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.



MY willingnesse to relieve af∣flicted men, deserves not the thanks which J have reapt thereby. This is a passion which on my part doth but produce fruit∣lesse Page  111 desires, and which cannot by you be had in any estimation, but out of a superlative noblenesse in you. In that J have given harbor to a man that was persecuted, J did but that which the Law of Nations required of me, and what I would not have denied to the misfortunes of an — or a Spaniard. If you take this to mind, and become my debtor, you doe assume the in∣terest of all mankind, and acquit the honour of the whole world; for my part, J am twice rewarded for an act, which J thought was suffi∣ciently rewarded in the doing, and for which I expected neither honor nor acknowledgemēt. You see Sir, that I am not privy to your secrets, and if you were obliged hereby, it was by an innocent and blindly ig∣norant man. For the Cavalier,Page  112 touching whom you aske some newes; I believe that he hath pre∣vented me, as being unwilling that any other then himselfe should be the Historian of his adventures. He will (no question) write unto you, what hath hapned unto him in the Refectory of the — Fathers, and the notable advantages he hath gotten over a Gladiator of the long gowne. J am not troubled a whit that he hath got him some credit in so good a place, and gain'd the re∣putation of a man of valour. Yet, J must tell you, that his credit is dearer unto me then my own inte∣rest; and that if he have not the mind to dispute, it is not my desire he should turne for my sake. He may be my friend at a cheaper rate▪ and I can content my selfe with the calmenesse and tranquillity of his Page  113 passion, not needing that it should break forth and appeare through noise and jangling. Many men (you know) never doe a good turne, but that they may have occasion of up∣braiding. Poverty is more tolera∣ble then such Creditors; & there are some Patrons of such harsh disposi∣tions, that I would choose persecu∣tion before their succors. Upon our first meeting, I will declare my selfe more particularly to you, and in the mean while, rest


Your &c.

Paris May 3. 1631.