John Byrom

(1692—1763) poet and creator of a system of shorthand

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had many varied literary, linguistic, religious, and scientific interests, and was from 1724 a fellow of the Royal Society; his varied acquaintance included Hartley, the Wesleys, J. Butler, and, notably, Law, of whom he left interesting accounts in his Private Journals and Literary Remains (1854–7). Byrom had Jacobite sympathies and was, like Law, a non‐juror; he was the author of the ambiguously loyal toast, beginning ‘God bless the King! I mean the Faith's Defender…’ His Miscellaneous Poems (1773) include some curious versifications of Law's Serious Call and the well‐known hymn ‘Christians, awake! Salute the happy morn’.

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