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1602 - Gilbert, Adrian - To Robert Cecil

Allusion
Date 1602
Author Adrian, Gilbert
Title Letter from Gilbert Adrian to Sir Robert Cecil
Mentions Many speak of Robin Hood that never shot in his bow [proverb]

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-09-26.

Allusion

[...] I have heard you speak well in the Parliament, and I hope you can judge of reason also; but if I may advise you (as many fools do, and talk of Robin Hood that never shot in his bow) then draw breath at such fellows as we be, and believe but one-half of our great miracles: and yet I fear you will be a loser too, for miracles appertain to gods and not to fools. [...][1]

Source notes

MS ref.: "95. 1 & 2."

IRHB comments

The sender of this letter, Adrian Gilbert (c.1541-1628), was an MP and constable of Sherborne Castle (?1599-1603). The recipient, Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563?-1612) was Lord High Treasurer May 1598-24 May 1612, Lord Privy Seal 1598-1612, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 8 October 1597-1599, and Secretary of State 5 July 1590-24 May 1612. The allusions has not been noted in previous lists or studies.

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