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considered as an Evidence of Christianity,
THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,
IN THE YEAR MDCCCXXVII.
THE LATE REV. JOHN BAMPTON, M. A.
CANON OF SALISBURY.
HENRY HART MILMAN, M. A.
PROFESSOR OF POETRY, AND LATE FELLOW OF BRASEN NOSE
COLLEGE OXFORD, AND VICAR OF ST. MARY'S READING.
MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.
SIRE, THE gracious condescension, which permits me to dedicate this Volume to your Majesty, is peculiarly gratifying to one, whose father was honoured, during his professional career, by the distinguished favour of our late revered sovereigns. I trust that nothing in this work may be found unworthy of the learned body, before which the Discourses were delivered, still less of the exalted patronage under which they appear. Should the Volume succeed in making any impression on the public mind, I am confident that I shall be humbly instrumental in promoting a cause, in which your Majesty feels the liveliest interest—the advancement of Christianity among your subjects.
Contrast between the primitive assembly of the apostles,
and the progress, extent, permanence, and influence of