1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William King of Oxford

William Hone, "Dr. King — His Pun" The Table Book 1 (1827) 252.



The late Dr. King, of Oxford, by actively interfering in some measures which materially affected the university at large, became very popular with some individuals, and as obnoxious with others. The mode of expressing disapprobation at either of the universities in the senate-house, or schools, is by scraping with the feet; but deviating from the usual custom, a party was made at Oxford to hiss the doctor at the conclusion of a Latin oration he had to make in public. This was accordingly done: the doctor, however, did not suffer himself to be disconcerted, but turning round to the vice-chancellor, said, very gravely, in an audible voice, "Ladatur ab HIS."