James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
The Death of the Duke of Buckingham
By Alexander Pope (16881744)
George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham, was a prominent courtier in the reigns of Charles II and James II. He organized the ministry called the Cabal, and was satirized by Dryden in his Absalom and Achitophel. After squandering great wealth, died at the house of one of his tenants in Yorkshire under the circumstances described, on April 17, 1688.