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remaining un worked in the British ooal-fields.

HUNT, Thomas Stbbbt, LL.D., F.E.S., born at Norwich, Connecti- cut, Sept. 5, 1825. In 1845 he became assistant to Prof. SiUiman in his chemical laboratory at Yale College, and in 1847 was appointed chemist and mineralogist to the Geological Survey of Canada. He held this post for more than twenty- five years, resigning it in 1872 to accept the chair of Geology in the Massachusetts Institute of Techno- logy, but has recently returned to Montreal. His earlier studies were directed especially to theoretical chemistry, and the theories deduced by him were maintained by him in a series of papers in the American Journal of Science, beginning in 1848. He has made very thorough researches into the chemical and mineral composition of rocks, and into the chemistry of mineral waters, and has very fully discussed the phenomena of volcanoes and igneous rocks. His views on these and other kindred questions, are to be found in an essay on the " Che- mistry of the Earth," in the Eeport of the Smithsonian Institution for 1869, in his address as retiring President of the American Associa- tion for the Advancement of Science (1871), and in more recent papers. His contributions to American and European scientific societies and journals are very numerous ; and a collection of many of them was published in 1874. He furnished manv important articles in his specialty to Appleton's " American Cyclopaedia" (1874-76); and is a member of the lea^ng learned societies of both continents. His latest work is on the "Coal and Iron in Southern Ohio" (1881). The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred upon hun by the Univer- sity of Cambridge, Nov. 24, 1881.

HUNT, William, journalist, born in 1815, at Washfield, Tiverton, Devonshire, was educated at the village school, and under Dr. Ridge-

way, of Bristol. In 1843 he was engaged as a reporter on the P2y- mouth Times, and a few years li^;er he was appointed editor of the West of England Conservative, issued at Devonport, which, during his editorship, became the WeMtem Courier, He assisted in establish- ing the Western Mwming Newt, in 1860, and was editorially connected with it until late in 1863, when he went to Hull and established tiie Eastern Morning News, in 1864, and that journal has since heen nnd^ his management and editorship. He also ^ted an evening' paper for many years, entitled 'Sie Hull Express, and retired from its con- trol in 1883. He likewise edited for some time the HuU CrUerUm, a critical weekly of importance. In 1852 he was elected a member of the Provincial Newspaper Society of Ghreat Britain and Ireland, and was its president in 1878-9.


painter, one of the most prominent members of the Pre-Baphaelite movement, born in London in 1827, exhibited his first picture at Uie Academy in 1846. The earlier works were adopted from poetry and fic- tion, such as " Dr. Bochediife per- forming Divine Service in the Cottage of Joceline Joliffe at Wood- stock,^' in 1847; "The Flight of Madeline and Porphyro," from Eeats's " St. Agnes," in 1848 ; and "Bienzi vowing to obtain Justice for the death of his young fixo- ther," in 1849. He oomm^iced that choice of religions and mysti- cal subjects, whereby he has since made hunself best known, with " A Converted British Family shelter- ing a Christian Missionary from the Persecution of the Druids," in 1850, followed by the symbolical "Hireling Shepherd," in 1852. His picture of 1851 was in a different class of sentiment, — "Valentine receiving Sylvia from Proteus;" that of 1853, "Claudio and Isa-. bella," and " Our English Coasts," a beaiitiful study of the Downs at