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. II To Monsieur du MOULIN.


COurtesie never denies respect to any man, and thinkes no mans Presents meane but her owne. This was it (no doubt) that made You speake of mee in such a high straine and set so great a price upon my booke, which (indeed) is but the worst part of your Li∣brary. J see you will not alter your course, or forget your ancient civi∣lity, for the which J am infinitely obliged unto you. And if some men would needs perswade me that at other times you handle me something rudely, yet I can∣not believe you doe it with a ho∣stile hand; on the contrary, J sup∣pose Page  8 that in your familiar letters you give a true coppie and chara∣cter of your selfe, but in actions of Ceremony, men require another countenance & more studied gra∣vity; otherwise Sir, my nature can beare with my friends, and J am not of so delicate a sense as to complaine of pettie wrongs which J suffer. Besides, that J doe not at all medle with that science of di∣vision which teaches to rente our Saviours Coat into 1000 peices, & to implead and cavill against every word of his Testament. This com∣monly doth rather exasperat mens spirits, than compose affaires, and multiply doubts, insteed of encrea∣sing charity. If J were put to my choyce, J would take a litle lesse of that which puffeth up, and a litle more of that which edifieth. TruthPage  9 is not the purchase of hot blood, or of incensed choller, or a disturbed imagination. The Labyrinthes of Logick are not the easiest way to heaven, and oft-times God hides him-selfe from them that search him with over-much curiosity. You will avouch (J am sure) all that J say, and this too Sir, that the best quarrels prove nought, and of bad consequence, and that the con∣tentions of Doctors prove the mur∣thers of their Brethrens soules, if they tend not to the peace of the Church; for my part, J can with other vulgar Christians, but wish for it; but you can with the Wor∣thies of Christian Religion, con∣tribute much towards it, & when∣soever you shall preach and teach this, J shall ascribe unto you one of the principall parts of that holy Page  10 work: But while we expect that this peace be advanced through the grace of God, & that we draw neerer every day one to another, nothing hinders, but that we may maintaine innocent commerce, & traffick in things lawfull. There is no law rightly interpreted that is repugnant to that of Humanity, & doth not accord with the law of Nations. If our opinions differ, it is not necessary that our affections should disagree; the head and the heart have their severall motions, and actions distinct; and morall vertue can reconcile & unite what the intellectuall might separate. Love mee therefore still if you please, since you may doe it law∣fully, and J believe also, that J may be without scruple, while J live


Your; &c.

Balzac. March 30. 1636.