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As some misrepresentation appears to have gone abroad in respect to the nature of Dwarkanath Tagore's munificent bequest to the District Charitable Society, we have sought and obtained information o the subject, and now beg to lay it before our readers, in the shape of a copy of the letter of the trustees to the society : The Hon. Sin Edwand Ry AN, Kt., &c. &c. &c. President of the District Charitable Society. Honorable Sir, – Our friend Dwarkanath Tagore prior to his leaving Calcutta, requested that we would undertake for him the necessary arrangements connected with the disposal of one lac of rupees, which sum it is his desire to appropriate to the accomplishment of some charitable object in this city, Dwarkanath desired that the disbursement of the amount so to be appropriated, might be in some measure connected with the operations and objects of that excellent institution, the District Charitable Society, and for that purpose he requested us to place ourselves in communication with the president. In now soliciting your permission to do so, we have the satisfaction of knowing, that we could not apply for advice or aid to enable us to carry the present bequest into effect to any one so well qualified to afford both in the most valuable degree or more capable of entering into the charitable views and benevolent intentions of our friend. It is the desire of Dwarkanath Tagore that, to whatever branch of charity the fund may ultimately be appropriated, it should be called Dwarkanath Tagore's Fund. The interest on the one lac of rupees before mentioned will be devoted
peculiarly objects for charitable consideration, next indeed to the lepers ; and there seemed a feeling on his mind that the amount already, adverted to might with the greatest benefit to humanity be principally, if not solely, devoted to the relief of the class in question. On this point, however, nothing need now be determined, but as it would doubtless be desirable to consult the wishes of Dwarkanath Tagore in the appropriation of his gift, and he may continue to entertain in the sentiment he expressed to us, touching regular alms or a kind of Asylum for the destitute blind, we shall feel greatly obliged, if you would give directions, for our being furnished with any information which the records of the District Charitable Society can afford, respecting the state of the poorest class of blind persons in Calcutta. The means the poorest class have of obtaining assistance in the progress of diseases of the eyes; and the numbers and condition of such as, deriving no benefit from the aid afforded, are ultimately deprived of the blessing of sightWe need scarcely add that we shall at all times be happy to do ourselves the honor of waiting upon you personally respecting any matter connected with i. donation, the nature and extent of which, we request you will do us the favor to announce to the District Charitable Society.
We have the honor to remain, Hon. Sir,
Your obedient humble servants,
(Signed) H. M. Parken.
W. PRINsep. - Paosu NNoocoMAR Tagore. Calcutta, Feb.20, 1838.
to the maintenance of this fund, the principal to be invested in good mortgages in the name of certain trustees; the detailed wishes of the donor on these points are in our possession. In conversation with ourselves, Dwarkanath Tagore appeared to be under an impression, that one class of indigent persons in this city, vis, the poor blind, were
We are informed that upon the receipt of the above, the District Charitable Society resolved to endeavour to obtain accurate knowledge regarding the condition of the blind poor in Calcutta, and in the mean time nominated a sub-committee to confer with the central committee, as to the best mode of appropriating the money, —Englishman, March 4.
COURT MARTIAL ON CORNET ROCHE.
The court-martial on Cornet Roche, which has lately been published to the army, calls, in our opinion, for some commentary, with the view of placing that young officer's case on a footing even more creditable to him than what his essentially full acquittal makes it appear, although backed by the opinion of the Commander-in Chief, which leaves no slur attachable to the Cornet's character. We are well acquainted with the facts of the case, as given in evidence, and nothing can show more strongly how impossible it is for even the most mild and the best conducted officer (in all social relations) to pass through his professional life without being subjected to trial by court-martial. Here is an instance of a young man of quiet, gentlemanly, and extremely inoffensive manners, dragged before a tribunal of military justice, at the very outset of his career, because he was subjected to the outrageous abuse of an ill-mannered mate of a ship, and, after much forbearance, resented it by knocking the offender down, as the charge alleges, but by only, as the fact was, pushing him off from him indignantly with his open hand. There was not only not the slightest aggression on Mr. Roche's part towards his vulgar abuser, but there was not
even such instant chastisement as the usual infirmity of human temper would have excused, for the insult; and yet Mr. Roche has been made the object of what it is not too weighty a description of term, persecution for several months, on shipboard and shore together. He was a passenger on the Thomas Grenville, coming out with several officers, including one of the lieutenant colonels of his regiment, to join ; and it appears from official documents which we have seen, that he was kept in close arrest, and not allowed to come upon deck when any other of the passengers were there, nor before nightfall, nor after eight in the morning, and all this for no reason, other than that he had resented a rude man's insolence, to the extent we have described—having never given the slightest provocation to call the insolence forth ! Mr. Roche had only just entered the service before he sailed from England, so that he was totally without experience, and therefore, when the vessel touched at the Cape, he did not know how to seek the protection of the Governor or Commander-in-Chief there, and it seems, Sir Benjamin D'Urban (we must suppose either misinformed, or strangely misunderstanding the true statement) enforced
the close arrest-nearly as close as a felon's could be
my native soil, I shall see July 28.
