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UNIVERSITY OF WALES. V A special meeting of the local committee of the Welsh University was summoned on last Friday (yesterday) afternoon, to meet the Rev. David Charles, B.A., the newly appointed secretary of the University. The members of the committee present were—Messrs. Richard Roberts, mayor, in the chair, Dr. C. Rice Williams, secretary of the local committee, Dr. Jones (Church-street), John Mat- thews, M. H. Davis, Richard Jones, John Williams (Marine Terrace), Philip Williams, John Williams (Bridge-street). Mr George Jones, the architect, was also present. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, said that they were all very glad t't be afforded that opportunity of welcoming Mr Charles amongst them, because he was a gentleman in whom they reposed every confidence. (Hear, hear.) They were now only too anxious to learn what Mr Charles had to say, and what advice he had to give to the local committee. (Hear.) The Rev. Mr Charles, after thanking the meeting for the warmthof his reception, said that he had not much at the present moment to say to the triends whom he now had the pleasure of mee-ing hut he was anxious, very anxious, to make himself acquainted with their feelings and wishes on this most important subjacr. He had not heard as yet from Dr. Nicholas how much had been expended. From enquiries he has made, however, he knew that there was a great deal of want of confidence in the matter, wnieh he hoped would be shortlv re- moved. He (Mr Charles) had some time ago no plea of being in Aberystwyth this day; but he had been pres-ed by the London committee to accept his present position. Under this invitation he went to London to ct quire into the prospects of the movement. On examination I considered it a good scheme, and calculated to be most beneficial^ to Wales. 1 elefcted to sacrifice my Own persdriaU" convenience and feelings towards bringing the mat- ter about. I accepted the appointment, of the com-I mittee in London, and I hope, with the assistance of Providence, to be enabled to be the humble in- strument of seeing that this great work is carried out. (Hear, hear.) I shall not leave a stone un- turned to forward this great work if I am granted health and strength, always relying on the active co-operation of the friends of Wales. (Hear.) I have suggested publishing a public statement of accounts of subscriptions. There have been promised sub- scription to the amount of about 12,000/ of which 5,000/. had been paid up, and 7,000/. are yet out- standing to collect, and it will be onr work to get that balance paid up, as well as to collect additional suoscriptions. We shall be able to open the college in the meantime, and go on gradually as the money comes in, asking betimes for the Government grant, which we have every reason to expect. (Hear, hear.) Mr Hugh Owen had spoken to a certain in- Huential gentleman connected with the Government Oil the subject, and he had replied that such a grant might be, he thought, reckoned upon, because the Government, whilst they had been doing much for other parts of the kingdom, had done nothing in the way of Lrniversity education for Wales. Mr Charles concluded by expressing hIs conviction that the II movement would be crowned with ultimate success. < At the suggestion of Dr Williams, it was arranged; that Mr Charles be requested to represent to the j London committee the propriety ef convening a ( public meeting in Aberystwyth to state the present position and prospects of the Welsh University, at I which a balance sheet or financial statement of the ( accounts be rendered. t Mr Charles promised to lay such suggestion before ( the London committee. ] Dr Williams proposed a vote of thanks to the i chairman. « The mayor responded, and then proposed a vote of thanks to Dr Charles for the trouble he had taken a in attending. The meeting then terminated. | WRECKS IN THE BAY.—During the recent gale there were 301 casks washed ashore in the neigh- bourhood of Aberystwyth, which are now in the custody of Mr Candler, the comptroller of customs for this district. The recovered property consists of 32 casks of rum, (00 gallons each,) (J casks of palm oil, and 200 casks of turpentine. The rum is stored in the vaults under the ( ustom House, the palm oil and turpentine in the coal-vard Trefechan. The vessel which contained the turpentine was the Thetis," from Wilmington, United States, wrecked la«t month on the coast of Wexford, Ireland.

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