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Mr Spicer gave to the College £83.68. 8d. to maintain therewith one scholar, who is to be chosen by the master and fellows from (1) the Grammar School at Cokefield; (2) from Clare Hall, Ikkylington or Hyngston ; (3) from St Catharine Hall; and to have as much as any other scholar, and 6s. 8d. and his lectures freely above all other.
1549. The College was visited by the Commissioners * of King Edward VI; an account of their proceedings will be
• It was intended by the Commission issued in the time of Edward VI. to unite Clare Hall to Trinity Hall, and to form out of them one College of civilians, AC the time of this visitation in 1549, Stephen Gardiner, Lord Bishop of Winchester, was master of Trinity Hall, and Dr Madew, master of Clare Hall. Clare Hall refused to submit to the proposal of the Commissioners, and one of them, Bishop Ridley, appears to have been adverse to the union of these two colleges, as will appear from the following private letter to Edward, Duke of Somerset, the Lord Protector. In the works of Bp. Ridley, published by the Parker Society, there is a second letter (dated June 1, 1549) on this subject from the bishop to the Lord Protector, and his reply (dated June 10, 1549) ; but this first letter (1549) does not appear in that publication, nor in the Supplement. It appears, however, to be of sufficient importance to be printed, as it is a matter of fact, that Clare Hall was not merged into Trinity Hall.
"It may please your Grace to be advertised concerning our procedyng in the Visitation of the Universitie of Cambrig, specyally in that point of our instructions pretending to the uniting of Clare Hall to Hall, for the study of the law, sherio I thought it my bound duty to signifye unto your Grace bysids our common letters also with thes my privet letters, the privits of my hart and consciance in that matter; nothing doubting but as I shall disclose my mind unto your Grace with your Graces leve frankly and plainly, and that moved upon consciance and for fear of the offense of God, so likewise your Grace having befor your Graces eyes the feare of God, wyl tak in good worth the uttering of the same; for as I do knoledge my bound deuty to be no lesse than to be ready to preserve the Kinges Highnes and your Grace in God to the utter most of my small power, witt or lernyng, so I am asuredly persuaded that it is neder the Kinges Majesties nor your Graces pleasor that in the exeqution of any suche service I should do any thing whearin I should judge myselfe to offend Almightie God, or not to have in the doyng of the saine a clear and quiett consciance.
"It may please therefor your Grace to wete, that when I consider thes kind of uniting of thes twoo colleges (the matter standing as by our common letters is signified unto your Grace), I can not but thinke it to be a very sore thing, a great sclandre lo them that shall presently hear of the matter, and a dangerouse example to the worlde to cum, to take a Colledge funded for the study of Goddes worde, and 10 apply it to the use of students in mans lawes, to take it I mean without the consent of the present possessioners of the same; for the history of Nabal vynhared, taken away without the possessioners good will, which I have hard at diverse tims gravly preached in the court, dooth terribly sound in min eares, and maketh me to tremble when I hear of any thing sounding to the like, I consider also (and it like your Grace) that the Fundatrix purpose was wonderouse godly, her facte was godly, so that in my
found in the documents edited by the late Dr Lamb, Master Corpus Christi College.
1557. Richard Nicke, bishop of Norwich, gave certain pri perty to the College, sufficient to maintain three fellows, < whom one was to be a Civilista, two were to be Canonistæ, wh
judgement no faut can be found, ether in hir entent or in the mean ways wheart she wrought to accompleshe the same, which was the glory of God and the settir forth of His word; and if we do alow thus both hir entent and the circumstances the same, seing it hir facte, is ratified by hir death and thus approved of the living methinks St Paules words doth much conferme itt when he saith (Gal. 3), H licet testamentum tamen sit comprobatum nemo
aut addit aliquid. “I consider also not only what lerned men may be brought up ther in time t cum, but also how many haith ben alredy ; sum suche as I thinke it is hard for th hole Universitie to mache them with the like. I will speak now but of one, I meai Mastr Latimer, whiche is as I do thinke a man appointed of God, and indued wit) excellent gifts of grace to set forth God's word, to whom (in my judgment) not only the Kinges Majestie and his honorable counsaille, but also the hole realme is much bond not only for his constant maintenance and defense of Godds treuth wher Papists perseqution did assault the godly, but also for that now he preacheth the Gospel so purely and so earnestly, and frely rebuketh the worlde of his wickedness. Alexander, if I do right remember the history, in the victorouse course of his conquest, did spare a cite for the memory of the famose poet Homer sake; Latymer far passes by that poete, and the Kynges Highnes by your Graces advise shall also excelle that gentyl prince in all kynd of mercy and clemency.
“ Thus I am moved to make my most humble petition unto your Grace, not so much for the students of that College now being (of the which (if the report which is made of some of them be found trew) I think no lesse, but that sum of them ar worthy to be expulsed both thense and out of the University, and some other grerosly to be punished, to the ensample of others) as for the study of Gods word, that it may, according to the godly will of their Fundatrix, continew ther.
"Finally, if it shall be otherwise seen unto your Graces wysdome, then I beseche your Grace to give me leve with your Graces favor soe to ordre my self, or by mio abscense thense for the time, or by my silence, that I shall nede to do no facte therin contrary to the judgment or peace of my conscience.
“Thes things thus moved I have also the more boldly writen unto your Grace, because your Grace (as me thought most godly moved) willed and commanded once me in your Graces gallery at London, so to do, by my private letters whensoever I shuld thinke me to have just occasion. Thus I wishe most entirly your Grace evermore to encrease in all godliness to the setting forth of Goddes glory, and to the attaining of your Graces own endles honour and salvation. “Your Graces humble and dayly orator of his bond duty,
Nic. Roppen." To my Lord Protectors
Grace, be this dd." This letter was copied from the Records in the State Paper Office (Local History, Vol. iv. p. 374), and was communicated (Feb. 4, 1828) by R. Lemon, Esq. to Dr Webb, the Master of Clare Hall, to whose kindness and courtesy the Editor's best thanks are due for the use of his copy, and his permission to print it.
were to proceed to priests' orders within one year from the day of their admission.
