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began to work at sculpture when a boy. He executed a
large number of fine classical and other groups and
figures ; but his greatest fame was won by his admirable
and very numerous portrait-busts. His collection of
poems, called "My Beautiful Lady," (1863,) has been
several times reprinted. Died October 7, 1892.

Woolsey, w<J61'se, (MELANCTHON TAYLOR,) a naval
officer, born in the State of New York in 1782, became
commander of the Constellation in 1825. Died 1838.

Woolsey, (SARAH CHAUNCEY.) See COOLIDGE,

(SUSAN.)

Woolsey, (THEODORE DWIGHT,) D.D., LL.D., an
eminent American scholar, a nephew of President
Dwight, was born in the city of New York the 3151 of
October, 1801. He graduated at Yale College in 1820.
He afterwards studied theology at Princeton, and the
Greek language in Germany. He was appointed In
1831 professor of Greek in Yale College, of which
he was elected president in 1846, as successor to
Dr. Day, and filled this high position with distinguished
ability until his resignation in 1871. He prepared as
text-books the following Greek classics, to which he
added valuable notes: "The Alcestis of Euripides,"
(first published in 1833,) "The Antigone of Sophocles."
(1835,) "The Electra of Sophocles," (1837.) "The Pro-
metheus of ./Eschylus," (1837,) and "The Gorgias of
Plato," (1842.) He also published an excellent " Intro-
duction to the Study of International Law," a volume
entitled " Essays on Divorce," etc., " The Religion of the
Past and the Future," and many sermons, discourses,
and occasional papers. In 1874 he re-edited a part of
the writings of Dr. Francis Lieber. Died July I, 1889.

Wool'son, (ABBA GOOLD,) an American poetess and
miscellaneous writer, born at Windham, Maine, in 1838,
She has published " Woman in American Society,"
" Dress Reform," and " Browsings among Books," and
has contributed articles in prose and verse to the leading
periodicals.

Woolaon, (CONSTANCE FENIMORE,) an American
novelist, born at Claremont, N. H., about 1848. She
removed in childhood to Cleveland, Ohio, lived in the
Southern States, (1873-79,) and in 1879 removed to
England. Her principal books are " Castle Nowhere,"
(1875,) "Rodman the Keeper," (1880,) "Anne," (1882,)
"For the Major," (1883,) "East Angels," (1886,) and
" Horace Chase," (1894.) Died in Venice, Jan. 24, 1894.

Wool'ston, (THOMAS,) an English theological writer,
was born at Northampton in 1669. He published in



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1705 "The Old Apology for the Truth of the Christian
Religion against the Jews and Gentiles Revived," which
was followed by several other works in favour of an alle-
gorical interpretation of the Scriptures. For his " Six
Discourses on the Miracles of Christ," he was sentenced
to a year's imprisonment. Died in 1733.

W^jos'ter, (w<5os'ter,) (DAVID,) an American general
of the Revolution, born at Stratford, Connecticut, in
1710. He served against the French, and subsequently
rose to be major-general in the Continental army. He
was mortally wounded in battle near Ridgefield in 1777-

Woo- Wang or Wou-Wang, woo'wjng', the founder
of the Chinese dynasty of Chow, (or Tcheou,) was born
about 1169 B.C. He obtained the throne about 1122 by
a victory over the army of the reigning emperor. He is
represented as a great reformer and lawgiver. Died in
1116 B.C.

See " Biographic Universelle."

Wopcke or Woepcke, wb'p'keh, (FRANZ,) a Ger-
man mathematician and Orientalist, born at Dessau in
1826. He devoted much attention to the subject of
mathematics among the Orientals, and wrote several
treatises on the same. He died in Paris in 1864.

Worboise, (EMMA JANE,) an English novelist, born
in 1825. She wrote many works of fiction, including
"Helen Bury," (1850,) " Kingsdown Lodge," (1858,)
"Labour and Wait," (1864,) and "The House of Bond-
age," (1873.) Died in 1887.

