In Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum, or “the materials out of which anything is to be constructed,” Francis laid the basic foundation for the Hall of Science. He was the direct instigator and (philosophic) founder of the Royal Society and was so acknowledged by its first president, Dr. Spratt. Bacon’s idea of a Solomon’s House of Science for the collection of natural and alleged facts placed in a systematized order led to the establishment of the Gresham College, or academy, of 1660 and then to the Royal Society of Charles II….
The Earl of Leicester (Francis Bacon’s natural father) died in September 1588 shortly after the defeat of the Armada. The Queen made Francis Counsel Extraordinary, and in February 1589 he sat on the most important committees….He insisted that Commons should always have the last word on money bills. His sincere advocacy for the welfare of the people won him an ascendancy that he never lost. The members had never heard such brilliance, radiant wit, good humor and instant repartee. His masterly conduct and relaxed good humor brought an atmosphere of fearlessness that enabled laws to pass, greatly enhancing the freedom of all Englishmen.
Sometime in 1590 when he reached the age of 30, Francis was sent on a diplomatic mission to the Republic of Venice, going by way of Dover, Calais, Paris, Lyons, into Germany, on to Vienna and then Venice. He made it a point to contact various members of the secret societies that he had created some ten years previously. Members of the Rosicrosse had the opportunity to meet their chief in person. Bacon seized the opportunity while on that official mission to contact privately those groups or individuals who held to his own high ideals and to assist them in bring the “advancement of learning” to weary mankind. Those kindred spirits counseled and shared with each other the best each had to give. For many it was the encouragement that carried them through the vicissitudes and dangers of their daily existence. Secretly they planned future meetings and all correspondence among members was to be written in cypher code. -Helene Armstrong: Francis Bacon–the Spear Shaker, Golden Gate Press, San Francisco, 1985, pp. 53, 58
notice the many resemblances:
-the 1588 Shakespeare portrait long held in the Grafton family
-~1610 Shakespeare portrait by Taylor
-Francis Bacon by Hilliard, 1578
It is significant that Bacon was appointed by the British Crown to protect its interests in the new American Colonies beyond the sea. We find him writing of this new land, dreaming of the day when a new world and a new government of the philosophic elect should be established there, and scheming to consummate that end when the time should be ripe. Upon the title page of the 1640 edition of Bacon’s Advancement of Learning is a Latin motto to the effect that he was the third great mind since Plato. Bacon was a member of the same group to which Sir Walter Raleigh belonged, but Bacon’s position as Lord High Chancellor protected him from Raleigh’s fate [state execution]. Every effort was made, however, to humiliate and discredit him. At last, in the sixty-sixth year of his life, having completed the work which held him in England, Bacon feigned death and passed over into Germany, there to guide the destinies of his philosophic and political fraternity for nearly twenty-five years before his actual demise.” (demise here could mean ascension) -Manly P. Hall: Rosicrucian and Masonic Origins, p. 407
Francis (“Bacon” as a youth in Paris, sent by the Queen) soon learned that the enlightened individual attracts those of like kind and quality. With kindred spirits he shared the ancient wisdom that had flowered in India and had been transplanted to Greece during the previous centuries. He learned of and met those who were known as ascended masters and who had attained the level of “adept”. One among those brethren was known as the Venetian Sage. In the years to come when danger threatened Francis that mysterious being appeared at his London home or Gorhambury residence and the evil forces driven against Francis became powerless to bring him harm. -Helene Armstrong: Francis Bacon–The Spear-Shaker, Golden Gate Press, SF, 1985, p. 25. Armstrong in the last paragraph is following info given in Helen Veale: Son of England, Indo-Polish Library, India, 1950.