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6. The volume ends with a Glossary of words which either are now out of use, or have been modified in their pronunciation or otherwise. The idea is taken. from Mr Mayor, who, in his valuable notes to the Scholemaster, has pointed out the good that might be got if such a plan were generally followed by those who bring out new editions of our old writers.

J. A. G.

Cranford, Middlesex, 1864.

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and state of Germany and the

Emperour Charles his Court,

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¶ Cum Gratia & Priuilegio Regiæ

Maieftatis, per Decennium.

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REPORT AND DISCOURSE,

&c.

JOHN ASTLEY TO R. ASCHAM.’

NOW find true by experience, which I have oft heard of others, and sometimes read myself, that men make no such account of commodities when they have them, as when they want them. I mean this by our friendly fellowship together at Cheston Chelsey, and here at Hatfield, her Grace's house; our pleasant studies in reading together Aristotle's Rhetoric, Cicero, and Livy; our free talk, mingled always with honest mirth ; our trim conferences of that present world, and too true judgments of the troublesome time that followed.

These commodities I now remember with some grief, which we then used with much pleasure, besides many other fruits of friendship that faithful good-will could afford. And these thinkings cause me oft to wish, either you to be here with us, or me to be there with you but what wishing is nothing else but a vain wailing for that which will wanteth, I will cease from wishing, and seek the true remedy for this sore; and that is, whilst we meet again in deed, in the mean while to ease our desires with oft writing the one to the other. I would, indeed, I had been partaker, in your company, of that your pleasant absence out of your country; and

because I was not, I pray you let me be partaker, by your letters, of some fruit of that your journey.

We hear of great stirs in those parts; and how the emperor, a prince of great wisdom and great power, hath been driven to extreme shifts; and that by the policy of mean men, who were thought to be his friends, and not by the puissantness of others who were known to be his open enemies. I know you were wont in marking diligently and noting truly all such great affairs and you know likewise, how desirous I am always to read any thing that you write. Write therefore, I pray you, that we your friends, being at home, may enjoy by your letters a pleasant memory of you in that time whilst you be absent abroad. Farewell in Christ.

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From Hatfield, xix. Octobris, 1552.

R. ASCHAM TO JOHN ASTLEY.

S

JALUTEM plurimam in Christo Jesu. That part of your letter from Hatfield, decimo nono Octob. renewing a most pleasant memory of our friendly fellowship together, and full of your wonted good-will towards me, I answered immediately from Spires, by Fraunces the post : which letter, if it be not yet come to your hand, ye might have heard tell of it in Mr. Secretary Cecil's chamber in the court.

As concerning the other part of your letter for your wish to have been with me in this mine absence from my country; and for your request, to be made partaker by my letters of the stir of these times here in Germany; -surely I would you had your wish : for then should not I now need to bungle up yours so great a request,

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