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He distinguished himself at the Council of Bale, sup-
ported the anti-pope Felix V., and became a cardinal in
1440. Died in 1445.

Tefft, teft, (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN,) D.D., LL.D., an
American Methodist divine, born in Oneida county,
New York, in 1813. He was appointed professor of
Greek and Hebrew in the Asimry University, Indiana,
and subsequently became president of Genesee Col-
lege, New York. He published several theological
works. Died September 16, 1885.

Tefnet, the ancient Egyptian goddess of light, closely
associated with SHU, (q. v.)

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Tegel, tii'gel, (ERIC,) a Swedish historian, was ap-
pointed historiographer by Gustavus Adolphus in 1614.
He wrote a " History of Gustavus I.," (1622,) and other
works. Died in 1638.

Tegethoff, von, fon ta'get-hof, (WiLHELM,) an Aus-
trian vice-admiral, born in Styria in 1827. He became
a captain in 1857, and defeated the Danish fleet near
Heligoland in May, 1864. Having obtained the chief
command of the Austrian fleet, with the rank of rear-
admiral, he gained a decisive victory over the Italians
at Lissa, in the Adriatic, July 19, 1866. Died in 1871.

Tegetmier, (WILLIAM B.,) an English naturalist,
born at Colubrook, Bucks, in 1816. He worked with
Darwin, making a special study of variation in ani-
mals. He published "The Homing Pigeon," ( 1872,)
"Natural History of the Cranes," (1881,) "The
House Sparrow," (1898,) and other works.

Tegner, teng-naiR' or tSng-nuR', (ESAIAS,) the most
celebrated poet of Sweden, was born in Wermland in
1782. He studied at the University of Lund, and in
1812 became professor of Greek in that institution. He
had previously published a number of lyrics, and several
larger poems, entitled "Svea," (1811,) which obtained
the prize from the Swedish Academy, " Children of the
Lord's Supper," (1820,) and "Axel," (1821.) Having
graduated in theology, he was appointed in 1824 Bishop
of Wexio. His " Frithiofssaga," published in 1825, is
esteemed his best production. It has obtained a world-
wide reputation, and been translated into the principal
modern languages, four different versions of it having
appeared in German. Among his other works may
be named " Schulreden" and " Orations," which were
greatly admired, and were translated into German by
Mohmke. Tegne> died in November, 1846, ar.J a
colossal statue, admirably executed by Svarnstrom, was
raised to his memory at Lund in 1853.

"E. Tegne>, the greatest poet of Sweden, was a
native of Wermland. His ' Frithiof Saga,' though not
a regular epic, for it is rather a bundle of lyrical
poems woven into one epic cycle, is yet a complete
and great poem. . . . We have had five or six transla-
tions of ' Frithiof,' none of which give any concepticn
of the exquisite beauty and splendour of the original."
(See article on " Scandinavian Literature" in the " En-
cyclopaedia Britannica.")

See FRANzin, " Aminnelse-Tal ofver E. Tegnei," 1846: E. Q
GEIJKR, "Aminnelse-Tal ofver E. TegneV," 1846; BOBTTIGEX, "E.
TegneVs Levnet," 1847.

Tegoborski, ti-go-boR'skee, (LEWIS,) a Polish econ-
omist and diplomatist, born at Warsaw in 1793. He
published, besides other works, " Studies on the Pro-
ductive Forces of Russia," (4 vols., 1852-54.) He was
a privy councillor of Russia. Died in 1857.

Teia, tee'ya, the last king of the Ostrogoths in Italy,
began to reign in 552 A.D., as the successor of Totila.
He was killed near Vesuvius, in a battle against Narses,

>n 553-

Teichmeyer, rlK'mi'er, (HERMANN FRIEDRICH,) an
eminent German physician, born at Minden in 1685.
He became professor of anatomy, etc. at Jena in 1727,
and published several works. Died in 1746.

