A collection of some modern epistles of Monsieur de Balzac. Carefully translated out of French. Being the fourth and last volume
Balzac, Jean-Louis Guez, seigneur de, 1597-1654., Marshall, William, fl. 1617-1650, engraver., Bowman, Francis.
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LET. XXVIII. To Monsieur de Couurelles.


I Cannot write unto you but tu∣multuarily▪ my hands and head are so full of businesse, that being to take a journey to Paris, I am bound to bid farwell to the Clergy, the Nobility, and the Commons. It is now foure yeares that I have deli∣berated upon this voyage, and be∣ing at last resolv'd, I am like by your favour to be better accompa∣nied then I did expect, Comes facun∣dus in via, &c. I think I may give this attribute to your Book, after the Elogy which you vouchsafe me therein: and if I had not alrea∣dy taken part and declared my selfe for the Author of the Flandrian Hi∣storyPage  109 (who is one of my good Lords and friends) J should have entred blindly into a new faction, which (as it seems) you doe abette and pa∣tronize; But Sir, you will not take it amisse that I professe constancy, and that this second Author, hath not wonne my first affection. This evening I shall begin to entertaine him, and to tast of those delicacies whereof you were pleas'd to make an Essay. These will not be painted Cates, I am sure, nor Pageants of good; no nimble juglings and im∣postures practis'd upon the eye and imagination, as most part of those things are, that come from that Country. There is no imposture so finely contrived, as to be able to cheat so cautious a judgement as yours. And I will follow you, whe∣ther soever you shall please to lead Page  110 me, (I mean still to except matters of faith) and J believe you will not be offended with such an excepti∣on, since the lawes of friendship will allow it me, and since I never cease to be most affectionatly


Your &c.

Angoulesme March. 8. 1636.