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ROGERS, Nathaniel, clergyman, born in Haverhill, England, in 1598 ; died in Ipswich, Massachusetts, 3 July, 1655. He was the son of the Reverend John Rogers, of Dedham, who has been supposed, but on insufficient evidence, to have been a grandson of John the martyr, was educated at Cambridge, and preached in Becking, Essex, mid Assington, Suffolk. Through the influence of Thomas Hooker lie came to Massachusetts, 16 November, 1636. In 1637 he was a member of the synod that met in Cambridge to settle the Antinomian controversy. He was invited to Dorchester, but found his followers could not be accommodated there, and went to Ipswich, where he was ordained on 20 February, 1638, with Reverend John Norton as colleague, serving until his death. Cotton Mather said that Mr. Rogers "might be compared with the very best of the true ministers which made the best (lays of New England," and his son-in-law, Thomas Hubbard, said "he had eminent learning, singular piety, and zeal." Ire published a letter on the "Cause of God's Wrath against the Nation" (London, 1644), and left in manuscript a vindication in Latin of the Congregational form of church government, of which Cotton Mather has preserved a considerable extract.--His son, John, clergyman, born in Coggeshall, England, in January, 1631; died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2 July, 1684, came with his father to New England, was graduated at Harvard in 1649, and studied both medicine and theology. He first preached in Ipswich in 1656, and subsequently shared the duties of the ministry there. From 1682 till 1684 he was president of Harvard. The provincial records say that in December, 1705, the legislature ordered two pamphlets, that were sent them by John Rogers and his son John, to be burned by the hangman in Boston. These probably expressed disapproval of the opposition of the legislature in regard to the governor's salary.
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