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VAUGHAN, Sir William, poet, born in Wales in 1577: died in Newfoundland about 1640. He was a physician, and in 1605 received the degree of LL.D. from Oxford. After purchasing land in Newfoundland, he removed there about 1625, and established a plantation which he called Cambriol. To invite settlers from England he wrote his "Golden Fleece" (London, 1626). This is dedicated to King Charles I, and is written under the pen-name of Orpheus, Jr. It is a curious production in prose and verse, and has been described as a "composition of the Puritan way of thinking ingrafted on the old classic machinery of Apollo and his court." He also published "The Newlander's Cure," in which he gives some account of his Newfoundland settlement (1630), and "The Church Militant," a labored historical poem (1640).
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