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HODGES, EDWARD RICHMOND (1826–1881), orientalist, born in 1826, became, while a London apprentice, a student of Hebrew, and, after being for a short time a scripture reader, was sent as a missionary by the Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews, first to Palestine, and afterwards to Algeria, which he quitted in 1856. A few years later he severed his connection with the society, and for some time he acted as a minister of the reformed episcopal church; but he subsequently became a clergyman of the church of England. He died at his house in Tollington Park, London, on 9 May 1881, aged fifty-five, leaving a widow and six children. He was well known as a scholar in oriental languages, and assisted George Smith (1825–1876) [q. v.] in his cuneiform researches. He published, in addition to numerous articles in magazines: 1. ‘Ancient Egypt,’ 1851. 2. An edition of Craik's ‘Principia Hebraica,’ 1863, fol. 3. An edition, with notes, of Cory's ‘Ancient Fragments of the Phœnician … and other Authors,’ 1876, 8vo. He also revised Mickle's translation of the ‘Lusiad’ of Camoens for Bohn's ‘Standard Library,’ 1877, 8vo. Hodges assisted Dr. Gotch in the preparation of his Paragraph Bible, and wrote on American languages in the ‘English Cyclopædia.’ At the time of his death he was engaged upon an English version of the ‘Armenian History’ of Moses of Khorene.

[Private information; Morning Post, 9 June 1881; Academy, 18 June 1881, by Prof. Sayce.]

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