Certificate from the Vice Chancellor, J[ohn] Chevallier, Master of St John’s College, and other heads of Houses, to the Chancellor of the University, confirming that given his ‘good learning and morals’ there is nothing prejudicial to the University in an application for royal dispensation from the statutes which would permit Somerset Davies (d. 1817), Fellow Commoner of St John’s College, to proceed to the MA Degree, setting aside his ‘want of sufficient standing’, 27 Nov. 1776. Signed also by E[dmund Law], of St John’s College, Master of Peterhouse and Bishop of Carlisle; J[ohn Hinchcliffe], Master of Trinity College and Bishop of Peterborough; P[eter] S. Goddard, Master of Clare College; J[ohn] Barnardiston, Master of Corpus Christi College; W[illiam] Elliston, of St John’s College, Master of Sidney Sussex College; L[ynford] Caryl, Master of Jesus College; William Cooke, Provost of King’s College; R[ichard] Farmer, Master of Emmanuel College; J[ames] Brown, Master of Pembroke College; J[ohn] Smith, Master of Gonville and Caius College. The MA degree was conferred on Davies in 1777.
380x235mm. Purchased from F. R. Brown, of Histon, June 1938 (Minutes of the Library Committee meeting of 27 July 1938).
A folded paper sheet, endorsed in a contemporary hand 'Heads of Colleges of Cambridge Certificate'. Slightly damaged. Traces of a seal.