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Donne, William Bodham (1807–1882), essayist and examiner of plays, was born on 29 July 1807 at Mattishall, near East Dereham, Norfolk, the only child of Edward Charles Donne (1777–1819), physician, and his cousin Anne Vertue Donne (1781–1859). His grandfather William Donne was an eminent ...

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W. A. J. Archbold

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Larpent, John (1741–1824), examiner of plays, was born on 14 November 1741, the second son of John Larpent (1710–1797), later chief clerk to the Foreign Office, and his wife, Mary Ann, the daughter of James Pazant, of a refugee Norman family. Larpent was educated at ...