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Freeling, Sir Francis, first baronet (1764–1836), postal administrator and book collector, was born at Redcliffe Hill, Bristol, on 25 August 1764. Freeling began his career in the Bristol post office, where he witnessed the successful trial, in 1784, of John Palmer's scheme for a mail coach service. In 1785 he was appointed principal, and resident surveyor in ...

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Libri, Guglielmo [Count Guglielmo Bruto Icilio Timoleone Libri-Carrucci dalla Sommaia] (1802–1869), scientist, book collector, and thief, was born on 2 January 1802 (or possibly 1803) in Florence, the son of Count Giorgio Libri-Carrucci dalla Sommaia (1781–1836) and Rosa del Rosso (c.1783–1849)...

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Lindsay, James Ludovic, twenty-sixth earl of Crawford and ninth earl of Balcarres (1847–1913), astronomer and book collector, the only son of Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, twenty-fifth earl of Crawford and eighth earl of Balcarres (1812–1880), and his wife, Margaret, the eldest daughter of ...