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ROCHESTEE— ROSA.

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However, he was again elected in March the same year.

ROCHESTER, Bishop of. {See Thorold, Dr.)

ROaERS, The Rev. Charles, D.D., LL.D., was born April 18, 1825, at Dunino, Fifeshire. Ho studied at the University of St. Andrews, and became a probationer of the Established Church in 1846. He was ordained Chaplain of Stir- ling Castle in 1855, which oflSce he resigned in 1863. From 1864 to 1881 he resided in London; he is now resident at Edinburgh. Among his publications are " Scotland, Social and Domestic ; '* " Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scot- land," 2 vols. ; " Boswelliana ; " "A Century of Scottish Life ; " " Traits and Stories of the Scottish People." Dr. Rogers has edited " The Poetical Remains of King James I. of Scot- land," "Hay's Estimate of the Scottish Nobility," " Poetical Re- maii^ of the Earl of Glencairn, Henry Balnaves, and John David- son," and " The Poems of Sir Robert Aytoun;" the "Register of the Collegiate Church of Crail," the "Chartulary of St. Anthony's Cha- pel, Leith," and " The Rental Book of the Cistercian Abbey of Cupar." His "Lyra Britannica" contains memoirs of the hymn-writers. Dr. Rogers' best-known work is "The Modem Scottish Minstrel." He is the originator and Secretary of the Grampian Club, a successful organization for publishing original or rare works on Scottish antiqui- ties. In 1868 he established the Boyal Historical Society. The monumental statue of Dr. Thomas Chalmers, at Edinburgh, was, at his entreaty, carried out by his friend Dean Ramsay. Dr. Rogers' best- known genealogical works are his " Memorials of the House of Alex- ander," his " Memoirs of the Fami- lies of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Bums," and his "Memorials of the Families of Coutts, Christie, Strachan, and Wise." He re- signed the office of Secretary to the

Royal Historical Society early in 1881.

ROSA, Carl, was born at Ham- burgh, March 22, 1842. He began to learn the violin at an extremely early age, and when eight years old made his debut. Subsequently he was a pupil in the Conservatoire of Leipzig . From thence he proceeded to Paris, winning a prize at a com- petition of Conservatoire pupils. Returning to his native city, he was appointed conductor of the Philhar- monic and gave a successful series of popular concerts of chamber music. Next he visited the United States, where he was engaged by the late Mr. Bateman, to conduct a concert tour. There Mr. Rosa mar- ried Madame Parepa, the leading singer of the company ; and after- wards he undertook the production of opera on his own account. The extraordinary success which at- tended the English Opera season in America in 1871-72 led to the deter- mination to make an essay in Eng- land. In 1872 Mr. Rosa and his wife, with a strong company, came to this country, and after a brilliant tour in the provinces, preparations were made for the production of " Lohengrin," with English text, at Drury iSuie (1874), when the death of Madame Parepa-Rosa brought the enterprise to an abrupt termi- nation. Mr. Rosa, however, subse- quently resolved to resume the tesk, and on Sept. 11, 1875, in- augurated a seven weeks' most successful season of opera at the Princess's Theatre. After making another tour in the provinces, and in Ireland, he returned to London in the autumn of 1876, this time taking the Lyceum Theatre. He has since given series of operatic performances at the Adelphi, at Her Majesty's Theatre, and at the Drury Lane Theatre. In 1883 he was appointed a member of the coimcil of the Royal College of Music. The great merit of Mr. Rosa, is, that he has given a great impetus to English native art. It