From the Oxford Commission of 1850

Poor was a shifty word, even then:

“Their statutes suppose the Fellows to be students and poor; and under the word ‘poor’ they did not comprise those classes which the ingenuity of modern interpretation has included under the expression – sons of gentlemen of fortune, who as yet have no income of their own; they meant the poor, scholars drawn from the lower classes of the community – ‘pauperes, paupers et indigentes’” (235)

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