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may also be mentioned, the President of the Board of Control was so dissatisfied with the results of the purely paper Examinations, to which the candidates for appointments in the service of the East India Company were subjected, that he compelled the Examiners, after the first Examination, to introduce a mixed system of oral and paper Examinations.
And now, though I have much more to say, I will not trespass further on the attention of the members of the Society. Twice have the late Board of Examiners rendered their unpaid services to make the Examinations a success. For the last two years I have done my best to promote the advancement of what I believe to be a great and a good measure. I have lectured, I have spoken, I have written, I have travelled. Within the last two years I have visited, nearly always by invitation, the following places, -Basingstoke, Birmingham (2), Bristol, Cheltenham, Halifax, Hitchin, Huddersfield (4), Leeds (2), Lewes, Manchester (3), Middleborough, Nottingham, Richmond, Sheffield, Southampton, and Windsor. I have conducted a great portion of the correspondence which has arisen out of this movement. All the printed documents, whether issued in my own name or in that of the Council or in that of the Secretary, were drawn up by me. A good constitution, temperate habits, sound health,
thought in the mind of the examinee. And the answers of each person being unknown to his fellow-students, there is no public manifestation of the excellence which obtains success ; which in a more open system of examination operates beneficially, by the example which it offers and the sympathy which it draws. Of a liberal Eaucation, by W. Whewell, D.D., Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, p. 139.
earnestness of purpose, and a determined will, have enabled me, with God's assistance, to carry the work up to the point at which it now stands, and where I leave it. I expected no pecuniary reward. Had that been my object, I could have devoted my time to less onerous, and it could not possibly be less profitable employment. Those gentlemen who stood aloof while I ploughed and digged and sowed the ground, and who probably would have ridiculed my efforts had they failed, are now prepared to enter into my labours, and to reap where they have not sown.
"Men like,” as the Times said the other day in a splendid leader on the Indian heroes, “men like to see their own work when it is done, and we know they like to see it; we know that this is their chiefest and proudest reward, in comparison to which honours and decorations, stars, crosses, and ribands are tinsel, and therefore there is a touch of natural pity when those who have done or contributed largely to a great end die before they see it.”
So I, too, but in my own humble way, shall regret to see the work on which I have laboured with the labour of love given over to hands familiar with failure I shall grieve to hear of mistakes in details visited on the principle itself,—and I shall be prepared, at no distant time, to learn, that the whole measure, like so many of its predecessors, has passed away from the Society of Arts.
The SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS OF
THE SOCIETY OF ARTS will be held on TUESDAY next, the First of December, at Seven o'clock, at the Society's House in the Adelphi.