Eustace Budgell, an English writer, born at St. Thomas, near Exeter, in 1685, died in 1736. He assisted Steele in the composition of the "Tatler," and Addison in the "Spectator," where his contributions are distinguished by the signature X. In 1717 Addison obtained for him the place of comptroller general of the revenue in Ireland. He lampooned the Irish viceroy, and was removed from office; and in 1720 he lost £20,000 by the failure of the South sea scheme, and afterward spent £5,000 more in unsuccessful attempts to get into parliament. He then employed himself in writing against the ministers. In 1733 he began a weekly periodical called the " Bee," which continued for above 100 numbers, and has been reprinted in 8 vols. 8vo. Soon after this a legacy of £2,000 was left him in the will of his friend Dr. Tin-dal; but Budgell was accused of having interpolated this passage into the will, and the legacy was annulled. He then studied law, and was called to the bar, but meeting with no success, he committed suicide by leaping from a boat into the Thames. He left in his room a paper on which was written, " What Cato did, and Addison approved, cannot be wrong".