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Batchelor, Thomas (1775–1838), farmer and writer on language, was born on 25 September 1775 at Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, the fifth child of Joseph Batchelor (1741–1804) and Ann Brandon (d. 1792), farmers. He was baptized in 1785 at Ampthill where, from the age of ten to thirteen, he went to school. At this time, spelling book fables were the only texts he could read with any real sense of enjoyment, his particular favourite being ...

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Steele, Joshua (c. 1700–1796), plantation owner and writer on prosody, was born at the start of the eighteenth century but where and to whom is not known. Although his later writings suggest that he was educated, it is not known where or when. He may have lived for a time in ...