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therefore, entirely to the individual himself; and he, it is said, though not insensible to the disrepute brought on the whole body by the superannuated selfishness thus exhibited by an influential member of it, still clings, with the most immoveable obstinacy, to the post for which he has been so long disqualified, because the patronage of the year is not distributed among the Directors until October, and he remains to take his share of this before he can con sent to retire!
We have not adverted to the personal infirmities of this gentleman from any feeling of private dislike, or with any view to the gratification of evil passions. It is at all times a melancholy spectacle to witness the decay of life, and the gradual passing of old age into decrepitude. When there is nothing that peculiarly marks this change, the very sight of it engages the best sympathies of our nature, and we not only conceal the mention of it from others, but do all we can to soothe the sufferer himself. The sensations excited are far otherwise, however, when, instead of the quiet decency and disregard of worldly things which ought to mark such a period of decline, we see an insatiable grasping after more power, more places, and more patronage,—though years of full enjoyment have been already passed, in which the most greedy appetite might have been satisfied. It is this which men of all opinions must silently condemn; and it is, therefore, a matter on which all whose duty calls them to express that opinion publicly, may be fairly justified in pronouncing the censure which they think it deserves.
Board Of Control. The following announcement is made in the 'London Gazette,' under date of June 2, 1826:
Whitehall, June 2.
The King has been pleased to direct letters patent to be passed under the great seal of the united kingdom of Great Britain and Iieland. consti uting and appointing the Right Hon. Charles Watkin Williams Wynn; Henry Earl Bathurst, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the Right Hon. George Canning, and the Right Hon. Robert Peel, his Majesty's three Piincipal Secretaries of Stale; Robert Banks, Earl of Liverpool. Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, First Commissioner of his Majesty's Treasury; the Right Hon. Frederick John Robinso , Chancellor of his Majesty's Exchequer; Arthur Duke of Wellington, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Gar er; James Brownlow William Marquis of Salisbury; John Baron T"ignmouth ; the Right Hon. John Sullivan; the Right Hon. Sir George Warrender, Bart.; Joseph Phillimore. Doctor of Laws; and William Yates Peel, Esq. his Majesty's Commissioners for the affairs of India.
Oriental Literature. Dr. Gilchrist has, during the past month, brought under the notice of the Court of Directors a Resolution of theirs, passed last year, of a nature so highly injurious, that we should be disposed to make it the subject of severe comment, unless we had understood that it is now virtually abrogated. The Resolution in question had been inserted in some few copies of their ' Red Book,' but 142 Events in Europe connected with the Eastern World.
omitted in the rest, as if its authors reddened likewise at the thought of publishing to the world so glaring a job as this new literary monopoly. Having, by accident, fallen upon a copy of the book containing this fugitive piece of the Honourable Directors, we here preserve it:
At a Court of Directors, held on Wednesday, the 17th of August, 1825,
Resolved—That the parents and friends of cadets for the Company's artillery and engineer corps be encouraged to place their young men, from fourteen to seventeen years of age, either under Dr. Andrew, of Woodford Wells, or Dr. Firminger, of Edmonton ; with the view of forwarding them, as much as possible. In those branches of education which they will have to pursue at Addiscombe.
That the above two establishments form depots, from which the Company's military seminary be in future completed; and that, during the pre* ure of a want of officers, reference be always made to these depots before vacancies at the seminary are filled up by strangers.
That the young gentlemen remain at least six months at one of the depots, previous to being called away for examination at Addiscombe; and that, at the expiration of that period, they be taken in succession as wanted; but, if not found qualified, they be returned to the depot for a further period of at least thiee months.
That, as an encouragement to cadets to exercise due diligence, both at the depots, and subsequently at the Company's seminary, it be held out to the cadets, that if they pass their public examination to the entire satisfacton of the military seminary committee, within eighteen months of joining the seminary, and actually proceed to India as artillery or engineer cadet-", but not otherwise, they be complimented with £60 to defray their six months' preparatory education s but that. If they pass within twelve months, they be complimented with #70 towaids the like expenses.
That no cadet be admitted from these dep6ts without a certificate from the masters thereof of their good oharae'er, conduct, and application to study, with a declaration of their having paid up all expenses incurred by their preparatory instruction under them.
Thit, in the event of the seminary not being completed from t'ese two depots, recourse be then had to the individual nominations of the court as at present; that those who can pass be received, and those who cannot pass be sent to one or other of these depots for a period of not less than three months, to qualify themselves; but that, in all cases, these auxiliary cadets have ptioiity of admission into Addiscombe, when qualified, over new or subsequent nominations; and
That it be left exclusively to the parents to select the depfit to which they will send their soot, according to their ability or inclination in matters of expense.
