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your adversaries (who will still hunt counter) to a loss in all their disquisitions and undertakings.'
Many more of this nature might be observed; but they must be laid aside: for I shall here make a little stop, and invite the reader to look back with me, whilst
, according to my promise, I shall say a little of Sir Albertus Morton and Mr. Wiliiam Bedel, whom I formerly mentioned.
I have told you that are my readers, that at Sir Henry Wotton's first going ambassador into Italy, his cousin, Sir Albertus Morton, went his secretary: and I am next to tell you, that Sir Albertus died secretary of state to our late King ; but cannot, am not able to express the sorrow that possessed Sir Henry Wotton, at his first hearing the news that Sir Albertus was by death lost to him and this world. And yet the reader may partly guess by these following expressions: the first in a setter to his Nicholas Pey, of which this that follow
eth is a part.
" ---- And, my dear Nick, when I had been here almost a fortnight, in the midst of my great contentment, I received notice of Sir Albertus Morton's departure out of this world, who was dearer to me than mine own being in it. What a wound it is to my heart, you that knew him, and know me, will easily believe: but our Creator's will must be done, and unrepiningly received by his own creatures, who is the Lord of all nature, and of all fortune, when he taketh to himself now one, and then another, till that expected day, wherein it shall please him to dissolve the whole, and wrap up even the heaven itself as a scroll of parchment." This is the last philosophy that we must study upon earth. Let us therefore, that yet remain here, as our days and friends waste, re
inforce our love to each other; which of all virtues, both spiritual and moral, hath the highest privilege, because death itself cannot end it. And my good Nick,” &c.
This is a part of his sorrow thus expressed to his Nick Pey: the other part is in this following elegy, of which the reader may safely conclude it was too hearty to be dissembled.
WEPT AT THE GRAVE OF SIR ALBERTUS MORTON,
BY HENRY WOTTON.
Silence, in truth, would speak my sorrow best,
Dwell then in endless bliss with happy souls,
This concerning his Sir Albertus Morton.
And for what I shall say concerning Mr. William Bedell, I must prepare the reader by telling him, that when King James sent Sir Henry Wotton ambassador to the state of Venice, he sent also an ambassador to the King of France, and another to the King of Spain. With the ambassador of France went Joseph Hall, late Bishop of Norwich, whose many and useful works speak his great merit; with the ambassador to Spain went James Wadsworth; and with Sir Henry Wotton went William Bedel.
These three chaplains to these three ambassadors were all bred in one University, all of one College, all beneficed in one diocese, and all most dear and entire friends. But in Spain Mr. Wadsworth met with temptations, or reasons, such as were so powerful as to persuade him (who of the three was formerly observed to be most averse to that religion that calls itself Catholic) to disclaim himself a member of the Church of England, and declare himself for the Church of Rome; discharging himself of his attendance on the ambassador, and betaking himself to a monasterial life, in which he lived very regularly, and so died.
When Dr. Hall, the late Bishop of Norwich, came into England, he wrote to Mr. Wadsworth, (it is the first epistle in his printed decades,) to persuade his return, or to show the reason of his apos
1 Emanuel College in Cambridge.
tasy. The letter seemed to have in it many sweet expressions of love; and yet there was in it some expression that was so unpleasant to Mr. Wadsworth, that he chose rather to acquaint his old friend, Mr. Bedel, with his motives; by which means there passed betwixt Mr. Bedel and Mr. Wadsworth divers letters which be extant in print, and did well deserve it: for in them there seems to be a controversy, not of religion only, but who should answer each other with most love and meekness; which I mention the rather, because it too seldom falls out to be so in a book-war.
There is yet a little more to be said of Mr. Bedel, for the greatest part of which the reader is referred to this following letter of Sir Henry Wotton's, written to our late King Charles the First:
“May it please Your most Gracious Majesty,
Having been informed that certain persons have, by the good wishes of the Archbishop of Armagh, been directed hither, with a most humble petition unto your Majesty, that you will be pleased to make Mr. William Bedel (now resident upon a small benefice in Suffolk) Governor of your College at Dublin, for the good of that society; and myself being required to render unto your Majesty some testimony of the said William Bedel, who was long my Chaplain at Venice, in the time of my first employment there, I am bound in all conscience and truth (so far as your Majesty will vouchsafe to accept my poor judgment) to affirm of him, that I think hardly a fitter man for that charge could have been propounded unto your Majesty in your whole kingdom for singular erudition and piety, conformity to the rites of the church, and zeal to advance the cause of God, wherein his tra
vels abroad were not obscure in the time of the excommunication of the Venetians.
“ For it may please your Majesty to know, that this is the man whom Padre Paulo took, I may say, into his very soul, with whom he did communicate the inwardest thoughts of his heart; from whom he professed to have received more knowledge in all divinity, both scholastical and positive, than from any that he had ever practised in his days; of which all the passages were well known to the King your father of most blessed memory. And so, with your Majesty's good favour, I will end this needless office; for the general fame of his learning, his life, and Christian temper, and those religious labours which himself hath dedicated to your Majesty, do better describe him than I am able,
66 Your Majesty's
66 H. WOTTON.”
To this letter I shall add this; that he was (to the great joy of Sir Henry Wotton) made governor of the said College'; and that, after a fair discharge of his duty and trust there, he was thence removed to be Bishop of Kilmore”. In both places his life was so holy, as seemed to equal the primitive Christians : for as they, so he kept all the Emberweeks, observed (besides his private devotions) the canonical hours of prayers very strictly, and so he did all the feast and fast days of his mother, the Church of England. To which I may add, that his patience and charity were both such as showed his affections were set upon things that are above ; for indeed his whole life brought forth the fruits of