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PUBLISHED FROM THE ORIGINALS,
WITH EXPLANATORY NOTES,

BY JOHN DUNCOMBE, M. A.
Chaplain to his Lordship, Rector of St. Andrew's and S:.

MAR Y BREDMAN's, and
Ons of the Six Preachers ia CHRIST CHURCH, CASTEXBURY,

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LONDON:
Printed for B. WHITE, Horace's Head, Fleet-Street 1773.

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HE noble author of the following

Letters was the only son and heir of Charles, the fourth earl of Orrery, by lady Elizabeth Cecil, daughter of John earl of Exeter. He was born January 2, 1706-7: Mr. Fenton, the author of Mariamne, and one of the coadjutors of Mr. Pope in the Odyssey, who had been secretary to lord, Orrery in some of his campaigns in Flanders, and who, after being dismissed from that employment in 1705, had been malter of the free-school at Sevenoak in Kent, was again taken into the earl's family as tutor to his fon*. He taught lord Boyle

* This may serve to difprove an assertion in Mr. Fenton's life in Biographia Britannica, that " the “ earl of Orrery, after dismifling him in 1705, “ paid him justly his falary as fecretary, but “ took no farther notice of him.” See the Sup-, plement to that work, p. 50.

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