Ambrogio Calepino, an Italian lexicographer, born at Bergamo, June 6, 1435, died Nov. 30, 1511. He was of noble birth, and at the age of 16 became an Augustinian monk. He devoted his life to the preparation of a great Latin and Italian dictionary, which was published at Reggio in 1502, and in the 16th and 17th centuries acquired a high reputation, passed through many editions, and was greatly enlarged by successive editors. The edition of Basel (1590-1627) comprised 11 languages, including Polish and Magyar. The last edition was published at Padua in seven languages, in 1772. Calepino was a man of great learning, and from his name was formed the French word calepin, which at first meant a dictionary, but now signifies a collection of extracts and notes - a scrap-book.
Ambroise Marie Francois Joseph Pali-sot de Beauvois. See Palisot.
Ambrose Powell Hill, an American soldier, born in Culpeper co., Va., about 1825, killed near Petersburg, April 2, 1865. He graduated at West Point in 1847, served in the war with Mexico, and afterward in Florida, and was in the office of the coast survey from 1855 to 1860. He resigned his commission of lieutenant, March 1, 1861, and entered the confederate service. He took an active part in all the campaigns in northern Virginia, being present as colonel at the battle of Bull Run; at Williamsburg, where he was made a major general; during the seven days' fighting on the peninsula; at Cedar Mountain, Groveton, and Antietam; at Fredericksburg and Chancellors-ville, where he succeeded to the command of Jackson's corps, but was soon disabled by a wound; at Gettysburg and the Wilderness; and finally in the siege of Petersburg. He was killed by a rifle shot at the end of the siege.
Amelia B. Coppuok (Welby), an American poetess, born in St. Michael's, Md., in 1821, died in Louisville, Ky., May 3, 1852. In 1838 she married George B. Welby, a merchant of Louisville. She gained considerable literary reputation at an early age by poetical contributions, first published in the "Louisville Journal" under the signature of Amelia. These were collected and published in a small octavo volume at Boston in 1844, which passed rapidly through several editions. A larger collection of her poetical works appeared at New York in 1850, with illustrations by R. W. Weir.
Amelia Blandford Edwards, an English novelist, born in 1831. She early exhibited literary and artistic tastes, and in 1853 began to contribute to periodicals. She has written an "Abridgment of French History," a school history of England, a volume of ballads, and several books for children, the most successful of which are "The Little Marquis " and "The Story of Cervantes." But she is best known by her novels: "My Brother's Wife" (1855), "The Ladder of Life" (1857), "Hand and Glove" (1859), "Barbara's History" (1864), "Half a Million of Money" and "Miss Carew" (1865), "Debenham's Vow" (1870). and " Monsieur Maurice and other Tales" (1873).