In a letter to Francis Bacon Febr.14 1619 from Brussel Mathew enclosed a "textbook“ concerning the Duke of Lerma, („….to offer this inclosed paper to your sight, concerning the Duke of Lerma which ….will not, I think, be altogether unpleasing, because it is full of particular circumstances…“) and attached a footnote, that he had translated it from Spanish and for better understanding added some notes ( " I have out of a ragged hand in Spanish translated it, and accompanied it with some marginal notes for your Lps. greater ease." )
A play „The Great Favourite, or, the Duke of Lerma"(1668) was printed for the first time in 1668,„written by the honourable Sir Robert Howard“. In his preface („To the Reader“) of the first edition 1668, Howard stated : “I was concerned to let the world judge what subject matter of offence was contain’d in it: some were pleas’d to believe, little of it mine: but they are both obliging to me; though perhaps not intentionally……For the subject, I came accidentally to write upon it; for a Gentleman brought a Play to the Kings Company, call‘d the Duke of Lerma; and by them I was desir’d to peruse it, and return my opinion wether I thought it fit for the Stage,.( …) the Names, my altering the most part of the characters, and the whole design, made me uncapable to use much more; though perhaps written with higher Stile and Thoughts, then I cou'd attain to,(...)
But writing this epistle in so much a haste, I had almost forgot one Argument, or Observation, which that Author has most good fortune in it; It is in his Epistle Dedicatory, before his Essay of Dramaticke Poesie; where speaking of Rhyme in Playes, he desires it may be observ’d , That l…. which as to myself and him I easily acknowledge; for I confesse, none has written in that way better than himself, nor few worse than I: Yet, I hope, he is so ingenious that he would not wish this Argument should extend further than to him and me;
What may be the reason that (as far as I can see) literary scolars haven't established as yet any connection between Tobie Mathew' and Robert Howard's Play?
that „The Duke of Lerma“ is a play by Shakespeare