Richard Hurd, an English prelate, born at Congreve, Staffordshire, in 1720, died at Har-tlebury in 1808. He was the son of a farmer, and was educated at Cambridge, where he became a fellow of Emmanuel college in 1742. He continued to reside at Cambridge till 1757, when he became rector of Thurcaston. He was preacher to the society of Lincoln's Inn in 1765; archdeacon of Gloucester in 1767; bishop of Lichfield and Coventry in 1775; preceptor to the prince of Wales and the duke of York in 1776; and bishop of Worcester in 1781. In 1783 George III. offered him the archbishopric of Canterbury, but he declined it. His principal publications are: "Commentary on Horace's Ars Poetica" (1749); "Dialogues" (1758); "Select Works of Abraham Cowley" (1769); "Introduction to the Study of the Prophecies " (1772); several volumes of " Sermons " (1776-'80); " Works of Bishop Warburton" (7 vols. 4to, 1788); "Life of Warburton" (1794); and "Addison's Works" (6 vols., 1810). There is a collection of his works, with an autobiography (8 vols., 1811).