|Schools. St. Paul's School. Salaries. ||166
tered, to teach under the Master; either single Man, wedded, or Priest, that
Benefice with Cure or Service: To be whole in Body. The High Master to chuse
as the Room shall be void; and to be confirmed by the Surveyors of the School;
Lodgings to be assigned him in the Old Change: His Wages to be Six Shillings and
eight Pence per Week; and a Livery Gown of 4 Nobles, delivered in Cloth. That
shall be in the School a Priest daily, as he could, to sing Mass in the Chapel
School, and to pray for the Children to prosper in good Life and in good
he was to be some honest, good, and virtuous Man. To be chosen by the Wardens
Assistants of the Mercery. To learn himself, or (if learned) to help to teach
if it seemed convenient to the High Master. To have no Benefice with Cure of
nor no other Office or Occupation. To teach the Children the Catechism, and
Instruction of the Articles of Faith and the Ten Commandments in English. His
to be 8l. by the Year, and a Livery Gown of 26s. 8d. delivered in Cloth. His
and Lodging to be in the new House in the Old Change, or the Master's Lodging.
For the Chaplain.
Children of all Nations and Countries indifferently to be taught, to the Number
The Master to admit these Children as they be offered; but first to see that
they can say
the Catechism, and also read and write competently; and to pay 4d. for writing
Name. Which Money the poor Scholar that swept the School was to have. Thrice a
Day, viz. Morning, Noon, and Evening, prostrate to say the Prayers contained in
Table in the School. No Tallow Candles, but only Wax to be used. No Meat,
or Bottles, to be brought; nor no Breakfasts nor Drinkings in the Time of
That the Scholars use no Cockfighting, nor riding about of Victory, nor
disputing at St.
Bartholomews; which be but foolish Babbling and Loss of Time. That they have no
Remedies [i.e Play Days begged] except the King, an Archbishop, or a Bishop,
in his own Person, desired it. The Children every Childermas Day to go to
Church, and hear the Child-Bishop Sermon, and after to be at the High Mass, and
offer a Penny to the Child-Bishop; and with them the Masters and Surveyors of
School. In general Processions, when warned, they shall go twain and twain
soberly; and not sing out, but say devoutly seven Psalms with the Litany. That
Child admitted here, go to any other School to learn there, such Child for no
be again received into the School.
For the Children.
Child-Bishop Sermon at St. Paul's.
To be taught always in good Literature both Latin and Greek, and good Authors,
as have the very Roman Eloquence, joined with Wisdom; specially, Christian
that wrote their Wisdom with clean and chast Latin, either in Verse or Prose.
all, the Catechism in English; after that the Accidence. Then Institutum
hominis, which Erasmus made at my [i.e. Colet's] Request; the Copia Verborum of
same Author: Then other Christian Authors; as Lactantius, Prudentius, and Proba;
Sedulius, Juvencus, and Baptista Mantuanus; and such other as shall be thought
convenient for the true Latin Speech.
What Authors to be read.
The Honourable Company of Mercers of London, to have all the Charge and Care,
Rule of the School. They to chuse every year of their Company two honest,
Men to be the Surveyors of the School. Who, in the Name of the whole
should take all the Care and Business of the School for that
Year. They, to come into the School Six Days before Christmas, and so many Days
before Easter, St. John Baptist and Michaelas: and pay the Masters and Chaplain
Quarterly Wages; and at the latter end of the Year their Liveries in Cloth. And
the Year to give up their Accounts to the Master, Wardens, and Assistants. And
be about Candlemas, three Days before, or three Days after. Then a little
Dinner to be
made; and to call to account the receiving of all the Estate of the School: And
Warden to receive a Noble, the two other Wardens five Shillings; the Surveyors
Shillings; and for their riding to visit the Lands 11s. the Clerk of the Mercery
with some other Gifts. That which was spared that Day in Rewards and Charges,
put into the Treasury of the School. What remained, to be given to the
the Mercery, to the maintaining and repairing all belonging to the School from
time. The Surplusage, above Repairs and Casualties, to be put into a Coffer of
given by Colet, standing in their Hall. And there from Year to Year to remain
it self; that it might appear how the School of it self maintained it self. And
over and above the whole Livelihood, if the said School should grow to any
Charge to the Mercery, that then also it might appear to the Laud and Praise,
of the said Fellowship.
The Mercers Company Governors of the
Lastly, That he left it to the said Company to add and diminish to and from this
Book, and to supply it in every Default, and also to declare in it, as Time,
just Occasion should require."
The Book concludes with the ordinary Charges paid out Yearly, viz.
Annual Charges of the School.
|To the High Master, at 13s. 4d.|
|To the Middle Master 26 Mark||17||06||08
|To the Priest||8||00||00
|The Supervisors and
|For Visiting of Lands||04||00||
|The Master Warden||00||05||
|The Costs of the Dinner||01||06||08
|The Officer of the Mercery,|
Renter of the School.
|For his Gown||01||03||00
There resteth to the Reparations,|
Suits, Casualties, and all other
| ||118||14||7 ½
To all this John Colet subscribed his Hand thus, Joannes Coletus fundator
scholæ manu mea propria.
But now the Rents and Incomes of this School, by the good Husbandry and
Faithfulness of the Company of Mercers, are greatly advanced. So that the
the Masters are more than doubled; and many Exhibitions, some of Ten Pounds, and
some of Six Pounds odd Money, are granted forth towards the Maintenance of the
Scholars that go away from the School to the Universities, payable for Seven
they tarry so long there.
The Rents increased.