Teignmouth, tin'muth, (JOHN SHORE,) LORD, an
English statesman and writer, born in Devonshire in
1751. He was appointed in 1773 Persian translator and
secretary to the provincial council of Moorshedabad,
in India, and subsequently became a member of the
supreme council under Lord Cornwallis. He was made
a baronet in 1792, and in 1793 succeeded Cornwallis as
Governor-General of India. He resigned this office in
1797, and was soon after made a peer of Ireland, with
the title of Baron Teignmouth. He had been elected in
1794 president of the Asiatic Society, and in 1804 be-
came first president of the British and Foreign Bible
Society. He published " Memoirs of the Life, Writings,
and Correspondence of Sir William Jones," (1804,)
afterwards prefixed to an edition of Jones's works which
he brought out in 1807 in 13 vols. 8vo. Lord Teignmouth
also wrote "Considerations on Communicating to the
Inhabitants of India the Knowledge of Christianity,"
Il8n.) He died in 1834, having been previously ap
pointed a member of the privy council of India.

Teil, du, du t|I or tj'ye, (JEAN PIERRE,) BARON, a
French general, born in Dauphine" in 1722. He was
commandant of the school of artillery at Auxonne, and
rendered some services to Bonaparte, who was a lieuten-
ant under him. Bonaparte left a legacy of one hundred
thousand francs to the heirs of Du Teil. Died in 1794.

Teiresias. See TIRESIAS.

Teisserenc, tis'roN', (PIERRE EDMOND,) a French
writer on railroads, was born at Chateauroux in 1814.

Teissier, t4'se-V, (ANTOINE,) a French jurist ana
writer, born at Montpellier in 1632. He was patronized
by the Elector of Brandenburg, afterwards Frederick L,
of Prussia, who made him a councillor of state and his
historiographer, and also appointed him preceptor to his
son. He made translations from Saint Chrysostom, Saint
Clement, and Calvin, and wrote " Eulogies of Learned
Men, taken from the History of M. de Thou," (1683,)
and other works. Died in 1715.

See NICERON, "Me'moires;" " Nouvelle Biographic Ge'ne'rale."

Teissier, (GUILLAUME FERDINAND,) a French anti-
quary, born at Marly-la- Ville in 1779. He wrote, beside*
other works, a "History of Thionville," (1828.) Died
in 1834.



Tekeli. See TOKELY.

Tel'a-mon, [Gr. Tcla/iuv : Fr. TELAMON, ti'lf mdN'.J
a hero of classic mythology, was a king of Salamis, a
brother of Peleus, and the father of Ajax and Teucer,
whose mother was Hesione, a daughter of Laomedon.
He took part in the Argonautic expedition, and fought
for Hercules against Laomedon and against the Amazons.

Tel-e-cli'des or Tel-e-clei'des, [Tj/te/c^fwtyf,] an
Athenian comic poet of the old comedy, flourished about

4 B.C. His works are lost.

Te-leg'o-nus, [Gr. Tr/teyovof ; Fr. TELEGONE, ti'li'-
gon',] a son of Ulysses and Circe, was, according to
the fable, thrown by shipwreck on the island of Ithaca,
Being urged by hunger, he began to pillage from the
natives, and was attacked by Ulysses, whom he killed,
not knowing who he was.

Teleki or Teleky, ta'leh-ke, (LADISLAUS,) a Hun-
garian patriot, orator, and writer, born at Pesth in 1811.
He was elected to the House of Representatives by the
Liberal party in 1848, and took an active part in the
movement for the independence of Hungary. During
his absence on a mission to France, he was condemned
to death by the Austrians. He was elected in 1860 a
member of the Diet, in which he acted with the radical
party. He died, probably by suicide, in May, 1861.

Te-lem'a-ehus, [Gr.lwwr: Fr. TELEMAQUE, ti'-
li'mSk',] son of Ulysses (King of Ithaca) and Penelope,
was induced by Minerva, under the form of Mentes,
(called also Mentor,) King of the Taphians, to undertake
a voyage in search of his father, who had engaged with
the other Grecian princes in the Trojan war. After
his return home, he discovered Ulysses disguised as a
beggar, and, with his assistance, put to death the suitors
of Penelope. The fortunes of Telemachus form the
subject of the admirable moral romance of Fe'nelon.
After the death of his father he is said to have married
Nausicaa, or, as some say, Circe. (See the "Odyssey.")

Telemann, ta'leh-man', (GEORG PHILIPP,) a German
composer, born at Hildesheim in 1681, was appointed
director of music at Hamburg. His works were prin-
cipally operas. Died in 1767.

