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British Magazine,

For JANUARY, 1764. <*K#K*><*><*><(*><*><><*><*><*><*><*>(*><*><#>

T0 the Authors us the British Magazine.

As you have, in the preceding numbers of your useful Magazine, given the lives of several great men, I have sent you the. following memoirs ot the celebrated Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset, and hope you will give them a place in your entertaining miscellany, which will oblige,

Your's, &c. B. K.

fCyg%r»lAAR LEs SXcKvitLE,Earl C °^ Dorkl, was the eldest W n °f Richard, Earl of Dorset, and born the 24th of January 1637. He'was one of the moil accomplished gentlemen of that age. Thesprightliness of his wit, and a most exceeding good nature, recommended him very early* to the favour of Charles the Second, and those of the greatest dirtinction in the court; but his n>ind being more turned to books mid polite conversation than public business, he totally declined the latter. He however went as a voluriter under the command of his Royal Highness the Duke of York in the firft Dutch war 1665, when the Dutch Admiral Opdam was blown up, and about thirty capital (hips taken and destroyed; and his com"Januiiry I764. ■

posing a song before the engagement, carried with it, in theopinion of many people, so sedate a presence of mind, and such unusual gallantry, that it has been much celebrated.

To maintain an evenness of temper in the time of danger, is certainly the highest mark of heroism ; but some of the graver cast have been apt to say, this sedate composure fome.vhat differs from that levity of disposition, or frolic humour, that inclines a man to write a song. But let us consider my Lord's fervour of youth; his gaiety of mind, supported by strong spirits, flowing from aa honest heart, f.nd I believe we (hall rather be disposed to admire than censure him on this occasion. Rimember too he was only a volunteer; the conduct of the bat:le depended not on him; he had only to B tsuw

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