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COLLEGIATE AND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION I Foit WALES. To the Editor of the Xorth Wales Chronicle.. oir,—As some of our friends have been partly led into supposing that the new charter recently obtained for St. David's College, Lampeter, will interfere with the movement which has long been on foot for establish- ing uusectarian Colleges and University privileges in ales, will you permit ine just to say that in so suppos- ing they labour under a great misapprehension. Lam- peter College is, aud will continue to be, a purely Church of England College We have from the begin- ning proposed and worked for a comprehensive unseeta- run Institution for the whole of the people of Wales aud on a cale far surpassing what Lampeter College in ts proposed extended state is likely to be, or, as a pro- per Church Seminary, possibly can be. We continue, aud hall continue, to labour for the same object until it is secured and the only elfect the obtaining of a charter for a College belonging to one ecclesiastical body to confer one degree in Arts will have upon our move- ment will be to add greatly to the reasons already exist- ing for obtaining for the while of the Principality, in- cluding all sections of the Church, an Institution worthy of the status of a University, whose charter will autho- rize the creation of the highest, degrees in the diffei-ent tieultie,, and degrees which shall command respect among educate,i men. Our Committee deeply regret that the friends of Lam- peter College should steiii so inadequately to estimate the true honour and influence of the Church 1:1 Wales, and of the Welsh people generally, as to be satisfied with, seeking academic distinctions which Oxford, Cam- bridge, aud Loudon are not likely to recognize, and to decline uuiting with us in obtaining a truly Catholio and powerful University which shall be a perpetual source of benefit aud honour to all ranks of the people. If they throw open the advantages of St David's ('ollege, such as they are, on perfectly equal terms to all denomina- tions, even though still retaining the government, as they are bound to do, in their own hands, they must be allowed to be deserving of the gratitude of the public and our Committee will rejoice at the result, as seeing in some small degree their own cherished object accom- plished but if it is supposed that such a concession, with its necessary restrictions, will satisfy the Dissenters and the liberal Church laity of Wales, and induce them to send their sons to Lampeter, I fear the consequence will only prove a sad disappointment. Lampeter has yet to earn its character as a high school of learning. Besides, public enlightenment has already too far ad- vanced to he longer satisfied with narrow exclusiveness in educational privileges. A country, three-fourths of whose population are Nonconformists, deserves a system of education which shall be uusectarian in government, and fair and impartial in the bestowment of distinc- tions. The friends of Lampeter College-we say it with re- gret-have put it beyond their own power, for the pre- sent at least, to contend for such a system. By prefel, ring a charter granting the inferior degree only, without even the shadow of the name of a University," with a government purely sectarian; instead of a complete charter, and a government in harmony with the spirit of modern times and the ecclesiastical condition of Wales, they have let slip one of the grandest opportunities the Established Church ever enjoyed of maintaining her dig- nity and her character for disinterestedness in promoting high-class education among the people. Our movement is firmly based as i Cithohc unsecta- rian movement, consulting the interests of no Church except as it consults the enlightenment of a whole peo- ple and If it should now, in the estimation of soma, assume the appearance of being more mnoonformist than heretofore, the responsibility must lie xx,it??t the too zealous sectarianism of the Lampeter Com- mittee. It is pleasing to IilHl that large-minded and educated laymen of the Church sympathize more than ever in the scheme which our Committee have from the outset ad- vocated, and which they now feel more bound and re solved than ever to see carried out to completion. A sectional College conferring interior degrees involves a greater indignity to the cause of education in our coun- try than no apology for a University at all, and consti- tutes what fairly admits of being considered an implied disrespect to the outstanding majority of the Welsh people, which they cannot be expected uncomplainingly to endure. I am, yours trnly, THOMAS NICHOLAS, Secretary. Office, 7, Delahay-street, London, S. W., Secretar y March 18th, 1865.