, waited in the Council anteroom, Coke sat at the board. The scene is now changed, the characters reversed. Within a few weeks Coke has been degraded from the Council to make way for Bacon, and reduced from the King's Bench that his rival may feel the insolent joy of refusing to accept his place. The humiliation has now been capped by Bacon filching from him, at the very moment of his

1617. July.

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Council Reg, Nov. 4, 1613; Yelverton to Bacon, Sept. 3, 1617, Lambeth MSS. 836.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Note from the Author. v
  • Contents vii
  • Chapter I - The Biographers 1
  • Chapter II - Early Years 13
  • Chapter III - The Earl of Essex. 47
  • Chapter IV - Treason of Sir John Smyth. 80
  • Chapter V - The Irish Plot 109
  • Chapter VI - The Street Fight 132
  • Chapter VII - The New Reign. 152
  • Chapter VIII - Solicitor-General. 190
  • Chapter IX - St. John and Peacham 218
  • Chapter X - Race with Coke. 241
  • Chapter Xi. Lord Chancellor. 272
  • Chapter XII - Fees 290
  • Appendices. 359
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