Francis Bacon

English philosopher and statesman, 1561-1626

Also known as Lord Verulam, Bacon served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. Elizabeth I of England reserved him as her legal advisor. His works are credited with developing the scientific method and remained influential through the scientific revolution. He has been called the father of empiricism. His works argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive reasoning and careful observation of events in nature. Bacon was a patron of libraries and developed a functional system for the cataloging of books by dividing them into three categories—history, poetry, and philosophy. Bacon was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge.


Bacon, Francis

English philosopher, statesman, and scientist (1561-1626). Letter signed and subscribed ("assured / fr. verulam Canc[ellarius]"). Gorhambury. 03.08.1619. Folio. 1 page. With integral address leaf.
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Letter signed and subscribed ("assured/ fr. verulam Canc[ellarius]"), as Baron Verulam and Lord Chancellor, to Lord Zouch, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, notifying him of a forthcoming legal case affecting his prerogative: "There are protest gone out at Mr Attorney Generalls prayer against Hugh Hugginson and Josias Ente concerning the busines against the Dutchmen in Starchamber. Out of a desire to extened the ancient priviledges and customes due to your place not to serve such protest within your jurisdiction without your leave and contente, I have thought it good hereby to desire your Lordship for his Majesties service, that you would cause them forthwith to be sent papers to answer Mr Attorneys Bill and abide such further proceedings as their case shall require".

- Written in a secretary hand, with the place, date and closing in an italic hand, as is Bacon's signature and subscription; contemporary endorsement. - From the Spiro Family Collection (Christie's, London, 3 December 2003, lot 59)..

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