Benjamin Bussey Thatcher, an American author, born in Warren, Me., Oct. 8, 1809, died in Boston, July 14, 1848. He graduated at Bowdoin college in 1826, and studied law, but devoted himself to literature. In 1836 he visited England for his health, and spent two years there. His published works are : " Biography of North American Indians who have been distinguished as Orators, Statesmen, Warriors," etc. (2 vols. 18mo, New York, 1832); "Memoir of Phillis Wheatley" (Boston, 1834); "Traits of the Boston Tea Party" (1835); " Traits of Indian Manners, Character," etc. (2 vols. 18mo, 1835); and " Tales of the American Revolution " (1846).
Benjamin Charles Incledon, an English singer, born at St. Keverne, Cornwall, in 1764, died in Worcester, Feb. 11,1826. He acquired his earliest musical education in the choir of Exeter cathedral, and made his debut in London in 1790 in "The Poor Gentleman," with great success, and for 25 years remained unrivalled as a ballad singer. His voice was a fine tenor, and his favorite part upon the stage was Macheath. In 1817 he made a musical tour in the United States, but his voice was beginning to yield to age and irregular living, and the enterprise was not very successful.
Benjamin Colmm, an American clergyman, born in Boston, Oct. 19, 1673, died there, Aug. 29, 1747. In 1692 he graduated at Harvard college, and not long afterward began to preach. He embarked for England in 1695, but the vessel in which he sailed was captured by a French privateer, and he was carried to France as a prisoner. Being exchanged soon after, he passed over to England, where he remained till 1699, preaching in different places. In that year, having accepted an invitation to become pastor of a society just formed in Brattle street, Boston, he returned to America and entered upon his new duties. Of this society he remained pastor until his death. In 1724 he was chosen president of Harvard college, which office he however declined, and in 1731 he received the degree of D. D. from the university of Glasgow. He published many sermons, some poems, and a tract in favor of inoculation for the smallpox.
Benjamin Hale, an American clergyman, born at Newburyport, Mass., Nov. 23, 1797, died there, July 15, 1803. He graduated at Bowdoin college in 1818, studied theology at Andover, and in 1822 was licensed to preach as a Congregationalism. In 1823 he became tutor in Bowdoin college, but soon after established the Gardiner lyceum, of which he was principal for four years. From 1827 to 1835 he was professor of chemistry and mineralogy in Dartmouth college, and in the mean while took orders in the Protestant Episcopal church. In 1836 he became president of Hobart college, Geneva, N. Y., and held the position for about 20 years; he then resigned on account of impaired health, and returned to his native town. Besides sermons and pamphlets on education, he published " Introduction to the Mechanical Principles of Carpentry" (1827), and "Scriptural Illustrations of the Liturgy" (1835).