The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne: To Sir William Temple

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  • Title: The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne: To Sir William Temple
  • Author: Dorothy Osborne
  • ISBN: 9781357305178
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Dorothy Osborne, Lady Temple 1627 1695 was a British writer of letters and wife of Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet.Osborne was born at Chicksands Priory, Bedfordshire, England, the youngest of ten children born to a staunchly Royalist family Her father was the nobleman Sir Peter Osborne, who was the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Guernsey under Charles I Her mother was Dorothy Danvers, whose brother was Sir John Danvers the regicide.After refusing a long string of suitors put forth by her family, including her cousin Thomas Osborne, Henry Cromwell son of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell and Sir Justinian Isham, in 1654 Dorothy Osborne married Sir William Temple, a man with whom she had carried on a lengthy clandestine courtship that was largely epistolary in nature It is for her letters to Temple, which were witty, progressive and socially illuminating, that Osborne is remembered Only Osborne s side of the correspondence survived and comprises a collection of 77 letters held in the British Library ADD MSS 33975.Osborne fell in love with Temple in 1647, when the pair were both about nineteen years old both families opposed the match on financial grounds, seventeenth century marriages frequently being business arrangements She steadfastly remained single, and after the deaths of both fathers, the families sanctioned the match, after nearly seven years of intermittent courtship the latter two marked by the exchange of the famous letters The marriage took place on 25 December 1654, and lasted until Lady Temple s death in 1695.Although there is little extant trace of Osborne after she married, a few of her married notes and letters survive, but lack the wit and verve of her courtship letters Scattered references indicate that Osborne was keenly involved in her husband s diplomatic career and matters of State Sir William s career posted the couple abroad for periods of their married life, including time in both Brussels in the Spanish Netherlands and the Dutch Republic Temple was Ambassador in The Hague twice, latterly during the marriage negotiations of William and Mary In 1671 Charles II of England used Dorothy to provoke the Third Anglo Dutch War by letting her on 24 August sail through the Dutch fleet on the royal yacht Merlin, demanding to be saluted with white smoke Osborne was an important and acknowledged figure in the later marriage negotiations because of her friendship with both William III of Orange and Princess Mary Osborne s close friendship with Mary lasted until the Queen s death in 1694.Osborne Lady Temple had nine children, all but two of whom died in infancy A daughter, Diana, succumbed to smallpox at age fourteen, and a son, John, took his own life in his twenties, but not before he had married and fathered two children, providing Sir William and Lady Temple with two granddaughters Elizabeth and Dorothy Temple.Lady Temple died at Moor Park, Surrey, and is buried in the west aisle of Westminster Abbey, along with her husband Sir William Temple, daughter Diana Temple and Temple s sister, Martha, Lady Giffard, whose adult life was spent as a member of the Osborne Temple household from

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