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Earl Stanhope and the Re-Invention of Printing
Music: Ignaz Moscheles
Britain never knew she was a nation of voracious readers until printing entered the steam age.

UNTIL the end of the 18th century, printing remained a laborious, inky and unreliable affair. The first major advance on the Gutenberg press came from Charles, Earl Stanhope, who in 1798 produced an iron press.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Raise. Rise. Arise.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Produce. End. Advance.

Use together in one sentence: Too. Production. Publisher.

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Why England’s ‘Revolution’ was Glorious
Music: Henry Purcell
Edmund Burke argues that England’s ‘revolution’ of 1688 worked because we changed the Government, not the Constitution.

IN truth, the circumstances of our revolution (as it is called) and that of France, are just the reverse of each other in almost every particular, and in the whole spirit of the transaction.

With us it was the case of a legal monarch attempting arbitrary power — in France it is the case of an arbitrary monarch, beginning, from whatever cause, to legalize his authority.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Raise. Rise. Arise.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Case. Spirit. Change.

Use together in one sentence: Circumstance. Under. Its.

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The ‘Ladies’ Diary’
Music: Ann Sheppard Mounsey
A long-lived annual of riddles, rhymes and really hard maths aimed specifically at Georgian Britain’s hidden public of clever women.

THE ‘Ladies’ Diary’, published annually in London from 1704 to 1841, offered an almanack of useful dates, astronomical events, rhyming riddles and readers’ queries, such as

“I should be glad to know, what is the composition of the India rubber; and how and where it is made”.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Several. Various.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Date. Offer. Feature.

Use together in one sentence: Equally. Answer. Astronomical.

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John Dalton
Music: Jan Ladislav Dussek
At fifteen John Dalton was a village schoolmaster in Kendal; at forty he had published the first scientific theory of atoms.

JOHN Dalton, a weaver’s boy, began his teaching career at fifteen, helping his elder brother to run a Quaker school in Kendal. He deepened his education by contributing maths problems to The Ladies’ Diary, and reading scientific works to Kendal’s distinguished natural philosopher John Gough, who was blind, in exchange for lessons in Latin and Greek.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Conscription. Description. Dictation.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Post. Run. Exchange.

Use together in one sentence: Mountain. Exchange. Reward.

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Francesco Geminiani
Music: Francesco Geminiani
The most brilliant violinist of his generation, whose finely-crafted compositions showed off bravura and spoke tenderness.

‘THE intention of musick’, wrote Francesco Geminiani in 1751, ‘is not only to please the ear, but to express sentiments, strike the imagination, affect the mind, and command the passions’. He had spent the last thirty-seven years doing just that, delighting audiences from London to Dublin and the near Continent.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Later. Latter.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Credit. Strike. Express.

Use together in one sentence: Performance. Delight. Technique.

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A Pledge to the People
Music: John Marsh
Edmund Burke pleaded with Parliament to emerge from behind closed doors and reconnect with the British public.

LET the commons in parliament assembled, be one and the same thing with the commons at large. Let us identify, let us incorporate ourselves with the people. At present all is troubled and cloudy, and distracted, and full of anger and turbulence, both abroad and at home: but the air may be cleared by this storm, and light and fertility may follow it.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Right. Rite. Write.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Anger. Storm. Tax.

Use together in one sentence: Thing. People. Belong.

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