In addition to all that, we have the avowed opinion of the court that the accused only struck (the verdict, very rightly, does not find the knocking down) the mate “after great and continued provocation ;' and yet he is sentenced to be severely reprimanded,—this young and naturally peaceful man,—because his spirit could not brook the wanton and protracted abuse heaped on both his countrymen and himself. We do think it was very thoughtless in the court to brand a young officer, under these circumstances, with such a penalty on the very threshhold of his professional life; and we rejoice to find inferential evidence to the fact that the Commander-inChief did really deem the sentence unnecessarily harsh, though he does not seem to have thought disapproval to be politic—perhaps with reference to the regimental situation of the virtual prosecutor. His Excellency confines his formal reprimand to the mere acquiescence in the court's desire to that effect, but remarks, that “the interference of the 3d mate of the Thomas Grenville with Cornet Roche, and the gross and vulgar language used by him, both with reference to the Irish generally, and to the Cornet personally, go far in extenuation of the Cornet's misconduct.’ Much approving of the tenor of that observation, we think we can fairly object to the use of the phrase ‘misconduct,’ with which it terminates. His Excellency, we know, not unfrequently employs words in their originally strict sense, which have come, in ordinary parlance, to convey stronger sentiments than, perhaps, they always did (there are many instances of such terms, in our language) and the word miscouduct is, in military cases especially, understood to convey the impression of some reru heinous course of action, and to such only is it ordinarily applied. In the case before us, we believe neither civil nor military society will pronounce it to be atrocious in any one to act as Cornet Roche acted ; and we are quite certain, that neither the purely military, nor the gentlemanly, feelings of Sir Henry Fane are dissatisfied with his conduct, because, if such had been the sentiment, the reprimand would have been properly couched in terms of indignation. We have scarcely any personal acquaintance with Cornet Roche, nor with any one who knows him; and we are actuated in these remarks solely by a desire to set a young officer quite right with the Indian community, at his first starting as one of their social members.-Englishman, March 4.
you all happy and contented."
MEDICAL AND PHYSICAL SOCIETY.
Proceedings of a Meeting of the Medical and Physical Society of Calcutta, held at the Asiatic Society's Apartments, the 3d March 1838. L. T. Watson, Esq., Assistant Surgeon, by H. Chapman, Esq., seconded by Mr. R. O'Shaughnessy. — Maxwell, Esq., of the Madras Service, by Dr. O'Shaughnessy, seconded by Dr. Goodeve. Letters from the following gentlemen were read: 1st. From the secretary of the Asiatic Society, returning thanks for the 4th and 6th numbers of the Society's journal. 2d. From Messrs, Arbuthnot and Co., the Society's Agents at Madras, forwarding their account cur. rent and stating that they had a balance in their hands in the society's favour of 674 rupees. 3d. From D. Macnab, Esq., forwarding a communication upon dysentry and other algine fluxes produced by bad rice. The following works were presented to the library: 1st. Report of Mr. Bruce upon the culture of tea in Assam by the tea committee, through their secretary Li. Wallich
2d. Report of the coal committee by their secretary Dr. Mac Clelland. 2d. Journal de Medicine de Societé Royale de Medicine de Bordeaux, for May 1837. Dr. O'Shaughnessy took the opportunity of informing the Society, that, after many attempts he had succeeded in finding iodine in the confeval of the salt-water lake. We had previously examined a great number of the plants of that and other salt-water morasses, and found them all destitute of this substance. The confeval is however, richer in iodine than any of the algee fuci, he had ever examined or read of. It contained about a grain of iodine to the seer (21bs.) of the moist weed. The confeval could now be obtained to the amount of hundreds of tons on the surface of the salt-water lake. The process of preparation is very ample. The confeval is gathered and dried before the sun, then burned, and from the ashes soda and iodine are obtainable in such quantities, that the soda will pay, the expense of the manufacture, and give the iodine for nothing. Mr. MacNab's paper on congestive fever was then read and discussed. H. H. Goodevs.
