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ANNUAL REPORT 63 The Council could have wished to be able to give more favourable account to the Court in respect of proposal which would as they believe have been of great advantage to the College and which they had hoped might have been considered in the same light by the Universities But considering the tendency manifested by the Universities to connect themselves more and more closely with all institu- tions of higher education in the country they cannot regard the question as finally closed In the course of this year the Council have had under their consideration the recommendations of the Royal Commission for the encouragement of Science 80 far as they concern King's College That Commission expressed its opinion that under certain conditions the College had by its services to the cause of education in Physical Science established claim to public support in the form either of grant given once for all or of au annual subsidy The Council being willing to fulfil any reasonable conditions not inconsistent with the original principles of the College requested to be allowed to send deputation on the subject to the Lord President of the Council That deputation consisting of the Bishop of London the Earl of Powis Sir Watson Mr Bateman Mr Austen Leigh the Rev luce Mr Webster Dr Pitman with the Principal and several leading Professors of the Col- lege was favourably received by the Lord President and Vice- President of the Council The deputation stated that public grant would enable them first to extend their buildings and apparatus of teaching next to give more adequate remuner- ation to teachers thirdly to lower the fees paid by the stu- dents where necessary and lastly to establish Scholarships and Exhibitions and they were invited to embody their views and their desires in formal memorial Such memorial has been forwarded and is now before Her Majesty's Govern- ment and the Council trust that some means may be found to carry out the recommendations of the Commission and so enable the College with fuller efficiency and without pecuniary embarrassment to meet the great and increasing requirements of the teaching of Physical Science
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