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of a higher character. Dons as well as under-
water by this contemptible dispute. Some of the
leaders of the dissentients even went the length
of threatening to follow an example which had
new college at Stamford.
Occupying an eminent station in the University,
share in the dispute; and we know that he was not
a man to do anything otherwise than energetically.
Whatever he did or said, we may be sure that on
such an occasion he took the side of authority;
but we have no information on the subject, until
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sity. Aroused by a suggestion, which was either
absurd or of weighty moment, he determined to
crush it at once by overwhelming it with ridicule.
, among other place so liable to discover and publish their worth. the State Papers in the Public Record Office, I could tell you much more, but it is not good manners in placed at the end of the year 1613, various papers, the Epistle to prevent the tract. If you will not take mostly in Laud's handwriting, which clearly in the pains to walk about this College, you shall be ignordicate the nature of his contemplated publication. ant of their building. If not to read their orders and None of them are probably quite finished; but statutes, you shall not know their privileges. If not to
be acquainted with some of the students, you shall be a all are, more or less, advanced towards comple- stranger in all places, and not well acquainted in your tion. Why the intended pamphlet, or whatever own country. One counsel let me give you: whenever it was to have been, was laid aside, does not ap- you visit the place, stay not long in it; * for the air is pear. The Gothamite scheme may have died bad, and all the students very rheumatic. I have heard away, and it was not deemed advisable to stir its that Lady Prudence Wisdom went but once (then she
was masked and muffled, and yet she escaped not the decaying embers; or Laud's execution of bis de- toothache.) to see it since it was built, and myself heard sign, after much touching and retouching (of her swear she would never come within the gates again. which the papers before us present ample evi- You think the Author of this Work (who for the founder's dence), may not have pleased him. These manu
honour, and the students' virtues, hath taken on him to scripts remain -mere wrecks and ruins ; but
map out this building) must depart from the truth of the there is enough in them to indicate clearly the said of these men, in truth and story, than any pen can
history. Reader, it needs not. For there is more to be author's purpose, and to demonstrate, unless I set out to the world. His pen is weak, and mine too; very much mistake their character, that he pos- but who cannot defend Innocents ? Farewell. The founder sessed no mean power of making sport. He dealt laughed heartily when he built the College: if thou canst with the subject before him in his naturally sharp, dwell a little too near the College that I am so skilful in but also in a frolicsome and witty manner.
it, and have idle time to spend about it. But it's no The first of these papers-an
Epistle to the matter. What if I were chosen Fellow of the house? Reader," designed as a preface to the intended As the world goes, I had rather be rich at Gotham than work-seems to be all but complete. I shall give poor in a better place. You know where I dwell. Come it you as it stands. It will be found to be quaint to see me at any time when it is safe, that the Ears † of and old-fashioned, but not without touches of many Fellows of this Society highly preferred as of any
the College hang not over me, and I will show you as effective pleasantry.
other. I know you long to hear; but you shall come to
my house for it, as near the College as it stands. There “ TO THE READER.
you shall find me at my devotion for Benefactors to this “Come, Reader, let's be merry! I have a tale to tell : worthy foundation." I would it were worth the hearing, but take it as it is. This “Epistle to the Reader" is followed by a There's a great complaint made against this age, that no
variety of rough notes, scattered over seventeen good works are done in it. Sure I hear Slander hath a tongue, and it is a woman's bird never born mute for leaves, many of which contain only a sentence not long since (besides many other things of worth) there or two. They were apparently intended to be was built in the air a very famous college, the Seminary worked up into the designed work. OF INNOCENTS, commonly called in the mother tongue of We next have' a Latin Charter of Liberties, that place, GOTAM COLLEGE. I do not think, in these latter freezing ages
, there hath been a work done of supposed to have been granted to the College by greater either profit or magnificence. The founder got the Emperor of Morea. There are among the up into a tree (and borrowed a rook's nest for his cushion) papers two drafts of this charter. In one, the to see the plot of the building, and the foundation laid. He Emperor's name is given as Midas. They are resolved to build it in the air to save charges, because both framed as if granted to the founder, who was castles are built there of lighter materials. It is not to be spoken how much he saved in the very carriage of the “White" was subsequently struck out. Why
at first designated as “Thomas White, miles,” but timber and stone by this politic device, which I do not doubt but founders in other places will imitate. Yet he the name of Sir Thomas White, the founder of would not bave it raised too high in the air, lest his Col- | Reading School, where Laud was educated, and legians, which were to be heavy and earthy, should not of his beloved College of St. John's, was thus inget into it; and it is against all good building to need a ladder at the gate. The end of this building was as
troduced, I am unable to explain. charitable, as the ordering of it prudent; for whereas there
The draft of a Foundation Charter of the are many places in all commonwealth provided for the College then follows. It runs in the name of lame, and the sick, and the blind, and the poor of all “ Thomas à Cuniculis, miles auritus, patriæ Mosorts, there is none anywhere erected for innocents. This founder alone may glory that he is the first, and may prove the only patron of Fools. He was ever of opinion
We next have two copies, but with many varithat, upon the first finishing of his College, it would have tions between them, of a paper entitled “The more company in it than any one College in any Univer- Foundation of Gotam College." This was the sity in Europe. Such height would be waited upon by author's principal effort. In his account of the
* Anima prudens in sicco.
