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researches in natural history. Died in 1759.

See KRYGER. " Aminnelse-Tal ofeer M. LagerstToem." 17601

Lagny, de, deh lin'ye', (THOMAS FANTET,) a French
mathematician, born at Lyons in 1660. He removed to
Paris in 1678, was admitted into the Academy of Sciences
in 1695, and chosen professor of hydrography at Roche
fort in 1697. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of
London. He published, besides other ingenious treatises,
"The Cubature of the Sphere," (1703,) "which," says
Fontenelle, "would prove him to be a great geometer."
Died in 1734.

Lagomarsini, li-go-maR-see'nee, (GlROLAMO, ) an
eminent Italian philologist and Jesuit, born in 1698. He
was professor of rhetoric in Florence for many years, and
about 1750 became professor of Greek in the Roman
College. He published Latin orations (1746) and epis-
tles, a poem " On the Origin of Springs," (" De Origine
Fontium," 1749,) and other works. Died in 1773.

See FABRONI, "Vifcc Italonun doctrir.a excellentium ;" PABTHK-
Mlus, " De Vita et Studiis H. Lagomarsini," 1801.


Lagrange or La Grange, li gRONzh, JOSEPH Louis,)
one of the most eminent geometers of modern times, was
born at Turin on the 25th of January, 1736. His parents
were of French origin. He was educated in the College
of Turin, where his mathematical genius was rapidly
developed and was specially directed to the study of
modern analysis. It has been said that all he learned
seemed to be only a reminiscence of what he had before
known. Having examined Euler's work on " Isoperi-
metrical Problems," he sent to the author in 1755 the
first essays of his " Method of Variations," which alone
would immortalize his name, and which he had invented
to respond to the desire of Euler. About the age of
nineteen he was chosen professor of mathematics in the
military college of Turin. The first volume of the " Me-
moirs of the Academy of Turin" (1759) consisted chiefly
of the admirable essays of Lagrange on the most im-
portant and difficult points of analysis and mechanics,
such as the propagation of sound and the vibration of
chords. He published in 1762 some applications of his
great discovery, which was afterwards called the " Method
of Variations." In 1764 he gained the prize offered by
the French Academy of Sciences for a " Theory of the
Libration of the Moon." Invited by Frederick the
Great, he removed to Berlin in 1766, and was for twenty
years director of the Berlin Academy of Sciences, whicn
he enriched with numerous treatises on " Tautochronous
Curves," "Numerical Equations," the "Integral Cal-
culus," "Partial Differences," and on the most arduous
questions of general astronomy and celestial mechanics.
He was chosen a foreign associate of the Academy of Paris

in 1772. The persuasion of Mirabeau and the offer of a
pension from the king induced him to settle in Paris in
1787. He published in 1788 his magnificent work "La
Mecanique analytique," ("Analytical Mechanics,") which
is considered one of the master-pieces of the human in-
tellect. His interest was vividly excited by the Revolu-
tion, in which, however, he took no active part. In 1792
he married Nfademoiselle Lemonnier. He was the first
professor of geometry in the Polytechnic School, founded
about 1794 ; and his name was the first inscribed on the
list of the members of the Institute, founded in 1795.
Napoleon, who highly appreciated the great talents of
one so incapable of intrigue and adulation, gave him the
office of senator and the titles of count of the empire and
grand officer of the legion of honour. He died in April,
1813. "Among the inventors who have most enlarged
the boundaries of our knowledge," says La Place, " New-
ton and Lagrange appear to have possessed in the highest
degree the power which, by the discovery of general
principles, constitutes the true genius of science," "After
Newton's discovery of the elliptic orbits of the planets,"
says Playfair, " Lagrange's discovery of their periodical
inequalities is, without doubt, the noblest truth in phy-
sical astronomy ; and, in respect of the doctrine of final
causes, it may truly be regarded as the greatest of all."

See DELAMBKK, "filoge de Lagrange;" VIRKY et POTKL,
" Precis hiftorique sur la Vie de Lagrange, 1813 : PIHTHO COSSAU,
" Elogio di G. L. Lagrange," 1813 ; MAGISTRINI, "Discorso in Lodt
di Lagrange," 1819; " Nouvelle Biographic Ge"ne"rale."