Telemaque. See TELEMACHUS.

Tel-e-phas'sa, [Gr. Ti^aooa .- Fr. TELEPHASSE, ta'-
li'fis',] the wife of Agenor, and the mother of Cadmus.
Europa, and Phoenix.

Telephe. See TELEPHUS.

Tel'e-phus, [Gr. Tq\c<poc; Fr. TELEPHE, ta'lif.l an
ancient hero, the son of Hercules and Auge, was King
of Mysia, in Asia Minor. He passed many years in
poverty and exile. He fought against the Greeks in
the beginning of the Trojan war, and was wounded by
Achilles. An oracle which he consulted informed him
that his wound could only be cured by him who inflicted
it. Having persuaded Achilles to heal his wound, he
became an ally of the Greeks. Euripides and Sopho-
cles each wrote a tragedy entitled "Telephus."

te, I, o, u, y. /0f,-a, e, 6, same, less prolonged; a, e,I, 5, u, y, short: a, e, j, <), obscure; far, fill, fit; met; not; good: miSon:




Tel-e-sil'la, [Gr. TeteojJUUz; Fr. TEL*SILLE, ta'li'-
eel',] a Greek lyric poetess, born at Argos, lived about
510 B.C. She is said to have served in the army against
Sparta, and to have been equally celebrated for her
courage and poetical genius.

Telesio, ta-la'se-o, (ANTONIO,) an Italian poet and
scholar, born at Cosenza in 1482. He was professor of
Latin, etc. at Rome and Venice. Died in 1534.

Telesio, [Lat. TELE'SIUS,] (BERNARDINO,) an Italian
philosopher, born at Cosenza in 1508 or 1509, was a
nephew of the preceding. He distinguished himself as
an opponent of the philosophy of Aristotle and an
asserter of mental independence. He published some
new ideas in his book " On the Nature of Things ac-
cording to Proper Principles," (" De Natura Rerum
juxta propria Principia.") He was persecuted by the
clergy for his opinions. Died in 1588.

See LOTTER, "DeVita et Philosophia B. Telesii," 1733 ; RIXNER
and SIBHR, " Bernardin. Telesius," 1820: NICHRON, "Me'moires;"
C. BARTHOLOMRSS, " Dissertatio de B. Telesio," 1849; GINGUBNR,
" Histoire Litte'raire d'ltalie;" " Nouvelle Biographic Ge'ne'rale."

Telesiua. See TELESIO.

Te-ls'pho-rus, Bishop of Rome, is supposed to have
been elected in 127. Died in 138 A.D.

Te-16s'tas or Te-leVtes, [Teteoras or TfXcon;?,] an
Athenian dithyrambic poet, flourished about 400 B.C.

Tel'fer, (JAMES,) a Scottish balladist, born at South-
dean, December 3, 1800. His "Border Ballads" (1824)
contain pieces of merit. He also wrote " Barbara Gray,"
(a tale, 1835.) Died January 18, 1862.

Tel'ford, (THOMAS,) an eminent Scottish engineer,
born in Dumfriesshire in 1757. He was the son of a
shepherd, and was apprenticed at an early age to a
stone-mason. Having subsequently removed to London,
he was employed in various architectural works, and
in 1796 completed an iron bridge over the Severn. In
1801 he finished the Ellesmere Canal, which was fol-
lowed by the aqueduct bridge over the valley of the
Dee, and the Caledonian Ship-Canal, esteemed one of
his greatest works. His improvement of the harbours
cf Aberdeen and Dundee, the construction of th'e Saint
Catherine docks, London, and the Menai suspension
bridge, are also monuments of engineering skill. Mr.
Telford was a Fellow of the Royal Societies of London
and Edinburgh, and was for many years president of the
Institution of Civil Engineers, to which he bequeathed
2000 for a premium-fund. He contributed a number
of articles on architecture, inland navigation, etc. to the
" Edinburgh Encyclopaedia." Died in 1834.

See CHAMBERS, " Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen ;"
" Edinburgh Review" for October, 1839: "Quarterly Review" for
April, 1839.

