An English clergyman and a course of lectures founded by him, for which he is chiefly remembered. He was born at Middlewich (18 m. e. of Chester), Cheshire, Mar. 15, 1708; d. there Dec. 14, 1790. He was graduated from Cambridge University (1728), took orders in 1732, and served as curate in several small places. He came to his inheritance on his father's death in 1753, and retired on account of delicate health. By his will he bequeathed a large part of his property to Cambridge University, founding two scholarships, a prize essay, and the offices of Christian Advocate and Hulsean Lecturer. The latter, by the terms of the will, was to deliver and print twenty sermons each year upon the evidences of Christianity or upon Scriptural difficulties. Subsequent changes in the provision have been made by statute; thus the number of sermons or lectures required was reduced, first to eight, and later to four; while the Hulsean professorship of divinity was substituted for the office of Christian Advocate (1860). Of the income eight-tenths go to the support of the professorship, the other two tenths being divided between the essayist and the lecturer. A list of the published lectures up to 1892-93 may be found in J. F. Hurst, Literature of Theology, New York, 1896, pp. 32-34. The published lectures since 1892 are:
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