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Marie Bethell Beauclerc (1845–1897) by A. Marlow reproduced with the permission of Birmingham Libraries & Archives

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Beauclerc, Marie Bethell (1845–1897), shorthand reporter and teacher of shorthand, was born Maria Bethell at 24 Crescent Street, Somers Town, London, on 10 October 1845, the daughter of Richard Bethell, merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Sayer (1809–1885). As an infant, and in the absence of her parents who had been compelled to go abroad, she was left in the care of a nurse. Later in life, in an account of her childhood, she recollected being taken at the age of four from ...

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Haycraft, John Stacpoole (1926–1996), English language teacher and author, was born on 11 December 1926 in Quetta, India, the elder of the two sons of William Church Stacpoole Haycraft (1891–1929), Indian army officer, and his wife, Olive Lillian Esmée (1901–1978), daughter of Lucas King...

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Summers, James (1828–1891), Sinologist and teacher of English in Japan, was born on 5 July 1828 at Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, the only son of Edward Summers, a plasterer, and his wife, Catherine. He was interested in languages from his youth and developed an interest in ...