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William Coventry (abt. 1628 - 1686)

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Sir William Coventry
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Categories: Somerhill House.


Youngest but most significant of the 5 sons of the Lord Keeper.

The original Trimmer. Said to be afraid of doing anything he couldn't undo, but made a virtue of it.

Wrote England's Appeal from the Private Cabal at Whitehall to the Great Council of the Nation  but published it anonymously as "a True Lover of his Country".

Did not write The Character of a Trimmer, published under his name by his nephew, Sir George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax.

Advocated the introduction of workhouses to eliminate laziness among the poor (presumably believing they should work hard but stay poor).

He died unmarried on 23 June 1686 at Somerhill House in Kent. [1]


  1. Wikipedia: William_Coventry

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