William Jacobson, an English bishop, born in Norfolk in 1803. He graduated at Lincoln college, Oxford, in 1827. In 1829 he was elected fellow of Exeter college, and in 1832 was chosen vice principal of Magdalen hall, which post he occupied till 1848, when he was appointed regius professor of divinity in the university. At the same time he became canon of Christ church and rector of Ewelme, and received the degree of D. D. He was also select preacher and public orator for several years, and edited a number of valuable works for the university press. In 18G5 he was made bishop of Chester. He has edited Patres Apostolici (2 vols, with notes, apparatus, etc, 1840; 3d ed., 1847), "Nowell's Catechism" (1844), the "Collected Works of Bishop Sanderson" (6 vols., 1854), etc, and published two volumes of sermons (1840, 1846).
William John Broderip, an English naturalist, born at Bristol in 1787, died in 1859. He took his degree at Oriel college, Oxford, was called to the bar in 1817, edited a legal work on sewers, and published three volumes of law reports. He was appointed by Sir Robert Peel a police magistrate for a metropolitan district, which office he retained for 34 years. He contributed largely to the " Penny Cyclopedia," and the greater part of the zoological department of the "English Cyclopaedia" is his work. He is the author of many essays in the "Quarterly Review" on subjects of natural history. He also wrote " Zoological Recreations" (London, 1847), and "Leaves from the Note Book of a Naturalist" (1852).
William John Miller, an English painter, born in Bristol in 1812, died there, Sept. 8, 1845. He studied with J. B. Pvne, the land-scape painter, and in 1833-'4 made a tour through Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. In 1838-'9 he made a tour through Greece and Egypt, among the results of which were two landscapes, "Athens from the Road to Marathon," and "Memnon, or Ruins at Gornou in Egypt at Sunset." In 1843 he accompanied Sir Charles Fellows on his expedition in quest of the Nanthian marbles. Five pictures of Asiatic scenery in the exhibition of 1845 were, like previous contributions, treated with neglect, and soon after he was seized with illness, the result of mortification, from which he never recovered. His pictures subsequently commanded high prices, and a collection of 300 sketches was sold soon after his death for £4,360.
William John Thoms, an English antiquary, born in Westminster, Nov. 16, 1803. He was for some years clerk of printed papers in the house of lords, and in 1862 was appointed sublibrarian of that house. His first separate publication was "A Collection of early Prose Romances" (3 vols., 1828). This was followed by "Lays and Legends of Various Nations" (1834); "Book of the Court" (1838); "Three Notelets on Shakespeare" (1865); and " Hannah Lightfoot, Queen Charlotte, and the Chevalier d'Eon" (1867). He has also edited "Anecdotes and Traditions" (1839), "Stow's Survey of London" (1842), and " Caxton's Reynard the Fox" (1844). His reputation rests principally on the establishment of the periodical "Notes and Queries".