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BOYLSTON, Nicholas, merchant, born in Boston in 1716; died there 18 August, 1771. At his decease he bequeathed £1,500 to found a professorship of rhetoric and oratory at Harvard, John Quincy Adams being installed as the first professor, 12 June, 1806.--His nephew, Ward Nicholas, was born in Boston 22 November, 1749; died in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 7 January, 1828. After completing his education in 1773, he passed the next two years in traveling. He was a member of the loyalist association formed in London in 1779, returned to Boston in 1800, and presented Harvard University with a valuable collection of medical and anatomical works and engravings in 1810.
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