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SEDGWICK— SEELEY.

▼iiers/' 1881. He was nominated one of the Company of Bevision of the Authorized Version of the New Testament in 1870. The Univer- sity of St. Andrews conferred upon him the honorary degree of LL.D. in 1872. A civil list pension of jBIOO was granted to him Jan. 3, 1872, "in recognition of his services in connection with Biblical criti- cism, and in aid of the publication of his works."

SEDGWICK, Amy, a popular actress, born at Bristol, Oct. 27, 1835, after having passed through a training for the stage at an amateur theatre near London, where Elton, Eeeve, Bobson, and other dramatic " stars" first trod the boards, made her first public ap- pearance in the summer of 1853, as Julia, in "The Hunchback," at the Richmond Theatre. Her perform- ance, though not unsuccessful, did not give promise of the celebrity she afterwards attained. She re- turned to Bristol to accept a tem- porary engagement, where, owing to a misunderstanding between her- self and the lessee of the theatre, she appeared only one night as Mrs. White, in the farce of that name. Proceeding to Cardiff, Miss Sedgwick caused so ^reat a sensa- tion by her Pauline m the " Lady of Lyons," that Mr. Moseley, the leader of a circuit which included the towns of Huddersfield, Halifax, and Bradford, offered her an en- gagement as his leading actress, which she accepted, and resigned it at the end of a year. The provincial papers praised her highly ; and in 1855 Mr. John Knowles, the man- ager of the Manchester Theatre, secured her services for three seasons, and she drew crowded houses. In the summer of 1857 Mr. Buckstone engaged her for the Haymarket Theatre, where she made her appearance in Sept., as Pauline, in " The Lady of Lyons," and on the first night created a great sensation, and afterwards ap- peared in an original part in " The

Unequal Match." Miss Sedgwick has acted Lady Macbeth, Juliet, Rosalind, Ophelia, Peg WoflSngton, Lady Teazle, and many other cha- racters. Her Majesty is one of Misa Sedgwick's hearty admirers, and has done her the honour of com- manding her to read dramatic selec- tions before her. In 1858 she was married to W. B. Parkes, Esq., M.D., but was left a widow in 1863. SEELEY, John Bobebt, M.A., was born in London about 1834, being a son of Mr. Seeley, the pub- Usher of Fleet Street. He was educated at the City of London School, of which he became the captain, and thence proceeded to Christ's College, Cambridge. He took his B.A. degree in 1857, when he was bracketed with three others at the head of the first class in the classical tripos, and he was also Senior Chancellor's Medallist. In July, 1858, he was elected a fellow of his college, where he was a lec- turer for about two years and a half. He was then appointed prin- cipal classical assistant at his old school, and held that post until his appointment, in 1863, to the Pro- fessorship of Latin in University College, London. The Queen, on the recommendation of Mr. Glad- stone, appointed him Professor of Modem History at Cambridge, Oct. 9, 1869. He was elected to a professorial fellowship at Caius College, Cambridge, in Oct., 1882. Professor Seeley's chief work, pub- lished anonymously in 1865 (though 1866 is the date on the title page), is entitled " Ecce Homo ; a Sui^^ey of the Life and Work of Jesus Christ." It passed rapidly throng several editions, created great ex- citement amongst the members of the various Protestant communities, and elicited numerous replies. Among the Professor's avowed works may be mentioned : — '* Clas- sical Studies as an Introduction to the Moral Sciences," a lecture, 1864; "An English Primer: or Course of English Instruction for