George G Cookman, an American clergyman, born in Hull, England, Oct. 21, 1800, died at sea in March, 1841. He received a careful education, and joined the Methodist church in 1820. Three years later he visited the United States on business connected with his father's firm, and while here resolved to enter the ministry. In 1825 he joined the Philadelphia conference, and in 1833 was transferred to the Baltimore conference, and afterward labored in various portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. In 1838-'9 he was elected chaplain to congress. On March 11, 1841, he embarked in the steamship President to visit his native land, and perished with that vessel. Of his numerous sermons and addresses only one small volume has been published, "Speeches" (New York, 1841).
George Godwin, an English architect and author, born at Brompton, Middlesex, Jan. 28, 1815. He was instrumental in founding the London art union in 1836-7, of which in 1839 he was made chief honorary secretary; and to the "Art Union Magazine," now the "Art Journal," he became a constant contributor after its establishment in 1839. In 1844, having previously published "The Churches of London," he became editor of the "Builder." His chief architectural works are St. Mary's church, West Brompton, and the restoration of the church of St. Mary Redcliff, Bristol. He has published "Churches of London" (1838), "Facts and Fancies" (1844), "History in Ruins" (1853), "London Shadows" (1854), "Buildings and Monuments," " Town Swamps and London Bridges" (1859), "Memorials for Workers," and "Another Blow for Life" (1804). He has also written several dramas.
George Grenville, an English statesman, the reputed author of the famous stamp act, born Oct. 14, 1712, died Nov. 24, 1770. He was chosen to parliament in 1741, and continued a member till the time of his death. In 1762 he was made successively secretary of state and first lord of the admiralty. In 1763 he was appointed chancellor of the exchequer and first lord of the treasury; but in 1705 he resigned the premiership, giving place to Lord Rockingham. He was an eloquent speaker and an able man of business.
George Henry Harlow, an English painter, born in London, June 10, 1787, died there, Feb. 4, 1819. He studied under Sir Thomas Lawrence, who used to employ him to prepare pictures in the dead coloring and to advance copies. He had so large a share in painting the much admired lap dog of a fashionable lady, that he claimed the work as his own, and Lawrence dismissed him. In 1818 Harlow visited Rome, and astonished the artists of that city by completing an effective copy of Raphael's "Transfiguration" in 18 days. Canova exhibited one of his pictures at his house, and procured his election as a member of the academy of St. Luke. His best original works are two designs from Shakespeare, " Hubert and Prince Arthur" and the "Trial of Queen Catharine." The principal characters in the latter are portraits of the Kemble family.