To Count Gondomar, Ambassador from Spain.

    Illustrissime Domine Legate,
    Your Excellency's love towards me I have found ever warm and sincere alike in prosperity and adversity. For which I give you due thanks. But for myself, my age, my fortune, yea my Genius, to which I have hitherto done but scant justice, calls me now to retire from the stage of civil action and betake myself to letters, and to the instruction of the actors themselves, and the service of Posterity. In this it may be I shall find honour, and I shall pass my days as it were in the entrance halls of a better life. May God keep your illustrious Lordship safe and prosperous.
Your servant,      
   6 June, 1621.

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