Sir William Draper, an English military officer, born in Bristol in 1721, died in Bath, Jan. 8, 1787. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, entered the army, won distinction in the East Indies, obtained a colonelcy in 1760, acted as brigadier at the capture of Belle Isle in 1761, and led the land forces at the taking of Manila in 1762. When the first of the "Junius" letters appeared in January, 1769, he came forward under his own name in defence of his friend the marquis of Granby. Junius replied with marvellous skill and sharpness; two more letters passed on each side, and Sir William then retired from the contest. Six months afterward, when he saw these letters republished, he appeared twice again in print to complain of their injustice, and was again worsted by his anonymous antagonist. During the same year he visited America, where he married Miss De Lancey of New York. In 1779 he was appointed lieutenant governor of Minorca, and on the surrender of that island brought 29 charges against the governor, Murray, for all but two of which he was obliged to offer an apology.