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EVANS, Nathaniel, poet, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8 June 1742; died in Gloucester County, New Jersey, 29 October 1767. After studying at the Philadelphia academy, he was apprenticed to a merchant, but afterward entered the College of Philadelphia (now University of Pennsylvania). He was not graduated, but received the degree of M.A. in 1765. He then went to England, was ordained in the established Church, and returned in December 1765, as a missionary of the Society for propagating the gospel in foreign parts. Mr. Evans published an edition of Thomas Godfrey's poems, with a memoir (1767). After his death, selections from his writings, entitled "Poems on Several Occasions," with other pieces, including, one of his sermons, were published with a memoir by his friend, the Rev. Dr. Smith (Philadelphia, 1772).
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