George Sale, an English oriental scholar, born in Kent in 1680, died in London, Nov. 14, 1736. He was educated at King's school, Canterbury, and was a lawyer. For the " Universal History," edited by Swinton and others, he wrote the cosmogony and parts of oriental history. He was also one of the authors of the "General Dictionary" (10 vols. fol., London, 1734), and he translated the Koran into English from the original Arabic, with notes and comments. His translation was defective, but many editions have been published. After his death his Arabic, Persian, and Turkish manuscripts were purchased for the Rad-cliffe library at Oxford.
George Smith Blake, an American naval officer, born in Worcester, Mass., in 1803, died at Longwood, Mass., June 24, 1871. He entered the navy as a midshipman in 1818, became lieutenant in 1827, and in 1846 obtained command of the 10-gun brig Perry, which was wrecked in a hurricane upon the coast of Florida. In 1847 he was promoted to commander, in which grade he was attached for some time to the bureau of construction and equipment. He also served as fleet captain and commander of the razee Independence in the Mediterranean for three years. In 1855 he was promoted to captain, and in 1857 was ordered as superintendent of the United States naval academy, which position he held during the civil war, the academy being removed from Annapolis, Md., to Newport, R. I. On the reorganization of the navy in July, 1862, Capt. Blake was promoted to commodore; and in 1866-'9 he was lighthouse inspector.
George Taylor, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in Ireland in 1716, died in Easton, Pa., Feb. 23, 1781. After receiving a good education, he came to America as a "redemptioner," and bound himself for a term of years to an iron manufacturer at Durham, Pa. His employer subsequently made him his clerk, and after his death Taylor married his widow and became master of the establishment. He was a member of the provincial assembly from 1764 till 1770, when he was made a judge of the county court and colonel of militia. In October, 1775, he was again elected to the provincial assembly. He was elected to the continental congress on July 20, 1776. signed the Declaration on Aug. 2, and in March, 1777, retired from congress.
George Ticrnor, an American author, born in Boston, Aug. 1, 1791, died there, Jan. 26, 1871. He graduated at Dartmouth college in 1807, studied law, and was admitted to the Boston bar in 1813, but never practised. From 1815 to 1820 he resided in Europe, and on his return became professor of the French and Spanish languages, literature, and belles-lettres in Harvard college. He resigned in 1835, and spent three years in Europe. In 1849 appeared his "History of Spanish Literature" (3 vols. 8vo, New York; 4th ed., edited by G. S. Hillard, 3 vols., Boston, 1871), which was translated into Spanish, German, and French (in part), and was accepted as an authority in Spain itself. Mr. Ticknor was one of the association of writers by whom the " Monthly Anthology " was conducted. His latest publication was the life of his friend W. H. Prescott (Boston, 1864). - See "Life of George Ticknor," by George S. Hillard (Boston, 1876).