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1. M. Ainslie, as per annexed report, and two medals, adjudged in the

Gentlemen of the College of Fort 4th term of 1810, for proficiency in

William : Persian and Hindoostanee. · 2. J. C. C. Sutherland, as per an

It is not my intention to offer a full nexed report, and two medals, ad- and formal discourse to you on the judged in the 1st term of 1811, for present occasion. But in conformity proficiency in Persian and Hindoos, with the established usage, you will tance.

expect a short address from me, as the 3. A. Anderson, as per annexed re- representative of Lord Minto, in his port, and three medals, adjudged in Lordship's absence on the public ser the 1st term of 1811, for proficiency.

vice. in Persian, Hindoostanee, and Benga

During the period of eleven years, lee.

which has elapsed since the foundation 4. T.J. Dashwood, as per annexed of a college at this presidency, for the report, and two medals, adjudged in instruction of the junior servants of the 4th term of 1810, for proficiency the company, in such branches of in Persian and Hindoostanee ; and one knowledge as might be deemed requi. at the 1st term of 1811, for proficien- site to qualify them for the discharge cy in Bengalee.

of their future duties, the principles 5. G. W. Traill, as per annexed and objects of this institution have report, and two medals, adjudged in been so amply and ably stated by the the Ist term of 1811, for proficiency distinguished characters, who have sucin Persian and Hindoostanee.

cessively filled the station of patron · 6. J. R. Hutchinson, as per annexed and visitor, that it cannot be necessary report, and a medal, adjudged in the for me to enlarge on these subjects. 1st term of 1811, for proficiency in Nor can it be required of me to show, Hindoostanee.

at this time, how much the public in7. J. Fendall, a medal, adjudged in terests in the administration of the the 1st term of 1811, for proficiency government of this extensive and poin Persian.

pulous territory are involved in the 8. A. Smelt, as per annexed report.

success from year to year, of an insti9. J. Yonge, as per annexed report. tution, the principal object of which 10. J. A. Pringle, as per annexed is to enable the civil servants of the report.

company, about to enter on the arduous 11. M. T. Whish, as per annexed and important career of a public life, report.

to obtain a competent knowledge of 12. Lieutenant R. Young, as per the current languages of the country ; annexed report.

in which all personal communications 13. R. Lewin, as per annexed re

with the natives must be held; all juport.

dicial, revenue, and commercial trans14. R. Saunders, as per annexed re

actions be carried on; and official acts, port.

of whatever nature, must, in general, 15. J. P. Ward, as per annexed re

be recorded and promulgated. port.

“I have great satisfaction in ob16. C. Maceween, as per annexed serving, that twenty students are rereport,

ported by the examiners and council

of the college, to have been found After the prizes and honorary re- qualified, at the present examination, wards had been distributed, his Ex- by their proficiency in two or more cellency the acting visitor delivered languages, to enter upon the public the following discourse :

service. This equals the highest num

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ber reported to have obtained the besides his eminence in Hindooštante, same qualification in past years; and has obtained such proficiency in the is alone sufficient to maintain the cre- Bengalee and Persian languages, as dit of the college, as well as to prove to be placed by the examiners in the its continued utility in accomplishing second class of each of those lanthe purpose designed by it. This guages. Messrs. Traill and Hutexpediency of the requisition of a chinson, in addition to their high competent knowledge of two lan- proficiency in Hindoostanee, are clasguages, as notified in the visitor's last sed, the former in the second class of discourse, and the practicability of a Persian; the latter in the second class compliance with that requisition by of Bengalee, and third of Persian. diligence and exertion, (when not Messrs. Dashwood and Anderson, to prevented by lengthened iliness or their eminence in the language of particular impediments,) may also be Bengal, have added such proficiency considered as strongly confirmed. in Persian and Hindoostanee, as intitAnd the gratification which I derive led them to a place in the second class from noticing, in the list of proficients of each of those languages. The about to leave the college, the names distinguished merits of the whole of of some students who have been long these gentlemen, for higb, various, attached to it, is enhanced by the and rapid proficiency in the prescribed reflection, that the government is not studies of the college, are so conspicalled upon to perform the painful cuous, as to require only this general duty of enforcing the penalty denoun. notice. Nor should it lessen their ced for instances of wilful and obsti. just claim to the tribute of applause, nate neglect of study, and consequent due for uniform meritorious conduct, disqualification, ascertained at a fourth evinced by diligent and zealous apannual examination.

plication that they brought with them, “ The character of the college is as the basis of their late acquirements, further supported in the present year, the fruits of their former assiduity, by the high proficiency of the gentle- either at the college of Hertford, or men upon whom I have this day had on their passage to India. On the the pleasure of conferring degrees of contrary, the superstructure which honour.

they have raised upon such a founda“ Mr Ainslie, in the Persian and tion is equally honourable to themHindoostanee language.

selves, and beneficial to the public; “ Mr Sutherland, Mr Trail, and and I am happy to mention, as well to Mr Hutchinson, in the Hindoostanee the credit of Messrs. Sutherland, language.

