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REMAINS

AND

OCCASIONAL PUBLICATIONS

OF THE LATE

REV. JOHN DAVISON, B.D.,

FORMERLY FELLOW OF ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD,

AUTHOR OF DISCOURSES ON PROPHECY.

Thy testimonies have I claimed as mine heritage for ever :
For why? they are the very joy of my heart.—Psalm cxix. ut.

OXFORD:

Printed by T. Combe, Printer to the University,

FOR J. H. PARKER;

J. G. F. AND J. RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD),

AND WATERLOO PLACE, LONDON.

M.DCCC.XLI.

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PREFACE.

The readers of the Discourses on Prophecy will not be surprised, that it should have been thought expedient to reprint, in a collected form, the several occasional publications of the same Author. Perhaps, too, they will not be uninterested in the few brief notes of his life, which those who are entrusted with his remains feel to be all that they are permitted here to set down... A memoir greatly more detailed, and so far more satisfactory, might very easily have been compiled. But in this, and in many like particulars, the wishes of those who survive have given way to their decided conviction of what his would have been.

John, the eldest son of John and Mary Davison, was born at Morpeth, in the county of Northumberland, May 28th, 1777. His father was a schoolmaster there, but very soon removed to Durham ; he was a man of superior talents and great worth, very highly esteemed by his pupils, many of whom attributed their success in mathematical study at the universities to his instruction and care. His mother was remarkable for her piety, as well

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