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METCALFE TESTIMONIAL meeting.
TOWN HALL, 19TH FEBRUARY, 1838.
late probably to be brought forward or attended to at
subscribers to the Metcalfe Testimonial.
At a public meeting of the subscribers and intending tion by the Calcutta community of the same principle of general combination and union, sanctions the anticipa tion that, throughout India, a sum may be raised (probably seventy or eighty thousand rupees) equal to both objects suggested in the above Agra resolution, and that this meeting therefore, with the greater confidence, still earnestly recommends both the erection of a statue and the presentation of a service of plate. That, however, should the voice of the subscribers in other parts of India be in favour of any other testimonial of a character of more direct utility than a statue, the Agra subscribers ward accordingly the amounts of their subscriptions-at will readily defer to their views, and be prepared to forpresent about Rs 13,000 to the committee at Calcutta, with whom, from their metropolitan locality and influ ence, it is understood, must rest the duty of carrying such measure as may be adopted into final effect. Also, that this resolution, with a copy of that passed on the 30th November last, be forwarded to the chairman of the Calcutta committee, with the request that they be submitted for their consideration."
JAMES PATTLE, Esq. in the chair.
Proposed by H. T. Prinsep, Esq., and seconded by Dr. Grant.
Resolved. That this meeting enters cordially into the feelings expressed by the meeting of the British inhabi tants at Agra, in their resolution expressing their desire to erect a statue in honor of Sir C. T. Metcalfe, and to present him with a service of plate, and doubts not, that the community of British India will co-operate effectually in the promotion of these objects.
Proposed by Mr. Longueville Clarke and seconded by Dr. J. R. Martin.
Resolved. That by combining together the different public subscriptions, (which are now raising,) to offer testimonials to Sir C. T. Metcalfe, it would enable the whole Indian community to express in a more distinguished manner their appreciation of the merits, and esteem for the character of that eminent man.
Resolution of the 30th November referred to above. That this meeting is of opinion, that in acknowledg ment of the distinguished services rendered by the Hon. Resolved. That a committee consisting of the follow-Sir C. T. Metcalfe, Baronet, to the whole of British ing gentlemen: the Hon. the Chief Justice, General India, as well as of his administration of the affairs of McGregor, Mr. H. M. Parker, Mr. C. R. Prinsep, Dr. those provinces, both a statue should be erected in his John Grant, Captain T. J. Taylor, Mr. Longueville honor and a service of plate presented to him; but that Clarke, Mr. R. J. Bagshaw, be formed, to collect the the erection of a statue is the primary object to be acsubscriptions of the residents in Calcutta, and put them-complished. As the adoption of one or both of these selves to communication with the commitees formed or habitants of other parts of India, as well as upon consi measures must depend upon the co-operation of the into be formed at the other presidencies and stations, in order to receive the sums that may be forwarded; and derations which it is impossible now to foresee, the final that it be an instruction to the committee to call another appropriation of the sums raised at this station must be meeting on some convenient day, after not less than two be made a direction to the committee to aim primarily at placed at the disposal of a local committee. It should months, and to report the amount available for the pur accomplishing both of the above objects, or otherwise to poses in view, with their recommendation as to its disposal, in order that a final resolution may then be come carry into effect the wishes of this meeting to the best of to in repect to the appropriation of the funds. their ability, and for this purpose to place themselves in communication with other bodies of individuals, who may elsewhere interest themselves in the same cause.
Proposed by Mr. H. T. Prinsep, and seconded by Mr. William Patrick.
The committee have the gratification of announcing that a public meeting was held at Agra on the 20th of February, the day after the meeting at the Town-hall, when the following resolution was passed:
Copy of resolution passed at a meeting held at Agra on Tuesday, the 20th February 1838:
"R. D. Duncan, Esq., in the chair. It was resolved that, with reference to a second public meeting at Calcutta, on the subject of a testimonial to Sir Charles Metcalfe, held on the 6th instant, when in amendment of the decision of a previous meeting limiting the measure to the inhabitants of Calcutta, resolution was pas sed to the effect that measures should be taken to render it general for all India. This meeting view such resolution with pleasure, corresponding to the disappointment to the supporters of a general measure which the result of the former Calcutta meeting was calculated to produce. That this manly combination and unity of effort throughout India on the part of all interested in the measure, was the object mainly aimed at in the resolution of the public meeting held at Agra, on the 30th November last, and the same that has invariably guided the Agra committee in their subsequent proceedings, more especially in their addresses to influential parties at Calcutta, Madras and Bombay, which conveyed copies
directions of the Calcutta committee throughout the
Calcutta, 27th February, 1838.
