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30 SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF KING'S COLLEGE The College has never yet been able to build up an adequate endowment King's College was carried on for more than fifty years under the original constitution according to which the Corporation consisted of the original donors and their successors This constitution was modified by the King's College London Act 1882 It inter alia extended the objects of the College so as to include the education of women and conferred on it powers of carrying on its work in other premises within fifteen miles of the College It also added to the members of the Corporation those who had been made by the Council Fellows of the College During the years 1880 to 1900 King's College took part in the movement for the creation of Teaching University in London and jointly with University College presented petition for the Charter of Gresham University The result of this movement was the re-constitution of the University in 1900 which had at once an appreciable effect on the number of the students the character of the teaching and the life of the whole College and necessarily also led to further changes In 1903 an Act was passed abolishing the declaration of membership of the Church of England which up to that date had been required in the case of membership of the Council and of all offices except the Pro- fessorships of Oriental and Modern Languages By this Act the only persons from whom the declaration was in future to be required were the Professors and Lecturers in the Faculty of Theology Meanwhile University College which had previously made similar proposals to the University Commissioners approached the Senate of the University with proposal for the incorporation of the College into the University After considerable negotiations conditions of incorporation were agreed upon and embodied in an Act of Parlia- ment which received the Royal Assent in 1905 and the transfer took effect on January 1st 1907 The situation created demanded the serious consideration oi the Council of King's College Equally with University College the Council desired to strengthen the Uni- versity and to secure unity of aim and interest in all that relates to advanced education and the promotion of original research They felt also that if University College were incorporated and enjoyed different status from that of King's College which would remain only School of the University it would place the teachers of the College in an inferior position Moreover the growth and development of the College demanded careful consideration of the best method of organizing its work In 1897 King's College School had been removed to Wimbledon and was thus to con- siderable extent separated from the College In 1904 an Act had been obtained to remove the Hospital to new site in Camberwell while the growth of the work of the College demanded the use for University purposes of the rooms which had formerly been occupied by King's College School and which after its removal were in the
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