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LIFE AND WRITINGS
LAURENCE STERNE was the son of an Irish officer, and born at Clonmel in the fouth of Ireland November 24 th , 1713, a few days after his mother arrived from Dunkirk. His father, Roger Sterne, Lieutenant in Handafide's regiment in Ireland, was married to Agnes Hebert, widow of a captain of a good family. His greatgrandfather was an Archbishop, and his uncle a Prebendary of our Cathedrals..
Mr. Sterne, when yet a boy, had a wonderful escape in falling through a millтасе ,
whilft the mill was going, and of being taken up unhurt. In 1721, he was fixed at school near Halifax, where he