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MEMOIRS of the celebrated ROGER ASCHAM; Tutor,
and Latin Secretary to Queen ELIZABETH. HIS learned man was no less re. after living together 47 years in the great.
markable for living in connexion ett harmony and affection, these good old withi a Court, through very critical sea- people died the same day, and aimolt in the fons, when the most opposite principles lame hour. As for their third son Roger, became predominant in turn; 'than for fome time before his father's death, he was those claffical abilities which are mentioned taken into the family of Sir Anthony with respect even at the present time. Wingfield, and studied with his two sons.
Roger ASCHAM was born at Kirby- The brightness of his genius, and his great Wiske, near North-Allerton, in York affection for learning, very early discovered fhire, , about the year 1515. His father themselves, hy his eager reading all the was a man of moderate fortune, but of ex English books winich came to his hands. traordinary character, both for understand This propenlity for study was encouraged ing and probity, was Steward to the by his generous benefactor, who, when he noble family of Scroop; bis mother was had attained the eleinents of the learned descended of a genteel family, and allied languages, sent him, about the year 1530, to several persons of diftinétion. Betides to St. John's-college, in Cambridge. It this Roger, they had two other fons, was extremely happy for Mr. Atcham, Thomas and Anthony, and several daughé that, at this time, St. John's college was
One thing is so remarkable of them, one of the most Hourishing in the Univerthat it onght not to pass unmentioned i foly. Its maiter, Nicholas Medcalt, was NUME, CCCCLVII, VOL. LXVI.