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Roper, Abel (bap. 1665, d. 1726), bookseller and political writer, was born at Atherstone, Warwickshire, the son of Isaac Roper, and was baptized at Mancetter on 13 September 1665. In 1677 he was adopted by his uncle, also Abel Roper, who from 1638 had published books at the ...

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Smith, William Henry (1825–1891), newsagent and politician, was born on 24 June 1825 at 42 Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, London, the only son of William Henry Smith (1792–1865), and his wife, Mary Ann Cooper. He had six sisters. His father, who was originally a newsagent in a small way of business, had the idea of sending ...