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MACKENZIE, Robert Shelton, author, born at Drew's Court, Limerick County, Ireland, 22 June, 1809" died in Philadelphia, Pc., 30 November, 1880. He was the second son of Captain Kenneth Mackenzie, author of a volume of Gaelic poetry. After his education at Fermoy, he studied medicine at Cork, and was graduated at Dublin, but never practised his profession. After passing his medical examination in 1825, he opened a school in Fermoy, and in 1829, having had experience in the mean time as a newspaper reporter, he became editor of a county journal in Staffordshire, England. In 1830-'1 he was employed in London in writing biographies for a work called "The Georgian Era," and in revising the contributions of others. Subsequently he acted as editor of various newspapers, among them the " Liverpool Journal." From 1834 till 1851 he was the English correspondent of the "New York Evening Star," besides contributing extensively to various periodicals in the United States. In 1845 he became editor and part proprietor of a railway journal in London, and in 1847 was an active member of Lord Brougham's Law amendment society. In 1852 Dr. Mackenzie came to the United States, and at first resided in New York city, where he engaged in various literary undertakings. In 1857 he became book and foreign editor of the "Philadelphia Press," with which publication he was afterward identified. He received the degree of LL. D. from Glasgow university in 1834, and in 1844 that of D. C. L. from Oxford. He published in England "Lays of Palestine" (London, 1828); "Titian, a Venetian Art-Novel" (3 vols., 1843); "Life of Guizot," prefixed to a translation of "Democracy and its Mission" (1846); "Partnership en ***Uommanditd,"a work on commercial law (1847)" and "Mornings at Matlock," a collection of stories (3 vols., 1850). After his arrival in this country he issued "Shell's Sketches of the Irish Bar" (2 vols., New York); and the "Noctes Ambrosianae" (5 vols., 1854)" "De Quincy's 'Klosterheim'," and "Life of Curran" (1855)"Lady Morgan's ' O'Brien's and O'Flahertys' " (2 vols., 1857) ; "Dr. Maginn's Miscellaneous Works" (5 vols., 1855-'7); " Bits of Blarney," a collection of stories(1855). "Tressilian and his Friends" (Philadelphia), and "Memoirs of Robert Houdin" (1859); "Life of Charles Dickens" (1870); and "Sir Waiter Scott" the Story of his Life" (Boston, 1871).
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