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Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Samuel Bagster the Younger
October 19 1800 – July 1 1835

Bagster was the eldest son of Samuel Bagster, 1772-1851. He was educated at a school at Oxford and was articled to his father in 1815. In October 1822 he joined the Baptist church in Blackfriars. Bagster commenced business for himself in 1824 as a printer in Bartholomew Close.

He married Miss Elizabeth Hunt in 1825. Samuel was well read in the natural history of bees, and during the summer of 1834 published, ‘The Management of Bees‘. It distilled the vast literature on bees. It sold well.

He contributed ‘The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge‘ to his father’s polyglot series. His business steadily increased in extent. Many of the polyglot bibles and other learned publications of Messrs. Bagster & Sons came from his press.
Bagster occupied some of his leisure in poultry-breeding and bee-keeping.

Ill health led to Samuel retiring from business he remained active in antislavery and temperance. He died at his residence, Aldine Cottage, on 1 July 1835.

Works

  1. The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
  2. The Management of Bees, with a description of the “Ladies Safety-hive,” with 40 illustrative wood engravings
  3. Spiritual Honey from Natural Hives, or Meditations and Observations on the Natural History and Habits of Bees, first introduced to public notice in 1657 by S. Purchas, M.A.
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