[49:1] In 1659 Clarendon, then Sir Edward Hyde, and in Brussels, writing to Sir Richard Fanshaw, says, “You are the secretary of the Latin tongue and I will mend the warrant you sent, and have it despatched as soon as I hear again from you, but I must tell you the place in itself, if it be not dignified by the person who hath some other qualification, is not to be valued. There is no signet belongs to it, which can be only kept by a Secretary of State, from whom the Latin Secretary always receives orders and prepares no despatches without his direction, and hath only a fee of a hundred pound a year. And therefore, except it hath been in the hands of a person who hath had some other employment, it hath fallen to the fortune of inconsiderable men as Weckerlin was the last” (Hist. MSS. Com., Heathcote Papers, 1899, p. 9).
[51:1] The Rehearsal Transprosed.—Grosart, iii. 126.
[55:1] Even Mr. Firth can tell me nothing about this Ward of Cromwell’s.
[56:1] For reprints of these tracts, see Social England Illustrated, Constable and Co., 1903.
[57:1] “England’s Way to Win Wealth.” See Social England Illustrated, p. 253.
[57:2] Ibid. p. 265.
[58:1] Dr. Dee’s “Petty Navy Royal.” Social England Illustrated, p. 46.
[58:2] “England’s Way to Win Wealth.” Social England Illustrated, p. 268.
[59:1] Ranke’s History of England during the Seventeenth Century, vol. iii. p. 68.
[61:1] See Leigh Hunt’s Wit and Humour (1846), pp. 38, 237.
[62:1] Butler’s lines, A Description of Holland, are very like Marvell’s:—
“A Country that draws fifty foot of water In which men live as in a hold of nature. ... ... They dwell in ships, like swarms of rats, and prey Upon the goods all nations’ fleets convey; ... ... That feed like cannibals on other fishes, And serve their cousin-germans up in dishes: A land that rides at anchor and is moor’d, In which they do not live but go aboard.”
Marvell and Butler were rival wits, but Holland was a common butt; so powerful a motive is trade jealousy.
[67:1] “To one unacquainted with Horace, this Ode, not perhaps so perfect as his are in form, and with occasional obscurities of expression, which Horace would not have left, will give a truer notion of the kind of greatness which he achieved than could, so far as I know, be obtained from any other poem in our language.”—Dean Trench.
[70:1] “In the last war, when France was disgraced and overpowered in every quarter of the globe, when Spain coming to her assistance only shared her calamities, and the name of an Englishman was reverenced through Europe, no poet was heard amidst the general acclamation; the fame of our counsellors and heroes was entrusted to the gazetteer.”—Dr. Johnson’s Life of Prior.