Teligny, de, deh teh-len'ye', (CHARLES,) a French
Protestant officer and able negotiator. He served with
distinction in the civil wars, and was employed in sev-
eral treaties between his party and the court. He mar-
ried in 1571 Louise de Coligny, a daughter of Admiral
de Coligny, and perished in the massacre of August,
1572, at Paris. His widow afterwards was married to
William the Silent, Prince of Orange.

See HAAG, " La France protestante. "

Tell, tji, (WiLHELM,) a celebrated Swiss hero and
patriot, born in the canton of Uri in the latter part of
the thirteenth century. In 1307 he entered into a league
with his father-in-law, Walter Fiirst, Stauffacher von
Schwyz, and Arnold von Melchthal to resist the tyranny
of the Austrian governor, Hermann Gessler. This officer
having insolently required the Swiss to make obeisance
to his hat, which was hung up in public, Tell refused to
comply, upon which Gessler commanded him to shoot
an apple from the head of his son, and, if he failed to
hit the mark, his life should be the penalty. Tell struck
the apple, but, on being asked what he intended to do
with a second arrow which he carried, replied that in case
he had killed his son it was destined for Gessler. For
this he was taken prisoner on the governor's vessel ; but,
a violent storm arising, he was required to steer the boat,
and, watching his chance, sprang on shore. Gessler,
having landed soon after, was shot, by Tell, while on his
way to Kiissnacht. These incidents form the subject
of Schiller's most popular drama. In the opinion of

some of the best modern critics, there is a considerable
infusion of the mythic element in the history of Tell as
it has come down to us. According to tradition, William
Tell was drowned about 1350, while attempting to save
a child, an event which Uhland has celebrated in one
of his lyrics.

See IDKLER, " Die Sage vom Schusse des Tell," 1836; G. E. von
HALLKR, "Rede iiber W. Tell," 1772; "Lv?Origines de la Con-

Myths of the Middle Ages:" "Nouvelle Biegraphie Ge'ne'rale;"
" Edinburgh Review" for January, 1869.

Tel'ler, (HENRY MOORE,) an American statesman,
was born at Granger, New York, in 1830. He became
a lawyer in Illinois and Colorado, was major-general
of Colorado militia 1862-64, an d was United States
Senator 1876-82 and after 1885. He became a promi-
nent free-silver advocate in 1896, and was re-elected
as an independent free-silver Republican. He was sec-
retary of the interior under President Arthur 1882-85.

Teller, tel'Ier, (WILHELM ABRAHAM,) a German
theologian, and professor of theology at Helmstedt, was
born at Leipsicin 1734. He was the author of a " Manual
of Christian Faith," "Dictionary of the New Testament,"
and other religious works. Died in 1804.


Tellez, tel-lfz', (BALTHAZAR,) a learned Portuguese
Jesuit, born at Lisbon in 1595. He became professor
of theology in his native city, having previously taught
belles-lettres, philosophy, etc. in the principal colleges
of Portugal. He was the author of a valuable " History
of Ethiopia," including an account of the Jesuit mission:
in that country, " History of the Society of Jesus in Por-
tugal," and "Compendium of Universal Philosophy,"
(" Summa universae Philosophise.") He was appointed
provincial of the order of Jesuits in Portugal. Died in

Tellez, tel-ySth', (GABRIEL,) a celebrated Spanish
dramatist, known by his pseudonym of TIRSO DEMoLlNA,
(teR'so di mo-lee'na,) was born at Madrid about 1585.
Having taken holy orders, he became prior of the con-
vent of Soria in 1645. His comedies are said to have
amounted to three hundred, only sixty-eight of which
have been preserved. These dramas are ranked
among the masterpieces of the Spanish theatre, being
esteemed second only to those of Lope de Vega, whom
Tellez made his model. Died in 1648.

See TICKNOR, "History of Spanish Literature;" article TIRSO
DB MOLINA, in the " Nouvelle Biographic G^ne'rale,"

Tellez da Sylva, tel-lez' di sel'vi, (MANOEL,) Mar-
quis d'Alegrete and Count de Villamayor, a Portuguese
litterateur, born in Lisbon in 1682 ; died in 1736.

Tellier, Le. See LE TELLIER and Louvois.

Telluccini, tSl-loot-chee'nee, (MARIO,) called BER-
NINO, an Italian poet, lived about 1560-90. Among his
works is " Artemidoro," a poem, (1566.)

