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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
OF THE LATE
REV. JOHN BAMPTON, A.M.
CANON OF SALISBURY.
"I give and bequeath my Lands “ and Estates to the Chancellor, Masters, " and Scholars of the University of Ox-“ ford for ever, to have and to hold all 6 and fingular the said Lands and Estates “ upon trust, and to the intents and pur“ poses hereinafter mentioned ; that is to “ say, I will and appoint that the Vice- i. “ Chancellor of the University of Oxford ” for the time being shall take and receive “ all the rents, issues, and profits thereof, i“ and (after all taxes, reparations, and ne
“ cessary deductions made) that he pay
“ all the remainder to the endowment of .“ eight Divinity Lecture Sermons, to be
“ established for ever in the said Univer“ fity
“ I direct and appoint, that the eight Di“ vinity 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 Scriptures—upon the au" thority of the writings of the primitive “ Fathers, as to the faith and practice of “ the primitive Church upon the Divi*6 nity 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.”
THE Books of Mofès constitute a part of divine revelation, against which Infidelity has of late years directed her principal attack. They have been studiously reprefented as little better, than a collection of popular traditions built upon scarcely a stronger foundation, than the legendary tales of classical antiquity. They have been pronounced to resemble the writings of Herodotus; rather than those of Thucydides; and to approximate in a still higher degree to the poems of Homer. Sometimes their credibility has been even totally denied; and the whole Volume contemptuously assigned to an age of fabulous uncertainty. At other times the mode of
attack has been changed; and the hidden sap of treachery adopted, in preference to the open threats of defiance. Difficulties have then been induftriously started; the language of profane ridicule sedulously adopted; and plausible objections urged in the shape of argument, or infinuated under the mask of an affected liberality. Nor are these antichristian efforts confined, in the present generation, to the subtle treatife, or the elaborate disquisition, Every vehicle of knowledge is seized upon : and while the bowels of the earth are ranfacked, to convince the literary world of the erroneousness of the Mofaical chronology ; history and travels, satire and tragedy, nay even romances and novels, are employed to disseminate the poison among other classes of readers. Such are the labours of modern infidelity; and thus, through the medium of Judaism, is a blow aimed at the vitals of Christianity.
On the other hand, many persons, who firmly believe in the great truths of the