Thomas William Robertson, an English dramatist, born Jan. 9, 1829, died in London in February, 1871. He belonged to a theatrical family, and began life as an actor in a strolling company, of which his father was the manager. His first original drama, "A Night's Adventure," was brought out at the Olympic in 1851. He settled in London in 1860, supporting himself by light literature. His "David Garrick," adapted from the French, attracted general notice in 1864, chiefly owing to the acting of Sothern. His "Society," produced at the opening of the Prince of Wales's theatre in 1865, made him famous, and was followed by "Ours" (1866), "Caste" (1867), "Play" (1868), "School" (1869), and "M. P." (1870). His last play was "War," produced at the St. James's Theatre.
Thomas Witlain Atkinson, an English artist and traveller, born in Yorkshire, March 6, 1790, died at Lower Walmer, Kent, Aug. 13, 1861. He excelled by his architectural designs and in landscape gardening, and wrote "Gothic Ornaments of English Cathedrals." He travelled extensively, and published "Oriental and Western Siberia, a Narrative of seven years' Explorations and Adventures in Siberia, Mongolia, the Kirghis Steppes, Chinese Tartary, and part of Central Asia" (London, 1857), and "Travels in the Regions of the Upper and Lower Amoor" (1860), both works illustrated from his own designs.
Thomas Woolner, an English sculptor, born at Hadleigh, Suffolk, Dec. 17, 1825. He was elected a royal academician in 1874. His principal works are statues of Lord Bacon and Prince Albert, at Oxford; Macaulay, in Trinity college, Cambridge; William III., in Westminster hall; David Sassoon and Sir Bartle Frere, in Bombay; and busts of Tennyson, Carlyle, Darwin, Oobden, Gladstone, Sedgwick, Newman, Fairbairn, Rajah Brooke, Dickens, and Charles Kingsley. Among his imaginative works are statuettes of Ophelia, Elaine, and Guinevere. He is now (1876) engaged upon statues of Dr. Whewell for Cambridge, Lord Lawrence for Calcutta, Sir Cursetjee Jehangeer Readymoney for Bombay, and Lord Palmerston for Palace Yard, and a reredos for the chapel of Looton Hoo, Bedfordshire. He has published " My Beautiful Lady," a poem (London and Cambridge, 1863; 3d ed., 1866).
Thomas Woolston, an English author, born in Northampton in 1669, died in London, Jan. 27, 1733. He was educated at Cambridge, where he became a fellow of Sydney Sussex college and received holy orders. In 1705 he published his " Old Apology for the Truth of the Christian Religion against the Jews and Gentiles revived." In 1727-30 he published six "Discourses on the Miracles of Christ," the reality of which he denied; and for this he was convicted of blasphemy at Guildhall, and sentenced to a year's imprisonment and a fine of £100. Not being able to pay the fine, he died in confinement.
Thomaston, a town of Knox co., Maine, adjoining Rockland, on the Knox and Lincoln railroad, 60 m. E. N. E. of Portland; pop. in 1870, 3,092. The state prison is situated here, and extensive granite quarries in the neighborhood are worked by convict labor, which is also employed in the manufacture of boots, shoes, and carriages. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in manufacturing and exporting lime and in ship building. About 140,000 casks of lime are produced annually. There are a few other manufactories, two national banks, a savings bank, a fire insurance company, and six churches. Thomaston was incorporated in 1777, and included until 1848 Rockland and South Thomaston.