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Statistics of Applications made to the Society, and of Grants voted to Schools, in England and Wales, from Jan., 1844, to Lady-day, 1845.

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Notwithstanding that no grants of 'any kind have been voted out of the parliamentary grant between the 13th October, 1844, and the current month, the following striking facts (collected out of the recent volume of minutes of the committee of council) will show what has been obtained out of the parliamentary grant since the society's last report, by the exertions of churchmen, for establishing schools in connection with this society.

Statistics of Applications for aid from Parliamentary Grants in 1843–44, for Schools in England and Wales.

Number of Grants Grants Avon: Description of School. applications. awarded. accepted. accepted. - 4. s. d. 4 s. d. 42 s. d. National 438 70,554 12 3 || 70,554 12 3 161 1 7} | British . . . . . . . . 16 2,519 9 6 2,519 9 6 157 9 4; Church and Parochial . 2 115 0 0 115 0 0 57 10 0

On the subject of union, your committee have the satisfaction of stating, that, besides numerous schools united indirectly through the diocesan and local boards of education, the society has during the last year received schools into direct union with itself in no fewer than 357 places, being a larger number by 163 than during the year preceding. (To be Continued.)

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University of Oaford,—The sum of £150 was being granted out of the university chest to the Bishop of Sodor and Man, to be expended in books printed at the university press, towards the restorationof a library in King William's coll., lately destroyed by fire.

The following persons have been appointed as curators of Sir Robert Taylor's foundation, viz.: — the Rev. the Master of University coll. ; the Warden of Merton coll. ; the Rev. the Master of Pembroke coll.; the Rev. Joseph Smith, B. D., Fellow of Trinity coll. ; and the Rev. Henry George Liddell, student of Christ church.

University of Oxford. — The Prize Essays and Poems have been adjudged as follow :— English Essay.—The causes and consequences of national revolutions among the antients and moderns compared.— Samuel Lucas, B.A., Queen's. Latin Essay.—De Ordine Equestriapud Romanos.-George Bradley, Fellow of University. English Verse.—Petra.-John William Burgon, Commoner of Worcester. Latin Verse. — Numa Pompilius. – Goldwin Smith, B.A., Magdalen. Dr. Ellerton's theological prize for an English essay on “ The law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ,” has been awarded to Henry Boothby Barry, B.A., Michel Fellow of Queen’s. Mr. Barry, gained the chancellor's prize in 1843, for an English prose essay on “The advantages and disadvantages of the Feudal System.”

Cambridge Travelling Bachelorship.– Joseph Kay, B.A., of Trinity College, has been nominated to the vacant Travelling Bachelorship, lately held by Mr. Penrose, of Magdalen College, and is to be sent out to inspect the state of peasant education in France, Holland, Prussia, and Switzerland.

King's College.—At the 14th annual court of governors and proprietors of King's College, held in the large theatre of the institution, Somerset-house, his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury presided, and was supported by the Bishop of London, the Bishop of Lichfield, the Bishop of Winchester, Lord Radstock, Sir R. H. Inglis, M.P., the Rev. Dr. Shepherd, the Dean of Chichester, the Rev. Dr. Jelf (principal of the schools. It is to be wished, that eventually such a staff may be in operation in every diocese of the kingdom. The case of Betton's Charity has not yet come on in the Rolls' Court, and will probably not be heard this term.

college), &c. The report showed the increasing prosperity of the institution, which was attended by a greater number of students than during the corresponding term of the last two years. The number of matriculated students was 307; in general literature and science, 125; civil engineering, 30; and in medicine, 152. Of occasional students there were 35 in the general classes, and 36 medical; and in the juvenile school the numbers were 471 ; making the total number of students amount to 849. The efficiency of the medical department had been mainly attributable to the establishment of the hospital, which, in order to show the estimation in which it was held by the poor, had received 1,000 patients more this year than during the year preceding. The total receipts for the year, including the fees of pupils, was £22,276, 6s. 7d., and the expenditure £21,434, 13s. ; leaving a balance in favour of the college of £1,441 13s. 7d. There was now funded, in exchequer bills, £4,442; whilst the estimated liabilities of the establishment was £4,275 6s. 6d. Mr. Alderman Thompson, M.P., having been re-elected treasurer, a ballot took place for the election of seven members of the council.

