George Crabb, an English barrister and philologist, born at Palgrave, Dec. 8, 1778, died at Hammersmith, Dec. 4, 1854. Intended for the medical profession, his delicate nervous organization made him incompetent to follow it. He devoted himself to teaching, studied in Germany, and published on his return German text books, which were long in use. In 1821, after having been married 22 years, he graduated at the university of Oxford, with reputation for mathematical attainments. He was 51 years of age when he was admitted to the bar. His offensive manners prevented his success as a practitioner, but he made several contributions to legal literature which became standard works; among these is a " History of English Law." He is best known by his "English Synonymes," published in 1816. He was the author also of a historical and of a technological dictionary.
George Dalgarno, a British philologist, born in Aberdeen about 1627, died in Oxford, Aug. 28, 1687. He was educated in the university of Aberdeen, and for about 30 years taught a grammar school at Oxford. In 1661 he published Ars Signorum, mdgo Character Universalis et Lingua Philosophica; but the work by which he is best known in modern times is his "Didascalocophus, or the Deaf and Dumb Man's Tutor," which appeared in 1680. It contains so fully the principles of deaf-mute instruction, though deduced from theory only, that it would not be seriously defective as a handbook at the present day. He was also the inventor of a two-handed alphabet, from which the one subsequently adopted in England for the use of deaf mutes was probably derived. His works have been reprinted and presented to the Maitland club of Glasgow (1 vol. 4to, Edinburgh, 1834).
George Darley, a British author, born in Dublin in 1785, died in London in 1849. He graduated at Trinity college, Dublin, in 1811, went to London in 1825, and became attached to the " Literary Gazette" and "Athenaeum " journals, in which his criticisms of poetry and the fine arts gave him a favorable reputation. He wrote "The Labors of Idleness," "Silvia," and miscellaneous works of a mingled philosophical and poetic character, edited the works of Beaumont and Fletcher, and published an edition of Euclid and other mathematical works.
George Dcnison Prentice, an American editor, born in Preston, Conn., Dec. 18, 1802, died in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 22, 1870. He was principal of a public school before he was 15 years old, and graduated at Brown university in 1823. He studied law, was for two years editor of the "New England Weekly Review " at Hartford, and then removed to Louisville, Ky., where in 1831 he became editor of the " Louisville Journal," for many years a leading advocate in the west of the policy of the whig party. During the civil war it maintained the cause of the Union. In 1831 he published a life of Henry Clay. His short newspaper paragraphs were widely copied for their wit, and a selection from them has been published under the title of " Prenticeana" (New York, 1860; new ed., with a biographical sketch by G. W. Griffin, Philadelphia, 1870). See also a memorial address by his successor, H. Wat-terson (Cincinnati, 1870).