The Foundation Documents of Merton College, Oxford

W. Pickering, 1843 - 64 páginas
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Página xii - For if men judge that learning should be referred to action, they judge well ; but in this they fall into the error described in the ancient fable, in which the other parts of the body did suppose the stomach had been idle, because it neither performed the office of motion, as the limbs do, nor of sense, as the head doth ; but yet, notwithstanding, it is the stomach that digesteth and distributeth to all the rest : so if any man think philosophy and universality to be idle studies, he doth not consider...
Página xii - ... in passage. For if you will have a tree bear more fruit than it hath used to do, it is not anything you can do to the boughs, but it is the stirring of the earth, and putting new mould about the roots, that must work it. Neither is it to be forgotten, that this dedicating of foundations and donations to professory learning hath not only had a malign aspect and influence upon the growth of sciences, but hath also been prejudical to states and governments.
Página xi - First, therefore, among so many noble foundations of colleges in Europe, I find it strange that they are all dedicated to professions and none left free to the study of arts and sciences at large.
Página xii - Neither is it to be forgotten that this dedicating of foundations and dotations to professory learning hath not only had a malign aspect and influence upon the growth of sciences, but hath also been prejudicial to states and governments. For hence it proceedeth that princes find a solitude in regard of able men to serve them in causes of estate, because there is no education collegiate which is free ; where such as were so disposed might give themselves to histories, modern languages, books of policy...
Página 62 - Cum a nobis petitur quod justum est et honestum tarn vigor equitatis quam ordo exigit rationis ut id per sollicitudinem officii nostri ad debitum perducatur effectum • Exhibita siquidem nobis vestra petitio continebat quod...
Página ix - Roffense, p. 193), he occurs prebendary of Kentish town, and afterwards had the stall of Finsbury, both of them in the church of St. Paul's, London. He held in 1259 a prebend in Exeter cathedral ; and, according to Browne Willis, was vicar of Potton in Bedfordshire at the time of his promotion to- the see of Rochester. Other accounts say, that he was first canon of Salisbury, and afterwards rector of Stratton. He became eminent in the court of Chancery, first as king's clerk, then as prothonotary,...
Página 6 - ... necnon parentum et benefactorum meorum omnium, auctoritate venerabilis patris Johannis Wintoniensis Episcopi loci dioecesani interveniente, necnon et consensu capituli sui, in dicto manerio de Maudon statuo, fundo et stabilio, ad perpetuam sustentationem viginti scholarium in scholis degentium Oxoniae, vel alibi ubi studium vigere contigerit, et ad sustentationem duorum vel trium ministrorum altaris Christi in dicta Domo residentium; sub conditione et modo subscriptis, tam circa scholares quam...
Página 13 - Trinitatis, Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen. Ego, Walterus de Merton, clericus, illustris domini Regis Angliae quondam Cancellarius, de Summi rerum et bonorum Opificis bonitate confisus, ejusdem...
Página v - ... salary. Legere et non intelligere est quasi non legere. Now 3if a pore mon set hys son to Oxford to scole, Both the fader and the moder hyndyd thay schal be ; And 3if ther falle a benefyse, hit schal be 3'if a fole, To a clerke of a kechyn, ore into the chauncere ; Seth sekelar men schul have mon soulys in kepyng ; And pytton here personache to ferme to a bayle, And caston doune here bowses and here housyng, Here paryschun dystroy ; Clerkys that han cunnyng, Schuld have nionys soule in kepyng,...
Página iii - Of. his personal history very little is known. From a pedigree of him, written about ten years after his death, we learn, that he was the son of William de Merton, archdeacon of Berks in 1224, 1231, and 1236, by Christina, daughter of Walter Fitz-Oliver, of Basingstoke. They were both buried in the church of St. Michael, Basingstoke, where the scite of their tomb has lately been discovered.

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