Bermondsey, a suburban parish of London, on the Surrey side of the Thames, situated between Southwark and Rotherhithe, and forming part of the former borough; pop. in 1871, 80,413, an increase of 22,058 since 1861. It is the great seat of tanning. (See London).

Bernal Diaz Del Castillo

Bernal Diaz Del Castillo, a Spanish adventurer and chronicler, born in Medina del Campo, Old Castile, near the close of the 15th century. He went to seek his fortune in the new world in 1514, and joined the expeditions which sailed from Cuba to Yucatan under Fernandez de Cordova in 1517, and under Grijalva in 1518. He afterward attached himself to the fortunes of Cortes. In 1568 he was regi-dor of the city of Guatemala. When Goma-ra's "Chronicle of New Spain" appeared, Diaz began his Historia verdadera de la con-quista de la Nueva Espana, the object of which was to correct the many misstatements of his rival, and to claim for himself and his comrades a share of the glory which Gomara gave almost wholly to Cortes. The work was finished in 1558, and was first published at Madrid in 1032. An English translation by Lock-hart appeared in 1844.


Bernalillo, an E. central county of New Mexico, divided into two portions by the S. projection of San Miguel county, the E. portion bordering on Texas; area, about 3,000 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 7,591. The W. portion is intersected by the Rio Grande del Norte and Rio Puerco, and is skirted by the Rio de San Jose. In this portion are the Sandia and other mountains. The chief productions in 1870 were 18,300 bushels of wheat, 31,505 of Indian corn, 14,080 gallons of wine, and 166,960 lbs. of wool. There were 373 horses, 509 mules and asses, 622 milch cows, 2,016 other cattle, 126,010 sheep, and 446 swine. Capital, Albuquerque.

Bernard Barton

Bernard Barton, an English poet, born in London, Jan. 31, 1784, died at Woodbridge, Feb. 19, 1849. He was a member of the society of Friends, and a bank clerk at Wood-bridge from 1810 to 1847. His work entitled "Metrical Effusions" (1812) was followed by others, which, though deficient in poetical power, were animated with tender and devotional feeling, and gained for him the regard of Southey, Lamb, and Byron, and a donation of £1,200 from a reading club which he had established at Woodbridge, besides a pension of £100 accorded to him in the latter part of his life through Sir Robert Peel. His poems fill 8 or 9 volumes, the "Household Verses" being among his latest and best productions. His sister Maria Hack wrote many juvenile works, and his daughter Lucy published in 1849 "Selections from the Poems and Letters of Bernard Barton."

Bernard Bluet Darberes

Bernard Bluet Darberes, a professional French fool, born about 1566, died in 1606. In boyhood he was a shepherd, afterward a cartwrigbt, and then fool to a Savoyard nobleman. At the age of 34 he went to Paris, and assumed the titles of eomte de Permission and chevalier des ligues des XIII. cuntons suisses.

He wrote eulogies for the great, on whose bounty he lived, particularly on that of Henry IV., and afterward wrote prophecies tor the people. Hi. works were collected into 173 books, of which about 130 have come down to us. In 1831, a copy of Bluet was sold in England for £20 sterling. It is said that when the plague of 1606 ravaged Paris, Bluet announced that his total abstention from food for nine days would save the city, He died on the sixth (lav.