Brasbridge, Joseph (DNB00)

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BRASBRIDGE, JOSEPH (1743–1832), autobiographer, began business as a silversmith, with a good capital, in Fleet Street, London. Pleasure continually seduced him from his shop, and bankruptcy followed as a matter of course; but eventually he was re-established in business through the kindness of friends. In the hope that his own indiscretions might prove a warning to others, he published, when in his eightieth year, his memoirs under the title of 'The Fruits of Experience,' which passed through two editions in 1824. His portrait is prefixed. He died at Highgate on 28 Feb. 1832.

[Gent. Mag. xciv. (i.) 234, cii. (i.) 567; Blackwood's Edinburgh Mag. xvi. 428; Lowndes's Bibl. Man. (Bohn), 256; Evans's Cat. of Engraved Portraits, ii. 50.]

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