Nathaniel Lardner, an English divine, born at Hawkshurst, Kent, in 1684, died there, July 24, 1768. He belonged to the Presbyterian denomination, but entertained Unitarian opinions. He was educated at London, Utrecht, and Leyden, and was the author of many valuable theological works. That on which his fame chiefly rests is his " Credibility of the Gospel History " (5 vols. 8vo, 1727-'57), which is regarded as one of the ablest works upon that subject. There are two complete editions of Dr. Lardner's works, the last in 10 vols. 8vo (London, 1828), and the other in 5 vols. 4to (London, 1815).
Nathaniel Lee, an English dramatic poet, born at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, about 1657, killed in London in 1691. He was educated at Trinity college, Cambridge, and on leaving the university tried to push his fortunes at court; but not being successful, he began to write for the stage. From 1675 to 1681 he produced a new play every year. He became insane in 1684, and was confined in Bedlam for four years, when, having recovered his reason, he was liberated and resumed his former occupation. He is said to have lost his life in a nocturnal riot. He was an admirer and imitator of Dryden, whom he assisted in writing " CEdi-pus" and the "Duke of Guise." He was the author of 11 tragedies, two of which, "Theodosius" and "Alexander the Great," were long popular on the stage.
Nathaniel Morton, secretary of Plymouth colony, Mass., born in England in 1612, died ' in Plymouth, June 29, 1685. He came to America with his father in July, 1623, and in 1645 was appointed secretary of the colony, which office he held until his death. He was the author of "New England's Memoriall, or a Brief Relation of the most Memorable and Remarkable Passages of the Providence of God manifested to the Planters of New England," etc, compiled chiefly from the manuscripts of his uncle William Bradford and the journals of Edward Winslow, and including the period from 1620 to 1646 (4to, Cambridge, 1669; 2d ed., 12mo, Boston, 1721; 3d ed., Newport, 1772; 5th ed., with notes by Judge Davis, 1826; 6th ed., with notes by the Congregational board, 1855). In 1680 he wrote a brief ecclesiastical history of the Plymouth church in its records.
Nathaniel Niles, an American inventor, born in South Kingston, R. I., April 3, 1741, died at West Fairlee, Vt., Oct. 31, 1828. He graduated at Princeton in 1766, studied medicine and law, and afterward theology, and was licensed to preach. He was never ordained, but continued to preach occasionally during his whole life. Becoming a resident of Norwich, Conn., he invented a process of making wire from bar iron by water power, and connected it with a wool-card manufactory. After the revolution he removed to Orange co., Vt., and filled subsequently several public offices in that state, being speaker of the house of representatives in 1784, judge of the supreme court for several years, a representative in congress from 1791 to 1795, one of the censors for the revision of the state constitution, and six times presidential elector. He published several discourses and sermons, and wrote a " History of the Indian Wars," published in the " Massachusetts Historical Collections".