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I was educated, if that Society should be inclined to accept it. On my proposing it to Dr. Barker, then Master, he and the College very obligingly acceded to the proposal; and accordingly, very soon after, I transferred the sum of £. 1,400. 4 per Cents, for the establishment of three Prizes, to be appropriated to the following purposes:

"1st. A Gold Medal of £.15. value, for the best Dissertation in Latin by an Undergraduate of any standing, on any of the chief evidences, or fundamental doctrines of the Christian Revelation.

"2dly. A Gold Medal of the same value, for the best practical Dissertation in English on any moral precept in the New Testament; regard being had, in deciding on its merits, both to the excellence of the composition, and the graceful and impressive manner of delivering it, when read in Chapel *.

"3dly. A Gold Medal of £.10. value, to the best reader of the Lessons in Chapel."

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* By a subsequent Indenture, dated Jan. 4th, 1809, the Bishop determined, that the two Prize Medals for

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In this manner, did the Bishop, with a truly liberal spirit, prove himself the real friend of the Church, by encouraging, as far as in him lay, a more able and effectual performance of its sacred offices. Indeed I can hardly speak of his generosity, upon all occasions, in which it could be exerted, without risking the charge of exaggeration. Yet I know it to be true, and I have before stated the same fact, that no one ever practised the virtue of beneficence in a more exalted degree. Providence had blessed him with ample means, and he employed them freely and largely in removing to the utmost of his power the wants of the necessitous. The tale of distress never came to him unheeded. His heart and his hand were ever open ; and many were •., ..,T- ,, . . his

Essays or Dissertations should not be confined to Undergraduates, but should be open to all the Graduates, as well as Undergraduates of Christ's College.

his acts of charity, which were known only to himself and those whom he relieved. In him the poor had a kind, a constant, an unfailing friend; not that he wished to encourage a system of begging, much less that sordid, lazy wretchedness, which sometimes is allied to poverty. On the contrary, he endeavoured to select the virtuous and industrious ; and, whilst he never refused to give something to those, who seemed to be in need, he always gave more readily and liberally to those, who really wanted, and who, he knew, deserved it. His principle was, in short, in all cases, if possible, to discriminate; but not to shrink from an act of charity through a general suspicion of artifice and deception. The very habit of giving was in his apprehension more than an equivalent for accidental imposition. To almost all all our public Charities, he more or less contributed, and often, where it was necessary, to a large amount. Wherever indeed positive good could be done, or positive evil be removed, his aid was never wanting. He was " glad to distribute, willing to communicate."

To those of his Clergy, in particular, whose situation and circumstances required assistance, his kindness was unceasing; and it was always rendered doubly acceptable by the unostentatious manner in which it was bestowed. There are many living at this moment, who can bear ample testimony to the truth of this declaration; and who must often heave a sigh of regret at the loss of so warm a friend, and so generous a benefactor. But, though he himself can now no longer dispense it, his liberality will still be felt in that splendid, and almost unexampled u 3 donation

donation of no less a sum than £. 6,700. in the 3 per Cents. Consolidated Annuities, which, during his lift, he transferred into the hands of the five Archdeacons for the time being of the Diocese of London; and the Interest of which he directed to be annually distributed at their discretion, in sums not exceeding twenty pounds, to a certain number of the poorer Clergy in that See, who may be thought to stand most in need of relief. This was indeed a noble act of munificence; and it will for ages yet to come render his name illustrious, and endear his memory to the Church of England.

It was not however merely by pecuniary aid, that he displayed the spirit of real Christian benevolence. In the distress of bis friends he ever deeply 'sympathized, losing no opportunity of encouraging, of soothing, of consoling

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