The Essayes is a plan for civil nations and civil states, of a kind that will support the scientific civilization that Bacon also proposes. It supplements Bacon’s other political works, such as his models of a state-builder (The History of the Reign of Henry VII, 1622) and of a humane but autonomous scientifictechnological establishment (New Atlantis, 1626). The Baconian essay is a literary formula used to spread the new teachings to rising entrepreneurs and politicians, just as the form of political history appeals to founders and ministers of states, and that of a future-oriented scientific utopia, to visionary intellectuals.
The story, of course, is entirely fictitious. For further
particulars see Sir J. E. SANDYS' essay on "Roger Bacon
in English Literature," in Roger Bacon Essays (1914),
referred to below.
The Shakespeare-Bacon Essays of Mather Walker