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Happily, however, this difficulty is in the course of removal. At the suggestion of an anonymous person, calling himself a "Friend of the Hospital,” who has munificently offered 2,0001., a great effort is now in progress towards raising a fund for the Building and Endowment of a new Hospital. A Committee having been formed in May last, consisting partly of members of the Council and of the Committee of Management of the Hospital, and partly of other friends of the cause, including the Professors of the Medical Department, steps were taken to set on foot this work; and some progress had already been made in raising subscriptions, when a fresh impulse was given to the design by an offer on the part of the before-named munificent “ Friend of the Hospital,” to raise his previously offered donation of 2,0001. to 5,0001., on condition that the Council would advance the like sum. Thus called upon, the Council felt that they would not be justified in refusing to consider the proposal. The result of much anxious deliberation, was the conviction, that they owed it alike to the furtherance of medical science under moral discipline and religious teaching, to the just expectations of present and future Medical Students, to the extension and even to the maintenance of this School of Medicine, and consequently to the general welfare of all the departments of the College, to invest by degrees this large sum, (to be returned hereafter with manifold interest,) in helping to provide adequate means of clinical instruction for the increasing number of Students, which the improvements in the discipline of the College are already attracting. Accordingly, at a Special Meeting of the Council, convened for Friday, Dec. 7, 1849, the following Resolutions were passed, which have been already circulated amongst the Proprietors, but which it is thought well to place upon record at this Annual Meeting; they are as follows:
“ I. That the Hospital in connexion with King's College, London, has become an essential part of the Institution, since without it the clinical instruction and actual experience necessary for medical students cannot be satisfactorily obtained ; that, in fact, the wards of the Hospital are so many additional lecture-rooms attached to the College.
“II. That the Council are convinced that the objects which they had in view in establishing the Medical Department have been so far attained, as to render its maintenance, in a still more efficient state, of the greatest importance. The Council rest their conviction of the advantages already obtained upon the following grounds :“1.- That a large body of medical men are already dis
persed over the kingdom, who furnish indisputable evidence to the good effects of the training, religious and professional, which they have enjoyed in King's
College. “ 2.—That there is an increasing number of Students at
tracted by the reputation of the College, who are cheerfully undergoing an improved course of discipline, and who promise not only to maintain, but even to
raise the character of the Institution. “ III. That from the concurrent testimony of the medical members of their own body, and of the several gentlemen engaged in the instruction of the medical students, the Council are convinced that the present Hospital is insufficient for the purposes of the Medical School of King's College, even with its present number of Students.
“ IV. That from the testimony of the gentlemen who have year by year filled the office of Dean of the Medical Department, confirmed as this testimony is both by the Principal and the Secretary, the Council believe that the number of Students in Medicine at this College would be largely increased, if the Hospital were enlarged and the means of instruction extended.
“ V. That under these circumstances, the Council have no hesitation in recommending the General Court of Governors and Proprietors, to sanction a grant in furtherance of the plan which is now proposed for the Building and Endowment of a new Hospital.
“ VI. That considering the magnitude of the work to be undertaken, and the munificent offer made to them by an unknown • Friend to the Hospital,' the Council recommend the General Court of Governors and Proprietors to sanction a vote of 5,0001., to be paid to the Committee for the Building and Permanent Endowment of King's College Hospital, on such conditions as the Council shall think fit.
“ VII. That a Motion, founded on the foregoing Resolutions, be submitted to an Extraordinary General Court of the Governors and Proprietors of King's College, London, to be held at the College on Friday, December 21, at two o'clock."
Such, then, were the arguments which induced the Council to recommend a grant of 5,000l. to this object; and such were the motives which prevailed with the General Court on the 21st of December, 1849, and led the Proprietors present at that Meeting unanimously to accede to this proposition. The Council rejoice to be able to add, that the Funds for promoting this work have been rapidly increasing, until, on the day on which this Court is assembled, upwards of 25,0001. have been subscribed. When they remember that this Hospital, as a Charity, is relieving upwards of 22,000 patients annually, and, as a school of instruction, is now affording practical information of the most important kind to 159 of their Students, the Council cannot refrain from commending this work to the co-operation of individual members of this Court.
