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world. Do therefore as they do, move always, and be carried with the motion of your first mover, which is your Sovereign. A popular judge is a deformed thing: and “plaudites” are fitter for players than for magistrates. Do good to the people, love them and give them justice; but let it be, as the Psalm saith, “nihil inde expectantes ;” looking for nothing, neither praise nor profit.
Yet my meaning is not, when I wish you to take heed of popularity, that you should be imperious and strange to the gentlemen of the country. You are above them in power, but your rank is not much unequal; and learn this, that power is ever of greatest strength, when it is civilly carried.
Secondly, You must remember, that besides your ordinary administration of justice, you do carry the two glasses or mirrors of the state; for it is your duty in these your visitations, to represent to the people the graces and care of the King: and again, upon your return, to present to the King the distastes and griefs of the people.
Mark what the King says in his book “Procure reverence to the King and the law; inform my people truly of me,” (which, we know, is hard to do according to the excellency of his merit; but yet endeavour it,)“ how zealous I am for religion ; how I desire law may be maintained and flourish; that every court should have its jurisdiction; that every subject should submit himself to the law.” And of this you
have had of late no small occasion of notice and remembrance, by the great and strait charge
that the King hath given me as keeper of his seal, for the governing of the chancery without tumour or
Again, “e re nata,” you at this present ought to make the people know and consider the King's blessed care and providence in governing this realm in his absence; so that sitting at the helm of another kingdom, not without great affairs and business ; yet he governs all things here by his letters and directions, as punctually and perfectly as if he were present.
I assure you, my lords of the council and I do much admire the extension and latitude of his care in all things.
In the high commission he did conceive a sinew of government was a little shrunk; he recommended the care of it.
He hath called for the accounts of the last circuit from the judges to be transmitted unto him in Scotland.
Touching the infestation of pirates, he hath been careful, and is, and hath put things in a way.
All things that concern the reformation or the plantation of Ireland, he hath given in them punctual and resolute directions. All this in absence.
I give but a few instances of a public nature; the secrets of council I may not enter into, though his dispatches into France, Spain, and the LowCountries, now in his absence, are also notorious as to the outward sending. So that I must conclude that his Majesty wants but more kingdoms, for I see he could suffice to all.
As for the other glass I told you of, of representing to the King the griefs of his people, without doubt it is properly your part; for the King ought to be informed of any thing amiss in the state of his countries from the observations and relations of the judges, that indeed know the pulse of the country, rather than from discourse. But for this glass, thanks be to God, I do hear from you all, that there was never greater peace, obedience, and contentment in the country; though the best governments be always like the fairest crystals, wherein every little icicle or grain is seen, which in a fouler stone is never perceived.
Now to some particulars, and not many : of all other things I must begin as the King begins ; that is, with the cause of religion, and especially the hollow church-papist. St. Augustin hath a good comparison of such men, affirming, that they are like the roots of nettles, which themselves sting not, but yet they bear all the stinging leaves : let me know of such roots, and I will root them out of the country.
Next, for the matter of religion ; in the principal place I recommended both to you and to the justices, the countenancing of godly and zealous preachers. I mean not sectaries or novellists, but those which are sound and conform, and yet pious and reverend: for there will be a perpetual defection, except you keep men in by preaching, as well as law doth by punishing; and commonly spiritual diseases are not cured but by spiritual remedies.
Next, let me commend unto you the repressing,
as much as may be, of faction in the countries, of which ensue infinite inconveniences, and perturbations of all good order, and crossing of all good service in court or country, or wheresoever. Cicero, when he was consul, had devised a fiue remedy, a mild one, but an effectual and apt one, for he saith, “ Eos, qui otium perturbant, reddam otiosos.” Those that trouble others quiet, I will give them quiet; they shall have nothing to do, nor no authority shall be put into their hands. If I may know from you, of
any who are in the country that are heads or hands of faction, or men of turbulent spirits; I shall give them Cicero's reward, as much as in me is.
To conclude, study the King's book, and study yourselves how you profit by it, and all shall be well. And you the justices of peace in particular, let me say this to you, never King of this realm did much honour as the King hath done you in his speech, by being your immediate director, and by sorting you and your service with the service of ambassadors, and of his nearest attendance. Nay more, it seems his Majesty is willing to do the state of justice of peace honour actively also; by bringing in with time the like form or commission into the
government of Scotland, as that glorious King, Edward the third, did plant this commission here in this kingdom. And therefore you are not fit to be copies, except you be fair written without blots or blurs, or any thing unworthy your authority : and so I will trouble
you no longer for this time.
THE SPEECH USED BY SIR FRANCIS BACON, LORD KEEPER OF THE GREAT SEAL OF ENGLAND,
TO SIR WILLIAM JONES, UPON HIS CALLING TO BE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE
OF IRELAND, 1617.
SIR WILLIAM JONES, The King's most excellent Majesty, being duly informed of your sufficiency every way, hath called you, by his writ now returned, to the state and degree of a serjeant at law; but not to stay there, but, being so qualified, to serve him as his chief justice of his King's bench in his realm of Ireland. And therefore that which I shall say to you, must be applied not to your serjeant's place, which you take but in passage, but to that great place where you are to settle ; and because I will not spend time to the delay of the business of causes of the court, I will lead you the short journey by examples, and not the long by precepts.
The place that you shall now serve in, hath been fortunate to be well served in four successions before you : do but take unto you the constancy and integrity of Sir Robert Gardiner ; the gravity, temper, and direction of Sir James Lea; the quickness, in