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First Reading

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

SIR SAMUEL TUKE. English author (1610 - 1673).
Plays poetry;Amongst others "A character of Charles the Second" The Adventures of five hours", Two letters from Rotterdam" and Two unfortunate lovers
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Pedro  •  Link


"In a Character of Charles II written to coincided with the Restoration, he refered to the fact that his face (Charles), which had been "very lovely" until he was twenty, had now become grave and even servere in repose, although much softened when he spoke."

(Also) "...and his speech sober, a detail confirmed by Samuel Tuke, who remarked how the King never swore."

(Antonia Fraser...King Charles II)

Wim van der Meij  •  Link

Warrington has this: "Sir George Tuke of Cressing Temple in Essex, John Evelyn's cousin. The play was taken from the original of the Spanish poet Calderon. Evelyn saw it on the same occasion."

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Sir Samuel Tuke (c.1615, Essex – 26 January 1674, Somerset House, London), first baronet was an English officer in the Royalist army during the English Civil War and a notable playwright.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

TUKE, SIR SAMUEL, first baronet (d. 1674), royalist and playwright; admitted, Gray's Inn, 1635; entered royal army, commanded at Lincoln, and fought at Marston Moor, 1644; served under Goring in the west, 1645; defended Colchester, 1648; resided abroad during Protectorate, and attended Duke of Gloucester; turned Roman catholic; at Restoration was sent on missions to French court; created baronet, 1664 ; original F.R.S.; his tragi-comedy, 'The Adventures of Five Hours,' 1663, much lauded by Pepys.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

Bill  •  Link

Sir Samuel Tuke, of Temple Cressy, colonel of horse in the king's service during the Civil War, and afterwards engaged in the rising in Essex under Capel, Lucas, and Lisle. He became a proselyte to the Church of Rome about 1658; and on March 31st, 1664, he was created a baronet. He was one of the first Fellows of the Royal Society. He married Mary Sheldon, one of Queen Catherine's dressers, and died at Somerset House, January 26th, 1673. His play, "The Adventures of Five Hours," was founded on a play by Calderon, and undertaken on the suggestion of the king, who recommended him to adapt a Spanish play to the English stage. It was first published in 1663, and is reprinted in Dodsley's "Old Plays" (Hazlitt's edition, 1876, vol. xv.). Evelyn refers to the play in his Diary (December 23rd, 1662), but by a slip of the pen attributes it to Sir George Tuke.
---Wheatley, 1893.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Evelyn refers to the play in his Diary (December 23rd, 1662), but by a slip of the pen attributes it to Sir George Tuke.
---Wheatley, 1893."

See. e.g. Evelyn's letter of Jan. 1658-9.
John Evelyn to his Cousin, Geo. Take, of Cressing
Temple, in Essex.

[Of this letter only a portion has been preserved, in which he speakt of his cousin's brother, Samuel Tuke,1 having been made a proselyte to the Church of Rome.]

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