February 1646: An Ordinance for Regulating the University of Cambridge.

Pages 830-831

Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.

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February, 1645/6

[13 February, 1645/6.]

Masters of Cambridge Colleges and Halls to preach at St. Mary's every Lord's Day morning or find a deputy.

Whereas it is of very much concernment for the welfare both of the Church and Kingdome, that there bee constant good preaching continued in the University of Cambridge. It is Ordered and Ordained by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Masters of the severall Colledges and Halls in Cambridge, viz. Doctor Bambridge, Master of Christs Colledge, Doctor Love, Master of Corpus Christi Colledge, Doctor Badgecroft, Master of Caius Colledge, Doctor Rainbowe, Master of Magdalen Colledge, Doctor Minshall, Master of Sidney Colledge, Master Anthony Tuckney, master of Emmanuel Colledge, Master Herbert Palmer, master of Queens Colledge, Master John Arrowsmith, master of St. Johns Colledge, Master Thomas Hill, master of Trinity Colledge, Master Thomas Young, master of Jesus Colledge, Master Richard Vines, master of Pembroke Hall, Master William Spurstow, master of Katherine Hall, Master Lazarus Seaman, Master of Peterhouse, Master Benjamin Whitchcott, provost of Kings Colledge, Master Ralph Cudworth, master of Clare Hall, doe take care themselves to supply the Morning-course every Lords Day, by preaching at St. Maries, unlesse by sicknesse or necessary absence, or some other sufficient reason they be hindred, and in such case the parties so hindred, are to procure others in their places.

The same for the after noons.; University sermonslikewise on Fast and Feast days.

It is further Ordered and Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That the heads of the Houses doe take care that there be such a combination for every Lords Day in the afternoone, as may then alsoe maintaine a constant course of Orthodox and edifying Sermons there. And that they do likewise take care that there be good preaching in the University Church on Fast daies and daies of Thanksgiving. The Vice Chancellour for the time being is hereby required and ordered to see these things duly performed.

New seniors for Trinity.

And whereas the Government of Trinity Colledge is settled in the Master and eight Seniors, whereof divers of them have been ejected. Be it ordered and Ordained by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Master Harrison, Master Culverwell, Master Croydon jr. and Master Bradshaw be made Seniors in that Colledge: And they are hereby enabled to act as Seniors there, to all intents and purposes.

New Fellows of Trinity.

It is further Ordained by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That George Griffith, Master of Arts, Thomas Disney, John Davis, Robert Twisse, Thomas Jacombe, John Templar, John Badcock, Charles Robotham, Bachelors of Arts, shall be admitted into the Fellowships of Trinity Colledge, now vacant by ejectment, and shall enjoy the profit and benefit belonging to the said Fellowships, and exercise the power of Fellowes in the said Colledge.

Other Colleges to choose new Fellowes in place of those ejected.

It is likewise hereby Ordained by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That other Colledges in the said University of Cambridge, shall chuse Fellowes into the places now vacant by ejectment, according to their usuall and accustomed manner, as if the Fellows so ejected had been naturally dead, or resigned their Fellowships.

Jesus College and Peter-House may elect Fellows without presenting names to Bishop.

It is also further Ordered and Ordained, that Jesus Colledge, and Peter-House shall have power, and are hereby enabled to elect and admit Fellowes into the respective Colledges, without presenting any names to any Bishop.