English philosopher, essayist and historian.
Document Signed, Fr. Bacon, five lines on a legal folio page, January 2, 1616/17.
“Know that the honorable Sir Francis Bacon, Knight, hath borrowed and received of Sir Arthur Ingram, Knight, the sum of five hundred pounds…. I do promise to repay…the 22nd of February in witness hereof I have set to my hand this 2nd January 1616.”
An intriguing Elizabethan figure, Sir Francis Bacon is the subject of a number of historical controversies and theories. To this day there are those who say he is the true author of Shakespeare’s plays; others claim he is the unacknowledged son of Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. There is no doubt that Bacon led a full life, often driven by concerns over money as his father died before he had been able to set up an estate. At the time of this letter, Sir Francis Bacon had written some of his most famous works (Essays, Colours of Good and Evil, and the Meditationes Sacrae), he had been a driving force in creating the British colonies, especially in Virginia, the Carolinas and Newfoundland, he was a favorite of James I, and had attained the lucrative position of Attorney General.
Matted in silk and gilt, with a portrait engraving. In a carved gilt and ebony frame, measuring 19 inches wide by 12 inches high.
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- Lit – English/Irish