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"I give and bequeath my Lands and Estates to the Chancellor,

Masters, and Scholars of the University of Oxford for ever, to have and

to hold all and singular the said Lands or Estates upon trust, and to the

intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned; that is to say, I will and

appoint that the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford for the time

being shall take and receive all the rents, issues, and profits thereof, and

(after all taxes, reparations, and necessary deductions made) that he pay all the remainder to the endowment of eight Divinity Lecture Sermons,

to be established for ever in the said University, and to be performed in

the manner following:

"I direct and appoint, that, upon the first Tuesday in Easter Term, a Lecturer be yearly chosen by the Heads of Colleges only, and by no others, in the room adjoining to the Printing-House, between the hours of ten in the morning and two in the afternoon, to preach eight Divinity Lecture Sermons, the year following, at St. Mary's in Oxford, between

the commencement of the last month in Lent Term, and the end of the

third week in Act Term.

Also I direct and appoint, that the eight Divinity Lecture Sermons

shall be preached upon either of the following Subjects — to confirm and

establish the Christian Faith, and to confute all heretics and schismatics

- upon the divine authority of the holy Scriptures — upon the authority

of the writings of the primitive Fathers, as to the faith and practice of

the primitive Church

- upon the Divinity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus

Christ — upon the Divinity of the Holy Ghost — upon the Articles of the Christian Faith, as comprehended in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds.

Also I direct, that thirty copies of the eight Divinity Lecture Sermons

shall be always printed, within two months after they are preached, and

one copy shall be given to the Chancellor of the University, and one copy

to the Head of every College, and one copy to the Mayor of the city of Oxford, and one copy to be put into the Bodleian Library; and the expense of printing them shall be paid out of the revenue of the Land or

Estates given for establishing the Divinity Lecture Sermons; and the

Preacher shall not be paid, nor be entitled to the revenue, beforc they are

printed.

“Also I direct and appoint, that no person shall be qualified to preach

the Divinity Lecture Sermons, unless he hath taken the degree of Master of Arts at least, in one of the two Universities of Oxford or Cambridge;

and that the same person shall never preach the Divinity Lecture Ser

mons twice.

PUBLISHERS' ADVERTISEMENT

TO

THE AMERICAN EDITION.

The work, here offered to the American public, has been received with

the most marked attention in England, and has already reached a third

edition, though but few months have elapsed since the issue of the first.

It is believed that its great merits will command for it a like attention

wherever it is known; the rare learning and metaphysical ability with

which it discusses problems, no less profound in their philosophical nature than practical in their religious applications; the devout rever

ence for the authority of the Bible, and the truly Christian spirit with

which it is imbued, must gain for it a cherished place in the minds and

hearts of all who wish well to a sound philosophy, and a pure, and we

may add, a real, Christianity. In its more immediate aspect, it is emi

nently a work for the present times; so closely is it connected with the

higher thinking of the present generation, and so boldly and triumphantly

does it carry the Christian argument through the entire course of recent,

and especially German, speculation. But rightly viewed, these Lectures of

Mr. Mansel have a far wider scope than this; for, in unfolding his great

theme, the author aims to lay the foundations of a sound religious philos

ophy in the laws of the human mind, and in the general conditions to

which it is thereby necessarily subject in the attainment of all truth and

knowledge; his work therefore belongs, in its principles and applications, to all periods of human inquiry, and is thus invested with a universal

interest and a permanent value.

But without enlarging upon the general merits of this work, the Pub

lishers have only to mention the single change of any importance, which

it has undergone in the present reprint. This change is the translation in

the author's learned NOTES — a most valuable portion of his work — of the numerous passages from foreign writers, Greek, Latin, French, and

German, which in the English edition appear in the original languages.

It has been thought best to translate these passages, in order to bring

them within the reach of all general readers; and it is hoped that this

proceeding will be regarded by scholars with indulgence at least, if not

with entire approval.

The translations have been made by PROF. JOHN L. LINCOLN, of

Brown University, whose reputation as a scholar is deemed by the Pub

lishers a sufficient guaranty for the execution of the work. It has been

the translator's endeavor to reproduce the original with as much fidelity

as possible; and to make only such departures, even in the form of the

thought, as the English idiom seemed to require. The difficulties belong

ing to the task of translating isolated passages from so many and so

different writers, will doubtless be best understood by those who are

most familiar with the languages in which they are written, and with the

abstruse subjects which they discuss.

An INDEX of THE AUTHORS, quoted in the work, has been also pre

pared for the American edition, which will be of great service to readers,

and will indicate the wide and various range of Mr. Mansel's studies.

Boston, April 20, 1859.

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