Sedley (Sidley), Sir Charles

Sedley (Sidley), Sir Charles
(?1639-1701)
   Born at Aylesford in Kent, he was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, but did not graduate. After the Restoration he entered Parliament as one of the members (barons) for New Romney, Kent. He, with Lord Buckhurst (afterwards Earl of Dorset), and Sir Thomas Ogle soon gained a reputation of notoriety which brought them into disfavor with the Puritans and the authorities of the city of London. By his wit and conversational skill, however, Sedley gained the favor of Charles II. His one daughter became the favorite mistress of James, Duke of York, and was by him created Countess of Dorchester. The dramatists John Dryden and Thomas Shadwell were among his friends, and Dryden dedicated to Sedley "The Assignation" in an Essay of Dramatic Poesy (1673). Some of his verse publications: Antony and Cleopatra, 1677 (tragedy). The Mulberry-garden, 1668 (comedy). Bellamira, or the Mistress, 1687 (comedy). Some of his poems: "Advice to the Old Beaux," "Get You Gone," "On a Cock at Rochester," "Song to Celia," "The Happy Pair," "Thyrsis, unjustly you complain," "To Nysus."
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