PROSPECTUS OF A SOCIETY
TO BE CALLED THE “ LANDHOLDERS" SOCIETY.”
1st. The objects of this society are to promote the
general interest of landholders.
2d. To promote cordial and friendly communication between all classes interested in land, without distinction of colour, caste, birth-place, or religion. 3d. To diffuse information on all subjects connected with the interest of the soil. - 4th. To compose and settle differences and disputes amongst landhulders. - 5th. To endeavour to obtain a legal limitation to the claims of the state for the better securing of titles. 6th. To make respectful representations to Government when any regulation shall be promulgated injurious to the general interest of all connected with the soil. 7th. In the same manner to ask for such new enactments as may be deemed important to the interests of the landholders and others connected with the soil.
8th. To ask for the repeal of all existing laws that may be prejudicial to the same classes.
9th. To extend the assistance of the society to individuals when we think a general principle is involved, in order that such cases may be appealed to superior authorities.
10th. To defend ourselves by legal means against the resumption measure, now in progress, and any further attacks of the same nature, or any encroachment upon the principles of the permanent settlement.
11th. To contend for the fulfilment of the pledge, by proclamation, to extend the permament settlement to the north west provinces. 12th. To assist landholders living at a distance in their business with the courts and public offices of the presidency, and generally to furnish them with advice on all matters properly connected with the objects of the society. 13th. To carry into effect the above objects, it is proposed that the following officers be chosen. 14th. A committee of twelve persons to be elected by ballot; four to go out by rotation at the expiration of each year, and their places to be filled by ballot. The same persons may be re-elected 15th. The committee to be empowered to add to their number, if expedient, subject to confirmation by the next general meeting. 16th. The committee shall choose out of their number a president, vice president, and treasurer. 17th. The president, or in his absence the vice president, to have the casting vote in all divisions where the numbers shall be equal. 18th. All divisions to be settled by ballot. 19th. The secretary and assistant secretary to be nominated by the committee, and appointed by a majority of the members. 20th. The secretary to find his own establishment, subject to the approval of the committee, who will pass his account monthly. 21st. The public regulations, and such other books or papers as may be necessary, to be kept at the office of the society. - ~ 22d. A meeting of the committee to take place the first Monday in every month; and whenever called
especially by any two of the committee or any five members of the society.
23d. Any five of the members of the committee when present at a meeting will form a quorum to conduct the business of the society.
24th. A general meeting of the members to be held quarterly on a day appointed by the committee.
25th. The election and expulsion of members, and all questions whatever relating to the concerns of the society, may be directed by a majority.
26th. When a member may wish to retire, he is to give one month's previous notice.
27th. In case of death any one of the heirs and representatives of a deceased member shall, with the consent of the co-heirs, have a hereditary right to be elected as a member and be exempt from any fresh entrance fee.
28th. Every person desirous of becoming a member of the society must apply to the committee through their secretary.
29th. The only qualification necessary to be eligible for election as a member, is a desire on the part of the candidate to promote the general objects of the society.
30th. A member may vote by written proxy on general questions.
31st. Mookliars of absent members may attend meet. ings by per mission of the committee.
32d. Each member to pay an entrance fee of five rupees, and an annual subscription, in advance, of twenty rupees.
33d. The committee is authorized to receive donations to any amount from any member or other person willing to promote the objects of the society.
34th. The committee are to be earnestly recommended to endeavour to establish branch societies in every district of the British India Empire, with the view of establishing regular communications on all subjects connected with the object of the society.
