William Case, an American Methodist clergyman, born at Swansea, Mass., Aug. 27, 1780, died at Alnwick mission house, Canada, Oct. 19,1855. He was received into the New York conference in 1805, and for 18 years was presiding elder in central and western New York and in Canada. In 1828 he was appointed superintendent of Indian schools and missions in Canada, which post he filled till his death, and became known as "the apostle to the Canadian, Indians." He was the director of the Methodist ministry in Canada, and thus became powerful in shaping the religious history of that region.
William Cave, an English scholar and divine, born at Pickwell, Leicestershire, Dec. 30, 1637, died at Windsor, Aug. 4, 1713. He was educated at St. John's college, Cambridge, and became successively vicar of Islington, rector of Allhallows the Great, London, and chaplain to Charles II., who made him canon of Windsor. Having selected as his residence the quiet village of Isleworth, Middlesex, he devoted his life to researches into the history of the church. He produced a great number of works, the most important of which are his "Primitive Christianity " (1672), "Lives of the Apostles" (1675), and "Lives of the Fathers" (Ecclesiastici, 1682). His style is concise, simple, and easy, and his sentiments so liberal that he has been accused of Socinianism. A monument in Islington church marks his burial place.
William Cecil. See Burleigh, Lord.
William Charles Wells, a British physician, born in Charleston S. C, in May, 1757, died in London, Aug. 28, 1817. He studied medicine at the university of Edinburgh, served as surgeon to a Scotch regiment in Holland, and in 1785 established himself in London. In 1800 he became physician to St. Thomas's hospital. He is best known by an " Essay on Dew " (1814; new ed., 1866). (See Dew.) His autobiography was published in 1818.
William Crafts, an American lawyer and author, born in Charleston, S. C, Jan. 24, 1787, died at Lebanon Springs, N. Y., Sept. 23, 1826. He graduated at Harvard college in 1805, practised law in Charleston, and was several times a member of the state legislature. He was editor of the Charleston "Courier," and a favorite orator on public occasions, and in 1817 delivered the Phi Beta Kappa address at Cambridge. He wrote a few poems, chiefly local or humorous in character. A selection from his writings in prose and verse, including several orations, was published at Charleston in 1828, with a memoir of his life by the Rev. Samuel Gilman.
William Croft, an English composer, born in Warwickshire in 1677, died in 1727. At the age of 31 he obtained the position of composer to the chapel royal and organist to Westminster abbey, which he held until his death. As a composer of cathedral music he held a high rank. The degree of doctor of music was conferred on him by the university of Oxford in 1715. In 1724 he published, under the title of Musica Sacra, an edition of his select anthems, 2 vols, folio, arranged for two, three, four, five, six, seven, and eight voices. Some of these are still performed in the English church service. Dr. Croft was buried in Westminster abbey.