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A Cambridge carrier, who died in Jan. 1630–1. Milton wrote two epitaphs on him, and his name survives in the phrase ‘Hobson's choice’, which refers to his custom of letting out his horses in rotation, and not allowing his customers to choose among them. (See Spectator, No. 509.)

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