Charles Loring Brace, an American clergyman and author, born at Litchfield, Conn., in 1826. He graduated at Yale college in 1846, and afterward studied theology in the theological department of that institution, and at the Union theological seminary, New York. He has since been a recognized preacher, but has not been connected with any church. In 1850 he made a pedestrian journey in Great Britain and Ireland, also visiting the Rhine, Belgium, and Paris. An account of part of this journey was afterward published by his companion, Mr. Frederick Law Olmsted, under the title of "Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England." In the following year he visited Hungary, where he was arrested on suspicion of being a secret agent of Kossuth, and tried before a court martial, but, through the efforts of C. J. McOurdy, United States charge d'affaires at Vienna, was soon released. He afterward visited Switzerland, England, and Ireland, giving special attention to schools, prisons, and reformatory institutions. Returning to the United States in 1852, he became associated in the labors of the Rev. Mr. Pease among the most degraded class of the city of New York, and was chiefly instrumental in the formation of the "Children's Aid Society," an association for transferring destitute and vagrant children to homes in the country, and which also to a large extent provides lodgings, instruction, and other aid for poor boys and girls in the city.
Of this society he is still (1873) the secretary and principal agent. In 1856 he made a journey in northern Europe, and in 1872 revisited Hungary, where he was received with marked attention. He has published "Hungary in 1851" (1852); "Home Life in Germany" (1853); "Norse Folk," a description of the religious, social, and political condition of the people of Sweden and Norway (1857); "Races of the Old World" (1863); "The New West" (1869); "Short Sermons for Newsboys; " and " The Dangerous Classes of New York" (1872).