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Guide to the Charles Edwards Lester Letter and Newspaper Clipping, 1845, 1887

Summary

Charles Edwards Lester was an American author and diplomat. Collection comprises an invitation written by Lester to Unitarian ministers at a New York convention (1845 October 20), along with a newspaper clipping on Lester (1887 December 31). The invitation asks the Unitarian ministers to see an ivory sculpture of Christ, and mentions sculptor Hiram Powers' opinion of the work.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11448
Title
Charles Edwards Lester letter and newspaper clipping
Date
1845, 1887
Creator
Lester, C. Edwards (Charles Edwards), 1815-1890
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 2 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises an invitation written by Lester to Unitarian ministers at a New York convention (1845 October 20), along with a newspaper clipping on Lester (1887 December 31). The invitation asks the Unitarian ministers to see an ivory sculpture of Christ, and mentions sculptor Hiram Powers' opinion of the work.

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[Identification of item], Charles Edwards Lester Letter and Newspaper Clipping, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Letter and newspaper clipping
Folder 1
 

Historical Note

Charles Edwards Lester was an American author and diplomat. Lester was born in Griswold, Connecticut, a descendant of Jonathan Edwards. He was of a roving disposition and traveled widely in the United States and Europe. He was admitted to the bar in Mississippi and later was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian church. In 1840, he addressed antislavery meetings in Massachusetts and was elected a delegate to the London antislavery conference of that year. He did not return to the United States after the close of the conference but remained in England. His The Glory and Shame of England, published in New York in 1841, criticized England's antislavery professions. In 1842, President Tyler appointed Lester United States Consul at Genoa.


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Provenance

The Charles Edwards Lester Letter and Newspaper Clipping were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice L. Poffinberger, April, 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0197