13 MAY 1882, Page 3

We deeply regret to notice the death of Dr. John

Brown, author of " Rah and his Friends," who expired in Edinburgh, on Thursday, after a short attack of inflammation of the lungs. Though his work was not great in amount, it stamped him as one of the greatest humourists Scotland has produced, his humour, moreover, being penetrated by a deep trace of pathos. Dr. Brown was personally a man of singularly sweet and noble character, who had to struggle through life against adverse cir- cumstances, produced mainly by a liability to some obscure disease of the brain, which every now and then compelled him to interrupt every form of mental effort, and go into complete seclusion.