See also:English wit and dramatist, was
See also:born about 1639, and was the son of
See also:Sedley of
See also:Aylesford in Kent . He was educated at Wadham
See also:Oxford, but
See also:left without taking a degree . Sedley is famous as a
See also:patron of literature in the Restoration
See also:period, and was the " Lisideius " of
See also:Essay of Dramatic Poesy . His most famous
See also:song, " Phyllis is my only joy," is much more widely known now than the author's name . His first
See also:comedy, The Mulberry
See also:Garden (1668), hardly sustains Sedley's contemporary reputation for wit in conversation . The best, but most licentious, of his comedies is Bellamira; or The
See also:Mistress (1687), an imitation of the Eunuchus of
See also:Terence, in which the heroine is supposed to represent the duchess of
See also:Cleveland, the mistress of
See also:Charles II . His two tragedies, Antony and
See also:Cleopatra (1667) and The
See also:King of Crete (1702), an adaptation of
See also:Henry Killigrew's Pallantus and Eudora, have little merit . He also produced The Grumbler (1702), an adaptation of Le Grondeur of Brueys and Palaprat . An indecent frolic in
See also:Bow Street, for which he was heavily fined, made Sedley notorious . He was member of parliament for New Romney in Kent, and took an active and useful
See also:part in politics . A speech of his on the
See also:list after the Revolution is cited by Macaulay as a
See also:proof that his reputation as a man of wit and ability was deserved . His bon mot at the expense of
See also:James II. is well known .
The king had seduced his daughter and created her countess ofDorchester, whereupon Sedley remarked that he hated ingratitude, and, as the king had made his daughter a countess, he would endeavour to make the king's daughter a
See also:queen . He died on the loth of
See also:August 1701 . His only
See also:child, CATHERINE, countess of Dorchester (c . 1657-1717), was the mistress of James II. both before and after he came to the
See also:throne, and was created a countess in 1686, an
See also:elevation which aroused much indignation and compelled Catherine to reside for a
See also:time in
See also:Ireland . In 1696 she married Sir
See also:David Colyear,
See also:Bart . (d . 1730), who was created
See also:earl of Portmore in 1703, and she was thus the
See also:mother of Charles Colyear, 2nd earl of Portmore (1700-1785) . She died at Bath on the 26th of
See also:October 1717, when her
See also:peerage became
See also:extinct . By James II .
See also:Lady Dorchester had a daughter Catherine (d . 1743), who married James Annesley, earl of Anglesey (d . 1702), and after his
See also:death married John Sheffield, duke of
See also:Buckingham .
Through Catherine, her daughter by her first
See also:husband, she was the ancestress of the Barons
See also:Mulgrave . See The
See also:Works of Sir Charles Sedley in
See also:Prose and
See also:Verse (1778), with a slight
See also:notice of the author .
SEDITION (Lat. se or sed, apart, and ire, to go, a ...
SEDUCTION (from Lat. seducere, to lead astray)
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