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HERE is some welcome news from the London Gazette— “The Queen has been pleased to appoint the most Noble William, Duke of Devonshire, K. G.; the Most Honourable Henry Charles Keith, Marquis of Lansdowne; Sir John Lubbock, Sir James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth, Bernard Samuelson, Esq., William Sharpey, Esq., M.D., Thomas Henry Huxley, Esq., Professor of Natural History in the Royal School of Mines; William Allen Miller, Esq., M.D., Professor of Chemistry in King's College, London; and George Gabriel Stokes, Esq., M. A., Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in the University of Cambridge, to be Her Majesty's Commissioners to make inquiry with regard to Scientific Instruction and the Advancement of Science, and to inquire what aid thereto is derived from grants Voted by Parliament, or from endowments belonging to the several Universities in Great Britain and Ireland, and the Colleges thereof, and whether such aid could be rendered in a manner more effectual for the purpose.”

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Notes. Nature 2, 69–71 (1870).

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