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Boswell, James (1740–1795), lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born in Edinburgh on 29 October 1740, probably at the family's house on the fourth storey of Blair's Land, Parliament Close, the eldest son of Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck (1707–1782), and his first wife, ...

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Sewall, Samuel (1652–1730), judge and diarist in America, was born on 28 March 1652 at Bishop Stoke, Hampshire, the second child of Henry Sewall (c.1615–1700) and Jane (1627–1701), daughter of Stephen and Alice (née Archer) Dummer. The Sewall and Dummer...