Bryant was born in Westminster but spent most of his life in Bristol. His parents also originated in Bristol, but moved to London and then Middlesex for a time before moving back in 1761. He had no more than a year of schooling before starting work making and packing tobacco pipes, the family business. Although he suffered from partial deafness and short sightedness, he was a keen musician, as well as an amateur philosopher and astronomer. He spent spells in London working as a labourer and also took to the road as an itinerant seller of the tobacco pipes he produced. When money was short he would sing and entertain to pay his way. Lacking money for passage across the Severn he met a man who took him across in return for a song. One of h…
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