James Gordon Brooks

James Gordon Brooks, an American poet, born at Claverack, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1801, died in Albany, Feb. 20,1841. He graduated at Union college in 1819, studied law, and removed in 1823 to New York, where he became editor of the "Minerva," a literary journal, and afterward of the "Literary Gazette," the "Athenaeum," and the "Morning Courier," continuing in all these papers the publication of his verses. In 1828 he married Mary Elizabeth Aikin of Poughkeepsie, and the next year appeared " The Rivals of Este and other Poems, by James G. and Mary E. Brooks." The year after they removed to Winchester, Ya., and in 1838 to Rochester, N. Y., and afterward to Albany. Mary E. Brooks, his wife, in addition to her literary abilities, was a skilful designer. The original drawings for the plates in the "Natural History of the State of New York," edited by her brother-in-law Mr. James Hall, were made by her from nature.

James Hannay

James Hannay, a British author, born in Dumfries, Scotland, Feb. 17, 1827, died in Barcelona, Spain, in February, 1873. He entered the navy at the age of 13, but left it after five years, and devoted himself to literature. He contributed to various periodicals, and from 1860 to 1864 was editor of the "Edinburgh Courant." In 1857 he was an unsuccessful candidate for parliament for Dumfries. In 1868 he was appointed consul at Barcelona. His works include "Biscuit and Grog" (1848), "Hearts are Trumps" (1848), "King Dobbs" (1849), "Singleton Fontenoy" (1850), "Satire and Satirists" (1853), "Sand and Shells" (1854), "Eustace Conyers"(1857), "A Course of English Literature" (1866), and "Three Hundred Years of a Norman House" (1867).

James Henry Coffin

James Henry Coffin, an American mathematician, born in Northampton, Mass., Sept. 6, 1806, died in Easton, Pa., Feb. 6, 1873. He graduated at Amherst college in 1838, was afterward professor in Williams college till 1843, and superintended the establishment of Greylock observatory, on the mountain of that name in western Massachusetts, with the first combined self-registering aerometer and barometer. He was professor of mathematics and astronomy in Lafayette college, Easton, Pa., from 1846 till his death. He published "Solar and Lunar Eclipses," "A Discussion on the Meteoric Fire Ball," and "Winds of the Northern Hemisphere" (issued by the Smithsonian institution, 1851; enlarged and revised, 1873).

James Hentborne Todd

James Hentborne Todd, an Irish antiquary, born in Dublin, April 23,1805, died near there, June' 28, 1869. He graduated at Trinity college, became a fellow there in 1831, and was regius professor of Hebrew in the university of Dublin. He was also treasurer and precentor of St. Patrick's cathedral, president of the royal Irish academy, and one of the founders of the Irish archaeological society. He edited several rare Irish manuscripts and tracts, including " The Wars of the Danes in Ireland," and published " Historical Tablets and Medallions " (1828); " Discourses on the Prophecies relating to Antichrist" (1840); "Historical Memoirs of the Successors of St. Patrick and Archbishops of Armagh" (2 vols. 8vo, 1861); and "St, Patrick, Apostle of Ireland" (1863). He collected a library of manuscripts, which after his death brought extraordinary prices.