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Thomas Miller, Efq;
Mr John Millard, Surgeon. Havant.
Mr Morgan, Gent.
Mr Jofiah Morral, Surgeon. Holywell.
Mr Edward Moulding, of Worcester College, Oxon.
Mr Humphry Moftyn, of Jefus College, Oxon.
Rev. Mr. John Newton. Gloucefter.
Mr John Newman, Officer of the Customs. Chichester.
Mr James Selwood Noke, Merchant. London.
Rev. Mr. John Norman. Portsmouth.
Mr John Northcott, Merchant. London.
Mr James Osbourne. Chichester.
Mr Thomas Ottey, of Brazen-Nofe College, Oxon.
Mr James Owen.
Mr John Owen. London.
John Page, Efq; of King's-clare. Hants. Two Books.
Mr Robert Page. London.
Mr John Page, Bookfeller.
Mr John Page, Apothecary.
Mr Thomas Palmer. Chichester.
Rev. Mr John Park, B. D. Canon Refidentiary of Chichester. Rev. Mr Richard Parkes, Vicar of St. Andrew's. Parfoore. Mr Parker. Farnham
Rev. Mr Tho. Parry, A. B. of Jefus College, Oxon.
1r Parry, of Mertyn.
Mr Samuel Parvifh, Bookfeller. Guildford.
Mr. Robert Pate. London.
Robert Patridge, Eig; London.
Mr Paul Patton, of Bagylt.
William Pearce, Ef; Guildford.
Henry Peckham, Efq; Chichester.
Rev. Mr Piers, A. M. Vicar of Boxley.
Mr Richard Piercy..
Mr James Pierpont.
Rev. Mr Thomas Piety. Chatham. Seven Books.
Mr Thomas Pime. Dublin.
Rev. Mr William Pinckney, A. B. Chaplain of Chr. Ch. Oxon.
Mr Powell, Surgeon. Farnham.
Mr Robert Porter, jun. Worplesdon.
Mr Pountney, Apothecary. Farnham.
Mr Ifaac Poynting.
Rev. Mr John Predden. Chichester.
Rev. Mr. Ellis Price, A. M. Rector of Skiviog.
Rev. Mr John Price, A. M. of Boxford. Ten Books.
Mr James Price, of Chrift-Church, Oxon.
Mr John Price, of Queen's-College, Oxon.
Rev. Mr John Price, B. D. Rector of Evilham, and Fellow of Jefus-College, Oxon.
Mr John Pyoner. London.
Rev. Mr Matthew Randal. London.
Matthew Raper, of Newington-Green, Efq;
Mr Readdy. Gloucester.
Mr Thomas Redftone. Newport, Isle of Wight.
Samuel Ricards, Gent. of Parthore.
Mr Edward Richardfon, Merchant.
Mr Rickets. Gloucefter.
Mr William Rigden.
Mr Henry Roake. Woking.
Richard Roberts, Efq; of Parfhore.
Mr William Roberts, of Brazen-Nose College, Oxon.
Thomas Robinson, Efq;
Mr Rogers, Apothecary. Evifham.
Mr Edward Rogers.
Jofeph Ruffel, Efq;
Mr John Rutland, Surgeon. London.
Mr John Sage.
Mr John Salter, Apothecary. Weybridge.
Mr Thomas Sanden, Jun. Comptroller of the Cuftoms. Chichefter. Mr Thomas Sanders. Chichester.
Mr Thomas Sanders, Jun. Chichester.
Rev. Mr Samuel Savage.
Mr Jofeph Sayer, Surgeon.
Mr Daniel Scot.
Mr John Scotney, Surgeon. Farnham.
Mr Henry Sexton. Chichester.
George Shakerley, Efq; Gwerfylt.
Mr George Shakerley, of Oriel College, Oxon.
Mr William Simmons.
Capt. Martin Skipp. Norwich.
Mr Francis Smedley. Holywell.
Mr Henry Smart. Chichester.
Rev. Mr Smith, Vicar of the Cathedral Church of Chichester. Rev. Mr Richard Smith, A. B. of Chrift-Church, Oxon.
Mrs Elizabeth Smith. Chichester.
Mr John Smith, Surgeon. Chichester.
Mr Richard Smith. Chichester.
Mr John Smith. Chichefter.
Mr William Smith, Limner. Gloucefter.
Mr George Smith, Limner. Chichester.
Capt. Smith. Holywell.
Mr Abraham Smither, Merchant. Croudell.
The Right Honourable Edward Southwell.
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Mr John Spooner. Guildford.
Rev. Mr John Starkey, Rector of Tangmere. Twa Books.
Mr Nathanael Stakes.
Colonel James Ruffel Stapleton. Flintshire.
Mr James Stevens. Waking.
Mr Richard Stevens. Guildford.
Mr William Stead. London. Six Books.
Rev. Mr Steuart, Rector of Middleton.
Rev. Mr Benjamin Stokes.
Mr Jude Storer. Guildford.
Mr Marmaduke Storr, Watchmaker. London. Two Boaks.
Mr John Stoughton. Guildford.
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