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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ... 38 CHAPTER V. OXFORD, AND THE FIRST METHODISTS. My young readers have most likely heard of Oxford. Perhaps they know that it is a city in Oxfordshire, about fifty-six miles from London, and that in this city is one of the most famous universities of England. The word University they will understand means a large public school for young men, where every kind of learning is to be obtained. I have not room to write many particulars concerning this famous and ancient University. I will, however, just say that it has many distinct colleges, in which the young men principally reside; that each college has its own governor, and other officers; that as many as two thousand persons are gathered together in the various colleges of Oxford during those parts of the year that are called term times; that these persons are known by the name of collegians; and that a great number of these collegians are intended to become ministers of the Church of England. It may be as well to say also, that the usual time for a young man to spend in the University is four years, when he is considered to be sufficiently educated; and that this course of instruction is generally expensive, although at first, the universities were designed principally for the poor. There are, however, a number of young men educated without cost in the different colleges; and there are also, in each college, certain persons, called Fellows, who, having been once chosen, are entitled to live in the college as long as they please, (unless they marry,) and to share in its revenues, or profits. I have already told you that John Wesley was intended by his parents to be a clergyman. To fit him for the university which, in its turn, was to fit him, as was supposed, for the ministry, he was sent,...
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