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BELFAST ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION
[Report. 1808]
Academical Institution, Belfast. At a general meeting of subscribers ... on Thuesday, July 5, 1808, ... The report of the managers having been read and adopted, the meeting proceeded to the election of officers, ... Report of the managers. ... John Gregg, chairman. July 12, 1808.
Belfast [1808].
[4] p. ; 32.1 cm. (2º)

Folded sheet, final verso blank. The Marquess of Donegal took the chair on 5 July, and John Gregg at the adjourned meeting on 12 July. 'Mr. Soane, an Architect of undisputed excellence, and one of the principal directors of the London Institution, actuated by a desire of promoting an undertaking designed to extend the boundaries of Literature and the Arts, made a voluntary offer of his services. This unlooked for, and disinterested instance of liberality and public spirit has saved the Institution a sum of several hundred pounds, ...'. The history of what was later to become the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, formally opened in 1814, dates from an application to the Marquis of Donegall in 1807 and a meeting held on August 1st, 1807 to draw up plans for the regulation of the new Institution. John Soane was invited to draw up plans for the building in 1809 for which he declined payment and the foundation stone for a modified version of his plans was laid in 1810. (See D. Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, London 1984, p. 270.) The Soane Museum has 43 drawings relating to this project (Drawer 71/5/1--41 & 43; Vol. 90/5); for the correspondence relating to it, see Priv. Corr. V.F.1--37.

Copy Notes Previously folded and sealed as a letter addressed in ink to Samuel Thompson Esquire / Ruckamore, redirected (?) in red ink to an unread address in London. Additional inscription in ink in another hand Mr Thompson / Hudsons Hotel / Covent Garden.

Binding Folded paper. Pinned (4) in a group of printed papers relating to the Belfast Academical Institution.

Reference Number 6028


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