1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Felton

Thomas Hearne, May 29, 1728; Reliquae Hearniae, ed. Bliss (1869) 3:8.



Yesterday in the afternoon Mr. Tho. Jenner, B.D. and fellow of Magd. coll. was elected Magaret Professor in opposition to Dr. Theophilus Leigh, D.D. and master of Balliol coll., Dr. Leigh had only 24 votes, and Mr. Jenner 34. Besides these two, at first appeared Dr. Felton principal of Edm. hall, Mr. Niblett warden of All Souls' coll., and Mr. Robert Lydall of Magd. coll. But Dr. Felton having not above one vote that I can hear of, (viz. Dr. Gibson provost of Queen's, who was also out of town,) and Mr. Niblett and Mr. Lydall not being able to succeed, they let their interest drop, tho' Lydall did not relinquish his till just the time of election, a thing which if he had not done, Magd. coll. would most certainly have lost it, and Dr. Leigh would have been the man.