Worcester, (DEAN CONANT,) an American zoolo-
gist, born at Thetford, Vermont, in 1866. He be-
came instructor in zoology at the University of Michi-
gan in 1893, and assistant professor in 1895. He
spent 188788 in zoological work in the Philippine
Islands, describing his experiences in " The Philip-
pine Islands and their People." In 1899 he was
appointed a member of the Philippine Commission,
and also of the commission of 1900.

Worcester, EARL OF. See TIPTOFT.

Worcester, woos'ter, (EDWARD SOMERSET,) MAR-
QUIS OF, an English peer, distinguished as one of the
inventors of the steam-engine, was born in 1601. He
was styled LORD HERBERT during the life of his father.
He was an active partisan of Charles I. in the civil
war, raised troops at his own expense, and spent in the
cause a great sum of money, which was never repaid. He
nad an inventive genius and superior mechanical talents.
He resided at Raglan Castle, in Monmouthshire. After
the restoration of 1660 he impoverished himself by the
expenditure of large sums in scientific experiments. In
1663 Parliament passed an act to enable the marquis to
receive the benefit and profit of "a water-commanding
engine" invented by him. Soon after this event he
published a curious work, entitled a "Century of the
Names and Scantlings of Inventions," and constructed
at Vauxhall a machine which he called a water-engine.
This appears to have been the first steam-engine ever
made. He was regarded as a visionary projector by his
contemporaries. Died in 1667.

See HENRY DIRCKS, " Life, Times, and Scientific Labours of the
Marquis of Worcester," 1865.

Worcester, woos'ter, (JOSEPH EMERSON,) a distin-
guished American lexicographer, born at Bedford, New
Hampshire, in 1784. He graduated at Yale College
in 1811. He published a "Universal Gazetteer," (2
vols., 1817,) a "Gazetteer of the United States," (1818,)
" Elements of Geography, Ancient and Modern," (1819,)
and other works on geography. He removed to Cam- '
bridge, Massachusetts, about 1820. In 1830 he pro-
duced a "Comprehensive Pronouncing and Explanatory
Dictionary," and in 1846 a "Universal and Critical
Dictionary of the English Language," (I vol. 410,)
vhich ranks with the very best works of the kind in
our language. Died in 1865.

See ALLIBONE, "Dictionary of Authors;" "North American
Review" for January, 1847.

Worcester, (NoAH,) D.D., a learned American Con-
gregational divine, and one of the most prominent of
the early advocates of Unitarianism in New England,
was born at Hollis, New Hampshire, in 1758. One of
iis first publications, entitled " Bible News of the Father,



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Son, and Holy Ghost," was strongly condemned by the
orthodox clergy. Among his other works we may name
"A Solemn Review of the Custom of War," which had
a great popularity and was translated into several lan-
guages, "The Causes and Evils of Contention among
Christians," (1831,) and "Last Thoughts on Important
Subjects," (1833.) He was for many years editor of the
"Friend of Peace." Died in 1837.

Worde, de, deh waurd, ? (WYNKIN,) an eminent
printer, who assisted Caxton in London, printed many
works after the death of Caxton. Died about 1534.

Wor'den, (JOHN LORIMER,) an American naval
officer, was born in Westchester county, New York,
March 12, 1818. He entered the navy in 1834, and be-
came a lieutenant in 1840. In April, 1861, he was sent
as a bearer of despatches to Fort Pickens or Pensacola.
He was arrested as he was returning by land, and kept
in prison seven months. He commanded the floating
battery Monitor, which was armed with two 11-inch
smooth-bore Dahlgren guns, carrying a shot of one
hundred and sixty-eight pounds, and which left New
York March 6, 1862. He arrived at Hampton Roads
on the evening of the 8th, after the iron-clad Merrimac
had destroyed the wooden frigates Cumberland and
Congress. On the morning of the gth a memorable
and indecisive battle was fought by the Merrimac and
Monitor, the former of which was partly disabled and
abandoned the fight, after several violent collisions with
the Monitor. He was raised to the rank of commander
in the summer of 1862, became a captain in February,
1863, and commanded the iron-clad Montauk in the
operations against Fort Sumter in April of that year.
He was made commodore in 1868, rear-admiral in
1872; retired in 1886. Died in 1897.

