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earnestness and sincere desire of doing his duty, which he now expressed. He advised him to direct letters to the Lord Mayor, requiring him, with such assistants as he should think meet, to consult upon the matter. Edward would not let him depart till the letter was written, and then charged him to deliver it himself, and signify his special request and commandment, that no time might be lost in proposing what was convenient, and apprizing him of their proceedings. The work was zealously undertaken, Ridley himself engaging in it; and the result was, that, by their advice, he founded Christ's Hospital, for the education of poor children; St. Thomas's and St. Bartholomew's, for the relief of the sick; and Bridewell, for the correction and amendment of the vagabond and lewd; provision also being made, that the decayed housekeeper should receive weekly parochial relief. The King endowed these hospitals, and, moreover, granted a licence, that they might take in mortmain lands, to the yearly value of 4,000 marks, fixing that sum himself, and inserting it with his own hand when he signed the patent, at a time when he had scarcely strength to guide the pen. · Lord God,' said he, 'I yield thee most hearty thanks that thou hast given me life thus long, to finish this work to the glory of thy name!' That innocent and most exemplary life was drawing rapidly to its close, and in a few days he rendered up his spirit to his Creator, praying God to defend the realm from Papistry."
A portion of the cloisters of the old Priory still exists as an interesting relic of the past. The magnificent hall, too, though a modern building, and defective in some of its details, is, nevertheless, well worthy of a visit; more especially at the important hour of meals, when it is filled with the scholars in their fantastic costume, nearly the same that was in vogue in the days of the founder. The hall, moreover, contains some pictures of considerable historical interest. The most striking is one, attributed to Holbein, representing Edward the Sixth granting the charter to the Lord Mayor and Governors of the Hospital, who are represented in their scarlet gowns in a kneeling posture; the boys and girls being arranged in double rows on each side of the throne. The young King, robed in scarlet and ermine, is seated with a sceptre in his hand; the Chancellor, holding the seals, standing by his side, and Bishop Ridley kneeling before him in the attitude of prayer, as if in the act of invoking a blessing on the new foundation.
The next picture in importance, is by Verrio, and is perhaps one of the largest ever painted. It represents James the Second-who was a munificent patron of the Hospital -seated on a throne of crimson damask, in the midst of his courtiers, receiving the Lord Mayor, Governors, and children of the Hospital, who are all painted in a kneeling attitude. By the King's side stands the Lord Chancellor, and, in one corner, Verrio has intro
duced himself in a long wig, apparently inquiring of the byestanders their opinion of his perform
Besides these pictures, there is in the hall a portrait of Charles the Second, by Sir Peter Lely; and a very curious picture, representing Brooke Watson, afterwards Lord Mayor of London, attacked by a shark while bathing. The shark actually carried off his leg. In the counting-house, also, is a very fine portrait of Edward the Sixth, said to be the work of Holbein.
Christ's Hospital has produced many eminent men. Among these may be named Camden, the historian, preparatory to his being sent to St. Paul's School;-Bishop Stillingfleet; Joshua Barnes, the scholar and historian; Thomas Middleton, the first Bishop of Calcutta; Jeremiah Markland, the eminent critic and scholar; Richardson, the novelist; Thomas Mitchell, the translator of Aristophanes ; Charles Lamb, and Coleridge, the poet. In a charming paper on Christ's Hospital, in the Essays of Elia, Charles Lamb thus apostrophizes his illustrious schoolfellow and friend :-" Samuel Taylor Coleridge! Logician, metaphysician, bard! How have I seen the casual passer through the cloisters stand still, entranced with admiration, while he weighed the disproportion between the speech and the garb of the young Mirandula; to hear thee unfold, in thy deep and sweet intonations, the mysteries of Jamblichus, or Plotinus,-for even in those years thou waxedst not pale at such philo
sophic draughts,—or reciting Homer in his Greek, or Pindar; while the walls of the old Grey Friars re-echoed to the accents of the inspired charityboy!"
With another interesting extract from the Essays of Elia, we will conclude our notices of Christ's Hospital. After alluding to the repugnance of the school to gags, as the fat and uneatable scraps of meat were styled, Charles Lamb thus relates the singular story of one of his schoolfellows, who was held in especial abhorrence as a gag-eater. "He was observed, after dinner, carefully to gather up the remnants left at his table,-not many, nor very choice remnants, you may credit me, and these disreputable morsels he would convey away, and secretly stow in the settle that stood at his bed-side. None saw when he ate them. It was rumoured that he privately devoured them in the night. He was watched, but no traces of such midnight practices were discoverable. Some reported that, on leave-days, he had been seen to carry out of the bounds a large blue check handkerchief, full of something. This, then, must be the accursed thing. Conjecture next was at work to imagine how he could dispose of it. Some said he sold it to the beggars. This belief generally prevailed. He went about moping. None spake to him. No one would play with him. He was excommunicated; put out of the pale of the school. He was too powerful a boy to be beaten, but he underwent every mode of that negative punishment which is
more grievous than many stripes. Still he persevered. At length he was observed by two of his school-fellows,-who were determined to get at the secret, and had traced him one leave-day for that purpose, to enter a large worn-out building, such as there exist specimens of in Chancery Lane, which are let out to various scales of pauperism, with open door and a common staircase. After him they silently slunk in, and followed by stealth up four flights, and saw him tap at a poor wicket, which was opened by an aged woman, meanly clad. Suspicion was now ripened into certainty. The informers had secured their victim. They had him in their toils. Accusation was formally preferred, and Hathaway, the then steward, with that patient sagacity which tempered all his conduct, determined to investigate the matter, before he proceeded to sentence. The result was, that the supposed mendicants, the receivers or purchasers of the mysterious scraps, turned out to be the parents of the culprit, -an honest couple come to decay,-whom this seasonable supply had, in all probability, saved from mendicancy; and that this young stork, at the expense of his own good name, had all this while been only feeding the old birds! The Governors on this occasion, much to their honour, voted a present relief to the family, and presented him with a gold medal. I had left school then, but I well remember him. He was a tall, shambling youth, with a cast in his eye, not at all calculated to conciliate hostile prejudices. I have since seen