Thomas Nicholas Burke, an Irish Dominican preacher, born in Gal way in 1830. He received priestly orders in 1856, and is a member of the convent of St. Saviour's, Dublin. His eloquence has caused him to be yearly called to Rome, where he was partly educated, to preach during Lent. In October, 1871, he came to the United States as "visitator general" of his order, and preached and lectured almost daily here or in Canada. A very large sum of money was thus realized for public charities. The interest produced by his discourses was much increased by a public controversy with the historian Froude, who was lecturing in the country at the same time, on his representations of the Irish race. Father Burke returned to Europe Feb. 22, 1873. His lectures and sermons were collected and published by P. M. Haverty (New York, 1872).
Thomas Overskou, a Danish dramatist, born in Copenhagen, Oct. 11, 1798. He was apprenticed to a smith in his 14th year, but went upon the stage in 1818. In 1842 he retired with a pension. In 1849 he became manager under the direction of Heiberg, whom he succeeded in 1856, retiring in 1858. His original comedies appeared in 1851-'2, in 5 vols. He adapted many plays from foreign dramatists, and published, besides other writings, an elaborate work on the Danish stage, Den danske Shueplads (5 vols., Copenhagen, 1854-64; supplement, 1865).
Thomas Prince, an American clergyman, born in Sandwich, Mass., May 15, 1687, died in Boston, Oct. 22, 1758. He graduated at Harvard college in 1707, and in 1711, after visiting Barbadoes and Madeira, settled as pastor at Combs, in Suffolk, England. About 1717 he returned to Massachusetts accompanied by several of his congregation, and on Oct. 1, 1718, became colleague of the Rev. Joseph Sewall at the Old South church in Boston, where he remained until his death. In 1736 appeared the first volume of his "Annals of New England," the second volume appearing in 1755. He intended to bring the history down to 1730, but only finished it to 1633. A new edition was published in 1826, edited by Nathan Hale. Mr. Prince also published an introduction and notes to Mason's " History of the Pequot War " (1736), notes and appendix to Williams's " Redeemed Captive" (1757), and a revision of the Psalms, with a historical preface and notes (1758).
Thomas Ritchie, an American journalist, born at Tappahannock, Va., Nov. 5, 1778, died in Richmond, July 12, 1854. After teaching four years at Fredericksburg, he removed to Richmond in 1803, and in 1804 became editor of the Richmond "Examiner," the name of which he changed to " Enquirer." He continued its editor and proprietor for 40 years, exercising an unsurpassed influence over the politics of Virginia and the Union. In 1845 he relinquished the "Enquirer" to his sons, and removed to Washington, where he edited for four years the "Union," a journal established as the organ of President Polk's administration. He subsequently returned to Richmond, and spent his latter years in retirement.