1 MARCH 1873, Page 17

THE IRISH UNIVERSITY BILL.

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."]

SIR,—The "maiming of the degrees" in the proposed Irish University will not approve itself to scholastic associations. Experience in Oxford has shown that a voluntary school of exami- nation unsupported by fellowships and professorships in the same kind becomes an unreality, has at any rate no force to compete with other schools so supported. Might it not be left to the Council of the University itself to decide whether there should or should not be chairs in philosophy and history ? To suppose that the Council would not be competent to decide the matter in accordance with the interests and wishes of the Irish, would be to throw suspicion upon the Council as a representative reality. It seems to be a pity to weight the Bill with contested provisions more than is absolutely necessary. Is there not here a ready way of evading the solution of one of them, and that without detriment to the measure ? Rather an important principle receives additional emphasis, that, namely, of the self-government of the University by the University.—I am, Sir, &C., j. HERBERT WILLIAMS.