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SHEPPARD, Moses, philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1771 ; died in Baltimore, Maryland, 1 February, 1857. He was early thrown upon his own resources, owing to the forfeiture of the property of his father, Nathan Sheppard, who adhered to the mother country during the Revolutionary war, and entered the employ of John Mitchell as a clerk. In a few years he was made partner, and after the death of Mr. Mitchell conducted the business alone, from which he retired in 1832. Mr. Sheppard took an active interest in the question of American slavery, in common with the Society of Friends, of which he was a member, and aided with counsel and money the American colonization society. He paid for the education of Dr. Samuel McGill and other colored men that became eminent in Liberia, and his influence prevented the passing of a law to banish free negroes from Maryland. His fortune was bequeathed to found the Sheppard asylum for the insane in Baltimore.--His grandnephew, Nathan, author, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 9 November, 1834 ; died in New York city, 24 January, 1888, was graduated at Attleborough college in 1854, and at Rochester theological seminary in 1859. During the civil war he was special correspondent of the New York "World " and the Chicago "Journal" and "Tribune," and, during the Franco-German war, of the "Cincinnati Gazette." His experiences were published as "Shut up in Paris," a diary of the siege (London, 1871), and was translated into French, German, and Italian. He was also a special American correspondent of the London "Times" and a contributor to "Fraser's Magazine" and "Temple Bar." In 1873 he became lecturer on modern English literature, and teacher of rhetoric, at the University of Chicago, and four years later he accepted a similar charge at Alleghany college. He spent four years in Europe, and lectured in all of the principal towns of Great Britain and Ireland, and in 1870 delivered a course before the Edinburgh philosophical society and on "Pub-lie Speaking" before the Universities of Aberdeen and St. Andrew's, Scotland, which has been issued as "Before an Audience" (New York, 1886). In 1884 he settled in Saratoga Springs, founded the Saratoga athenoeum, and was its president until his death. He also compiled and edited "The Dickens Reader" (1881) ; "Character Readings from George Eliot" (1883) ; "The Essays of George Eliot," with an introduction (1883); "Darwinism Stated by Darwin Himself" (1884) ; and "Saratoga Chips and Carlsbad Wafers" (1887).
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