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circumstance that this University stands almost alone among the great institutions of this country, as managed by the unbought exertions of those who direct its action"; expresses his strong conviction and that of his colleagues in the Government, "that here, as in every part of the world, men will serve their fellow-men truly and laboriously for honour, for love, and for conscience sake," and thanks them "for teaching this among other truths that great service may be done the State, though it be not paid for in money." Nor can I refrain from noticing the care and discrimination with which the Senate has justified the wisdom of the arrangement which made the choice of the executive body devolve on it. With these additions then, Sir, I say confidently, in the language of this Address, that the practical working of our University has been made more systematic and efficient, the purposes of its executive, gaining in precision and persistence, have exercised a wider and deeper influence on the Colleges and Schools of Western India, the teaching of these Institutions has been moulded to greater symmetry and thoroughness, the beneficial influence of the University has been felt through every grade of the educational scale; and with you I rejoice to see the fruit of our labours in the replenishment of society with intelligent and cultivated representatives, both of the ancient learning and of the last won conquests of modern thought.

For my share in the work that has been done your gratitude would have been ample reward. I have a warm appreciation of the kindness which has prompted this expression of your gratitude in a form which I cannot but consider as in itself a high distinction, and I have peculiar pleasure in the thought that your regard and that of other friends outside the University, may be permanently commemorated in the way which of all others is the most gratifying to me personally, by the addition to the University of a collection of books and a Library endowment fund, which I am confident will prove no small accession to its means of usefulness.

On the first occasion of my addressing the Senate as Vice-Chancellor, so far back as 1871, Results of 9 years, 1871-79. I reviewed the results of the previous ten years of the University, and showed the progress it had made in the number of its graduates, the wealth of its Endowments, and its influence on the progress of High Education in the Presidency. I think I cannot now, at the close of my Vice-Chancellorship, do better than pass in review the results of the nine years which have elapsed