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Bowring, Sir John (1792–1872), politician, diplomatist, and writer, was born on 17 October 1792 at Larkbeare (also known as Great Larkbeare), Holloway Street, Exeter, Devon, the eldest son and second of the nine children of Charles Bowring (1769–1856), a wool merchant, and his wife, ...

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Sir John Bowring (1792–1872) by John King, 1826 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Southern, Henry (1799–1853), journalist and diplomatist, was born at York, the son of Richard Southern, a barber. After attending school in York he entered Trinity College, Cambridge, as a sizar on 31 December 1814, graduated BA in 1819 as twenty-second senior optime, and proceeded MA in 1822. On 23 January 1822 he became a member of the ...

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Vaughan, Benjamin (1751–1835), diplomatist and political reformer, was born on 19 April 1751 in Jamaica, the eldest of the eleven children of Samuel Vaughan (1720–1802), a London merchant and West India planter of Welsh extraction, and Sarah (1727–1809), daughter of Benjamin Hallowell, a ...