Lyttleton, George, Sir

Lyttleton, George, Sir an English peer and celebrated politician, who was born in Worcestershire in 1708-9, and educated at Eton and Christchurch, Oxford; entered Parliament in 1730, held several high political offices, was raised to the peerage in 1759, and died in 1773, is noted also as the author of Observations on the Conversion and Apostleship of St. Paul (1747, 8vo, and often; last edit. 1854, 12mo), a work which elicited much praise for the able defense it furnishes for the truths of Christianity, or, as Leland (Deistical Writers, page 156 sq.) says, constitutes of itself "a demonstration sufficient to prove Christianity to be a divine revelation." Another work of lord George Lyttleton of interest to us is his Dialogues of the Dead (1760). He had a son, Thomas, who died young, and who was as conspicuous for profligacy as his father for virtue. See Johnson, Lives of

the Poets, 3:391-400; Phillimore, Life of Lord Lyttleton, (1845); Lond. Quart. Rev. 1846 (June); Monthly Review, 1772 (April and May); 1774 (December); Allibone, Dict. of British and American Authors, 2:1150.

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