William Arthur, an Irish Wesleyan clergyman and author, born in the county of Antrim in 1819. After a thorough classical training and special studies in Italian literature, he entered the Wesleyan theological institution near London, and upon graduating was appointed missionary to India; but after three years of successful labor, being threatened with total blindness, he was obliged to return to England. Subsequently he was appointed secretary of the missionary society of the Wesleyan church, and soon afterward was elected president of the British conference. In 1867 he was chosen principal of the Wesleyan college, Belfast, Ireland. In 1870 he was recalled to England, and made honorary secretary of the missionary society of the Wesleyan church. Apart from many valuable contributions to educational and missionary literature, Mr. Arthur is best known by the following works: "Personal Reminiscences of a Mission to the Mysore," "The Successful Merchant - a Memoir," " The Tongue of Fire," and "State in Transition."