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TH. SCHMID, "Leben dcs Dichters J. H. Voss," 1835: J. H. Voss,
"Abriss meines Lebens," 1818; LONGFELLOW, "Poets and Poetry
of Europe;" HKINRTCH DORING, " J. H, Voss nach seinem Leben
and Wirken dargestellt," 1834; J. J. GOERRES, " J. H. Voss und
eine Todtenfeier in Heidelberg," 1826 ; " Nouvelle Biographic
Ge'ne'rale :" and the article on " German Poetry" in " Eraser's Maga-
zine" for April, 1832.

Voss, von, fon fos, (JULIUS,) a German litterateur,
born in Brandenburg in 1768, was the author of a num-
ber of dramas and romances. Died in 1832.

Vossius, voshVus, (DioNYSius,) a Dutch Oriental-
ist, born at Dort about 1609, was a son of the following.
He was well versed in Greek and Hebrew, and learned
several modern languages. He translated into Latin
Maimonides " On Idolatry," and other works. Died at
Amsterdam in 1633.

Vossius, vosh'e-us, or Vosa, vos, (GERARD,) a Ger-
man or Flemish theologian and priest, born near Liege,
lived at Rome. He edited some works of Chrysostom,
Gregory Thaumaturgus, and other Greek Fathers, (1575-
1604.) Died at Liege in 1609.

Vossius, (GERARD,) a classical scholar, a son of the
following, was born at Leyden in 1620. He edited Vel-
leius Paterculus, (1639.) His death is variously dated
from 1640 to 1650.

Vossius, vosh'e-us or fos'se-us, or VOBS, fos, (GE-
RARD JAN,) a celebrated German scholar, born near
Heidelberg in 1577. He removed to Dort, in Holland,
studied theology, history, and antiquities at Leyden, and
became master of the public school at Dort in 1600.
He was appointed, in 1614, rector of the theological
school at Leyden, in which he soon after rilled the chair
of eloquence. He visited England in 1629, and was
installed as a prebendary of Canterbury, through the
influence of Archbishop Laud. About 1632 he became
professor of history in a new college at Amsterdam. He
died at Amsterdam in 1649. Among his principal works
may be named "Aristarchus, or Seven Books on the
Dramatic Art," ("Aristarchus, sive de Arte Dramatica
Libri VII.,") " Historia Pelagiana," (1618.) "The Rhe-

Libri tres," 1627,) and " Commentariorum Rhetori-
corum (sive Oratoriarum Institutionum) Libri VI."

He was a friend of Grotius, and was a man of
commendable piety and modesty. "Gerard Vossius,"
says Hallam, "a far greater name in general literature
than Scioppius, contributed more essentially to these
grammatical rules ; and to him perhaps, rather than
to any other one man, we may refer the establishment
of as much correctness of writing as is attainable in a
dead language." (" Introduction to the Literature of

See C. TOLLIUS, " Orario in Obitum G. J. Vossii." 1649 MSUR-
fius, " Athenz Batava; :" NIC^RON, " Memoires :" VALBRR ANDR*,
" Bibhotheca Belpca ;" " Nouvelle Biographic Gene'rale "

Vossius, (ISAAC,) a son of the preceding, was born
at Leyden in 1618. He was instructed by his father,
and subsequently travelled in France and Italy. In
1648 he was invited by Queen Christina to Sweden,
where he resided nearly ten years. He visited England
in 1670, and was made a canon of Windsor by Charles
II. He published editions of Scylax, Pomponius Mela,
and other classics, "Dissertations on the Seventy Inter-
preters, and their Translation and Chronology," ("De
Septuaginta Interpretibus, eorumque Translatione et
Chronologia Dissertationes," 1663,) "On the Chanting
of Poems and the Power of Rhythm," {" De Poematum

Cantu et Viribus Rhythmi," 1673,) and "A Book of
Various Observations," ("Variarum Observationum
Liber.") He died in 1688, leaving a large and very
valuable library, which was purchased by the University
of Leyden. His learning was profound, but he was dis-
solute in character and skeptical in religion, though so
credulous in other things that Charles II. said of him
" This learned divine will believe anything except the

See ForreNS, " Bibliotheca Belgica;" NiciRON, "Me'rooire*;"
" NouveUe Biographic G^ne^rale."

