Edward Laurence Godkin, an American journalist, born at Moyne, county Wicklow, Ireland, Oct. 2, 1831. He was educated at Queen's college, Belfast, and during the Crimean war (1854-'6) was correspondent in Turkey and Russia of the London "Daily News." In 1856 he came to the United States, and made a journey on horseback through the southern states, which he described in a series of letters to the "Daily News." He then studied law in New York, and was admitted to the bar in 1858, but has never practised. In 1862 he was again employed as correspondent of the "Daily News," and was also a writer of leading articles for the "New York Times." In July, 1865, he became editor of "The Nation," and since 1866 has also been its proprietor.
Edward Lye, an English philologist, born in Totness, Devonshire, in 1704, died at Yard-ley-Hastings, Northamptonshire, in 1767. He was specially devoted to the Saxon and Gothic languages. His first work was an edition of the Etymologicon Anglicanum of Junius, from the unpublished MSS., which appeared in 1743. He next published the "Gothic Evangelists " of Ulfilas. But his chief work was a large dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon and Gothic languages, which was finished just before his death (2 vols, fol., 1772).
Edward Marcos Despard, an Irish soldier, born about 1755, beheaded in London, Feb. 21, 1803. He was a native of Queen's county, Ireland, served in the array with credit, and reached the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was superintendent of the English colony in Honduras, and in consequence of complaints against him was recalled in 1790, but could never procure an examination into his administration. This made him disaffected, and he was arrested for seditious conduct; but after his liberation he was only the more inflamed. In conjunction with some privates of the guards and a number of workmen he formed a plan to seize the tower and the bank, and to assassinate the king on his way to open parliament. The conspirators were tried by special commission at Southwark, Feb. 5, 1803, and Despard and nine of his associates suffered death.
Edward Meyrich Goulburn, an English clergyman, born in 1818. He was educated at Eton, and at Balliol college, Oxford, became fellow of Merton college in 1841, and for a number of years was a tutor in the university, being at the same time incumbent of Holywell, Oxford. In 1850 he was elected head master of Rugby school, and in 1858 became minister of Quebec chapel and prebendary of St. Paul's, London. He was also appointed one of the chaplains in ordinary to the queen and incumbent of St. John's, Paddington, and in 1866 was made dean of Norwich. Dean Goulburn is a voluminous and popular writer. Among his chief works are : " The Doctrine of the Resurrection of the Body" (Bampton lectures, 1850); "Principles of the Cathedral System Vindicated;" "Thoughts on Personal Religion," with a sequel on the "Pursuit of Holiness;" "Sermons in Norwich" (1870); and "The Holy Catholic Church " (1873).