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. XLVIII. To the same —


YOU doe wrong to that Passi∣on or regard which I beare to∣wards you, to call it Civility. It de∣serves a better name then that; and we are not acquainted in the coun∣trey with those vertues, countenance and Shew. I deale very seriously with my friends, and I speak no∣thing but what I meane to make good; & by the principles of ancient Philosophy, I doe think that a Com∣plement doth as much oblige me as a Contract. Think not then that I deale with you out of Common pla∣ces: they are the true motions of my soule, which I shew you, and if I Page  198 could exhibite my very soule, you would confesse, that the expressions of my tongue are farre inferiour to the Idea by the which they were fram'd. It is you alone Sir, that can content those that demand satisfa∣ction, and make my interests even what please you. J have neither li∣berty nor election when J see the bent of your desire. Teare, burne, scatter the ashes of my Books in the wind; I doe submit them to all the rigour of your justice; Tibi in me, mea{que} aeterna authoritas esto. You are no more my Counsellour but my So∣veraigne, and by consequence, deale not with me by Arguments & Re∣monstrances, but impose Laws up∣on me and prescribe Commands. You shall never finde a more docile and supple nature then mine, no not if you went to seek in Asia, that Page  199 countrey of perfect Slaves. Never∣thelesse, I think that my Humility will not take off the edge of perse∣cution, but on the contrary, it will make my Adversaries to swell and grow insolent: But I have com∣forts ready at hand against all the ill fortunes which I expect. In this, I desire onely the glory of obeying you. It is enough for me that I have shewed that friend-ship can doe more with me, then Tyranny, and I would acknowledge your Jurisdi∣ction, when I might decline all O∣ther. J am


Your &c.

Balzac▪ 20. Iuly. 1632.