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tress, or any other servant of the institution receiving from the institution above 50 Rs- per month, be raised, but with the consent of the subscribers at a general meetlug The Rev. Mr. Macqueen proposed as an amendment rule 7, of 1833, as follows:– “That all sums of money acquired by the School from legacies, extraordinary donations or otherwise, of 1,000 rupees in amount or more, be forthwith vested by the Governors for the time being in Government Securities; and that a majority of the governors shall have authority to appropriate the interest of the Government securities and other annual income to the current expenses of the School; and that no part of the funds vested in such manner shall be applied to any other purpose whatever, unless with the sanction of a public meeting, consisting of a majority of subscribers and donors resident in Calcutta.” The amendment was put and carried. Captain Birch had voted for the amendment, but he saw no reason why he should not also vote for the original motion, as the two did not at all interfere with each other. The chairman thought the original motion tied the committee too closely. Mr. Samuel Smith, however, was of opinion, that it was a very prudent precaution. The Rev. Mr. Macqueen differed from Mr. Smith and the mover; he considered that the resolution took the power of rewarding from those, who from their situation as governors, were the best judges where rewards ought to be bestowed; and after all the subscribers would have to proceed on information, furnished by the governors. After some remarks from the Rev. Mr. Robertson, Mr. S. Smith, and Mr. Judge, the resolution was put to

the vote and lost by a minority of 14 to 18. After this business was disposed of, the subscribers proceeded to ballot for a new Governor. Dr. Corbyn and Captain Birch were nominated: for the former there ap" peared 15, and for the latter 14.

The chairman then brought to the notice of the meet: ing an application from the parents of the boys who had drawn the lotteries from 1829 to 1833. At the latter date the governor had come to a resolution to place the sums paid by the Lottery Committee as a reward for the boys' services into the School fund. The application was for Rs. 250, the amount paid into the School funds, prior to passing the resolution. After some conversation it was determined that the resolution should not have a retrospective effect, and that the amount paid into the funds prior to 1833, should be given unto the boy's parents.

The next resolution was carried on the motion of Mr. Kellner, seconded by Mr. C. F. Byrn.

“That for the future no individual be eligible to be selected as Governor unless he be a subscriber of the qualified standing.”

The following resolution was moved by Mr. Martin, and seconded by the Rev. Mr. Robertson:

“That in future, annual subscribers of 16 rupees be entitled to one vote, those of 32 rupees to two votes and those of 48 rupees to three votes; beyond which no additional votes to be allowed : and further, that all persons entitled to vote must have been Subscribers, at least six months previous to the meeting at which their vote or votes respectively shall be offered.”

Much conversation followed: Mr. Kellner moved the following amendment, which was seconded by Mr. Wale Byrn and carried :

“That the old rule which gave the right of voting equally to all subscribers of 16 rupees and upwards per annum, do stand unchanged.”

Thanks were then voted to the chairman, and the meeting separated.—Englishman.

STEAM FUND MEETING.

Proceedings of a Public Meeting of the Subscribers to the New Bengal Steam Fund, held at the Town Hall, Calcutta, the 16th February, 1836.

Alexanden Colvin, Esq., -Chairman.

The Secretary to the Committee of the New Bengal Steam Fund having read the Report of the Committee, it was. Proposed by John Abbot, Esq., seconded by J. H. Stocqueler, Esq., and resolved,—That the Report now read be adopted and published for general information, The Secretary having submitted for the consideration of the Subscribers an abstract of certain printing bills and charges amounting to Sa. Rs. 56-9 incurred in connection with the Requisition for a Meeting to memorialize the Supreme Government to enlarge the interval between the proposed dates of departure of the Hugh Lindsay from Bombay, it was Proposed by M. Joseph, Esq., seconded by J. H. Stocqueler, Esq., and resolved,—That the amount of Sa. ##9 be disbursed out of the New Bengal Steam unolProposed by Jas. Sutherland, Esq., seconded by John Abbott, Esq., and resolved,—That this Meeting sanction the Committee of this Fund acting in concert with the Requisitionists for a Public Meeting on the 5th of March next, in the promotion of the objects for the attainment of which that Meeting is ... and the application of any portion of the New Bengal Steam Fund which they may deem necessary to carry the Resolutions of the said Meeting into effect, subject to confirmation by a General Meeting of the Subscribers, to be called at six weeks notice in conformity with the 8th Resolution of the original General Meeting of the Subscribers held on the 22d day of June, 1835. Alex. Colvin, Chairman. Thanks were then voted to the Chairman and the Meeting dissolved.