Vossius, (MATTHEUS,) a historical writer, born at
Dort, was a brother of Isaac Vossius. He became li-
brarian of the city of Amsterdam, and published, in
Latin, "Annals of Holland and Zealand," (1645-46.)
Died in 1646.

Vosterman, vos'ter-man', (JoHN,) a Dutch landscape-
painter, born at Bommel in 1643. He worked in Eng-
land, and was patronized by Charles II. He is said to
have excelled in delicacy of finish. Died in 1699.

Vouet, voo'i', (SiMON,) a celebrated French painter,
born in Paris in 1582, (or 1590, according to the "Nou-
velle Biographic Ge'nerale.") He studied at Venice
and Rome, and, after his return, was appointed, in 1627,
painter to Louis XIII. He is called the founder of the
French school of painting, and numbered among his
pupils Mignard, Le Brun, Le Sueur, and other distin-
guished artists. He adorned many churches of Paris
with his works, which are defective in colour and design.
Died in 1649, (or, as some say, 1641.)

See FiLiBrsN, " Les Artistes Francais :" CHARLES BLANC, *' Hia-
toire des Peintres;" "Nouvelle Biographic Gene'rale."

Voulland, voo'lflN', (HENRI,) a violent French Jaco-
bin, born at Uzes in 1750, was a member of the Con-
vention of 1792-95. Died in 1802.

Vouloun, voo'looN', (ANTOINE,) a French (Proven9al)
poet, born at Aries, July 24, 1824. He became a railway-
station-master at Cannes, and published a number of
brochures rilled with simple rhymes.

Voyer. See ARGENSON, D'.

Voys, vois, (ARY or ADRIAAN,) a Dutch painter,
born at Leyden in 1641. He painted history and land-

Voy'sey, (CHARLES,) an English preacher, born in
London, March 18, 1828. He graduated at Saint Ed-
mund Hall, Oxford, in 1851, and took orders in the Es-
tablished Church, but was deprived for heresy in 1871.
He has published various works setting forth rationalistic
views of religion.

Voysin or Voisin, vwJ'ziN', (DANIEL FRANCOIS,)
a French lawyer and politician, born in Paris about 1654.
He was patronized by Madame de Maintenon, through
whose influence he became secretary of war in 1709, and
chancellor of France in 1714. He wrote the last will of
Louis XIV., and a few days after the king's death pro-
nounced it null. Died in 1717.

Vre'tos or Vre'to, (ANDREW PAPADOPOULOS,) a
modern Greek writer, born at Theaki (Ithaca) in 1800.
He published many works, among which is a " Life of
President Capo d'Istria," (in French, 2 vols., 1837-38,)
and "The Literature of Modern Greece," (2 vols.,
1854-57.) Died at Athens in 1876.

Vriemoet, vRee'moot, (MO Lucius,) a Dutch phi-
lologist and minister, born at Emden in 1699. He be-
came professor of Oriental languages at Franeker in
1730. Died in 1760.

Vriend. See FLORIS, (FRANS.)

Vries, vRees, (MARTIN Oerritzoon geR'rit-zon,) a
Dutch navigator, was sent in 1643, by Van Diemen,
governor of the Dutch possessions in India, on a voyage
to explore the countries north of Japan. An account
of the expedition appeared in 1646.

Vries, de, deh vRees, (HANS Fredeman fRa'deh-
min',) an eminent Dutch painter of perspective and
architectural pieces, was born at Leeuwarden in 1527.
He was the author of a "Treatise on Perspective," and
produced a great number of architectural designs. His
sons PAUL and SOLOMON distinguished themselves in
the same department. Hans Fredeman died after 1604.

Vrihaspati, vree-has'pa-tee, or Brihaspati, in the
Hindoo mythology, the guardian of the hymns and

a, e, I, o, u, y, long; 4, 4, 6, same, less prolonged; a, e, i, o, u, y, short; a, e, i, Q, obscure; far, fall, fat; mSt; n6t;go6cl; moon;




prayers which are addressed to the gods. He was also
the preceptor and priest of the gods, and the regent of
the planet Jupiter. He had seven faces, and is some-
times identified with Agni.

Vuez, de. See DEVUEZ.

Vuillefroy, or VuiUefroy-Caasini, de, deh vu'yeT-
fRwS' kls'see'nee', (DOMINIQUE FELIX,) a distinguished
French painter of landscape, genre, and animals, born
in Paris, March 2, 1841. Among his best pictures are
" Deer in the Snow," " Stags in Springtime," " November
in the Forest of Fontainebleau," " A Market in Picardy,"
"Steers and Cows," "A Herd of Cows in the Bernese
Oberland," etc.

