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by Thomas More
Sir Thomas More, son of Sir John More, a justice of the King's
Bench, was born in 1478, in Milk Street, in the city of London.
After his earlier education at St. Anthony's School, in
Threadneedle Street, he was placed, as a boy, in the household of
Cardinal John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor.
It was not unusual for persons of wealth or influence and sons of
good families to be so established together in a relation of patron
and client. The youth wore his patron's livery, and added to his
state. The patron used, afterwards, his wealth or influence in
helping his young client forward in the world. Cardinal Morton had
been in earlier days that Bishop of Ely whom Richard III. sent to
the Tower; was busy afterwards in hostility to Richard; and was a
chief adviser of Henry VII., who in 1486 made him Archbishop of
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