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ence Relating to the British Museum, No.
97 of Session
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- RlC0N
wards appointed by the Trustees themselves, with the approbation of AND pro.
their Lordships, to direct and superintend, not only the works then in recTois. progress, but those to be afterwards undertaken.
On the tenth of February, 1862—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 corrapmj. were present. After the adoption of the plans thus accepted, another Sub-Committee of Trustees was appointed to confer with the Treasury in order to their realisation. im.
Before Parliament, this plan of severance and of rearrangement—after some modifications of detail which are too unimportant for remark—was supported, in 1862, 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 Tmpablueminent men of science in favour of continuance and Dma«oi enlargement, rather than of severance and removal; all M' 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
Boot in, eventually decided against the project by their vote of the *Z!n- 19th May, 1862.
Substantially,—and in spite of small subsequent additions from time to time to the buildings at Bloomsbury— the question of 1862 is still the question of 1870. As I have said, it has been my object to state that question rather than to discuss it.
Should it seem, after full examination, 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 1S66 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 together.
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.
Abbot. Ooorge, Archbishop of Canter-
brought from, 386 seqq.
Collections from, 699 eeqq.
Monastery of, 615 seqq.
Fellows of, 644
Description of the, 372 seqq.
Andreossi, Anthony Francis, Count, Re-
James 1,153, 156, 166
Fellows at, 644
Mausoleum built by, 664 seqq.
Athens, Researches of Lord Elgin at,
Aublet, John Baptist Christopher Fuse"e
Babek, Rev. Henry Hervey, M.A.,
Bacon, Francis, Viscount St. Alban's,
Bankes, George, 441
Banks-Hodgkenson, J., 488
Banks, Sir Joseph, Bart., P.R.S., No-
Banks, Mrs. S. S., Bequest of, 27
Barbadoes, Notices of the Early His-
Barberini (or Portland) Vase, History
Barbier, Anthony Alexander, 455
Barbier, Eugene Auguste, 452
Barlow, Hugh, 849
Barnard, Sir Frederick Augusta, La-
Barrington, Shute, Bishop of Durham,
Barth Cabinet of Oems, 691
Battely, William, 240
Bean, Rev. James, M.A., 544
Beattie, James, LL.D., Conversation
Beauclerc, Topham, 425
Beaumont, Sir George, Bart., Bequest
Bentinck Papers, 457
Bentley, Richard, D.D., Royal Libra-
Berkeley, Mary, 345
Berlin Museum, 579
Bernard, Sir John, 299
Beroldingen Fossils, 26
Bethel, Slingsby, 299
Biblical MSS. of the Nitrian Monas-
Biliotti and Salzmann, Messrs., Ar-
Birch, Thos., D.D., Services of, as an
Blacas, P. L. J. Casimir de, Duke of
Blagrove, Major, 408
lilois, Earls of, Archives, now at Po-
Bodley, Sir Thomas, and Sir R. Cotton,
Bolingbroke, Henry, Viscount. See St.
Bolton, Edmund, 84
Bonaparte, Lucien, Prince of Caniuo
Bond, Edward Augustus, 600
Bonpland, M., 455
Borell, H. P., Collection of Greek and
Borough, Sir John, 195
Bosset, Colonel de, Collection of Greek
Botanical Collections, 267, 269, 277
Botanical Collections in France, 260
Botanical Collections in Germany and
Botanical Studies in England, Notice
Botanic Gardens at Chelsea, 275, 293,
Botanic Garden at Paris, 500
Botta, P. E., Assyrian Researches of,
Boudaen, Peter, 255
Bourchier, Sir William, 539
Bowood in Wiltshire, Lord Shelburne's
Bowring, J., Entomological Collection
Boyle, Robert, 275
Branchidee, Ancient Sculpture brought
Brander, Gustavus, Gift of the 'So-
Briasson's Correspondence with Sir H.
Bridges' Zoological Collections made in
Bridgewater, Francis Henry, Earl of.
Brienne, Henry Lewis de Lomenie de,
Brindley, James, 447
British and Mediaeval Antiquities and
British Museum, Chronological Epitome
Brocas, Elizabeth, 52
Brocas, William, 52
Brondsted, Peter Olave, 399
Brougham, Henry, Lord Brougham and
Brown, Robert, F.R.S., Keeper of Bo-
Browne, William George, Researches
Bruce, Agnes, of Conington in Hunt-
Bruce, Thomas, Earl of Elgin and Kin-
Bruchmann's Fossils, 39
Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, Joseph Anthony,
Bryant, Jacob, 479
Bryaxis, Ancient Sculptures by, 665
Buchan, Mr., a Naturalist'engaged in
Buckingham House and its History,
Buckland, William, D.D., 449
Budrum (the ancient Halicarnassus),
Burckhardt, John Lewis, Travels and
Bnrlamachi, Philip, 250
Burnet, Gilbert, Bishop of Salisbury,
Burney, Charles, D.D., Notices of the
Burney, Frances (afterwards Mine.
Burnouf, M., Researches on Assyrian
Bute, Earl of. See Stuart
Byres, James, 372
Byron, George Gordon, Lord Byron,