RR Autograph Auction Sir Francis Bacon English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist and author

07 Jun

RR Autograph Auction Sir Francis Bacon

English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist and author (1561–1626). He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. He remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution. Eight-word autograph endorsement in Bacon’s hand, “touching the cofferer his resignation of his place,” on the reverse of a 7.75 x 10.75 LS from the Earl of Suffolk, November 27, 1617. The original letter, in Old English, reads in part: “Yo the Right Ho[nor]able Sr Francis Bacon Knight, Lord Keeper of the great Seale of England….My verie good Lord being…by Sir Arthur Ingram to verifie my knowledge to your Lo[rdshi]p touching Sir Robert Vernon’s consent to the resigning of his place of Cofferer. I cannot do less in satisfaction of his request than to let your Lo[rdshi]p understand that Sir Robert Vernon came unto me about two hours before Sir Arthur Ingram was sworn, and did interest me.” Creasing, wrinkling, mild soiling, a pair of small triangular areas of paper loss not affecting the handwriting, and minor edge wear, otherwise very good condition.

Bacon was the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England and the Attorney General when he received this letter from Admiral Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk and Lord High Treasurer. The message regards Sir Arthur Ingram, a wealthy and influential landowner, who was sworn into the office of Treasurer [Cofferer] of the Royal Household in February 1615. The court rejected his appointment several months later, possibly because of his humble origins.

In the year following this correspondence, the Earl of Suffolk was found to have used his office to embezzle and extort money. Bacon, as Lord High Chancellor, prosecuted the Earl and his wife, resulting in their conviction, a substantial fine and their brief imprisonment in the tower of London. Bacon is exceedingly rare in any form. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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