Thomas Miller, an English author, born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Aug. 31, 1807, died in London, Oct. 25, 1874. He was at first a farmer's boy, devoted his leisure hours to study, and while following the trade of a basket maker began to attract attention by his verses and occasional pieces in prose, chiefly describing rural life and scenery. He came under the notice of Moore, Campbell, and Rogers, and the last named enabled him to set up as a bookseller, and thenceforth he became an industrious writer. Among his numerous novels are "Royston Gower" (1838), "Fair Rosamond " (1839), "Lady Jane Grey " (1840), "Gideon Giles the Roper" (1841), and "Godfrey Malvern " (1842). The most popular of his writings are his country books, including " A Day in the Woods," "Beauties of the Country," "Rural Sketches," "Pictures of Country Life," " Country Scenes," etc. He also wrote a " History of the Anglo-Saxons," and lives of Turner, Beattie, and Collins. His poetical works are: "Common Wayside Flowers" (1841); "Poetical Language of Flowers" (1847); "Original Poems for my Children" (1850); and "Songs for British Riflemen" (I860).