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amount has been secured, much still remains to be done before the success of the scheme can be assumed. But London has many wealthy citizens, and its citizens have very high traditions of public liberality to maintain. Contributors to the University scheme will be doing in their day and generation just what their predecessors, with much smaller means, if we judge by the existing value of money, have done in past generations, to the enormous advantage of persons now living. If we judge by the value of money in their days, their benefactions need not fear comparison with the best efforts of their successors; and, if their example be followed in their spirit, the million which would have seemed to them an immense sum, but is now the accepted unit of measurement for a great many private fortunes, ought not to take long to put together. It has often been said that London is too vast to inspire men with the civic pride and loyalty found in the dwellers in less unwieldy cities. We do not believe that the reproach holds good at the present time. Londoners have learned to think and to give in terms commensurate with the magnitude of the metropolis. At the same time, the importance of education, and of the higher education, in national life has come to be appreciated with a fulness unequaled since the days of the great foundations at Oxford and Cambridge. London and university education now make their combined appeal to wealth, which finds its best justification, in face of so much poverty, in its ultimate application to purposes of public and national utility.
“ There is always a risk that a movement of this kind may be hampered by the difficulty of finding a suitable site just when it is wanted. In the present case a site presents itself which has many advantages, altho some might perhaps prefer another were it equally attainable. The site upon the Bedford estate just behind the British Museum and close to University College is not only central, suitable for the erection of a really fine architectural monument, and easy of access, but by its proximity to the two great institutions just named strikes the imagination as linking them together and forming with them a massive embodiment of the intellectual activity of the metropolis. It is worth noting that a great part of the money already promised has been offered with special reference to this site. There may be other sites as good, but there is none that we know of that is better or more certainly procurable. It is to be hoped, at all events, that the scheme will not be hindered by any misunderstandings or disagreements among those interested in doing the best that can be done for the new University of London. The Royal Commission on the University is now nearing the end of its labors, and we understand that its final report may be expected within the next twelve months. When that report is published, its recommendations will no doubt give rise to the keenest controversy; but in the meantime it is to be hoped that the scheme for a new site, advocated in the recent interim report, will receive the sympathetic support of the Senate, which has worked so strenuously for the University in the past. Their support, we are confident, will not be the less readily given when they reflect that the establishment of the University in its new home will leave the Imperial Institute free to develop its activities and to take that great position in the organization of the Empire which, it is understood, would be in accordance with hopes exprest in the highest quarters."