La Grange, (N.,) a French litterateur, born in Paris
in 1738, translated the great poem of Lucretius "De
Rerum Natura," with notes, (1768,) and the works of
Seneca, (7 vols., 1779.) The former passes for one of
the best versions in the French language. Died in 1775.

La Grange or Lagrange, de, deh 13 gRONzh, (ADE-
rilles, born in Paris in 1766, became general of division
in 1809. Died in 1833.

son of the preceding, and a member of the Institute, was
born in Paris in 1796. He was an active member of tne
Chamber of Deputies from 1834 to 1848, and voted with
the friends of Loais Napoleon in the Assembly of 1849.
In 1852 he became a senator. He wrote, besides other
works, treatises on numismatics. Died January 17, 1876.

La Grange, de, (AMAND CHARLES Louis LE LIKVRE,)
a French general, born in 1783, served with distinction
under Napoleon I. Died July 31, 1864.

Lagrange, de, (JOSEPH,) COMTE, a French general,
born in 1763 ; died in 1836.

La Grange, de, (JOSEPH DE CHANCEL,) a French
dramatic and satiric poet, commonly called La Grange-
Chancel, was born at Perigueux in 1676. His drama
of " Jugurtha" was performed with success in 1694. He
produced other tragedies, among which " Amasis" (1701)
and " Ino and Melicerta" (1713) are called the best He
was imprisoned or exiled some years for three remark-
able odes, named " Philippiques," (1720,) which were
libellous satires against the Regent of France. " As a
satiric poet," says the " Nouvelle Biographic Ge'ne'rale,"
" he has left a work which, in spite of its imperfections
and crying injustice, is the monument of satire in France."
Died in 1758.

See "Nouvelle Biographic Gfnerale ;" SAINT-SIMON, "Me-

Lagrene. de, deh ligR'ni' or If gReh-ni', (TnSoDOSK
MARIE MELCHIOR JOSEPH,) a French diplomatist, was
born at Amiens in 1800. He went to Athens as minister
in 1836, and to China in 1844. Died April 27, 1862.

Lagrenee, If gRa'ni', (JEAN JACQUES,) a French his-
torical painter, born in Paris in 1 740. He worked in Paris
with success, and reproduced antique paintings by incrus-
tation on marble and glass. Died in 1821.

Lagrenee, (Louis JEAN FRANC.OIS,) called AINE, a
French historical painter, brother of the preceding, was
born in Paris in 1724. He was surnamed "the French
Albano." He studied at Rome, became Academician
in 1755, and for some time was first painter to the Em-
press of Russia. He afterwards worked in Paris. Died
in 1805.

See RKNOU, " Notice sur Lagrenife 1'ain^," 1815.

La Guironniere or Lagueronniere, de, deh li gj'-

a, e, 1, 6, u, y, /OT?va,e, d, same, less prolonged; a, e, 1, 6, u, y, ihort; a,e, i, Q, obscure; fir, fall, tat; met; not; good; moon.




ro'ne-aiR', (ARTHUR,) VICOMTE, a trench political
irriteTand Bonapartist, born in 1816. He became chief
editor of Lamartine's new journal, the " Pays," in [850.
A dissension arose between him and Lamartine on the
subject of a historical study on Louis Napoleon, which
the former published in the " Pays," and which increased
his reputation as a brilliant writer. He was elected a
deputy in 1852, and appointed a councillor of state in
1854. His pamphlet entitled "Napoleon III. and Eng-
land" (1858) produced a great sensation on both sides
of the Channel. He became an editor of the "Consti-
tutionnel." Died December 23, 187,.

Laguerre, IS-gaiR', (JEAN, commonly called JACK,)
an English musician, painter, and engraver, born in
London in 1700. He was the son of Louis Laguerre, a
French painter who settled in England. Died in 1748.

Laguerre or La Guerre, IS'gaiR', (Louis,) a French
painter, born in 1663. was a pupil of Le Brun. He went
to England about 1684, and worked with or for Verrio.
He painted "The Labours of Hercules" in Hampton
Court Palace. Died in 1721.

