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THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD IN THE YEAR 1813;

At the Lecture founded by
THE REV. JOHN BAMPTON, M. A.

LATE CANON OF SALISBURY.

BY

THE REV. JOHN COLLINSON, M. A.

RECTOR OF GATESHEAD, DURHAM.

-Antiquam exquirite matrem.”
“ Keep your hold: the Doctors and old Catholic Fathers, in the points
I have spoken of, are yours.” Bishop Jewel.

OXFORD,
At the University Press for F. C. and J. RIVINGTON, St. Paul's Church
Yard, London. Sold also by J. PARKER, Oxford.

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DEDICATION

TO THE

HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND

SHUTE,

LORD BISHOP OF DURHAM.

My LORD,

THESE Sermons will derive weight in your Lordship’s estimation, from their having been preached at a distinguished seat of learning and theology, before the Members of that University, to which your Lordship is attached by long connection, and by the dignity of an official trust. It is the object of these Discourses to promote true religion by a reference to the faith and practice of primitive Christians: and the plan includes a defence of our established Church, which is, I believe, identified with Christianity itself.

To a work of this kind I venture to folieit

the protection of my Diocesan, with a propriety, which will be obvious to all who consider, that the Bishop of Durham has defended the pure faith once delivered to the saints, by cogent argument, in opposition to superstitions, which are injurious to the temporal and eternal happiness of mankind; that he has exercised in his peculiar function a truly watchful and pastoral care, unbiassed by differencesof opinion on subordinate points; and that through the course of a life, venerable from its extent in unimpaired vigour, and more venerable from its habits, he has continued to. promote the religious and moral improvement of society, and the general diffusion of beneficial knowledge, by precept, by example, and by a munificence worthy of his high station,

I also thought this an opportunity not to be passed over, of publicly testifying my gratitude for your Lordship’s patronage, which those who experience acknowledge with the more satisfaction, because it is Reputation.

With every

sentiment of gratitude and duty, I have the honour to be,

My Lord,
Your Lordship’s faithful and

obedient humble Servant,

JOHN COLLINSON,

Rectory House, Gateshead,

Oct. 25, 1819.

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