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By Sir Robert Bruce Cotton. Full title: An answer to such motives as were offer’d by certain military-men to Prince Henry, inciting him to affect arms more than peace.

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Around 1610, at the request of James I, Cotton wrote (for the edification of Prince Henry) "An answer to such motives as were offered by certain military men to Prince Henry inciting him to affect arms mor than peace". Not printed until 1655; issued under a variety of titles. Cf. Kevin Sharpe, "Sir Robert Cotton 1586-1631" and DNB. Text originally published in 1655 with titles "An answer made by Sr. Robert Cotton, at the command of Prince Henry, to certain propositions of warre and peace, delivered to his Highnesse by some of his military servants" (Wing C6478) and "An answer made by command of Prince Henry, to certain propositions of warre and peace, delivered to His Highnesse by some of his military servants" (Wing C6477); two issues of the same edition.

Reprinted 1657 (Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), C6505; re-issue with cancel title C6505A)

The Pepysian Library contains:

An answer to such motives as were offer’d by certain military-men to Prince Henry, inciting him to affect arms more than peace. Made at His Highness command by Sr. Robert Cotton Baronet. With a short view of the life and reign of Henry the Third King of England, by the same author. The second edition, very much corrected, and a preface added by Sr. John Cotton Baronet. To which is annexed the French charity, or an essay written in French by an English gentleman, upon occasion of Prince Harcourt’s coming into England: and translated into English, by F.S. J.E.
London : printed for Henry Mortlock, at the Phœnix in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and at the White Hart in Westminster-Hall, 1675.
8vo., [8], 142, [2] p. : port.

Wing (2nd ed., 1994), C6480. A reissue, with cancel title page, of the edition dated in error 1665, (Wing ibid. C6479).

The original French source of 'The French Charity...' is untraced; its translation is sometimes ascribed to John Evelyn.
PL 956(2)

[L&M (viii, p. 547 n.1 – November 25th. 167). suggest that Pepys read the text as a part of 'Cottoni Posthumi' 1657, however no such edition is known; editions published 1651, 72, 79. Pepys owned the 1679 edition, PL 9569(1), which is bound immediately prior to SP's copy of “Answer to such motives as were offer’d …’]

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