Vukassovich, von, fon voo-kls'so-vik, (PHILIP,)
BARON, a general, born in Slavonia in 1755. He served
as a general of the Austrian army in Italy against the
French. Died in 1809.

Vulcain. See VULCAN.

Viil'can, [Gr. H^aiarof, ( Hcphaistos;) Lat. VULCA'-
NUS ; Fr. VULCAIN, viil'kaN'; It VOLCANO, vol-kJ'no,] the
Roman god of fire, celebrated as a worker in metals and
a fabricator of armour, corresponds to the Hephaestus
(or Hephaistos) of the Greek mythology. According to
Homer, he was a son of Zeus (Jupiter) and Hera, (Juno,)
and was weak and deformed from his birth. Other
writers reported that he was a son of Juno, and had no
father ; that, in a quarrel between Jupiter and Juno, he
took the part of his mother, and was hurled down from
Olympus by Jupiter; that, after falling a whole day, he
lighted on the island of Lemnos ; that his fall rendered
him lame ; that he forged the thunderbolts of Jupiter,
and fabricated the shield of Hercules, the armour of
Achilles and other heroes, and other famous pieces of
exquisite workmanship. The island of Lemnos was his
favourite residence on the earth, and he had also a palace
in Olympus, to which he returned after his fall. He
married Venus, whom he once detected in the embrace
of Mars. The story of this affair may be found in the
" Odyssey," book viii. According to popular tradition,
Mount Etna was a forge of Vulcan, who had also work-
hops in several volcanic islands, and the Cyclopes
worked in his service. (See Virgil's "jEneid," book
viii. 370-448.) The ancients ascribed to Minerva and
Vulcan jointly the invention or the introduction of the
arts which embellish life and distinguish civilized society
from the savage state. He was represented with ham-
mer and tongs at the anvil, and with his right arm bare.
He was also called MULCIBER, which is perhaps a cor-
ruption of mulcifer, (from muUto^ to "soften" or "render
tractable," and fcrrum, "iron.") The name Vulcanus
seems analogous to that of Belkan, the Assyrian fire-god.

VuloaniuB, vul-ka'ne-us, (BONAVKNTURA,) a Flemish

classical scholar, born at Bruges in 1538. He became sec-
retary to Cardinal Francisco de Mendoza in Spain about
1 560, and obtained the chair of Greek at Leyden in 1 578.
He edited several ancient authors, and translated some
Greek works into Latin. Died at Leyden in 1614.

Vulliemin, vu'ye'maN', (Louis,) a Swiss historian,
born at Yverdun in 1797. He became a Protestant
pastor, and professor of history in the Lausanne Acad-
emy. His works include "Chillon, Etude historique,"
and a "History of the Swiss Confederation," (1876.)
Died August 10, 1879.

Vul-Nirari t, a great king and warrior of Assyria.
He died about 1300 B.C., and was succeeded by Shalma-
neser I. VuL-N IRAKI II. was also a great soldier, who
reigned about 913-891 B.C. VUL-NIRARI III., son and
successor of Samsi-Vul III., King of Assyria, ascended
the throne about 812 B.C. He made twenty-five cam-
paigns in Syria, and conquered Damascus and the coast-
region of Palestine. He was a builder of great palaces.
He reigned twenty-nine years, and died B.C. 783, leaving
the throne to his son, Shalmaneser III.

Vul'pl-us, [Ger. pron. fool'pe-ns,] (CHRISTIAN AU-
GUST,) a German writer, born at Weimar in 1762. He
studied at Jena and Erlangen, and afterwards became
secretary of the court theatre at Weimar, under the
direction of Goethe, who was his brother-in-law. He
published " Rinaldo Rinaldini," (1799,) a robber romance,
which was received with great favour ; also " Romantic
Histories of Former Times," and a number of dramatic
works. He was subsequently appointed first librarian
and overseer of the cabinet of coins at Weimar. Died
in 1827.

Vulson, de, deh viil'sdN', (MARC,) a French writer on
heraldry. He fought for Henry IV. in his youth, and
became a gentleman of the chamber of the king. He
published several works. Died in 1658.