Wordsworth, wurdz'wgrth, (CHARLES,) an English
bishop, a nephew of the poet William Wordsworth, was
born in 1806. He published a " Greek Grammar,"
(1839), "Christian Boyhood at a Public School," etc.
lie was appointed Bishop of Saint Andrew's, Dunkeld,
and Dunblane, in 1852. Died December 6, 1892.

Wordsworth, (CHRISTOPHER,) D.D., born at Cock-
ermouth, in Cumberland, in 1774, was father of the
preceding, and a brother of the celebrated poet, noticed
below. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge,
where he took the degree of M.A. in 1799. He was
successively appointed chaplain to the House of Com-
mons, master of Trinity College, and rector of Buxted
and Uckfield. He was the author of " Ecclesiastical
Biography, or the Lives of Eminent Men connected with
the History of Religion in England," (6 vols. 8vo, 1809,)
"Christian Institutes," (4 vols. 8vo, 1837,) a collection
of sermons, and two works on the authorship of " Icon
Basilike." Died in 1846.

Wordsworth, (CHRISTOPHER,) D.D., youngest son
of the preceding, was born about 1808. He studied at
Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took the degree
of M.A., and soon after entered into holy orders. He
became head-master of Harrow School in 1835, and in
1850 vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, and Bishop of Lincoln
in 1869. Among his principal works are " Athens and
Attica: Journal of a Residence there," (1836,) "Theo
philus Anglicanus, or Instruction for the Young Studerv
concerning the Church," etc., (1843,) "On the Canon of
the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, and on the
Apocrypha," (1848,) and "Memoirs of William Words-
worth, Poet-Laureate," (2 vols., 1851.) Died in 1885.

Wordsworth, (WILLIAM,) an illustrious English
poet, born at Cockermouth, in Cumberland, on the 7th
of April, 1770, was a son of John Wordsworth, attorney-
at-law, and Anne Cookson. About 1778 he was sent
with his elder brother to the school of Hawkshead, Lan-
cashire, where he remained until his eighteenth year.
Here, about the age of fifteen, he wrote, as a task or
school-exercise, "The Summer Vacation," in verse. In
October, 1787, he entered Saint John's College, Cam-
bridge. He was impatient of control, and, like Milton,
was averse to the studies and discipline of his college.
According to his own account, he "got into rather an
idle way, reading nothing but classic authors according
to my fancy, and Italian poetry." " He did not tread
in the beaten path prescribed by academic authority



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ind leading to academic distinctions." ("Memoirs of
Wordsworth," by his nephew.) In the summer and
autumn of 1790 he spent his vacation in a pedestrian tour
through France and among the Alps. "At the Lake of
Como," he writes, "my mind ran through a thousand
dreams of happiness which might be enjoyed upon its
banks, if heightened by conversation and the exercise
of the social affections." He took his degree of B.A.
in January, 1791.

Wordsworth hailed the French Revolution, at first,
with enthusiasm, and felt a strong impulse to take an
active part in it He went to Paris in the autumn of
1791, and afterwards passed several months at Orleans,
where he learned to speak French. In October, 1792,
he was again in Paris, and was intimately connected
with the Girondists. " He longed to remain at Paris,"
says his nephew, "but, happily for him, circumstances
obliged him to return to England," where he arrived
about the end of 1792. Although he was disappointed
by the course of events in France, he still clung with
tenacity to his republican principles, which he avowed
in letters written after his return from France. Some
of his friends advised him to take holy orders ; but he
had insuperable objections to the clerical profession.
"As for the law," said he, "I have neither strength of
mind, purse, nor constitution to engage in that pursuit."

