But then it must be a prudent king, such as is able to grind with a handmill; and those inward counsellors
had need also be wise men, and especially true and trusty to the king's ends; as it was with King Henry the Seventh of England, who, in his great business, imparted himself to none, except it were to Morton and Fox.
I could see many of the younger Counsellors
start back in manifest horror, as the Sphere's circular section widened before them.
It does not appear, from all you have said, how any one perfection is required toward the procurement of any one station among you; much less, that men are ennobled on account of their virtue; that priests are advanced for their piety or learning; soldiers, for their conduct or valour; judges, for their integrity; senators, for the love of their country; or counsellors
for their wisdom.
Each of the counsellors
will think of his own interests, and the prince will not know how to control them or to see through them.