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he took the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and publihed his Thesis, which is deemed a learned performance, De Medicina Statica.

RETURNING to England, he entered himself a Gentleman Cormoner of Exeter College, Ox-. ford, and about a twelvemonth after, took the degree of Batchelor of Arts in that Univerlity.

In the 1721, Bishop Talbot being appointed to the lucrative and magnificent fee of Darham, ordained Mr. Secker a deacon, and not long after, a priest in St. James's church.

MINDFUL of the recommendation of his deceased son, and sensible of the great mcrit of Mr. Secker, the Bishop of Durham bestowed on him the valuable rectory of Houghton le Spring.

BEING now settled in the world to his with, Mr. Secker made his addreflcs to Mrs Katharine Benson; and, in October 1725, was married to her, by her brother, afterwards Bishop Benson. Mrs. Talbot and her daughter came immediately to Mr. Secker's house, and, without the smallest diminution of mutual friendihip, lived in his family till the day of his death.

In this retreat, Mr. Secker entered, with uncommon zeal and fervour, into the duties of his sacred oflice; made great exertions to enlighten the minds of the ignorant; applied his me lical skill to the relief of the poor; and, from the retired situation of his rectory, found time for the cultivation of literature, in which he much delighted. So pleasant was the recollection of

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his labours here, that Mr. Secker has often been heard to say, that at Houghton le Spring, he spent some of the happiest hours of his life.

But Mrs. Secker's health began to decline, owing, as it was thought, to the damp situation of the place. Compassion and duty, therefore, called upon

him to leave his rectory, however much he was delighted with it.

But as Mr. Secker, in all the steps of his preferment, never folicited himself, and often was ignorant of the cause of his elevation, till it happened, his friend, Mr. Benson, solicited and obtained for him a prebend of Durham, and the rectory of Ryton, to which he was instituted in

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AT the solicitation and recommendation of Dr. Sherlock, Mr. Secker was honoured with the appointment of chaplain to the King, in the 1732, by the Duke of Grafton, the Lord Chamberlain. We now flad Mr. Secker exhibited to public view, having, from his character and station, access to the great and to the learned. His merit as a preacher, and his character as a man of worth and genius, would not allow him to reingin unnoticed : Accordingly, his elevation was progressive and certain.

In the 1733, he was appointed rector of St. Tames's, and that fame year, not being of suffi• cient standing to take the degree of Doctor in Divinity, he tock that of Laws, in the University of Cxfordi ; on which occasion he preached his

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act sermon, on the Advantages and Duties of an Academical Education, published in his volume of occasional fermons.

This single sermon was considered of such merit, as to be given as the cause of his promotion to the fee of Bristol, in December 1734.

In his diocese of Bristol, and parish of St. James's, he exerted himself in the execution of his high office, with uncommon diligence and success. At that time he drew up that admirable course of lectures on the Church Catechifm, for the instruction and information of his flock, which was afterwards published in two volumes.

In Spring 1748, Mrs. Secker died of the gout in her stomach. She had been married to the Bishop more than twenty years, during moit of which period, she had been in a very tender and delicate state, and had met with all the compaffion and attention to be expected from a hufband so benevolent and humane.

By the interest of Lord Chancellor Hardwicke, Bishop Secker was, in 1750, appointed dean of St. Paul's,, and then resigned the rectory of St. James's and prebend of Durham. IN every

elevated station to which Bishop Secker was raised, he discriminated his proper duty with precision, and executed it with zeal and ability. At this period he composed, and delivered some of his admirable charges to the clergy, afterwards published in one volume.

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Though, from some misconception of his political conduct, he was not always a favourite at court, yet His Majesty, in the Duke of Newcastle's administration, was pleased to raise him to the fee of Canterbury, in the 1758.

ARCHBISHOP Secker, not by interest, but by personal merit, now raised to the highest degree of ecclefiaflical dignity, metropolitan of all England, is it not reasonable to predict, that he would support that elevated station, with dignity

and propriety?

Here the most fanguine expectations were perfectly answered.

He was industrious and indefatigable in the execution of his high trust; equally ready with heart and hand, in the support of the cause of religion, virtue, and literature.

Though the duties of his public station might be fuppofed to consume most of his time, yet, by a proper distribution of it, he found leisure to compose many valuable works, besides the cleven volumes published after his death. He left behind him, a variety of manuscripts, on biblical literature, and fimilar subjects, whiclı were deposited in the library at Lambeth,

His Grace had been many years afflicted with the gout, which, in the latter part of his life, returned with greater violence, This, with a still incre acute pain, he bore with uncommon paTience. He died in August 1768, in the 75th year of his are, from a caries in the thigh-bone,

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which had been the cause of those acute pains, which had so long afflicted him.

To Mrs. Talbot and her daughter, he left by his will, the interest of thirteen thousand pounds; and after their deaths, this sum was to be given to charitable purposes, which he pointed out.

The residue of his fortune, after the payment of some legacies to his servants and others, he left to his relations.

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