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Sot leem'd to wonder what he meant,
The Honour you defign'd
A Canon ! that's a Place too mean : No, Doctor, you shall be a Dean. Two Dozen Canons 'round your Stall, And
you the Tyrant o'er them all.
* The Drs. Procter,
But was so Dirty, Pale and Thin,
* The Porter.
IN I S.
LAY-PATRON to a GENTLEMAN, designing
for HOLT ORDERS.
Quid igitur profuit vidiffe te Veritatem, quam pec defer
furus effes nec secuturus. Lactant.
LThough it was"against my Knowledge or Advice, that you entred into Holy Orders, under the present Dispofitions
of Mankind towards the Church, yet since it is now supposed too late to recede (at leaft according to the general Practice and Opinion ) I cannot forbear offering my Thoughts to you upon this New Condition of Life you are engaged in.
I could heartily wish, that the Circumstances of your Fortune had enabled you to have continued some Years longer in the University ; at leaft, 'till you were ten Years Standing; to have laid in a competent Stock of human Learning, and fome Knowledge in Divinity before
you attempted to appear in the World. For I cannot but lament the common Course, which at least Nine in Ten of those, who enter into the Ministry, are obliged to run. When they have taken á Degree, and are conlequer.tly gro vn
Burther to sheir Friends who now ttrirk themselves fully difeharged, they get into Orders as soon as they can; (upon which I shall make no Remarks j frft solicite a Readear fhip, and if they be very fortunate, arrive in time to a Curacy here in town, or else are sent to be Assistants in the Country, where they probably continue feveral Years (many of them their whole Lives) with Thirty or Forty Pounds a Year for their Support, - 'till some Bishop, who happens not to be overstock'd with Relations, or attached to Favourites, or is content to Supply his Diocess without Colonies from England, bestows them fome inconfiderable Benefice, when 'tis odds thev are already incumbred with a numerous Family. I would be glad to know what Intervals of the
fuch Perfons can poflibly set apart for Improvement of their Minds or which way they could be furnish with Books, the Library, they brought with them from their
College, being, ufually not the most numerous, or judiciously chosen. If fuch Gentlemeni arrive to be great Scholars, it muft, I think, beer ther by Means fupernatural, or by a Method altogether out of any Road yet known to the Learned. But I conceive the Fiet directly otherwise, and that many of them lose the greateft part of the liñall Pittancet
at The Universitas
I take it for granted, that you intend to parsue the beaten Track, and are already defirous