Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, born at Pointon Manor, Charles co., Md., in 1743, died at Port Tobacco, Md., Oct. 5, 1787. He was a lawyer, and was sent as a delegate to congress in 1774 and 1775. He strongly favored the establishment of an independent government, although under instruction from the Maryland convention to oppose it; but that state receded from its opposition in time to allow its delegates to sign the Declaration. He served on the committee to prepare a plan of confederation, and was reclected to congress in 1777 and 1783.
Thomas Sully, an American painter, born at Horncastle. Lincolnshire, England, in June, 1783, died in Philadelphia, Nov. 5, 1872. He was brought to the United States by his parents, who were players, in 1792. In 1803 he settled as a portrait painter in Richmond, Va., removed a few years later to New York, and in 1809 settled in Philadelphia. Among his large works are full-length portraits of George Frederick Cooke as Richard the Third, Dr. Benjamin Rush, Commodore Decatur, Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette, and Queen Victoria, painted during a visit to England. His well known picture of " Washington crossing the Delaware" is now in the Boston museum.
Thomas Taylor, an English scholar, sur-named the 'Platonist," born in London, May 15, 1758, died at Walworth, Nov. 1, 1835. He studied the classics, mathematics, and chemistry, and became clerk in a banking house, He issued, in the course of 40 years, translations of part or the whole of the hymns of Orpheus, the works of Plato (5 vols. 4to), Proclus, Julian, Pausanias, Plotinus, Apuleius, Aristotle, Maximus Tyrius, Demophilus, Iam-blichus, Hierocles, Porphyry, Celsus, Ocellus Lucanus, and Olympiodorus, and the " Chaldean Oracles." He also published works on geometry and arithmetic, on the Eleusinian and Bacchic mysteries (new ed., with introduction and notes by Alexander Wilder, M. D., 1875), on "The Rights of Brutes" (in ridicule of Paine's "Rights of Man"), a new edition of Hedericus's "Greek Lexicon" with additions, " History of the Restoration of the Platonic Theology," " Miscellanies in Prose and Verse," etc. His works amounted to 55 vols.
Thomas Tusser, an English poet, born at Rivenhall, near Witham, Essex, about 1515, died in London about 1580. He became a chorister, and finally served as a retainer in the family of William Lord Paget. Afterward he became a farmer at Katwade (now Cattiwade) in Suffolk, where he wrote "A Hundreth Good Pointes of Husbandrie" (1557). This was the first didactic poem in the language, and in 1573 appeared as "Fiue Hundreth Points of Good Husbandry vnited to as many of Good Huswiferie" (reprinted by Dr. Mavor in 1812). Fuller says Tusser was "successively a musician, schoolmaster, serving man, husbandman, grazier, poet, more skilful in all than thriving in any vocation.11