Report of the Committee of the New Bengal Steam Fund to the Subscribers, at a Meeting held at the Town Hall, Calcutta, on the 16th February, 1836.

The Committee of the New Bengal Steam Fund, beg to lay before the subscribers the accompanying “summary statement of receipts and expenditure on account of the New Bengal Steam Fund from the 1st August to the 31st ultimo,” shewing a balance in favor of the Fund of Sicca Rupees 71,774-2-7; to this is to be added the sum of Sa. Rs. 1,301-3-9, being the amount estimated to be receivable, making in all Sa. Rs. 73,075-6-4. . The Committee have not failed to watch with unceasing interest every occurrence connected with the important object of their appointment, with a view to take advantage of any opening by which their interference could be rendered available towards the success of that object.

In their last report, under date 4th August last, laid before the Meeting of the subscribers, held at the Town Hall on the 7th of that month, they referred to the Resolutions of the Committee of the House of Commons, under date 14th July, 1834; viz, that it was then expedient that measures should be immediately taken for the regular establishment of a Steam Communication from India by the Red Sea ; that it shoud be left to His Majesty's Government, in conjunction with the East India Company, to consider whether the communication should be, in the first instance, from Bombay or from Calcutta, or according to the “combined plan suggested by the Bengal Steam Committee;” and finally, that by whatever line the communication should be established, the net charge should be equally divided between His Majesty's Government and the East India Company, including in that charge the expense of the land conveyance from the Euphrates on the one hand, and the Red Sea on the other, to the Mediterranean.

The Committee hailed this resolution as the certain fore-runner of the immediate establishment of the communication either to Bombay alone, or as they most confidently hoped, on the comprehensive plan recommended by them. They waited with anxiety certainly, yet without fear, for the result. They regret, however, to have to state that up to the end of August last, a period of thirteen months subsequent to the resolutions, nothing decisive would appear to have taken place. Indeed, with exception to a report, that the Honorable the Court of Directors have given instructions for two large steamers to be built at Bombay, which, it is hoped, may be made available for the communication between that place and Suez, nothing at all would appear to have been done.

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by and paid them, now refunded by substitution of English coal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,611 8 | To amount of the Chronometer sold... . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600 0 0 To interest received on Company's Papers. 1,328 12 10 To discount allowed on the purchase of Paper.. 151 13 6 4,833 6.4 75,438 104 By Steamer Forbes's Second voyage. Expenses at Suez for coals, &c. 1,940 3 5 Balance of Mr. Reed's account for hire of Regia, &c. 771 10 4 2,711 13 9 By Captain Forth. Amount of his receipt for 300 German crowns borrowed at Socotra for the purposes of the Forbes 591 15 11 By printing chargeS. - - - - - - - - - - - - 53 8 3 By Secretary's Office. Salary of Clerk from 1st August to 31st ult, at 35 210 0 0 Stationery. . . . . 20 0 0 230 0 0 By Charges General. Expenses incurred getting signatures to the Requisition for a Public Meeting to take into consideration the present state of the Steam question 28 0 0 By interest paid the purchase of Company's Papers 48 9 10 3,664 7 9 Balance Sa, Rs. 71,774 2 7 Balance composed of the following. Company's Paper Sa. ----- ... . ...... 70,500 0 0 Cash in Union Bank 1,255 ll 5 Cash in Secretary's hands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 7 1 Sa. Re-71,774 2 6 Fractional difference. 29 0 0 1 sa. Rs. 71,7437 -oErrors Excepted, Chas. B. §§o Secy. to the Committee of the New Bengal Steam Fund, Town Hall, Calcutta, 15th February, 1836. Dependencies. Receivable. o on Comany's Paper up o: the 31st ult... Sa. Re- 705 0 0 Capt. Forth to balance of his account. . . . . . . . . . . . ,, 1,372 l 1 --"

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Amount of 20 tons coal supplied at Colombo to the Forbes.......... Sa. Rs. 400 0 0

Shaik Jauker Ally by balance due on his account Current. . . -> 375 13 4

Sa. Rs- 775 13 4

By balance, Sicca Rupees 1,301 3 9

THE STEAM MEETING. Town HALL, WEDNEsday, FEBRUARY 17, 1836. H. M. PARKER, Esq., IN the CHAIR. At a Meeting of the Requisitionists held this evening, the annexed Resolutions were determined upon to be proposed to the General Meeting for adoption on the 5th proximo. The Meeting consisted of about 40 gentleIn enResolved.—I. That a select Committee of the House of Commons did, under date 14th July, 1834, among others, report to the House the following Resolutions.—

