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and Priest at Bugden in Huntingdonshire by the Bishop of Lincoln, in November 1741. In this year also 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 resigned his School at Halifax, and went to reside at Cambridge; and at the ensuing Commencement in July, was created D. D. The late Duke of Newcastle, Chancellor of the University, happening to visit Cambridge at the last of the above times, Mr. Ogden was fixed upon to perform before his Grace the Exercise appointed by the Statutes for the Degree of Doctor of Divinity. The Question proposed by Mr. Ogden, and on which he made his Thesis, was,
Christum, ipsum insontem, a Deo ad mortem
datum efle pro fontibus, eft credibile.
That, chosen by the Professor, Dr.Green, the late Bishop of Lincoln, was,
Præfcientia Divina, et future improborum
pæna, cum recta ratione non pugnant,
The Dispute was carried on with the highest elegance and spirit, on both sides: And the Respondent, in particular, acquitted himself so well in this literary contest, that the Duke very soon 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 a 4
Living was tenable with his Fellowship. Dr. Ogden took an early occasion of publickly expressing 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 Professor.
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 same year, he was presented to the Rectory of Lawford, in Effex, by the Master and Fellows of St. John's College : which two Livings, together with his Professorship, 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 several years after his return to College in 1753, and was conftantly attended by a numerous audience, consisting principally of the younger members of the University.
The Edition of his Works, now submitted to the publick, contains a Summary of Christian Faith and Practice; exhibiting, in detail, a complete system of all that is necessary to believe and do, in a way that is calculated at once to inform the understanding and to reach the heart. If the subjects of the following Sermons be common, and have been often handled by other Writers; the stile and composition of the Author are peculiarly his own. In his mode of delivery there was fomething remarkably
striking, striking, which commanded the attention of all who heard him: and the arguments adduced, to support and illustrate the great doctrines of Natural and Revealed Religion, are so disposed, that few readers, it is presumed, can be found, who will not feel the force of them.
In common life, there was a real or apparent rusticity attending his address, which disgusted those who were strangers to his character. But this prejudice soon wore off, as the intimacy with him increased: and notwithstanding the sternness 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 alfiftance, he was remarkably kind, in his life, and in the legacies left them at his death. His Father and Mother, who