National Society.—The meetings of the National Society for promoting the education of the poor in the principles of the Established Church, during the last month, have been attended by the Lords Bishops of Bangor, Carlisle, Chester, St. David's, Hereford, Lichfield, Lincoln, Ripon, Salisbury, and Worcester; the Very Rev. the Dean of Chichester, T. D. Acland, Esq. M.P., Venerable Archdeacon Sinclair, Rev. H. H. Norris, Rev. H. H. Milman, Rev. John Jennings, Rev. W. Short, G. F. Mathison, Esq., Richard Twining, Esq., and W. Page Wood, Esq. Grants from the Special Fund to to the amount of £2,510, and from the Queen’s Letter Fund to the amount of £1,330—total, £3,840, have been voted in aid of schools at 66 places.

Schools in 30 places have been received into union. The Society has placed an organizing master under the Archidiaconal Board of Stafford, and another organizing master is about to be placed under the Derby Archidiaconal Board. The diocese of Lichfield will thus have an organizing master at work in each of its three archdeaconries. In addition to this, the Rev. H. Baber has been appointed by the bishop diocesan inspector of

Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.—For the convenience of members residing in the city, and in the eastern suburbs of the metropolis, a branch depository has been opened in the city, for the sale of the Society's publications, and also for the receipt of subscriptions. An office, No.4, at the south side of the Royal Exchange, on the west of the Cornhill entrance, has been fitted up, where subscriptions and donations may be paid, and books and tracts obtained.

The Lord Bishop of Peterborough will preach the annual sermon before the assembled charity schools, in the cathedral church of St. Paul, on Thursday, the 12th of June. Each member of the parent society may receive two west-door tickets. on personal application at the Society's House, on Tuesday the 10th of June, between the hours of 1 and 3. As the number of tickets furnished to this Society by the Society of Patrons is limited, it is necessary that applications should be made in person.

Academical Institutions in Ireland.— On Friday, May 9. Sir J. Graham stated in the House of Commons, the plan contemplated by the government for the promotion of academical education in Ireland. Various attempts had, he said, been made to extend the blessings of education to the people of Ireland, and he had no hesitation in saying that these attempts had failed whenever they were based upon the principle of interfering with the religious belief of the people. This was the opinion of the commission appointed to inquire into the subject of national education in Ireland in 1812, and it was in accordance with this opinion that the measure he was now about to introduce was founded. The same opinion was held by the commission which was appointed in 1826, and in 1828 a committee of the House of Commons recommended a separate religious education for protestants and catholics, the literary education being combined. The matter was again referred to a committee of the house in 1830, and by that committee the suggestions of the committee of 1828 were adopted, and in the

course of the following year the present system of national education in Ireland was agreed to. Previous to its adoption, large sums of money had been voted for education in Ireland, of which the great bulk of the people had declined to avail themselves. In the year 1839, after its adoption, there were 1581 national schools in Ireland, and 205,000 scholars; and at the close of 1844, the number of schools was swelled to 3 151, and of scholars to 395,000. The proposition he was about to make would only affect the middle and higher classes of society, and thus all classes would now have the benefits of education within their reach. Upon the principle he had stated, Her Majesty's Government were now prepared to recommend the establishment of three provincial colleges in Ireland—one of them in Cork, another in Limerick or Galway, and the third either at Belfast or Derry. He estimated the cost of building and founding each of these colleges at about £30,000, or in round numbers, at £100,000, for the three. The annual endowment of each college would be about £6,000, which would include for the president a salary £1,000, and for each of the ten or twelve professors a salary of £300 per annum. As he attached great importance to the establishment of medical schools, the professors would include lecturers on anatomy, surgery, and medicine. He proposed that the professors should be nominated by the crown, and that they should be removeable for cause. This latter power was deemed requisite in order to prevent any undue interference by the lecturers with theological opinions. He proposed that the president should reside in the college, and that the instruction should be by lectures and daily examinations. He did not propose that there should be any professors of theology or lecturers on divinity in any of the colleges, but the crown would not object to the private endowment of such professors, subject to the inquisitorial visitation and control of the crown. A question would arise as to whether there should be one central college for granting degrees in arts, science, and medicine, or whether the crown should endow all three colleges with that power. On that question, however, it was unnecessary to come to any definite arrangement, but his opinion was decidedly in favour of one central college. The question was however, full of difficulties; one of which related to Trinity college, with which they were resolved not to interfere. It was a strictly protestant foundation, established by Queen Elizabeth for avowedly protestant purposes. Mr. O'Connell himself, in his evidence before the House of Lords, had given it as his opinion that the scholarships should not be given to Roman catholics. He feared that any attempt to introduce Roman catholics into the college would be attended with the greatest difficulty and inconvenience. The bill, however, did not propose to establish a university, and it would be open to the wisdom of parliament hereafter either to endow the three colleges, or establish a central university in Dublin. The right hon. baronet then complimented Mr. Wyse upon his long-continued efforts to promote education in Ireland, and said, that to his exertions must fairly be attributed much of the merit of the benefit which the present measure was calculated to confer upon his country. He then concluded by moving for leave to bring in a bill to enable her Majesty to endow colleges for the purposes of academical education in Ireland.

