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flowering of the bamboo well merited consideration. His exertions in other matters are well known, but they were foreign to the objects of the society. To Major Sleeman is awarded the society's gold medal. . To Mr. Bell. The silver medal for his cultivation of guinea grass, and to Lieutenant H. Vetch a gold medal for his preparation of Caoutchoue.
In conclusion the chairman noticed the report of the Committee on Australian Cattle, and a communication from the Royal Asiatic Society requesting information (as we understood,) regarding the “ white bullock of Assam.
There were numerous other speeches and toasts during
the evening, of which our reporter regrets he has no record. The “ Agricultural Association of the United States” brought forward Dr. Huffnagle, who made some very pithy allusion to the entwining of the young hickory twig with the shamrock, the rose and the thistle ; also to the friendly co-operation of the cultivators of New Hampshire and of those of the valleys of the Mississip: Sir J. P. Grant repeatedly addressed the peeting, and Mr. S. Smith returned thanks for “ The Gentleman of the Press.” But the greatest interest was excited by Dr. Egerton's announcement of Lord Auckland's answer to the Steam Meeting memorial. It was afterwards read from the chair, and received the hearty cheers of every one present.—Englishman, Jan. 31.
At the monthly meeting of this society, on Wednesday Mr. Colebrooke (now in the E. I. House) be accepted.
evening, there were present : D. chair; Colonel Caulfield, Captain Sanders, Dr. McClelland, pr. Evans, Messrs. Jas. Prinsep, Cracroft, Dobbs, Stocqueler, G. A. Prinsep, Bignell and Kittoe. Major Sleeman, Mr. J. W. Grant, Mr. G. A. Prinsep, Asst. Surgeon Arnott, and Dr. Bonsol were severally ballotted for and elected members. Mr. C. Fraser and Mr. M. Ommaney were proposed as members, and Monsieur Jaubert, the distinguished French littérateur, as an honorary member. The proceedings of the previous meeting having been read, the secretary called the attention of the meeting to several new works that had been presented to the Society. Among others, were the Sankyu Kusitta—a trans: lation from the Sanscrit, begun by Mr. Colebroke and concluded by Professor Horace Wilson :- Elemens de la Langue Georgienne, (from the Asiatic Society of Paris,) Captain Boileau's Narrative, the Report of the Com mittee for investigating the Coal and Mineral resources of India, &c. A letter was read from Professor Wilson, suggesting that Chantry's proposal to furnish a copy of the bust of
Hare, E-q., in the It appears that the work will only cost £60.
Mr. Jas. Prinsep suggested that a private subscription be raised for the purpose of engaging Chantry to perform the task. Capt. Sanders seconded the proposition, which was car1ied. Among the numerous letters (of small importance) real to the meeting, was one from the Court of Directors, ordering forty copies of the Journal of the Asiatic Society from the commencement onwards. The secretary stated, that the early numbers were all out of print. Some conversation ensued as to the practicability of reprinting the whole work, but nothing was decided.
The secretary intimated that Government had granted 1,500 rupees for the printing a vocabulary in the Cochun Chinese and English languages.
The receipt of numerous stuffed birds from Capt. Pemberton (obtained during the march to Bootan) was anNumerous copies of inscriptions derived from temples, pillars, stones, &c. were laid before the meeting, together with some spears and arrows from Cuttack and the Goomsoor country.
The meeting broke up at an early hour. —Eng. Feb. 9.
NATIVE INFANT SCHOOL.
