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ROBERT MARSHAM, Esq.
Under this Commission two Reports were made, which comprise the investigation of all the Charities for Education in the Counties of Berks, Kent, and Sussex,—with the exception only of two parishes in Berkshire, and of five in Sussex, the Reports of which were deferred, as The Commissioners were in want of some further information concerning them. They had also examined into several Charitable Institutions in the Cities of London and Westminster, and the neighbourhood, - to which places they had latterly chiefly confined their Inquiries, deeming it adviseable not to commence any investigation in a distant District during the pendency of a proposition to extend the objects of The Commission, and which, if carried into effect, might make it necessary to visit the same places à second time.
On the 29th of May, 1819, the measure which was thus contemplated, was introduced into Parliament by a Bill, intituled, “ A Bill to amend an Act of the last Session of Parliament, for appointing Commissioners to inquire concerning Charities in ENGLAND for the Education of the Poor ; and to extend the Powers thereof to other Charities in ENGLAND and WALES.” 10
By this Act, which received the Royal assent on the 6th of July, 1819, 59° Geo. III. cap. 81., 81., the
powers of The Commissioners were extended, and their numbers were increased from FOURTEEN to TWENTY.
And, on the 16th of July, 1819, Hrs ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE REGENT directed a new COMMISSION, under the
10 It was to continue in force until the 1st. of August, 1823, and from thence until the end of the then next Session of Parliament.-And, on the 9th of June, 1824, the Royal Assent was given to “ An Act to continue for four years, and from thence until the end of the then next Session of Parliament, the powers of The Commissioners,"_5° Geo. IV. cap. 58.
Great Seal, to be issued, by which the following Commissioners were named and appointed, for the purposes of the Act,-viz.
The Right Hon. CHARLES MANNERS
SUTTON, Speaker of The House of Com
The Right Rev.John Bishop of St. ASAPH. The Right Hon. Sir WILLIAM Scott,
Knt., now Lord STOWELL. The Right Hon. CHARLES YORKE. The Right Hon. Sir WILLIAM GRANT,
Knt. The Right Rev. EDWARD Bishop of Ox
The Right Hon. Sir John NICHOLL, Knt.
ROBERT MARSHAM, Esq., LL. D., now
WARDEN of MERTON COLLEGE, Ox
James M‘Mahon, Esq.
On the demise of His MAJESTY GEORGE the Third, a new COMMISSION was directed by His present Most EXCELLENT MAJESTY to be issued, dated the 5th of August, 1820, in which all the above-named Commissioners are continued, with the exception of Sir VICARY GIBBS who died in the interval, and was succeeded by The Right Hon. Sir HENRY RUSSELL, Bart.
The attention of THE COMMISSIONERS was first directed to the consideration of so much of the 12th section of the Act of Parliament as relates to SPECIAL VISITORS, GOVERNORS, and OVERSEERS, in order to ascertain how far their Inquiry were limited by the same. Adopting the rule of construction which has been applied to a similar provision, in the Statute of Charitable Uses of the 43° of ELIZABETH chap. 4., they were of opinion that this clause does not extend to such Special Visitors, Governors and Overseers, as have themselves the administration of any Funds belonging to Charitable Institutions for the
of Education,-or for any other Charitable
Upon this construction The Commissioners have acted in the course of their proceedings,--and where they have met