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the regent masters of Magdalen college. Waynflete, whose interposition was required, directed that the smaller should be guided by the larger party. Three who refused to submit to the majority and their decision, were, after due deliberation, dismissed from the society in consequence of his letter'; and the Register adds, that this conduct of the president and masters was highly agreeable to the founder ". The same letter, with the statute which directs how dissensions should be pacified, was again taken into consideration by the president, officers, and six seniors assembled in the hall", in 1488; when they made a decree, that in future no fellow or scholar should labour, or be any way concerned, in obtaining the proctorship for himself or another without the consent of the president, or, in his absence, of the vice-president, and a majority of the masters; under the penalty of immediate expulsion, in case of perseverance after an admonition to desist.

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affairs foreign and domestic, fell into a deep melancholy. He died April 9th, 1482, and was buried on the 19th. His body was conveyed from Westminster to Eton, where it was received by the procession of Windsoro. It was censed at the castle-gate by the archbishop of York; and by the bishop of Winchester, who was also present, with divers great persons, when his effects were sequestered by the archbishop of Canterbury, his executors not administering to his will. The body was discovered in March 1789, in repairing the choir of St. George's chapel at Windsor 9.

• Sandford's Geneal. Hist. p. 392.

P Nichols's Collection of Wills.

A particular account of this discovery, drawn up by Mr. Emlyn, may be seen in the third volume of Vetusta Monumenta, at plate VII.EDITOR.

CHAP.

CHAPTER IX.

Proceedings at Oxford in the time of King Richard the Third; with the Building of the Chapel and School-house at Waynflete in Lincolnshire.

SECT. I.IT was affirmed and believed of king Richard the Third, by the multitude, that he had stabbed prince Edward after the battle of Tewksbury, had assassinated king Henry in his bed, and had compassed the destruction of the duke of Clarence, his own brother. He had besides recently usurped the throne, not without bloodshed; and had shut up the young king Edward the Fifth and the prince, his nephews, in the Tower. He was, however, as yet guiltless of their murther, when he resolved.

a Stow. Baker. He was crowned with his queen, July 6, 1483, and afterwards visited Gloucester. On the journey he devised the smothering of the young king Edward Vth and his little brother, in the Tower, which foul deed was perpetrated before the month expired. Richard issued the same year proclamations for the reformation of manners, and one is directed to the bishop of Winchester. Rymer, c. xii. p. 205.

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to visit Magdalen college on his way to Gloucester.

In this most barbarous age, great crimes, especially those of ambition and party, appear not to have excited general horror; or it was necessary to dissemble detestation. Whatever his feelings were, the bishop of Winchester repaired to Oxford on the twenty-second of July to provide for the entertainment of king Richard, and to supervise the state of his college and its buildings ".

SECT. II. THE chancellor, Wydevyle, now bishop of Salisbury, with the masters regent and non-regent, respectfully met king Richard without the University on his approach from Windsor, on the twenty-fourth of July. He was afterwards honourably received and conducted in procession into Magdalen college by the founder, his president, and scholars; and there passed the night, as also that of the day following, which was the feast of St. James the ароstle; and on the feast of St. Anne, mother of Mary, he tarried until after dinner, with

b Registr. A. f. 27. A. Wood, i. 233 a.

• He was made bishop while at Cumnor in 1482. A. Wood, P. 413.

very many of his lords spiritual and temporal and other nobles; as was decent, says the Register. The retinue of the king consisted of the bishop of Durham (who by his order was soon after made chancellor of the university in the room of Wydevyle), the bishops of Worcester and St. Asaph, the bishop elect of St. David's, the earl of Lincoln lord treasurer, the earl of Surrey lord chamberlain, the lords Lovell, Stanley, Audeley and Beauchamp, sir Richard Radclyff, and many other nobles, who all were received with honour by the founder, and passed the night in the college.

On the day after the arrival of the king, two solemn disputations were held, by his order and desire, in his presence, in the college-hall; the first in Moral Philosophy, Master Thomas Kerver opposing, and a bachelor of the college responding; the other in Divinity, Mr. John Taylor a doctor opposing, and Mr. William Grocyn master of arts responding; all of whom the king rewarded with magnificence and honour; giving to each of them a buck and money, to the doctor an hundred shillings, and to his

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