I have the honor to remain,
DAVID HARE, ESQ. IN THE CHAIR.
This institution was established in December 1834 by Gobind Chunder Bysack, of Bhanstullah, Burrah Bazar, but is now conducted by Chunder Mohun Bysack. It educates about 130 boys in the rudiments of English Grammar, History, Arithmetic and other useful qualifications. The pupils are divided into six classes.
At this as at the two last meetings not a native of wealth or influence appeared; this apathy is particular, and those zealous in the cause of promoting the enlightenment of the natives of India, should stir their native friends to take some interest in these institutions. The ex-students of the College may be very well qualified to instruct their countrymen, but their efforts unaided must prove unavailing.
Besides Messrs. D. Hare and R. Dias and Rajah Kalee Kissen we knew nobody else. The examination was conducted by the three gentlemen above named.
The sixth class spelt out of No. 1 of The Spelling Book, but were very backward indeed.
The 5th class read out of No. 2 of the above book, as badly as the former class.
The 4th class read of No.-Reader, No. 2 Spelling Book went through exercises in English Grammar and Arithmetic.
The 3d class read very correctly out of No. 2 of The Reader, and acquitted themselves in Grammar, Geography and Arithmetic to the satisfaction of all present.
The 2d class read from No. 3 of the Reader, Clifts' Geography, and answered Grammatical and Geographical questions with aptness and facility.
The 1st class read remarkably well out of No. 1 of The Poetical Reader, answered Geographical and Arithmetical questions, gave historical references with quickness, and acquitted themselves very creditably.
The prizes were distributed by the chairman, and the pupils seemed proud of every mark of distinction conferred on them by our philanthropist.
After the examination the following recitations were delivered with correct emphasis and anunciation by the boys named below.
BISHOP'S PALACE, TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 1838.
The Right Rev. Daniel Wilson, M. D., in the chair. The annual examination of the pupils of this institution commenced about 30 after 11 A. M. this day. Among the visitors, we recognized, the Venerable the Arch Deacon, Captain Marshall, Doctor Webb, the Reverend Mr. Fisher, Messrs. David Hare, A. F. Smith and several other gentlemen. We cannot help expressing great surprise at the absence of the natives of influence, save Rajahs Kallee Khrishen and Radahcant Deb.
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Mr. Hare addressed the meeting, stating that his friend the Rajah was indisposed, but desired Mr. Hare to say, he was pleased with what he had witnessed. Mr. Hare then said he had attended three of the examinations by the pupils of the institution, and he was glad to say that during that period several of the elder boys had qualified themselves and are in employment. He hoped that at the next examination he would be able to say as much. "Education," said Mr. Hare," is making great progress among the natives," and he hoped its ardent benefits will be felt by the influential gentlemen, and urge them to render some assistance to the efforts that have been made to improve the intellectual condition of the Bengallees.
EXAMINATION-HINDOO BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION.
A native gentleman then returned thanks on behalf of the proprietors of the institution, and trusted they would continue to merit the support that had been bestowed on them.-Hurk. March, 26.
The visitors dispersed at 1-30 p.m.
The examination was couducted by the Venerable the Arch Deacon. Mesers. D. Hare, R. Dias, Rev. Mr. Fisher, Rajah Kallee Khrishen, and some of the exstudents of the Hindoo College.
This institution was established in 1831, by Baboo Shurdahpershad Bhose, at present, the head teacher of the Company's School at Rajeshye. That Baboo at first supported the institution. The expenses are, however, now paid by subscriptions from both the Christian and native communities. It is now conducted by Baboo Kissen Hurry Bhose. It contains about 225 pupils who are instructed in the Classics, History, Mathematics,
Geography, English Grammar and the language.
The 4th class went through No. 3 of the English Reader, Murray's Abridgement of Grammar, Geography, Arithmetic and short translations from English into Bengallee.
The 3d class read from No. 4 of the English Reader, No. 1 of the Poetical, Murray's Grammar, Arithmetic, translation, parsing and the History of India.
The 2d class read parts of No. 5 of the English Reader, portions of Gay's Fables, the History of Greece, English Grammar, Geography, Mechanics, and Geome
The 1st class read Book 3d of Homer's Illiad, Enfield's Speaker, answered questions in Roman History, went throngh English Grammar and the exereises.
