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The proceedings of tlie Committee , since the last annual meeting , were read by oue of the Secretaries , were approved of and confirmed , and the accounts of the Treasurer , which had been previously audited , were laid before the meeting and passed .
The thanks of ihe meeting were voted to the President , Vice-Presidents , Visiter , Treasurer and Deputy Treasurers , Secretaries , Auditors and Committee . Joseph Strutt , Esq ., of Derby , was elected President , to succeed Benjamin Gaskel ] , Esq ., M . P . of Thornes House , Yorkshire .
James Touchet , Esq ., of Broom House , near Manchester , Peter Martineau , Esq ., of St . Albans , and Daniel Gaskell , Esq ., of Lupsett , Yorkshire , were re-elected Vice-Presidents ; and Abraham Crompton , Esq ., of Lune Villa , near Lancaster , was chosen as
the new Vice-President , to succeed Mr . Joseph Strutt . George William Wood , Esq ,, was re-elected Treasurer ; Mr . Thomas Henry Robinson and the Rev . John Gooch Robberds , were re-elected Secretaries ; and the Committee of the
preceding year were re-chosen , with the exception of Nathaniel Philips , Esq ., Jonathan Brooks , Esq ., and William Duckworth , Esq ., of Manchester , who were ineligible from nonattendance , and who are succeeded by James M'Connel , Esq ., of Manchester , the Rev . William Jevons , of
Altringham , and Benjamin Heywood Bright , Esq ., of Manchester . The only change made in the Deputy Treasurers is occasioned by the resignation of Dr . Thomson , who is about to leave Halifax , and to settle at Leeds . He is succeeded by Rawdon Briggs , Jun ., Esq ., of Halifax .
The report made of the state of the funds was encouraging . The annual subscriptions discontinued during the past year amount to upwards of ^ 40 ; but notwithstanding the distresses of the times , a still larger sum has been received in new annual subscriptions , and the total amount of the subscription list is now very nearly * 7 Oo per annum . The benefactions of the year amount to £ 156 3 s . Orfand the congregational collections to *!«* * . lliT The sum of £ 150 18 * . was voted M an addition to the permanent fund .
and £ 2 OO was appropriated to the further discharge of the debt ou the York Buildings . There were thirteen divinity students in the college last session , twelve of whom were on the foundation , but one of these was obliged , by ill health ,
to return aome soon after Christmas . The number of lay-students was seventeen . Mr . J * W . Morris , who left the College a year ago , has since settled as minister with the
Presbyterian congregation at Dean Row , in Cheshire . Mr . Cannon , the only divinity student who has this year finished his course , is shortly to proceed to Edinburgh , to supply the Unitarian chapel in that city .
Mr . Richard Shawcross , of Manchester , was admitted on the foundation for the next session , as a divinity student . As an additional stimulus to exertion in the divinity students , it was ordered that an extra exhibition of
five guineas per annum should be granted during the fourth and fifth years of their course , to such of the divinity students as should hereafter be successful competitors for the first general prize . The exhibition to be expended in the purchase of theological books .
The Rev . William Shepherd , of Gateacre , has offered e second classical prize of the value of five guineas , to be awarded at the close of the next session , for the best critical essay on the second book of Virgil ' s iEneid .
After the business of the day had terminated , and Mr . Shore had , left the chair , it was taken by the Rev . John Yates , of JLiverpool , and the thanks of the meeting were voted to Mr . Shore for his services .
The trustees and supporters of the College afterwards dined together , as usual , at the Bridgewater Arms , when Mr . Shore took the chair . The presence of their much respected and venerable friend , who , in his eightieth year , had travelled on horseback the day preceding nearly fifty miles , to
honour them by his attendance , added greatly to the interest of the meetin g * The animation and gaiety with which he presided over the festivities of the day , and the playful wit with which he introduced many of the toasts , had the happiest effect on the company . About niuety gentlemen sat dowm
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1817, page 561, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2468/page/49/