He opened his literary career by the publication of
two poems, "The Evening Walk, addressed to a Young
LaJyV" (1793,) and "Descriptive Sketches taken during
a Pedestrian Tour among the Alps," (1793.) His pecu-
niary circumstances at this period were distressing. In
November, 1794, he requested a friend to procure him
employment as a contributor to a London paper, and
insisted that it must be an organ of the opposition.
He was relieved from the pressure of poverty, in 1795,
by a legacy of 900 from his friend R. Calvert. In
1795 or '796 ne settled at Racedown, Dorsetshire, with
his sister Dorothy, who exercised a great and salu-
tary influence over him. She cheered his spirits, and
counteracted his morbid tendencies. He tells us in
his "Prelude" that she "maintained for me a saving
intercourse with my true self." His next production
was "Salisbury Plain; or, Guilt and Sorrow," (1796.)
In June, 1797, S. T. Coleridge visited Wordsworth at
Racedown. To enjoy the society of Coleridge, Words-
worth and his sister removed to Alfoxden in August,
1797. He wrote there a number of short poems, which
were published under the title of "Lyrical Ballads,"
(1798,) and were but coldly received. He passed the
winter of 1798-99 in Germany, whither he went in
company with Coleridge. On his return he settled at
Grasmere, where he resided until 1808. He married
Mary Hutchinson in 1802, and about the same time
inherited nearly 1800 of his father's estate.

In 1805 he finished a long autobiographical poem,
called "The Prelude," containing an account of the
cultivation and development of his own mind, in four-
teen books, which remained in manuscript until his
death. " I began this work," says the author, " because
I was unprepared to treat any more arduous subjects."
Henceforth he resolved to devote his energies to a phi-
losophical poem, entitled "The Recluse."

He published in 1807 two volumes of poetry, contain-
ing numerous odes, sonnets, etc. His poetical reputa-
tion was not of rapid growth. He had some ardent
admirers, but he was severely criticised by Lord Jeffrey
and other critics, who designated Wordsworth, Cole-
ridge, and Southey as the Lake School of poets, because
they lived in the lake district of Cumberland and West-
moreland and described the scenery of that beautiful
region. Wordsworth resided several years at Allan
Bank, near Grasmere. He wrote the letter-press of an
illustrated work, entitled "Select Views in Cumberland,
Westmoreland, and Lancashire," published in 1810 by
J. Wilkinson.

In 1813 he removed, with his wife, sister, and three
surviving children, to Rydal Mount, on Lake Winder-
mere, and about two miles distant from Grasmere. Here
he continued to reside until his death. He published in
1814 a didactic poem entitled "The Excursion," which
is a portion of "The Recluse," and contains episodes



of great beauty, pathos, and grandeur. It was con-
demned by the reviewers, and not appreciated by th
public, who purchased only five hundred copies in si
years. His literary efforts brought him no remunera-
tion ; but his appointment to the office of distributor of
stamps, in 1813, raised his income to an easy compe-
tence. It was worth about five hundred pounds a year.
In 1815 he produced "The White Doe of Rylstone."
Among his other works are "Peter Bell," (1819,) "Ec-
clesiastical Sonnets," and " Yarrow Revisited, and other
Poems," (1835.)

His poetry is remarkable as evincing an exquisite sen-
sibility to the beauties of nature under every form ; and
one result of this mental peculiarity was that nearly all
his poems were, as he tells us, composed in the open air.

He received a pension of .300 per annum in 1842, and
was recognized as the greatest living poet of England
when he succeeded Southey as poet-laureate, in 1843.
In his mature age he was conservative in politics, and
a devout member of the Anglican Church. He died
at Rydal Mount on the 23d of April, 1850.

" Wordsworth," says Robert Caruthers, " was more
original and philosophical than any of his great con-
temporaries, and he has sent forth strains that recall the
divine genius of Milton. . . . His taste was not equal to
his genius ; the power or will to discriminate, reject,
and condense was wanting. . . . Some of his odes and
minor poems have never been excelled." (See " Ency-
clopaedia Britannica," article " Wordsworth.") Robert
Southey, who was his intimate friend, wrote in a letter
to B. Barton, December 19, 1814, " His life does not
belie his writings; for in every relation of life and every
point of view h': is a truly exemplary and admirable
man. In conversation he is powerful beyond any of
his contemporaries, and as a poet ... I declare my
full conviction that posterity will rank him with Milton.

