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Lawrence Gerald

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  1. Way to go Rob!! Grate Graphic!!

    Of course Jerry Garcia's  "Shakespeare" was his lyricist,  Songwriter Hall of Famer  : Robert Hunter.


    scroll down and HEAR a short audio excerpt during a break from a radio interview where Garcia mentions what he requested for  lunch



    Garcia's humor reminds me of  the famous quote by Bacon  :

    " Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few are to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”

     I got to meet Garcia  on four different occasions throughout the decades. The last time was August '94 at the Ritz Carleton Hotel in NYC overlooking Central Park. I came prepared to give Jerry some printed excerpts from Alfred  Dodd's "Francis Bacon's Personal Life Story."  He just got up to leave  the bar with his youngest daughter, Kaelin, when I approached him with the Dodd material. I briefly told him what it was and he said he looses things on the road and it was best if I mailed it to him which meant the Grateful Dead office in San Raphael, CA.   My mind went back and forth if I should.  I decided to mail it out to him.  A few months go by and  my friend taper Todd, gave me a cassette tape that had this interview with Jerry and the mandolin player, David Grisman.  Apparently Todd did not know that there is this moment  toward the end of the recording where you hear Garcia mention what he wanted for lunch :  A Shakespeare  First Folio !  I had to play it back a few times as I thought I was well, hallucinating!   I don't know if Garcia ever  got to read the Dodd material but he was well read and had a large appetite for  all knowledge.  Indeed, What a long strange trip it's been. And lastly :

    Check out the Grateful Bacon Acrostic


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  2. The US Flag Bacon painting was owned by Manly P. Hall and his wife Marie.  I used to be able to visit their home in LA and that's where I first set sights on the  uplifting painting. Before Marie passed on she gave the painting to a mutual friend and so I got to photograph it many times. Because of the new interest about the painting and the Red Cross Bacon image I have sent an email about the two images to my friend that still owns the painting. I am also encouraging my friend to join us here in the Forum.  It's been a while and I don't remember the origins or who the artists were. When I hear back from my friend, I'll share back what I discover.

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  3. Thank You Christie for first turning me onto Brian McClinton's  great book and for sending me a copy of it and for your Book Review.  We will add  http://irishfreethinkers.com/dynamic_content.php?id=160  

    the link to his book in the Biblio section as well.
    From the book :

    ".....To the living we owe Respect,

    but to the dead we owe only the Truth. "- Voltaire


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  4. Something stirred in me A.P.  by your appropriate  Kenneth Patton quote. It was the same feeling after having read Nieves Mathews Vindication book, "FB History of a Character Assassination."

     You have synthesized  the loose ends from many competent Baconians over the decades  who offered valid criticism of the  Friedman  book. Back in 1957 no one would challenge a WWII codebreaker certainly not the media.  Like AthenA you brandished a Spear with a Thunderbolt smashing the curse of the Friedman's legacy in one fell swoop. Your impeccable research and consistently outstanding presentations have  brought forth a voice of Clarity that can now end  the frustration, the inexpressible disbelief and confusion and the paradoxical nature of the  Friedmans'  intentions.  Friedman has been fried and  It's been a long time coming. 

    Your research is a victory for not just Baconians but for everyone who has a passion to see  Honesty and  Truth restored to for all those who have been ridiculed unfairly by those  who blindly trumpeted their many falsehoods upon those who had a sincere and dedicated passion for cipher and truth. So many people have been fooled by the Friedmans who did not know any better and could not make the distinctions to see thru the limitations of their research. People gave their allegiance to a  world renowned cipher authority and his puffed up credential based on  his work in helping save the world from evil despots. Critical thinking was bypassed in favor of a belief that this man based on  his war record knew what he's talking about so we should just accept his opinion as the work of God.  Most people  especially in the media didn't question his results and just accepted it as he must know what he's talking about after all he's William Friedman, hero code breaker.

    But now Friedman is no longer a hero in the world of Shakespeare and Ciphers thanks to your astute research. His reputation is now tarnished and his name will be synonymous  with all the small time hustlers and Shakespeare forgers like William Henry Ireland, and the low life  slander critics like Macaulay.