Tel'lus or Ter'ra, [Gr. Fij or Tea,] the goddess of
the earth, in Roman mythology, was called the wife of
Uranus or Coslus.

Temanza, ti-man'za, (ToMMASO,) a Venetian architect
and writer, born in 1705. He built the church of Santa
Maria Maddalena at Venice, the bridge of Dolo over
the Brenta, and the fa9ade of Santa Margarita at Padua.
His " Lives of the Most Eminent Venetian Architects
and Sculptors of the Sixteenth Century" (1777) is
esteemed a standard work. He also published several
treatises on architecture and antiquities. Died in 1789

See NSCRI, " Notizie intorno alia Persona ed alle Opere di T.
Temanza," 1830.

Temme, tem'meh, (JoDOCUS, yo-doTcfts,) a German
jurist and liberal politician, born at Lette, Westphalia,
in 1799. He was elected to the Prussian National
Assembly in 1848. He wrote treatises on the Civil Law
and Penal Law of Prussia, (1846-53,) and other works.
Died November 14, 1881.

Temminck, tem'mink, (C. J.,) an eminent Dutch
naturalist, born about 1770. He published, besides other
works, in French, " The Natural History of Pigeons and
Gallinaceous Birds," (3 vols., 1813-15,) a "Manual of
Ornithology," (4 vols., 1820-39,) and a " Monography

f as k: C as i; g hard; g as/; G, H, K, guttural '; N, nasal: R, trilled; as *; th as in this. (J~See Explanations, p. 23.)





of Mammalogy, or Descriptions of Some Genera ot
Mammifera of which Species have been observed in the
Museums of Europe," (2 vols., 1825-41.) Died in 1858.

Tempelhofl; von, fon teWpel-hof, (GEORG FRIED-
RICH,) a Prussian general and military writer, born at
Trampe in 1737. He served with distinction in the
Seven Years' war, and subsequently under the Duke of
Brunswick in 1792. He was the author of the "Bom-
bardier Prussien," a " History of the Seven Years' War,"
and other works. He was appointed teacher of military
science to the sons of Frederick William II. Died in

Tempesta, tJm-pJs'ta, or Tempesti, t^m-pes'tee,
(ANTONIO,) an eminent Italian painter and engraver,
born at Florence in 1555. He studied under Strada,
and afterwards resided at Rome, where he executed a
number of admired works for Pope Gregory XIII., Car-
dinal Farnese, and other persons of rank. He painted
landscapes, animals, hunting-scenes, and battles with
great spirit and fidelity, and produced more than fif-
teen hundred etchings. Among the best of these we
may name " The Life of Saint Anthony," (in 24 plates,)
"The Victory of the Jews over the Amalekites," and
" Christ, the Virgin, and the Apostles." Died in 1630.

Tempesta. CAVALIERE, a celebrated painter, some-
times called PIETRO MULIER, was born at Haarlem in
1637. His original name was PETER MOLYN, but, owing
to his skill in delineating storms at sea, it was changed
to Tempesta. After residing for some time at Rome,
where he married and obtained extensive patronage, he
visited Venice and Genoa. He soon after contrived the
murder of his wife, in order to marry a Genoese lady
and, being convicted of the crime, was sentenced to
perpetual imprisonment. He was liberated at the end
of five years, according to one statement, while other
writers assert that he was confined much longer. On
his release he settled at Milan, where he acquired great
wealth by the sale of his pictures. Died in 1701.

See DESCAMPS, "Vies des Peintres Hollandais."

Tem'ple, (FREDERICK,) an English bishop, born in
1821, graduated at Oxford in 1842. He became chaplain
to the queen, head-master of Rugby School in 1858, and
Bishop of Exeter in 1869. He was author of one of the
well-known "Essays and Reviews," (1860,) and of the
Bampton Lecture for 1884. In 1885 he became Bishop
of London, and in 1896 Archbishop of Canterbury.


Temple, (Sir JOHN,) an English lawyer and states-
man, born in London, became a privy councillor in Ire-
land under the reign of Charles II. He was the author
of a "History of the Irish Rebellion in 1641." Died
in 1677.

