Bristed. I. John, an Episcopal clergyman and author, born in Dorsetshire, England, in 1778, died at Bristol, R. I., Feb. 23, 1855. He was educated at Winchester, studied law, came to America in 1806, and practised in New York. In 1820 he married a daughter of John Jacob Astor. Having studied divinity under Bishop Griswold, he succeeded him in 1829 as rector of the church of St. Michael at Bristol, which office he discharged till 1843. Among his works are: " A Pedestrian Tour through part of the Highlands of Scotland" (2 vols. 8vo, London, 1804); "Critical and Philosophical Essays " (1804); "Edward and Anna," a novel (1805); " The Resources of the United States" (New York, 1818); and "Thoughts on the Anglican and Anglo-American Churches" (1822). II. Charles Astor, an American author, son of the preceding, born in New York in 1820. Having completed the course at Yale college, he entered in 1840 the university of Cambridge, England, and graduated at Trinity college in 1845, with high honor as a classical scholar.
He has since passed many years in Europe, has written much for newspapers and magazines, usually under the signature of Carl Benson, and has published several books, among which are: "Selections from Catullus," with notes (1849); "Letter to Hon. Horace Mann," being a reply to attacks made upon Stephen Girard and John Jacob Astor; "The Upper Ten Thousand of New York" (1852); "Five Years in an English University " (1852; new ed., 1872); and "The Interference Theory of Government" (1867). He was one of the original trustees of the Astor library.