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(without typos) from the publisher. 1907. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... Francis Bacon --Baron Verulam and Viscoun DEGREES St Albans,
but not Lord Bacon, as he is sometimes erroneously styled--was born
at York House, Strand, the London mansion of his father, January
22, 1561. He was the younger son, by his second wife, of Sir
Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal from 1558 till his
death in 1579--a man of profound legal learning, unswerving
devotion to principle, and statesmanlike sagacity. Both Camden and
George Buchanan designate him, in common with Sir W. Cecil (Lord
Burghley) as "twin pillars of the State." The second wife of the
Lord Keeper and the mother of Francis was Anne, daughter of Sir
Anthony Cooke, who had been the tutor of Edward VI. To his
instructions were largely due the culture and piety of the youthful
sovereign. His daughters, Katherine, Mildred, and Anne, also
trained by their parent, were celebrated as prodigies of learning
even in an age when the glamour of Renaissance studies still
tempted women to forsake the distaff for Demosthenes and their
virginals for Virgil. The eldest was classed among the leading
Latinists of her day; Mildred, the second, who married Lord
Burghley, and, accordingly, was Bacon's aunt, was described by
Ascham as the best female Greek scholar in England--Lady Jane Grey
excepted; while Anne became celebrated in Court circles for her
linguistic accomnlishments and her skill in theology. Not only .
did she correspond in Greek with Bishop Jewell and l) translate his
Apologia from the Latin, but her rendering of the sermons of
Bernard Ochino from the Italian has been praised by competent
judges. These facts regarding Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon are
mentioned to show that, if heredity hold for aught, he was
descended oi both sides from parents of more than a...
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