"The fame of Wordsworth," says Ralph W. Emer-
son, "is a leading fact in modern literature, when it is
considered hov/ hostile his genius at first seemed to
the reigning taste, and with what feeble talent his great
and growing dominion has been established. . . . 'The
Excursion' awakened in every lover of Nature the right
feeling." (See " Fraser's Magazine" for July, 1868.)

" Whatever influence," says the " Quarterly Review,"
"Wordsworth may have exercised on poetic style, be it
great or small, was by deviating in practice from the
principles of composition for which he contended- . . .
In spite of the cloudy and unsubstantial philosophy, and
its unsuitability to the condition of the principal speaker,
in spite, too, of long and frequent paragraphs of dreary
prosing, 'The Excursion' was yet a noble addition to
the English library. It owes its now universal recogni-
tion, as such, to the beauty of the pictures of rustic life
and rural scenes, with their exquisite accompaniment of
natural feeling. ... He has some of the most magical
lines and stanzas which are to be met with in the whole
body of literature; and ideas which seemed almost to
defy expression are not unfrequently conveyed in the
simplest, clearest, and happiest phrases."

Sec "Memoirs of William Wordsworth." by his nephew. CHRIS-
TOPHBR WORDSWORTH, a vols.. 1851: article in the "Quarterly
Review" for January. 1853, entitled " Memoirs of William Words-
worth:" JANUARY SKARLK, "Memoirs of William Wordsworth,'
1852; DB QUINCBV, "Literary Reminiscences." vols. i. and ii. ,
', " Miscellanies ;" " Quarterly Review" for October,



LORD JEFFREY,

1814, and October, 1815; "British*

1860; " North British Review" for .



fuarterly Review" for Januajy,
August, 1864.



Worlidge, wurl'ij, (THOMAS,) an English painter
and engraver, born in Northamptonshire in 1700. He
executed a great number of etchings in the style of
Rembrandt, which are particularly admired. His draw-
ings in Indian ink are also highly esteemed. Died in 1766.

Worm, voRm, [Lat. WOR'MIUS,] (OLAUS,) a Danish
physician, antiquary, and historian, born in Jutland
in 1588. He studied medicine at Padua and several
JGerman universities, and became in 1613 professor of
humanities at the University of Copenhagen, where he
also held the office of rector. He was likewise physician
to Christian IV. and his successor Frederick III. Among
his principal works are his "Fasti Danici," (1626.)
"The Most Ancient Danish Literature," ("Literatura
Danica antiquissima," etc., 1636,) " Runic Lexicon and



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Appendix to the Danish Monuments," (" Lexicon Ru-
nicum et Appendix ad Monumenta Danica," 1650,) and
a "History of Norway," (in Latin.) He also wrote
valuable treatises on medicine and natural history. He
was the first to describe minutely the bones of the skull
called Ossa Wormiana. Died in 1654.

"Worm or Wormius, (WILHELM,) a Danish physi-
cian, a son of the preceding, was born at Copenhagen in
1633. He described the specimens of his father's cabinet
;n a work called " Musaeum Wormianura," (1655.) Died
in 1704.

Wormeley, (MARY ELIZABETH.) See LATIMER,
(ELIZABETH W.)

'Wormius. See WORM.

Worms, de, deh worms, (HENRY,) known by his
Austrian title of BARON DE WORMS, was born in London,
England, of Jewish parents, in 1840. He was educated
at King's College, London, was called to the bar at the
Inner Temple in 1863, and afterwards entered Parlia-
ment as a Conservative. He published "The Earth
and its Mechanism," "The Austro-Hungarian Empire,"
(1877,) etc.

