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A benevolent society to aid authors and their dependants in distress, founded in 1790 as the Literary Fund Society at the instigation of the Revd David Williams, a Dissenting minister. In 1818 it was granted a Royal Charter, and was permitted to add ‘Royal’ to its title in 1845. The Fund receives no government subsidy and depends on gifts, subscriptions, and legacies.

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