The examination of the children belonging to the Native Infant School, which took place at the Town. hall yesterday, seemed to have excited greater interest this year, than the last. The attendance of ladies and gentlemen was decidedly a more respectable one, but very few of the friends and relatives of the pupils, if we could so call them, were seen amongst the audience, erhaps owing to the hour being a little early for Hindoos in general. The number of boys appeared to have been much increased during the past year, and their improvement, indeed exceeded our expectations, in a great measure. Although there was not one amongst them, who was more than six years old, yet the answers they returned to questions put to them, seemed to astonish the whole audience. A bit of brass wire being held up, they described all its properties, namely, that it was flexible, elastic, &c. They went to say so far that it was not perfectly yellow but yellowish. A nose-gay of roses being handed over by the Right Reverend
Lord Bishop, they said what colour the flowers were as also their leaves. . They did all this in English, which few children of their age could do in their own language ; great credit is therefore due to Mr. Perkins and his assistants for the improvement they have made. They repeated the Bengalli alphabet, and the tables of weight and money current in this country. They sang a number of little infantile songs, and their performance was exceedingly well considering their age, and the time they have been in the institution, which is only a little better than a year old.
The Lord Bishop spoke highly of the regularity of their movements and their correct pronunciation of English, and touching upon the advantages likely to result from such an institution, expressed a hope that the ladies and gentleman present would contribute subscriptions so that funds might be raised for the purpose of establishing similar institutions in other parts of the country.-IIurkaru, Feb. 13.
METCALFE TESTIMONIAL MEETING.
At a public meeting of the subscribers and intending subscribers to the Metcalfe Plate.
James PATTLE, Esq., in the Chair.
Proposed by H. T. Pinsep, Esq., and seconded by Dr. Grant.
Resolved.—That this meeting enters cordially into the feelings expressed by the meeting of the British Inhabi. tants at Agra, in their resolution expressing their desire to erect a statue in honor of Sir C. T. Metcalfe, and to present him with a service of plate, and doubts not that the community of British India will co-operate effectually in the promotion of these objects.
Proposed by Mr. Longueville Clarke and seconded by Dr. J. R. Marim.
Resolved.—That by combining together the different public subscriptions which are now raising to offer testimonials to Sir C.T. Metcalfe, it would enable the whole Indian Community to express in a more distinguished
manner their appreciation of the merits and esteem for the character of that eminent man. Proposed by Mr. H.T. Prinsep, and seconded by Mr. William Patrick. Resolved.—That a committee consisting of the followin 2 gentlemen, the Hon'ble the Chief Justice, General McGregor, Mr. H. M. Parker, Mr. C. R. Prinsep, Dr. John Grant. Captain T. J. Taylor, Mr. Longueville Clarke, Mr. R. J. Bagshaw, be formed, to collect the subscriptions of the residents in Calcutta, and put themselves in communication with the committees formed or to be formed at the other presidencies and stations, in order to receive the sums that may be forwarded; and that it be an instruction to the committee to call another meeting on some convenient day after not less than two months, and to report the amount available for the purposes in view, with their recommendation as to its disposal, in order that a final resolution may then be come to in respect to the appro. iiation of the funds. Hurkaru, Feb. 20.
CAW NPOOR RELIEF SOCIETY.
The Committee of the Cawnpoor Relief Society have much pleasure in submitting to the sub-cribers, and the public in general, the report for the past year, presenting as it does, so favorable an account of the socie
...ty's funds, and such decided testimony to the efficiency of its operations.
thereby they have been enabled to release many from
nate alms-giving is often, nay seldom otherwise than baneful, and but a very equivocal evidence of benevo. lence ; that alone is entitled to the dignified name of charity which first assures itself of the existence of distress, and then relieves it ;-examples as numerous as
They feel grateful that their call for revolting could be adduced to support the above asserconfidence has been so liberally responded to, and that
tion, if support it need ; but, perhaps it may be enough to testify, that the most abandoned and worthless have
suffering, and from the horrors of starvation. This ex- practiced with much success on the liberality of the
hibition of confidence has not only placed their succes
sors in a position to relieve, but has also encouraged them
to the work ; and the state of the country, from the i the society was Rs. 6,674.9.3 ; at the close of the past CORONER'S INQUEST.