“That it is the opinion of this, Committee, that the

experiments which have been made have been attended with very great expense ; but that from the evidence before the Committee, it appears that by proper arrangements the expense may be materially reduced, and under that impression it is expedient that measures should be immediately taken for the regular establishment of Steam communication from India by the Red Sea. That it is the opinion of this Committee that it be left to His Majesty's Government in conjunction with the East India Company to consider whether the communication should be in the first instance from Bombay or from Calcutta or according to the combined plan suggested by the Bengal Steam Committee. That it is the opinion of this Committee, that by what

tween His Majesty's Government and the East India Company, including in that charge the expense of the land conveyance from the Euphrates on the one hand, and the Red Sea on the other, to the Mediterranean." Resolved–II. That effectual measures not appearing to have been taken consequent on the above Resolutions, it is expedient that a petition be presented to the House of Commons praying that such measures may be adopted as are requisite for the immediate carrying the Resolutions into effect; and that Memorials be addressed to the Right Honorable the Board of Commissioners for the affairs of India, and to the Honorable the Court of Directors, praying that they will unite in giving the fullest possible effect to the above Resolutions. Iresolved.—III. That the Petition now read be adopted, and that the Committee of the New Bengal Steam Fund, as a body already constituted for the purpose of furthering the cause of Steam communication with England by way of the Red Sea, be requested, after the same shall have been signed, to cause it to be transmitted to an influential member of the House of Commons conversant with the affairs of India with the request of this Meeting that he will present the same to the House of Commons and support the prayer thereof. IResolved.—IV. That the Memorials to the Right Honorable the Board of Commissioners for the affairs of India, and to the Court of Directors now read be adopted and when signed by the Chairman on behalf of the Mleet: ing, forwarded to the Honorable the Governor-General of India in Council with the respectful request of this Meeting that. His Honor in Council will forward the same with such support as their important object may seem to merit. Resolved.—W. That the Committee of the New Bengal Steam Fund be requested to adopt such other measures as may be considered necessary to give the fullest possible effect to the above Resolutions, and generally to exert themselves to secure the great object of their original appointment. The following Committee was nominated to prepare the draft of a petition. Mr. W. H. Crawford, of Bombay ; Captain T. J.

eyer line the communication be established, the net charge of the establishment should be divided equally be

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2.—That in order to obviate the inconvenience of minute fractional calculations of dividends on the new or supplementary shares, all such new shares be only considered entitled to participate in regular dividends from the 30th April, but that parties wishing to pay their purchase money into the Bank at any time before that day,

“3rd.—That the sum of Sa. Rs. 31-4 or Co's Rs. 33- be considered in that respect as fixed depositors, and 5-4 be added to the present shares of Sa. Rs. 2,500 or Co's receive the usual rate of.4 per cent...interest for the sums

Rs. 2,666-10-8, making the new shares Company's Rs. 2700 each.

4th.--That in order to provide against an accumula. tion of capital stock disproportioned to the probability of immediate business, the Bank be open to subscriptions until the to the extent of two hundred shares only, and the option of subscribing be reserved for present proprietors alone until that period, each proprietor being allowed one-third share on each share he now holds and, that the remaining two hundred shares be now cancelled.

5th....That the blank in the foregoing Resolution No. 4, be filled up as follow “30th April 1836,” reserving sufficient shares for the proprietors now in Europe until

thus provisionally paid in, during the broken period between such payment, and the 30th April, the date from which all accounts are to be kept in Company's rupees. Moved by Mr. Maclean, seconded by Baboo Dwarkanauth Tagore3d.—That the Directors do take the necessary measures for carrying the above Resolutions into effect.

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PRoceedINGs of THE ASIATIC SOCIETY.

Wednesday Evening, the 6th Jan. 1836. The Honorable Sir Edward Ryan, President, in the chair.

Sir Charles D'Oyly, Bart., E. A. Blundel, Esq., and Dr. H. Falconer, proposed at the last meeting, were duly elected members.

