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The manner in which

you

have had the goodness to present me to the Vicarage I now hold, though unconnected and a stranger to you but by name; the disinterestedness of the motives by which you were influenced, and the liberality and amount of those great pecuniary and other sacrifices, which voluntarily made for the benefit of all future Incumbents, demand from me a public acknowledgement, both on my own account, and that

you have

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of the Established Church.

That I may be enabled to fulfil your wishes for the good of those useful and benevolent Institutions, which the piety of Lady Elizabeth Hastings (whose possessions you inherit,) so wisely established and largely endowed, will be my

endeavour,

as it is my prayer.

I remain,

with sentiments of

gratitude and respect,

your faithful and obliged

friend and servant,

C. BENSON.

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courses,

it was

my intention to have proceeded to the consideration of similar

Difficulties in the succeeding Books of the

Old and New Testaments: and should the

present attempt be favourably received, it

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will still be my endeavour, amidst other avocations, to continue the plan. The subject of each particular Lecture will be

found in the table of Contents, and ren

ders any further observations unnecessary.

I cannot, however, close these remarks

without returning my thanks to the Trus

tees, by whom I have, on two distinct

occasions, been placed in the situation of Hulsean Lecturer. My acknowledgements are particularly due to the Hon. and Rev. GEORGE NEVILLE, M. A. Master of Mag

dalene College, for baving nominated me

to the office unsolicited, and at a time

when I was personally unknown to him, as well as for many subsequent favours ;

and to the Rev. Dr. FRENCH, late Vice

Chancellor, and the Masters of Trinity

and St. John's Colleges, for the uniform

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