|Mrs. Henry Pott|
What is so significant about Francis Bacon's notebook is that the terms and phases in his notebook appear in the plays attributed to William Shakespeare and additionally in the known, acknowledged works of Bacon.
Edward D. Johnson, from his book, The Shaksper Illusion, says, "Francis Bacon's Promus is by itself sufficient evidence to show that the man who wrote the Promus also wrote the "Shakespeare" Plays. The most important evidence in the Promus is the word ALBADA, Spanish for good dawning (Folio 112). This expression good dawning' only appears once in English print, namely, in the play of King Lear where we find "Good dawning to thee friend," Act 2, Scene 2. This word ALBADA is in the Promus 1594-96 and King Lear was not published until the 1600's. If Will Shaksper had not seen the Promus, and as he could not read Spanish, it would mean that some friend had found this word ALBADA, meaning good dawning and told Shaksper about it, and that Shaksper then put the word into King Lear, which sounds highly improbable. A part of one of the folios in the Promus is devoted by Bacon to the subject of salutations such as good morrow, good soir, good matin, bon jour, good day. From this it would appear that Bacon wished to introduce these salutations into English speech. These notes were made in the Promus in 1596 and it is a remarkable coincidence that in the following year 1597 the play of Romeo and Juliet was published containing some of these salutations, and they afterwards appeared in other "Shakespeare" plays, good morrow being used 115 times; good day, 15 times; and good soir (even), 12 times. These words are found in the ''Shakespeare'' plays and nowhere else."
The following are just a few examples of the many parallelisms between Bacon's notes in the Promus and lines from the Shakespeare plays:
Bacon A fool's bolt is soon shot Promus 106
Shakespeare A fool's bolt is soon shot Henry V, 3/7
Bacon Seldome cometh the better Promus 472
Shakespeare Seldome comes the better Richard III, 2/3
Bacon All is not gold that glisters Promus 477
Shakespeare All that glisters is not gold Merchant of Venice, 2/7
Bacon All is well that ends well Promus 949
Shakespeare All's well that ends well All's Well That Ends Well
Bacon Good wine needs no bush Promus 517
Shakespeare Good wine needs no bush As You Like It, Epilogue
Bacon Happy man, happy dole Promus 940
Shakespeare Happy man be his dole Merry Wives of Windsor