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THE meeting held on Saturday last at the Royal College of Physicians, and reported in the Times, was a very satisfactory one. It was attended by delegates from nearly all the institutions which it was proposed, in the report of the late Royal Commission on the Gresham University, should form constituent colleges of the reorganised University of London. Dr. Russell Reynolds, F.R.S., occupied the chair. Since Sir Albert Rollit gave notice in the House of Commons of a motion asking that some action be taken to carry into effect the report of the Royal Commission, there has been ample time for the various institutions involved in the scheme for a Teaching University to deliberate and deliver their opinions on the recommendations. Practically all the constituent schools and colleges have availed themselves of the opportunity, and have, in the main, expressed approval of the proposals. The time has arrived, therefore, at which to set the machinery in action which would lead the Government to appoint a Statutory Commission to frame a scheme on the lines of the report of the late Commission. The necessary motive power is contained in the following resolutions put before Saturday's meeting. It was moved by Prof. Erichsen, the president of University College, and seconded by the Rev. Mr. Whitehouse—“That this meeting of delegates from institutions mentioned in the report of the Royal Commission on the Gresham University desires to express generally its approval of the proposals contained in the report of the Royal Commission, and would urge on the Government that a Statutory Commission be appointed at an early date with power to frame statutes and ordinances in general conformity with the report of the Royal Commission.” This resolution was put to the meeting and was carried, the only dissentients being the representatives of King's College. It was also agreed, on the motion of Dr. Norman Moore, “That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Lord Chancellor, the Lord President of the Privy Council, the Home Secretary, and the Vice-President of the Council, to be accompanied by a request that they will receive a deputation on the subject, the same to consist of the delegates to this meeting.”

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