This class evinced great efficiency in Geometry, Algebra. Arithmetic, Mechanic's Astronomy and Geogra phy.
After the examination, the following recitations were
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There is no sight, said His Lordship, more gratifying than the promotion of knowledge in this great country' Hindustan, and those natives of wealth who aid in this praiseworthy duty, ought to feel proud of being the reformers of their country; and while engaged in the emuCæsar,-lating and difficult undertaking, his Lordship was of opinion they ought not to forget to inculchte religion and morality, the aids of all knowledge. As the sun rises after the darkness of night, so will knowledge rise transcendant and throw down all impediment. His Lordship strongly impressed upon the minds of the pupils, the strictest adherence to love, benevolence, charity and honesty in all their dealings, and if the pupils practised those virtues in their search after knowledge, they will of themselves discover how necessary Christianity has been to the welfare of mankind in general. His Lordship concluded by thanking the visitors, and expressed a
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the efforts of the institution.
. Umeschuuder Bannerjeea. After the english recitations, a scene from Rajah Vi-hope that they would annually observe the progress in ektam of Gour, in Bengallee, was gone through by a few lads, much to the entertainment of the English gentlemen present, and we may add that the novelty of the thing took better then any thing else, though we thought it occupied too much time.
any of the books exhibited. About 150 prizes were distributed among the most efficient scholars, and we learnt that they were procured by subscription among the several committees in Calcutta.
Annexed we give the report of the directors of the Agra Bank for the half-year ending December 1837, together with an abstract of the bank accounts for the same period. The whole shews that the establishment is in a state of high prosperity and rapidily advancing in public estimation. REPORT of the Directors read to the Proprietors of the Agra Bank at a General Meeting held on the 1st of
The Right Rev. Chairman than addressed the assembly, saying he was much gratified at the examination and that the several classes had acquitted themselves re. markably well in the different branches of their studies. The present efforts of the pupils indicated their future eminence, and His Lordship felt assured that if the work of knowledge be preserved in as has been done, the natives of India may hope for a speedy release from those yokes which ignorance and superstitution had burthened them with. The prizes bestowed this day, were so many stores of knowledge, which, when attentively looked into, would answer in the places of wealth, and if promulgated carefully among their brethren, would be memorials of the struggles of the present generation for the welfare of thosewho will hereafter succeed them.
Some excellent specimens of penmanship were laid on the table, and did credit to the boys. Their hand-wri ting appeared very bold, and we did not find erasures intors retired.-Hurkaru, March 14.
After more delay than we could have desired, or than is likely to occur on further similar occasions, we have now to report the result of the operations of the bank, during the half yearly period ending on 31st December
The bringing up of the books has been retarded by the difficulty of recruiting with skilful hands, an establishment that has for some time been found quite in adequate to the increasing importance and multiplicity of the bank's transactions, and has been still further delayed by the repeated indisposition of some of the most
Rajah Kalee Krishen, in behalf of the managers, returned thanks to the Right Rev. Chairman for His Patronage and the annual use of tho palace, and hoped the rising character of the institution will always entitle it to His Lordship's consideration.
THE AGRA BANK.
The examination concluded at 3 P. M., when the visi
Means have been taken, and others are now under consideration, which will have the effect of simplifying the accounts generally, as well as placing them on such a footing as will greatly facilitate a resumption of the practice of publishing, with the strictest accuracy, the prescribed periodical statement.
At our last general meeting the correspondence with the Lieutenant Governor of Agra on the subject of a bank note circulation, was laid before you. The question has been referred by the Governor General to the Home authorities; and, allied as it is to other proposi tions regarding banking in India, that have been long before the Court of Directors, we may expect ere many months elapse to learn their decision on the matter.
The state of credit generally during the period under review has been particularly inauspicious to our hopes of rendering the bank extensively useful to commerce; and, looking to securiry as our first object, we have not hesitated to forego some portion of profit, rather than employ any part of the funds at our disposal, in business
sums have thus remained unemployed throughout the
The new stock, the holders of which will share in the profits of the half year, commencing with the 1st of January, amounts to Rs. 500,000.
Having negatived the proposition that was made to you by the secretary to take to the bank fifty shares that were reserved for that purpose, by the Oriental Life In- By hoondeean account....
Interest on closed accounts..
Interest on loans....
Interest on Government paper
surance Company, with the view of obtaining for the
Balance in the Union Bank...
» Suspense account... House in cantonments...
