Osborne, Dorothy

Osborne, Dorothy

(ŏz`bərn), later

Lady Temple,

1627–95, English letter writer. The daughter of a royalist, she became engaged to Sir William TempleTemple, Sir William,
1628–99, English diplomat and author. He was married in 1655 to Dorothy Osborne. They settled in Ireland, and in 1661 Temple entered the Irish parliament. He moved (1663) to England, served on various diplomatic missions, and was made a baronet (1666).
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 against the wishes of her family. Her letters to Temple, both through their long engagement and after their marriage in 1655, show her as a woman of wit, learning, and strong character, and form an excellent picture of the period.


See edition of her letters (1928); study by Lord David Cecil (1948).

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Osborne, Dorothy. Dorothy Osborne: Letters to Sir William Temple, 1652-54: Observations on Love, Literature, Politics and Religion.