Phineas Fletcher was the son of GILES FLETCHER Doctor of Laws, Secretary to the city of London, and one of the Masters of the Court of Requests; a learned man, and, as well as his son, a good poet. He was sent ambassador from Q. Elizabeth to Muscovy, to conclude a league with the Emperor, and afterwards went as her commissioner to Scotland. — PHINEAS was bred to the church, and had the rectorship of Hilgay in Norfolk. — Besides these Eclogues, he wrote the PURPLE ISLAND, an allegorical poem on the moral and physical nature of man, and a small work in prose De literatis antiquae Britanniae. He was cousin to Fletcher the dramatic writer.