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Regency Celebrity: William Smith, Abolitionist (and Florence Nightingale’s Grandfather)

William Smith (1756 – 1835) was a leading independent British politician, sitting as Member of Parliament (MP) for more than one constituency. He was an English Dissenter and was instrumental in bringing political rights to that religious minority. He was … Continue reading

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Georgian and Regency Revolutionary: Thomas Spence, British Radical and Advocate for Common Ownership of Land

Thomas Spence (June 21 Old Style/ July 2 New Style, 1750 – September 8, 1814) was an English Radical and advocate of the common ownership of land. Life Spence was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, and was the son of a Scottish … Continue reading

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