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THE

GROUND AND CREDIBILITAT

F THE

CHRISTIAN RELIGION:

IN :
A COURSE OF

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PREACHED BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,

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TOUNDED BY THE REV. JOHN BAMPTON, M. A. LATE CANON

OF SALISBURY.

REV. RICHARD SHEPHERD, D.D. F.R.S.

· ARCHDEACON OF BEDFORD,
AND CHAPLAIN TO THE RIGHT REVEREND

THE LORD BISHOP OF DURHAM.

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PRINTED FOR LOCKYER DAVIS, IN HOLBORN ; AND

DANIEL PRINCE, OXFORD.

M.DCC.LXXXVIII.

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Extract from the last Will and Testament of the late Rev,

JOHN BAMPTON, Canon of Salisbury.

"I give and bequeath my Lands and Estates " to the Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars of the “ University of Oxford for ever, to have and to hold “ all and fingular the said Lands or Estates upon « trust, and to the intents and purposes hereafter “ mentioned; that is to say, I will and appoint, that " the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford “ for the time being shall take and receive all the 66 rents, issues, and profits thereof, and (after all “ taxes, reparations, and pecessary deductions made) " that he pay all the remainder to the endowment of “ eight Divinity Lecture Sermons, to be established “ for ever in the said University, and to be perform66 ed in the manner following.

" I direct and appoint, that upon the first Tuesday in Easter Term, a Lecturer be yearly chosen by " the Heads of Colleges only, and by no others, in " the room adjoining to the Printing-House, between " the hours of ten in the morning and two in the after6 noon, to preach eight Divinity Lecture Sermons, 6 the year following, at St. Mary's in Oxford, beso tween the commencement of the last month in Lent " Term, and the end of the third week in Act

66 Term.

“ Also I direct and appoint, that the eight Divi6 nity Lecture Serinons shall be preached upon either “ of the following subjects—to confirm and establish " the Christian Faith, and to confute all heretics and “ schismatics-upon the divine authority of the Holy 5% Scriptureşupon the authority of the writings of the

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