1,20,251 4 3
28,278 4 10
47,980 0 0
Total... Rs 26,02,436 6
Total... Rs 26,02,436 6 9
Abstract of profit and loss account;
To establishment expenses....
Interest on the new stock
,, Petty charges account..
17,924 14 9 15,910 4
J. W. URQUHART, G. J. GORDON.
7,449 6 10
339 6 4 2,347 5 3
43,969 15 3 72,813 5 24
AGRICULTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF INDIA.
A general meeting of this society was held at the Town-Hall, on Wednesday morning, the 14th of March, 1838, at half-past nine o'clock."
THE HON. SIR E. RYAN, PRESIDENT, in the Chair. Present:-Dr. Wallick; Dr. Huffnagle; Col D McLeod; W Storm, Esq; T Leach, Esq; C K Robison, Esq; R Watson, Esq; A Beattie, Esq; W Makenzie, Esq; Dr Strong; W K Ewart, Esq; W F Gibbon, Esq; Dr H H Spry; C Trebeck, Esq A Dobbs, Esq; A Grant, Esq; D Hare Esq; JH Stocqueler, Esq; CR Princep. Esq; M A Bignell, Esq; R Smith, Esq; CA Dyce, Esq; E Preston, Esq; Capt W N Forbes J W Masters, Esq., and John Bell, Esq.
F. L. Beaufort, Esq., C. S., proposed by Col. McLeod, and seconded by the secretary.
Geo. Osborne, Esq., (Chunar) proposed by the se. cretary, and seconded by W. Storm, Esq.
W. Hudson, Esq., proposed by the secretary, and seconded by W. Storm, Esq.
W. Dent, Esq., C. S., proposed by Dr. Wallich, and seconded by Captain Forbes.
The proceedings of the last general meeting were read and confirmed.
Read reports of the Agricultural Committee, on meet-
H. Fitzgerald, Esq. (Tirhoot), proposed by the se- that a vacancy existed in the committee appointed to cretary, and seconded by Dr. Wallich.
conduct enquiry respecting the cochineal lately imported, and the president having named Dr. Spry, that gentleman agreed to act.
Motions of which notice was given at last meeting, disposed of:
Ne 1.-The Agricultural Committee's recommendation to present Dr. Montgomerie of Singapore with the society's gold medal, was brought forward and discussed.
Thos. Brae, Esq., proposed by Thos. Leach, Esq.,ings and seconded by W. Kettlewell, Esq.
Mr. C. K. Robison proposed as an amendment, seconded by Mr. A. Grant, that the silver medal be substituted for the gold medal, which amendment being put to the vote was carried.
Dr. Wallich informed the meeting that he had been reminded by the secretary of an offer made by Dr. Campbell, of Nepal, similar to that for which he which had remained in abeyance, waiting the decision of sought the aid of the society in behalf of Deyrah Doon, the committee. Dr. Campbell's letter, and Dr. Wallich's notice of motion had, therefore, been before, committee since last meeting, and the result was a recommendation that a trial should be given to the valley of Nepal, as well as that of Deyrah Dhoon.
No. 2. The president's motion that the expense in curred by the secretary in publishing a pamphlet on cochineal, be defrayed by the society. Rosolved, that the society bear the expense:
that this motion of Dr. Wallich, in its amended form, Proposed by Mr. Robison, seconded by Dr. Wallich, as recommended by the Agricultural Committee, be discussed and settled at the next general meeting. Agreed accordingly.
No. 3.-Dr. Wallich's motion, recommending that a small sum be placed at the disposal of Lieutenant Kirke,
Notices of motion.
No. 1.-Dr. Wallich's original motion, No. 3, of last month's proceedings, with the amendment recom mended by the committee, viz.
That 200 rupees be placed at the disposal of Dr. Campbell, of Nepal, and the same sum at the disposal of Lieut. Kirke, of Deyrah Dhoon, for the purpose of seeds, plants and grafts of European vegetables and enabling those gentlemen to furnish this society with be discontinued if the trial does not succeed. fruit trees, in an acclimated state as an experiment, to
No. 2.-Proposed by C. K. Robison, Esq., seconded by W. Keir Ewart, Esq., That this society make some acknowledgment to Signor Mutti, for his exertions amidst many difficulties in cultivating the white mulberry tree, in the Deccan, by which the production of silk and cheapuess, and that for this purpose the gold medal has been rendered eminently successful, both in quality of the society be awarded to him.
Read the amended rules of the society, as revised by the committee of papers, under directions from the society, which having undergone a few slight verbal altera