Resina (anc. Retina), a town of Italy, in the province, on the gulf, and 6 m. S. E. of the city of Naples, at the W. base of Vesuvius; pop. about 12,000. It covers a large part of the ruins of Herculaneum, and the sinking of a well here in 1709 led to the excavation of relics and to the first discovery of the real site of the latter city. Resina is- the place from which the ascent of Vesuvius is generally made, and has many villas, which extend almost to the neighboring Portici. The most celebrated of these is the villa La Favorita, built on the lava of 1631, and formerly belonging to the prince of Salerno. Silk is woven to some extent, and the renowned Lacrymae Christi wine is produced in the vicinity. The ancient Retina was supposed to have been a naval station and the port of Herculaneum.
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Return Jonathan Meigs, an American soldier, born in Middletown, Conn., in December, 1740, died at the Cherokee agency, Georgia, Jan. 28, 1823. At the commencement of the revolutionary war he raised a company and marched to Cambridge, and subsequently accompanied Arnold to Quebec, where he was taken prisoner. After being exchanged in 1776 he raised a regiment and was appointed its colonel. He distinguished himself at Sag Harbor, for which he received the thanks of congress and a sword, and at the capture of Stony Point. In 1788 he settled at Marietta, O. In 1801 he was appointed Indian agent of the Cherokees, among whom he passed the remainder of his life. His journal of the expedition to Quebec, inserted in the "American Remembrancer" for 1776, was published with an introduction and notes by C. T. Bushnell (New York, 1864).
Reus, a city of Catalonia, Spain, in the province and 11 m. W. of the city of Tarragona; pop. about 25,000. It is situated on a gently sloping plain near the base of a low mountain range, and Was formerly fortified. It consists of an old and a new town, the former dating from 1151, and the latter from the last century. There are 11 public squares and several subterranean aqueducts. The parish church of San Pedro is a stately Gothic pile with an imposing tower. Outside the town are two sanctuaries, one of which contains a gorgeous image of the Virgin, which is visited by large numbers of worshippers. The city has over 100 cotton and silk factories, and numerous oil mills, distilleries, and soap and earthenware factories. The commercial prosperity of Reus dates from the establishment there of English manufacturers in 1750.
Reuben Dimond Mussey, an American surgeon, born in New Hampshire in 1780, died in Boston, June 28, 1866. He practised his profession during the earlier part of his life with great success in his native state, and from 1814 to 1838 was connected with various medical professorships in Dartmouth college. He afterward removed to Cincinnati, where he was professor of surgery in the Cincinnati college of medicine and surgery from 1838 to 1852, when he took the same chair in the Miami medical college, resigning in 1860 and removing to Boston. His surgical practice in Cincinnati and the neighboring country was large, and he was widely known and resorted to as a consulting surgeon. He was a prominent temperance lecturer, and advocated temperance in eating as well as drinking. He published " Health, its Friends and its Foes" (12mo. Boston, 1862).