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For therein the least learned , for the most part , have been always most ready to
write . And they which had least hope in ' Latin , have been most bold in English :
when surely every man that is most ready to talk , is not most able to write .
pręceptoris , Mr. Pember , whom I do not forget , and I know would hold me
excused , because I write not to him , if he knew what business I have . I pray you
, Mr. Raven , make him partaker of this my trifling talk . But friends is content with
But I need not write this to you . As you send me word of the matter , so shall you
hear from me : for as I shall know your affections , so then I will enter into the
matter myself more plainly . Ye need not let Dr. Maden see this part of my letter ;
Write of his growing , of his wit , of his colour , & c .; for it is a good thing to please
a mother well . Keep these letters secret ; show them but by piece - meal : yet ,
Edward , enquire of him wisely , lest my lady of Suffolk suspect it is done to prove
My good Raven and Ireland , I leave chiding you , but I will not leave loving you ,
write you or write you not . I will be your friend , and you shall be mine , whether
you will or not . By Mr. Leaver's letters you shall know how all things stand here ...
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essential reading, from an observer in 'flat English' language at a time when world affairs centered in and around Vienna and were essentially continental.
Quoted as first liner in a fascinating book on Anglo-French Entente under le Grand Toy, Louis XIV and the Merry Monarch, Charles II.
Full of candor, at a time when the political discourse was still amenable to compromise and chivalry, gallantry, so Ascham's remarks letters oin the Habsburg Empire, hence to Metternich and his pickup by Henry Kissinger - show the long ptrocxessof diplomacy that is not necessarily mad policy.
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The English Works of Roger Ascham: Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth
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