Note by A Milnes to As A Writer a chapter of The Life Of Dryden

Matthew, born 1664; was left an orphan, and sent to Cambridge by the Earl of Dorset, who noticed his talents while he was yet almost a boy. He became by the same influence Secretary to the Plenipotentiaries at the Congress of the Hague. A similar office he again held at the Peace of Ryswick, being appointed Secretary to the Commissioners for that treaty, before which however he had aimed some sharp satire at Boileau. He was again employed in a similar capacity for the Treaty of Utrecht, 1713.

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