Jeremias De Decker, Or Dekker

Decker, Or Dekker, Jeremias De, a Dutch poet, born at Dort about 1610, died in Amsterdam in November, 1666. He wrote a paraphrase of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, translations and imitations of classic poets, and a great number of epigrams: His most celebrated poem, the "Praise of Avarice" (Lofder Geld-zucht), has earned a place beside the Moriae Encomium of Erasmus. A first edition of his poems appeared in Amsterdam in 1656, another with additions in 1702, and a complete collection in 1726. Selections of his epigrams are in Geysbeck's Epigrammatische Aniholo-gie (1821), and of his poetry in Siegenbeck's Proeven van Nederduitsche Dichtkunde (1823).

Jervis Mcentee

Jervis Mcentee, an American painter, born in Rondout, N. Y., July 14, 1828. He studied in the studio of Frederick E. Church in 1850, but in 1852 engaged in business in Rondout, which he relinquished three years later. In 1858 he opened a studio in New York, and has been successful as a delineator of northern scenery, especially in its more sombre aspects. He has recently paid much attention to figure painting. Among his principal works are: "The Melancholy Days have come" (1861); "Virginia" and "Indian Summer" (1802); "The Wilderness" and "In the Kaatskills" (1863); "Late Autumn" (1864); "October in the Kaatskills" and "Woods of Asshokan" (1866); "Last Days of Autumn" (1867); "October Snow " (1870); " November Days " and "Danger Signal" (1871); "Sea from Shore" and "The Pine Tree" (1872); "A Wood Path" and "Solitaire" (1873); and " A Song of Summer " (1874). The last three are figure pictures.

Jesi, Or Iesi

Jesi, Or Iesi (anc. AEsisor AEsium), a town of Italy, in the province and 15 m. S. W. of the city of Ancona, on the N. bank of the river Esino (anc. AEsis); pop. about 20,000. It is an episcopal see, and one of the most important towns of the province, with manufactures of woollen and silk goods, and with increasing activity owing to the railway connection with Ancona. Under the Romans it was a municipium, and from ancient inscriptions appears to have been a colony. The emperor Frederick II. was born here.

Jesper Swedberg

Jesper Swedberg, a Swedish clergyman, father of Emanuel Swedenborg, born at Fahlun, Aug. 28, 1653, died at Brunsbo, July 26, 1735. His father was a copper smelter named Daniel Isaksson. Swedberg took his name from a small family estate. He was educated at Up-sal, and in 1685 was ordained a priest and appointed chaplain to the king's regiment of cavalry life guards. In 1690 he was made pastor of Vingaker, in 1692 professor of theology at Upsal, and soon after rector of the university. In 1691 he was one of a commission to revise the Swedish Bible, which work was completed in a year. In 1694 he published a psalm book, which was suppressed as pietistic. In 1702 Charles XII. made him bishop of Skara in West Gothland, in which office he remained till his death. In 1722 he produced the first Swedish grammar ever printed. About 1732 the Swedish congregations in London, Lisbon, and North America elected him their bishop.