Autograph letter signed : Kensington, to Francis Freeling, 1818 Nov. 20.
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Freeling began his career in the Bristol Post Office and moved to London in 1787. There he held the successive Postal Service positions of surveyor, principal and resident surveyor, joint secretary, and sole secretary. In 1828, baronetcy was conferred on him for his public service. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1801 and was one of the original members of the Roxburghe Club, founded in 1812. From the description of Freeling correspondence, 1794-1841. (Unknow...
Thomas Frognall Dibdin was born in Calcutta, and orphaned at a young age; he was raised by relatives in England, and educated at Oxford. He trained to practice law, but took holy orders instead. Throughout his enigmatic and somewhat controversial life as an author, librarian, bibliographer, and bibliophile, Dibdin contributed significantly to revitalizing the popularity of books on England. He wrote poetry, and essays celebrating books, but was best known for his numerous bibliographies, which w...