35th. No person to vote unless his subscription be paid up,
36th. The funds to be kept in a bank, as may be ordered by the committee from time to time, or otherwise invested at their discretion.
37th. Current expenses to be drawn for by the secretary, countersigned by two of the members.
38th. Extraordinary expenses only by order of this committee entered in their proceedings.
39th. Secretary to keep proceedings at each monthly meeting, in English and Bengally, duly signed by the chairman of the committee, and to keep an index of all communications with Government or public officers which may decide general principles for easy reserence of members.
40th. Members of the society and others having disputes may refer them to one or more member of the committee, who will arbitrate on matters connected with the objects of the society.
Rajah RADAHKANT BAHADoor, Chairman.
METCALFE TESTIMONIAL MEETING.
Town Hall, 19th FEBRUARY, 1838.
At a public meeting of the subscribers and intending subscribers to the Metcalfe Testimonial.
JAMEs Pattle, Esq. in the chair.
Proposed by H. T. Prinsep, Esq., and seconded by Dr. Grant.
Resolved.—That this meeting enters cordially into the feelings expressed by the meeting of the British inhabitants 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. Martin.
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 following gentlemen : the Hon. 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 to 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 repect to the appropriation of the funds.
The committee have the gratification of announcing that a public meeting was held at Agra on the 20th of February, the day after the meeting at the Town-hall, when the following resolution was passed :
Copy of resolution passed at a meeting held at Agra on Tuesday, the 20th February 1838:
“R. D. Duncan, Esq., in the chair. It was resolved that, with reference to a second public meeting at Cal. cutta, on the subject of a testimonial to Sir Charles Metcalfe, held on the 6th instant, when in amendment of the decision of a previous meeting limiting the measure to the inhabitants of Calcutta, resolution was passed to the effect that measures should be taken to render it general for all India. This meeting view such resolution with pleasure, corresponding to the disappointment to the supporters of a general measure which the result of the former Calcutta meeting was calculated to produce. That this manly combination and unity of effort throughout India on the part of all interested in the measure, was the object mainly aimed at in the resolution of the public meeting held at Agra, on the 30th November last, and the same that has invariably guided the Agra committee in their subsequent proceedings, more especially in their addresses to influential parties at Calcutta, Madras and Bombay, which conveyed copies of the above resolution ; though from circumstances too
late probably to be brought forward or attended to at the above Calcutta meetings. That this virtual adoption by the Calcutta community of the same principle of general combination and union, sanctions the anticipation that, throughout India, a sum may be raised (probably seventy or eighty thousand rupees), equal to both
objects suggested in the above Agra resolution, and that
this meeting therefore, with the greater confidence, still
earnestly recommends both the erection of a statue and
the presentation of a service of plate. That, however, should the voice of the subscribers in other parts of India be in favour of any other testimonial of a character of more direct utility than a statue, the Agra subscribers
will readily defer to their views, and be prepared to forward accordingly the amounts of their subscriptions—at present about Rs. 13,000 to the committee at Calcutta,
with whom, from their metropolitan locality and influ
ence, it is understood, must rest the duty of carrying such measure as may be adopted into final effect. Also,
that this resolution, with a copy of that passed on the 30th November last, be forwarded to the chairman of the Calcutta committee, with the request that they be submitted for their consideration.”
Resolution of the 30th November referred to above.
That this meeting is of opinion, that in acknowledgment of the distinguished services rendered by the Hon. Sir C. T. Metcalfe, Baronet, to the whole of British India, as well as of his administration of the affairs of those provinces, both a statue should be erected in his honor and a service of plate presented to him ; but that the erection of a statue is the primary object to be accomplished. As the adoption of one or both of these measures must depend upon the co-operation of the inhabitants of other parts of India, as well as upon considerations which it is impossible now to foresee, the final appropriation of the sums raised at this station must be placed at the disposal of a local committee. It should be made a direction to the committee to aim primarily at accomplishing both of the above objects, or otherwise to carry into effect the wishes of this meeting to the best of their ability, and for this purpose to place themselves in communication with other bodies of individuals, who may elsewhere interest themselves in the same cause.
The following is a copy of a letter circulated by the directions of the Calcutta committee throughout the presidencies of Madras and Bombay, and the different stations of India, and the committee now publish it in this form, that it may become more generally known, and in the hope that it will be acted on even in stations, where it may not have been received,
Calcutta, 27th February, 1838.
