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derogation of the church, or the univerſity, or in vindication of the proteſtant ſucceſſion, or the biſhop of Bangor, hither the delinquent is ſummon'd to anſwer for his offence, and receive condign puniſhment; as Mr. Maurice, fellow of Jeſus college, lately did. In ſhort, all matters of importance are cognizable before this tribunal; I will inſtance only one, but that very remarkable.

A day or two before the late Queen died, a letter was brought to the poſt-office at Oxford, with theſe words upon the outſide of it; We hear the Queen is dead, which, being ſuſpected to contain ſomething equally miſchievous within, was ſtopt, and carried to the vice-ch—ll—r, who immediately ſummon'd his brethren to meet him at Golgotha about a matter of the utmoſt conſequence: when they were aſſembled together, be produced the letter before them; and having open'd it, read the contents of it with an audible voice; which were as follow:

St. J—n's College, July 30. 1714.

Honoured Mother,

I Receaved the Cheſhear cheaſe you ſent ma buy Roben Joulthead, our waggonor, and itt is a vary gud one, and I thanck you for itt, mother, with all my hart and ſoale, and I pomis to be a gud boy, and mind my Boock, as yow dezired ma. I am a fiſing lad, mother, and have gott prefarment in college allready; for owr fextoun beeing gonn intoo Heryfoordſhear to ſee his frends, he has left mee his depoty, which is a vary good pleace. I have nothing to complayne off, onely that John Fulkes the tailor ſcores me upp a penney ſtrong a mooſt every day; but I'le