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ments urged in its favour, will foon be configned to deferved oblivion. On the contrary, if, upon an impartial inquiry into the real state of the cafe, fentiments of a different nature fhould prevail, the preceding inftitution, haply approved by the friends of learning and religion, may find an advocate in every thoughtful parent's breaft: and, in such circumstances, neither the force of partial interefts, nor of unworthy prejudices, will any longer be able to obftruct its establish

ment.

Cambridge, December 20, 1773.

A PRO

A

PROPOSAL

FOR

THE ESTABLISHMENT

OF PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS,

IN THE

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.

WITH OCCASIONAL REMARKS.

FIRST PUBLISHED MDCCLXXIV.

A PROPOSAL, &c.

IT has frequently been afferted, that the separation of the orders, the feverity of the penalty, in case of non-attendance, together with the requifition of a greater degree of proficiency in literature, than is provided for in the public lectures of each fociety, were the main reasons that occafioned the rejection of the graces, propofed on the 19th of laft April, for the establishment of public examinations in the univerfity of Cambridge,

An opinion alfo very generally prevailed, that fome of the regulations, recommended by the fyndics, would have fucceeded, if they had been separately fubmitted to the fuffrages of the fenate.

It should feem, therefore, that there is fufficient ground to indulge the pleafing expectation, that if fuch temperaments were proposed, as fully obviated the preceding objections, the plan of the very learned and very

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