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Smart, Benjamin Humphrey [pseud. Francis Drake] (bap. 1787, d. 1872), elocutionist and grammarian, was born at Princes Street, Leicester Square, London, and was baptized on 1 March 1787 at St Anne's, Soho, London, the eldest son of Benjamin Smart (1757–1833), citizen and goldsmith of ...


John Walker (1732–1807) by Henry Ashby, 1802 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Walker, John (1732–1807), elocutionist, orthoepist, and lexicographer, was born on 18 March 1732 at Colney Heath, a hamlet in the parish of Friern Barnet, Middlesex, on the eastern side of Finchley Common. Nothing is known about his father, except that he died when ...