Timothy Flint, an American clergyman and author, born in North Reading, Mass., July 11, 1780, died in Salem, Aug. 16, 1840. He graduated at Harvard college in 1800, entered the ministry of the Congregational church, and settled at Lunenburg, Mass., in 1802. He was a diligent student of the natural sciences, and his chemical experiments led some ignorant persons to charge him with counterfeiting coin. He prosecuted them for slander; an ill feeling increased by political differences sprang up between him and his parishioners, and he resigned his charge in 1814. He then preached in various parts of New England, and in September, 1815, set out for the west as a missionary, and passed seven or eight years in the Ohio and Mississippi valleys. In 1823 he returned to Massachusetts, broken in health, which the change of climate soon restored. His first work was Recollections of Ten Years passed in the Valley of the Mississippi (8vo, Boston, 1820), which was reprinted in London, and translated into French. In the same year he brought out a novel, Francis Berrian, or the Mexican Patriot." His next publication was a "Condensed Geography and History of the Western States in the Mississippi Valley (2 vols. 8vo, Cincinnati, 1828), forming with the "Recollections" one of the best accounts of that region ever written.

In 1828 he removed to Cincinnati, where he edited for three years the Western Review." In 1833 he went to New York and conducted a few numbers of theKnickerbocker Magazine." He afterward took up his residence in Alexandria, Va., spending most of his summers in New England. His writings are spirited and powerful, but somewhat wanting in polish. His principal works, besides those mentioned above, are:Arthur Clenning," a novel (2 vols. 12mo, Philadelphia, 1828);George Mason, or the Backwoodsman;"Shoshonee Valley" (2 vols. 12mo, Cincinnati, 1830); a translation of Droz, Essay upon the Art of Being Happy" (Boston, 1S32);Indian Wars in the West" (12mo, 1833);Lectures on Natural History, Geology, Chemistry, and the Arts" (12mo, Boston, 1833); and Memoir of Daniel Boone" (18mo, Cincinnati, 1834). He also contributed to the London Athenaeum" in 1835 a series of papers on American literature.