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LYTTELTO N.

CEORGE LYTTELTON, the

V son of Sir Thomas Lyttelton of Hagley in Worcestershire, was born in 1709. He was educated at Eaton, where he was so much distinguished, that his exercises were recommended as models to his school-fellows.

From Eaton he went to Christchurch, where he retained the same reputation of superiority, and displayed his abilities to the publick in a poem on Blenheim.

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He was a very early writer, both in verse and profe. His Progress of Love, and his Persian Letters, were both written when he was very young; and, indeed, the character of a young man is very visible in both. The Verses cant of shepherds and flocks, and crooks dressed with flowers; and the Letters have something of that indistinct and headstrong ardour for liberty which a man of genius always catches when he eriters the world, and always suffers to cool as he passes forward. ...

He staid not long at Oxford; for in 1728" he began his travels, and saw France and Italy. When he returned he obtained a seat in parliament, and soon led himself among the most.

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eager opponents of Sir Robert Walpole, though his father, who was one of the Admiralty, always voted with the Court.

For many years the name of George Lyttelton was seen in every account of every debate in the House of Commons. He opposed the ftanding army; he opposed the excise ; he supported the mo. tion for petitioning the King to remove Walpole. His zeal was considered by the courtiers not only as violent, but as acriinonious and malignant; and when Walpole was at last driven from his places, every effort was made by his friends, and many friends he had, to exclude Lyttelton from the Secret Com

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The Prince of Wales, being (1737) driven from St. James's, kept a separate court, and opened his arms to the opponents of the ministry. Mr. Lyttelton was made his secretary, and was supposed to have great influence in the direction of his conduct. He persuaded his master, whose business it was now to be popular, that he would advance his character by patronage. Mallet was made under-secretary, and Thomson had a pension. For Thomson Lyttelton always retained his kindness, and was able at last to place him at ease.

Moore courted his favour by an apologetical poem, called The Trial of Selim, for which he was paid with kind words, which, as is common, raised great

hopes,

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