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AMARI—AMPHLETT.

Louis Amadeus Joseph Mary Ferdinand Francis, born Jan. 31, 1873.


AMARI, Michele, was born at Palermo, July 7, 1806. Having obtained a knowledge of English, he published at Palermo, in 1832, a translation of Sir Walter Scott's "Marmion." His "Guerra del Vespro Siciliano," in 1842, was suppressed, and Amari was ordered to repair to Naples. Instead, however, of doing so, he took refuge in France, where he wrote "A History of the Mussulmans in Sicily." In 1848 he returned to Palermo, having been appointed Professor of Public Law, and shortly afterwards was elected Vice-President of the Committee of War. He was sent on a diplomatic mission by the provisional government to England and France. While at Paris he published a pamphlet, entitled, "La Sicile et les Bourbons," 1849, relating to the rights of the Neapolitan sovereign and the Sicilians. On the resumption of hostilities, he returned to Palermo in 1849, but the cause of the Sicilians was by that time hopeless, and Signor Amari hastened back to the French capital, where he devoted himself to literary pursuits until 1860, when he was enabled to return to his native country. In the following year King Victor Emmanuel conferred upon him the rank of Senator. He gave his support to Count Cavour, through whose interest he was appointed President of the Lieutenancy of Sicily, with the portfolio of Finance; and subsequently Governor of Modena. In 1862 he became Minister of Public Instruction . Signor Amari has contributed many papers on the language and history of the Arabs to the Revue archéologique, and Le Journal asiatique. He has also published an English translation of the "Solwan" of Ibn Djafer. His "History of the Sicilian Vespers," mentioned above, was translated into English by Lord Ellesmere. In 1871, Signor Amari was elected one of the foreign members of the French Academy, and in 1875 he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy and Literature from the University of Leyden. He was president of the Congress of Orientalists held at Florence in Sept. 1878.


AMHERST, The Right Rev. Francis Kerril, D.D., a Roman Catholic prelate, born in London, 21st March, 1819. He was educated at St. Mary's College, Oscott, where, after his ordination in 1846, he became a Professor. Afterwards he resided for some time in a Dominican monastery at Leicester, and in 1856 he was appointed missionary rector of the church of St. Augustin, at Stafford. He was consecrated Bishop of Northampton, in succession to the Right Rev. William Wareing, the first bishop, on 4th July, 1858. He has published "Lenten Thoughts, drawn from the Gospel for Each Day of Lent," 1873.


AMICIS, Edmondo De. See De Amicis.


AMPHLETT, Sir Richard Paul, eldest son of the late Rev. Richard Holmden Amphlett, of Wychbold Hall, Worcestershire, and rector of Hadzor, in the same county, by his first wife, Sarah, daughter of Nathaniel Paul, Esq., was born in 1809. He was educated at Brewood Grammar School, in Staffordshire, and subsequently at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he took his B.A. degree in 1831, coming out in the mathematical tripos as sixth wrangler. He was elected a Fellow of Peterhouse, and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn, in Trinity term, 1834, and had an extensive practice at the equity bar. He received the honour of a silk gown in 1858; became a magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant for Worcestershire, and was for several years a Deputy Chairman of the Quarter Sessions for that county. He took a great interest in the improvement of professional education, and when Sir Roundell Palmer (now Lord Sel-