Richard Brothers, an English fanatic, born about 1758, died in London, Jan. 25,1824. He had been a lieutenant in the British navy for several years, and quitted the service in 1789. Declining to take the usual oath to enable him to draw his half pay, he was in 1790-'9t reduced to great straits, being forced for a time to live in the workhouse He styled himself "nephew of the Almighty and prince of the Hebrews, appointed to lead them to the land of Canaan," and in 1792 sent letters to George III., the ministry, and the speaker of the house of commons, announcing the fulfilment of the 7th chapter of Daniel. In 1794 he published a book, in two parts, called " A Revealed Knowledge of the Prophecies and Times." Having prophesied the death of the king and the destruction of the monarchy, and foretold that the crown was to be delivered to him, he was imprisoned for some time in New-. gate. His disciples were not confined to the poor and ignorant, but included Halhed, the orientalist; William Sharp, the engraver, who executed his portrait, inscribing under it, "Fully believing this to be the man appointed by God, I engrave his likeness;" and other persons of distinction.
Many of his followers sold their goods to be ready to accompany him to the New Jerusalem, which was to be built on both sides of the Jordan, and which he was to reach in 1795. Jerusalem was to become the capital of the world, and when the Jews were fully restored, in 1798, he was to be revealed as the prince and ruler of the Jews, and governor of all nations. At last Brothers was committed to Bedlam as a dangerous lunatic. After some delay, application was made to Lord Chancellor Erskine, who granted an order of release on April 14, 1806. Mr. Finlayson, one of his disciples, then removed him to his own house, where he resided during the last years of his life. Mr. Finlayson, who retained his belief in the mission of Brothers, related these facts in 1848.