Trail, and Hutchinson, as in the hope “ Mr Lewin, Mr Dashwood, and of their example being followed by Mr Anderson, in the language of others, that I understand, they availed Bengal.

themselves of the aid of Lieutenant “ The eminent proficiency attained Roebuck, Mr Gilchrist's able coadja. by Mr Ainslie, in two languages, has tor in the second edition of his Hinbeen acquired in nine months. He was doostanee Dictionary, to pursue their admitted to the college in October study of that language on their way 1810.

to Bengal. Were such opportunities “ Messrs. Sutherland, Traill, Hut- taken, whenever they occur, and the chinson, and Anderson, were admitted rudiments of oriental learning obtainat the still later period of Decembered at Hertford, improved as far as 1810. The admission of Mr Dash- circumstances admit during the unocwood was also no longer since than cupied time of a voyage to India, September 1910. Mr Sutherland, we might expect frequent instances of

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the junior servants of the company tained permission to attend the lecbringing with them, not only an ele. tures of the college. Lieutenant mentary knowledge of the Asiatic Young's limited residence in Bengal languages, but such a degree of profi- has confined his attendance to the ciency in them, as, with the favourable short period of six weeks; but the means of local instruction afforded by profitable manner in which he has emthe college of Fort William, must ployed this time, is evinced by his render a short period of study in it holding the third place in the second sufficient to complete their qualifica- class of Persian, at the late examination for the public service.

tion. I come next to the students “ In addition to those already men- who remain for the present in the coltioned, I am happy to notice in the lege, and of these, Mr Lewin, who list of students, reported qualified to has obtained a degree of honour for leave the college, the names of four his high proficiency in the Bengal other gentlemen, whose collegiate stu- language, is entitled to particular nodies have been of short duration. Mr tice. The professor of that language, Fendall, who was admitted in Decem- in his report of the last term, after ber last, has obtained a competent bearing testimony to the general diliknowledge of the Persian, Hindoosta- gence of the gentlemen composing his nee, and Bengalee languages, such as first and second classes, adds, “ A. entitled him to be placed by the ex mong these Mr Lewin has distinaminers in the second class of each of guished himself, by having translated these languages. Mr Pringle, who a considerable part of Telemachus into entered the college in the same month, the Bengalee language.” Incompehas obtained a place in the second class tent as I am to judge of the difficulty of Hindoostanee and Bengalee. And of this work, I cannot but deem the Messrs. Yonge and. Pares, who were above report highly creditable to Mr admitted in October last, are both in. Lewin ; and though his not having abcluded in the second class of Persian tained adequate proficiency in a second and Hindoostanee. These instances of language, has, under an impartial adearly proficiency, with those before herence to the rule before noticed, mentioned, prove the increasing utility prevented his immediate release from of the oriental instruction given at the college, I am happy to observe Hertford, in aiding and promoting the his name at the head of 11 students, objects of the institution at this presi- whom the college council have reportdency: and although, I understand, ed qualified in one language, and so the effects have been most obvious in far advanced in another as to warrant the Persian and Bengalee languages, the belief, that a short period of study it is the opinion of the Hindoostance will complete their qualification in a professor, that the study of that lan- second language ; on which grounds guage has, in many instances, been fa- it is recommended, “ that they be percilitated by the acquirements of the mitted to quit the college at any fustudent in other Asiatic languages. ture quarterly examination, when they

“ In concluding what I have to may be duly qualified to enter upon say respecting the gentlemen about to the public services by their proficienleave the college, I must not omit an cy in two languages.” This measure, officer of the Madras establishment, though it involves some deviation who having visited Calcutta for the from the usual practice, being consisrecovery of his health, and wishing to tent with the general rule enacted by improve the opportunity of prosecut section 12, regulation 3, 1807, that ing his studies in the Persian and A. " the future continuance of students rabic languages, applied for, and ob- in the college shall be regulated by Nov. 1812.