He also founded two scholarships, and choice is to be made by the master and fellows of persons who shall appear fit “tam moribus quam scientia," but no other restriction is imposed.
1558. Lawrence Moptyd gave £60 to the College, to found one scholarship. The scholar is required to be of the diocese of Norwich, and to have been brought up by the space of two years at least in the common schools of Ipswich or Bury St Edmund's. He is to be allowed £2. 138. 4d. per annum, with all other commodities that other scholars enjoy.
1560. Gabriel Dunne left to the College £120 with which, according to the Decretum Erectionis, was founded one scholar, ship. The scholar is to have 12d. per week, and the same emoluments as the other scholars of the house,
1562. Dr Hervey gave to the College certain lands to support two scholars. Each of these scholars is to have 18. per week together with ther emoluments which the rest of the scholars enjoy.
1577. Dr Busby left to the College £53, for the mainteDance of two poor scholars from Suffolk, each to receive 6d. per week, to be preferred (cæteris paribus) before all other scholars to the foundation scholarships.
1581. The College, on the 21st May in this year, founded a supernumerary fellowship from the increased revenues of the College.
1586. William Mowse gave by will to the College the sum of £400, to buy lands of the yearly value of £20, to be settled on Trinity Hall, for the maintenance of as many fellows and scholars as, according to the rate of fellowships and scholarships then, £20 would maintain. The College from this benefaction founded one fellowship and one scholarship.
1586. Archbishop Parker gave to the College £60. 138. 4d. for founding one scholarship for the study of the Civil Law, such scholar to have yearly £3. Os. 8d. or 1s. 2d. per week. The scholar is to be chosen from his own scholars at Corpus Christi College, and from Norwich School (if any of these scholars so will), according to an indenture dated 9 Eliz. June 24.
Dr Fuller, in his History of Cambridge, states that in thi year 1634, there were one Master, 12 Fellows, 14 Scholars with other students, besides officers and servants of the foundation; the whole number being three score.
1730. Dr Allen by will gave the reversion of an estate (Assington) to found two scholarships of £10 per annum, more or less. The College came into possession of this property in 1781, and the two scholarships were then established.
The founder reserves a preference : -1, to his nearest kindred : 2, to scholars from Richmond School in Yorkshire: 3, from any other School in Yorkshire : 4, to scholars from the diocese of Norwich : 5, to scholars froin the town and county of Cambridge. From the increased rental of the estate, each was raised to 12 guineas. The present value of each of these scholarships is £18 a year.
1734. Dr Chetwode gave £150 to the College to found a scholarship, for the due attendance of a scholar in taking care of the Chapel.
1704. Mrs Oxenden, widow of Dr Oxenden, in compliance with his intentions, gave £150 to found a scholarship, to be held by a scholar of the College, in addition to any other scholarship; and preference to be given, first to the son of a Kentish clergyman, then to the sons of clergymen in general.
1821. Horatio Goodbehere left to the College, subject to a life interest, funded property producing nearly £100 per annum, for the purpose of founding a fellowship on such terms as they might think best. The College, on coming into possession of the property in 1849, applied this bequest, augmented from the general funds of the College, to found a clerical fellowship, and requiring residence for the greater part of each term. Any graduate in Arts or a student in Civil Law who has performed the exercises for the degree of Bachelor of Laws may be a can. didate for this fellowship. This fellow may be elected into either of the other clerical fellowships, and may hold College offices, and also be presented to College livings. He is also al. lowed rooms reut-free, and 2s. per diem when in residence.
1849. The society, in order to promote the purposes of the foundation, established from the general funds of the College
some Law studentships, to assist meritorious and distinguished students of the College, who, having completed the usual residence for a B.A or LL.B. degree, are prosecuting their studies with a view to practising at the Bar, or as advocates at Doctors' Commons. These studentships are of the annual value of £50, and are tenable according to circumstances for two or three years. It is intended that one shall be at the disposal of the College every year.
Graduates in Arts, and such students in Civil Law as have performed the exercises requisite for the degree of LL.B., are eligible to these studentships, in the conferring of which the society is guided by the places of the candidates in any of the four University Triposes, in the Classes of the Regius Professor of Civil Law, and by any University or College distinctions they may have obtained.
1854. The present society consists of the Master, 12 Foundation Fellows, and one Bye-fellow.
The fellowships are open to all her majesty's subjects Wheresoever born, without restriction. Graduates in Arts, not of less standing than within one year of the time of incepting as M.A., and students of three years' standing in Civil Law, are eligible to vacant fellowships.
Of the 12 foundation fellows, according to present practice, 10 are laymen, and generally engaged in practice at the Bar, or as advocates in Doctors' Commons, two are in Orders, and aze the Tutors of the College. The bye-fellow acts as an Assistant Tutor. The Statutes contain no restriction as to the time of holding the fellowships, but according to practice, they become vacated by marriage, or resignation, or by taking Church-preferment beyond the value prescribed by the Statutes.
The Master receives the same stipend as each of the fellows, and also certain allowances and benefactions of small aggregate value. In 1851, according to the Report of the Commissioners, each fellow received a stipend of £150 a year, which had been the stipend for some years past, besides an allowance of 2s. a day when in residence. The tutors also have their rooms rent-free.
In the Declaratio Status Collegii made in the reign of Henry