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Imitations Of Original Drawings By Hans Holbein, In The Collection of His Majesty, For The Portraits Of Illustrious Persons Of The Court Of Henry VIII.
Chamberlaine, John Bartolozzi, Francesco Holbein, Hans
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No authentic record of this gentleman's birth is to be found: it is said, and 
perhaps truly, that he Was the son of Sir Richard Elyot, a knight of Suffolk. 
Wood informs us that he was educated at St. Maryis hall in Qxford; another 
writer gives that honour to Jesus college in Cambridge: the former, however, 
discovered in the archives of his favourite university that a Thomas Elyot 
was admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1518, and to that of Bache- 
lor of the Civil Law in 1524, and there is no great reason to doubt that this 
Was the person of Whom We treat.  
Having gathered the fruit of such studies as were then cultivated in his 
own country, he sought for new branches of literature in foreign nations, and, 
returning completely accomplished, soon attracted the royal notice. His 
learning recommended him to Henryis favour, and his intimacy with Sir 
Thomas More improved that favour to confidence. He was knighted, and 
sent ambassador to Rome in 1532, to expostulate with the Pope on the pro- 
posals made by the latter relative to the divorce of Queen Catherine. His 
instructions for this mission, which extended to some other objects, may be 
found in the Cotton manuscripts. He was afterwards employed in other ne- 
gotiations, particularly with the Emperor Charles the Fifth, at Whose court he 
resided when his country was disgraced by the persecution and death of More. 
His friendship for that admirable person could not but render him suspected 
by the authors of those enormities, nor could his attachment to the Roman 
Catholic religion be tolerable in a court, the politics of which were now 
solely directed to the overthrow of popery. A letter from him to Cromwell, 
preserved in Strype's Memorials, contains a declaration of his opinions on 
ecclesiastical matters, couched in such terms as clearly prove that he had been 
questioned on that head. We lose sight of him as a publicman after this 
Sir Thomas Elyot stood among the Iirst of the literary Englishmen of his 
time. " He Was," says Wood, " a very good grammarian, Grecian, poet, 
philosopher, physician, and What not to complete a gentleman. He was ad- 
mired and beloved by scholars, and his memory was celebrated by them in


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