La Guiche or Laguiche, de, deh If gesh, (PHILI-
BERT, } a French general, born about 1540. He refused to
execute the order of the court for the massacre of Prot-
estants in 1572. He commanded the artillery at Ivry,
and contributed largely to the victory. Died in 1607.

His nephew, JEAN FRANCOIS, born in 1569, was a
marshal of France. Died in 1632.

Laguille, Ijt'gel'or li'ge'ye, (Louts,) a French Jesuit,
born at Autun in 1658, wrote an " Ancient and Modern
History of Alsace," (2 vols. folio, 1727.) Died in 1742.

Laguna, la-goo'nl, or Lacuna, li-koo'na, (ANDRES,)
a learned Spanish physician, born at Segovia in 1499.
He obtained the confidence of Charles V., who appointed
him physician of the army in Flanders. He practised
in Metz, (1540-46,) and in Rome, where he was patron-
ized by the pope, who made him a count. He died in
Spain in 1560, leaving numerous works, among which
are Commentaries on Galen and Hippocrates, and
"Ar.atomica Methodus," (1535.)

See N. ANTONIO, " Bibliotheca Hispana Nova."

Laharpe or La Harpe, li'/^tRp', (FREDERIC CSAR.)
a Swiss officer and republican, born in the Pays de Vaud
in 1754. He was for some years preceptor of Alexander,
afterwards Czar of Russia, and about 1 798 became the
chief or most powerful director of the Helvetic Republic.
He went out of power in iSoo. In 1814 he enjoyed the
favour of Alexander, who was in Paris and gave him the
rank of general in his army. He wrote several treatises
on Swiss politics. Died in 1838.

See CHARLES MONNARD, " Notice biographique sur le Ge'ne'raj
F. C. de Laharpe," 1838 ; " Nouvelle Biographic Ge'ne'rale."

La Harpe or Laharpe, de, deh li'/StRp', (JEAN
FRANCOIS,) a celebrated French critic and dramatist,
born in Paris in 1739, was educated at the College of
Harcourt. He produced in 1763 the tragedy of" War
wick," which was very successful, and wrote to Voltaire a
letter on the dramatic art which procured him the favour
and patronage of that philosopher. He composed, be-
sides other dramas, the applauded tragedies of " Me-
lanie," (about 1770,) and " Philoctete." His talents
found a congenial employment in academic competitions.
He wrote admirable eulogies on Fenelon, Henry IV.,
Lafontaine, and others, and he received several prizes
from the French Academy, of which he was chosen a
member in 1776. About 1786 he began to lecture at
the Lycee of Paris on literature. These lectures, en-
titled "Cours de Litte'rature, ancienne et moderne," (iS
vols.,) constitute his most durable title to fame. His
criticisms on French authors are much better than those
on the ancient classics. "The seventeenth century," says
Sainte-Beuve, "in some of its parts and some of its
works, was never better analyzed," [than by La Harpe.]
At the beginning of the French Revolution he was a
republican. He was imprisoned a few months during
the reign of terror. Died in 1803.

See SAINTE-BEUVE, "Causeries du Lundi," tome v. : Lo
THIESSK, " Notice sur la Vie et les Ouvrages de Laharpe," 1817 ;
MELV-JANIN, "Vie de J. F. de La Harpe," 1813: DAUNOU, " Notice
lur La Harpe:" SAINT-SVRIN, "Notice sur La Harpe," 1832;
AUGER. "Vie de La Harpe," 1813; SEIJEVS, "J. F. de La Harpe,
Peim par lui-meme," 1817.

La Haye, (French engraver.) See DEI.AHAYE.

Lahire or Lahyre, li'/SeR', (ETIENNE Vignoles
ven'yol',) a famous French captain or bandit. He per-
formed many exploits against the English in France in
the reign of Charles VII. He never obtained a verj
high rank in the army. Having failed in an attempt to
rescue Joan of Arc at Rouen, he was taken prisoner, but
soon escaped. Died in 1442.

La Hire or Lahyre, de, deh It'/SeR', (LAUREN i,) a,i
eminent French painter and engraver of merit, born in
Paris in 1606. He adorned many of the churches of
Paris with his works, among which the "Apparition of
Christ to the Three Marys" is called the master-piece.
His easel-pictures are very finely finished. He received
the title of painter to the king, and was one of the
founders of the Royal Academy. Died in 1656.

