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Extract from the last Will and Testa
ment of the late Reverend JOHN BAMPTON, Canon of Salisbury.
" I give and bequeath my Lands and -“ Estates to the Chancellor, Masters, and Scho“ lars 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 in“ tents 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 “ rents, issues, and profits thereof, and (after “ all reparations, and necessary deductions made) “ that he pay all the remainder to the endow“ ment of eight Divinity Lecture Sermons, to « be established forever in the said University, “ and to be performed 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 afternoon, to “ preach eight Divinity Lecture Sermons, the “ year following, at St. Mary's in Oxford, be“ tween the commencement of the last month
" in Lent Term, and the end of the third 66. week in Act Term.
“ Also I direct and appoint, that the eight “ Divinity Lecture Sermons 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 Scrip“ tures—upon the authority of the writings of 6 the primitive Fathers, as to the faith and o practice of the primitive Church-upon the “ Divinity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ " —upon the Divinity of the Holy Ghost“ upon the Articles of the Christian Faith, as “ comprehended in the Apostles? and Nicene « Creeds.
“ Also I direct, that thirty copies of the eight “ Divinity Lecture Sermons shall be always “ printed, within two months after they are « preached, and one copy shall be given to the “ Chancellor of the University, and one copy to “ the Head of every College, and one copy to “ the Mayor of the City of Oxford, and one “ copy to be put into the Bodleian Library; " and the expence of printing them shall be « paid out of the revenue of the Lands or Estates “ given for establishing the Divinity Lecture “ Sermons; and the Preacher shall not be paid,
“ nor be entitled to the revenue, before they are « printed.
“ Also I direct and appoint, that no person « shall be qualified to preach the Divinity Lec“ ture Sermons, unless he hath taken the De« gree of Master of Arts at least, in one of the 5 two Universities of Oxford or Cambridge ; “ and that the same person Thall never preach " the Divinity Lecture Sermons twice.”
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