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Sidney Lee

revised by Arthur Sherbo

Cooke, Thomas (1703–1756), translator and writer, was born on 16 December 1703, at Braintree, Essex, the son of John Cooke (d. in or after 1728), an innkeeper, and his wife, Rebeckah. His father, according to Pope, was a Muggletonian. Cooke was educated at ...


Dyer, Samuel (bap. 1721, d. 1772), translator, the youngest son of Joseph Dyer, a wealthy jeweller in the City of London, and his wife, Mary, was baptized at Old Jewry Presbyterian Church, London, on 4 January 1721. His parents were dissenters and after receiving his initial education at ...


Gordon Goodwin

revised by Philip Carter

Hamilton, Charles (1752/3–1792), orientalist, was born in Belfast, the only son of Charles Hamilton (d. 1759), a merchant from an established but impoverished Scottish family, and Katherine, née Mackay (d. 1767), of Dublin. His sister was the writer on education Elizabeth Hamilton (1756?–1816)...