Cooke. I. John Rodgers, an American jurist, born in Bermuda in 1788, died in Richmond, Va., Dec. 10, 1854. During a professional career of more than 40 years, he was concerned in nearly all the great causes carried to the higher courts of Virginia. He served in the legislature in 1814, and in 1829 was a member of the convention which framed the constitution of Virginia, serving on the committee of seven, including Chief Justice Marshall, ex-President Madison, John Randolph, Watkins Leigh, and others, who made the draft of that instrument. II. Philip Pendleton, an American poet, son of the preceding, born at Martins-burg, Va., Oct. 26, 1816, died Jan. 20, 1850. He graduated at Princeton college in 1834, and returning to Virginia, studied law in the office of his father, was admittted to the bar, and married before he was 21. At college the greater portion of his time had been given to the study of poetry and belles-lettres, and he always took more pleasure in literary pursuits than in his profession. He published several poems in the "Knickerbocker" magazine, and on the establishment of the "Southern Literary Messenger" became one of its contributors.
His only publication in book form was "Frois-sart Ballads and other Poems" (1847). At the time of his death he was publishing serially the "Chevalier Merlin," a historical prose poem. III. John Esten, an American author, brother of the preceding, born at Winchester, Va., Nov. 3, 1830. After the removal of his family to Richmond in 1839 he was sent to school, and finally prepared himself for the bar, to which he was admitted in 1851. Having contributed stories and sketches to various periodicals, he published a novel, "Leather Stocking and Silk" (1854), which was almost immediately followed by "The Youth of Jefferson" and "Virginia Comedians." In 1855 appeared "Ellie, or the Human Comedy," in 1856 "The Last of the Foresters," and two years later "Henry St. John, Gentleman." This series of fiction presents many phases of life in Virginia. During the civil war he served on the staff of different confederate generals until the close of the contest, and wrote a "Life of Stonewall Jackson" (1866). He resides on a farm near Winchester, Va. His later works are: "Wearing of the Gray" (1867); " Mohun, or the Last Days of Lee and his Paladins" (1868); "Hilt to Hilt, or Days and Nights in the Shenandoah" (1869); "Hammer and Rapier" (1870); "Out of the Foam" and "Life of Robert E. Lee" (1871); "Doctor Vandyke" (1872); and "Her Majesty the Queen" (1873).