LET. XXX. To my Lord the Bishop of ANGOU∣LESME, chiefe Almoner to the Illustrious Queene of great Brittaine.
I Have seen in a Letter that you have written to Monsieur — that my name is not unknown unto you, and that J have some share in your good Graces; this is a favour which I owe to your courtesy on∣ly, and I dare not believe, that my more then small deserts, could have acquir'd me such an inestimable good as that. I cannot justly enjoy it, if you would not admit of that perfect devotion and reverence which J offer you, and which I Page 115 were bound to pay to your Ʋirtue, though I should never reflect upon your Dignity. You have at first boording, ingaged my observance. It will be (my Lord) an incredible contentment unto me, to enjoy that happy entertainment and discourse which you have done me the ho∣nour to promise me. And J am confident, that I shall still depart thence a better man, and more learned, though my inclination be never so untoward, and unapt for good purposes, & my memory ne∣ver so slippery to retain the impres∣siō of faire Ideas. But I begin to fear that your Flock should in the mean while languish for you, and that the interests of France, will crosse and oppose themselves a∣gainst the wishes of our Province. The feare of that was it, that caus'd Page 116 me to send to England a Book, which I did heartily desire, I could have presented to you there, togi∣ther with the Author. He is one of the great Votaries of that great Car∣dinall Perron your Unkle: He doth celebrate his memory without in∣termission, and adores his learned Reliques. He doth glory in being his ghostly sonne; and, you will not (I am sure) make any difficulty, to avow this spirituall alliance that is between you and him, being joynd with the condition, that he desires to live in all his lifetime; which is to be
Balzac. 20. Dec. 1636.