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WELSH BIOGRAPHY. ABRAHAM REES, editor of the well-known Cyclo- paedia," an Unitarian minister, born 1745, in North Wales, was at first mathematical tutor in the academy at Hoxton, where he himself had finished his studies. After having filled that chair for twenty years, be became theological tutor in the Hackney College, where he remained till 1793. Distinguished equally for his pastoral virtues and his extensive knowledge, Dr. Rees died in 1825, with the reputation of being one of the most eminent scholars of England. The most considerable and the best known of his works is the New Cyclopaedia, or Universal Dic- tionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature," London, 1803, and following years, 44 vols., with plates. Composed on the plan of the Encyclopaedia of Chambers, this work long held a high position in English literature, but has in a measure become obsolete by the progress of knowledge, and has been superseded by the Penny Cyclopaedia" and other similar works HESTER LYNCH PIOZZI, the friend of Dr. Johnson and admirer of all great men, was by birth a Welsh woman. She was the daughter of John Salisbury, of Bodvel, in Carnarvonshire. She was a successful authoress, and was distinguished for her beauty and accomplishments. In the year 1763, she married Henry Thrale, a wealthy brewer, and M.P. for the borough of Southwark. Shortly after her marriage; she became acquainted with Dr. Johnson, of whom she, at a subsequent period, published some anec- dotes -her first attempt. Mr. Thrale died in 1781. His widow went to Bath, and three years after mar- ried Signor Piozzi, a Florentine music-master of that city. Dr. Johnson, who was by more than one of his friends suspected of being spooney" on the fair widow, took umbrage at this marriage, and the friendly intercourse was broken off. Mrs. Piozzi accompanied her husband to Florence soon after the marriage, and there, with Messrs. Meary, Greathed, and Parsons, wrote a collection of pieces in prose and verse, entitled the Florentine Miscellany." She was also the authoress of some other writings, including The Three Warnings," a tale;; British Synonymy, or an Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in Familiar Conversation," a work ex- hibiting much ingenuity and a considerable amount of study; and A Retrospection of a Review of the most Striking Events, and their consequences, which the last 1800 years have presented to the view of mankind." Mrs. Piozzi died at Clifton, May 2nd, 1821, aged 81 years.

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