Piatt, an E. central county of Illinois, intersected by the Sangamon river; area, 275 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 10,953. The surface is level and the soil fertile. It is traversed by the Toledo, Wabash, and Western, the Monti-cello, and the Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Western railroads, and other lines. The chief productions in 1870 were 66,144 bushels of wheat, 1,029,725 of Indian corn, 130,610 of oats, 33,675 of potatoes, 106,476 lbs. of butter, and 9,455 tons of hay. There were 3,483 horses, 7,497 cattle, 3,180 sheep, and 12,654 swine. Capital, Monticello.
John James, an American poet, born in Dearborn co., Ind., March 1, 1835. He was educated at Kenyon college, and in 1857 he contributed poems to the Louisville "Journal," and in 1859 to the " Atlantic Monthly." In conjunction with W. D. Howells, he published "Poems of Two Friends " (Columbus, O., 1860), and with his wife, "The . Nests at Washington, and other Poems " (New York, 1864); and he has since published " Poems in Sunshine and Firelight" (Cincinnati, 1866), "Western Windows, and other Poems " (New York, 1869), and " Landmarks, and other Poems" (1871). He resides near Cincinnati.
Sarah Morgan Bryan, wife of the preceding, born near Lexington, Ky., Aug. 11, 1836. Besides the volume of poems published with her husband, she has published " A Woman's Poems" (Boston, 1871), and "A Voyage to the Fortunate Isles " (1874).