Thomas Jefferson , wrote: “Bacon, Locke and Newton . I consider them as the three greatest men that have ever lived, without any exception, and as having laid the foundation of those superstructures which have been raised in the Physical and Moral sciences”
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The contents pages of Thomas Markby's 1853 edition list the essays and their dates of publication as follows: 
According to his personal secretary and chaplain, William Rawley , as a judge Bacon was always tender-hearted, "looking upon the examples with the eye of severity, but upon the person with the eye of pity and compassion". And also that "he was free from malice", "no revenger of injuries", and "no defamer of any man". 
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