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LIFE AND DEATH
JOHN Earl of Rochester,
GILBERT BURNET, D.D.
BISHOP OF SALISBURY,
Preached at the FUNERAL of the said EARL,
TO THIS EDITION IS PREFIXED
An ACCOUNT of the LIFE and WRITINGS
By Dr. SAMUEL JOHNSON,
The following Account of the Earl of RO.
CHESTER's Life and Writings is abstracted from Dr. Johnson's Preface to the Works of that Nobleman. TOHN WILMOT, afterwards Earl of RoJ chester, the son of Henry Earl of Rochester, better known by the title of Lord Wilmot, fo often mentioned in Clarendon's History, was born April 10, 1647, at Ditchley in Oxfordshire. After a grammatical education at the school of Burford, he entered a nobleman into Wadham College in 1659, only twelve years old ; and in 1661, at fourteen, was, with Tome other persons of high rank, made master of arts by Lord Clarendon in perfon,
He travelled afterwards into France and Italy; and, at his return, devoted himself to the court. In 1665 he went to sea with Sandwich, and diftinguished himself at Bergen by uncommon intrepidity; and the next suinmer served again on board Sir Edward Spragge, who in the heat of the engagement, having a message of reproof to send to one of his captains, could find no man ready to carry it but Wilmot, who in an open boat went and returned amidst the storm of shot.