, 1686-1737, English essayist. He was a cousin of Addison
, through whose aid he obtained several public offices. Budgell contributed to the Tatler,
and wrote pamphlets against the ministry in the Craftsman.
He lost a fortune in the collapse of the South Sea Bubble
and later was on the losing end of a controversy involving money left him by Matthew Tindal. He committed suicide.
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