Nowthe simple Englishof all this is,that a premium,at the rate of £~i0 or £70 for each pupil, be given from the Company's treasury to Messrs. Andrew and Ferrainger, for taking a number of young men u'ider their charge for a few months'education. Without meaningto throw any disparagement on the merits of these worthy doctors, or questioning their claims to the favour of the Company, (which is so careful of their interests as to admit no cadet without a certificate that their expenses are all paid up !) we should think it exceedingly injudicious thus to create a monopoly which would take away the stimulus to exertion in other men of learning who may cultivate the Oriental languages with the hope of making them a source of emolument by qualifying young men for the Company's service. Even with this inducement, at present no doubt operating to some extent, it is a reproach to this country, having so intimate a connection with the East, that Oriental learning is so much neglected. Any such monopoly will certainly increase the evil.
EXAMINATION OF THE VEPERY MISSION SCHOOLS OF THE SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.
(From the Madras Government Gazette of the 29<A December, 1825.J
The annual examination of the Tamil and English schools of the mission of the Society for promoting Christian knowledge at Vepery, took place on Saturday last (Christmas eve) in the New Church, and was honoured by the
Sresence of Lady Mnnro, the Honourable Sir Ralph Palmer, the Honourable Ir. Taylor, the Venerable the Archdeacon, the clergy at the Presidency, and many ladies and gentlemen of the settlement. The examination of the Tamil school, consisting of 5* boys and 47 girls, was conducted by the Reveiend Dr. Rottlcr; and the Reverend W. Roy, senior chaplain at the Presidency, obligingly undertook the duty of examining and catechising the English classes, composed of 140 boys ind 77 girls. Medals and minor rewards weie distributed to the children who had distinguished themselves during the year by exemplary diligence or general good conduct: and at the conclusion Lady Munro was kindly pleased to confer a particular mark of distinction on the first boy and first gill of the English school, by presenting each with a bible and prayer-book, elegantly bound, and also books containing sets of instructive stories. The children then returned to their respective school-rooms, where the visitors were much interested in viewing the different employments in school exercises, needle-work, book-binding, printing, cutting and casting types. The accuracy and quickness with which the several exercises were performed in all the branches of the examination afforded the most pleasing proof of the success which continues to follow the persevering efforts of the reverend missioniries entrusted with the care of this valuable institution; and we heartily congratulate them on the happy result of their anxious and pious labours. The interest of the scene was much increased by the circumstance of the examination being held for the first time in the new church, which was opened for the occasion. The building, which is a Gothic structure, ami of large dimensions, was much admi.cd for the suitableness of its architecture, and for its simple elegance; and we have great pleasure in giving a place here to the inscription, which appears on a stone slab at the principal entrance of the church.
"The first stone of this sacred Edifice was laid on the 8th day of Pecember, 1823. in the reign of his most gracious Majesty King George IV., in the government of Major-General Sir Thomas Munro, Bart. K. C. B. The venerable Society for promoting Christian Knowledge, at the earm st solicits'ion of the pious and reverend Thomas Fanshaw Middleton, first Bishop of Calcutta, contiibutcd principally to the expense of the building, which was completed by the munificent liberality of the Honourable East India Company of England, 1S25. John Law, Architect."
Another correspondent, who was present at the examination, has obligingly sent us the following notice :—
"We had the gratification of witnessing, on Saturday last, the opening of the new church eiected at Vepery. for the use of the mission of the venerable Socie'y for promoting Christian Knowledge.
"The old church has long been found very inadequate to the proper accommodation of the congregation assembling there, and has fallen greatly to di cay. The Madras district committee, therefore, anxious for the welfare and efficiency of the society's ancient establishment at Vepery, solicited the assistance of the parent society at home, and their representations being most earnestly supported by the late Lord Bi 'hop of Calcutta, a liberal grant of money was immediitely voted, which, aided by the bounty of the Madras government, has enabled them to raise an edifice, which is highly ornamental to this city, and which, when the filting up of the interior has been completed, will be every way sui able to those holy purposes to which it is to be appropriated, and worthy of the venerable society under whose auspices it has, by God's blessing, been erected.
"The church is built in the style of architecture usually demnninated Gothic. The roof is supported by pointed arches, which rest upon light and elegant columns; at the western end is a small tower; the tracery of the splendid window at the eastern end is highly finished and extremely beautiful. And we most sincerely congratulate all parties concerned in th ' choice and execution of the plan, on the success which has attended this first attempt to introduce into the ecclesiastical e tifices in this Presidency, a style of building so peculiarly adap ed to the solemn uses of the sanctuary.
"The annual public examination of t' e children educated in the English and Tamil schools of the Vepery mission, which was held in the church, and which rendered the occasion of its opening to public inspection yet more highly interes ing. exhibited a scene calculated to excite the most pleasing sensations in every benevolent mind. The number of children examined was, we believe, little short of 3-50. These are receiving the blessings of a Christian education, and, we hope, are in a course of preparation for becoming useful members of society and heirs of eternal life. Some of them are clothed and supported from funds placed at the disposal of the mission.
