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Alexander Chalmers (1759–1834) by Richard James Lane, 1836 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chalmers, Alexander (1759–1834), biographer and literary editor, was born on 29 March 1759 in Aberdeen and baptized that day at St Nicholas's in the city, the youngest son of James Chalmers (bap. 1713, d. 1764), printer and publisher [see under Chalmers family (per. 1736-1876)...

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Spedding, James (1808–1881), literary editor and biographer, was born on 26 June 1808 in Mirehouse, Cumberland, the son of John Spedding and Sarah Gibson, eldest daughter of Henry Gibson of Newcastle upon Tyne. After attending grammar school at Bury St Edmunds, he entered ...

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James Spedding (1808–1881) by George Frederic Watts, c. 1853 © National Portrait Gallery, London