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Boston, John (d. 1804), radical and merchant in Australia, was born in Birmingham, but nothing further is known of his origins. As a young man he became a disciple of Thomas Paine and a supporter of the London Corresponding Society. At Birmingham he was associated with ...

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Lloyd, Gamaliel (1744–1817), merchant and political reformer, was born on 26 May 1744 at Hulme Hall near Manchester, the second son of four children of George Lloyd (bap. 1708, d. 1783), merchant and manufacturer, and his second wife, Susannah Horton (bap...

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Walker, Thomas (1749–1817), cotton merchant and political reformer, was born on 3 April 1749 in Manchester, the eldest son of a local merchant who originally lived in Bristol. Although very little is known of Walker's childhood, it was during these formative years that he became acquainted with the writings of ...