Eliza O'Neill, an English actress, born in Ireland about 1795, died at her country seat, Ballygiblin, near Mallow, Oct. 29, 1872. Her father was a strolling comedian, and she was educated for the stage.. She succeeded on her first appearance as the duke of York in "Richard III.," and acquired great popularity in London as Juliet, and in similar characters. In the height of her fame she married in 1819 William Wrixon Becher, M. P., who was made a baronet in 1831 and died in 1850.
Elizabeth Billington, an English singer, born in London in 1769, died near Venice in August, 1818. She was the daughter .of a German musician named Weichsel, and at the age of 11 played her own compositions in London. She married her music master, Mr. Billington, whom she accompanied to Dublin, where she made her first appearance on the stage. She remained there till 1786, when she returned to London; but meeting with no success she went to Paris, and took lessons from Sacchini, by whose advice she visited Italy in 1794, to perfect herself in her art. She lost her husband in Italv, under sus-picious circumstances, and married at Lyons a M. Florissant. On her return to England in 1801, she was greatly admired both for the richness and culture of her voice and her personal graces. She sang at Covent Garden and Drury Lane theatres alternately. In 1809 she retired from the stage. Her husband left England in consequence of the alien act, and she followed him in 1817.
Elizabeth Carter, an English authoress, born at Deal, Dec. 16, 1717, died in London, Feb. 19, 1806. She translated Epictetus (London, 1758), and also wrote some poems for the "Gentleman's Magazine," numbers 44 and 100 of the "Rambler," and published a volume of poems in 1738. Her poetical works exhibit much tenderness, simplicity of sentiment, and expressive sweetness. She never married.
Elizabeth Montagu, an English authoress, born in York, Oct. 2, 1720, died in London, Any:. 25, 1800. She was the daughter of a Mr. Robinson of Horton in Kent. In 1742 she married Edward Montagu, a grandson of the first earl of Sandwich, who died in 1775, leaving her a large fortune. She made her house a favorite resort for literary characters, and one of the principal places of meeting of the blue stocking club. For many years she gave annual dinners on May day to the chimney sweeps of London. She was the author of three " Dialogues of the Dead," published with Lord Lyttelton's (1760), and wrote an "Essay on the "Genius and "Writings of Shakespeare" (1769), in refutation of the criticisms of Voltaire. Her epistolary correspondence was published by her nephew, Matthew Montagu (2 vols., 1809). See also her life as illustrated by her correspondence in "A Lady of the Last Century," by Dr. John Doran (London, 1872).
Elizabeth Ogihy Benger, an English authoress, born in Wells in 1778, died Jan. 9, 1827. She wrote poetry, dramas, and fiction, but her reputation was due mainly to works of a historical and biographical character. She wrote memoirs of Mrs. E. Hamilton, of John Tobin the dramatist, of Klopstock and his friends, of Anne Boleyn, of Mary, queen of Scots, and of Elizabeth, queen of Bohemia; and when she died she had made some progress in memoirs of Henry IV. of France.