David Masson, a Scottish author, born in Aberdeen, Dec. 2, 1822. He was educated at Marischal college, Aberdeen, and at the uni-versitv of Edinburgh, and at 19 became editor of a Scottish provincial newspaper. Two years later he went to London, and became a contributor to the magazines, subsequently spent several years in Edinburgh in a similar capacity, and about 1847 established liimself again in London. In 1852 he was appointed professor of the English language and literature in University college, London, and in 1865 of rhetoric and English literature in the university of Edinburgh. He has published " Essays, Biographical and Critical, chiefly on English Poets" (1856); "Life of John Milton" (2 vols., 1859-71); "British Novelists and their Styles" (1859); "Recent British Philosophy, including Remarks on Mr. Mill's Answer to Sir William Hamilton" (1865); "Essays on Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats " (1874); and "Chatterton" (1874). From 1859 to 1868 he was editor of "Macmillan's Magazine".