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BORN 1564,-Died 1616.
From King Henry VI. part 2d. Act 4th, Scene 7th. Scene Smithfield.-Present, Cade and his company,
with Lord Say, prisoner. Say You men of Kent! Dick-What say you of Kent? Say Nothing but this : 'Tis bona terra, mala gens. Cade--Away with him, away with him! he speaks
Kent, in the Commentaries Cæsar writ,
This passage is marked by Malone, in his edition of Shakspear, as one corrected only by the mighty bard. This editor has been hardy enough to venture upon a lineal definition, in the historical plays, of passages actually written, only corrected, and not written by Shakspear; but in a matter of taste his accuracy may be questioned. The above quoted passage has all the characters of Shakspear's style, and has that peculiar flow of sweet melody which none of his contemporaries ever attained to. The stigma upon the Kentish men expressed in the Latin sentence, doubtless had its origin in their aptness to rebel. Hollingshed had a similar opinion of them. “ The Kentish men, whose minds be ever moveable at the change of princes,” &c. Sir Thomas Wyatt's rebellion was then fresh in memory.
From King Henry VI. part 3d. Act 1st, scene 1st,
Present, York and others.
You, Edward, shall unto my Lord of Cobham,
From King Lear. Act 4th. Scene 6th. Scene the country near Dover,—Present, Gloster and
Horribly steep :
Edg.-Come on, Sir; here's the place: stand still !
down Hangs one that gathers samphire ; dreadful trade! Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head: The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Appear like mice; and yon tall anchoring bark, Diminished to her cock; her cock, a buoy Almost too small for sight : the murmuring surge,
• Of sound judgment.
That on the unnumbered idle pebbles chafes,
Edg.-Hadst thou been ought but gossamer, feathers,
So many fathom down precipitating,
Which thou had'st perpendicularly fell :
Cannot be seen or heard.”
SIR HENRY WOTTON,
BORN 1568.- DIED 1639.
On earth he travelled often,-not to say
(Cowley's Elegy on Sir H. Wotton.)
Thanks to the laudable zeal of the excellent Isaac Walton, we have ample materials before us respecting the life and character of this Kentish worthy. Posterity has not duly paid the debt of gratitude it owes the
memory of this good man for the artless effusions of his honest pen. In simple language, but bearing the genuine impress of truth, he has furnished us with memorials of exemplary characters, who might otherwise, as far as their personal history is concerned, have sunk into the
Walton published under the title of “ Reliquiæ Wottonianæ," a memoir of Sir Henry Wotton, and a collection of his literary essays, state papers, letters, and poems. From the fourth edition of this volume, with such collateral aid as can be obtained, the following account is collected, and wherever it is practicable for obvious reasons, the words of the original writer are retained.
The family of Wotton flourished in the county of Kent nearly three centuries, commencing with Sir Nicholas Wotton, Lord Mayor of London, who obtained possession of Bocton Malherb, by marriage, in 1337, and expiring with the subject of the present article in 1639.
Several individuals of this family obtained distinguished rank and employment under various sovereigns, bat it is most remarkable for having produced Nicholas Wotton the first Dean of Canterbury, distinguished more as a politician than a divine. This supple ecclesiastic, who may have been the original of the Vicar of Bray, contrived so to suit his religious opinions to the fluctuating times in which he lived, as to retain a seat in the privy councils of Henry the Eighth, Edward the Sixth, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth, by all of whom he was highly esteemed and confidentially employed. The monumental inscription to his memory, informs us that he was sent as ambassador to various powers, no less than nine different times, besides holdding other high temporary employments. He was a