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THE REVEREND

JOSEPH PROCTER, D.D.

MASTER OF CATHARINE HALL,

AND

VICE-CHANCELLOR;

THE REVEREND

CHRISTOPHER WORDSWORTH, D. D.

MASTER OF TRINITY COLLEGE;

AND THE

VERY REVEREND

THE DEAN OF ELY,

MASTER OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE;

THE TRUSTEES OF THE REV. J. HULSE,

THIS DISSERTATION

IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED

BY

THE AUTHOR,

St. John's College,

Feb. 1826.

CLAUSES from the WILL of the Rev. JOHN HULSE,

late of Elworth, in the county of Chester, clerk, deceased: dated the twenty-first day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven ; expressed in the words of the Testator, as he, in order to prevent mistakes, thought proper to draw and write the same himself, and directed that such clauses should every year be printed, to the intent that the several persons, whom it might concern and be of service to, might know that there were such special donations or endowments left for the encouragement of Piety and Learning, in an age so unfortunately addicted to Infidelity and Luxury, and that others might be invited to the like charitable, and, as he humbly hoped, seasonable and useful Benefactions.

He directs that certain rents and profits be paid to such learned and ingenious person, in the University of Cambridge, under the degree of Master of Arts, as shall compose, for that year, the best Dissertation, in the English language, on the Evidences in general, or on the Prophecies, or Miracles in particular, or any other particular Argument, whether the same be direct or collateral proofs of the Christian Religion, in order to evince its truth and excellence; the subject of which Dissertation shall be given out by the ViceChancellor, and the Masters of Trinity and Saint John's, his Trustees, or by some of them, on New Year's Day annually; and that such Dissertation as shall be by them, or any two Clauses from Mr. Hulse's Will. of them, on Christmas Day, annually, the best approved, be also printed, and the expence defrayed out of the Author's income under his Will, and the remainder given to him on Saint John the Evangelist's Day following; and he who shall be so rewarded, shall not be admitted at any future time as a Candidate again in the same way, to the intent that others may be invited and encouraged to write on so sacred and sublime a subject.

He also desires, that immediately following the last of the clauses relating to the prize Dissertation, this invocation may be added : “May the Divine Blessing for ever go along with all my Benefactions; and may the greatest and the Best of Beings, by his all-wise Providence and gracious influence, make the same effectual to his own glory, and the good of my fellow-creatures !"

INTRODUCTION.

Illis (legis zelotis) animosè se opposuit in Epistolâ ad Galatas, eosque

vocat falsos fratres, qui subintraverant, ut eorum libertatem in Christo specularentur, et contra illos docuit, circumcisionis susceptionem esse totius legis "ritualis observandæ obligationem, et gratiæ ac libertatis per Christum acquisitæ abnegationem.

LIMBORCH. in Act. Apost. xxi. 15.

No sooner has Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians recognized them as a Christian Church, than he reproves them for a serious declension from the essential peculiarities of their religion?.

From various passages” in this Epistle, it appears that there had arisen in the Galatian Church, a party which in contradiction to the doctrine, and in contempt of the authority of St. Paul, taught the necessity of observing circumcision, and some other ordinances of the Jewish Law, in order to obtain salvation through Christ.

These persons did not maintain the necessity of observing the whole law, whilst they inconsistently adopted the rite of obligation to it. Influenced by secular motives, they endeavoured through a partial accommodation of prin

1 Gal. i. 6-9. and iii. 1. 2 Gal. iv. 9, 10, 11, 19, 20, 21. v. 1-4. and vi. 12–15.

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