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Buckingham, James Silk

Buckingham, James Silk (1786-1855), traveller, lecturer, and journalist, was born near Falmouth, and went to sea at an early age. In 1818 he established a journal in Calcutta, and was expelled from Bengal for criticising too freely the Indian Government. He afterwards came to London and established (1824) The Oriental Herald and (1828) The Athenaeum. He then travelled in the United States, and returning to England, represented Sheffield in Parliament for five years. He published several books of travel, and an autobiography.