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RUSSELL.

1880^ and soon afterwards the same statesman appointed him Bishop of LiverpooL He was consecrated in York Minster (June 11, 1880). He is the author of "Expository Thoughts on the Gospels/' in 6 vols., published in 1856-9 ; of " Plain Speaking, First and Second Series," of " Hymns for the Church on Earth," and " Spiritual Songs, First and Second Series," in 1861 ; of "Christian Leaders a Hundred Years ago," " Coming Events and Present Duties," "Bishops and Clergy of other Days," in 1869; of "Church Eeform Papers," in 1870; and of above 200 tracts on religious subjects, many of which have been reprinted in French, German, Dutch, Portuguese, and Italian.

RUSSELL, William Howabd, descended from an English family long settled in the city of Limerick, was born on March 28, 1821, at Lilyvale, county of Dublin, the residence of his maternal grand- father. Captain Kelly, of Castle Kelly. He was educated by the Rev. E. Geoghegan, a mathematical and classical maister of considerable reputation, who kept a school in Hume Street, Dublin, and at an early age he displayed a taste for literary pursuits, to which he was in some measure led by tho success of his near relative, the Ven.'John Russell, Archdeacon of Clogher, whose work, "Wolfe's Remains," ran through many editions. In 1938 he entered Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied at inter- vals till 1842, but his intention to read for a Fellowship was aban- doned in consequence of the more certain and immediate emolument offered to him by the Times, the editor of which was favourably impressed by the liveliness and humour of the descriptions of the election scenes of 1841, which Mr. Russell was asked to write by a gentleman of the same name, dis- tantly connected with him, who had been sent over by the leading

journal to manage the Irish depart- ment during that exciting period. In 1843 he was engaged as a mem- ber of the Parliamentary corps of the Times, and the year after his engagement he was selected to superintend the business of the Railway Committees and the large staff engaged 'in recording their proceedings. But he was chiefly employed in describing the inci- dents of the repeal meetings and similar demonstrations. For a short period he ceased to write for the Timss, and received a special com- mission to visit the districts de- vastated by the potato famine of 1846-7, of which he gave a detailed and painful narrative. In 1846 he entered the Middle Temple, and married in the same year Mary, the second daughter of Mr. Peter Bur- rowes, of Warren Lodge, co. Dublin. In 1850 he was called to the bar, but his press engagements pre- vented his close attention to the Courts, and although he was em- ploy^ in several election petitions and cases before Parlismientary Committees, he was not favoured by on excessive share of legal prac- tice. In the Danish war, and on occasions of unusual interest abroad, he was selected for special service, and acquitted himself so entirely to the satisfaction of his employers that on the outbreak of the war of 1854 he was asked to accompany the iexpeditionary force, then re- presented by the Guards, to Malta. After some hesitation, caused by family considerations, and the ne- cessity of giving up his practice at the bar, which was increasing, he resolved to accept a position which even at the outset was surrounded with ^fficulty. The Government of the day made no objections to the mission. On the contrary, they favoured the novel idea. Lord Hardinge, the Commander-in-Chief, gave Mr. Russell permission to go out with the Guards from South- ampton, and he was actuallj on bdurd the steamer, and had hi«