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Gibbs, Philip (1696–1752), Presbyterian minister and historian of shorthand, was born at Trowbridge, Wiltshire, on 15 February 1696, the son of James Gibbs, a clothier, and his wife, Anne Bailey. His family were prominent presbyterians and lived in Duke Street. Nothing is known of his education except that he began the study of divinity under '...

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Weston, James (1688?–1748?), stenographer, hailed from Edinburgh; nothing is known of his parentage or early life. He was probably employed taking shorthand at trials in London in the 1710s. Established as a shorthand 'professor' by 1722, he claimed to have taught more than 200 pupils by mid-1724, many by post, waging that no Westonian writer could be matched for speed. He courted publicity through a protracted and costly advertising campaign puffing his services and ...