In 1689 he matriculated at Oxford; but left without taking his degree.
Steele, Sir Richard, essayist and dramatist, the son of a lawyer who was private secretary to the Duke of Ormond, was born in Dublin early in 1671.
He lost his father when still a child, and at twelve years of age, through the influence of the Duke, was admitted into the Charter-house School, London.
Although they differed greatly in temperament, their aims and tastes were in the main united.
They were Whig partisans, and sympathetic with the moral attitude of the rapidly growing middle class.