Dr. Major reports most favourably of the state of King's College School. It appears that, under his able superintendence, the behaviour and diligence of the Pupils have been exemplary; that no case of misconduct has occurred which it has been necessary to visit with severity; that the Terminal Examinations have given satisfactory evidence of the good and sound progress made by the Pupils, and that the judgment formed of them within the School itself has been confirmed by the distinctions of various kinds which have been obtained by them at the Universities. In particular, it deserves mention, that, amongst those who graduated as Wranglers at Cambridge in the last examination, five had been Pupils of the School ; and that, at Oxford, the same Pupil who was noticed in the last Report as having gained an open Scholarship at Balliol College, has been elected in the past term to the University Mathematical Scholarship, open to all Undergraduates. Dr. Major continues to receive frequent assurances from parents of their satisfaction with the course of instruction pursued in the School, and its results, as exhibited in the well-doing of their sons in the various callings of life. It is also a most encouraging fact, that, in many instances, Pupils from the same families have, in continual succession, been confided to Dr. Major's guidance, from the first opening of the Institution.
The Rev. R. Hodgson, after seventeen years' faithful service, having resigned his office of Master in the School, the vacancy thus occasioned has been filled up by the appointment of the Rev. George Rust, M.A.
Since the last Annual Meeting, the Council have been called to deplore the decease of two of the earliest members of their own body-viz. the Dean of St. Paul's, the Lord Bishop of Llandaff; and the Rev. George Shepherd, D.D,—as well as to accept the resignation of Newell Connop, Esq. The Council take this opportunity of recording the high sense which they entertain of the kindness which the late Bishop of Llandaff uniformly manifested in the discharge of his duties as a Member of the Council, and of the great benefits which the College derived from his constant attention to its concerns, especially in all matters relating to education, in which his sound scholarship and long academical experience gave so much weight to his judgment. The same words apply, also, with equal force to the loss sustained by the College in the death of Dr. Shepherd; he was one of the most regular attendants at all meetings of the Council and of Committees, and he ever evinced a deep, lively, and enlightened interest in the welfare of the Institution. The state of Mr. Newell Connop's health, ever since his election upon the Council in 1847, has altogether deprived the College of the benefit of his valuable services.
The number of Honorary Fellows of the College has been increased by the election, in the early part of the year, of James E. T. Rogers, Esq. who was formerly a distinguished Student of this College, and who subsequently obtained high. honours in the University of Oxford; and more recently by the election of Major Edwardes, C.B. The Council have had great pleasure in thus marking their sense of this officer's distinguished career; and it is with great satisfaction that they have lately received from himself the following testimony to the value of the instruction which he received in the College : “ Throughout my career in India,” he says, own heart fully acknowledged the advantages I had derived from the peculiar and practical course of studies pursued at King's College.”
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The Council are sorry they are unable to report as favourably as they would wish of the Finances of the College. During the past year it became necessary to fit up two new rooms for the accommodation of the classes in the Military Department, as well as to lay down enlarged pipes throughout the College for the supply of water and gas; and while the cost of these improvements added to the expenses of the College, the ordinary income was not a little affected by the prevalence of Cholera in London, which diminished the numbers in attendance, and prevented the full occupation of the College rooms. However, the ordinary income of the College more than covered the ordinary expenditure, and the Council believe that the system of economy which they are studiously pursuing will enable them gradually to reduce the outstanding liabilities, and to complete the original designs of the Founders of the College.
The list of Donations made to the Museums and to the Libraries during the past year will be found added to this Report, together with the names of those who, during the same period, have kindly consented to convert their Shares into Donations.
Thus far, then, during an eventful period, the Divine Blessing, it may be said without presumption, appears to have rested on King's College, protecting its infancy, and furthering its development, until it has reached a degree of