Jean Ingelow, an English poetess, born in Boston, Lincolnshire, in 1830. Her father was a banker, and a man of superior intellectual culture; her mother is of Scotch descent. As a child Jean was exceedingly shy and reserved, and she led a quiet, uneventful life till November, 1863, when the publication of her "Poems" secured her immediate recognition as a poetess of high rank. Several of the poems in this volume, especially "Divided," "High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire," and the " Songs of Seven," have become widely popular, and the last named (consisting of seven poems representing seven epochs in the life of woman) has been published separately and illustrated. Her subsequent publications are: "Studies for Stories" (1864); "Poor Matt" (1866); "Stories Told to a Child" (1866; 2d series, 1872); " A Story of Doom, and other Poems" (1867); "A Sister's Bye-Hours" (1868); "Mopsa the Fairy" (1869); "The Monitions of the Unseen, and Poems of Love and Childhood" (1870, published only in Boston, Mass.); and " Off the Skelligs," a novel (1872). In America her poems have reached a sale (in 1874) of 98,000 copies, and her prose works of 35,000. Miss Ingelow now resides in London. Three times a week she gives what she.calls a "copyright dinner" to 12 needy persons just discharged from hospitals.