Budgell, Eustace bŭj´əl [key], 1686–1737, English essayist. He was a cousin of Addison , through whose aid he obtained several public offices. Budgell contributed to the Tatler, the Spectator, the Guardian, 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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