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Charles Creighton

revised by Rachel E. Davies

Fletcher, John (1792–1836), physician and lecturer, was the son of Thomas Fletcher, merchant, of London. Finding work in his father's counting-house tedious, he began the study of medicine at Edinburgh after having heard some of the London lectures of John Abernethy and Charles Bell...

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William Gee

revised by Frank A. J. L. James

Sturgeon, William (1783–1850), electrician and scientific lecturer, was born on 22 May 1783 at Whittington, Lancashire, near Kirkby Lonsdale, the only son of John Sturgeon, shoemaker, and his wife, Betsy Adcock (d. 1793), the daughter of a small shopkeeper. All accounts of his father, who had migrated from ...

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William Sturgeon (1783–1850) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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F. G. Edwards

revised by David J. Golby

Taylor, Edward (1784–1863), lecturer and writer on music, the son of John Taylor (1750–1826), a hymn writer and nonconformist minister, and his wife, Susanna Taylor (1755–1823) [see under Taylor, John (1750-1826)], a literary hostess, was born in Norwich on 22 January 1784. He came from an old Unitarian family, and his great-grandfather was the dissenting divine and Hebrew scholar ...

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Thelwall, John (1764–1834), political reformer and lecturer, was born on 27 July 1764 at Chandos Street, Covent Garden, the son of Joseph Thelwall (1731–1772), a silk mercer. He was a sickly child, suffering from asthma and a tendency to stammer. After his father's death his mother continued the silk business, and in 1777 ...

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John Thelwall (1764–1834) attrib. John Hazlitt, c. 1800–05 © National Portrait Gallery, London