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an extract from the annual report of the Sheffield Fellowship Fund , ( iivserted rathe Monthly Repository , Novefabef ; 1828 , ) detailing an account of the rise and progress of these useful iustitutions , under their lamented founder , the late Dr . Thomson , of Leeds .
The rules of the Society were read over and adopted , and u President , Committee , and officers were chosen for the ensuing year ; and besides the monthly meetings of the Committee , Christmasday was fixed upon for the general meeting of the Society . As no periodical publications are added to the Chapel Library , it was resolved ( in imitation of other societies mentioned in the above
report ) to circulate the Repository , Re- > former , and other publications of the same nature , amongst those individuals of the Fellowship Fund who have not hitherto had an opportunity of reading them . Between thirty and forty persons immediately eutered their names as subscribers ; and we trust that much good will arise in the town and neighbourhood from this institution , as soon as its . plans are carried into operation .
A Statement of Facts , Arguments , and Proceeding's , in Opposition to a certain Clause in the Birmingham Free Grammar School Bill , 1830 : with an Appendix ? of Documents . In the year 1552 , a Free Grammar School was founded in Birmingham , by King Edward VI ., and endowed from the lands of a guild , then lately dissolved . From the great increase , in more recent
time , of the population of Birmingham , a considerable portion of these lands has been built upon ; and the income of the school , originally only 20 / . per annum , has gradually advanced to upwards of 3000 / . ; will soon be 10 , 000 / . ; and at no very distant period , should the town continue to prosper , may be of double that amount . The school thus possesses ample means of affording every benefit of education to the children of all classes of
the inhabitants ; and all are deeply interested in the wise administration of its funds . King Edward , by his Charter , " willed and ordained that there should be twenty m et ) ,, of the mare discreet and more trusty inhabitants of the town , parish , or manor of Birmingham , who should be governors of the possessions , revenues , and goods of the said school ; " and that , on the death or tjie removal of any of the governors ,, the ¦¦ remaining governors
» hould choose his successor ; no other * qualification being required than what is above stated . The population of Birmingham , like that of all other great towns , is composed of personsof various religious denominations . It is generally supposed , that , at present , not more than one half of the inhabitants are members of the
Church of England . Something similar has probably been the case , ever since the passing of the Act of Uniformity . It might not unreasonably be expected , therefore , that some of the governors of a school , founded for the common
benefit of all the inhabitants , should be chosen from among the Dissenters . At no very remote period , a majority of them were of that description ; but for many years past , there has not been a single Dissenter among them : though it cannot , for one moment , be contended , that
there have not been , at all tunes , among the Dissenters , persons in every respect well qualified for such an office . The Dissenters made no complaint ; but hoped that the progress of better feelings would eventually relieve them from this unmerited proscription .
It may , perhaps , be not improper to mention , that many persons , of some influence in the town , had long been anxiously endeavouring to prevent or to assuage all bitterness of party spirit ; and to foster , among people of all religious persuasions , sentiments of mutual kindness and good-will , so conformable to the precepts of the gospel ; so conducive
to the peace and comfort of individuals ; and so favourable to the prosperity of a great commercial and manufacturing community . Their exertions appeared to have been productive of the desired effect ; and , on public occasions , the increased prevalence of liberal feelings and principles , in all sects and parties , had , for some years , past , formed a common topic of mutual congratulation .
The governors of the Free School , in the year 1824 , judged it expedient to apply to the Court of Chancery , and subsequently to Parliament , for some enlargement of their powers ; with a view , it was presumed , of rendering their large income more extensively useful . Some dissatisfaction was occasioned in
the town , by the proposed improvements never having been communicated to the inhabitants at large—the parties beneficially interested in the vast income , of which the governors are only the trustees ; bat there was no public expression of such a feeling ; and the governors were left at perfect-liberty to form and mature
63 Intelligence . — -. Birmingham free Grammar School Bill .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1831, page 68, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2593/page/68/