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SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE, WRITINGS,

, , AND CHARACTER,

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T H E

L I F E

OF THE

A U T H OR :

FIRST PRINTED IN

1794.

WILLIAM WARBURTON

WAS

AS descended from an antient and very con

siderable family in Cheshire, at the head of which is the present Sir PETER WARBURTON, baronet, of Arley, in that county.

I leave the rest to the Genealogist; and go no farther back in his pedigree than to his Grandfather, of the same name, who distinguished himself in the civil wars of the last century. He was of the Royal party, and sheived his zeal and activity in that cause, by serving under Sir George Booth at the affair of Chester. I mention this little circumstance chiefly for the use I shall make of it elsewhere. All that I know more of him, is, That he married Frances, daughter of Robert Awfield, of Etson in the county of Nottingham, by whom he had three sons; the Vol. I.

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second

second of whom, GEORGE, was Mr. WARBURTON'S father.

It seens probable, that upon this marriage he removed into Nottinghainshire. His residence was at Shelton, a village about six miles from Newark, where he died.

Mr. George Warburton, the second son, as I observer), of Willian Warburton, Esq. of Shelton, was bred to the law. He settled at Newark, where he practised as an attorney, and was particularly esteemed for bis integrity in that profession.

He married Elizabeth, daughter of William Hobman, Alderman of Newark, and had by this marriage five childreit, George, William, Mary, Elizabeth, and Frances. George died very young. WuLIam (the subject

WILLIAM of this memoir) was born at Newark, Dec. 24, 1698. He was first put to school there under Mr. Twells, whose son afterwards married his sister, Elizabeth : but he had the chief part of his education at Okeham, in Rutlandshire, under Mr. Wright. Here he continued till the beginning of the year 1714; when his cousin, Mr. Warburton (who also bore the name of William), being made head master of the school at Newark, he returned to his native place, and was, for a short time, under the care of that learned and respectable person, of whom more will be said presently. I only now add; that he was father to the reverend Mr. Thomas Warburton, the present very worthy Archdeacon of Norfolk, to whom I am indebted for the particulars here mentioned, concerning his family.

I cannot, I confess, entertain the reader of this narrative with those encomiums which are so com

monly

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