"Lidy Munro, in the most obliging manner, did the committee the honour of being present during the examination. The Hon. the Chief Justice, the Hon. Mr. Taylor, the Venerable the Archdeacon and the clergy, and a large proportion of the ladies and gentlemen of the Presidency, also attended. After the children had joined in prayer and praise, the examination took place, a ly conducted by the Rev. Mr. Roy, s •uior chaplain, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Rottler and the Rev. Mr. Haubroe, the society's missionaries; and t'e state of proficiency to which many of the children appeared to have attained, under the Madras system of education, was not less gratifying to those who had the happiness of beholding it, than creditable* "o the reverend missionaries by whose ability and zeal these cheering results have, under the favour of Divine Providence, been produced.
"Medals and rewards of books, and other useful articles, were afterwards distributed amongst the best proficients in the various classes and departments by Lady Munro; who, in addition to the honorary distinctions confeircd by the society, was pleased to present, to the best boy and the best girl respectively, a very handsome bible and prayer-book.
"After having quitted the church, her ladyship and the visitors proceeded to view the printing-office, type-foundry, and the various work-shops of the society. Specimens of needlework, knitting, writing, printing, book-binding, &c.. prepared by those employed on the mission premises were exhibited, after which the company separated, expressing the most unqualified approbation at the scene they had had the satisfaction of witnessing."
The committee for building the church originally consisted of—the Rev. W. Roy; Richard Clarke, Esq.; John Gwatkin, Esq. ; Major Rundall; Cap ain Mountford; and John Goldingham, sen., Esq.
p After the death of Captain Mountford, the Rev. R. W. Moorsom was nominated a member of the committee.
PUBLIC MEETING AT THE THATCHED HOUSE.
On Saturday, June 3, a public meeting was held at the Thatched House Tavern, St. Jaraes's-street, puisuant to the following notice:
Public Meeting This Day.—Lord John Russell, M.P. in the Chair.— The object of the Select Committee, appointed by the House of Commons, to inquire into and report on the c se of Mr. Buckingham, having been entirely defeated by the proroga ion of Parliament, before their labours could be brought to a close, a Public Meeting will I e held This Day, at the Thatched House Taveni, St. James's, at two o'clock, for the purpose of considering whether any funher measures can be taken to avert the impending calamities which threaten to overwhelm Mr. Buckingham, by the severe and disproportionate punishment to which he has been subjected, without trial, and without necessi"y, by the Government of tndi i. On this occasion, the attendance of all Englishmen, who feel an interest in preventing a fellow-countryman from being crushed and ruined by an arbitrary destruction of property, altogether unprecedented in English history, is earnestly solicited.
Although this notice had been issued only two days before, and the period was extremely unfavourable, from the circumstance of almost every one connected with public life having le t town in consequence of the approaching elections, yet, before theappointel hour, the great room was completely filled with most respectable company.
On the motion of Mr. Hume, seconded by the Hon. Douglas Kinnaird, LORD JOHN RUSSELL was called to the chair.
Dr. Gilchrist begged leave, before the proceedings commenced, to deliver a mess ge from the Hon. Ramsay Maule. who had desired him to state that he was p. evented from attending the meeting by busin sa which requl ed his imme liate presence in Scotland ; and to add that but for this he oul i have been h ppy to come for war I on the occasion, to prove himself the firm frien 1 of rational li iei ty, and the determed foe of every thing in the shape of oppression.
Lord John Russell then spok • nearly aa follows:—Gentlemen, I believe that I have been requested to take the chair on this occasion, because it was my fortune to present to the House of Commons a petition from Mr. Buckinghun, praying for redress, and because a committee having been appointed on my motion, to inquire into that gentleman's case, I was nominated chair man of it, and have consequently,heard all the evi le ice which has been produced : and which, though not brought to a conclusion, still extended to considerable length whilst the committee sat. lam, of course, in possession of the facts which were lit before the committee, aud if it can be of any value to Mr. Buckingham, I am prepared to state, that having attentively listene to all that transpired in that committee, my opinion of the har ship suffered by Mr. Buckingham is, instead of being weakened, materially strengthened by the experience and knowledge which I have thus acquired. ("Applause.) With respect to-the consti utional question of the treatment whi.-h Mr. Buckingham has suffered from the Indian Government, I conceive that Parliament haw g decided on the propriety of ins'ituti g an inquiry into it, and as it probably will again come to a similar decision, it is not a proper subject for the consideration of this meeting. V hat we have met here to consider is, the great hardships and grievous losses sustained by Mr. Buckingham, in consequence of conduct, which so far from attaching any blame to him, is, in my opinion, highly honourable and praiseworthy, and perfectly conformable to those rules of conduct, and those examples of freedom, which we are accustomed to ad ire, and to hold up for imitation by others of our own countrymen. (Loud applause.) It is probably in the knowledge of every gentleman present, that Mr. Buckingham arrived in India with a license to reside there, at a time when he was in the vigour of life, and in Oriental Herald, Vol. 10. L