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latterstạTheological Ufes; and actorii: ingly : Scheme of what havë heré published a Párt of, and : had little elfeto do, I dréw up whäťI had to fày, makingit rather the divert
ing Exercifes of my Leisure Hours, than more ferious Theological Studies. This Work, (although I made a confiderable Progressin itat first, whilfta Novelty, yet) having noThoughts of Publishing, I laid afide, until your Grace, being informed of my Design by fome of my Learned Friends both of the Clergy and Laity, was pleased to call me to the unexpected Honour of Preaching Mr. Boyle's Leċiures: an Honour I was little aware of in my Country-Privacy, and not much acquainted with Persons in high Stations, and not at all, particularly, with your Grace. So that therefore as it pleafed your Grace, not only to confer an unfought profitable Honour upon me (a Stranger) but alfoto continue it for Two Years, out of Your ood Opinion of my Performance, in ome measure, anfwering Mr. Boyle's End ; so I can do no less than makë this publick, grateful Acknowledgment of yồur Grace's great, and unexpe ed:
But it is not my felf alone, but the whole Lećfure also is beholden to your Graces kind and pious Endeavours. It was You that encouraged this noble Charity, and affifted in the Settlement of it, in the Honourable Founders Lifetime; and fince his Death, it was You that procured a more certain Salary for the Lecturers, paid mora constantly, and duly than it was before †.
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(t). It may not only gratify the Reader's Curiofity, but also be of Ufe for preventing Encroachments in time to come, to give the following Account of Mr. Boyle's Lećtures.
Mr. Boyle, by a Codicil dated fuly 28. 1691. and annexed to his Will, charged his Meffuage or Dwelling-Houfe in St. Michael's Crooked-Lane, Londom, with the Payment of the clear Yearly Rents and Profits thereof to fòme Learned Divine in London, or within the Bills of Mortality, to be Elećted for a Term not exceeding Three Years, by his Grace the present Lord Arch-Bishop of Canterbury (then Dr. Tenifon) Sir Henry Ashurfi, Sir Fohn Rotberam, and fohn Evelyn, Esq; The Businefs he appointed those Lećtures was, among others, to be ready to fatisfie real Scriples, and to anfiver fuch new Objections and Difficulties : as might be started, to which good Anfivers bad not been made. Andalfo, to Preach Eight Sermons in the Tear, the first Monday of January, February, March, April, and May, and of September, Očtober and, November. The Subjećt of thefe Sermons was to be, the Proofof the f , , A 3 Chri
9:These Benefits asĂ myself have been aiSharer of follfhould be very ungrateful should I not duly acknowledge, and repay with my repeated Thanks and good Wilhes And that theinfinite Rewarderofwell-doing may give Your Grace a plentiful Reward of thesë, and Your many other, both Publickand Pri: vate Benefactionsisthe hearty Wilho, ', : ; | Tur G. R. A ce’s : , Most Humble and Thankful
Christian Religion againsi notorious Infidels, viz. Atheiffs, Theisis, Pagans, Jews, and Mahometans, not descending lower to any Kontrope:'fies that are among Christian: thenfelves. But by reason the Leċturers were feldom continued above a Year, and that the House fometines stood empty, and Tenants brake; or failed. : due Payment of their Rent, therefore the Şalary fometimes remained long ungaid; or, çould not be gotten, without fome Difficulty. To, remedy which w Inconvenience, his present Grace of Canterbury procured a Yearly „Stipend of 5o l. to be paid Quarterly for ever, charged upon a Farm in the Parish of Brill, in the County of Bucks: ; which Stipend is, accordingly very duly paid when demanded, without Fee or keward. ' , , .e4 c5 2.: a :, :,:: , , .,:;
S the noble Founder of the 3 , Lećiures, I have had the / \ \ . Honour of Preaching, was a =- great Improver of Natural Knowledge, fo, in all probability, he did it out of a pious End, as well as in Pur: of bis Genius. For it was his fettled pinion, that nothing tended more to cultivate true Religion and Piety in a Man's Mind, than a thorough Skill in Philosophy. And fuch Ejeći it manifestly had in him, as is evident from divers of his published Pieces ; from his constant Deportment in never mentioning the Namę za, a.s. of God without a Pause, and "***** vifibleStop in his Discoursë; and from the noble #:: of his Lećiures for the Honour of G o D, and the generows Stipend be allowed for the fame. |And fora/much as his Lećfures were appointed by him for the ProofoftheChristian Religion against Atheifts and other notoriousInfidels,lthought,vben I hadthe Honour to be made his Lećfurer,that I could A 4 410t