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in which the Book-cases adhering to the Sides, form a fpacious Gallery. Here are some valuable Curiofities, the Picture of King Charles I, which has the whole Book of Psalms written in the Lines of the Face and on the Hair of the Head. A very beautiful and fingular Picture of St. John stain'd in Marble. Some curious Missals. A Chinese Dictionary; and several other Curiosities.
The Gardens belonging to this College are extremely agreeable, very extensive, and laid out, with all those Graces which arise from a fuccession of Beauties fo disposed as to strike us gradually and unexpectedly. · This College was founded by Sir Thomas White, AT. derman and Merchant-Taylor of London; and afterwards Anno 1557, he endowed it with several considerable Mancrs, and at his Death bequeathed the Sum of 3000 1. to purchase Lands to increase the Revenues of it. He originally designed Merchant-Taylors School in London for the only Seminary for this College; but being of a more Public Spirit than to confine hmself to any one Place, he allowed two Fellowships to the City of Coventry, two to Bristol, two also to the Town of Reading, and one to Tunbridge.
The most considerable Benefactors fince, have been Sir William Paddy, who founded and endowed the Choir, and built that Side of the New Quadrangle, of which the Library is a Part. Archbishop Laud, who at the Expense of above 5000 l. (exclusive of 4001. for the Statues of the King and Queen, and 200 Ton of Timber which he obtained by Warrant from Shotover Foreft and Stow Wood) added the other three Sides. Archbishop Juxon, who gave 7ooo l. to this College; Dr. Gibbons, who bequeathed the perpetual Advowson of
the Living of Baynton in Yorksoire, and 1000l. to buy " Books; Dr. Holmes, the late worthy President, with his ij Lady, who gave 15000 l, to augment the Salaries of the Officers, and other Uses; and Dr. Rawlinson, who
bequeathed a considerable Number of Books, and the Reversion of an Estate in Fee-farm Rents. · The present Members are a President, fifty Fellows, two Chaplains, an Organist, five Singing-men, fix Chorifters, and two Sextons, The Number of Students of all Sorts being usually about seventy.
Visitor. The Bishop of Winchefter.
**************************************** : WORCESTER COLLEGE. TT Orrefter College is pleasantly situated on an Emi
nence, just above the River Isis and the Meadows, at the Extremity of the Western Suburb. · At entering into the College, we have the Chapel and Hall on each Side, both of which are 29 Feet in Breadth, and so in Length: These are just built. The Library, which is a magnificent Ionic Edifice, on the West of the Chapel and Hall, is 100 Feet in Length, supported by a fpacious Cloister. It is furnished with a fine Collection of Books, chiefly the Library of Dr. Clarke, late Fellow of All-Souls College; in which is Inigo Jones's Pal. ladio, with his own Manuscript Notes. According to the Plan proposed, this College is to consist of a spa. cious Building. The Chambers of the Fellows and Scholars on the North and South, and the Gardens, which are to lie on a Descent to the River, on the West. The Apartment of the Provoft is at the North-west Angle. From whence this College will enjoy not only the pleasantekt Situation, but be one of the most elegant Structures in the University. : The College was founded Anno 1714, by Sir Thomas Cookes, for a Provost, fix Fellows, and fix Scholars.
Dr. Finney farther endowed it with two Fellowships and two Scholarships for Students from Staffordshire. Dr. Clarke founded fix fellowhips and three Scholar
ships, with a Preference to Clergymen's Sons. And Mrs. Earon, Daughter to Dr. Eaton, Principal of Glo. cester Hall founded fix Fellowships. Lady Holford gave two Exhibitions of 201, a Year each, for Charter-house Scholars, to be enjoyed Eight Years.
