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CHANCELLOR,

MASTERS, AND SCHOLARS,

OF THE

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,

THIS WORK

IS MOST RESPECTFULLY

DEDICATED

BY THEIR OBEDIENT SERVANT,

W. M. WADE.

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THE following pages are intended to supply a deficiency, of which, it is presumed, not only strangers, but Gentlemen of the University and resident Inhabitants of the City of Oxford, must have been frequently sensible, that of a concise, historical, and descriptive account of both the University and City. It is certainly not a little surprising, that, while topographical works have, of late years, been multiplied with a rapidity which has provided for the British tourist a History, Guide, Şurvey, View, or Picture,

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of almost every place in the empire of any consequence, the present attempt should also be the first, to describe as it has been and to delineate as it is, in a single volume of moderate size and price, à City abounding so in objects of high and commanding interest. Of the Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings, attached to the University, a full and judiciously compiled account was, it is true, laid before the public, in 1810, by Alexander Chalmers, Esq. a gentleman whose superior qualifications for such an undertaking are universally known and acknowledged. But Mr. Ci's work, which, from the number of embellishments, is also of necessity sold at a high price, is a history exclusively of the Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings, of the University; not comprehending even a sketch of what may

be termed the general history

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