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a library; by engaging teachers and lecturers on the various branches of science and art; by purchasing and collecting apparatus and models fitted for illustrating the principles of physical and mechanical philosophy, and by promoting, in every way possible and proper, the knowledge of the members, by the mode of mutual instruction. The rate of subscription is below that at the London Mechanics' Institution. The entrance money 5s. ; the amount of a life subscription, 5l.; or for a year 12s., a half year Ss., a quarter 5s.; and persons who only wish to attend the lectures may purchase tickets of admission. A life member receives a card which entitles him to admission to the reading room, the use of the library, all the lectures, all the classes, all the general meetings. He has the power of speaking and voting at the general meetings; he is eligible to all the offices of the institution; and he is entitled to introduce one of the members of his family, or a friend, not residing within seven miles of Sydney, to any of the lectures given at the institution, at which he himself is present. All the same privileges, except the last, are enjoyed by the occasional members. In London, it is only necessary to make a personal application to the secretary, in order to become a member; but at Sydney, the person desirous of admission must be nominated by two members, and it is decided by a majority of the committee of management whether the party proposed shall be a member. If elected, he must procure two persons, to be approved by the committee, as securities for the value of the books he receives, and for the payment of any fines and penalties he may incur.
CALCUTTA.-At a very numerous meeting lately held in this town, presided over by the Bishop, the institution of infant schools upon an extensive scale in that presidency was decided upon. The Governor-General has become the patron of the Society for carrying this determination into effect; and the committee have forwarded instructions to this country for procuring properly qualified persons as master and mistress of the central school there.
OXFORD UNIVERSITY.-Dec. 11th.-Nomina Candidatorum Termino Michaelis, A.D. 1833, qui honore digni sunt habiti in unaquaque classe secundum ordinem alphabeticum disposita.
In Disciplinis, Mathematicis, et Physicis.-Class I.-Makeson, William, King's College. Class II.-Coope, Joseph R., ex Æde Christi; Walker, Joseph, Wadham College. Class III.-Comyn, Henry, Exeter College; Murray, Henry Stormont, ex Æde Christi; Read, Thomas, F. R., University College. Class IV.-Thomas, Richard, Wadham College. Examiners.-S. Falconer, A. Neate, H. Reynolds.
CAMBRIDGE.-The subject of the Norrisian Prize for the ensuing year is "The divine origin of Christianity proved by the accomplishment of the Prophecies delivered by Christ himself."
The number of resident members of the University is stated to be in commons, 1669; of whom there are in lodgings, 562. The matriculations at Easter Term were 363.
The number of resident members in the October Term, for the last ten years, has been as follows:-1824, 1684; 1825, 1711; 1826, 1700; 1827, 1741; 1828, 1761; 1829, 1771; 1830, 1794; 1831, 1692; 1832, 1697; 1833, as above.
At a congregation on the 4th of December, two graces were brought forward by Professor Pryme; one, to appoint a syndicate or committee to consider the propriety of discontinuing the subscription to the three articles of the 36th canon at the time of taking the degree of M.A., &c., or to substitute some other subscription in its stead; the other, to consider of the propriety of discontinuing the subscription, that the individual is bona fide a member of the Church of England at the time of taking the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and to inquire whether some other form of subscription might not be substituted in its stead. They were both rejected by the Caput.
Prize Subjects.-The Vice-Chancellor has issued the following notice in the University:
I. His Royal Highness the Chancellor being pleased to give annually a third gold medal for the encouragement of English poetry, to such resident Undergraduates as shall compose the best Ode, or the best Poem in heroic verse; the Vice-Chancellor gives notice that the subject for the present year is- The Second Triumvirate.'
N.B.-These exercises are to be sent in to the Vice-Chancellor on or before March 31, 1834; and are not to exceed 200 lines in length.
II. The representatives in Parliament for this University being pleased to give annually
(1.) Two prizes of 15 guineas each, for the encouragement of
Latin prose composition, to be open to all Bachelors of Arts, without distinction of years, who are not of sufficient standing to take the degree of Master of Arts; and
(2.) Two other prizes of 15 guineas each, to be open to all Undergraduates who shall have resided not less than seven terms at the time when the exercises are to be sent in.
The subjects for the present year are―
(1.) For the Bachelors :
Quænam sint commoda expectanda à recenti apud Cantabrigiam clarorum virorum congressu ?
(2.) For the Undergraduates :
Quinam sint effectus libertatis in possessionibus Hispaniæ transatlanticis?
N.B. These exercises are to be sent in on or before April 30, 1834.
III. Sir William Browne having bequeathed three gold medals, value 5 guineas each, to such resident undergraduates as shall compose
(1.) The best Greek Ode in imitation of Sappho ;
(2.) The best Latin Ode in imitation of Horace ;
(3.) The best Greek Epigram after the model of the Anthologia,
The best Latin Epigram after the model of Martial;
The subjects for the present year are—
(1.) For the Greek Öde—
(2.) For the Latin Ode—
Scire tuum nihil est, nisi te scire hoc sciat alter.
N.B. These exercises are to be sent in on or before April 30, 1834. The Greek Ode is not to exceed 25, and the Latin Ode 30 stanzas.
The Greek Ode may be accompanied by a literal Latin prose version.