Vyasa, ve-a'sa or vya'sa, [etymology doubtful ; sup-
posed by some to signify " compiler" or " arranger,"]
called also Vfidavyasa, va'da-vya'sa, the name of a
celebrated Hindoo sage or saint, who is supposed to
have been the original compiler of the VSdas and Puri-
nas, and the founder of the Vedanta philosophy.*
Nothing is known of the events of his life, and by some
he is regarded as a myth.

The Vedanta philosophy, called also simply the Vedanta, (..
the "end or scope of [all] knowledge," from vtd.1, " knowledge, "
and SntA, "end" or "scope,") is a sort of ideal system, which
has been derived or developed from portions of the Vedas, called the
UPANISHADS, (which see.) It teaches, among other things, that
Brahra. the infinite eternal Spirit, is the only being really existing in
the universe. AU creatures are merely emanations (or we might say
exhalations) from Him, having an apparent rather than a real exist-
ence, and will at lai t be absorbed or extinguished in his essenc*.


JVaagen, wa'gen, (GusrAV FRIEDRICH,) an eminent
German amateur and art-critic, born at Hamburg in
1794. He studied at Breslau, Dresden, and Munich,
and in 1823 was appointed director of the Royal Gallery
of Paintings at Berlin. He published " Works of Art
and Artists in England and France," (" Kunstwerke und
Kunstler in England und Frankreich," 3 vols., 1837,)
" Works of Art and Artists in Germany," (" Kunstwerke
und Kiinstler in Deutschland," 2 vols., 1843,) "The
Treasures of Art in Great Britain," etc., (3 vols., 1854,
in English,) a " Life of Rubens," and other works, which
enjoy the highest reputation. He was appointed in 1844
professor in the Royal University for the department of
art history. Died at Copenhagen in August, 1868.

See the " Edinburgh Review" for July, 1838.

Waal See WAEL.

Waast See WAST.

Wace, v5s or vis, (ROBERT,) an Anglo-Norman poet,
a native of the island of Jersey, resided at the court of
Henry II. at Caen, to whom he dedicated his " Roman
du Rou," (1160.) He was afterwards made a canon in
the cathedral of Bayeux. His " Roman du Rou [Rollo]

et des Dues de Normandie" is a history (in verse) of the
Dukes of Normandy from the invasion of Rollo to the
time of Henry I., and is highly valued as a historical
record. He was the author of other poems, the prin
cipal of which is entitled "The English Brutus," ("L
Brut d'Angleterre.") Died about 1184.

See PLUQUBT. " Nor -e sur la Vie et les ficrits de Robert Wace,"
1824; LONGFELLOW, "Poets and Poetry of Europe:" "Foreign
Quarterly Review" for April, 1828 : " British Quarterly Review" for
February, 1847, article "Anglo-Norman Poets of the Twelfth Cen-
tury;" " Nouvelle Biographic G^ne"rale."

Wach, W!K, (WILHELM,) a German painter, born at
Berlin in 1787, studied in Paris and Rome, and was
elected, after his return, to the Royal Academy of Arts.
He was one of the founders of the new school of paint-
ing at Berlin. Among his best works is the altar-piece
in the church of Peter and Paul at Moscow. Died in

Wachler, waK'ler, (JOHANN FRIEDRICH LUDWIG,) a
German writer, born at Gotha in 1767. Having studied
at Jena, he became professor of philosophy at Marburg
in 1801, and of history at Breslau in 1815, and was after-
wards appointed chief librarian of the Univeisity at

as; casj; gkard; g as/; G, H, K. guttural; N, nasal; ^trilled: sasz; thasinMw.

Explanations, p. 23.)




Breslau. He was the author of a " Manual of the Uni-
versal History of Literary Culture," (1804,) "Manual of
History," ("Lehrbuch der Geschichte,") "Lectures on
the History of German National Literature," (1818,) and
other works, which have ahigh reputation. Died in 1838.

Wachsmuth, waks'moot, (ERNST WII.HELM GOTT-
LIEB,) a German historical writer, born at Hildesheim
in 1784, studied at Halle, and became professor of his-
tory at Leipsic in 1825. He published, among other
works, a " History of European Manners," (Sitttnge-
sckickte,) (5 vols., 1831,) and "Universal History of
Culture," (1850.) Died at Leipsic, January 23, 1866.

Wachsmuth, vSks'miit', (FERDINAND,) a French
painter of history and battles, born at Mulhouse, near
the Rhine, in 1802. Among his subjects are several
French victories in Algiers. Died November II, 1869.