failure of both the khurreef and rubbee crops is such, that both funds and encouragement are amply needed. The money now available, even under the most economical and judicious application, will scarcely meet three months' demand: the committee therefore entreat a continuance of that reliance which they have hitherto experienced. To the all-wise God alone, who doth not willingly afflict the children of men, is known the extent to which the present distress will range; appearances indicate a lengthened duration, and unless Christian philanthropy exert its genial influence, the sufferings of the past will not bear contrast with those of the future, the contemplation of which is sufficient to unnerve the sternest mind. The present is not the time to argue the question whether the establishment of relief societies be desirable or not, (the gratuitous support of the halt, the blind, the decrepid, and the detection of the worthless vagrant, intuitively recommends itself to our best feelings,) but it is the time to act; the labourer is without hire, the energies of life are sinking, and the land is filled with emaciation; casting aside, then, the question of the expediency of such institutions, the committee beg that each individual will, during the present grievous affliction, give a portion of his monthly income to meet the exigency—be it only a fiftieth, if universal, it will be sufficient. They are aware that there are some who, though, they do not throw aught into common fund, distribute for urposes of relief to a great extent: but, it may be asked, o can that charity be discriminating, and efficient, by which some receive abundance and others not enough 2 The better half of charity is investigation ; indiscrimi
year amounted to Rs. 5,625-8-9 exclusive of dependen
cies not then realized. The statement below exhibits the nature of the receipts and disbursements. Receiprs.
Monthly Subscriptions ............ Rs. 818 0 0 Sacramental Collections .............. 2,752 7 6 Donations . . . . . . . . . . . . ............. 2,832 15 0 A noumalous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,437 7 10
7,840 14 4 In hand on the 1st January, 1837....... 6,674 9 3
unlimited extent ; and, it is hoped, considering the amount of the sick and weekly not less than 1,300, the former whom are receiving medical aid, that they may be induced to assist towards the support of these also.
The plan of relief hitherto pursued is that of emplov: ing those able to labour in some, work of acknowledged public utility, paying to each of the men 4 pice, which, in the present scarcity can barely procure a daily meal, and, to all others, as many cowries according to the load and distance to which is carried, as will enable them, by a little exertion, to gain sufficient to supply the demands of nature. The labour has been employed on the public road, parades, and the ground in the neighbourhood of public buildings; and the work now in hand is the excavation of a large tank near the Dragoon and Artillery Hospitals, and the filling up of the low ground in their
immediate vicinity. The number of deaths from exposure
and starvation, which have come under the cognizance of the society, may be estimated at 600 since the 1st of September last, and including those throughout the station, at 1,200 by the lowest calculation ; and the average number relieved daily 1,300.
The number of located paupers perfectly helpless is 30.
Respecting their endeavours to suppress vagrancy, the committee have every reason to feel satisfied that they have fully succeeded : the vagrant is known, hiswanderings noted, and his trade checked: all that is required to complete the efficiency of this branch of the society's operations is a reliance on the judgment of the committee, by referring every petitioner unrelieved to them. The system of monthly returns of travelling applicants is maturing, and, will tend materially, combined with the confidence of the public, to frustrate the worthless vagrants' speculation. The number of travellers relieved is 32 : the number of these considered unworthy 10.
In closing their report the committee desire to express a fervent hope that Almighty God may, of his infinite mercy, bless the means adopted to the attainment of the end designed, and interpose to prevent the aggravation of the present unparralleled suffering from the continuance of the present drought.
An inquest was held on Tuesday afternoon last on the bodies of a Chinaman named Fasha, and of a native who was in his employ. The circumstances of the case were briefly these . About one o'clock that morning, Fasha and two of his countrymen, taking a servant with them, embarked at the Custom-house ghaut on board a boat, to proceed to Barrackpore. When off Nimtullah street, in consequence of the violence of the tide, and it being extremly dark then, the boat went fowl of a sloop, and was capsized. The accident was noticed almost immediately after, by the police boats, and they hastened to the assistance of the inmates of the boat. After a short chase they succeeded in overtaking the boat which was floating up, near the Baug Bazar bridge; and after hawling it ashore, it was discowered that Fasha, and his servant were dead in the
cabin, the latter completely jammed up under one of the seats. The companions of Fasha had succeeded in getting out of the cabin by breaking through one of the windows, and thus escaped a watery grave. All the crew had also been saved.
