[The following passage comes from an article in the September 1878 issue of the The Graphic. — George P. Landow]

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he father of Edmund Burke was an eminent solicitor who resided at 33, Arran Quay, on the south bank of the Lilfey, and in this house, which is still standing, the future statesman was born on New Year’s Day, 1730. The solicitor was a descendant of a distinguished Irish family, the De Burghs, and his wife, Miss Nagle, of Cork, traced her ancestry to Edmund Spenser. Thus on both sides, the young Edmund had progenitors of name and fame. Many of his early years were passed away at his grandfather's (Nagle’s) country seat on the banks of the southern Blackwalcr, and perhaps the lovely scenery here, and the poetic associations arising from the contiguous homes of Spenser, Raleigh, and Essex, inspired and fostered in him much of that splendour of imagery which his political career in England afterwards displayed. [178]

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“Dublin Illustrated.” The Graphic (17 August 1878): 169-81. Internet Archive online version of a copy in the University of Illinois Library. Web. 14 August 2018.

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