The Universities Commission Report *



    IT has of course been always well known that the -L endowments of Oxford and Cambridge have been by law restricted, till within the last few years, to members of the Established Church; but to the outside world it will probably be a surprise to learn from this Report how far-reaching have been the consequences of this restriction, and how deep is the ecclesiastical character which has been thus imprinted upon a large portion of the academical wealth which the nation imagines to be at its own free disposal. It must be premised that in this respect, as in so many others, Oxford furnishes far more matter for comment than Cambridge, so that the following illustrations will be mainly taken from the former University; and also that it is regularly in the most wealthy Colleges that ecclesiastical objects receive a disproportionate amount of pecuniary aid: two circumstances which point to the conclusion that it is superfluity of income which causes the interests of education and learning to be cast into comparative neglect.

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    The Universities Commission Report * . Nature 10, 495–496 (1874) doi:10.1038/010495a0

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