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Hoffman, William (1867–1941), traveller and rogue, the son of William Hoffman, a surgical maker, was born in Bernburg, Anhalt, on 10 October 1867 but brought up in England from 1877. The explorer Henry Stanley met him in London in 1884 and employed him, despite his total inexperience, as his servant or valet. ...

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Louis, Alfred Hyman (1829–1915), scholar and visionary vagrant, was born in 1829 in Birmingham, the eldest son of Hyman Tobias (or Tobar) Louis, a well-to-do merchant, and his wife, Maria. At fifteen he entered King Edward's School, Birmingham, where he began long friendships with ...

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Thorold, Sir Nathaniel, baronet (d. 1764), entrepreneur and adventurer, was the son of John Thorold and his wife Anne (née Alcock), of the Grantham branch of the family. He inherited Harmston Hall, Lincolnshire, quite unexpectedly in January 1738 following the death of his distant cousin ...

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