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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 Scho“ lars of the University of Oxford for ever, to “ have and to hold all and singular the said “ Lands or Estates upon trust, and to the in“ tents and purposes hereinafter 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 taxes, reparations, and necessary deduc“ tions 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 performed in the man
“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
following, at St. Mary's in Oxford, between the “ commencement of the last month in Lent “ Term, and the end of the third 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 con“ firm and establish the Christian Faith, and to o confute all heretics and schismatics—upon the “ divine authority of the holy Scriptures--upon “ the authority of the writings of the primitive « Fathers, as to the faith and practice of the pri“ mitive 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
CANON BAMPTON'S WILL.
“ 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 Land 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 degree
of Master of Arts at least, in one of the “ two Universities of Oxford or Cambridge ; “ and that the same person shall never preach “ the Divinity Lecture Sermons twice.”