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and Prieft at Bugden in Huntingdonfhire by the Bishop of Lincoln, in November 1741. In this year alfo he took the Degree of M. A.

In 1744, he was elected Master of the Free Grammar School at Halifax in Yorkshire, and by Dr. Legh, the late Vicar there, was appointed first to the Curacy of Coley, and afterwards to that of Elland, both in the neighbourhood; which latter Curacy he continued to hold to the end of the year 1762.

In 1748, he became B. D.

In March 1753, he refigned his School at Halifax, and went to refide at Cambridge; and at the enfuing Commencement in July, was created D. D. The late Duke of Newcastle, Chancellor of the University, happening to vifit Cambridge at the laft of the above times, Mr. Ogden was fixed upon to perform


before his Grace the Exercife appointed by the Statutes for the Degree of Doctor of Divinity. The Question proposed by Mr. Ogden, and on which he made his Thefis, was,

Chriftum, ipfum infontem, a Deo ad mortem datum effe pro fontibus, eft credibile..

That, chofen by the Profeffor, Dr.Green, the late Bishop of Lincoln, was,

Præfcientia Divina, et futuræ improborum pœnæ, cum recta ratione non pugnant.

The Difpute was carried on with the highest elegance and spirit, on both fides: And the Refpondent, in particular, acquitted himself fo well in this literary conteft, that the Duke very foon after was pleased to present him to the Vicarage of Damerham in Wiltshire, in his Grace's private Patronage; which preferment was the more acceptable, as the


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Living was tenable with his Fellowship. Dr. Ogden took an early occafion of publickly expreffing his gratitude to his Noble Patron for fo honourable a mark of his favour, in a handsome Dedication prefixed to Two Sermons, preached before the University on the 29th of May and the 22d of June, in 1758.

In 1764, he was appointed Woodwardian Profeffor.

In 1766, he obtained the consent of the Duke of Newcastle to exchange the Living of Damerham for the Rectory of Stansfield, in Suffolk, in the Presentation of the Lord Chancellor; and in the month of June of the fame year, he was prefented to the Rectory of Lawford, in Effex, by the Mafter and Fellows of St. John's College: which two Livings, together with his Profefforfhip, he held to his death.


He died on the 22d day of March 1778, in the 62d year of his Age; and was buried in the Parish Church of The Holy Sepulchre in Cambridge; where he had preached for feveral years after his return to College in 1753, and was conftantly attended by a numerous audience, confifting principally of the younger members of the University.

The Edition of his Works, now fubmitted to the publick, contains a Summary of Chriftian Faith and Practice; exhibiting, in detail, a complete fystem of all that is neceffary to believe and do, in a way that is calculated at once to inform the understanding and to reach the heart. If the fubjects of the following Sermons be common, and have been often handled by other Writers; the ftile and compofition of the Author are peculiarly his own. In his mode of delivery there was fomething remarkably ftriking,

ftriking, which commanded the attention of all who heard him: and the ar guments adduced, to fupport and illuftrate the great doctrines of Natural and Revealed Religion, are fo difpofed, that few readers, it is prefumed, can be found, who will not feel the force of them.

In common life, there was a real or apparent rufticity attending his addrefs, which disgusted those who were strangers to his character. But this prejudice soon wore off, as the intimacy with him increased: and notwithstanding the sternnefs and even ferocity he would fometimes throw into his countenance, he was in truth one of the most humane and tender-hearted men I have known.

To his relations, who wanted his af fiftance, he was remarkably kind, in his life, and in the legacies left them at his death. His Father and Mother, who both

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