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NICHOLS, Ichabod, clergyman, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 5 July, 1784; died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2 January, 1859. He was graduated at Harvard in 1802, was tutor of mathematics there in 1803-'9, and at the latter date was ordained associate pas-tot of the 1st Congregational church in Portland, Maine, becoming its sole pastor in 1814, and serving till 1855. He then removed to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he engaged in scholarly pursuits until his death, he was a trustee of Bowdoin for many years, and vice-president of the American academy of arts and sciences. Bowdoin gave him the degree of D. D. in 1821, and Harvard the same in 1831. Dr. Nichols was a Unitarian of the conservative school in theology, a metaphysician, and an independent thinker. His publications include a work on "Natural Theology" (Boston, 1830) and two posthumous volumes entitled "Hours with the Evangelists " (1859) and "Remembered Words, from the Sermons of Reverend Ichabod Nichols" (1860).--His nephew, George, editor, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 30 January, 1809; died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 5 July, 1882, was graduated at Harvard in 1828, and studied at the divinity-school, but never was settled as a minister. After being employed as a private tutor, he became in 1833 one of the owners of the University bookstore in Cambridge, and in 1842 one of the proprietors of the University press. Mr. Nichols was noted for his accuracy and skill as an editor, and especially as a proof-reader. For several years he was paid a high salary for reading the proof of the "Atlantic Monthly." In his edition of Burke's works he cleared the text of innumerable errors. He edited his uncle's "Hours with the Evangelists" (Boston, 1859); the " Works of Edmund Burke" (12 vols., 1865-'7); and the "Works of Charles Sumner " (14 vols., 1871-'83).
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