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wrote many articles for the Watch- man. For many years, indeed, the Wesleyan Conference was more in- debted for the defence and exposi- tion of its proceedings and prin- ciples to this young minister than to any other person. In 1851 he went to Guernsey as Wesleyan minister, and in 18o3 removed to Brentford, which place he left in 1856 ; and he next resided in Stock- port, Manchester, and the neigh- bourhood for eight years. In 1861 he was removed to Folkestone. The following year he was elected by the Conference Chairman of the Kent District, and in 1866 a mem- ber of the " Hundred,'* or the "Legal Conference." In 1867 he removed to Tottenham, and in 1868 he was elected Principal of the Wesleyan Training College — a position he still holds. In 1878 Dr. Bigg was chosen President of the Wesleyan Conference. His name is associated with the admis- sion of laymen into the Conference that year, and with the Thanks- giving Fund, which has realized over ^00,000 for Methodist work. For many years Dr. Kigg has been Chairman of the *' Second London District" of the Wesleyan com- munity. He was one of the original members of the London School Board, on which he represented Westminster for six years. He has written "The Principles of Wes- leyan Methodism," 1850; *'Con- nexionalism and Congregational Independency," 1851 ; " Modern Anglican Theology," 1857, 3rd edit. 1879; "The Churchmanship of John Wesley ; " " The Living Wes- ley as he was in his Youth and in his Prime ; " Essays for the Times on Ecclesiastical and Social Sub- jects," 1866 ; " National Education in its social conditions and aspects, and Public Elementary Schools, British and Foreign," 1873 ; " Con- nexional Economy of Wesleyan Methodism," 1879 ; " Discourses and Addresses on Leading Truths of Religion and Philosophy," 1880 ;

" The Sabbath and the Sabbath Law before and after Christ," 1881 ; "Was Wesley a High Church- man ? " and " Is Modern Methodism Wesleyan Methodism ? or Wes- leyan Methodism and the Church of England." Dr. Rigg was for- merly English correspondent of the Netv Orleans Christian Advocate (1851) and of the New York Christian Advocate (1858-76) . He has written for the Wesleyan Magazine, the Quartej'ly, Contemporary, amd Inter- national Reviews, and has contri- buted articles on Methodism to the new edition of the " Encyclopaedia Britannica." RIPON, Bishop op. (See Bicker-

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RIPON (Marquis of). The RiaHT Hon. George Frederick Samuel Robinson, K.G., long known as Earl De Grey and Ripon, is the only son of Frederick John, first Earl of Ripon, better kno\vn by his original title of Viscount Goderich, which he bore when he held the post of Premier for a few months in 1827, by Lady Sarah Albina Louisa Hobart, only child of Robert, fourth Earl of Bucking- hamshire. He was born in London, Oct. 21-, 1827, and succeeded to his father's titles, Jan. 28, 1859, and to those of his uncle, as third Earl De Grey, Nov. 14, in the same year. He l>egan his political life as at- tach^ to a. special mission to Brussels in 1849. At the general election in 1852 he was returned to the House of Commons by his courtesy title of Viscount Goderich as member for Hull, and continued to sit for that borough until 1853, when he vacated his seat to oppose Mr. Starkey, at Huddersfield, where he succeeded in winning the seat for the Liberals by a majority of eighty. At the general election in 1857 he was returned for the West Riding of Yorkshire without opposition. In June, 1859, the year in which he succeeded to the Upi)er House, Lord Herbert selected him for the post of Under- 3 o 2