Lahire, de, (PHILIPPE,) a French geometer, son ol
the preceding, born in Paris in 1640. He was admitted
into the Academy of Sciences in 1678, ant! was employed
by the government in continuing the measurement of the
meridian commenced by Picard. For many years he was
professor of mathematics in the College of France. He
was also versed in experimental physics. Among his
principal works are "Conic Sections," (1685,) a "Treat-
ise on Mechanics," (1695,) and "Astronomical Tables,"
(1702.) Died in 1718 or 1719.

See FONTBNBLLK, " loge de Lahire ;" " Nouvelle Biographic

La Hontan, de, deh li c.N't6.\', (ARMAND Louis DK
DELONDAREK,) BARON, a French traveller, born at Mont-
de-Marsan about 1667. He was a private soldier in
North America, 1683-93, and published three volumes
of "Nouveaux Voyages dans 1'Ame'rique," (1703-04,)
which are untrustworthy. Died at Hanover in 1715.

La Huerta. See HUERT.<_

Lahyre. See LA HIRE.

Laid'law, (\VILLIAM,) a British poet, born in 1780.
died in 1845.

Laignelot, lin'yeh-lo', (JOSEPH FRANC.OIS,) a French
dramatist and Jacobin, born at Versailles in 1750, com-
posed a tragedy called "Rienzi." He was an active
member cf the Convention from 1792 to 1795, and voted
for the death of the king. Died in 1829.

an eminent French orator and statesman, born at Bor-
deaux in 1767. He acquired distinction as an advocate
at Bordeaux, supported the popular cause in the Revo-
lution, and was for several years under the empire a
member of the legislative body. In 1813, as chairman
of a committee of that house, he made an important
report on the state of the nation, which gave great offence
to Napoleon. Having become a royalist, he was chosen
president of the Chamber of Deputies in 1814 and in
1815. He was admitted into the French Academy and
appointed minister of the interior in 1816. He retired
from office in December, 1818, became secretary of state
without a portfolio in 1821, and was created a peer of
France in 1823. He was one of the leaders of the mode-
rate royalists. Died in 1835. " M. Laine and De Serres,"
says Lamartine, " were the two greatest characters and
the two most pathetic orators of the restoration."

See LAMARTINE, " History of the Restoration;" " Nouvelie Bio-
graphic Ge'nerale."

Lainez, 14/na', ( ALEXANDRE, ) a French poet and
linguist, born at Chimay about 1650. After travelling
several years in Europe and Asia, he became a resident
of Paris. He was cjurted by the great for his brilliant
conversation and extensive knowledge, and composed
brief poetical effusions, which were admired for grace
and vivacity. Died in 1710.

Lainez or Laynez, IT-neth', sometimes improperly
written Leynez, (JAGO or DIEGO,) the second general
of the order of Jesuits, was born in Castile, Spain, in
1512. About 1536 he was associated with Ignatius Loy-
ola in organizing the society of Jesuits. (See LOYOLA.)
He was deputed by the pope to the Council of Trent,
where he signalized his zeal for the interests of the
court of Rome. In 1558 he succeeded Loyola as gen-
eral of the order. The Council of Trent having re-
sumed its session, he made there a famous speech, in
which he argued the necessity of a supreme head of

as i. 5 as s; g hard; g as/; G, H, ^guttural; N, nasal; R, trilled; s as ; th as in this. \






the Church. Died in 1565. The polity of the Jesuits
appears to have been mainly the product of the intelli-
gence and subtlety of Lainez.

See RIBADHNEIRA, " Vida del P. V. D. Laynez," 1604: F. SOUER,
"Vie du P. J. Laynez," 1599; F. RAINAUDI, "Vila di J. Laynez,"
Rome, 1672.

Laing, (ALEXANDER,) a Scottish minor poet, born at
Brechin, May 14, 1787. He was a flax-dresser by trade.
He published " Wayside Flowers," and many songs.
Died October 14, 1857.