This House was formerly called Glocester College, being a Seminary for educating the Novices of Glocelser Monastery. It was founded A.D. 1283, by Jobs Giffard, Baron of Brimsfield. When suppressed, at the Reformation, it was converted into a Palace for the Bishop of Oxford; but was soon afterwards erected into an Academical Hall, by Sir Thomas White, the Foun: der of St. John's College ; in which State it continued,
till it received a Charter of Incorporacion and an End dowment from Sir Thomas Cookes. . ., · Here are a Provost, twenty Fellows, 'eleven Scho lars, &c. The whole Number about forty. . · Visitor. The Chancellor of the University,
EXETER COLLE'G E.'. ! T HIS College is situated opposite. Jefus College,
the Front whereof is 220 Feet long, in the Center of which is a magnificent Gate and Tower over it. The Composition of each Front (viz, that towards the Street and that towards the Quadrangle) is a Rustic Basement which forms the Gateway; a Plinth whereupon are placed four Pilasters of the lonic Order, supporting a semicircular Pediment, in the Area of which are the Founder's Arms on a Shield adorned with Fef. toons; finishing with a Balustrade above all. This, with the beautiful arch'd Roof of the Gateway, is juftly esteemed an elegant Piece of Workmanship. The Building within chiefy consists of a large Quadrangle, formed by the Hall, the Chapel, the Rector's Lodge G 2
ings, and the Chambers of the Fellows and Scholars, and is regular and uniform.
The Gardens are neatly disposed, and though with, in the Town, have an airy and pleasant Opening to the East; with a Terras, from whence we have a View of some of the finest Buildings in the University,
The Library is well furnished with Books in the several Arts and Sciences; and a very valuable Col. lection of Claffics, given by Edward Richards, Esquire. .
Sir John Acland built the Hall in 1681, and Dr. Hakewell, first Fellow and afterwards Rector, founded the Chapel in the Year 1624.
Walter Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter, Lord Treasurer of England, and Secretary of State to King Edward II. 1316, obtained a Charter for founding a College where Hertford College now stands; but wanting Room for the Buildings he designed, he removed his Scholars to the present House, and gave it the Name of Staple. don-Hell, after bis own Name. He founded a Society confisting of Thirteen, i, e. A Rector and twelve Fel. bows; one of whom, the Chaplain, to be appointed by the Dean and Chapter of Exeter,; eight to be elected out of the Archdeaconries of Exeter, Totness, and Barn. faple in Devonscire, and four of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall.
Among the subsequent Benefactors was Edmund Staf ford, Bishop of Exeter, who obtained Leave to alter the Name of this House, and settled two Fellowships for the Diocese of Sarum. Sir William Petre in Queen Elizabeth's Time obtained a new Charter and Statutes, founded eight Fellowships for such Counties wherever he then had, or his Heirs at any Time after should have Estates ; which hy this Time comprehends moft of the Counties in England. King Charles I. added one Fellowship for the Ilands of Jersey and Guernsey And by Mrs. Shiers's Benefaction, as completed and Cettled by Dr, Hugh Shortridge, two other Fellowships.
were added, confined to the Counties of Hertford and Surrey; besides considerable Augmentations to the Revenues of the Society. The last Benefactor was the learned Mr. Joseph Sanford, of Balliol College, who gave to this Society his very valuable Library.
The present Members are a Rector, 25 Fellows, one Scholar, who is Bible Clerk, two Exhibitioners : The whole Number of Members about eighty.
Visitor, The Bishop of Exeter.
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JESUS COLLEGE. T HE Front of this College is newly beautified and
I improved by a very handsome Ruftic Gateway, and other Additions.
In the first Court the Chapel on the North Side, and Hall on the West, are neat well-proportioned Rooms, the latter having within these few Years been much improved by the Addition of a Cieling and other Ornaments done by Mr. Roberts. .
The Inner Court, has three Sides uniformly and neatly built (the Hall before-mentioned making the fourth Side of this Quadrangle) and on the West Side of it over the Common Room, 8c. is a spacious well furnished Library.
In the Principal's Lodgings is a fine Picture of King Charles I. at full Length, by Vandyke; and in the Library a half Length of King Charles II. and some ori.. ginal Pieces of Dr. Hugh Price by Holben, Dr. Manfell, Sir Leoline Jenkins, &c. Benefactors to this College.
Other Curiosities in this College are, 1. a most mage , nificent Piece of Plate, the Gift of the late Sir Watkin Williams Wynne, Bart. for the Use of the Fellows Common Room. And 2. the Statutes of the College, written upon Vellum, in the most exquifte Manacr, by, s.