The meeting then proceeded to the annual election of office-bearers, when by scrutiny of names, The Rev. Dr. Mill, W. H. Macnaghten, Esq., Sir J. P. Grant, and Sir B. Malkin, were chosen Vice-Presidents for the ensuing year; and Messrs. H. T. Prinsep, J. R. Colvin, C. E. Trevelyan, C. H. Cameron, D. Hare, Ram Comul Sen, Captains Forbes and Pemberton, and Dr. Pearson, members of the Committee of Papers. The ordinary publications of the Society during the past year, had been confined to the Index of the first 18 volumes of Researches, and a new edition of the Library Catalogue. On the 6th May, it was resolved to give additional attention to the Society's museum of Natural History. A curator and establishment were appointed, and measures were taken to accommodate the museum of antiquities, models, images, &c. in the gallery around the staircase, leaving the lower suite of apartments entirely open for objects of Natural History. To the gallery also was added the fine collection of ictures, munificently presented by the sons of the late Ir. Home, one of the oldest members of the Society. These alterations and the preparation of Mineral Cabinets had enhanced considerably the year's expenses, but the good effect had amply compensated. To the museum of fossil remains, some splendid additions had been conferred by Colonel Burney, Colonel Colvin, and Mr. Dean, and the collection of recent Osteology and of birds had been properly arranged and classified. . A catalogue raisonnée had simultaneously been prepared by the Curator, which would hereafter be submitted to the Committee of Papers for publication. In the mean time the strenuous assistance of members and friends of the institution was solicited to render the Society's museum worthy of public attention. The resolution of the Government to make over the Library of the College of Fort William to the Public Library lately instituted in Calcutta, was coupled with a reservation of all the works exclusively oriental, of which it is known that the College possesses a very extensive and valuable collection, comprising the whole library of Tippu Sultan. These, it was generally understood, the Government would be willing to transfer to the Asiatic Society should a request be expressed by this body to obtain them. As their possession would necessarily involve an increase of establishment, the Committee of Papers had hitherto hesitated making any application on the subject, but it was evidently desirable that such an opportunity of enriching its collection should be hailed with eager desire by a body devoted to the cultivation and study of Indian literature and history, The Secretary apprized the meeting that he has received from Mr. W. H. Smoult, the box of papers of the late Mr. Moorcroft, which were in possession of the late W. Fraser, Esq., and which he was willing to place at the disposal of the Society, on the conditions expressed by the deceased : viz. that any profit accruing from their publication should go to the benefit of Mr. Moorcroft's relatives in England. The Society entirely concurring in this view, resolved, that they should be immediately forwarded to Professor Wilson in England, to be made use of along with the former manuscripts, on the conditions specified. A letter from the Vicar Apostolic of Cochin, was read, requesting the Society to forward the specimen of the Dictionary, which he regretted to hear could not be printed in Calcutta, to the Oriental Translation Fund in England, in case that body should be inclined to patronize its publication. A letter was read from Captain C. M. Wade, transmitting a . o by §..." Masson, on the ancient coins discovered at irám in the Kohistán, a Jelālābād and Kabul. eghrám in the Kohistán, at

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“I have not failed to inform my Government of the li: berality with which the Indian Government has replaced the sum of 300 ducats, transmitted through the Em: bassy to Mr. Csoma de Koros, which had been lost by the failure of Messrs. Alexander and Co., and anticipaling its intentions, I seize with great pleasure this opportunity to express to you, and through your means to the Indian Government, as well as to the Asiatic Society, the high sense I entertain of the kind protection afforded to my learned countryman in His Britannic Majesty's dominions in India. Allow me to offer my sincerest thanks for such generous conduct.

“I have the honor to be, &c. ** EstErhazy.

Copy of this letter was directed to be communicated to the Government and to Mr. Csoma de Koros, who left Cal. cutta a short time since on a tour through Tirhut and to the west of India.

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“Iskardo, 10th September, 1835.-‘‘I have now been in this very wild and extraordinary place four days, and am pleased with every thing. I set off from Cashmir by boat to Bundurpur, seeing every thing done myself to prevent delay, and took leave of the governor about 12 o'clock. We had a merry glide of it till night, when the musquitoes became exceedingly numerous and troublesome; arrived at Bundurpur on the great lake the next inorning, and heard the agreeable intelligence that a mounted guard of 10 men were awaiting my arrival in Ahmad Shah's frontier. I spent the rest of the day in a visit to the Shumladier hill, and the next morning we were fairly off. At that station I was joined by Nazim Khan, the same man that had eaten your salt for a month and some days, with a letter from Ahmad Shah. He told me he had been waiting three days in the neighbourhood, not liking to make his appearance among the Sikhs. I like the man much, he is very intelligent and amusing. What a glorious view we had on the second morning, two-thirds of Cashmir and toward Tibet, one mountain in particular of immense height, totally covered with snow from the shoulders upward named “Diarmul.”

