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Oliphant, Laurence 1829-1888 Author; born in Cape Town, Africa, in 1829. Lord Elgin made him his private secretary in 1853, and in 1865 he was elected to Parliament, but he resigned in 1868 in obedience to instructions from Thomas L. Harris, leader of the Brotherhood of the New Life a spiritualistic society of which both Oliphant and his wife were members. Among his publications are Minnesota, or the far West in 1855; and The tender recollections of Irene MacGILLICUDDYillicuddy, a satire on American society. He died in Twickenham, England, Dec. 23, 1888.