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1. the pen name of the unknown author of a series of letters published in a London newspaper (1769–72), attacking the British king and his ministers' abuse of royal prerogative in denying John Wilkes his seat in Parliament.
2. Franciscus, 1589–1677, English philologist, born in Germany.
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