After due examination, the jury returned a verdict of “ accidental death.” o
About twelve o'clock the same day, a ferry boat from Ghoosry, was also capsized at Coomartooly ghaut. There were a number of people on board and all being in a hurry to get to land at once, the boat tilted and turned over. Amongst the passengers there were three Sooniasees, who were the only individuals that met their deaths by the accident. On the boat being soon after pulled ashore, their bodies were found under the choppor. —Hurkaru, Feb. 2.
(Correspondence between Government and the Committee. H. T. PRINser, Esq., Secy. to Govt. Genl. Dept.)
Sir, Under appointment as a committee for carrying into effect the rosolutions of a meeting of inhabitants of Calcutta to commemorate that act of the legislative council which establishes ths freedom of the India Press, by the erection of a public building to be called the “Met calfe Library,”—we beg that you will oblige us by submitting to the Right Honorable the Governor of Bengal, that an amount of subscriptions for the above purpose is raised, which we have reason to hope would provide for , the erection of a commodious edifice, but which would certainly not be adequate to the purchase also of a sufficient quantity of ground upon which to build it in any eligible situation.
We are induced, therefore, to request that Government will liberally extend its aid towards the accomplishment
of an object of great utility, by granting to the inhabitants a piece of ground upon which to raise this monument of public gratitude for one of the earliest acts of the Indian legislature.
We take the liberty to suggest, that the whole of the enclosure to the north of the tank in Tank-square, being unoccupied, that space would afford ground for the building, desirable in every respect; it being so centrically situated as to be accessible to all classes of the community, and most especially to those to whom the establishment of a library is calculated to be of the greatest service; while it is at the same time sufficiently retired from the most noisy parts of the city, and is a situation where a simple but elegant building of the kind proposed might be made highly ornamental to the place.
The objects of the institution will render it of importance to consult the convenience of many classes of persons, to which we believe no other site would be so
And others, a committee for carrying into effect the resolution of the inhabitants of Calcutta, for the erection of a building, to be called the “ Metcalfe Library.” Gentlemen,--I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, dated the 14th instant, soliciting the grant of a piece of ground upon which to erect the edifice to be called the “Metcalfe Library,” and suggesting the enclosure to the north of the tank in Tank-square as a place well adapted for the purpose, and to request, before the Right Honorable the Governor of Bengal can decide whether to allow the proposed building to be erected on the site mentioned, that he may have the opportunity of inspecting the plan. I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, Your most obedient servant, H. T. PRINst p, Secretary to Government. General Department, Fort William, the 20th July, 1836.
H. T. PRINser, Esq. Secy, to Govt. Gent. Dept.
Sir, We have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th ultimo ; and, as requested, to hand you here with a plan for the proposed “Metcalfe Library,” which has been drawn by a professional buil. der with reference to the extent of funds that will be at our disposal.
In laying this plan before the Right Honorable the Governor of Bengal, we shall be obliged by your explaining that it is submitted solely as exhibiting the scale of building, which the subscriptions would enable us to erect. The plan itself has not been decided upon nor considered with reference to eventual adoption, as it is our intention, should the Right Honorable the Governor of Bengal accede to the request contained in our letter of the 14th ultimo, to advertise publicly inviting plans and tenders. This however we should not feel fully at liberty to do until we are favoured with the reply of Government to our request.
We have the honor to be,
(Sd.) T. Dickens.
(Sd.) W. Carr. T. E. M. Turton. H. M. Parker. W. N. Forbes. Russomoy Dutt. Dwarkanath Tagore. J. Pattle. J. Kyd. Calcutta, 11th August, 1836.
that His Lordship has obtained a report from the civil architect upon the site in Tank-square which has been requested for the “Metcalfe Building,” and though objections have been stated to the proposed appropriation of the ground in question, yet it appears to his Lordship to be the most eligible of the sites which have been pointed out and that which may be most properly disposed of.
