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The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon by John M. Robertson

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The two Books of Francis Bacon of the Proficienceand Advancement of Learning Divine andHuman

PREFACE.

BY JAMES SPEDDING.

The first edition of the Advancement of Learning is dated 1605. In what month it appeared is doubtful; but from certain allusions in a letter sent by Bacon to Tobie Matthew with a presentation copy, I gather (for the letter bears no date) that it was not out before the latter end of October.

Tobie Matthew, eldest son of the Bishop of Durham, was then about 27 years old, and had been intimate with Bacon, certainly for the last three years, and probably for more. Bacon had a high opinion of his abilities and seems to have consulted him about his works. “I have now at last (he says in this letter) taught that child to go, at the ...

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