Wor'num, (RALPH NICHOLSON,) an English painter
and art-critic, born in North Durham in 1812. Among
his numerous and valuable works may be named his
" History of Painting, Ancient and Modern," a " De-
scriptive and Historical Catalogue of the National
Pictures of the British School," (1857,) and a " Life of
Holbein," (1866.) He also contributed the article on
" Painting" to Smith's " Dictionary of Greek and Roman
Antiquities." He was appointed keeper and secretary
to the National Gallery, London, in 1857. Died in 1877.

Woronichin. See VORONIKHIN.

Woronicz, vo-ro'nitch, (JOHN PAUL,) an eminent
Polish writer and pulpit orator, born in Volhynia in
1757. He studied in the Jesuits' Seminary at Ostrog,
and was created Bishop of Cracow by the emperor
Alexander in 1815. He subsequently became Arch-
bishop of Warsaw and Primate of Poland. He was the
author of a historical poem entitled " Sibylla," esteemed
the finest production of the kind in the language. His
sermons are also greatly admired : the one on the death
of the emperor Alexander is regarded as a master-piece
of pulpit eloquence. Died in 1829.

Worring, wor'ring, (ANDREAS,) a German mechani-
cian, born at Vienna about 1806, became manager of the
imperial printing-office in that city. He was the first
to apply the lately discovered art of nature-printing to
botanical uses, by the transfer of leaves and flowers.

Worsaae, voR'saw'eh, (JENS JACOB ASMUSSEN,) a
Danish antiquary of great merit, born in Jutland in
1821. He visited England, Sweden, and various parts
of the continent, and was appointed in 1847 inspector
of antiquarian monuments in the Danish States. Among
his principal works may be named his " Denmark's Old
Time illustrated by Old Things," (" Danmark's Oldtid,"
etc, 1843,) " Blekingske Mindesmarker fra Hedenold,"
and "An Account of the Danes and Norwegians in
England, Scotland, and Ireland," (" Minder om de
Danske og Nordmande i England, Skotland og Irland,"
1852.) Died August 15, 1885.

Wprs'dale, (JAMES,) an English painter and drama-
tist, was a pupil of Sir Godfrey Kneller, and married his
niece. Died in 1767.

Wpra'ley, (PHILIP STANHOPE,) an English poet, born
in Kent about 1830. He graduated at Corpus Christi
College, Oxford, and became a clergyman. He published
a translation in verse of Homer's "Iliad" (1865) and
"Odyssey," (1861-62,) besides a volume of "Poems and
Translations," (1863.) Died in the Isle of Wight, May
8, 1866.

Wprsley, (Sir RICHARD,) an English statesman and
antiquary, born in the Isle of Wight in 1751. He was
for many years a member of Parliament for the borough
of Newport, and was appointed Governor of the Isle of
Wight. He published "Musaeum Worsleianum ; or,
A Collection of Antique Basso-Relievos," etc., (2 vols.
fol., 1794,) also a "History of the Isle of Wight."
Died in 1805.

Wprth, (WILLIAM JENKINS,) an American general,
born in Columbia county, New York, in 1794. He



served in the war of 1812, and subsequently in the
Florida campaigns of 1841 and 1842, and was made a
brigadier-general. For his services in the Mexican war
(1846-47) he obtained the rank or brevet of major-
general. Died in Texas in 1849. A monument was
erected to his memory in New York.

Wpr'thing-tpn, (JOHN,) an English theologian, born
at Manchester in 1618, preached in London and at Hack-
ney, and wrote several religious works. Died in 1671.

Wpr'thing-tpn, (THOMAS,) born in Jefferson county
Virginia, in 1773. He was elected to the United States
Senate from Ohio in 1803 and 1810, and became Gov-
ernor of that State in 1815. Died in 1827.

Worthington, (WILLIAM,) a British divine, born in
Merionethshire in 1703, wrote an " Essay on the Scheme
of Redemption," and other works. Died in 1778.

Wot'tpn, (EDWARD,) an English physician and
naturalist, born at Oxford in 1492. He studied at Ox-


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