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On the contrary, I believe the time I came to College to have been (with the exception of six or seven years preceding) the very worst part of our history. Drunkenness being the besetting sin of that period, I need scarcely add that many other vices followed in its train. But one vice then prevailed, which is now so completely out of date that there are many who will scarcely credit me when I state it-I mean that men of commanding talents and great acquirements scrupled not, as Examiners, for the sake of making money, to assign the highest honours in the power of the University to bestow, not on the most deserving, but upon those who had been fortunate enough to avail themselves of their instruction as Private Tutors !
When looking over my Reminiscences, I have been led to remark that I have accustomed myself to speak of Dignitaries, and also of men holding the highest rank in the University, in the same free terms that we were in the habit of mentioning them in common conversation. This seeming absence of proper respect appears to me to have been unavoidable, and will, I think, be apparent to every one who attempts to substitute the titles by which they were afterwards distinguished for the familiar terms with which I have designated them. But there are errors I have been more anxious to avoid—errors, I fear, common to every age; I mean those feelings produced and fostered by the recollection of injuries and insults, to which no man has been more severely subjected than myself, for my supposed political opinions. A recollection of kindnesses received has ever been among my strongest feelings; and whilst I have long since forgiven my enemies, the memory of those friends I have loved and lost will live in my heart until it has ceased to beat.
To the noble, and to the kind patrons of my work, and to those dear friends who so promptly responded to my wish to dedicate it to them, I owe a deep debt of gratitude.
To my friend Romilly I am indebted for more acts of kindness, in furnishing me with many of the records of his office, than I could have prevailed upon myself to receive from any other
but I know him well. To receive assistance from him seems to be conferring on him an obligation. He knows me thoroughly, and from my heart I thank him.
H. GUNNING. CAMBRIDGE
Before the arrangement of this work was begun, it pleased God to afflict the Author with a long illness, commencing in
May 1852, and terminating fatally at the beginning of the present year.
Having, at his advanced age, anticipated the probability that his life might not be spared to arrange his “Reminiscences” for the press, he expressed an earnest desire that in such case the work should be published, so far as it had proceeded, and that the preparation should devolve on his Amanuensis, who had, during the progress of her employment, become more associated with his wishes, and better acquainted with his proposed plans, than any
person. The friend and Amanuensis of the late MR. GUNNING consequently deemed it a sacred duty to carry out his wishes. She asks indulgence for errors, which her inexperience has doubtless led her to commit; but the feeling which dictated her exertions will, she trusts, be kindly accepted as her apology.
June 3, 1854.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY-SCHOOL-DAY REMEMBRANCES-ANECDOTE OF SIR
FRANCIS WHICHCOTE-ADMITTED AT CHRIST'S COLLEGE, OCTOBER
RETURN TO COLLEGE-TUNSTAL-HARE TOWNSEND-ROSE ELKIN-
CHRIST'S COLLEGE FEAST, BUSICK HARWOOD-TOM ADKIN-SKETCH
REMARKS ON DR. MILNER
ADMITTED TO MY DEGREE-VACATION EXCURSION-DEATH OF MY
FATHER-REMARKS ON THE ELECTION OF DR. BARNES TO THE
MASTERSHIP OF PETER HOUSE
ADDRESS FROM THE UNIVERSITY ON THE KING'S RECOVERY–MYS-
TERIOUS SUICIDE OF THE SENIOR ESQUIRE BEDELL-REMARKS ON
WHALEY ARMITAGE-BISHOP WATSON-DR. OGDEN-FELIX VAUGHAN
HORNE TOOKE DINNER AT BOURN BRIDGE DUEL NEAR
TRIAL OF MR. FREND-CHARLES SYMMONS AND DR. KIPLING.
CENSUS OF THE TOWN TAKEN-ACT FOR PAVING AND LIGHTING
PASSED- STATEMENT OF MY POLITICAL OPINIONS_REMARKS UPON
COMMISSIONERS AND INSPECTORS AT THIS PERIOD. 291–312