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We might bave banded together fome good Autbors of the antient time : Among which, I observed you to bave been familiar.
Since your going you have charged me with new Obligations, both for a very kind Letter from you dated the fixtb of this Month, and for a dainty piece of entertainment which came therewith. Wherein I spould much commend the Tragical part, if the Lyrical did not ravish me with a certain Dorique delicacy in your Songs and Odes, whereunto I must plainly confefs. to have seen yet nothing parallel in our Language : Ipfa mollities. But I must not omit to tell you, that I now only owe you thanks for intimating unto me ( bow modestly foever) the true Artifi
For the Work itself I had view'd some good while before, with singular delight, baving receiv'd it from our common Friend Mr. R. in the very close of the late R's Poems, printed at Oxford, whereunto it was added ( as I now
Juppose) that. the. Acceffory, mighthalat out the Principal, according to the tea of Stationers, and to leave the Reader Con la bocca dolce.
Now, Sir, concerning your Travels, wherein I may challenge a little more privilege of Discourse with you in I Juppose you will not blancb Paris in your way; therefore I bave been bold to trouble you with a few Lines to Mr. M. B. whom you shall easily find attending the young Lord S. as bis Governor; and you may surely receive from him good directions
for the shaping of your farther journey into Italy, where he did reside by my choice fome time for the King, after mine own recess from Venice.
I faould think that your best Line will be thorow the whole length of France to Marseilles and thence by Sea to Genoa, whence the pasage into Tuscany is as Diurnal as a Gravesend Barge : 1 baften as you do, to Florence, or Siena, the rather to tell you a ports
story, from the interest you have given me in your safety.
At Siena I was tabled in the House of one Alberto Scipioni, an old Roman Courtier in dangerous times, having been Steward to the Ducca di Pagliano, who with all bis Family were strangled, fave this only man, that escap'd by foresight of the Tempest : With him I bad often much chat of those affairs; into which he took pleafure to look back from his Native Harbour; and at my departure towards Rome (which had been the centre of his experience) I bad won confidence enough to beg bis advice, how I might carry myself securely there, without offence of others, or of mine own Conscience. Signior Arrigo mio (Jays be) I pensieri stretti, & il viso fciolto, will go safely over the whole World: Of which Delphian Oracle (for so I have found it) your judgment doth need no commentary; and therefore (Sir) I will commit you with it to
the best of all securities, God's dear Love, remaining
Your Friend, as much at command
as any of longer date,
boy to prevent your departure