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in the L. Provinces of the Bengal Presidency, 1850-51, clxxviii
tion Department for the year 1849-50,
COUNCIL OF EDUCATION,
Constitution of the Council on the 30th of September 1851.
TO THE MOST NOBLE THE MARQUESS OF DALHOUSIE, K.T.,
Governor of Bengal. MY LORD,
Our last report narrated the history of our proceedings for the academic year 1849-50. The present is intended to contain an abstract of the most important matters which have engaged our attention during the past year.
Your Lordship is aware that, during the period above men
tioned, we had the misfortune to lose Changes in the
our late President, the Hon'ble John Council.
Elliot Drinkwater Bethune. The estimation in which he was held by his colleagues in the Council, and their sense of the loss which the cause of Education in India has sustained by his demise, will be best conveyed by the following resolution passed upon the occasion.
At a meeting of the Council of Education, held at the residence of Sir James Colvile, on the 15th of August 1851, it was resolved:
“ That the Council desire to record their deep sense of the loss their own body and the cause of Education in India have sustained by the death of their late President, the Hon'ble John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune.
“ A cultivated mind; a catholic taste for and appreciation of general literature, combined with more than ordinary proficiency in the exact sciences ; lofty views of the duty of Education, and an ardent desire for the dissemination of its benefits, rendered him peculiarly fit to direct the course of public instruction; and the exercise of these qualities were so prompted by benevolence, so regulated by a conscientious sense of responsibility, and so frequently accompanied by acts of personal munificence, as to earn for Mr. Bethune a high place amongst those who have laboured for the improvement and development of the Native mind, and to entitle him to the admiration of his own countrymen, and the affectionate gratitude of the inhabitants of this country.”
Sir J. W. Colvile, who has for some years been a member and formerly officiated as President, now fills the office of President of the Council.
In January last, our Secretary was compelled by severe sickness to proceed to sea for the benefit of his health. His place was temporarily occupied by Captain Fletcher Hayes, who, upon being removed to an appointment at Lucknow, was succeeded by Dr. Edward Goodeve. The thanks of the Council are due to those gentlemen for the able and efficient