Wachsmuth, (KuRT,) a German philologist, born at
Naumburg, April 27, 1837. He studied at Jena, Bonn,
Berlin, and Athens, and held successive professorships
in Marburg, 1864-68, Gottingen, 1868-77, an d Heidel-
berg. Besides various editions of Greek texts, he wrote
"Das alte Griechenland in neuen," (1864,) "Die Stadt
Athen im Alterthum," (vol. i., 1874,) etc.

Wachter, waK'ter, (FERDINAND,) a German writer,
born in 1794, published several treatises on Scandinavian
legends and antiquities ; also a number of dramatic works.
Died in 1861.

Wachter or Waechter, weK'ter, (GEORG PHILIP?
LUDWIG LEONHARD,) a German litterateur, born in 1762,
was the author of " Legends of Ancient Times," and
other works. Died in 1837.

Wachter, (JOHANN GEORG,) an eminent German
linguist and archaeologist, born at Memmingen in 1673.
He was a member of the Academy of Sciences at Ber-
lin, and became first librarian and director of the Museum
of Antiquities at Leipsic. He was the author of " Glos-
tarium Germanicum," etc., one of the most valuable
works of the kind, "Archseologia Nummaria," (1740,)
and other treatises on numismatics and etymology. Died
in 1757.

Wachter or Waechter, von, fon weK'ter, (KARL
GEORG,) a German jurist, born at Marbach, on the
Neckar, in 1797. He studiei at Tubingen and Heidel-
berg, and became in 1822 professor of law in the former
university, of which he was made chancellor in 1836. He
was appointed professor of civil law at Leipsic in 1852,
and published several legal works. Died Jan. 15, iSSo.

Wachtler or Waechtler, weKt'ler, (CHRISTFRIED,)
a German jurist, born atGrimme in 1652. He published
numerous legal works. Died in 1731.

WSchtler or Waechtler, (JAKOB,) a German Prot-
estant minister and writer on theolpgy, bom at Grimme
in 1638; died at Beltzig in 1702.

Wackenroder, wak'ken-ro'der, (WILHELM HEIN-
RICH,) a German writer, born at Berlin in 1772. He
was a friend of Ludwig Tieck, in conjunction with whom
he published " Herzensergiessungen eines Kiinstlieben-
den Klosterbruders." Died in 1798.

See J. G. KLHIN, " Erinnerungen an Wackenroder," 1809.

Wackerbarth, wak'ker-baRt', (AUGUST CHRIS-
TOPH,) COUNT, a German military commander, born in
the duchy of Saxe-Lauenburg in 1662. He served in
several campaigns against the French and Turks, and
was made a field-marshal in 1712. Died in 1734.

See FRIGANDEK, " Leben des A. C. Grafen von Wackerbarth,"
a vols., 1739.

Wackernagel, wak'ker-nl'gel, (KARL HEINRICH
WILHELM,) a German writer, born at Berlin in 1806,
became professor of the German language and literature
at Bile in 1835. He published a " German Reader,"
(1835,) a treatise "On Dramatic Poetry," (1838,) " His-
tory of German Literature," (1848,) and other works, of
great merit, on similar subjects. Died in liog.

Wad-del', (JOHN NEWTON,) D.D., LL.D., an Ameri-
can Presbyterian divine, born at Willington, South Caro-
lina, April 2, 1812. He graduated at the University of
Georgia in 1829, was professor of ancient languages in
the University of Mississippi, 1848-57, and in La Grange
College, 1857-60, was president of La Grange College,
1860-62, chancellor of the University of Mississippi,
1865-74, secretary of education for the Southern Pres-

byterian Church, 1874-79, and in 1879-88 was chancellor
of the Southwestern Presbyterian University at Clarks-
ville. Tennessee. Died January 9, 1895.

Wad dell', (JAMES,) D.D., a Presbyterian divine,
celebrated for his eloquence, born in Ireland in 1739,
came at an early age to America, and settled as a pastor
in Louisa county, Va. He was the original of Wirt's
beautiful sketch of the " Blind Preacher." Died in 1805.

