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Bartlet, Benjamin (1714–1787), numismatist and topographer, was born on 1 September 1714 at Bradford, Yorkshire, the only son of Benjamin Bartlet (1678–1759), bookseller and apothecary, and his second wife, Elizabeth Green (1684–1751). The family were Quakers: his grandfather and father suffered the seizure of goods for absenting themselves from the parish church; and ...

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Rutter, John (1796–1851), topographer and local political agent, was born in Castle Street, Bristol, on 10 April 1796, the youngest of seven children of Thomas Rutter (1741–1800), a Quaker bellows and brushmaker, and Hester Farley (1750–1806). Orphaned in 1806 he was brought up as a Quaker by two elder sisters and apprenticed in 1811 to a linen draper in ...