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Treatise on Consumption,' 8to, Load. 1872.

In the same year he published a reply to the reviewers of this book.

  1. 'How to Preserve Health on the Gold Coast,' 8vo, Lond. 1874.
  2. 'The Conyersation of a Soul with God's Theodicy,' 8vo, Lond. 1877.
  3. 'Moral Second Education for the Irish People versus Ultramontanist Instilment,' 8vo, Lond. 1879.
  4. 'Etiology of Tubercle, with Comments on Dr. R. Koch's Bacilli,' 6vo. Lond. 1882.
  5. 'The Air-Cure of Tubercular Consumption as conducted at Davos and the Engadine,' 8vo, Lond. 1883.

He also wrote on 'Cholera and its Arrest by Dilute Acids' (two treatises), and on 'The Open-Air Treatment of Fever.' From the Greek he translated the 'Meditations' of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, together with the 'Manual' of Epictetus, 12mo, 1844. He left extensive manuscript works on philology and insanity.

[Belfast News Letter, 27 May 1886. p. 8; Lancet, 5 June 1886. p. 1098; British Medical Journal, 5 June 1886, p. 1080: Medical History for 1886; Brit. Mm. Cat.]

G. G.

McCORMICK, CHARLES (1755?–1807), historian and biographer, born about 1755, was son of Charles McCormick of Rathkeal, near Limerick, gentleman. He kept his terms as a student of the Middle Temple, London. On 18 July 1783 he matriculated at Oxford as a member of St. Mary Hall, and on 18 June 1794 he graduated B.C.L. He abandoned law for literature, and died in London 20 July 1807, so poor that an appeal was made to the public on behalf of his widow.

His works are:

  1. 'The History of England, from the Death of George the Second to the Peace of 1783. Designed as by Continuation to Hume and Smollett,' 3 vols. Lond. n.d. 12mo.
  2. 'The Secret History of the Court and Reign of Charles the Second, by a Member of his Privy Council … with Notes and a Supplement by the Editor,' 2 vols. Lond. 1792, 8vo.
  3. 'Memoirs of …, Edmund Burke; or an impartial Review of his Private Life, his Public conduct, &c., interspersed with … Extracts from his Secret Correspondence with some of the most distinguished characters in Europe,' Lond. 1797, 2nd edit. 1798, 4to, 'a disgraceful piece of party virulence' (Lowndes).
  4. 'Light Reading at Leisure Hours' [anon.]. Lond. 1805, 12mo.
  5. A continuation of Rapin's History of England.

He is said to have left collections in manuscript for a history of Ireland.

His portrait, has been engraved by Ridley from a painting by Corbould,

[Gent. Mag, 1807. pp. 889, 973; Evans's Cat. of Engraved Portraits. n. 18634; Watts Bibl. Brit.; Lowndes's Bibl. Man. (Bohn), p. 1434; Cm. of Oxford Graduates, 1851, p. 428; Foster's Alumni Oxon. iii. 890.]

T. C.

MACCORMICK, JOSEPH (1733–1799), Scottish divine, son of John Maccormick, a minister at St. Andrews, was born in that town 22 Jan. 1733. He graduated M.A. at St. Andrews University in 1750 and was granted a bursary in theology from the university exchequer in the same year. After serving for some years as tutor in the Hepburn family he entered in 1756 upon trials before the presbytery of Dalkeith; this body found itself unable to overlook Maccormick's attendance at a theatre, but it gave him a testimonial to the presbytery of Edinburgh, by which he was licensed 30 March 1757, and ordained minister of Kilmany 17 April 1758. He was presented by Robert Hepburn of Bands to the living of Temple in 1760, and while there had the degree of D.D. conferred upon him by his university of St. Andrews. Transferred to Prestonpans, through the favour of Janet, countess of Hyndford, in 1771, he edited there 'The State Papers and Letters addressed to [his grand-uncle] William Carstarea … to which is prefixed the Life of William Caratares,' 4to, Edinburgh, 1774, The valuable documents included in this collection had come into the bands of Charles Macky, professor of civil history in the university of Edinburgh, OS trustee to Mrs. Carstares,' by him they were entrusted to Maccormick, who also received from Macky some materials for the 'Life.' Prefixed to the 'Letters' are memoirs of the correspondents taken from the manuscript of 'The Characters of the Court of Great Britain,' in the Earl of Hyndford's library [see Macky, John]. In May 1782 Maccormick was elected moderator of the general assembly, and in the following July was presented by George III to the charge of St. Leonards in his native presbytery, in conjunction with the principality of the United College of St. Andrews, he was appointed one of the deans of the Chapel Royal on 19 July 1788, and died at Edinburgh on 17 June 1799. He married, on 7 May 1770, Mary (d. 1822), daughter of Joseph Simson, a Bristol merchant. The only son, Joseph, became an advocate, while of the three daughters, the youngest, Elizabeth, married the Rev. William Ferrie, professor at St. Andrews and author of a 'Life of Rev. Colin Carslaires.'

Maccormick's own 'Life' of his grand-uncle, which has been extensively used by Kippis and by subsequent biographers of the secre-