Sir John Da Vies, an English lawyer and poet, born at Tisbury, Wiltshire, in 1570, died in 1626. He studied at Oxford and at the Middle Temple, from which he was expelled for his unruly temper, and during his exclusion wrote most of his poems. In the reign of James I. he was attorney general and speaker of the commons in Ireland; he afterward sat in the English parliament, and at the time of his death had just been made lord chief justice. His principal work is a didactic poem entitled Nosce Teipsum, or " The Soul of Man, and the Immortality thereof" (London, 1599), which is remarkable for its condensation of thought and precision of style.
Sir John Denham, an English poet, born in Dublin in 1615, died in London, March 19, 1668. In 1641 he published "The Sophy," a tragedy, which was praised by Waller, and had an immediate success; and in 1643 appeared his poem "Cooper's Hill," on which his fame rests. The following two famous lines occur in the apostrophe to the Thames in that poem:
Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull; Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full.
Sir John Duke Coleridge, an English lawyer, son of Sir John Taylor Coleridge, born in 1821. He studied at Eton and at Balliol college, Oxford, and became fellow of Exeter college. He was called to the bar in 1847, was recorder of Portsmouth from 1855 to 1865, and was made queen's counsel in 1861. In 1865 he was returned to parliament for Exeter, in 1868 was made solicitor general, and in 1871 attorney general. In 1873 he became chief justice of the court of common pleas.
Sir John Jervis, earl of St. Vincent, a British admiral, born at Meaford, Staffordshire, Jan. 9, 1734, died March 15, 1823. He entered the navy at the age of 10 years, and became post captain in 1760. He distinguished himself in several naval engagements, was made 0. B. in 1782, and during the same year sailed with Lord Howe to the relief of Gibraltar. He was promoted to the rank of rear admiral in 1787, and was in parliament from 1782 until the beginning of the French revolution, after which he sailed to the West Indies and captured Martinique and Guadeloupe. He was appointed admiral of the blue, June 1, 1795, and on Feb. 14, 1797, off Cape St. Vincent, defeated a Spanish fleet which was nearly twice as strong as his own. For this he was raised to the peerage by the title of earl of St. Vincent and Baron Jervis of Meaford, receiving a pension of £3,000. He was first lord of the admiralty from 1801 to 1804.
Sir John Mandeville, an English author, born in St. Albans about 1300, died in Liege, Nov. 17, 1372. He was a proficient in theology, natural philosophy, and medicine, and even practised as a physician for some time. In 1322 he proceeded to the East, visited the holy places in Palestine, being favored by the sultan of Egypt, and travelled in Armenia, Persia, India, Tartary, and northern China (Cathay). He returned to England about 1355, and wrote a narrative of his travels and adventures, first in Latin, and afterward in French and in English, which he dedicated to Edward III. This work is a singular mixture of fact and fable, a monument at once of the author's candor and credulity. The earliest edition of it is that of Wynkin de Worde (Westminster, 1499), and the best of the old English editions is that of 1725. A new edition was published by J. O. Halliwell (London, 1839).