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ANNUAL REPORT APRIL 1858 47 valuable services in the evening the Council have to thank the Principal for procuring the aid of Mr Henry Morley and Mr Stebbing formerly Students of the Department of General Literature and Science and well fitted by their ability and reputation to fill the positions which were thus lefi vacant The result of these judicious measures was marked increase in the number of Matriculated Students in this Department The growing importance of the Evening Classes induced the Council to take further step towards increasing their value and ensuring their permanence and they accordingly in the short winter recess came to the reso- lution of placing these classes on the same footing as other Departments of the College giving Prizes Certificates of Honour and Certificates of Approval to the most deserving Students in each subject and admitting Matriculated Students under conditions analogous to those which have been long since recognised in other Departments especially in reference to the study of Divinity to the rank of Associate and per- mitting them to compete for all such Scholarships and Prizes as are not confined to particular Departments In furtherance of this plan an Evening Meeting was held on April 14th for the Distribution of Prizes and Certificates to those to whom they had been awarded On this oc- casion the Bishop of London as Chairman of the Council presided and after listening with much surprise and interest to the clear and able statement of the Chaplain who acted as Dean of the new Department his Lordship was pleased to express his cordial approbation of the whole plan of education and to address to the assembled Students words of wisdom which must add new stimulus to their spon- taneous exertions And thus was inaugurated new Depart- ment the importance and capabilities of which can be scarcely exaggerated Indeed when it is considered that this scheme opens the avenue of sound and religious learning to vast and indefinite number of valuable men hitherto almost entirely neglected that the conduct of these Students is in every respect exemplary that the favourite studies selected by
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