IV. The Porson Prize is the interest of 400l. stock, to be annually employed in the purchase of one or more Greek books, to be given to such resident Undergraduates as shall make the best translation of a proposed passage in Shakspeare, Ben Jonson, Massinger, or Beaumont and Fletcher, into Greek verse.
The subject for the present year is Shakspeare, King Richard II. Act. III. Scene 2, beginning
K. RICH. Let's talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;' and ending,
'How can you say to me-I am a king?'
N.B. The metre to be Tragicum Iambicum Trimetrum aca talcticum. These exercises are to be accentuated, and accompanied by a literal Latin prose version, and are to be sent in on or before April 30, 1834.
N.B. All the above exercises are to be sent in to the Vice-Chancellor privately; each is to have some motto prefixed, and, to be accompanied by a paper sealed up, with the same motto on the outside; which paper is to enclose another, folded up, having the candidate's name and college written within. The papers containing the names of those candidates who may not succeed will be destroyed unopened. Any candidate is at liberty to send in his exercise printed or lithographed, No prizes will be given to any candidate who has not, at the time of sending in the exercises, resided one term at the least.
WESTMINSTER SCHOOL.-On December 11, according to annual custom, one of Terence's plays was represented. The one selected on this occasion was the Phormio. It has been stated in the Times newspaper that the pupils displayed considerable proficiency and talent in the exhibition, and that it was witnessed by a large company; but it is added that there was a considerable breach of decorum towards the conclusion, by hot roasted potatoes being thrown at and among the company. If this statement be correct, it says little in commendation of the discipline of the school; and if this exhibition leads to the display of such conduct, it may be questioned whether it might not be discontinued with advantage.
DURHAM UNIVERSITY.-It is stated that the property given up by the Dean and Chapter for the purpose of founding this University, is of the value of 94,000l. The Bishop of Durham also subscribes 1000l. per annum towards its support, besides having given two donations of 10007. each to the building fund, and purchased a residence for one of the professors, which he has also assigned to the University. This establishment was opened on Monday, the 27th of October, when nineteen young gentlemen were admitted on the foundation.
ROYAL NAVAL SCHOOL.-In this institution, which has been for some months past carried on at a temporary establishment in Camberwell, 150 boys have been provided with board and a liberal education, calculated to fit them for the naval service, at a charge of 251. per annum. The house is now being enlarged for the reception of 50 more students; and there are still many candidates. This institution has been very liberally supported by the naval profession, and the public also have added their contributions. It is undoubtedly very desirable that officers, many of whom have little else for the support of their families than their half-pay, should have the means of procuring for their sons an education that will at least fit them for the same rank in society which they have themselves held. This, according to the general rate of charge for education, has been hitherto almost impossible in England, and in consequence many naval officers have been forced to reside in foreign countries in order to obtain the requisite instruction for their families. This necessity the present establishment will at least tend to remove, and were it possible to reduce the charge to 207. per annum, it might be expected to remove it more effectually.
NATIONAL SCHOOL SOCIETY.-The 22nd Report of the National Society. for promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church, besides the usual annual information, affords an interesting retrospective view of the labours of this institution, in a copy of a petition presented in August, 1832, to the King, imploring his Majesty to issue his Royal Letters directing collections to be made in all churches and chapels throughout England and Wales in furtherance of the Society's designs. From this document it appears that the produce of the collections made in 1823, under the authority of the King's Letter, amounting to 32,7091, was expended in promoting the erection of school-rooms in 361 places, which contained a population of one million and a half; accommodation has been thus permanently secured for the education of 58,000 children by a total outlay, including the Society's grants, of about 130,000l. The Society was also enabled to assist in training 400 additional masters and mistresses in the principles and practice of the national system of education. In addition to this expenditure, voluntary donations and bequests, together with the aid of local associations in various parts of the country, have enabled the Society, since its establishment in the year 1811, to effect an outlay upon similar objects, of above 75,000l. The model school and training establishment. for providing competent teachers have been carried on in the metropolis by means of the annual subscriptions of the members of the Society, at an expense of about 1000l. a year. It is therefore represented that, on the most moderate estimate, during the period of the Society's existence, upwards of 107,000l. have been expended in the erection of school-rooms, which have been completed at a cost of four times that amount, the Society only affording their assistance in aid of the local contributions; and that, in the mean while, 1900 adult persons have been taught the improved system of education promoted by the Society, and stationed as teachers in various parts of the kingdom for the moral and religious discipline and improvement of the infant poor.
Operations on so extensive a scale could not have been carried on unless the efforts of the Society had been efficiently seconded by those of the public, and unless a desire to disseminate or procure instruction had been very generally diffused, and steadily on the increase. Accordingly it appears that, whereas the Charter of Incorporation (in 1817) records the existence of 725 schools united to the Society, containing 17,000 children under instruction in them; the Society is now enabled to produce a list of 3084 places with schools, containing nearly 400,000 scholars, being nearly onehalf of the children receiving education through the medium of the Established Church. A note to this statement explains that, from calculations formed on the most recent information, it appears there cannot be less than 900,000 children in the Sunday and other Church of England schools under the immediate superintendence of the clergy.
The annual expenditure of the Society has been considerably augmented within the last few years it has risen from an annual