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THE

DIVINE ORIGIN

OF

PROPHECY

ILLUSTRATED AND DEFENDED,

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THE DIVINE ORIGIN OF PROPHECY
ILLUSTRATED AND DEFENDED

IN A COURSE OF

SERMONS

PREACHED BEFORE

THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,

» IN THE YEAR MDCCC.

"AT THE

LECTURE FOUNDED BY JOHN BAMPTON, M.

CANON OP SALISBURY.

BT

THE REV. GEORGE RICHARDS, M. A.

VICAR OF BAMPTON; AND RECTOR OF LILLINGSTON1
LOVELL, OXFORDSHIRE; AND LATE FELLOW
OF ORIEL COLLEGE.

De divinatione, quæ est eariim rerum, quae fortuitæ putantur, prat-
dictio, atque præscnsio; id, si placet, videamus, quam habeas
vim, et quale sit. Ego enim sic existimo; si sint ea genera divi-
nandi vera, de quibus accepimus, quæque colimus, esse Deos.

Cic. deDiv. lib. i. sect. 5*

OXFORD:

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, FOR THE AUTHOR;

SOLD BY HANWELL AND PARKER;
AND F. AND C. BIVINOTON, AND T. HATCHARD, LONDON*
1800.

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IMPRIMATUR,

Coll. Di. Joh. Baft. 8 Maii 1800.

MICH. MARLOW, Vice-can. Oxon.

TO THE HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND
SHLFTE BARRINGTON, LL. D.
LORD BISHOP OF DURHAM,
WHOSE ZEAL IN PROMOTING SACRED LITERATURE,
AND FAITHFUL DISCHARGE OF THE DUTIES
OF AN EXALTED STATION,
EFFECTUALLY CONTRIBUTE
TO THE SUPPORT
OF THE

, CHRISTIAN RELIGION;
WHILE HIS UNREMITTING ASSIDUITY
IN IMPROVING THE CONDITION
OF THE HONEST AND LABORIOUS POOR
ADORNS ITS PROFESSION
AND ILLUSTRATES ITS PUREST PRECEPTS;
. THESE LECTURES,
COMPOSED IN TTS DEFENCE,
ARE RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED
BY HIS MUCH OBLIGED

AND VERY GRATEFUL SERVANT,

G. RICHARDS.

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