SPEDDING'S BACON 
         The following footnote appears in Spedding, The Letters and the Life of Sir Francis Bacon, 3: 172.

From a MS. in the Cotton Collection in the handwriting of Ralph Starkey, -- copied perhaps from Sir. R. Cotton's own notes -- . . . .  "The King propounded the reasons and precedents to the Judges, who agreed unto them; and my Lord Chief Justice was about to disprove by another reason that Sir F. G. was not duly chosen.  Hereupon the King, desirous to compromit the matter, made offer to the Lower House to be contented that Sir Francis should not be also, and that a new writ should be sent out,"  etc. (Cott. MSS. Tit. F. iv. fo. 4, b.).


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