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KEEVYN DE LETTENHOVE— KETTLE.

KEBVYN DE LETTENHOVE, JosBPH Mabib Bsuno Constan- tino a Belgian statesman and historian, born at St. Michel, near Bruges, Aug. 17, 1817. From an earlj age he devoted himself to historical and antiquarian studies, and began to gather the materials for the admirable works which have gained for him so high a reputation, both in his native country and in France. He has been for many years a member of the Chamber of Eepresentatives, where he distin- guished himself as a supporter of the Conservative or Catholic party. When that party came into power in July, 1870, he accepted office imder Baron d' An^than as Minister of the Interior, and retained that post imtil the resignation of the ministry in Dec., 1871. M. Ker- vyn de Lettenhove is the author of a French translation of the select works of Milton ("(Euvres Choisies de Milton"), published anony- mously at Paris, with the original text,inl839; "HistoiredeFlandre," 6 vols., Brussels, 1847-5P, 4 vols., Bruges, 1853-64; an "Etude sur les Chroniques de Froissart," which was "crowned" by the French Academy in 1856; and "Jacques d*Artevelde,"8vo, Ghent, 1863. He has also edited "Les Cronikes des Comtes de Flandres," Bruges, 1849; " M^moires de Jean de Dadizeele, souverain bailli de Flandre, haut bailli de Gund, 1431-81," Bruges, 1850; and "Lettres et N^gociations de Phi- lippe de Commines," with a histori- csiX and biographical commentary, Brussels, 1^7. His magnificent edition of Froissart was completed by the publication of the last four volumes — fourteenth to seven- teenth — in 1872. M. Kervyn de Lettenhove, who is a member of the Boyal Academy of Belgium, was elected in 1863 a meml^r of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences in the section of general and philosophical history. KETTLE, Sib Eupebt Alfbid,

is the surviving son of Mr. Thomas Kettle, a Birmingham manufac- turer. He was born in that town Jan. 9, 1817. The family was established in Birmingham by a French Huguenot, who, after the revocation of the edict of Nantes, emigrated from Meauz,and brought with him the trade of a glass stainer. This trade so commenced by the emigrant continued in the family until a few years ago. The French name Quitel — a name still known at Meauz — ^had, after passing through several alterations, become Anglicised to Kettle. The subject of this sketch was articled to Mr. Richard Fryer, solicitor, of Wolver- hampton. That gentleman was the son of the well-known advocate of a total repeal of the Com Laws, who preceded Mr. ViUiers in the representation of Wolverhampton. The circumstances of his position led the law pupil to take an active part in the political agitation which was at that time so active in the borough, and directed his mind to the study of the economy of trade, a subject with which in after life he has shown himself to be well informed. After being a short time upon the rolls as a solicitor he preferred the bar, and was " called" at the Middle Temple in 1845. He soon obtained a large practice on the Oxford Circuit; but the most lucrative part of his prof ession was from discharging the duty of referee in commercial disputes and in railway compensation cases aris- ing in the mining and iron manu- facturing districts. The experi- ence he had acquired in this class of business was brought into pub- lic use in 1865. During the pra- ceding year there had been a strike lastii^ for seventeen weeks in the building trade at Wolverhampton ; and no^thstanding the diflastrons losses on both- sides another disa- greement arose, upon which anothtf strike was impending. The mayor of the town called a public meet- ing to endeavour to avert this