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Tour Committee, proceeds the Report, do not think it new give the particulars of the accommodation which the unappr portions of the basement floor would afford for the preservation of as well as for the formatore, for making and preserving casts o and other large objects, as well as of gems and seals, and also foi ing such decent and suitable conveniences as the health and co the thousands who visit the Museum absolutely require.

It is, perhaps, unnecessary to do more than simply to rei Trustees that the want of space at the Museum has been felt been urged on the Government for several years past, and tha the last four or five years the additions to the Collections of An have been so rapid and so numerous, as to render it impossil more than provide for them temporary shelter at a considerable and to the great disfigurement of the noble facade which ent Museum to claim rank among the most classical buildings of times. Should the above proposals of your Committee meet approbation of the Trustees and the sanction of the Governmt ought to be earned into effect without delay. The Govemmeu doubtless, lose no time in providing a proper building for the r of such collections as are to be removed from the Museum; u removal has taken place, no re-distribution of the vacated s] be undertaken; but the new structures proposed to be erected or now unoccupied ought to be proceeded with at once, that they n rendered available as speedily as possible.

Tour Committee are of opinion that the new building facing M Street, the building for the bookbinder, the building intend) erected on the ground now vacant between the Elgin Room Print Room, and the construction of the new principal staircase be commenced immediately. The building intended to be er< the vacant ground on the west of the Trustees' Room (No. 1] plan), must, necessarily, be postponed for awhile. The all which might and ought to be rapidly completed, are thosi will be required on the east side of the King's Library (No. 55 to transfer the gallery to the Department of MSS. from that of Books.

The Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury state th will be prepared to enter upon the details of these questions in nication with the Trustees, and even, if it should be desired suggestions upon them.' Tour Committee are of opinion t proffered assistance should be at once accepted; and that in derive all possible advantage from that assistance a small Co of Trustees should be appointed to carry on the necessary con tions with the Treasury, either verbally or otherwise, and to with their Lordships all suggestions that might be offered respet Museum, No. 97 of Seasiou

points touched upon in this Report, and their details. This Committee Book Hi, would be similar to that which the Trustees requested the Treasury to Chap. VII. appoint, by letter of the twentieth of June, 1829, and which was after- ^Kc09'

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wards appointed by the Trustees themselves, with the approbation of A!,D pB0. their Lordships, to direct and superintend, not only the works then in Jectobs. progress, but those to be afterwards undertaken.

On the tenth of February, 18G2—after the communication of this Report to each of the Trustees individually— the recommendations of the Sub-Committee were unanimously approved, at a Special General Meeting of the Trustees, at which twenty-four members of the Board comspondwere present. After the adoption of the plans thus ''"th^ml accepted, another Sub-Committee of Trustees was appointed to confer with the Treasury in order to their realisation. Mm.

Before Parliament, this plan of severance and of rearrangement—after some modifications of detail which are too unimportant for remark—was supported, in 1802, with the whole influence of the Government. But it failed to win any adequate amount either of parliamentary or of public favour. Some men doubted if the estimated saving, as between building at Bloomsbury and building at Kensington, would or could be realized. Others denied that the evils or inconveniences attendant upon severance would be compensated by any adequate gain on other points. The popularity of the Natural History Collections; the facilities of access to Great Russell Street; the weighty— though far from unanimous—expressions of opinion from Thkpamjaeminent men of science in favour ot continuance and DEBATE 01 enlargement, rather than of severance and removal; all 1862' these and other objections were raised, and were more or less dwelt upon, both in the House of Commons and in scientific circles out of doors, scarcely less entitled to discuss a national question of this kind. The Commons

Booi m, eventually decided against the projec by their vote of the 19th May, 1862.

Substantially,—and in spite of sn ill subsequent addition, tions from time to time to the buildi gs at Bloomsbury— the question of 1862 is still the ques ion of 1870. As I have said, it has been my object tc state that question rather than to discuss it.

Should it seem, after full exar lination, that good government may be better maintained, and adequate space for growth be efficiently provided, by enlarging the existing Museum, would it be worthy of Britain to allow the additional expenditure of a few scores of thousands of pounds—an expenditure which would be spread over the taxation of many years—to preponderate in the final vote of Parliament over larger and more enduring considerations?

In the session of 1866 Mr. Spencer Walpole spoke thus: 'You must either determine to separate the Collections now in the Museum, or buy more land in Bloomsbury.

I have always been for keeping them togelher.

I am, however, perfectly willing to take either course, provided you do not heap those stores one on another—as at present,' (July, 1866)—'in such a manner as to render them really not so available as they ought to be to those who wish to make them objects of study.' Few men are so well entitled to speak, authoritatively, on the question— because few have given such an amount of time and labour to its consideration.

