Charles Edwards Lester, an American author, horn in Griswold, Conn., July 15, 1815. He was admitted to the bar, but spent two years at the Auburn theological seminary, and was duly licensed to preach. But he had to abandon the pulpit on account of frequent haemorrhages from the lungs, and go abroad for his health. In 1840 he visited Great Britain, and soon after was appointed United States consul at Genoa, where he remained six years. Since his return from Europe he has resided in New York, devoting his attention to literature. Besides contributing largely to the American and European periodical press, he has edited various journals and magazines. His principal works are: "The Glory and Shame of England " (2 vols. 12mo, New York, 1841); "Condition and Fate of England" (1842); "The Artist, Merchant, and Statesman " (1846); " Life and Voyages of Americus Vespucius" (1846); "Artists of America" (1846); "My Consulship" (2 vols., 1851); and "The Napoleon Dynasty, a History of the Bonaparte Family, by the Berkeley Men" (1852). He has published translations of Alfieri's "Autobiography" (1845), Massimo d'Azeglio's "Challenge of Barletta " (1845), Machiavelli's "Florentine Histories" (2 vols., 1846), and Cebaz's "Citizen of a Republic." His latest works are "Life and Public Services of Charles Sumner" (1874), and "Our First Hundred Years" (1874 et seq.).