"In three days we reached Guress, a very pretty valley, a little higher than Cashmir, entirely surrounded by the loftiest mountains, but bare ; merely growing buck wheat, vetches, and barley. After leaving Guress, we passed a place which a few men could defend against an army; where the Sikhs and Tibetans fought two days. Further on alter passing over a most desolate country, I was met by Ahmad Shah's son. I had heard there were some marauders in the neighbourhood, but did not really immagine there was any truth in the account. However the Young rajah, a very intelligent young fellow, assured me there were, and that his father had sent him to protect me. Imagine the wildness of this scene. iscordant but not altogether unmilitary music gave notice of his approach, and at last he appeared with some forty sepoys, and led horses. The next morning, we marched in compay with him while the approach of the thieves was hourly expected. They had but one Way to come, and when we a rived near the scene of action, I observed parties stationed in different places on the mountains, to prevent all escape. Suddenly an alarm "as sounded, and gave notice of their approach, and the thieves were soon surrounded and cut up. Ahmad Shah was there in person. I met him on the field of battle. He said he was so happy at having destroyed the Robbers, and seeing me there that if he were at Iskardo, he did not know what he should do to manifest his joy. We all sat down in a large ring. His sepoys shewing or wounds, and I administered pills to keep off sever. Of the thieves some returned, 72 killed, 15 escaped ; but

don't think there were so many. They treated the "ounded men horribly. The enemy came from the neighbourhood of Peshaur, and were driving off men, women, *cattle. I am desighted with the old Rajah. He ap: Poats to have some excellent English ideas about him and *1972d the scene amazingly. The book said to have been written by the old Missionary, does not, he assures * exist. He shewed me an Armenian Testament that he had boughiossome pediar, which probably gave * to the report. His faith in the theory of his descent from Alexander is strong. He talks freely of every thing ***about the country, and has sent out men to procure * all kinds of curiosities. We make an excursion to *** spring on the road to Yarkand in a day or two, and *all have some shikar, &c." I shall quit this extraordi. *y place, (a vale partly desert, washed by the Attock, * noble stream, quarter mile wide, some 15 miles long, and *urrounded by bare rugged mountains on every side, *Y* height) in about 12 days or so : the snow will * begin to fall. I expect a cold march of it. He o Wory proud of his rock crystal, of which I can bring o * much as I please. As to the productions of . Valley, I am making myself fully master of

*". He refuses no sort of information. The fort is **rock covered with alluvial soil, raised in the very i. of the valley from the bed of what was once most *** lake. In size, shape, and appearance, washed *** sides of the river, it bears some resemblance to . o as to the works, a few shells for the wood, and | und shot for the stone, would destroy them in a few ”urs. It would be ridiculous (certain death) to attempt

going to Yarkand. Since Moorcroft was at Ladakh, they have got the picture of an Englishman, so I am assured, painted on the wall, that all who see one may know him. Yarkand is about a month's march—a harkata could go in 12 days. I am going to a classical sort of equestrian sport in a day or two such as I was happy to hear remarked was played in the time of Iskander. It had struck me that the course was precisely the shape of the course of Caracalla at Rome.

Cashmir, 23rd October, 1835 – Here I am safe and well; arrived yesterday after a very severe march of 25 days from Iskardo, over as rough roads, if they deserve the name, as can be seen any where. I have with me four Yaks and all kinds of things. I hope to start hence in about 10 days and shall come the shortest road to Lahor. So pray oblige me by making some arrangements about the Indus. I should like to hire a boat, men, &c. It must be big enough to carry my yaks. They are not tall but heavy. I expect Baron Hugel here in two or three days, and suspect I shall have a very narrow escape of stopping another year in India, but must do every thing I can to get off in time.”

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The Baron Hugel had deviated from his proposed tour after ascending the pass from Bundurpur to Iskardo into little Tibet, on account of the advanced season; he had since joined M. Vigne at Lahor.”

The Rev. Mr. Bateman in a letter from Bombay, communicated a facsimile of an inscription, supposed to be in Cufic characters, found by Captain Thomas Jervis at the village of Wara in the Southern Konkan ; the original stone of which he had presented to the Bombay Literary Society.

The inscription is apparently in the elongated form of Nagari character, found on the coins of the Saurshtra group, and may in time be made out.

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