LET. XX. To Monsieur — the Chiefe Advocate.
I Am impatient untill I can hear of the estate of your health, and learne by the returne of my Lac∣quay, whether your legges be better then they were wont. It is no wonder if they bend under the burden of so many brave things which they sustaine; and being to carry the counsailes of a whole Province, if they be somewhat in∣commodated with such a weight. Yet I doe hope well of the whole∣somnesse of that Aire which you breath; and that, being out of the reach of that malignant Iupiter, (that noisome mildew, J would have Page 78 said) which over-runnes the hilles of Angoulesme, you will have the leasure to travell to your breaches, and fortify your selfe against win∣ter. This is a neighbour that doth threaten us upon the Frontiers, and if I can, I will fly from him, as far as Africk. But this remedy is some∣thing too farre. Without undertak∣ing so great a voyage, we will en∣deavour to make resistance as well as we may; and I am already re∣solv'd to use all humane industry, to barricadoe my chamber, and to block up all approaches towards it. If I can maintaine it bravely a∣gainst so terrible an Enimy; I shall account my selfe no mean Engi∣neer, and shall think my Sconces and Fortifications as regular as those of the Hollanders. After this, this shall be, if you please, the Campe of our Page 79 riotous discourses and extravagan∣ces; of our peacefull disputations, and all other exercises that an ho∣nest man may performe in a chaire; I doe therefore designe you for it a∣bout mid-November, and remaine
Balzac. 18. Oct. 1636.