The life of William of Wykeham, bishop of Winchester: Collected from records, registers, manuscripts, and other authentic evidences

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Printed by A. Millar in the Strand; and R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall, 1759 - 357 pages
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Page 180 - ... consisted of two parts, rightly forming two establishments, the one subordinate to the other. The design of the one was to lay the foundations of science ; that of the other to raise and complete the superstructure. The former was to supply the latter with proper subjects, and the latter was to improve the advantages received in the former.
Page 309 - No man seems to have tasted more sensibly the pleasure of doing good ; and no man had ever a greater share of this exquisite enjoyment. The foundation of his colleges, the principal monuments of his munificence, was as well calculated for the real use of the public, and as judiciously planned as it was nobly and generously executed. Whatever Wykeham's attainments in letters were, he had at least the good sense to see that the clergy, though they had almost engrossed the whole learning of that age,...
Page 214 - Edyngdon undertook to repair it in the latter part of his time, and by his will ordered his executors to finifh what he had begun. And, whether in purfuance of his defign, and by his benefaction, or...
Page 182 - ... purchases of lands, and raising his building, which would take up a considerable time ; but that he might bestow his earliest attention, and his greatest care in forming and perfecting the principal part of his design, and...
Page 74 - ... or fifh of a better fort ; and on the eves of thofe holidays, and that of the founder's obit, they had an extraordinary allowance of four gallons of ale among them. The hundred cafual poor were fed in a place called Hundred-meneihall ; each of them had a loaf of inferior bread of five marks...
Page 309 - ... and the havoc that several successive plagues had made in all ranks of the people, but especially among the clergy, the church was at a loss for a proper supply of such as were tolerably qualified for the performance of the common service. It was not vanity and ostentation that suggested this design to him ; he was prompted to it by the notorious exigence of the times and the real demands of the public. The deliberation with which he entered upon it, and the constant attention with which he pursued...
Page 71 - Claydon, granted for the health of his own soul and the souls of his ancestors a rent-charge of 13s.
Page 310 - ... the promotion of true piety and learning. In a word, as he was in his own time a general blessing to his country, in which his bounty was freely imparted to every object that could come within the reach of his influence, so the memory of this great man merits the universal regard of posterity, as of one whose pious and munificent designs were directed to the general good of mankind, and were extended to the latest ages.
Page 308 - ... of the advantages which they have thus happily acquired, and considered them as deposited in their hands by Providence for the general benefit of mankind ? In this respect Wykeham stands an uncommon and almost singular example of generosity and public spirit. By the time that he had reached the meridian of life, he had acquired great wealth ; and the remainder of his days he employed not in increasing it to no reasonable end, but in bestowing it in every way that piety, charity, and liberality...
Page 10 - Man : the true meaning of which, as he designed it, I presume to be, though it has commonly been understood otherwise, that a man's real worth is to be estimated not from the outward and accidental advantages of birth, rank, and fortune, but from the endowments of his mind and his moral qualifications.

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