William Huntington, an English preacher, born in 1744, died at Tunbridge Wells in August, 1813. His early life was passed in menial service and dissipation; but having been converted he came to be a zealous preacher among the Calvinistic Methodists, travelling through the country, and gaining many followers. He finally settled in London, and having married for his second wife the widow of a rich alderman, his later years were spent in affluence. He published a great number of discourses and tracts, which were collected in 20 vols. (London, 1820). A selection from these was published by his son (6 vols., London, 1838; 2d ed., 1856). To his name he appended the letters S. S., which he thus explained: "As I cannot get a D. D. for the want of cash, neither can I get an M. A. for want of learning; therefore I am compelled to fly for refuge to S. S., by which I mean sinner saved."
William J. Hardee, an American soldier, born in Savannah, Ga., in 1818, died at Wythe-ville, Va., Nov. 6, 1873. He graduated at West Point in 1838, served during the Florida war, and in the war with Mexico was brevetted lieutenant colonel for gallant and meritorious conduct. He was on frontier duty till 1856, when he became commandant of cadets and instructor in tactics at West Point, and in 1860 was appointed lieutenant colonel of cavalry. He resigned Jan. 31, 1861, and entered the confederate service as brigadier general. He took part in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga, commanded at Savannah and Charleston at the time of their occupation by the Union forces, and afterward surrendered in North Carolina, with the remainder of Johnston's army. He aided in compiling "Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics," mainly translated from the French by Lieut. Benet, which was adopted in 1855 for the use of the army and militia.
William Jackson, an English composer, born in Exeter in 1730, died in 1803. He pursued his musical studies in London, under Travers, and in 1777 became organist of Exeter cathedral. He is celebrated in England for his songs, canzonets, and trios, which display remarkable tenderness and grace. As a composer of instrumental music he was less successful. He wrote "Thirty Letters on Various Subjects," and "Four Ages, together with Essays." He was also a painter.
William Jacob Hays, an American artist, born in New York, Aug. 8, 1830. He studied drawing with John R. Smith in New York, and devoting himself to animal painting, went to the head waters of the Missouri in 1860 to paint the fauna of that region. He has since visited Nova Scotia and travelled extensively through the northern part of the United States, sketching and studying the habits of the native animals. Among his principal works are: "The Herd (bisons) on the Moor" (1861); "The Stampede " (1862); "The Prairie-Dog Village" (1862); "Bison Bull at Bay" (1865); "Bull Moose of Nova Scotia" (1867); "Prairie on Fire " (1869); " Bouquet of Orchids," 86 varieties (1871); "Herd of Caribou in Nova Scotia" (1871); and "Mule Deer" (1872). Mr. Hays has in preparation a work on the "Ruminants of America," to be fully illustrated by himself.