Temple, (JOHN,) a son of Sir William, (1628-99,)
became secretary of war in 1689. About a week after
his appointment he committed suicide. He left a note
expressing regret for undertaking a task for which he
was incompetent.

Temple, (Sir RICHARD,) a British civil officer, born
March 8, 1826. He was educated at Eton and Hailey-
bury, and entered the India service in 1846. He rapidly
rose in office, and was at the head of the Bengal gov-
ernment, 1874-77, an d Governor of Bombay, 1877-80.
He wrote " Men and Events in India," (1882,) "A
Bird's- Eye View of Picturesque India," (1898,) etc.

Temple, (RICHARD GRENVILLE,) EARL, an English
politician, born about 1710, was a brother-in-law of
Lord Chatham. He was first lord of the admiralty in
1756, and became keeper of the privy seal about 1758.
" His talents for administration and debate," says Mac-
aulay, " were of no high order. But his great posses-
sions, his turbulent and unscrupulous character, and his
skill in the most ignoble tactics of faction made him
one of the most formidable enemies that a ministry could
have." (Essay on "Lord Chatham.") Died in 1777.

Temple, (Sir WILLIAM,) an English jurist, was sec-
retary to Sir Philip Sidney, and subsequently became a
master of chancery. Died in 1626. He was grandfather
of the famous Sir William Temple.

Temple, (Sir WILLIAM,) a celebrated English states-
man, diplomatist, and writer, born in London in 1628,
was the eldest son of Sir John Temple, who wrote a

history of the Irish rebellion of 1641. His mother was
a sister of Henry Hammond the eminent divine. His
early education was directed by the uncle just named.
He also studied at Cambridge, where Cudworth was his
tutor, but he left college without a degree about 1647,
and then set out upon his travels on the continent. He
professed to be a royalist in the civil war. After a long
courtship, in which a variety of obstacles were encoun-
tered, he married, about 1654, Dorothy Osborne, who
preferred him to Henry Cromwell, a son of the Pro-
tector. He was a member of the Irish Convention of
1660, and of the first Irish Parliament that met in the
reign of Charles II. In 1665 he was sent on a mission
to the Bishop of Munster, and acquitted himself so well
that he was created a baronet in 1666, and appointed resi-
dent at the vice-regal court of Brussels. " From this ex-
cellent school," says Macaulay, " he soon came forth the
most accomplished negotiator of his age." He formed
a friendship with De Witt, then chief minister of Hol-
land. Temple acquired a high reputation by negotiating
with the Dutch and Swedes the triple alliance against
the aggressions of Louis XIV. in 1668. "This memo-
rable negotiation occupied only five days." (Macaulay.)
He was appointed ambassador at the Hague in 1668.
In October, 1670, he was recalled by the "Cabal," and
the foreign policy of the English court was reversed.
During the retirement which followed he wrote an " Ac-
count of the United Provinces," (1672,) and other works.
The members of the Cabal raised against themselves
such a storm of popular indignation by subservience to
the French king, that the services of Temple were re-
quired by Charles II. in 1674 to negotiate a peace with
Holland. " The highest honours of the state were now
within Temple's reach." (Macaulay.) He declined the
office of secretary of state, and accepted the embassy to
the Hague, (1674.) In 1677 he was earnestly pressed
by the king to accept the office of secretary ; but he was
unwilling to take the responsibility, for he perceived
that the signs of the times were very portentous of evil.
By the advice of Temple, Charles appointed, in April,
1679, a new privy council of thirty members, fifteen of
whom were great officers of state. Sir William was a
member of this council. "The perfidious levity of the
king, and the ambition of the chiefs of parties, produced
the instant, entire, and irremediable failure of this plan."
(Macaulay.) He took no part in the violent contests
which preceded the revolution of 1688, and after that
event refused to become secretary of state, in spite of the
pressing solicitations of William III. He passed his
latter years at Moor Park, Surrey, where Swift, the great
humorist, acted as his secretary. He wrote in this re-
treat his " Memoirs of Events from 1672 to 1679," and
several miscellaneous treatises. " Next to Dryden,"
says Hallam, " the second place among the polite writers
of the period from the restoration to the end of the cen-
tury has commonly been given to Sir William Temple.
... If his thoughts are not very striking, they are com-

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