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While Dorothy Sidney, Countess of Sunderland, has been known historically as the 'Sacharissa' of Edmund Waller's poetry, she was also a respected and memorable letter writer. Most of her surviving letters date from her later life, and provide her commentary on the political infighting and social atmosphere of the court of Charles II, as well as information on her own family and friends. In 1666 a friend referred to her writing as that of "the most eloquent pen in England". Bibliographic Citation link.
By early October 1617 Dorothy Sidney (later DSCS) was born at Syon House on the edge of London. She was baptised in the village of Isleworth on 5 October. Bibliographic Citation link.
1638 DSCS's earliest surviving writings consist of letters to her father, which she wrote while he was in France. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1684 DSCS died three months after her brother Algernon's execution. The exact date and cause of her death are not known. Bibliographic Citation link.
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