Washington, Jan. L9. George l$ancroft, the venerable historian, died at his home in this city ftt 8:40 o'dock on Saturduy alternóos, aged !M years. He had been siclí only two days. Mr. IJancroft held severa! important official positions dnrin and rendered his country valuable services, but his most endurinfr fame will restupon lus history oL the United States from the dlsoovery of the American contiaent, OÍ whioh the flrst volume uppeared in 1834 nnd the last in tóèï.