George Bexson, an English dissenting clergyman and author, born in Great Salkeld in 1699, died in 1763. From 1721 to 1763 he held pastoral charges first at Abingdon, Berkshire, next at Southwark, and finally as colleague of Dr. Lardner in the congregation of Crutched Friars. Among his works are: "A Treatise on Prayer " (1731), "Comments on some of the Epistles," "History of the first Planting of Christianity" (1735), "Reasonableness of the Christian Religion," "History of the Life of Christ," and "An Account of the Burning of Servetus, and of the concern of Calvin in it." In his early ministerial career he was Calvinistic in theology; later he became an Arian, and endeavored to suppress some of his former publications.
George Bill, an English prelate, born at Wells, Somersetshire, March 25, 1634, died Feb. 17, 1710. He was educated at Oxford, ordained at the age of 21, and became rector of St. George's, near Bristol. In 1658 he became rector of Suddington St. Mary, in Gloucester, and in 1662 of Suddington St. Peter. In 1669 he published in Latin Harmonia Apostolicd, an attempt to reconcile the apparent contradictions between St. James and St. Paul on the doctrine of justification. This publication extended his fame to foreign countries, and his reputation procured him a stall in the cathedral of Gloucester. In 1705 he was promoted to the bishopric of St. David's.
George Birder, an English clergyman, one of the founders of the London missionary society, born in London, June 5,1752, died there, May 29, 1832. He left the study of the fine arts for that of divinity, was pastor of the Independent church at Lancaster from 1778 to 1783, afterward at Coventry till 1803, and subsequently of the church in Fetter lane, London. He was secretary of the London missionary society, and editor of its organ, the " Evangelical Magazine." His " Village Sermons " (6 vols., 1799-1812) were translated into many foreign languages. He also published volumes of "Cottage Sermons," "Sea Sermons," and " Sermons to the Aged," which were very widely circulated; and edited the "Pilgrim's Progress" and Henry's "Commentaries upon the Bible".
George Browne, count, a Russian general, born in Ireland, June 15, 1698, died at Riga, Sept. 18, 1792. He gained much distinction in the Russian service, in which he was actively engaged from 1730 to 1762. He was successively taken prisoner by the Turks and the Prussians, and afterward appointed by Peter III. to command the army against Denmark, with the rank of field marshal. Browne, however, declined taking a part in this war, which he deemed unjust, and the czar at first deprived him of his dignities and ordered him to leave the country, but soon recalled him as governor of Livonia, which office he held under his successor, Catharine II., for 30 years. The title of count was conferred on him in 1779 by the emperor of Germany, Joseph II.