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A general state of the question laid before the referees . . . concerning the rights and privileges of a Gillingham Fellow in Emmanuel College

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Reference Code: GBR/0273/Pet.Misc.8

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The referees were John Green, D.D., Master of Corpus Christi, Hugh Thomas, D.D., Master of Christ's and John Taylor, LL.D., late fellow of St John's [the translator of Demosthenes, at this time Archdeacon of Buckingham].
Gordon's case is that the Master and Fellows having accepted the bequest of Richard Gillingham [B.A. of Emmanuel, 1691/2, M.A. 1695, died 1721] of £1600 to provide for a fellow who was to enjoy the same privileges, benefits and advantages as foundation fellows; and having granted these to the first Gillingham fellows are now denying Gordon such rights as attending the college audit; sealing of fines, etc.
Gordon was the first Gillingham fellow to be appointed as a new fellow, the fellowship having previously held by existing fellows in turn; the generous income doubtless provoked resentment against him and William Bennet, Fellow of Emmanuel, in his compilation of notes on the history of the college, gave his opinion that there was also personal animosity between Gordon and the Master.
The referees found in favour of Gordon [see Emmanuel College archives, COL.14.2].


  • Creation: 1755-11-14

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John Gordon was admitted as a sizar at Peterhouse on 8 Feb., 1744/5. S. of John, of Whitworth, Co. Durham. B. 6 Nov., 1724. School, Durham (Mr Dougworth). Matriculated 1745; scholar, 1745. Migrated to Emmanuel, 15 July, 1747. B.A. 1748/9; M.A. 1752; D.D. 1765. Gillingham fellow of Emmanuel, 1751; sub-lecturer there 1751, 1752 and 1753, steward, 1 Mar. 1754; dean and Greek lecturer, 1 Oct. 1754; lecturer and Hebrew lecturer, 1 Oct. 1755. Junior Proctor, 1755. Fellow of Peterhouse, 1759. Ord. deacon (Ely) 24 May, 1752; priest, 25 Dec., 1752. R. of Henstead, Suffolk, 1758-93. Chaplain to the Bishop of Lincoln, 1765. Archdeacon of Buckingham, 1766-9. Archdeacon of Lincoln, 1769-93. Prebend of Lincoln, 1769-75; precentor there, 1775-93. F.S.A. Married, 14 Jun., 1762, Anne, dau. of Dr Dighton, of Newmarket [ Suffolk], and widow of Dr Williams, public orator. Died at Lincoln, 5 Jan., 1793, aged 67. (T. A. Walker; G. Mag.) Author: 'A new estimate of manners and principles: being a comparison between ancient and modern times, in the three great articles of knowledge, happiness, and virtue; both with respect to mankind at large, and to the kingdom in particular. (Cambridge: Printed by J. Bentham for W. Thurlbourn and J Woodyer; and sold by A. Millar, R. & J. Dodsley, & J. Beecroft, London, 1760-61); 'Occasional thoughts on the study and character of classical authors, on the course of literature, and the present plan of a learned education: with some incidental comparisons between Homer and Ossian' (London, printed for J. Richardson, 1762); 'An address to the members of the Senate of the University of Cambridge, on the attention due to worth of character from a religious society: with a view to the ensuing election of a high steward: to which is added a letter of Mr. Jos. Mede... Giving account of the ... Duke of Buckingham's election in King Charles the First's time / by a Master of Arts' (Cambridge?, 1764) (an attack on Lord Sandwich's candidature for the High Stewardship; sometimes attributed to John Jebb); 'A sermon preached before the Right Honourable Philip, Earl of Hardwicke, :president, and the governors of Addenbrooke's Hospital, at their first general meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 1767, in Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge. (Cambridge; printed by J. Archdeacon and sold by J. Woodyer and T. & J. Merrill, 1767); 'The causes and consequences of evil speaking against government considered' (Cambridge; printed by J. Archdeacon for J. Woodyer, Cambridge, and sold by J. Beecroft, London, 1771)


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