Historical Inquiries Respecting the Character of Edward Hyde Earl of Clarendon is in Books.
Page 34. Note Z. Henry Hyde, Viscount Cornbury (42), only son of Henry Earl of Clarendon and Rochester, was of some talent and great amiability of character. Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, in his poems, calls hin "Gentle Cornbury" — Swift says, "he is a young nobleman of learning and morals" — and Pope pays him the high compliment of advising others to "disdain whatever Cornbury disdained." Lord Orford thus draws his character: "He was upright, calm, steady; his virtues were of the gentlest complexion, yet of the firmest texture; vice could not bend him, nor party warp him; even his own talents could not mislead him. Though a master of eloquence, he preferred justice, and the love of his country to all the applause, which the violence of the times in which he lived was so prodigal of bestowing on orators who distinguish themselves in any faction; but the tinsel of popularity and the intrinsic of corruption were equally his contempt. He spoke, nor wrote, nor acted, for fame." He was the author of several pamphlets published without his name — of some tragedies still in manuscript — of a comedy called "The Mistakes, or the Happy Resentment," printed at Strawberry Hill, in 1758 —and of an admirable" Letter to David Mallet, on the intended publication of Lord Bolingbroke's manuscripts." He is believed to have died by suicide at Paris, on the 28th of May, 1753, though the complaisant peerages say that his death was occasioned by a fall from his horse.