    The questions remain on how a respected authority in his field of cipher would betray his own mind by refuting his prior  convictions that Shakespeare ciphers exist and keep it  hidden from the public record.  What motivated him to play his Jekyll to his Hyde? Would he and his publisher, Cambridge University, find greater revenue from book sales by supporting the false narrative of the Stratford myth? Does it come down to that? Money over  Conscience and Truth? How can it be possible for a man to play both sides of the coin, to publicly dismiss an idea while practicing that same idea into action? How can the same man once with a conscience who held the keys to quickening the end of a World War and it's evil perpetrators and  having endured sleepless nights,  long bouts of depression eventually sell out his reputation and  all that is Good? 
    We now have Vindication from your research and we still  need Closure from this Tragic miscarriage of a trusted man's conscience gone awry. Some how some  day maybe we can see the Comedy of the Friedman Folly.
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  5. Boteswain! A tremendous labor of love  and  a new Comprehensive masterpiece jewel by the a.phOeNix team. Congratulations to them and to the rest of us for now being able to read and enjoy the Videos of it's long awaited contents and understand the  hidden complexity of the Friedman's on a deeper level. It seems that the Friedman's were unwittingly or not  practicing the double sided nature  of the "Janus" head motif. On one hand they obfuscate the truth (the Fraud) and on the other hand as demonstrated by APhoenix team the Friedman book is embedded with intentional  Bacon related ciphers (Hidden Truth) along with their own gravestone design including a famous Bacon quote! This leads to further inquiry to Re Examine whether or not the Folger Library  the resource center for the Friedmans book is really a Rosicrucian institution with a concealed agenda?  This is the heart of Bacon's mentality where he sees the  Antithetical  nature in all things and processes. Knowledge is Power!ReExamined.jpg

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  6. On 6/13/2022 at 9:46 AM, A Phoenix said:

                                         FRANCIS BACON HIS SPEECHES AND PROSE WRITINGS ON THE

                                         UNION OF ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND AND THE WINTER’S TALE.

    In recent times Professor Donna Hamilton in ‘The Winters Tale and the Language of the Union, 1604-1610’ and Professor Christopher N. Warren in Literature and the Law of Nations 1580-1680 in which he devotes a whole section to ‘The Tragicomic Law of Nations: The Winters Tale and the Union’ (by which they mean the proposed union of England and Scotland which dominated the political agenda from 1603 to 1610), explored the subject in the years leading up to the writing of The Winters Tale, in which these matters are encoded within it. At the very epicentre of the political process of the union between England and Scotland (reflected in the accounts of Hamilton and Warren) stood Bacon who through his parliamentary activity and speeches and his private and published writings did more than anyone else to help guide the matter to a satisfactory conclusion.

    In 1603 Bacon published a treatise entitled A Brief Discourse Touching the Happy Union of Kingdoms of England and Scotland in which he fully supported the idea and at the same time he was heavily involved in the parliamentary sessions from 1604 to 1610 wherein the divisive question of the union dominated the political agenda, with Bacon central to every aspect of it. In the autumn 1604 Bacon was working on the Anglo-Scottish committee and he also wrote Certain Articles or Considerations touching the Union of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland in which he addressed in some detail the legal and political changes that were necessary for a successful union. In 1605 Bacon further promoted the union with a new ‘History of Britain’ project which he returned to again some years later. His most pressing arguments for the union were presented in a long speech in the House of Commons on 17 February 1607 ‘Concerning the Articles of Naturalization’, further augmented with his other related writings Of the True Greatness of the Kingdom of Great Britain and his essay Of the Greatness of Kingdoms included in the second edition of his Essays published in 1612. It was during the latter part of this period that Bacon wrote The Winters Tale dated by Shakespeare scholars somewhere between 1609 and 1611.

    In his Literature and the Law of Nations 1580-1680 Professor Warren points to how Bacon’s prose writings and The Winters Tale addressed the same themes:  

    In his work of tragicomic jurisprudence, A Brief Discourse Touching the Happy Union of Kingdoms of England and Scotland, Bacon emphasized, like Polixenes and The Winters Tale more broadly, how time blurred the boundaries between nature and art. Works of art and works of nature each contributed to the kind of union Bacon advocated, as man’s art work of compositio would be perfected by the natural work (opus naturae) of time. Time, so central to the re-emerging harmony of The Winters Tale, was well understood to be both a legal phenomenon and a natural one.1

    In ‘The Winters Tale and the Language of the Union, 1604-1610’, Professor Donna Hamilton writes:

    The rhetoric of the Union-one of the most significant controversies in the first decade of the reign of James-was a mystified language that represented many of the issues of the Union metaphorically.... The ability of later readers to access some of the more particular aspects of a text depends on their refamiliarizing themselves with the contexts in which the writing was embedded. ForThe Winters Tale, that task includes the language of the Union controversy by reading such documents as the speeches of King James, the Union pamphlets, the parliamentary debates, and various diaries and letters, including the papers of Francis Bacon.2  

    The language of naturalization recurs in The Winters Tale in the scenes that treat the fate of the infant Perdita, the child born to Hermione but rejected by Leontes. Convinced that Leontes will come to love the child he now considers a bastard if he will but look on it, Paulina describes Perdita’s situation and in the same language in which Bacon and others had spoken in defense of the naturalization of the post-nati….3

          1. Christopher N. Warren, Literature and the Law of Nations 1580-1680 (Oxford

             University Press, 2015), pp. 96-126, at p. 117.

         2. Donna B. Hamilton, ‘The Winters Tale  and the Language of the Union, 1604-1610’, Shakespeare                     Studies, 21 (1993), pp. 228-50, at p. 229.

         3. Ibid., p. 239, see also, 232, 235, & 236.



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