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Empson, William (1789–1852), lawyer and literary reviewer, was born at Bonby, Lincolnshire, on 7 November 1789, the son of the Revd Amaziah Empson (1755–1798) and his wife, Ann, née Kelk, of Brigg. He was educated at Winchester College and then at Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Sidney Lee

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Hayward, Thomas (d. 1779?), literary editor and lawyer, of whose early life nothing is known, practised law at Hungerford, Berkshire, and in 1738 published, in three volumes, The British muse, or, A collection of thoughts, moral, natural, and sublime, of our English poets who flourished in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries...

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J. M. Rigg

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Merivale, John Herman (1779–1844), lawyer and literary scholar, was born in Exeter, Devon, on 5 August 1779, the only son of John Merivale (1752–1831), of Barton Place, Exeter, and Bedford Square, London, and Ann Katenkamp (1754–1829), daughter of a German merchant settled in ...

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Moir, George (1800–1870), literary critic and lawyer, was baptized on 10 April 1800, the second of three children of George Moir, vintner, of the Old Ship inn, Aberdeen, and his wife, Mary Straton. He attended school in Aberdeen and then Marischal College, from 1813 to 1817. Having moved to ...

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Webb, Thomas Ebenezer (1821–1903), philosopher, barrister, and literary critic, was born in Portscatho, Cornwall, on or about 8 May 1821. He was eldest of the twelve children of the Revd Thomas Webb, a Methodist minister who owned a small estate in Cornwall, and his wife, ...