Nicholas Udall, an English author, born in Hampshire in 1506, died in 1564. He was educated at Oxford, was master successively of Eton and Westminster schools, and in the early part of the reign of Edward VI. was appointed to a canonry at Windsor. He published "Flovres for Latyne Spekynge" (London, 1533), a series of selections from Terence; some translations from the Latin works of Erasmus; and a Latin tragedy, De Papatu (1540). He was probably the first writer of regular English comedies, divided into acts and scenes. Wood says he wrote several, but only one is extant, "Balph Koister Doister" (reprinted by the Shakespeare society, London, 1847).
Nicodemis, a member of the sanhedrim, who came to Jesus by night, and held with him the discourse related in the third chapter of John. Subsequently he claimed for Jesus, at a meeting of the sanhedrim, the legal right to be heard before being judged (Deut. i. 16), and also assisted Joseph of Arimathnea in laying out the dead body of Christ. According to tradition Nicodemus afterward became openly a Christian, was baptized by Peter, and in consequence was expelled from the sanhedrim and driven from Jerusalem. An apocryphal gospel is attributed to him.
Nicolans Damascenes, a Greek historian and philosopher, contemporary and favorite of the emperor Augustus and Herod the Great. He was born of a wealthy and influential family at Damascus, studied with Herod, resided at his court, and went twice to Rome, the first time in company with that king, 13 B. C, and. again to bring about a reconciliation between him and Augustus. At both visits he was very favorably received. Of his writings we have only some fragments, the most important of which are from his work on universal history.
Nicolas Baudin, a French sea captain and naturalist, born on the island of Re in 1750, died in the Isle of France, Sept. 16, 1803. He entered the merchant navy at an early age, and in 1786 went on a botanical expedition to the Indies, sailing from Leghorn under the Austrian flag, with a vessel under his own command. His collections in this expedition, and in a second expedition which he made to the West Indies, were presented by him to the government of France, which promoted him to the rank of captain, and sent him in 1800 with two corvettes on a scientific mission to Australia. Peron accompanied him and wrote an account of the voyage (Voyage aux terres australea, Paris, 1807).
Nicolas Beau'Zee, a French grammarian, born in Verdun, May 9, 1717, died in Paris, Jan. 23, 1789. Declining employment under Frederick the Great, he succeeded Dumarsais in preparing grammatical articles for the great Encyclopedie, which, together with those of Marmon-tel, were separately published in 1789 (3 vols., Liege), under the title of Dictionnaire de gram-maire et de litterature. In the latter part of his life he was professor at the royal military school in Paris. His most important work is Grammaire generate (2 vols., 1767; new ed., 1819). Among his other works are translations of Sallust (1770) and of the "Imitation of Jesus Christ" (1788).