[Extract of a Letter of James Martineau to Francis William Newman.]
Oct. 27, 1852
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At Manchester we are again in the midst of the vexed question about the proper destination of our College. In the course of a protracted discussion to-day, it was asserted that the discipline of the classes in your College is not in a satisfactory state; and that, as the students cannot be got to pre-pare their work, the lessons have come to be mere prelections by the Professors. I do not believe this; but nobody was present who could of his own knowledge deny it. How do the facts stand? Is there any unfavourable change? My own wish now is decidedly for the amalgamation of our College and University Hall, the requisite theological department being added. But we are a queer crotchety people; and what will be the upshot, nobody can foresee. Anyhow, I imagine my occupation will be gone, and with it, any faint gleams I may have indulged of more systematic study and more exclusively Professorial duties, as life advanced.