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Literary Memoir of Dr . P < rcy , late Biskop of Dromore . Thomas Percy , the late Bishop of Dromore , was born at Bridgnorth s in the county of Salop , in 172 ft . Of his family we have no account , except that he descended from the antient line of
Percy , of the house of Northumberland ,. This circumstance might have acquired for him that powerful patronage , which afterwards contributed more , probably , than even his real meTits , to his high advancement in the church .
Who'd starve upon a deg-carM Penta teuch z He surely knows enough who knows a Duke . * We are as uninformed * concern - ing Mr ^ Percy ' s course of education , as ot tile history of his
family , till he entered at ChristChurch College , Oxford , where he commenced Master of Arts , in 1753 . On leaving the University , in 175 6 * , his first promotion was to
a college living in Northampton , shire , held with another , the gift of the Jlarl of Sussex , Tbeae benefices were not , probably , what are technically denominated fat livings ? and our young divine
might devote himself to literary composition , from motives of prudence , as well as inclination . This inclination would be fostered , in no slight degree , by his early corr . nection with Johnson , an <| his literary associates , of whom ha was the last survivor .
An established church , which enjoins a creed on her clergy , instead of encouraging them to chuse their own , c ^ n offe r but slender inducements to theologicdl enquiry . A young clergyman ^ provided with a liturgy tor his desk , and satisfied with a stile of
moral suasion for the pulpit , wilL rarely yield to , if he should feel , the temptation of becoming \ viser than his teachers , the venerable councils ot former ages Nor will he easily forget that unless he
has the effrontery to dare tAink one thing and another tell % it might cloud bis fairest prospects , and darken all the cutout of remaining / i / e , to arrive at the unwelcome
disc very , thai the » cnptures f critically investigated * are at va- ^ nance wjth the creefd , to wbi £ h he- has , ex atoitno , subscribed his " assent and consent . It is therefore < no proper subject of surprise , tbat f , notwitm ^ m ^ mg » om 0 sfAgifcHtJ cx *;
No . LXXII | . JANUARY . [ Vol . VII .
VOL . TIJ , » . *
I MONTHLY REPOSITORY OF Theology and General Literature . r
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1812, page unpag, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1744/page/1/