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wonderful eagerness. . . . —Grant.   Condensed trans-
lation. &y Dr. Giles in Life: seep. 10, No 9.

I ought to refer for his manifolde benefites bestowed on
me, the* poore talent of learnyng, whiche god hath lent
me: and for his sake do I owe my seruice to all other
of the name and noble house of the Wyngfeldes, bothe
—                           in woord and dede Thys worshypfull man hath euer

:§                           loued and vsed, to haue many children brought vp in

Fj                           learnynge in his house araonges whome I my selfe was

one. For whom at terme tymes he woulde bryng downe
fiom London bothe bowe and shaftes And when they
shuld playe he woulde go with them him selfe in to the
fyelde, and se them shoote, and he that shot fayrest,
shulde haue the best bowe and shaftes, and he that shot
ilfauouredlye, shulde be mocked of his felowes, til he shot
better."—^. 140.

In or about the year i.<?3o, Mr. Bond . . . resigned the
charge of young Roger   who was now about fifteen
years old, and, by the advice and pecuniary aid of his
o                           kind patron Sir Antony, he was enabled to enter St.

*~                          John's College, Cambridge, at that time the most famous

1530.       ost i*>. seminary of learning in all England.  His tutor was Hugh
JcS                            Fitzherbert, fellow of St. John's, whose Ultimate friend,

^                           George Pember, took the most lively interest in the

o"                          young student.    George Day, afterwards  Bishop  of

^                           Chichester, Sir John Cheke, Sir Thomas Smith, Dr.

""                           Redman, one of the compilers of the Book of Common

Prayer, Nicholas Ridley the Martyr, T. Watson Bishop
of Lincoln, Pilkington Bishop of Durham, Walter Had-
don, John Christopherson, Thomas Wilson, John Seton,
and many others, were the distinguished contemporaries
of Ascham at Cambridge —Gra?it and Giles, idem,
•H rS34. Feb. 18. He takes his B.A. " Being a boy, new Bacheler of arte,
t^                 set. 18. I chanced amonges my companions to speake against the

ji                           Pope: which matter was than m euery mans mouth, by-

£                           cause Dr. Haines and Dr. Ski$J>e were cum. from the

Court, to debate the same matter, by preaching and dis-
putation in the vnmersitie. This hapned the same tyme,
when I stoode to be felow there my taulke came to Dr.
Medcalfes [Master of St John's Cofl.] eare . I was called
before him and the Semores. and after greuous rebuke,
and some punishment, open warning was geuen to all the
felowes, none to be so hardie to geue me his voice at that
Mar. 23. election. And yet for all those open threates, the good
father himselfe pnuilie procured, that I should euen than
be chosen felow. But, the election being done, he made
countinance of great discontentation thereat. This good
mans goodnes, and fatherlie discretion, vsed towardes me
that one day, shall neuer out of my remembrance all the
dayes of my life. And for the same cause, haue I put
it here, in this small record of learning. For next Gods
prouidence, surely that day, was by that good fathers
«,                           meanes, Dies natalis, to me, for the whole foundation

>,                          of the poore learning I haue, and of all the furderance,

%                           that hetherto else where I haue obtayned."—Scho.fol. $$.

-    T*^-*n_                « Before the king's majesty established his lecture at

Cambridge, I was appointed by the votes of all the*
university, and was paid a handsome salary, to profesa
the Greek tongue in public; and I'have ever since read