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BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY,
IN THE YEAR 1787 ;
FOUNDED BY THE LATE
CANON CE: SALISBURY;
BY WILLIAM HAWKINS, M. A.
AND LATE FELLOW OF PEMBROKE-COLLEGE, OXFORD.
A R CH BISHOP
MY LORD, T TAVING had the honour of IT being appointed preacher of the Bampton: Lectures for the current year, by: the Heads: of Colleges in Oxford, I have the happiness to introduce them to the Public with the additional great advantage of your Grace's protection; an advantage the more considerable, as it derives as much from the character, as the rank of my patron.
In this situation it will, I presume, become me to address your Grace rather under the form of preface than in the style of dedication.
My flender pretensions to your favour are grounded in the earnest endeavour of the following sheets fully and circumstantially to vindicate that faith which, I need not tell your Grace, is not barely attacked, but insulted every day. The Charity which is not easily provoked møft refent the freedom, I had almoft fard the audacity which distinguishes the infidels of the present generation. These Gentlemen affect to be the party aggrieved; and to console themselves at the same time with a hope, and fometimes a persuasion of the fpeedy abolition of confessions and systems, and, in confe