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Bennis, George Geary (1790/1793–1866), librarian and author, was born in Corkamore, co. Limerick. After some years as a grocer in Limerick he settled for a time in Liverpool, and while there appears to have become a Quaker. His first work was The Principles of the one Faith Professed by All Christians...

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Fry, Francis (1803–1886), businessman and bibliographer, was born on 28 October 1803 at Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, Gloucestershire, the second son of the seven children of Joseph Storrs Fry (1769–1835), manufacturer, and Ann Allen (1764?–1829). His grandfather Joseph Fry (1728–1787) was a doctor, a manufacturer of porcelain and chocolate, and a partner in the firm of ...

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Gaskell, (John) Philip Wellesley [Pip] (1926–2001), bibliographer and librarian, was born in a nursing home at 11 Broadlands Road, Highgate, London, on 6 January 1926, the only son of John Wellesley Gaskell (1901–1940), a director of Baker-Perkins, engineers in Peterborough, and his wife, ...

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Whiting, John (1656–1722), Quaker bibliographer and writer, was born at Nailsea near Bristol. His parents were John Whiting (d. 1658), a yeoman of Nailsea, and his wife, Mary (d. 1666), daughter of John Evans. Whiting recalled that his parents 'came of honest parents, and of good report in the country', where his ancestors had long owned an estate (...