By Terrot Reaveley Glover
First released in 1943, T. R. Glover's memories of his Cambridge global depict college existence within the past due 19th century. in retrospect over the centuries of Cambridge, Glover describes how the college and its faculties first got here into being - a consequence, he says, of 'the interaction of human wishes, human passions and human hopes.' He remembers the vibrant characters he met, from his teach at St John's university - 'at as soon as a fear and a satisfaction' - to the various striking students and academics who proficient and encouraged him. Glover captures the essence of undergraduate existence as he knew it, which probably, as he says, had now not essentially replaced in 3 centuries. This booklet offers a desirable glimpse right into a bygone age that allows you to nonetheless resonate with the trendy reader.
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William has to be 'senior brother in the Commencement house this yeare, which is a place of very great credite, but withall very chargeable, for I should have given the proctours each of them a sattin doublet, and should have invited all the doctors and chiefe men in the towne to supper'. Charles is 'deeply ingaged to a prockter in Cambridge a dear friende of myne to doe him so much favour as to give him a Bucke this commensment'. A fellow-commoner has a sizar to wait on him. Bass, wants napkins to use in hall, and 'my spare hawke'; and instructions are given about horses to 28 Origins meet them as they come home; or news is sent of smallpox 'reife in the towne' or many dying every week 'of agues and other diseases'.
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Smith told me; and he was very definite as to who was and who was not a scholar. ' he demanded of a boy construing Horace. ' From my father's edition', said the young Macleane. ' Heitland was the third of the three Salopians on my list. Kennedy was Professor of Greek for a year or two more after my first coming to Cambridge; I never saw him, but I learnt that he was one of the examiners for the Porson Prize and saw my first year work. Classical 37 Heitland was my tutor—William Emerton Heitland, to give him his full name—a 'character' (if one may use that abused word), like nobody else.