Laing, lang, (ALEXANDER GORDON,) MAJOR, a resolute
Scottish traveller, born in Edinburgh in 1793, enlisted in
the army in 1810. In 1822 the Governor of Sierra Leone
sent him on a mission to the Mandingo country. He
also explored Solimana and adjacent regions. In 1824
he was raised to the rank of major, and was employed
by Lord Bathurst to explore the Niger. Proceeding
from the north, he arrived in August, 1826, at Timbuctoo,
after having been wounded by the Tuariks. On his way
to Sansanding he was murdered by his guide, an Arab
sheik, in September, 1826. His journal has not been

Laing, (DAVID,) LL.D.. a Scottish antiquary and littl-
rateur, born at Edinburgh in 1793. He was the original
secretary of the Bannatyne Club, founded by Sir Walter
Scott for the printing of rare books on Scottish history
and literature, and edited many of its publications. He
devoted much attention to the old Scottish ballads and
other antiquarian matters, and brought to light many
interesting documents. He edited the works of John
Knox, David Lyndsay, William Dunbar, and Robert
Henryson, enriching them with many valuable annota-
tions. Died October II, 1878.

Laing, (MALCOLM,) an able Scottish historian and
lawyer, born in Orkney in 1762. He practised law in
Edinburgh, where he was admitted to the bar in 1785.
In 1800 he published a " History of Scotland from the
Union of the Crowns [1603] to the Union of the King-
doms in the Reign of Queen Anne," which is a work
of merit and remarkable for critical acumen, but defect-
ive in style. He wrote a treatise against the authenticity
of Ossian's poems, and a few other works. He became
a member of Parliament, and he was a friend of Charles
T. Fox, His political principles were liberal. Died in

Laing, (SAMUEL,) a British lawyer and politician, a
nephew of the preceding, was born in Scotland in 1810.
He was elected to Parliament as a Liberal in 1852, and
was president of the company which owned the Crystal
Palace at Sydenham, from 1850 to 1854. He was finan-
cial secretary to the treasury in 1859 and 1860, and was
appointed chancellor of the exchequer in India in the
latter year. In 1873 he was again elected to Parliament.
He was long engaged in railway interests, and was
the author of several works, including " Modern Sci-
ence and Modern Thought," (1886,) "The Antiquity
of Man," (1890,) " Human Origins," (1892,) etc.

Laire, liR, (FRANCOIS XAVIER,) an eminent French
bibliographer and monk, born at Vadans in 1738. Dur-
ing the Revolution he saved valuable historical documents
from destruction. He published a "Series of Aldine
Editions," a "Specimen of Roman Typog.-aphy of the
Fifteenth Century," an " Index of Books from the In-
vention of Printing to the Year 1500," and other works.
Died in 1801.

Laire, li'reh, (SlGlSMOND,) a German painter, born in
L'avaria about 1550; died in Rome in 1636.

Lairesse, 14'rlss', (GERARD,) a skilful Flemish his-
torical painter and engraver, born at Liege in 1640, was
a pupil of his father. He settled in Amsterdam. His
facility as an artist was remarkable. He had a rich
imagination, and was skilful in costume and composi-
tion. His engravings are much esteemed. He died in
1711, leaving an able "Treatise on Painting."

La'is, |Aoir,J a celebrated Greek courtesan, lived at
Corinth in the fifth century B.C., and was notorious for hei
avidity and caprice. Among her lovers was the phi-
losopher Aristippus. The citizens of Corinth erected a
monument to her. Another courtesan of that name was
supposed to have been a native of Sicily. She lived at
Athens or Corinth about 400 B.C.

Lal-us, [Gr. Aoiof,] a king of Thebes, and the father
ofCEdipus. An oracle having declared that he should
>e killed by his own son, he exposed his son soon after
jirth on Mount Cithaeron. The child was preserved by
strangers, was named CSdipus, and remained ignorant
of his parentage. (See O2DIPUS.)

Lajard, li'zhiR', (JEAN BAPTISTS FELIX,) a French
antiquary, born at Lyons in 1783, went to Persia as sec-
retary of embassy in 1807. He was admitted into the
Academy of Inscriptions in 1830. Among his works is
' Researches into the Public Worship and the Mysteries
of Mithra in the East and West," (1848.) He pro-
pounded a novel theory on the relations of the Greeks
with the Oriental races, which has since been partially
confirmed. Died in 1858.

