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W ALL E R.
LDMUND WALLER was born I on the third of March, 1605, at Colfhill in Hertfordshire. His father was Robert Waller, Esquire, of Agmondesham in Buckinghamshire, whose family was originally a branch of the Kentish Wallers,; and his mother was the daughter of John Hampden, of Hampden in the same county, and fifter to Hampden, the zealot of rebel
His father died while he was yet an infant, but left him an yearly income of three thousand five hundred pounds; which, rating together the value of money and the customs of life, we may reckon more than equivalent to ten thousand at the present time.
He was educated, by the care of his mother, at Eaton; and removed af: terwards to King's College in Cambridge. He was sent to parliament in his eighteenth, if not in his fixteenth year, and frequented the court of James the First, where he heard a very remarkable conversation, which the writer of the Life prefixed to his Works, who seems to have been well informed of facts, though he may sometimes err in