2. His Lordship has also learnt with much pleasure that the curators ..}. public library are of opinion that it would be of great benefit to their institution to have the use of such a building, and looking therefore to the just and liberal feeling with which the subscribers to its foundation have come forward, and to the general advantage which will be derived from a public library, they will be willing to waive all objection, and to grant to the committee the site in question as soon as he shall be satisfied that a sufficient and substantial building will be erected upon it on condition, in consideration of the inhabitants of the square, that the building do not exceed one story in height and that it be appropriated to no other purpose than to that of a library open upon liberal conditions to the public. 3. The plan is herewith returned. I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, Your most obedient servant, H. T. PRINse P, Secy. to Govt.
General Department, Fort William, the 28th Sept. 1836,
(No. 411 ) To J. Pattle, Esq.
And others forming a Committee for carrying into effect the Resolution of the inhabitants of Calcutta for the erection of a building to be called the “ Metcalfe Library.” Gentlemen,_With reference to my letter, No. 1264, dated the 28th September last, I am directed by the Right Hon'ble the Governor of Bengal to transmit for your information copies of correspondence noted in the margin by Mr. E. D. Barwell, on the subject of the assignmeut of a piece of ground in Tank-square for the site of a public library, and to state that His Lordship leaves it to you to determine, whether with reference to these objections and claims you think it advisable to persist in the selection of this spot for the proposed edifice. I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, Your most.obedient servant, H. T. PRINsep, Secy. to Govt.
Genl. Dept. Fort William, the 8th. March, 1837.
Letter from Mr. Barwell dated 24th Feb. 1837. Ditto to ditto dated lst March. Ditto from ditto dated 6th ditto. Ditto to ditto dated 8th ditto.
Sir, Understanding that application has been made to Government for the assignment of a piece of ground within the enclosure on the north side of Tank-square, to be appropriated to the erection of a public library, I take the liberty of addressing you for the purpose of soliciting information, whether it is intended to comply with the application, and should such a measure be contemplated, I would humbly request permission to bring to its notice circumstances which would, I trust, induce the Government not to grant the assignment in question. I have, &e. (Signed) E. D. Barwell,
Advocate of Supreme Court.
letter dated the 24th ultimo, relative to the piece of ground on the north side to Tank-square to be appropriated for the erection of a public library, and in reply to communicate to you a copy of the letter addressed under His Lordship's orders to the committee for electing a public library under date the 28th September last.
2. The right Honorable the Governor of Bengal cannot believe, that an ornamental building of the kind proposed to be erected under the conditions imposed by His Lordship would be other than an improvement to the square, and to the property in the neighbourhood.
3. His Lordship will, however, be prepared to receive, and give attention to any objections that may be urged by yourself or any other parties interested.
I am, &c.
Genl. Department. Fort William, March 1, 1837.
To H. T. PRINser, Esq. Secy. to Government.
Sir, I was honored on the afternoon of the 4th ultimo, with the receipt of your letter bearing date the 1st of March, and relating to the proposed assignment of a F. of ground in Tank-square fer the site of a public ibrary.
As to the mere question of local improvement, it would ill become me to venture an opinion in opposition to the one so strongly intimated by His Lordship, the Right Honorable the Governor of Bengal, but I certainly was not without apprehension, that the sale of the property called Writer's Buildings, which has for a length of time been contemplated, would be materially prejudiced by a structure raised so immediately in front of it.
