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IT cannot be said that we have made as rapid a progress with the Histories of Colleges as sanguine people expected ; but the need is great, as any one may find who attempts to discover what influence a particular College was likely to have had over some one or other of its distinguished members at the time of his residence. Without counting the Registers which have been published at Exeter, Magdalen, and Wadham Colleges—excellent in themselves, and a great help to a future historian—there are only three Colleges which can yet boast a history. But there are many other obvious reasons for producing such histories. They go a long way towards exciting esprit de corps, towards promoting in members a desire to emulate their predecessors, towards dispelling foolish legends, above all in enabling future historians of the University to measure the forces which went to make up University history, and to aid them in grasping those forces as a whole.
It is, however, a great satisfaction to the Editor of this volume that he is able to include in it some portion of the history of Trinity and Hertford Colleges. That of the former is indeed only a sketch, from documents which have been preserved at Durham, of the institution which preceded Trinity on the same site. But some parts of the old Durham College still survive in the fabric of its successor, and the modern name is thought by the learned Author to have been possibly derived from Bishop Hatfield's intended dedication. All that could be gathered from these interesting papers has