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James Howell (c. 1594–1666)

Howell, James (hé’el). An English author; born probably in Wales about 1594; died in Holborn, 1666. As steward of a glass-ware factory and subsequently on public missions, he traveled for several years on the Continent. He became a clerk of council in 1640, was imprisoned during the Civil War, and upon the Restoration received the post of historiographer royal as a reward for his loyalty to Charles I. Of forty works on historical, political, poetical, and philological subjects, only the ‘Epistolæ Ho-Elianæ; or Familiar Letters’ (1645–55) are now read.