Stoddard, a S. E. county of Missouri, bounded W. by the St. Francis and drained by the Castor river; area, about 800 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 8,535, of whom 70 were colored. The greater portion of the county is level, and there are swamps and shallow lakes, the principal of the latter being Lake Nicormy, 25 m. long and 4 m. wide. It is a part of the " sunk country" produced by the earthquake of 1811. Large forests of cypress abound. It is intersected by the Cairo, Arkansas, and Texas division of the St. Louis and Iron Mountain railroad. The chief productions in 1870 were 34,-501 bushels of wheat, 384,051 of Indian corn, 17,259 of oats, 29,708 of potatoes, 118,534 lbs. of tobacco, 9,138 of wool, 37,688 of butter, and 11,991 gallons of sorghum molasses. There were 2,295 horses, 2,560 milch cows, 1,286 working oxen, 4,206 other cattle, 6,765 sheep, and 26,558 swine. Capital, Bloomfield.
Richard Henry, an American author, born in Hingham, Mass., in July, 1825. His father, a sea captain, was early lost on a voyage, and the son for several years worked in an iron foundery in New York. In 1849 he privately printed a volume of poems, entitled " Footprints," followed by a maturer collection of " Poems " in 1852. In the latter year he received an appointment in the New York custom house, which he held till 1870. In 1853 he published "Adventures in Fairy Land," a book for young people, and in 1857 " Songs of Summer." His other works are : " Town and Country, and the Voices in the Shells," for children (New York, 1857); "Life, Travels, and Books of A. von Humboldt," with an introduction by Bayard Taylor (Boston, 1860; London, 1862); " The King's Bell," a poem (Boston, 1862; London, 1864; New York, 1865); " The Story of Little Red Riding Hood," in verse (New York, 1864); " The Children in the Wood," in verse (1865); "Abraham Lincoln, a Horatian Ode" (1865); "Putnam the Brave " (1869); and " The Book of the East," containing his later poems (1871). He has edited " Gen. Lvon's Political Essays, with his Life" (New York, 1861); "The Loves and Heroines of the Poets " (1861); J. G; Vas-sar's " Twenty-one Years round the World" (1862); "Madrigals, mostly from the Old English Poets" (1865); "The Late English Poets" (1865); a new edition with additions of Gris-wold's "Poets and Poetry of America " (1872), and of his " Female Poets of America " (1874); and the "Bric-a-Brac Series" (1874 et seq.).
Elizabeth (Baestow), wife of the preceding, born in Mattapoisett, Mass., in 1823. Since her marriage in 1852 she has published three novels, "The Morgesons" (1862), "Two Men " (1865), and "Temple House " (1867), all descriptive of New England life and scenery, and has assisted her husband in the editing of two or three annuals.