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John Davies (1564/55–1618) by unknown engraver, pubd 1633 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davies, John (1564/5–1618), poet and writing-master, was born at Hereford (his birthplace was always noted on his title-pages—'John Davies of Hereford'—apparently to distinguish him from the prominent contemporary poet Sir John Davies). He was probably born a Roman Catholic and was certainly identified as one in 1611 (...

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Hopkins, William (fl. 1674), stenographer and writing master, wrote The flying pen-man, or, The art of short-writing by a more easie, exact, compendious, and speedy way (1674), using a system related to those of Thomas Shelton, Jeremiah Rich, and especially Theophilus Metcalfe. Beautifully engraved with ornamental borders and a frontispiece portrait of ...

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Mason, William (d. 1719?), stenographer and writing-master, is of unknown origins. He wrote that from his youth he 'delighted in the Art of Short-Hand' (W. Mason, La plume volante, 1707, To the reader). In 1736 it was noted, 'As for Mr. Mason...

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Tomkins, Thomas (1743–1816), writing-master, of whose birth, upbringing, or early life nothing is known, eventually kept a boarding-school in Foster Lane, Cheapside, London, where he taught writing and accounts to 'Young Gentlemen for Trades, Merchts. for Counting Houses and the Public Offices' (...