Royal Naval Female School.-The annual meeting of the friends and supporters of this institution was held on Saturday, May 18th, at Willis's Rooms, St. James's Street. The object of this institution (which has an establishment at Richmond, Surrey), is “to bestow upon the daughters of necessitous naval and marine officers, of and above ward-room rank, at the lowest reduction of cost practicable, a good, virtuous, and religious education, in conformity with the principles and doctrines of the Church of England.” The assembly was not numerous, and consisted principally of naval officers, among whom we observed ViceAdmiral Lord Colville, Captain Lord Byron, Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Troubridge, Admiral Sir E. Codrington, Capts. Ridout, Gambier, Lambert, T. Wilson, and H. Eyres, Major Little, &c. The Right Hon. Earl Manvers took the chair soon after 1 o'clock. After prayer by the Rev. Mr. Hales, the Hon. Captain Maude proceeded to read the report, which stated, that up to the 31st of March, 1845, there were 83 daughters of naval and marine officers in the institution, of whom 27 are received at the annual payment of 30 guineas; the rest, 56 in number, all daughters of more necessitous officers, are boarded and educated at the entire

cost to the parents or guardians, of £12

each per annum. The income had been

fully equal to the expenditure; and dur

ing the past year £500 consols had been

added to the invested fund. It had been

determined to established a building fund, which (with a donation of £100 from the

noble chairman), amounted to £450. The receipts for the past year had been £4,604, 17s. 7%d., and the expenditure £3,850, 15s. 4%d, leaving a balance in hand of £754 2s. 3d. The Society possessed an investment of £4,200 in the 3 per cent, consols, and £400 had been invested as a building fund. The noble chairman briefly congratulated the meeting on the satisfactory position of the society; after which the adoption of the report was moved by Lord Colville, seconded by Captain Prescott, and agreed to. Subsequent resolutions, calling upon the nawal service, and all classes of the community, to aid in rendering the institution more efficient, and in enabling the managers to obtain a site for a school, were moved and seconded by the Rev, Mr. Hales, Lord Byron, Sir T. Troubridge, Captain Shea (East India Civil Service), Captain Baynes, R.M., Captain de Cane, R.N., the Hon. Captain E. S. Knox, R.N., and Dr. Rowlands, Inspector of Hospitals. A vote of thanks to the chairman was moved by Admiral Sir G. Martin, and seconded by Sir E. Codrington, and the meeting then separated.

Royal Naval School, New-Cross. – Her Majesty the Queen Dowager has presented a splendid portrait of William the Fourth to this institution, in which his Majesty took a deep interest. The portrait has been copied by Mr. Lane, at the express command of Queen Adelaide, from a painting by the late Sir Thomas Lawrence. It is a full-length of his late Majesty, in the uniform of Lord High Admiral, and is affixed in the dining hall of the pupils, by whom, on its inauguration, it was received"with tremendous cheers. It is valued at 200 guineas.

Infant Orphan Asylum, Wanstead.— This charity was instituted in the year 1827, and incorporated in the year 1843. Its purpose is to board, clothe, nurse, and educate, children left fatherless and motherless, or fatherless only: and it receives them, if necessary, from the very birth. They remain until the completion of their eighth year, when they become

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