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BURT, WILLIAM (1778–1826), miscellaneous writer, son of Joseph Burt of Plymouth, was born there on 23 Aug. 1778, educated at Exeter grammar school, and afterwards articled to a banker and solicitor at Bridgwater. Finally he practised at Plymouth as a solicitor until his death on 1 Sept. 1826. He edited the ‘Plymouth and Dock Telegraph’ for several years, and at one period he held a commission in the 38th foot.

His works are: 1. ‘Twelve Rambles in London, by Amicus Patriæ,’ 1810. 2. ‘Desultory Reflections on Banks in general, and the System of keeping up a False Capital by Accommodation,’ London, 1810, 12mo. 3. ‘The Consequences of the French Revolution to England considered, with a view of the Remedies of which her situation is susceptible,’ 1811; dedicated to Lord Holland. 4. ‘A Review of the Mercantile, Trading, and Manufacturing State, Interests, and Capabilities of the Port of Plymouth,’ Plymouth, 1816. 5. ‘Preface to and Notes on N. T. Carrington's Poem “Dartmoor,”’ 1826. 6. ‘Christianity; a Poem, in Three Books, with Miscellaneous Notes,’ London, 1835, 12mo; edited by the author's nephew, Major Thomas Seymour Burt. 7. ‘Observations on the Curiosities of Nature,’ London, 1836, 12mo; also edited by Major Burt.

[Memoir prefixed to Burt's Christianity; Davidson's Bibl. Devoniensis, 43, 131, 142; Biog. Dict. of Living Authors (1816), 49.]

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