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Nathaniel Reeves Newkirk (1817-1866) graduated from Lafayette College in 1840. He later received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1843 and practiced medicine in New Jersey from 1844 until his death in 1866. The Nathaniel Reeves Newkirk Writings and Papers include his medical and temperance essays and other related writings on the pathology of drunkenness and religious support for medical quackery. While at Lafayette, Newkirk was an active member of the Franklin Literary Society and editor/publisher of the student newspaper, The Minervian. Newkirk’s writings also include political and literary essays. Topics of general interest include oratory, democracy, alcohol and vice, defamation, music, and “The Society of Ladies.” All are written in a style suited for public speaking or literary presentations.