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were educated within its walls, and who were either sent upon the Mission or continued in the service of the College. Among others may be mentioned Hesketh, Barlow, Goodin, Bromwich and Gother. A short account of each of these sons of Alma Mater cannot but prove interesting. Roger Hesketh, a native of Lancashire, after completing his course of studies, rendered important services to the College in the various situations of Procurator, Professor of Philosophy, Confessarius and Professor of Theology. He also secured the distinction of the Doctor s Cap. Returning to England in 1686 he laboured assiduously in the conversion of souls till 1715, when, to borrow the expression of the Annals, "full of days he fell asleep in the Lord." In a manuscript collection of Latin verses composed by various students of the house, which fortunately escaped the general wreck at the time of the French invasion, there is one of Dr. Hesketh's juvenile performances in praise of his native county.

Those who retrace their College days, will remember with what warmth the merits of their respective counties were, by the students, often canvassed and maintained. Probably some dispute of this kind gave occasion to this youthful effusion, which would do credit, however, to a much more mature scholar. The following are the first thirty lines of the composition, which is too long to be inserted entire.

Urbes si quæ olim nomenque decusque tulere
Vitrea quas placido recrearunt flumina lapsu,
Et quas umbra silens nemorum vestivit, et altis
Queis static portum tribuit benefida carinis,
Quasque ampli circum muri, foveæque profundæ
Vallarunt fossâ, quarum virtute decora
Lætantur cives, memores tolerantque dolores
Pro Patriâ, quorum simplex prudentia veram
Impendente fidem letho selegit, honestis
Moribus et vita populo documenta dedere:
Cur stupidus taceo Nobis quse causa silendi?