--The foreign news by the Europa
announces the death, at Brown
, on the 28th ult., of Chevalier Bunsen
, the distinguished German statesman, philosopher and theologian, at the age of seventy years. He was the greatest linguist of his time, and had studied nearly every language in the country in which it is spoken.
He was Prussian charge to Switzerland
in 1838, when Frederick William
died, and his warm and intimate friend, Frederick William
IV., ascended the throne.
It was on that occasion that he received the brief but touching letter from his royal patron, which ran very much as follows: ‘My dear Bunsen
My father has just died, and I am about to take the throne.
Oh, pray for me. Pray for me. Frederick William
In 1841 Bunsen
was sent to London
on a special mission — in relation to the establishment of a Protestant Bishopric at Jerusalem
, under the joint auspices of England
That mission led to Chevalier Bunsen
's being appointed Prussian Ambassador at the Court of St. James.
This position he held twelve or thirteen years.