† They are very long.
rules and regulations of the college, he pours out youth full of hope as those are (for stultorum plena sunt his store of Gothamite recollections, with such omnia), should want places of preferment or education. fresh wit as he could make to tell against the
“ Maintenance. Their mortmain is to hold as much as
will be given them, without any stint; which favour is chief members of the party to whom he was
granted them in regard of their number (being the greatopposed. It is difficult occasionally to identify est foundation in Christendom), and at the instant rethe persons alluded to, but many of them will be quest of the honourable patroness the Lady Fortuna favet: easily recognised. The two brothers, Dr. Samp- provided always, that they hold no part of this their land, son and Dr. Daniel Price, together with Dr. or aught else, in capite, but as much as they will in Thomas James, the author of Bellum Papale, were
Knight's service, so they fit their cap and their coat
thereafter. clearly leaders in the suggestion which excited “ Sociorum numerus. - The number of Fellows may not Laud's dislike. Upon them the vials of his wrath be under 500, and 200 probationers (if so many may be were consequently poured. All three were strong found fit); which it shall be lawful to choose out of any anti
· Romanists. Antony Wood tells us that Dr. College in Oxford: Provided that when, if ever, there is Sampson Price was so distinguished in that re
any eminent man found in the other University of Camspect, that be acquired the name of "The Mawl after the founder shall be put
in trust with the election,
bridge, or any other, it shall be lawful for them, which of Heretics,' meaning papists;" and that, both he to admit them in veros et perpetuos socios. and his brother, were regarded with especial dis- “ The statutes are appointed to be penned in brief, for like at Douay. Both brothers were royal chap- the help of their memory, which yet is better than the lains and popular preachers, and of the same way
wit of any of the Fellowships. [Memorandum. In making of thinking, - that way being in most respects their breath fails.] There is leave granted they may re
of a speech, they must not stop at any time, but when nearly as far removed from Laud's way, as could
move.Cuckoobush,' and set it in some part of the Colco-exist within the pale of the Church of England. lege garden: and that in remembrance of their famous Dr. Thomas James, the well-known Bodley libra- predecessors they shall breed a Cuckoo every year, and rian, was a man of precisely the same anti-Ro- keep him in a pound till he be hoarse; and then, in midmanist views as the Prices, but probably of far
summer moon, deliver him to the bush and let him at
liberty. greater learning than either of them. All these
“ Because few of these men have wit enough to grieve, had no doubt, like other men, their vanities and they shall have "Gaudyes' every holyday and every peculiarities ; and it is upon these foibles that Thursday through the year; and their · Gaudyes' shall Laud seizes and applies them to the purposes of
be served up in woodcocks, gulls, curs, pouts, geese, ganhis ridicule. Thus, we learn that James was
ders, and all such other fowl, which shall be brought at a
certain rate in ass-loads to furnish the College. But on highly pleased with his dignity of Justice of other days which are not. Gaudyes,' they shall have all Peace, whence Laud styles him Mr. Justice their commons in calf's head and bacon, † and, thereJames, and appoints him library keeper of the fore, to this purpose all the beef, mutton, and veal, shall new college. We learn also, that Dr. Sampson fish-days conger, cod's head, or drowned eel, with a piece Price enjoyed his nap at the sermons in St. Mary's, of cheese after it-of the same dairy with that cheese and that Dr. Daniel was fond of an anchovy toast, which their wise predecessors rolled down the hill, to and had a general liking (in which respect he was go to market before them. probably not singular, either at Oxford or else- “ Broths, caudles, pottage, and all such settle-brain, where,) for a good dinner. All these points come absolutely forbidden. All other meats to be eaten assa. out in the following paper ; which I print, with solemn day of their foundation, Innocent's day. [Another one or two omissions, from one of the two manu- solemn feast day to be renewed, St. Dunstan's. ] scripts, adding here and there passages derived Benefices. — Gotam annexed to the headship. The from the other.
other benefices belonging to the Fellows are Bloxam,
Duns-tu, Dunstable, St. Dunstan's (East, West), Totte“ The FOUNDATION OF GOTAM COLLEGE.
ridge, Aleton, Battlebridge, Gidding (Magna, Parva), the " The founder (being the Duke of Morea) made suit prebend of Layton Buzzard, Little Brainford, Little Witand obtained leave for this foundation, that it might be
nam (Mr. Dunns being patron of Little Witnam, gave it erected, anno 1613. The reasons of his suit were :
to a good scholar), a petition being made by the College “ 1. Because, in the midst of so many good works as
that Witnam, and all that Mr. Dunns had in bis gift, had been done for the bringing up of men in learning,
should belong to the College. [Added in the margin :there had been none taken in special for the Gotamists.
Cookeham (Magna, Parva), Steeple bumstead, Uggly,
St. Asaphs. ] “ 2. Because every College in the University had some “ An Act of Parliament held for them, or other of them in it, which were fitter to be elected
“ The College to be furnished with all munition save and chosen out to live together in this new foundation. head-pieces. None of the generations of Wisemen, Wise
“ 3. Because it is unfit that, in a well-goverred com- dom, or Wise, eligible into the house, for the disgrace their monwealth, such a great company of deserving men, or predecessors have done to the College. The book of Wis* This is not consistent with the foundation charter
dom to be left out of their Bibles. To abjure Pythagoras, noticed before, and is an evidence that the author's
Tacitus, Tranquillus, and Prudentius. design was still unsettled. In the margin is written, * Diet. “Nepenthe potus.” A fool at second course. “Sir Thomas Cuninsby, con-founder.” This is evi- Mustard with everything to purge the head. dently the “ Thomas å Cuniculis," mentioned in the † It being lawful for them, as well as the town's-boys, to foundation charter.
eat bread and butter in the streets.