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Nell Gwynne's Looking-glass

Samuel Laman Blanchard

Nell Gwynne, born Eleanor Gwyn in 1650, became an actress at age fifteen, and Mistress to King Charles II at age eighteen.

She had  two sons by Charles, and it's been said . . . that on his death-bed, Charles told his brother James, " Don't let poor Nelly starve. "    Nell died in 1687, at the age of thirty-seven, two years after Charles.

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