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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 Scholars of the University “ of Oxford for ever, to have and to hold all and sin“ gular the said Lands or Estates upon trust, and to the “ intents 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 en“ dowment of eight Divinity Lecture Sermons, to be
established for ever 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 adjoin
ing 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.
X EXTRACT FROM CANON BAMPTON'S WILL.
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 confirm and establish the Chris“ tian Faith, and to 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 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 compre" hended 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 expense 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 Lecture Sermons, un“ less he hath taken the degree of Master of Arts at “ least, in one of the two Universities of Oxford or Cam“ bridge; and that the same person shall never preach " the Divinity Lecture Sermons twice.”