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of weather, and especially from the crosses and disappointments which he fo often met with in his endeavours to contribute to the honour and service of his country.

He was an exact observer of truth, thinking none, who had failed once, ought ever to be trusted again ; of great humanity and good nature ; his passions naturally warm and quick, but tempered by reason.

“ He never seemed busy in his greatest employments, was devoted to his liberty, and therefore averse to the servitude of courts. He had been a passionate lover, was a kind husband, an indulgent father, a good matter, an excellent friend, and, knowing himfelf to be fo, was impatient of the least fufpicion or jealousy from those he loved.

“ He was not without strong aversions, fo. as to be uneasy at the first sight of some whom. he disliked, and impatient of their conversation; apt to be warm in disputes and expoftu. lations, which made him hate the one and avoid the other ; being used to say, That they might sometimes do well between lovers, but never between friends.

“ He had a very familiar way of converseing with all sorts of people, from the greatest princes, to the meanest servants, and even children, whose imperfect language, and natural innocent talk, he was fond of, and made entertainment of every thing that could afford it.

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• He was born to a moderate eftate, and did not much encrease it during his employments.

“ His religion was that of the church of England, in which he was born and educated ; and, how loose foever bishop Burnet, who was not acquainted with him, 'in the History of his own Time, represents his principles to have been ; yet there is no ground for such a reflection given in his writings; among which his excellent letter to the coantess of Effex is, a convincing proof hoth of his piety and eloquence.

He was rather tall in ftature ; his lhape, when young, very exact; his hair dark brown, and curled naturally; and, whilft that was esteemed a beauty, no body had it in greater perfection : his eyes grey, but lively; and his body lean, but extremely active; so that none acquitted themselves better at all exercifes..


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OBERT BOYLE was a man superior

to titles, and almost to praise; illustrious by birth, by learning, and by virtue ; but most so as the author and encourager of the New Philosophy ; by which he has not only rendered his memory immortal, but has also de. rived honour to his country; which, perhaps, is the greatest felicity that human abili. ties can ever attain.

He was the seventh son, and the fourteenth child, of Richard, earl of Cork. He was born at Lismore, in the county of Cork, and province of Munster, in the kingdom of Ireland, on the twenty-fifth of February, 1626-7; and, though he was the only one of his fác ther's sons who attained to manhood without being honoured with a title, and also the only one who did not distinguish himself in public bufiness; yet his life deserves to be written with the utmost accuracy; and no pains can be too great to fix all the dates therein as ex. actly as it is possible.

His father, who was very justly ftiled the Great, and might, with equal propriety, have been called the Wise, earl of Cork, com

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