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to read English, and attended him through the Latin tongue from the age of seven to thirteen I « A constant and free

friendship fubfifted * " between this amiable poet and his noble pupil till Mr. Fenton's death in 1730 ; and his lordship always spoke of him, and often with tears, as one of the worthiest " and modefteft men thrat ever adorned “ the court of Apollo.*. After paffing through Westminster-school, his lordship was admitted, as a nobleman, at ChriftChurch, Oxford, to which his father had been an honour and an ornament t, and was afterwards a considerable benefactor. One of lord Boyle's first poetical essays was in answer to some verses by Mrs. Rowe on an unsuccessful attempt to draw his picture, and is as follows: No " air of wit," no

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My charms are native innocence, at most.

From his lord/hip's own information. His lordship's own words in a manuscript letter.

+ In particular by his trandation of the life of Lyfander, from Plutarch, and his edition of the epiftles of Phalaris, which occafioned his cele. brated controversy with Dr. Bentley.

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Alike thy pencil and thy numbers charm,
Glad every eye,


bofom warm.
Mature in years, if e'er I chance to tread,
Where vice, triumphant, rears aloft her head,
Ev'n there the paths of virtue I'll pursue,
And own my fair and kind director you ll .

Soon after his coming of age, on May 9, 1728, lord Boyle married lady Henrietta Hamilton, youngest daughter of George earl of Orkney. This marriage, though entirely approved by lord Orrery, was unhappily the source of a family diffention between the two earls.. A difficult and delicate situation for a husband who was tenderly affectionate to a most deserving wife, and for a fon who had the highest regard and attachment to his father! Such a father and such a son could not long be disunited. A reconciliation soon took place." They soon, as Mr. Budgell expresses it* each other's arms. This happiness, however, was but transient ; for the unexpected death of the earl of Orrery, which happened August 28, 173!, prevented his cancelling, as he had intend#Mrs. Rowe's works, vol. 1. p. 163. In his Memoirs of the Boyle family, p. 252. a 2


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ed, a clause in his will, (having sent for his lawyer with that view) by which he bequeathed to Christ-Church, Oxford, his valuable library, consisting of above ten thousand volumes, (the Journals of the House of Lords, and such books as related to the English history and constitution, alone excepted,) together with a very fine. collection of mathematical instruments. The fon was allowed three years to separate the books above mentioned from the others. His feelings and behaviour on this trying occasion cannot be so well expressed as in his own words: ci Give “ me leave to own (says he to his second fon, twenty years after) “how sensibly 66 I felt the foree of an arrow directed. “ from your grandfather's hand. · The “ wound, I believe, was not defigned to 66 be lasting. It was given in a passion, " and upon an extraordinary occasion : 'cs but afterwards he was so desirous to c heal it, by a return of the greatest de

gree of friendship and affection, that " he had directed the remaining scar to “ be entirely erased, when his unexpect“ ed and too sudden death prevented the completion of his kind intentions, and

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as the perfection of my cure. With difis ficulty I survived the lock. As it " was not in my power to avoid the se“ vère decree, I obeyed; and, by my " obedience, have flattered myself that " I submitted to the will of heaven.

However, I have since thought that I cc could not offer a more grateful facri. “ fice to his manes, than by exerting « those faculties which he had, at first, i cultivated with so much care, and had « depressed, at last, only perhaps to “ raise them higher t.” And doubt. less with an allusion to this « fevere de

cree,” in a letter to Mr. Soutberne in 1733, speaking of his fons, then children, Hammy, (says his lordship) who is o less sedate than his brother, contents “ himself with his tops and his marbles, “ without enquiring into the natural “ causes of things : By this means, the

youngest bids fair to be the favourite; “ for, I find, I must give the other a

rap over the head in my will, or the s next age will quite forget me 1.". + Remarks on Swift, Dublin edition, p. 324.

See vol. ii, p. 31. of Letters by several eminent persons a greased, Lond. 1772.

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Besides this bequest, the earl of Orrery left several considerable legacies to perfons no way related to him, though he died extremely in debt ||. All these debts, instead of suffering his father's effects to be sold, the son, with true filial piety and generosity, took upon himself, and fulfilled the bequests by paying the legacies, and sending the books, &ç, within the limited time to Cbrift-Church, But deep was the impression which the Joss of a parent, thus aggravated and imbittered, left upon his mind; and a fit of illness, which it occasioned, obliged him to repair to Bath. Receiving, while he was there, a letter from a friend, with fome verses enclosed, in which he was urged to “ dispell his grief by poetry, 6 and to fhew that Bath could inspire, $$ as well as Tunbridge," having written some humorous verses from thence the year before, he returned the following answer :

Nor Bath, nor Tunbridge, can my lays inspire,
Nor radiant beauty make me strike the lyre:
lll So untrue is the assertion of Mr. Budgell,

249.) copied in Biographia Britannica, that ** the earl left his fon a clear estate, and a confi" derable fum in ready money."


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