By every available and legitimate expression of opinion the Trustees have acted in the spirit of this remark, made almost four years since, by one of the most eminent of their number. The words are, unfortunately, as apposite in March, 1870, as they were in July, 1866.

THE END.

GENERAL INDEX.

ABBO". ft'orge, Archbishop of Canter-
bury, 66, 70
Abercorn, Earl of. See Hamilton
Abercromby, Sir Ralph, 548
Abyssinia, MSS., brought from, 707
Accessibility, Public, of the British
Museum, Successive changes in the
Regulations and Statistics of the,
323, 336, 338, 339, 341, 368, 620,
599

Adair, Sir Robert, 373

iEginse, Vases and other Antiquities

brought from, 386 seqq.
Africa, Pre-historic and Ethnographical

Collections from, 699 seqq.
Agnrde, Arthur, and Sir Robert Cotton,

85, 86

Albemarle, Duchess of. See Monk
Albums, Series of German, 457
Alexaudria, Sarcophagus from, 365
teqq.

Allan-Greg Cabinet of Minerals, 606
Almanzi, Joseph, Hebrew Library of,
42

Amadei, Victor, Marbles from the Col-
lection of, 372

Amba-Bichoi, Biblical MSS. from the
Monastery of, 615 seqq.

America, Pre-historic and Ethnogra-
phical Collections from, 699 teqq.

Anadhouly, Exploration by Sir Charles
Fellows of, 644

Ancient Marbles in the British Museum,
Description of the, 372 seqq.

Anderson, Edmund (of Ey worth and
Stratton), 132

Audreossi, Anthony Francis, Count, Re-
searches in theMonasteries of Nitria
of; 610

Angouleme, Duke of, 539

Anne, Queen of England, 207 teqq.

Anne of Denmark, Queen Consort of
James 1,153, 156, 166

AnssedeVilloisin, John Baptist, G.d',455

Antiphcllus, Researches of Sir Charles
Fellows at, 644

Antiquites Strusques, kc, 352 seqq.

Apotheosis of Homer, 401

Arcadia, Archaeological Explorations in,
897 seqq.

Argos, Vases and other Antiquities from,
386

Artas of Sidon, Ancient glasswork of,
709 seqq.

Artemisia, Ancient Sculptures from the
Mausoleum built by, 664 seqq.

Arundel, Earl of. See Fitzalan

Arundel, Earl of. See Howard

Arandelian Library, 198 seqq.

Arandelian Marbles, 197 seqq.

Ashhurnham House, Fire at, 140

Askew, Anthony, 472

Assemani, Joseph Simon, and Stephen
Evode, obtain, for the Vatican,
Syriac MSS. from the Monastery of
the Syrians, 617

Assyrian Antiquities, First beginning
of the Collection of, 401; Account of
the Discoveries by Mr. Layard and
his successors of, 629 seqq.

Athanasius, Saint, Syriac Version of the
Festal Letters of, 623

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Beauclerc, Topham, 425

Beaumont, Sir George, Bart, Bequest
of a Gallery of Pictures to the
British Museum by, 30,460

Bentinck Papers, 457

Bentley, Richard, D.D., Royal Libra-
rianship of, 140, 169

Berkeley, Mary, 345

Berlin Museum, 579

Bernard, Sir John, 299

Beroldingen Fossils, 26

Bethel, Slingsby, 299

Biblical MSS. of the Nitrian Monas-
teries, 610 seqq.

Biliotti and Salzmann, Messrs., Ar-
chaeological Researches of, in the
Island of Rhodes, 669

Birch, Thos., D.D., Services of, as an
early Trustee, 415 seqq.; his be-
quests, 415

Blacas, P. L. J. Casimir de, Duke of
Blacas, Museum of, 689 seqq.

Blagrove, Major, 408

Hlois, Earls of, Archives, now at Po-
niard, of the, 536 seqq.

Bodley, Sir Thomas, and Sir R. Cotton,
332

Bolingbroke, Henry, Viscount. See St.
John

Bolton, Edmund, 84

Bonaparte, Lucien, Prince of Canino

Acquisition of part of the Collection

of Vases formed by, 35
Bond, Edward Augustus, 600
Bonpland, M., 455

Borell, H. P., Collection of Greek and

Roman Coins made by, 34
Borough, Sir John, 195
Bosset, Colonel de, Collection of Greek

Coins made by, 25,400
Botanical Collections, 267, 269, 277

seqq., 283, 295, 492 seqq., 507
Botanical Collections in France, 260

seqq., 500

Botanical Collections in Germany and
Italy, 267

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