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Adjust the saddle to be horizontal.
Adjust the seat post high enough that, when seated on the saddle, with your heels on the pedals, your leg is fully straight when the pedal is farthest from the saddle, but not so much that you have to tilt or rock your hips to touch heel to pedal. This will give your leg a slight bend when the ball of your foot is on the pedal.
Saddle height is a little bit individual. Some people pedal with their toes pointed down, some with their heels down, some spin fast, some push slow, some sit on the nose of the saddle, some sit on the rear. So a precise formula of X times inseam, or the heels on pedals test, are just starting points.
After the saddle height is roughly set, if the saddle is uncomfortable, try tilting the nose just very slightly up. Brooks are often more comfortable with just a bit of nose high angle. I think it helps position your pelvis back on the wide rear of the saddle.
Also, a Brooks may sag under your weight just a bit. I find that when using a Brooks, I want a saddle height just a bit taller than with other saddles.