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L I F E
SAMUEL FOOTE, Esq.
HIS ingenious comic writer was born at
Truro in Cornwall, but at what period of time we cannot take upon ourselves to say. His father, John Foote, was member of parliament for Tiverton in Devonshire, and enjoyed the posts of commissioner of the prize-office and finecontract. His mother was heiress of the Dinely and Goodere families. The dreadful consequence of the misunderstanding between her two brothers, Sir John Dinely Goodere, bart, and Samuel Goodere, efq. captain of his majesty's Ahip the Ruby, is well known; on which a considerable part
of the Goodere estate, which was better than fifty thousand pounds per annum, descended to Mr. Foote, her husband.
Our author was educated at Worcester college, in the university of Oxford, which owed its foundation to Sir Thomas Cockes Winford, Bart. a second cousin of our author. On his quitting the university, he commenced student B