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1846 edition. Excerpt: ...Grace, whilst I affect the title of a
reserved, close, and wise, I maye loose that other of an honest
man, whch I more esteeme. Thus much by way of preface. I represent
this office of a Lord Steward, as a place to be either accepted of
by your selfe, or els to be discontinued (as for many yeares
towards the latter end of Q. Elisabethes, and the beginninge of our
Master's raigne it was), and in any case, not to be plac'te upon
any other, wthout the deliberation of somme fewe yeares, at the
least. Beinge an office that none but the Kinges kinsmen, or
favourites, or counterfavourites (raised up of purpose to balance
the great one) have auncientlye possessed. I could desire your
Grace hadd it in your owne person: for these reasons. 1. It is an
office of fayre, and very competent gettinges, but that is scarce
considerable. 2. It keepes you in all changes and alterations of
yeares nere the Kinge, and gives unto you all the opportunityes and
accesses, wout the envye of a favouritt. I beseech your Grace pawse
well upon this; and call to mynde, if the Duke of Richmond was not
in this case. 3. It gives you opportunitye to gratifie all the
Court, great and small, virtute officij, in right of your place,
wch is a thinge better accepted of and interpreted, then a
courtesye from a favouritt. Because in this you are a dispenser of
your owne, but in the other (saye many envious men) of the Kinges
goodnes, wh wold flowe fast enough of it selfe, but that it is
restrayned to this pipe and chanel onelye. 4. There must be one
daye an end of this atten-daunce as a Bedchamber man, but I hope
never of beinge next unto the Kinge as a great Counsailour and
Officer, and above all others, which you cannot be but by this
office. The Maister of the Horse is but a knights...
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