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van der Kemp, Francis Adrian (04 May 1752–07 September 1829), clergyman and scholar, was born at Kampen, Overyssel, Netherlands, the son of John van der Kemp, a merchant and army captain, and Anna Catherina Leydekker. Van der Kemp studied in the Latin schools at locations where his father was stationed. The elder van der Kemp, advised that his son did not have the inclination of a scholar, enrolled him as a cadet in an army infantry unit in 1764. Van der Kemp, however, was allowed to continue his studies at the same time, and he became proficient in Latin and Greek. In 1769 van der Kemp quit military service and the next year attended Groningen University. There he came under the influence of Frederic Adolph van der Marck, whose free-thinking views van der Kemp defended in a published tract, ...