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Franck, Richard (c. 1624–c. 1708), travel writer, appears to have been born in Cambridge. Nothing at all is known about his parentage or early childhood, and although he alludes to his education having been at the university there is no independent corroboration to support this suggestion. Because he is referred to as 'Captain' in an approving poem prefixed to his principal publication, there is reason to think that he saw service in the civil wars of the 1640s. Moreover, his unembarrassed enumeration of six great patriots of the English nation—...