See " Nouvelle Biographic Ge'ne'rale."

Lajard, de, deh li'zhtR', (PIERRE AUGUSTE,) an able
French statesman, born at Montpellier in 1757, was
minister of war in 1792. During the empire he was a
member of the legislative body. Died in 1837.

Lajeunesse, (MARIE EMMA.) See ALBANI.

La Jonchere, de, deh \t zhAN'shaiR', (TIENNE L8-
CUYER,) a French engineer, born in Auvergne in 1690.
He projected the connection of the Saone and the Yonne
by a canal, the construction of which, however, was given
to another engineer. Died about 1740.

LakanaL. iTkS'ntl', (JOSEPH,) a French republican,
born at Serres (Ariege) in 1762. As a member of the
Convention, (1792-95,) he protected the interests of the
arts and sciences. He took a prominent part in the
organization of the Institute, of which he was a member.
In 1814 he retired to the United States, was welcomed
by Jefferson, and obtained from Congress five hundred
acres of cotton-land. He was afterwards president of
the University of Louisiana, and returned to France in
1833. Died in Paris in 1845.

Lake, (ARTHUR,) a learned English preacher, born a
Southampton, was appointed Dean of Worcester in 1608,
and Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1616. Died in 1626.
Several volumes of his sermons were published.

Lake, (GERARD.) Viscount Lake, a British general,
was born in 1744. Having served in the American wai
and in the war against the French republic, he was ap
pointed commander of the army in Ireland during the
rebellion which began in 1797, and was defeated by the
French at Castlebar. In 1800 he obtained the chief
command in India, and in 1803 gained a victory over
the Mahrattas near Delhi. He defeated them again the
same year at Laswarree. Between 1804 and 1806 he
waged a successful war against Holkar, and received
the title of Baron Lake of Delhi, etc. He returned to
England in 1807, and was created a viscount. Died in

Lake, (JoHN.) born in Yorkshire in 1624, became
Bishop of Chichester in 1685. He was imprisoned, in
company with six other prelates, in the Tower of London
in 1688. Died in 1698.

See AGNES STRICKLAND, "Lives of the Seven Bishops."

Laksh'mi, [modern Hindoo pron. luksh'mee ; ety-
mology obscure,] called also Sri, sRee, or Shri, shRee,
in the Hindoo mythology, the goddess of wealth, and the
consort of Vishnu, is fabled to have sprung from the
churning of the ocean. (See KURMA.) There is a striking
analogy between the origin of Lakshmi and that of the
Venus (Aphrodite) Anadyomene of the Greeks, who
also is said to have sprung from the foam of the sea,
(See VENUS.) But Lakshmi, though represented as
extremely beautiful, is not, like Venus, the patroness of
love, but the goddess uf wealth and prosperity. She is
represented with four arms and arrayed with the most
beautiful ornaments and gems. She is sometimes called
I'adma, (from fiJmil, the " lotus,") in allusion, perhaps,
to her divine beauty, and by many other names. She is
sometimes identified with the beautiful Apsara Rambha
(or Rembha.)

See MOOR'S " Hindu Pantheon."

Lalamant or Lallemant, IJl'moN', (JEAN,) a French
physician and scholar, who lived about 1550-90, was a

* I.t. " prosperity ," also " beauty" or " splendour."

i, e, 1, 6, u, y, long; 4, e, 6, same, less prolonged; a, e, i, 6, u, y, short; a, ?, i, o, obscurt; fir, fill, iat; met; not; good; mpon




native if Autun. He produced, besides works on medi-
cine, history, etc., a French version of Demosthenes r
"Philippics," (1549.)

Lalande, de, deh iS'lSfJd', (JACQUES,) a meritorious
French jurist, born at Orleans in 1622. He published
"Specimen Juris Romano-Gallic! ad Pandectas," (1690.)
Died in 1703.

Lalande, de, (JOSEPH JEROME LEFRANC.AIS,) one of
the most eminent French astronomers, was born al
Bourg (Ain) in July, 1732, and was the only child of
Pierre Lefran9ais. He manifested at an early age the
love of fame which was his ruling passion. He was
student in a college of Lyons when the great eclipse of
July, 1748, inspired him with a determination to be an

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