John Lloyd Stephens, an American author, born in Shrewsbury, N. J., Nov. 28, 1805, died in New York, Oct. 10,1852. He graduated at Columbia college in 1822, studied law, and practised in New York. After spending two years in travel, he published "Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land" (2 vols. 12mo, 1837), and "Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland " (2 vols. 12mo, 1838). He was appointed minister to Central America in 1839, explored the ancient remains of that country, and published " Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan " (2 vols. 8vo, New York, 1841). In 1842 he again visited Yucatan, and published "Incidents of Travel in Yucatan" (2 vols. 8vo, 1843). These works were illustrated by his fellow traveller Frederick Catherwood of London, and are valuable contributions to American antiquities. Mr. Stephens was active in establishing the first American lino of transatlantic steamships. As vice president of the Panama railroad company he negotiated in 1849 the contract with the government of New Granada, was chosen president of the company, and superintended the construction of the road till his death.