Lardner, Nathaniel

Scope and Content

Letter dated 1741 from Nathaniel Lardner to the Rev [Joseph] Hallett junior of Exeter, which continues a discussion based on biblical references to strangers among the Jews.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nathaniel Lardner (1684-1768) was born in Kent and trained at the Presbyterian Academy in London. From 1699-1703 he studied in Utrecht, afterwards returning to London where he undertook 6 years of private study. In 1709 he preached his first sermon in the church of his study colleague Martin Tomkiss in Stoke Newington. From 1713 to 1721 Lardner was domestic chaplain to Lady Treby, and tutor to her youngest son. On her death in 1721, he took over the role of assistant to his father at the Presbyterian meeting house in Hoxton Square. In 1723 he gave a series of lectures on 'The credibility of Gospel history', which began a life's work on the subject. His first publication of the lecture series in 1729 placed him in the first rank of Christian apologists, and he continued to write on Gospel history for the remainder of his life. He also acted as a preacher at the Presbyterian meeting house in Poor Jewry Lane from 1729 to 1751, being elected Pastor in 1740. IN 1745 he gained a D.D. from Marischal College in Scotland.


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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Separated Material

Further material relating to Nathaniel Lardner may be found at the Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone; and Dr Williams's Library, London.

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Custodial History

Found inside the Institute of Historical Research's copy of Hawkherst, a sketch of its history and antiquities , by David Jennings (1792) and passed to ULL in 1979.