The Mystery of Francis Bacon (Classic Reprint)

William T Smedley

Excerpt from The Mystery of Francis Bacon Is therea mystery connected with the life of Francis Bacon? The average student of history or literature will unhesitatingly reply in the negative, perhaps quali lying his answer by adding - Unless it be a mystery that a man with such magnificent intellectual attainments could have fallen so low as to prove a faithless friend to a generous benefactor in the hour of his trial, and, upon being raised to one of the highest positions of honour and in?uence in the State, to become a corrupt public servant and a receiver of bribes to pervert justice. - It is one of the most remarkable circumstances to be found in the history of any country that a man admit tedly pre-eminent in his intellectual powers, spoken of by his contemporaries in the highest terms for his virtues and his goodness, should, in subsequent ages, be held up to obloquy and scorn and seldom be referred to except as an example of a corrupt judge, a standing warn ing to those who must take heed how they stand lest they fall. Truly the treatment which Francis Bacon has received confirms the truth of the aphorism, The evil that men do lives after them the good is oft interred with their bones. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.