The son of Sir John Temple, Master of the Rolls, William Temple was admitted fellow-commoner of Emmanuel College Cambridge where he was a student of Ralph Cudworth; he later served as a diplomat under Charles II, was Master of the Rolls, a member of the Irish Parliament, and the patron of Jonathan Swift, who later edited Temple's papers. Some of Temple's poetry is reprinted in Nichols, Select Collection (1780-84).
Upon the death of Mrs Catherine Philips. 1664.
Lettre d'un marchand de Londres a son amy a Amsterdam. 1666.
Poems by Sir W. T. 1670?
An essay upon the advancement of trade in Ireland. 1673.
Observations upon the United Provinces of the Netherlands. 1673.
Memoirs of what past in Christendom, from the war begun in 1672 to the peace concluded in 1679. 1692.
An essay upon taxes. 1693.
An answer to a scurrilous pamphlet. 1693.
An introduction to the history of England. 1659.
The temple of death. 1695.
Works. 2 vols, 1720.
Letters of Dorothy Osburne to William Temple, ed. G. C. M. Smith. 1928.
Early essays and romances, ed. G. C. M. Smith. 1930.