William Guthrie, a Scottish author, born in Brechin about 1708, died in London in 1770. He studied at Aberdeen, and for some time was a schoolmaster, then went to London and became an author and compiler, and from 1746 was pensioned by government. His most important works are : " General History of England" (3 vols. fol, London, 1744-'50); "General History of Scotland" (10 vols. 8vo, 1767 -'8); "General History of the World" (12 vols. 8vo, 1764-'7); a "Peerage;" and a " Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar," of which numerous editions in all sizes appeared, the 1st in 1770, the 24th in 1827, 4to. Among his other works is " The Friends, a Sentimental History" (2 vols. 12mo, 1754).
William H Churchman., a blind man, superintendent of several institutions for the instruction of the blind, born in Baltimore, Md., in 1818. As a pupil of the Pennsylvania institution for the blind, he acquired a good mathematical education, and attained proficiency in music. In 1840 he became an assistant teacher of music and other branches in the Ohio institution for the blind at Columbus. In 1844 he was appointed principal of the Tennessee institution for the blind. He resigned after two years' service in consequence of ill health, and in 1847 was chosen superintendent of the Indiana institution for the blind at Indianapolis, over which he presided till 1853. The ensuing year he established a young ladies' seminary at La Porte, Ind., which, after a little more than a year of successful progress, was broken up by the destruction of the buildings by fire. He received soon after the appointment of superintendent of the Wisconsin institute for the blind, at Janesville.
William Habington, an English poet, born at Hindlip, Worcestershire, Nov. 5, 1605, died there, Nov. 13, 1645. He was educated at the Jesuit college of St. Omer, and at Paris; but he showed no inclination for a life of celibacy, and married Lucy Herbert, the daughter of Lord Powis. He lived mostly in the country, and his life passed quietly. His works, marked by nice fancy and moral-elevation, are : "Castara," a collection of poems addressed to his wife (4to, London, 1634; with a preface and notes by Charles A. Elton, 12mo, Bristol, 1812); "The Queene of Aragon, a Tragi-com-edie" (fob, 1640), revived in 1666 with a prologue and epilogue by Samuel Butler, author of "Hudibras;" " The Historie of Edward IV." (1640), said to have been partly written by the poet's father; and " Observations upon the Historic of Henry the Second's Association of his eldest Sonne to the Regal Throne" (8vo, 1641).
William Hague, an American clergyman, born in New York about 1805. He graduated at Hamilton college in 1826, was ordained to the ministry, and has been pastor of Baptist churches in Providence, Boston, Newark, Albany, New York, Chicago, and Orange, N. J. Besides many occasional addresses and minor works, he has published "The Baptist Church Transplanted from the Old World to the New" (New York, 1846); "Christianity and Statesmanship " (1855); and "Home Life," a series of lectures on family duties and relations (1855).