Browne, Charles Farrar: see Ward, Artemus.
Browne, Hablot Knight, pseud. Phiz, 1815-82, English illustrator. At 21 he was chosen by Charles Dickens to illustrate Pickwick Papers. His success was immediate, and in due course he illustrated many of Dickens's novels as well as works of Harrison Ainsworth and Charles Lever. Browne also contributed popular cartoons to Punch and painted numerous watercolors and several oils.

See biography by V. B. Lester (new ed. 2006).

Browne, Robert, c.1550-1633, English clergyman and leader of a group of early separatists popularly known as Brownists. Browne conceived of the church as a self-governing local body of experiential believers in Jesus. Preaching without a license, Browne attacked the forms of government and the discipline of the Established Church; he gathered a congregation at Norwich c.1580. In 1581 he and his followers sought refuge in Holland. There he published (1582) several treatises that are generally regarded as the first expression of the principles of Congregationalism. Circulation in England of these tracts was punishable by death. Upon his return to England in 1584, Browne was imprisoned and later excommunicated. But by 1586 he was sufficiently reconciled with the Church of England to be made master of the Stamford grammar school, and in 1591 he submitted to episcopal ordination and became rector of Adchurch, Northamptonshire.
Browne, Sir Thomas, 1605-82, English author and physician, b. London, educated at Oxford and abroad, knighted (1671) by Charles II. His Religio Medici, in which Browne attempted to reconcile science and religion, was written about 1635. After circulating in manuscript, it was first published in a pirated edition (1642); an authorized edition followed (1643). Inspired by the discovery of funeral urns near Norwich, he wrote Hydriotaphia: Urn Burial (1658), a solemn reflection on death and immortality, in which he expressed a belief in the futility of things here on earth. Published with Urn Burial was the more optimistic The Garden of Cyrus, a work devoted to the mystic symbolism of the number five. Browne's philosophy is now primarily of historical interest. It is the quality of his faith and, particularly, his mode of expression that make him one of the outstanding figures in the history of English literature. His other notable works are Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646), commonly known as Vulgar Errors, and Christian Morals (1716).

See edition of his works (ed. by G. Keynes, 6 vol., 1928-31); biographies by J. S. Finch (1950) and J. F. Post (1987); studies by J. Bennett (1962), L. Nathanson (1967), and C. A. Patrides, ed. (1982).

Browne, Thomas, d. 1825, Loyalist commander in the American Revolution. A resident of Augusta, Ga., he was the victim of colonist violence in 1775, when he was tarred and feathered for ridiculing the Continental Congress. Later he organized (1778) a Loyalist troop in Florida and raided settlements in S Georgia. In 1780 he captured Augusta; in 1781 he was forced to surrender to Andrew Pickens and Henry Lee. After his exchange he was a colonel in the Queen's Rangers in South Carolina and was defeated (May, 1782) by Anthony Wayne. Browne, who was fiercely hated by the colonists, escaped and lived out his life in the British West Indies.
Browne, Thomas Alexander, pseud. Rolf Boldrewood, 1826-1915, Australian author. A squatter, a magistrate, and a commissioner in the gold fields, he wrote many books of life in Australia, such as Robbery under Arms (1888) and Ghost Camp (1902).
Browne, William (William Browne of Tavistock), 1591?-1645?, English poet. An imitator of Spenser, he did his finest work in pastoral poetry, of which Britannia's Pastorals (1613, 1616, 1825) and The Shepherd's Pipe (with George Wither et al., 1614) are the best examples.

Rodney Howard-Browne, born on June 12, 1961 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and was raised in the Eastern Cape and Transkei, is a charismatic Christian preacher and evangelist who has resided in Tampa, Florida, USA since the mid-1990s. He is pastor of The River at Tampa Bay, a church which he and his wife founded in 1996, and heads Revival Ministries International.


As a young boy in South Africa, Rodney Howard-Browne states he was called by God to work in the mission field. In 1981 Rodney Howard-Browne met and married Adonica and immediately went into the full-time traveling ministry. In 1983, they started a church in the Northeastern Cape and pastored there for two years. They both felt a strong calling to the mission field of the United States of America. Though he had previously visited America twice before, in 1987 he arrived, with his family, at Orlando International Airport, with $300USD to his name. In 1989, in upstate New York, revival broke out. Since the time of this revival meeting, he has held revival meetings in North America, Central America, South America, various locations in Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Israel.

Rodney Howard-Browne is the pastor of a church in Tampa, Florida, The River at Tampa Bay, which he founded on December 1, 1996 with 500 people attending the first service. Weekly broadcasts of his meetings can be found online.


Rodney Howard-Browne and his wife Adonica, who was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and raised in Johannesburg, have had three children all born in South Africa, Kirsten Howard-Browne, born in 1982, Kelly May Howard-Browne, born in 1984, and Kenneth Howard-Browne, born in 1987. Kelly May Howard-Browne died December 25, 2002 of Cystic Fibrosis.

Revival Tours

Good News Crusades

Based on a dream from 1989, Howard-Browne decided to hold a revival series in New York City in the summer of 1999. In the dream, he had spoken with Billy Graham, who told of his success in using Madison Square Gardens for an extended period of time with many people attending and accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior at the revival meetings.

  • In the Summer of 2000 Good News Shreveport was held in Shreveport, Louisiana, where 59,247 people gave their lives to Jesus.
  • In November 2004 Good News Soweto was held in Soweto, South Africa.
  • In May 2005 Good News Umlazi held in Umlazi, South Africa, near Durban, where more than 286,750 people gave their lives to Jesus.
  • In October 2005 Good News Mamelodi was held in Mamelodi, South Africa, where more than 113,000 people gave their lives to Jesus.
  • In June 2006 Good News Mdantsane was held in Mdantsane, South Africa, where more than 70,489 people gave their lives to Jesus.
  • In January 2006 Good News Vizag was held in Visakhapatnam, India, where more than 50,000 people gave their lives to Jesus.

October 11, 2008 - October 13, 2008 (

The Great Awakening Tour 2007-2008

Starting in Humble, Texas in February 6, 2007, Rodney Howard-Browne started a group of tours called "The Great Awakening" which is "not just another Christian Conference. This is a radical campaign to REACH a radical generation." This is a list, by date, of the tours from February 2007.


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