Thomas Hobson

(1545—1631) carrier

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(1545–1631) A Cambridge carrier, who ‘sickened in the time of his vacancy, being forbidden to go to London by reason of the plague’. John 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 the Spectator, 509.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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