John Times, an English author, born in London, Aug. 17, 1801, died there in March, 1875. In 1821 he became amanuensis to Sir Richard Phillips, publisher of the "Monthly Magazine," to which he contributed "A Picturesque Promenade round Dorking " in 1822. In 1825-'6 he published anonymously a selection of ethical passages, under the title " Laconics." From 1827 to 1838 he was editor of the "Mirror," one of the earliest popular low-priced weeklies. He edited the " Literary World" in 1839-40, and was one of the editors of the "Illustrated London News" from 1842 to 1858. He compiled " The Arcana of Science and Art" (11 vols., 1828-'38); "Knowledge for the People" (4 vols., 1831-2); " Year Book of Facts in Science and Art " (31 vols., 1839-'69); and " The Illustrated Year Book " (2 vols., 1850-'51). Among his other publications are : " Things not generally Known " (7 vols., 1856-67); "School Days of Eminent Men " (1858); " Stories of Inventors " (1859); " Lives of Wits and Humorists " (2 vols., 1862); "English Eccentrics and Eccentricities" (2 vols., 1866); "Nooks and Corners of English Life" (1866); " Wonderful Inventions" (1867); "Notable Things of our Own Time" (1868); " Ancestral Stories and Traditions '; (1869); "Abbeys, Castles, and Ancient Halls of England and Wales " (2 vols., 1870); "Notabilia" (1872); and numerous other works.