Schools. St. Paul's School. Salaries. 166

Schools. St. Paul's School. Salaries.

" tered, to teach under the Master; either single Man, wedded, or Priest, that hath no Benefice with Cure or Service: To be whole in Body. The High Master to chuse him, 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 there shall be in the School a Priest daily, as he could, to sing Mass in the Chapel of the School, and to pray for the Children to prosper in good Life and in good Letters. That he was to be some honest, good, and virtuous Man. To be chosen by the Wardens and Assistants of the Mercery. To learn himself, or (if learned) to help to teach the School, if it seemed convenient to the High Master. To have no Benefice with Cure of Souls, 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 Wages to be 8l. by the Year, and a Livery Gown of 26s. 8d. delivered in Cloth. His Chamber 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 of 153. 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 their 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 a Table in the School. No Tallow Candles, but only Wax to be used. No Meat, Drink, or Bottles, to be brought; nor no Breakfasts nor Drinkings in the Time of Learning. 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, present in his own Person, desired it. The Children every Childermas Day to go to Paul's Church, and hear the Child-Bishop Sermon, and after to be at the High Mass, and each offer a Penny to the Child-Bishop; and with them the Masters and Surveyors of the School. In general Processions, when warned, they shall go twain and twain together soberly; and not sing out, but say devoutly seven Psalms with the Litany. That if any Child admitted here, go to any other School to learn there, such Child for no Man's Suit 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, such as have the very Roman Eloquence, joined with Wisdom; specially, Christian Authors, that wrote their Wisdom with clean and chast Latin, either in Verse or Prose. But above all, the Catechism in English; after that the Accidence. Then Institutum Christiani hominis, which Erasmus made at my [i.e. Colet's] Request; the Copia Verborum of the 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, and Rule of the School. They to chuse every year of their Company two honest, substantial Men to be the Surveyors of the School. Who, in the Name of the whole Fellowship, 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 their Quarterly Wages; and at the latter end of the Year their Liveries in Cloth. And once in the Year to give up their Accounts to the Master, Wardens, and Assistants. And that to 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 the Master Warden to receive a Noble, the two other Wardens five Shillings; the Surveyors two Shillings; and for their riding to visit the Lands 11s. the Clerk of the Mercery 3s. 4d. with some other Gifts. That which was spared that Day in Rewards and Charges, to be put into the Treasury of the School. What remained, to be given to the Fellowship of the Mercery, to the maintaining and repairing all belonging to the School from time to time. The Surplusage, above Repairs and Casualties, to be put into a Coffer of Iron given by Colet, standing in their Hall. And there from Year to Year to remain apart by it self; that it might appear how the School of it self maintained it self. And at length over and above the whole Livelihood, if the said School should grow to any further Charge to the Mercery, that then also it might appear to the Laud and Praise, and Mercy of the said Fellowship. "

The Mercers Company Governors of the School.

" Lastly, That he left it to the said Company to add and diminish to and from this his Book, and to supply it in every Default, and also to declare in it, as Time, Place, and 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.
per week
To the Middle Master 26 Mark170608
To the Priest80000
Their Liveries400 00
The Supervisors and Surveyors40000
For Visiting of Lands0400 00
The Clerk000304
The Master Warden0005 00
The Steward000200
To Bailiffs000200
The Costs of the Dinner010608
The Officer of the Mercery,
Renter of the School.
For his Gown010300
There resteth to the Reparations,
Suits, Casualties, and all other
Charges extraordinary
38063 ½
 118147 ½

To all this John Colet subscribed his Hand thus, Joannes Coletus fundator novæ 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 Salaries of 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 Years, if they tarry so long there.

The Rents increased.