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Title: Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated, the authors to be read for formation of style, the dangers to be avoided, and, finally, some short criticisms on a few English historians. 
Date: ca. 1616
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Call number and opening: MS Rawl. D. 1, fols. 11r-v, 13v-15v

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Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated,[...]
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MS Rawl. D. 1, folio 14 recto

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Title: Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated, the authors to be read for formation of style, the dangers to be avoided, and, finally, some short criticisms on a few English historians. 
Date: ca. 1616
Repository: Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: MS Rawl. D. 1, fols. 11r-v, 13v-15v

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Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated,[...]
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ca. 1616
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Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
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MS Rawl. D. 1, fol. 14r

MS Rawl. D. 1, folio 14 verso

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Title: Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated, the authors to be read for formation of style, the dangers to be avoided, and, finally, some short criticisms on a few English historians. 
Date: ca. 1616
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Call number and opening: MS Rawl. D. 1, fols. 11r-v, 13v-15v

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Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated,[...]
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ca. 1616
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MS Rawl. D. 1, fol. 14v

MS Rawl. D. 1, folio 15 recto

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Title: Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated, the authors to be read for formation of style, the dangers to be avoided, and, finally, some short criticisms on a few English historians. 
Date: ca. 1616
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Call number and opening: MS Rawl. D. 1, fols. 11r-v, 13v-15v

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Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated,[...]
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ca. 1616
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MS Rawl. D. 1, folio 15 verso

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Title: Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated, the authors to be read for formation of style, the dangers to be avoided, and, finally, some short criticisms on a few English historians. 
Date: ca. 1616
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Call number and opening: MS Rawl. D. 1, fols. 11r-v, 13v-15v

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Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated,[...]
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ca. 1616
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MS Rawl. D. 1, fol. 15v

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Title: Notes of advice for writers of English history, being a "Second or finall Addresse" in fourteen paragraphs or sections; containing notes on the several periods into which the history may be divided, the methods in which it may be treated, the authors to be read for formation of style, the dangers to be avoided, and, finally, some short criticisms on a few English historians. 
Date: ca. 1616
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Call number and opening: MS Rawl. D. 1, fols. 11r-v, 13v-15v

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Semi-diplomatic transcription

[fol. 13v]

Yet as Sir Henry Savils in the be=
fore said famous Epistle pronounceth
of those old Historians of England ;
Malmesbury, Huntington, Hoveden
and the other two more antient
Echelwardus the noble, and
Ingulphus that howsoeuer rude
and homely for these, yet they
weere fide rerum interpretes, and
Camden affirmes of Honorable
Bede that hee was veri aman=
tissimus, Soe shall the on pre=
uidicated reader finde this to
be true that the old Historians of
our Country are brightest in
that Essentiall quallitie and not
to be convinced of any appa=
rent much lesse of any wilfull
falshood./

                                                             11

The Choise                     As for Example language, and
of English                       style (the apparell of matter) hee
                                       who would penn our affaires in
                                       English, and compose vnto vs an
                                                                                      entire
[fol. 14r]    

                                                                      14
entire ..... body of them, ought
to haue a singuler Care therof:
for albeit our tongue hath not
receiued Dialects or accentuall
notes as the Greek nor any
certaine or established rule either
of Gramer or true writing, is
notwithstanding very Ioyious,
and fewe there be who haue the
most proper graces thereof;
for which the rule cannot be
variable, ffor asmuch as the
peoples Iudgmentes are vn=
certaine, The bookes also
out of which wee gather the
most warrantable English
are not many to my Remem=
brance, of which in regard
they require a particuler and
Curious tract, I forbeare to
speake at this present .  Butt
among the choise, or rather
the choise are in my opinion
these./

                                                                             Sir Thomas
[fol.14v]

Moore.                            Sir Thomas Moores workes some
                                        fewe outworne or antiquated
                                        wordes excepted./
Sidney                               The Arcadia of Sir Phillip
                                       Sidney is worthiely most famous
                                       for with corceipt, and splendor
                                       of Courtly expressions which
                                       are not to be vsed by any Historian
                                       but very rarely and with great
                                       Iudgement, as one whose  style
                                       should haue glosse, and Lustre,
                                       but otherwise soliditie, and
                                       fluencie rather then odd no
                                       =tions, full of affected newnes
                                       proper to Oratours and Poets./
                                       Queene Elizabeth.
Sauile.                            Sir Henry Savile his end of
                                       Nero and begining of Galba./
Earl of Essex                 Robert Earle of Essex his Apologie
                                       and letters to Roger Earle of
                                       Rutland./
Hooker                           Mr Hooker his preface to his
                                       booke of Ecclesiasticall Pollicy./

                                                                                 Sir
[fol. 15r]

                                                                       15
Sir Iohn Heyward his Henry the            Heyward.
fourth some fewe thinges excepted./
Sir Walter Raleigh                                  Raleigh.
Sir Francis Bacon Lord Viscount           Bacon.
Saint Alban in his Summarie of
King Henry the seauenths life
especially./
King James some fewe Scotti=
cismes excepted./
Cardinall Allens Apologie a                   Allen
rare esteemed peece of
English./
   Edmund Spencer (the most                 Spencer.
Learned Poet of our Nation)
very litle for the vse of History./
George Chapmans first seauen               Chapman
bookes of Iliades./
Samuell Danyell./                                   Danyell.
Michaell Drayton his Heroicall              Drayton.
Epistles of England./
Marlowe his Excellent frag=                  Marlowe
ment of Hero & Leander./
Shakespere, Mr Francis Beamont           Shakspeere
and innumerable other writers                Beamont.
                                              for

[fol. 15v]

                                       for the stage and presse tenderly
                                       to be vsed in this Argument./
                                       Southwell, Parsons and some fewe
                                       other of that sort./
Constable.                      Henry Constable a rare Gentleman./
Earl Dorsett.                  Richard Earle of Dorset the
                                       myrrour of Magistrates and in
                                       his Tragedies of Gorboduck./
Earl of Surrey                Henry Earle of Surrey and Sir
& Wyatt                         Thomas Wyatt of old./
Earl of Northampton     Henry Earle of Northampton
                                       sonne of that Surrey for some
                                       fewe thinges, a man other=
                                       wise too Exuberant and
                                       wordfull./
Greuile.                          Grevile Lord Brooke in his
                                       impious Mustapha./
Iohnson                          Beniamin Iohnson Sir Henry
&
Wotton.                          Wotton./
Sir Lord Beaumont           The learned and truely
                                       noble Sir Iohn Beaumont
                                       Barronet in all his et cetera and late
                                       Dictionaries some publique speaches
                                       some Sermons et cetera./

                                                                                       12

 

Sources

E. K. Chambers, William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems, Volume II, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1930), 225.

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