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Biographical Dictionary :
* A BRIEF ACCOUNT
OF THE MOST
Eminent Persons and Remarkable Characters
EVERY AGE AND NATION.
By STEPHEN JONES.
THE SIXTH EDITION, GREATLY ENLARGED:
With numerous Additions and Improvements.
“ No species of writing seems more worthy of cultivation than BIOGRAPHY;
BROWN; J. HARRIS; PEACOCKS AND BAMPTON ;
The reputation which this Biographical Epitome has been fortunate enough to obtain, for the variety of its contents, and the general accuracy of its dates, bas recently conferred upon it the honour of having several imitators. This, however, excites not in my mind one spark of jealousy. The Public, which, in most cases, is found to derive benefit from competition, will duly appreciate, and candidly decide upon, our respective pretensions to its patronage.
This Sixth EDITION comprises above an hundred new articles ; bringing down the accounts of eminent persons deceased to the latter end of the year 1810.
It had hitherto been my custom to acknowledge, in a Preface, the useful communications that I derived from various literary friends ; and to which the work is considerably indebted on the score of correctness. It has, however, been intimated to me, that some of the Gentlemen alluded to had felt a peculiar delicacy on this subject. Either from motives of friendship to me, or a favourable opinion of my book, they were disposed to be actively assisting in its circulation ; but have been withheld, in a great degree, from the indulgence of this kind disposition, by an apprehension that it might possibly expose them to the imputation of egotism, on account of the terms in which I had thought it but just to mention their favours to me. Now, though I find it difficult to acknowledge the correctness of this idea, I feel it my duty to respect it; and my gratitude must, in future, be as silent as sincere.
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A BB A ARSENS (FRANCIS) lord of than once they were going to mur. 1. Someldyck and Spyck, one of der him. He died in 1985. the greatest ministers for negocia- AARTGEN, or AERTGEN, a tion that the United Provinces of painter of merit, born at Leyden in Holland have at any time possessed.) 1498. It was a custom with this He was the first person ever re-painter never to work on Mondays, cognized as Dutch ambassador by but to devote that day with his disthe French court : the first of three ciples to the bottle. He used to stroll extraordinary ambassadors sent to about the streets in the night, playing England in 1620; and the second on the German flute ; and in one of in 1641, who were to treat about these frolics was drowned in 1964. the marriage of prince William, | ABATE (ANDREA) a painter son to the prince of Orange. of fruit and still life, born at NaAarsens died in an advanced age; ples, was employed by the king of and left behind him very accu. Spain, and died in 1732. rate and judicious memoirs of all ABBADIE (JAMES) an eminent the embassies in which he was em. Protestant divine, aud dean of Kilployed.
laloe, born at Nay, in Bearn, in the AARSENS,Or A ERSENS(PETER) year 1654 (or, according to some called by the Italians Pietro Longo, accounts, in 1658), died in the pa. from bis tallness, a celebrated paint rish of Mary-le-bone, in London, er, born at Amsterdam in 1519.17 27. The chief of this author's He excelled very particularly in works was, “ Traite de la Verite de painting a kitchen : but an altar la Religion Chretienne; Rotterdam, piece of his, viz, a crucifix, repre. 1684." This has gone through sevesenting an executioner breaking with ral editions, and is perhaps the best an iron bar the legs of the thieves, l book ever published on that subject. &c. was prodigiously admired. This ABBIATI (FILIPPO) an histonoble piece was destroyed by the rical painter, born at Milan 1640, rabble in the time of the insurrec-died 1715. tion, 1566. He afterwards com- ABBOT (GEORGE) archbishop plained of this to the populace in of Canterbury, born 1962, at Guild. terms of such severity, that more ford, in Surry. In 1604 tha