David Hoffman, an American lawyer, born in Baltimore, Dec. 25,1784, died in New York, Nov. 11, 1854. From 1817 to 1836 he was professor of law in the university of Maryland. Having resigned his professorship, he travelled in Europe for two years, and afterward practised law in Philadelphia till 1847, when he again went to Europe, returning in 1853. During this time he furnished to the London "Times" several papers relating to the government and people of the United States. He published "A Course of Legal Study" (1817; 2d ed., 2 vols. 8vo, 1836), of which Justice Story said, " It contains by far the most perfect system for the study of the law which has ever been offered to the public." His "Legal Outlines," of which only one volume appeared (1836), has also been commended as a text book. He also published "Miscellaneous Essays" (1837), "Viator" (1841), and " Chronicles selected from the Originals of Cartaphilus the Wandering Jew" (2 vols., London, 1855).
David Hunter Strother, an American artist, born in Martinsburg, Va., Sept. 26, 1816. He studied drawing and painting, in 1845 went to New York, learned to draw on wood and il- lustrated some books, and in 1849 returned to Virginia. From 1853 till 1861 he published, under the pseudonyme of Porte Crayon, a series of illustrated papers, mostly relating to Virginia and the south, some of which were collected in his "Virginia Illustrated" (New York and London, 1857). On the outbreak of the civil war ho volunteered in the United States service, was a colonel of cavalry, and at the close retired as a brevet brigadier general. Since 1866 he has resided at Berkeley Springs, W. Va., and continues his illustrated papers on southern subjects.
David Kalisch, a German humorist of Jewish parentage, born in Breslau, Feb. 23, 1820, died in Berlin, Aug. 21, 1872. He began his literary activity in Paris, and in 1848 founded in Berlin the Kladderadatsch, the German "Punch," which toward the close of his life he edited jointly with Dohni. He was the author of several popular plays, among the best known of which are Hunderttausend Thaler, Berlin bei Nacht, Doctor Peschke, and Berlin wie es weint und lacht. His pieces have been played with great success. There is a collection of his works, entitled Berliner Leierkasten.
David Martin, a French clergyman, horn in Revel, Sept. 7, 1639, died in Utrecht, Holland. Sept. 9, 1721. He was admitted to the ministry in 1663, emigrated to Holland after the revocation of the edict of Nantes, and ahout 1686 became pastor and professor of theology and philosophy in Utrecht. He was an eminent Biblical scholar, and published Uutoire du Vieux et du Nouvcau Testament (Amster-dam, 1700), which has been often reprinted, was translated into Dutch, was embellished with 420 fine engravings, and is known as "Mortieris Bible;" editions of the Bible with notes, and a treatise on revealed religion.