Sir Charles Bagot, a British diplomatist, born at Blithfield, Sept. 23, 1781, died at Kingston in Canada, May 18, 1843. He was the second son of William, first Lord Bagot. In 1807 he was appointed under-secretary of state for foreign affairs; in 1814 was sent on a special mission to France; in 1820 was ambassador at St, Petersburg, and in 1824in Holland. On the death of Lord Sydenham in 1841 he was made governor general of the Canadas, which office he held till his death.
Sir Charles Sedley, an English poet, born at Aylesford, Kent, in 1639, died Aug. 20, 1701. He was the son of Sir John Sedley, and after the restoration went to London, where according to Wood he set up for a satirical wit. He soon obtained great favor with Charles II., and his private fortune was wasted in debauchery. He was once engaged in a riot at a public house, where he made a speech to the mob, naked, from the balcony, and was fined £500. He now applied himself to serious business, and distinguished himself in parliament by his opposition to James II. His activity in bringing about the revolution is attributed to the king's intrigue with his daughter, who became his mistress and was created countess of Dorchester. His collected works, consisting of short amatory poems, parliamentary speeches, plays, and some translations from the classics, were published with a memoir in 1722.
Sir Charles Wilkins, an English orientalist, born in Frome in 1749, died in London, May 13, 1836. He went to Calcutta in 1770, in 1778 made the type for printing Halhed's Bengalee grammar, and afterward made the matrices for a font of Persian type. He returned to England in 1786, was appointed librarian of the East India company in 1801, and knighted in 1823. He translated the Bhagaxad Gitā (1785) and Hitopadesa (1787), wrote a Sanskrit grammar (1808) and "The Roots of the Sanskrit Language " (1815), and edited Richardson's Arabic and Persian dictionary (1806-10).
Sir Everard Home, a Scottish surgeon, born at Greenlaw castle, Berwickshire, May 6, 1756, died Aug. 31,1832. He studied medicine with his brother-law, the celebrated John Hunter, and practised in London for more than 40 years. In 1813 he was created a baronet and appointed sergeant surgeon to the court, in which office he was continued by William IV. He was also professor of surgery and anatomy, and for many years president of the royal college of surgeons. His "Lectures on Comparative Anatomy" (6 vols. 4to, London, 1814-'28) is his most important work. He is indebted for his reputation as an author to the folio volumes of minutes of dissections left by John Hunter, which he took from the Hunterian museum under the pretence of preparing a catalogue of the museum, and burned.
Sir Felix Booth, an English manufacturer, born in 1775, died in 1850. He was head of the firm of Booth and company, distillers in London, and gave £20,000 in 1827 to aid the arctic expedition under Sir John Ross. For this public-spirited act he was made a baronet in 1834. Ross's expedition resulted in the discovery of the true position of the north magnetic pole, and of a large tract of country which was named Boothia Felix.