James Orchard Halliwell was born on 21 June, 1820 in Chelsea, London. He is known for his Shakespeare scholarship, and for his work on antiquarian manuscripts. He was initially something of a prodigy in the field of antiquarian documents, though not of literature. His early collections of manuscripts tended to be on the subject of science. They led to 18 publications in the scientific magazine

The Parthenon

(1836-7) on the lives of mathematicians, and, in 1838, he published his first book, a life of Samuel Morland. At the age of 19, having collected the best part of 130 science-related manuscripts, Halliwell was elected to The Royal Society and The Society of Antiquaries in recognition of his achievements.

While he was at Jesus College, Cambridge, Halliwell became interested in literary

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