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and woollen goods on commission. After the con- clusion of peace in 1815 the import trade greatly expanded, and in that year, and regularly there- after, Abbott visited England to buy goods. Sub- sequent to 1830 they were largely interested as sell- ing agents for the manufacturing companies of Lowell, and in the latter part of his life Abbott participated extensively in the China trade. In 1834 he was elected a represen- tative in congress as a Whig, and was appointed a mem- ber of the commit- tee on ways and means. He de- clined an election to the next con- gress, but served for a brief period in 1839-40. In 1842

he was appointed a

commissioner for the settlement of the northeast- ern boundary question, and arranged with Lord Ashburton the basis of an arrangement that was satisfactory to both the American and English gov- ernments. He was president of the Essex com- pany, which was organized in 1844 to build the manufacturing town of Lawrence on the Merri- mack river. He took an active part in the presi- dential canvass of 1844 as a supporter of Henry Clay, as he had done four years previously in the election of Gen. Harrison, and was a presidential elector in that year. In the Whig national con- vention of 1848 he was a candidate for vice-presi- dent, lacking but six votes of a nomination. In 1849 President Taylor offered him a seat in the cabinet, first as secretary of the navy, and then as secretary of the interior, which he declined : but he accepted the post of minister to Great Britain, which he occupied until October. 1852, when he was recalled at his own request. He took up the negotiations that had been begun by his predeces- sor, George Bancroft, relative to the projected Nicaragua canal, and discovered in the archives documents that invalidated Great Britain's terri- torial claims in Central America: but, much to his disappointment, the negotiations were transferred to Washington. He performed an important ser- vice in the settlement of the fishery question, which threatened to lead to a serious complication. The remainder of his life was devoted to his private business. In 1847 he gave to Harvard university $50,000 to found the scientific school, bearing his name, that is connected with that institution, and he bequeathed a like sum in aid of the same object. He also left $50,000 for the erection of model lodg- ing-houses, the income to be forever applied to certain public charities. See "Memoir of Abbott Lawrence," by Hamilton A. Hill (Boston. 1884). — Amos's son, William Richards, philanthropist, b. in Boston, 3 May, 1812; d. in Swampseott. Mass., 20 Sept., 1885. " After studying in the Dummer academy at Byfield and at Gardiner, Me., he went to Europe in" 1829 and spent five years in travel and study. He was living in France at the time of the French revolution of July, 1830. and was at the storming of the barricades in Paris. He then engaged for a short time in business, but afterward studied medicine both at home and abroad, and was graduated at Harvard medical school in 1845. Having engaged for a short time in private practice, he established, with his father's aid, a hospital for poor children in Boston, to the management of which he devoted much of his time. Dr. Lawrence was for about twenty years a manager of the Boston dispensary, a mem- ber of the original board of trustees of the Boston city hospital, one of the founders of the Church home for orphans and destitute children, and of the Boston provident association, a trustee of the In- dustrial school for girls at Lancaster, and presi- dent of the Young men's benevolent society. He was an active member of the Protestant Episcopal church, was interested in the foundation of several parishes, and with his brother built the Church of our Saviour, Longwood. His father's " Diary and Correspondence " was at first printed by hiin for private distribution ; but, being urged to publish it, he did so, and the work obtained a circulation of 22,000 copies within six months, and has been many times republished. He was the author also of a " History of the Boston Dispensary " (1859) ; and " The Charities of France " (1867). — Another son. Amos Adams, b. in Boston, Mass., 31 Julv, 1814; d. in Nahant, Mass., 22 Aug., 1886, was graduated at Harvard in 1835, entered mercantile life, invested capital in cotton-manufactories, and became president or director of many banks and industrial corporations in Massachusetts; also an officer in numerous charitable institutions. In 1853-'4 he associated himself with Eli Thayer and others in the colonization of Kansas and its develop- ment into a free state, and was the treasurer and principal manager of the Emigrant aid association, which sent out parties of settlers from New Eng- land during the Kansas struggle. He was twice nominated by the Whigs and Unionists for gover- nor of Massachusetts. In the beginning of the civil war he aided in recruiting the 2d Massachusetts cavalry regiment. He built Lawrence hall, the Episcopal theological school in Cambridge, and was its treasurer for many years. In 1857-'60 he was treasurer of Harvard college, and in 1880 was chosen an overseer. The town of Lawrence, Kansas, and Lawrence university, at Appleton, Wisconsin, were named in his honor. A " Memoir " of him has been prepared by his son William (Boston, 1888).


LAWRENCE, Charles, British general, d. in Halifax. Nova Scotia, 19 Oct., 1760. He was a ma- jor in the British army when he was appointed, 19 Oct., 1749. a member of the council of Nova Scotia. The following spring he led a force against the French at Chignecto, but they withdrew into the woods after burning their town. In the summer he returned, and built Fort Lawrence at the head of the Bay of Fundy. He administered the gov- ernment after the retirement of Gov. Hopson in 1753, and was appointed lieutenant-governor in 1754, and governor in. 1756. He was promoted colonel in September, 1757. and in Loudon's cam- Eaign of 1757 commanded the reserve. On 31 tec., 1757, he was commissioned as a brigadier- general, and was at the siege of Louisburg.


LAWRENCE, Cornelius Van Wyck, congressman, b. in Flushing. N. Y., 28 Feb., 1791 ; d. there, 20 Feb., 1861. He received a common-school education, and was brought up on a farm. He went to New York city in 1812, engaged in mercantile pursuits, and was elected to congress as a Jackson democrat, serving from 2 Dec, 1833, till May, 1834. when he resigned in order to enter on the office of mayor of New York city, to which he was the first person chosen by popular suffrage. He served as mayor for two successive terms, and in 1836 was a presidential elector on the Van Buren ticket. He was also collector of the port of New