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Excerpt from The Life and Times of George Villiers, Vol. 3 of 3: Duke of Buckingham, From Original and Authentic Sources
A few years previously, the unpopularity of the Duke at Cambridge had been manifested by a play, in which his measures were satirized, and which had been acted by the scholars of Ben'et College.
The ancient discipline of the University appears, Indeed, to have SO greatly relaxed, that in 1625-6 - in compliance with a letter from the King - Lord Suffolk had found it expedient to address the Heads Of Houses, whom he styled Gentle men, and my loving friends, exhorting them to restore order and consequent prosperity to their University.
The last sentence had an ominous sound, for there were few cases in which the King thought it necessary to interfere, in which Buckingham did not prompt the royal mind to active measures.
Notwithstanding the unpopularity Of his min ister, disregarding the public notion that, as the patron and personal friend of Laud, Buckingham was the patron Of Roman Catholics, and in direct defiance Of the impeachment, all the inﬂuence Of the Crown was employed to procure the Duke's election to the Office Of Chancellor.
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