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from these Parts. You have often told Reverence for the Place to which you owe your Education; and indeed you have has made you an Ornament to your
Oxford, Dec. 28, 1754. I AM
Am very ready to gratify your Curi
olity to know every Thing of Consequence that passes in this University: Because I am sensible that it is in you
a natural and a commendable Curiofity
, and that you will not, as some others have done, make an ill Use of any Thing that shall be communicated to you me that you entertain a kind of sacred great Reason to do fo: For that Education
last. was not so surprizing to me as you seemid to imagine it would be. The Gentlemen in your Neighbourhood, whose Names you mention, are not the only Instances of the Kind I have heard of, or met with; there are others who go a Step beyond them, who make a Merit of employing that very Eloquence which they owe to Oxford in set Harangues and bitter Invectives against it. Like the fabulous Giants of old, rebelliously exerting their bodil
, Strength against Heaven from whence they derived it *. These frequently descend
* Sed quid Typhoeus, & validus Mimas
Contra fonantem PALLADIS Ægida
Mr. K-^— who, having originally sprung
even to Fiction, and the groffest Misreprefentations of Facts; and if one may judge
from their present Practices, would feel a et lavage Kind of Satisfaction, if by these
Means they could destroy its very Being as an University. But in Spite of their wicked Arts, they have the Mortification to set it flourish daily. Young Gentlemen of Figure and Fortune are continually Aowing in upon us.
A plain Proof this of the Discipline, good Order, and Decency of Behaviour, kept up among us ; which (as I told you long fince) my Lord Parker was so honourable and ingenuous as to commend upon a late Occasion,
The Baseness and Ingratitude of the Persons above hinted at, who thus rack their Inventions to ruin us, is certainly very unaccountable: But not more fo
for the latter. Such Reflections on particular Persons, as seeming to imply private Resentment, it must be owned, when considered apart from Circumstances, are unjustifiable ; and are here made with no other View but to set the Ingratitude of these Gentlemen in a stronger, and at the fame. Time in its proper, Light.
than the extreme Credulity, real or affected, of such as repose an implicit Confidence in every Report they hear to our Disadvantage. If Abuse of this Uni. versity is with some people become a fafhionable Topick of Conversation; it is no less fashionable with others to admit every new-invented Story against it as an incontestable Truth, I had almost said, as an Article of Political Faith. I myself, when I have been endeavouring to defend its Honour, when attack'd, in private Company, have heard it charged with still retaining the Essence of Popery in its publick Worship, and with a thousand other Things equally absurd, as with Facts that I could not pretend to deny or dissemble ; but which, at the same Time, a Man would richly deserve to be laugh'd at, who should set himself seriously to refute.
One main End of my Correspondence with you is, that you may be able to vindicate the Character of this much-injured
all such Occasions as are mentioned above: And my Method has been
you as plain Accounts as I could of Matters of Fact. The University stands in Need of no other Kind of Defence ; for were Facts but clearly related, and let in their proper Light, without any PartyGlosses, or malicious Exaggerations, there could be no Room for Jealousies and Mifunderstandings between us and our Superiors: And a certain Set of Men, whose Business and Interest it now is to foment them, might then perhaps find out a more laudable and honest Employment for their
But I shall, without further Introduction, proceed to the Relation of an Affair which happened here lately, and which, (because it seems to be a strong Confirmation of what I have been faying) I was willing to take the first Opportunity of laying before
A Few Days since a certain Gentleman of this Place, who thinks it no Impeachment of his Loyalty to his Majesty King George that he wishes well to my