their

their proficiency;" and also appearing general statement of debts contracted to be expedient under the circumstan- by them, I am concerned to observe ces stated by the council of the col- a considerable amount, in some inlege, I have determined, in concur- stances, they appear to be chiefly those rence with the judgment of the other of students who have shown the same members of the government on the inattention to their studies as their spot, to sanction the adoption of it; expences; and have consequently been subject to the future approbation of detained in the college beyond the the patron and visitor ; with whom it customary period. Such detention can. rests, in pursuance of the rule above not be admitted as any excuse for the mentioned, " to determine, from the contraction of debt, on the contrary, reports of proficiency made to him with reference to the cause of it, in the after the public examinations, what student's own conduct, it must be con. students may be permitted to quit the sidered an aggravation of demerit. college, as having completed the pre The information I have received scribed course of study.” It may be from the council of the college, of expected that the prospect of early the general conduct of the professors emancipation, thus held out to those and officers of the institution, calls who have already attained one lan. upon me lo declare my entire satisfac. guage, will stimulate their utmost tion with their attention, zeal, and diligence and exertion in acquiring able discharge of their respecțive duanother ; and whilst their own credit ties, Mr Hunter, the secretary of is raised by quick proficiency in pro- the college council, and one of the portion to their time of study, their examiners, being absent on the public labours will be gained to the service service, his place has been supplied, for which they are destined, some with not less diligence than ability, months sooner than if they had by Lieutenant Galloway, mentioned been kept from it to the end of ano- in the visitor's discourse of last year, ther year. It must be remarked, as versed in the Arabic language, however, that an option only is pro- and employed in the translation of a posed to be given, of leaving the col- celebrated treatise of Mohummudan lege, when qualified by a competent law. Lieutenant Roebuck, of the knowledge of two languages; without Madras establishment, who has been imposing the necessity of quitting it already noticed as the joint editor of upon any student, who, from a praise- the Hindoostance Dictionary, and worthy desire of excellence, or from who is now engaged in publishing an a wish to obtain the honourable dis- English and Hindoostanee Dictionary tinction of superior proficiency at the of the technical terms used in navigeannual examinations, may prefer to tion, compiled during his passage frop remain attached to the college till the England to Bengal, has also acted, in expiration of the ensuing year. Such the absence of Lieutenant Lockett, instances of peculiar merit have on as assistant secretary to the college former occasions received appropriate council, and as one of the examiners, potice from this chair; and cannot in both of which situations his assiduifail of being always distinguished by ty and zealous application of talents the highest approbation,

and knowledge, bave entitled him to “ Before I conclude, I must ex the fullest commendation. press the particular satisfaction which “ The learned professors of the I feel, in not having received from college have distinguished themselves, the college council the report of a as usual, in the past year, by compossingle instance of irregularity among ing, or promoting, works of literature the students; and althougb, in the and utility, in the languages respec.

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tívely taught by them. I will not de- be very useful, not only to those who tain you by an enumeration of such read the Koran, and books of the works, or of other literary undertakings Mohummudan religion and law, imand publications, under the patronage mediately connected with it; but to of the college and the government, readers of Arabic in general ; by ensince the period of the last disputation. abling them to refer to the texts But a list of them, which I possess, which are constantly cited from the will be delivered to the secretary of Koran. the college council, for the purpose of

4. The Kholasut dol Hisab, an being printed, as has been customary, Arabic treatise on arithmetic, algewith the report of this day's solemni. bra, and geometry, with a Persian ties, for general information.” commentary. The original treatise,

which is held in high estimation, and Catalogue of literary works, the publication exhibits a complete view of the state

of which has been encouraged by govern of the sciences, on which it treats,
ment, at the recommendation of the coun-
cil of the college of Fort William, since among the Arabs, was composed by
the period of the disputation held in Shekh Buhaood Deen. The Persian

comment, which includes a transla1. An Arabic Miscellany, com- tion of the original, was written by piled by Shekh Ahmud, a learned the late Moulavee Roshun Alee, native of Yemen, and now attached to whilst attached to the Arabic departthe college. This work is partly com- ment of the college ; and Moulavee posed of selections, in prose and versé, Jan Alee the present head moulavee from various authors in the Arabić in that department is associated with language ; and partly of original Tarnee Churn, in editing the work ; pieces by the editor, who is himself a which, it may, therefore, be expected, poet. It is now in the press, and will will be correctly printed. be à valuable class-book for students 5. The Sekunder-nameh of Neza. of Arabic in the college ; as well as mi, a celebrated Persian poem, on the generally useful in facilitating the subject of the heroic achievements of study of the language.

Alexander the Great ; with a com2.-The Soorah, an esteemed Ara- mentary. This work is edited by bic dictionary, with the significations Budar Alee and Hoosein Alee, moon. in Persian. An edition of this popu- shies of the college, well qualified to lar work, which has been rendered in- superintend the publication ; and the to Persian from the Sehah, and is in edition of the commentary, to the orimore general use than its Arabic ori- ginal poem, which is in many places ginal, or the Kamoos, has been under- obscure, will be useful, not only in iltaken by Moulavee Shookr Dollah, lustrating the particular work to which with the aid of other learned natives; it is annexed, but in explaining the figand if correctly printed, will be an im- ures used by Persian poets in general. portant acquisition to Arabian and 6. The Sidhanta Cannadi, a system Persian literature. It is calculated of Sanscrit grammar, and esteemed to to occupy one thousand four hundred be one of the best treatises, in eluci.

dation of the grammatical principles 3.-The Noojoom ool Foorkan, an

of that ancient and difficult language. index to the Koran, similar to the In- It is edited by Babooram Pundit, dex Verborum, annexed to the edi- proprietor and conductor of the Santions of the classics in unum Delphini. scrit press. Mustafa Khan, an Afghan, is the

7. The poetical works of Meer author of this work; and Moularce Tukkee, in the Hindoostanee lanNeamut Ash Tuf the editor. It must guage ;

cdited by Turnce Churn,

head

quarto pages.

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