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At the meeting of the Wrexham Deanery Church Association, on Friday afternoon, the subject was discussed, the Dean of BANGOR intrcducing it. After a few words on the history of Jesus College with a view to showing that it was a Welsh college, he proceeded to answer the argument that all the endowments of Oxford except Jesus College had been thrown open. He said such was not quite true, and that it could be shown that at the present = £ 16,000 from the different colleges was not thrown open. Therefore, he thought this argument snould not, be pressed. Bub he contended that there were special reasons why the endowments of Jesus College should not b3 alienated, and he classed these under the three following heads- First, that Wales has a distinct language 2, that Wales has a distinct religious character, in. asmuch as Nonconformity prevailed over the whole extent of Wales to a degree which does not prevail in any other district of similar extent in other parts of the kingdom and 3rd, that Wales labours under the disadvantage of having only cue-third of the endowments for the promotion of higher education which exist in an average English "dis- trict with the same population. He then spoke on each head. In regard to the first, he mentioned the great extent to which the Welsh youths spoke Welsh in their homes; and he thought the statis- tics given by Mr. Hussey Vivian in the House of Commons in July were reliable and he st tted that out of 686,000 Nonconformists above ten years of age who worshipped in Wales, 650,000 habitually worshipped in the Welsh language. There were also a number of Welsh Churchmen who worshipped in the same language. He then proceeded to show that a youth who went in for classical scholarship must first ef all be enabled to express himself elegantly in English, and he had been told on the best possible authority that, invaiiably, Welsh students were found deficient in this respect. In regard to the second point, he argued that Sir L. Jenkins, who left a large sum as endowment to the college, intended the sum to be appropriated to the uze of all Welshmen, and he mentioned this to explain his views with regard fo the depressed state of Jesus College. Having first Stated that he thought this depression was ex- aggerated, and quoted figures to show such, he expressed hi ■ opinion that the depression was owing to the fact that many Nonconformists did not know that the advantages of Jesus College were open to their sons. He also quoted a state- ment made to him but a shors time ago in support of this. The next point was whether Wales was suffering from that educational destitution which he had stated. One thintr in support of this were statistics i\'en in ♦pamphlet by Rev. G J. Davies, fellow of "Emanuel College, Oxford, which showed that endowments existing tor the development of Welsh Grammar Schools, and also in the form of exhibitions to enable youths to go to the universities, were exactly one- ) third in Wales of the sum which existed in other districts of equal populations in England, in other words the average English boy of talenb in those classes of society that required help to obtain higher education nltd < £ 3 to enable him to advance in life for' every £1 that the Welsh boy had. The significance of all this was that whilst Welsh youths have the d'sadvantage of poverty to contend with, they could not be expected tc, b, as v/ell pre- pared as English youths, who have been trained itt a more efficient manner. Moreover Welsh Giammar Schools have been in a very weak and languid state for many generations, and suffered from' want of endowments. He therefore contended that these thiee special difficulties in Wales created for it a distinct position, and that they could not deal with Wales as they could with au ordinary English district. The proposal of Dr. Harper had been justified by one noble speaker, who said that Devonshire and Yorkshire had thrown open their endowments, but his reply was that Devonshire and Yorkshire were on equal terms with any other Eng- lish county, and the youths of those coun, ies were not weighted against others with peculiar disad- vantages. He feared, however, that the alineation of the funds proposed by Dr. Harper would be carried out, as the scheme of the doctor was sup- ported by some in London who were thought to re- present Wa'es. He was in favour of a number of English youths being introduced into Jesus College, in fact he would go turther, and, if it were possible, abolish Jesus College altogether, and devote its revenue to the creation of exhibitions and scholar- ships, tenable at any college, which plan, he be- lieved, would be advantageous to the Welsh people. But if such could not be done he was heartily in favour of the introduction of English youths, and he did not think that ten was at all an excessive number, but what he contended was that the £ 800 to be devoted to the purpose should be taken from a source different to that proposed, and that the Y,1,600 a year, which is now devoted to the edu- cation of poor Welsh scholars, should t. left untouched. (Hear, hear.) Tne Dean then spoke of the large amount of money absorbed by the Principal and fellows, and intimated that bemuse the teaching in the college had not been so ener- getic and efficient; us it should have been the Welsh students ought not to hear the blame. He next spoke of the Meyrick Trust Fund and said he was greatly in favour of its being applied to the preparation of Welsh boys for the universities, so that they may be better qualified to contest for honours. In conclusion, he spoke or the circumstances in connection with the advow- sons belonging to Jeaus College, and argued in favour of their being sold, remarking that the clerical students of the Vol were exceedinodv j small, and often these livings had to be given to those for whom they were no;; originally jnteuded. Archdeacon Smart, Mr. Trevor Parkins, Mr. Clayton, and others took part in the discussion which followed.



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