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a Fortnight. The Third Term to begin the Monday before Michaelmas Term, and to end with the same Term. The Fourth Term to begin the Monday next after the Epiphany, and to continue for Two Months, viz. the space of 60 Days. The Fifth Term to begin the Monday Sevennight after Easter Day, and to end with Easter Term.

The Divinity Lecture to be read thrice every Week; twice in Latin, and once in English; between the Hours of Eight and Nine in the Forenoon; a whole Hour at a Time. The Lecture to be read in Latin, for the Sake of Strangers, (whereby the Memory of the Founder may be divulged) on Mondays and Wednesdays: To be read in English, for the common Benefit of the People of the City, on Fridays: Which English Lecture may be the Effect of the two former Latin Lectures.

Divninty Lecture.

That the Divinity Reader employ his Time in handling Controversies that concern the chief Points of Christian Faith; especially those with the common Adversary, the Church of Rome: And to endeavour to confirm the true Doctrine established in the Church of England: And to bolt out the true State of each Controversy; especially drawn from the Council of Trent, and the late Writers of refined Popery: And to overthrow their false Opinions, first by Scripture, then by Consent of Antiquity, and lastly, by Schoolmen, and chief Writers of their own Side: Not intermeddling with domestick Questions, or intestine Differences, touching the Rites and Manner of Government of the Church.

The Law Lecture to be read thrice every Week, for an Hour; the two former in Latin, and the third in English, as a brief Recapitulation of the two former. The Days to be Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Law Lecture.

This Law Lecture, considering the Hearers for the most part are like to be Merchants, or other Citizens, not to be read after the manner of the University, upon any Text of the Civil Course; but to cull out such Titles, and Heads of Law, as best may serve to the good Liking and Capacity of the said Auditory; and are more usual in common Practice. Which may be handled after the Method of Waserbekius, and certain others, by Definition, Division, Causes, Effects, Contraries, &c. To which are added the Heads and Titles of such Matters, as were fitted for this Place and Auditory.

The Physick Lecture to be thrice every Week; viz. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, between the Hours of Ten and Eleven. The two first Lectures in the Latin Tongue, and the third in the English, as a brief Collection and Recapitulation of the two former.

Physick Lecture.

As for the Matter of the said Lecture, it is to be wished that the Reader follow Fernelius his Method, by reading Physiology, then Pathology, and last Therapeuticy; whereby the Body of the said Art may be better imprinted by good Method, in the studious Auditors; rather than be disjointed, and delivered out of Order, by Exposition of some Part of Galen or Hippocrates.

The Astronomy and Geometry Lectures to be read likewise; viz. either of them thrice every Week.

The Geometrician to read every Trinity Term, Arithmetick: In Michaelmas and Hilary Term, Theorical Geometry; and every Easter Term, Practical Geometry.

Geometry Reader.

The Astronomy Reader to read, first the Principles of the Sphere, and Theories of the Planets, &c. Then to apply them to Use, by Reading Geography, and the Art of Navigation, in some one Term of every Year. The Days for the Astronomy Lecture to be, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, between the Hours of Two and Three in the Afternoon. For Geometry, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, at the same Hour. The first Reading of the said Lectures to be in Latin, the next in English; and so following in the same Order.

Astronomy Reader.

The Rhetorick Lecture to be read thrice every Week, viz. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for an whole Hour, in the Latin Tongue; with a brief Recapitulation for one Quarter of an Hour in the English, between the Hours of Ten and Eleven in the Forenoon.

Rhetorick Lecture.

The Musick Lecture to be also read thrice every Week; viz. The Theorick Part, for Half an Hour in the English Tongue; and the Practick Part, by Consort of Voices, or of Instruments, the other Half Hour. The Days appointed, to be Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, in the Afternoon, between the Hours of Three and Four.

Musick Lecture.

For the more Order and Comliness, the Readers to read their Lectures as the Manner is in the Universities; viz. in such Hoods and Habits as fit their Degree.

The Keeper of the House, who is to keep the Place of Reading, Cloisters, Garden, and other open and common Places; and to see the Gates be shut and opened in convenient Times; to be appointed by the Lord Maior and Court of Aldermen, with the Consent of the said Lecturers. And to have his Lodgings within the said House.]

The Readers of the Seven Liberal Sciences here, in the Year 1631, (when A.M. set forth his Second Edition of this Survey) were, First, Mr. Richard Holdsworth, Reader of Divinity, on Monday; Dr. Eaton, Reader of Civil Law, on Tuesday; Dr. Winston, Reader of Physick, on Saturday; Mr. John Taverner, Reader of Musick, on Saturday: Mr. Henry Gellibrand, Reader of Astronomy, on Wednesday: Mr. John Greaves, Reader of Geometry, on Thursday; and Mr. Edward Wilkinson, Reader of Rhetorick, on Friday.

Readers Anno 1631.

The Gresham Committee have lately endeavoured to get an Act of Parliament, for the taking down the old Buildings, and for the better Improvement thereof, to build thereon, and on the rest of the Ground, a fair Court, and other good Houses; and to make an handsome Passage through, that is, from Bishopsgate Street to Broad Street: The Readers of the College to be assured of Lodgings as convenient altogether as they now enjoy, or more. But the Particulars hereof, and its Success, see in the Second Appendix.

A Design of building the College anew.

Several Persons, Anno 1706, repaired to hear the Lectures there appointed to be read; but when they came [out of Term, or on Holidays in Term,] no Lectures at all were read. Whereby they were so dissatisfied, that at length they preferred a Petition to the Honourable Committee for managing the Affairs of the College, that the said Grievance might be redressed, and the Founder's Will, which required the Lectures to be read Daily, (as they understood it, every Day in the Year) might be put in Execution. The said Committee, conceiving the Honour and Welfare of the renowned City was concerned in this Affair, laid the Petition before the Maior and Aldermen, for their Concurrence and Approval. Who upon reading the Petition purporting, "That the Lectures founded by Sir Thomas Gresham, were by his Will to be read every Day in the Week, for the Instruction of Youth, and others in the City, in useful Knowledge; and that the present Professors read only in Term Time, nor then on Holidays, * or in the broken Weeks, and also at such uncertain Hours, that those who would attend were prevented thereby: And praying that certain Hours might be fixed for such Reading, that they might know when to be present at the said College;" desired the Lord Maior to summon the said Committee to meet,

A Petition against the Professors there.

*When the Term begins in the middle of a Week, the odd Days are called a broken Week.

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