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" houshold effects for the public good; you have thought proper, “ to extend your benevolence to such a prodigious length, rather “than admit any one, in what high station of life soever, to be“come a joint partner with you in that glory, which will forever “ flow from such an ample foundation. What is this but a pa.“ rental fondness, and compassionate regard for your fellow-citi. " zens? He must be a wretch indeed, who would not commend “ such pious endeavours, or should offer to depreciate or exclaim
against them; he, in short, must be an enemy to his country, “ who would not honour and revere that godlike spirit, which .“ animated your soul to such truly benevolent actions."
I cannot think it necessary to make any addition to this strictly inpartial eulogium, which describes with so much energy that exalted idea which all truly pious men, even at that time, entertained of the many important advantages, which were to accrue to posterity from the establishment of this antient seminary: a seminary which, though founded long before the reformation was happily compleated, may with the strictest propriety be termed the first Protestant school that England could justly boast of; forasmuch as leveral erroneous tenets elpoused by the Romish Church were first openly, and with the utmost intrepidity, exposed to public view, by its truly great and pious founder, and after him discountenanced
learned and judicious persons, who were trained up in that nursery of learning, which, in process of time, produced so many shining characters into the world, that the bare enumeration of their names would transgress the bounds of a fermon. It would be an unpardonable omission, however, were we not to observe, that there are very just grounds to conclude, that the intention of this our benevolent founder was never better answered than at present, and that the christian religion, and good letters, stand fair to be greatly advanced from the known integrity of the preLent trustees, as well as the experienced abilities of the present masters ; and I presume, I may venture to add from that laudable emulation and diligence which, as I am informed, appears conspicuous in the present scholars.
To close the character of this truly great man, give me leave to observe, that his light shone so bright and conspicuous far and near, that when Providence thought fit to extinguish it, the loss was not only universally lamented all over this kingdom, but in divers very distant and remote parts beyond the seas; so that his name, as well abroad as at home, will I doubt not BE HAD IN EVERLASTING REMEMBRANCE :--Nor ought it to be forgotten, that though his learning, as well as piety, was far above the standard of the clergy, who were his contemporaries ; yet his public spirit was the principal medium, through which his light Ihone with such uncommon lustre before men.
May therefore those glorious, those disinterested views that animated the soul of this christian hero, this faithful steward of the Lord, excite every one of us to imitate his illustrious example, as far as our abilities will permit us ! 'Let all of us, who have been partakers of his boundless benevolence, use our utmost endeavours to answer those important ends, for which his favours were so liberally conferred upon us ! Let that public spirit, for which he was so universally revered, prompt us to be equally zealous to comfort and relieve all our fellow-creatures, where there is a call for our benefactions ! From henceforth let brotherly love for ever continue amongst us; and let no prejudice or prepofsestions for the future be able to separate us from the love of God, and universal goodwill which we owe to one another.
In a word, may we so live in the constant exercise of this truly heroic virtue, this UNIVERSAL BENEVOLENCE here, that we may rejoice in each other's happiness hereafter, through the merits of Jesus Christ our blessed Saviour. AMEN.
THE DAY OF OPENING THE SAID CHURCH,
AFTER ITS ENLARGEMENT
BY THE GRACIOUS BOUNTY OF HIS MAJESTY
KING GEORGE III.
BY DANIEL BELL A MY, M. Ai