The Letters of a Series of Letters on Public Affairs Written by the REV. Lord Sidney Godolphin Osborne and Published in the Times, 1844-1888
Excerpt from The Letters of a Series of Letters on Public Affairs Written by the Rev. Lord Sidney Godolphin Osborne and Published in the Times, 1844-1888 Sidney Godolphin Osborne was born in 1808. He was the third son of the first Lord Godolphin. His direct descent from Godolphin, the Minister of Anne, and Walpole's predecessor, mingled his blood with that of the Churchills. The founder of the House of Leeds was young Edward Osborne, who saved his master's daughter from drowning, and who shared with her, as his well-won wife, the then appreciable glories of the London Mayoralty. He was Lord Mayor in 1585, and died in 1591. Edward Osborne's descendant, Thomas, fourth Duke of Leeds, married, in 1740, Mary, the second daughter of Francis, Earl of Godolphin. Her mother was Henrietta, eldest daughter of John Churchill the great Duke of Marlborough. On his death the Countess of Godolphin, the great-great-grandmother of Sidney Godolphin Osborne, was created by Act of Parliament Duchess of Marlborough. At her death the title and estates devolved on her nephew the Earl of Sunderland, who was the son of her younger sister Anne. On the accession of Osborne's eldest brother to the dukedom of Leeds, in 1859, he obtained the rank of a Duke's son. He took his Bachelor's degree at Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1830, and having taken orders, he was appointed in due time to the Rectory of Stoke Pogis, the scene of Gray's 'Elegy in a Country Churchyard. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.