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of his age,
fleet, to affift in quieting the minds of the people, who expressed their affection and esteem for him, by crying out publicly, as he paffed through the ruined streets, That, if his grace had been there, the city had not been burnt.
The earl of Southampton dying on the sixteenth of May, 1667, his majesty, after the peace, put the Treasury in commission, at the head of which was again placed his grace the duke of Albermarle. This was the last tefti. mony of the royal favour his grace received ; for being now in the fixtieth year the many hardships and fatigues he had undergone in a military life, began to fhake his conftitution, hitherto remarkable healthy, he being about this time attacked with a dropsy, the first fymptoms of which were too much neglected.
In this declining condition he withdrew from public business, as much as his post and the ftate of affairs would permit, and retired to his seat at Newhall in the county of Eflex; where he was prevailed upon, by the importunity of his friends, to try a pill then in vogue, being a preparation of one Dr. Sermon, of Bristol, who had formerly served under his grace as a common soldier; from which he at firft received such considerable relief, that, towards the latter end of the year, he returned to town : but soon after falling into a relapse, with the addition of an asthmatic complaint, he set about finishing the last great temporal
affair, the marriage of his only fon with the lady Elizabeth, eldest daughter to Henry, earl of Ogle, only fon to Charles, the then duke of Newcastle ; which being fettled, the nup-, tial ceremony was performed in his own chamber, on the thirtieth of December, 1669; and on the third of January, four days after, he died, fitting in his chair, without a single groan. Thus, in the entrance of the sixty-second year of his life, died this i noble and valiant commander, (for, whatever disputes there have been about his civil capacity, his military skill or courage were never called in question) beloved by moft, admired by many, and envied but by few.
The LIFE OP
HE antient and genteel family of the
Hydes was originally of Northbury, in Cheshire; a branch of which fettling at Guffage St. Michael, in the county of Dorset, Mr. Lawrence Hyde, of that place, being the father of several children, his third son was Henry Hyde, of Pyrton, in the county of Wilts, the father (byMary, his wife, the daughter and heir of Mr. Edward Langford, of Tunbridge, in the same county) of our Mr. Edward Hyde, who was born at Dinton, near Hindon, in Wiltshire, on the sixteenth of February, or thereabouts, in the year 1608.
He was very carefully educated in grammar learning in his, youth; soon discovered the pregnancy of bis parts and elevated genius, and in Lent term, 1622, became a student of Magdalen, hall, in the university of Oxford; ...where having applied himself to indefatigable Audy, and highly improved his natural endowments with accademical learning ; he removed from thence after he had taken the degree of batchelor of arts to the MiddleTemple; where he itudied the law for several