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ing Discourses was born in the City of Canterbury, and educated in the Grammar School there, founded by King Henry the 8th Being thoroughly instructed in the Learned Languages, and such other parts of Literature as are usually taught in those publick Seminaries to the best Advantage; He reinoved to

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that Celebrated House of Learning Christ-Church in the University of Oxford. His eldest * Brother was at that Time an eminent Tutor there ; under whose Care he was adınitted a Commoner in the Year 1707. As, his Natural Endowinents were good, and his Industry Very great, He foon made a confiderable Improveinent in the whole Circle of Human Learning. Having taken two Degrees in Arts, and being ordained a Deacon A. D. 1914, he returned to his Native City; where, his ill Health not per

initting * The Rev. Thomas Térry. afterwards D. D.: Canon of Christ Church, and King's Profeffor of Greek in the University of Oxford.

mitting him to engage in any Parochial Cure, he pass’d the nine following Years in great Retirement. But during that Interval his Time was most usefully employ'd in such Studies as are requisite to forin the Cha-, racter of a Compleat Divine; I mean the Holy Scriptures, and the Writings of the Primitive Fathers, with which he was much conversant; as indeed he could read them in their Original Languages with equal Ease and Pleasure. In the Year 1723 he was ordain'd Priest, and officiated at Chartham near Can. terbury the remainder of that and the two following Years.

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In the Year 1729 he was, without any Application of his own, presented to the Rectory of IronAfton in the Diocese of Gloucefler; but this he quitted in the end of the Year 1735, upon being collated to the United Livings of St. Mary Bredman and St. Andrew in the City of Canterbury. After a long and gradual Decay of Nature, he departed this Life Dec. 9th, 1744, in the sșth Year of his Age. He was a Person of unaffected Piety, great Probity and strict Virtue. It is well known to all who remeinber him with what Fidelity he difcharg'd the Duties of the Paf

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toral Office whilft his Health permitted him, and how universally he had acquir'd the Character of a folid and ufeful Preacher. And it is chiefly in Compliance with the Request of several who heard them, that these Discourses are now offered to the Publick; to which per haps more may be added, if these meet with a favourable Reception.

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