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And first to my most dear Sovereign and Master, of incomparable goodness, (in whose gracious opinion I have ever had some portion, as far as the interest of a plain honest man), I leave four pictures at large of those Dukes of Venice, in whose time I was there employed, with. their names written on the backside, which hang in my great ordinary dininy room, done after the life by Edoardo Fialetto : Likewise a table of the Venetian College, where ambassadors had their audience, hanging over the mantle of the chimney in the said room, done by the same kund, which containeth a draught in little, well resembling the famous D. Leonardo Donato, in a time which needed a wise and constant man. Item, The picture of a Duke of Venice, hanging over against the door, done either by Titiano*, or some other principal hand, long before my time. Most humbly beseeching his Majesty, that the said pieces may remain in some corner of any of his houses, for a poor memorial of his most humble vassal.

Item, I leave his suid Majesty all the papers and negociations of Sir Nicholas Throumorton, Knight), during his famous employment, under Queen Elizabeth, in Scotland and in France; which contain divers secrets of state, that perchance his Majesty will think fit to be preseroed in his Paper-office, after they have been perused and sorted by Mr. Secretary Windebank, with whom I have heretofore, as I remember, conferred about then. They were committed to my disposal by Sir Arthur

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Throgmorton his son", to zhose worthy memory I cannot better discharge my faith, than by assigning them to the highest place of trust.

Item, I leave to our most gracious and virtuous Queen Mary, Dioscorides, with the plants naturally coloured, and the text translated by Matthioloa in the best language of Tuscuny, whence her said Mac jesty is lineally descended, for a poor token of my thankful devotion for the honour she was once pleased to do my private study with her presence. I leave to the most hopeful Prince, the picture of the elected and crowned Queen of Bohemia, his aunt, of clear and resplendeni virtues through the clouds of her fortune. To my Lord's Grace of Canterburyb now being, I leave my picture of Divine Love, rarely copied from one in the King's galleries, of my presentation to his Majesty; beseeching him to receive it as a pledge of my humble reverence to his great wisdom. And to the most worthy Lord Bishop of London", Lord High Treasurer of England, in true admiration of his Christian simplicity and contempt of earthly pomp, I leave a picture of Heraclitus bewailing, and Democritus laughing at, the world: i Most humbly beseeching the said Lord Archbishop his Grace, and the Lord Bishop of London, of both whose fuvours I have tasted in my : life-time, to intercede with our most gracious Sovereign after my death, in the bowels of Jesus Christ, that out of compassionate memory of my long services (wherein I more studied the public honour, than mine own utility), some order may be taken out of my arrears due in the Exchequer, for such satisfaction of my creditors, as those whom I have ordained supervisors of this my lust Will and Testament, shall present unto their Lordships, without their further trouble ; hoping likewise in his Majesty's most indubitable goodness, that he will keep me from all prejudice, which I may otherwise suffer by any defect of formality in the demand of my said arrears.

- , for a poor addition to his cabinet, I leave, as emblems of his attractive virtues and obliging nobleness, my great Loadstone, and a piece of Amber of both kinds naturally united, and


2 THOMAS Lord WOTTON, son of Edward, the first Lord Wotton, and nephew to Sir Henry Wotton, married Mary the daughter and one of the coheirs of Sir Arthur Throgmorton, of Pauler Perry, in Northamptonfhire.

a A physician of the 16th century, who published commentaries on Dioscorides, adorned with large wooden prints. This work was once held in high estimation. “I pray you, buy ine the commentaries of Matthiolus upon Dioscorides, tranflated into French, and let it be bound " with two or three sheets of paper before and in the end. That book “ was never wont to go from me, and now I cannot tell how it is stolen “ from me: because it was noted witla my observations and notes, I had " rather have lost a far better thing.”

Letter of Sir Thomas Smith to Sir Francis Walsingham, in

Digges's compleat Ambassador. 6 Archbishop LAUD.

c Juxon, Bishop of London, was made Lord High Treasurer of England in 1635, through the interest of Archbishop Laud,

only differing in degree of concoction, which is thought somewhat rare. Item, A piece of Crystal Serangular (as they grow all) grasping divers several things within it, which I bought among the Rhaetian Alps, in the very place where it grew; recommending most humbly unto his Lordship, the reputation of my poor name in the point of my debts, as I have done to the fore-named Spiritual Lords, and am keartily sorry that I have no better token of my humble thankfulness to his honoured person. Item, I leave to Sir Francis Windebank, one of His Majesty's principal Secretaries of State (whom I found my great friend in point of necessity) the Four Seasons of old Bassano, to hang near the eye in his parlour (being in little form), which I bought at Venice, where I first entered into his most worthy acquaintance.

To the above-named Dr. Bargrave, Dean of Canterbury, I leave all any Italian books not disposed in this Will. I leave to him likewise, my Viol de Gamba, which hath been twice with me in Italy; in which country I first contracted with him an unremovable affection. To my other Supervisor, Mr. Nicholas Pey, I leave my Chest, or Cabinet of Instruments and Engines of all kinds of uses : in the lower box whereof are some * ht to be bequeathed to none but so entire an honest man us he is. I leave him likewise forly pounds for his pains in the solicitation of my Arrears; and am sorry that my ragged estate can reach no further to one that hath taken such care for me in the same kind, during all ny foreign employments. To the Library at Eaton College, I leave all my Manuscripts not before disposed, and to each of the Fela lows a plain Ring of gold, enameled black, all save the verge, with this motto zvithin, AMOR UNIT OMNIA. This is my Last Will and Testament, sade what shall be added by a

schedule thereunto annexed, written on the first of October, in the present year of our Redemption, 1637, and subscribed by myself, with

the testimony of these witnesses, NICH. OUDERT,


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d GIACOMO DA PONTE DA BASSANO, so called from the place of his birth in the Marca Trevisana, in 1510, was a celebrated artift, who ex"celled in rural scenery and animals. He died at the age of 82, leaving four fous, two of whoin were diftinguished painters.

(Dryden's Fresnoy's Art of Painting, p. 290.) * In it were Italian locks, pick-locks, screws to force open doors, and many things of worth and rarity, that he had gathered in his foreign travel.

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