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Burke, Edmund, 1730-1797 Statesman; born in Dublin, June 1, 1730; was one of fifteen children of Richard Burke, an attorney, and was descended from the Norman De Burghs, who early settled in Ireland; graduated at Trinity College, Dublin (1748); studied law, and in 1756 published his famous essay on The sublime and beautiful. In 1758-59 he and Dodsley established the Annual Registor; and in 1765 he was made secretary to Premier Rockingham. He entered Parliament in 1766. There he took an
er and clear writer he had few superiors.
His conversational powers were remarkable.
and he was one of the suspected authors of the famous Letters of Junius.
He died in Beaconsfield, England, July 9, 1797.
Conciliation with the colonies.
Burke's great conciliatory speech in the British Parliament, on March 22. 1775, was based on the following proposals which he had previously introduced:
That the colonies and plantations of Great Britain in North America, consisting of fourteen sepa