I have, however, much more forcible objection to submit to the consideration of His Lordship, viz. that the title to the ground proposed to be granted is (unless they have been #. of it in some way of which both the other member of my family in this country and myself are ignorant) in the trustees of the will of Mr. Richard Barwell, formerly of Calcutta, and of Stansted Park, in the County of Sussex, it will not, I apprehend, be neces. sary at present for me to disclose this title, further than to state, that up to this time Mr. Richard Barwell's estate, pays the ground rent to Government for upwards of eight beegas north of the tank and south of the great road running in front of the Writer's Buildings, as will appear by entries in the office of the Collector of Calcutta. I also find, on searching among some old pao: that reference is made to an agreement by Thos.
yons (from whom Mr. Barwell P. the property) not to erect a second range of buildings south of the 19 houses during the lease No. 52, to which Mr Barwell was bound. This agreement I presume, remained in force during the subsequent tenancy of the buildings by the Company, which tenancy as to the greater part of the premises ceased with the expiration of the last charter.
I have to beg that you will convey to His Lordship, my humble and thankful acknowledgments for the readiness with which he has accorded the request contained in my former letter and hope that the nature of my present communication may be such, as to convince His Lordship, that I have not been guilty of any wanton intrusion upon his valuable time, should he require further information, and be pleased to allow me the honor of an interview, I might perhaps put him in possession of what little I know about the matter, in a shorter time than it would take to commit the same to writing.
I have, &c. (Signed) E. D. Banwell. 2, Post Office-street, 6th March, 1837.
To E. D. BARwell, Esq. Sir-Your letter dated the 6th instant, has been laid
before the Right Hon'ble the Governor of Bengal, and I
am directed in reply to state that the circumstances mentioned by you in respect to the title of the ground, within the enclosure of Tank-square, north of the tank, will be made the subject of particular enquiry, and in the mean time the Committee appointed for carrying into effect the resolution of the inhabitants of Calcutta, for the erection of a building to the called the “Metcalfe Library,” will be made acquainted with the nature of the objections and claims presented by you. I am, &c.
(Signed) H. T. Paisser, Secy. to Govt. General Department, Fort William, 8th March, 1837. (True Copies,) H. T. Paisser, Secy to Govt. Courier, February 5.]
To II. T. PRINser, Esq. Secretary to Government, General Department.
Sir, We have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 8th, ins:ant No. 411, to the address of James Pattle, Esq. and others forming a committee No. transmitting copies of correspondence with Mr. E. D. Barwell on the subject of a piece of ground in Tank-square, for the site of a public library ; and stating that the Right Honorable the Governor General of Bengal has been pleased to leave it to the committee for the proposed edifice to determine whether they consider it advisable to persist in the selection of the spot in question.
We are directed by the committee for the Metcalfe Library to reply to your favour above quoted, and to request you will be so good as to snbmit to His Lordship their wish to adhere to the selection referred to: since they cannot find any situation in Calcutta so well adapted in every way for the purpose as the one referred to in Tank-square. The committee, therefore, solicits that His Lordship will obligingly authorize the proper Government officers to put us in possession, that the further necessary steps for the proposed building may be adopted.
We have the honor, to be, Sir, your most obedient servants,
(Signed) CAmr, Tacome AND Co. Secys. to the Committee for the Metcalfe
Library Building. Calcutta, 25th March, 1837.
To H. T. Phinsfr, Esq. Secretary to Gorernment, General Department.
Sir, –By direction of the committee of the Metcalse Library Building, we take the liberty to beg your attention to our letter of the 25th March last ; and as we have not received any communication from the proper Government officers, who we anticipated would put us in possession of the spot of ground in Tank-square, selected for the site of the proposed building, wesolicit the favour of your intimating to us the necessary measures to be taken, and the authority to be applied to for the purposes of having the ground in question regularly made over for the purpose contemplated, the committee having, in obedience to the desire expressed by the Right Honoroble the Governor of Bengal, submitted their wish to adhere to the selection of the ground referred to, no better situation in Calcutta occurring to them.
We have the honor, to be, Sir,
(Signed) CARR, TAGore AND Co. Secys. to the Committee for the Metcalfe
Library Building, Calcutta, 10th July, 1837.