Basil Hall, a British author, born in Edin-burgh in 1788, died near Gosport, England, Sept. 11, 1844. He entered the navy in 1802, and in 1816 commanded the brig Lyra, which accompanied Lord Amherst to China. He was made post captain in 1817, and from 1820 to 1822 was stationed on the Pacific coast of America. In 1827-'8 he travelled in the United States and Canada, and afterward in various parts of Europe. In the latter part of his life his mind became impaired, and he died in an insane hospital. Besides contributions to scientific periodicals and to the "Encyclopaedia Britannica," and minor works of travel, some written in conjunction with others, he published "A Voyage of Discovery to the Western Coast of Corea and the Great Loo Choo Island" (1818); "Extracts from a Journal written in 1820-'22 on the Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico" (2 vols., 1823-'4); "Travels in North America" (3 vols., 1829); "Fragments of Voyages and Travels" (9 vols., 1831-'40); "Spain and the Seat of War in Spain" (1837); and "Patchwork, Travels in Stories" (1840).