Gives a biography, the first to appear in print, of the manuscripts compiler, who was born in 1581, and had an early association with the Earl of Essex, probably accompanying him on the ill-fated Irish expedition of 1599. From this period until 1619, when he was knighted, he was in the service of the Crown, much of the time in association with Sir Henry Wotton, ambassador for many years to Venice, and also to the court of Savoy. During all that service, he was also a secret agent, intercepting correspondence and carrying out other duties. Several home appointments followed, including that of joint Warden of the Mint, which he held until the onset of the Civil War. He took the King’s side, and transferred to the Oxford Mint, but when the war was lost suffered years of relative hardship. He was reinstated at the Restoration, and died in 1667,
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