MR GEORGE BUCHANAN.
Mr George Buchanan was a Scotsman born, and ⟨t⟩hough of mean parentage, made great progress in ⟨le⟩arning. As for his understanding and ready wit he ⟨e⟩xcelled all men then alive in the age, that ever pro- ⟨p⟩osed questions to him. He was servant or teacher ⟨t⟩o king James the VI., and one of his private coun- ⟨s⟩ellors; but publicly acted as his fool.
1. It happened one day that a young airy nobleman ⟨we⟩nt into the king's garden to pull a flower for a young ⟨l⟩ady he fancied; George followed at a distance, so when the young man found a flower he fancied, he would not pull it himself, but to find it again, without ⟨f⟩arther search, he covered it with his hat and went ⟨a⟩way for his sweetheart. No sooner was he gone, but ⟨u⟩p goes George, lifts his hat, and pulls the flower, then ⟨e⟩ases himself on the spot, covers it with the hat again, ⟨a⟩nd away he goes. Soon after, the young gentleman returned, loading his sweetheart to pull the flower below the hat; but as soon as he lifted the hat, and ⟨s⟩aw what was below it, he looked like a fool; and the