George Merrill (gay activist)
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Merrill, a working-class young man who had been raised in the slums of Sheffield, had no formal education. He met Edward Carpenter on a train in 1891, and moved into Carpenter's home at Millthorpe outside Sheffield in 1898. His arrival was commemorated by Carpenter in the poem Hafiz to the Cupbearer.
The two lived openly as a couple for thirty years, until Merrill died. Carpenter died the following year and was buried beside Merrill.
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