James Davis Knowles, an American clergyman, born in Providence, R. I., in July, 1798, died in Newton, Mass., May 9, 1838. His father, a respectable mechanic of Providence, apprenticed him at the age of 12 to a printer. He studied French and Latin without a teacher, and on becoming co-editor in 1819 with Prof. Goddard of the "Rhode Island American," he studied Greek, and at a later period made respectable progress in Hebrew. At the age of 22 he joined the Baptist church, and entered the sophomore class of Columbian college, Washington, D. C. He graduated in 1824, and was immediately appointed tutor, but in December, 1825, was ordained pastor of a church in Boston. In 1832 he was called to the chair of pastoral duties and sacred rhetoric in the Newton theological institution. In 183G he founded the " Christian Review," a quarterly journal of the Baptist denomination. Visiting New York in the latter part of April, 1838, to attend the anniversaries of his denomination, he took the smallpox, of which he died. His principal works are a "Memoir of Mrs. Ann H. Judson" (1827), which went through numerous editions, and a " Memoir of Roger Williams, Founder of Rhode Island" (1834).