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Backhouse, Edward (1808–1879), Quaker minister and historical writer, was born at Darlington on 8 May 1808, the son of Edward and Mary Backhouse. He lived from his youth at Sunderland, where he was partner in the collieries and the bank with which his family had been connected for many years, although he took no active part in the business. He was fond of travel, a good amateur painter, and a student of natural history. He devoted himself chiefly to the promotion of philanthropic and religious causes. He was a generous supporter of various institutions in ...

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Wood, Herbert George (1879–1963), theologian and historian, was born on 2 September 1879 in London, the second of three children of the Revd John Roskruge Wood (1838–1917), minister of Upper Holloway Baptist Church, and his wife, Frances Anne Wren (1847/8–1886...