Wadding, wod'ding, or 'Wading, (LUKE,) an Irish
scholar and Catholic priest, born at Waterford in 1588.
He studied at the Jesuits' Seminary in Lisbon, and in
1618 accompanied Anthony a Trejo on a mission to
Rome, where he continued to reside, and founded in
1625 the College of Saint Isidore. His principal work
is entitled "Annales Ordinis Minorum," etc., (8 vols.,
1628-54,) being a history of the order of Franciscans.
Died in 1657.

Waddington, w5d'ding-ton, (GEORGE,) an English
writer, born about 1793. He published a "History of
the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation,"
(3 vols., 1835,) and a " History of the Reformation on
the Continent," (3 vols., 1841.) He became Dean of
Durham in 1840. Died July 20, 1869.

Waddington, vfdaN'tdN', (WILLIAM HENRY,) a
French statesman, of English extraction, was born at
Saint-Remi-sur-1'Avre, December n, 1826. He was
educated at Rugby, and at Trinity College, Cambridge,
where he graduated in 1849. In 1865 his archaeological,
historical, and numismatic writings procured him an
election to the Institute. In 1871 he entered the Na-
tional Assembly, was minister of public instruction in
1873 and in 1876-77, minister of foreign affairs, 1877-79,
and in 1883 was appointed ambassador to England. His
principal writings are a "Voyage en Asie mineure,"
(1852,) "Voyage archeologique en Grece," (1864,) and
"L'Edit de Diocletien," (1864.) Died Jan. 13, 1894.

Wade, (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN,) an American Sena-
tor, distinguished as a zealous opponent of slavery, born
at Springfield, Massachusetts, October 27, 1800, was a
son of poor parents. He removed to Ohio about 1821,
was employed as a school-teacher for several years, and
studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1825, and
subsequently resided in Ashtabula county, Ohio. In
1837 he was elected a member of the Senate of Ohio,
and in 1847 ne was chosen presiding judge of the third
judicial district of that State. He was elected a Sena-
tor of the United States by the Whigs of Ohio in 1851.
He advocated the Homestead bill, voted for the repeal
of the Fugitive Slave Law, and opposed the Nebraska
Kansas bill of 1854. He was re-elected a Senator for
six years in 1857, and was appointed chairman of the
committee on territories. In December, 1860, he made
a speech in which he opposed any new c&.icessions to
the slave-power, and declared to the Southern Senators,
' We hold to no doctrine that can possibly work you
any inconvenience, any wrong, any disaster." In the
session of 1861-62 he was appointed chairman of the
joint committee on the conduct of the war. On the
question of the reconstruction of the Southern States
after the end of the civil war he was a decided radical.
He was elected President of the Senate about March,
1867, having been selected for that office on account of
his resolute character and inflexible fidelity to the cause
of liberty. At the Chicago National Convention, May
21, 1868, he received on the first four ballots more votes
than any other candidate for the Vice-Presidency, but
failed to obtain the nomination. Died March 2, 1878.

Wade, (JAMES F.,) an American general, born in
Ohio in 1843. He entered the Union army in 1861;
rose to the rank of brigadier-general of volunteers;
became brigadier-general of regulars in 1897; took
part in the war with Spain; in January, 1899, was ap-
pointed military governor of Cuba; later was placed
at the head of the department of Dakota.

Wadhams, wod'amz, (EDGAR P.,) an American
bishop, born at Lewis, New York, May 21, 1817, gradu-
ated at Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1838, and at
the General Theological Seminary in 1847, entered the
ministry of the Episcopal Church, but became a convert
to the Roman Catholic faith in 1851, studied four vears

; , short: a, e, i, o, obscure: far, fall, fat; met; not; good; moon;

i. e, i, o, ii. \

, .'eny; a, e, 6, same, less prolonged; a, e, I, 6, u,




in the Sulpitian Seminary, Baltimore, took priest's
orders, and in 1872 was consecrated Bishop of Ogdens-
burg. Died December 5, 1891.

'Wading, wod'ing, ? (PETER,) an Irish Jesuit, born at
Waierford, was the author of a number of Latin works in
prose and verse, and became chancellor of the University
of Gr'a'tz, in Styria. Died in 1644.

Wadstrom or Wadstroem, wad'stRom, (CARL
BERNS,) a Swedish philanthropist, born at Stockholm
in 1746. He visited Africa in 1787, and published, after
his return, "Observations on the Slave-Trade, and a
Description of Some Part of the Coast of Guinea," etc.,
(1789, in English.) This work first suggested to the
British government the establishment of the colonies of
Sierra Leone and Bulema. Died in 1799.

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