Elizabeth Hamilton, an Irish authoress, born in Belfast. July 25, 1758, died at Harrogate, England, July 25, 1816. She spent considerable time in Scotland, as governess in the family of a Scottish nobleman, and some of her most interesting works sprang from the friendships which she formed and the observations which she made in that country. Among these are her " Letters on the Formation of Religious and Moral Principle" (2 vols. 8vo, London, 1800), addressed to the eldest of her pupils, and her "Cottagers of Glenburnie" (1808), a tale illustrative of the habits of the Scottish peasantry of that day. The most important of her other works are : " Letters of a Hindoo Rajah, written previous to and during the Period of his Residence in England" (2 vols., 1796), a fictitious work describing English manners; "Memoirs of Modern Philosophers" (3 vols., Bath, 1800); "Letters on the Elementary Principles of Education" (2 vols., 1801-2);" Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina the Wife of Germanicus" (2 vols., London, 1811); and "Popular Essays on the Understanding, Imagination," etc. (2 vols., 1845).