Sin, The committee appointed at the public meeting at Calcutta of the subscribers and intending subscribers to the Metcalfe Testimonial, have directed me to forward to you the following copy of the resolutions passed at the Town-hall on the 9th instant, and also a list of the subscriptions. Anxious to give effect to the first resolution, the committee desire me to solicit the favor of your assistance, and hope that this appeal to the community of all India will be circulated by you through, your district or station. The committee likewise begs, that should any subscriptions be obtained, you would favor them by returning this list to me, and likewise assist them in the remission of the funds in any way most convenient to yourself.
1 have the honor to remain, v
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Subscription books are deposited at the Bengal Club, Union Bank, Hurkaru and Englishman offices, and Spence's Hotel.—Hurk., March 13.
EXAMINATION OF THE
Town Hall, SATURDAY, the 24th MARch, 1838.
DAvid HARE, Esq. IN THE CHAIR.
This institution was established in December 1834 by Gobind Chunder Bysack, of Bhanstullah, Burrah Bazar, but is now conducted by Chunder Mohun Bysack. It educates about 130 boys in the rudiments of English Grammar, History, Arithmetic and other useful qualifications. The pupils are divided into six classes. At this as at the two last meetings not a native of wealth or influence appeared; this apathy is particular, and those zealous in the cause of promoting the enlightenment of the natives of India, should stir their native friends to take some interest in these institutions. The ex-students of the College may be very well qualified to instruct their countrymen, but their efforts unaided must prove unavailing. Besides Messrs. D. Hare and R. Dias and Rajah Kalee Kissen we knew nobody else. The examination was conducted by the three gentlemen above named. The sixth class spelt out of No. 1 of The Spelling Book, but were very backward indeed. The 5th class read out of No. 2 of the above book, as badly as the former class. The 4th class read of No.—Reader, No. 2 Spelling Book went through exercises in English Grammar and Arithmetic. The 3d class read very correctly out of No. 2 of The Reader, and acquitted themselves in Grammar, Geography and Arithmetic to the satisfaction of all present. The 2d class read from No. 3 of the Reader, Clifts' Geography, and answered Grammatical and Geographical questions with aptness and facility.
Mr. Hare addressed the meeting, stating that his friend the Rajah was indisposed, but desired Mr. Hare to say, he was pleased with what he had witnessed. Mr. Hare then said he had attended three of the examinations by the pupils of the institution, and he was glad to say that during that period several of the elder boys had qualified themselves and are in employment. He hoped that at the next examination he would be able to say as much. “Education,” said Mr. Hare, “is making great progress among the natives,” and he hoped it: ardent benefits will be felt by the influential gentlemen, and urge them to render some assistance to the efforts that have been made to improve the intellectual condition of the Bengallees.
A native gentleman then returned thanks on behalf of the proprietors of the institution, and trusted they would continue to merit the support that had been be. stowed on them.—Hurk. March, 26.
The visitors dispersed at 1-30 p.m.
EXAMINATION.—HINDOO BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION.
Bishop's Palace, Tuesday, Manch 13, 1838.
The Right Rev. Daniel Wilson, M.D., in the chair.
The annual examination of the pupils of this institution commenced about 30 after l l A. M. this day. Among the visitors, we recognized, the Venerable the Arch Deacon, Captain Marshall, Doctor Webb, the Reverend Mr. Fisher, Messrs. David Hare, A. F. Smith and several other gentlemen. We cannot help expressing great surprise at the absence of the natives of influence, save Rajahs Kallee Khrishen and Radahcant Deb.
The examination was couducted by the Venerable the Arch Deacon. Mesers. D. Hare, R. Dias, Rev. Mr Fisher, Rajah Kallee Khrishen, and some of the ex. students of the Hindoo College.
This institution was established in 1831, by Baboo Shurdahpershad Bhose, at present, the head teacher of the Company's School at Rajeshye. That Baboo at first supported the institution. The expenses are, how. ever, now paid by subscriptions from both the christian and native communities. It is now conducted by Baboo Kissen Hurry Bhose. It contains about 225 pupils who are instructed in the Classics, History, Mathematics,