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Tho old Board of Regents of the Luiversity wore in kcssíoii in our city on Wedncsday and Thursday, Doe. 30th and 31et, closing iip the labora of their expiring term. Their proceedings consisted chiefly in receiviug and act ing cpon the final reporta of tho severa commiitucs, and in makiog nppropriations to meet expenses to d;ite. ïlie financial report gave undeniable evidunce of fiucceftful management o; tho funds of the TJi.iversity during tho nis jears tho Board has administerec the afikira of the sanie. The current and increasing yearly expenses have been mot, large additions to the libraries and museums made, a new and distinet department created ano made to rival and excel tho older Law Schools of tho country, and a larga aoci co.-nmodinus building created both for the aocommodation of that department and the general ü'orary, and without encroaching to the extent of a single dollar upon tbe funded resources of the University. Howcver somo of the acts of the old Board mny be approved or disapprovod by our citizenu, or a portion of ihetn, all intelligent business men both in our city and throughout the State must acknowlcdge the ability aud integrity with which they have managed tho finanoes r,f the institution. The Board adjourned sine die on Thursday aflernoon. The Ecgent elect, all of whorn are new membora of the Board escept Regent Johnson, and 6evbral of whom had been present during the last sessions of the old Board, held their first session 011 Friday, January lst, at 10 o'clock, A. M. The following camed Regenta, conslituting a fuli Board, wcro present: Messrs. Edward C. Walker, George Willard.Thos. D. Gilbert, Thos. J. Joslin, Henry C. Knight, J. Eastman Johnson, Alvah Sweetser, and James A. Sweezey. After prayer by President Haven, the cath of office was adininistered by Hon. E. Lawren'cb, of this city, when tho President briefly and approprialely addressed the Board as follows : Inasmuch, gentlemen, as I meet all of you but ofie, nox, {or the first time, U8 members of tho Board of Regents, it would seein appropriate for me, as ex ifficio President of the Board, to otter to you a lew worda of greeting, and tender to you, in behalf of tbe Üniversity, an oxpresttiou oí oonfidence in ynur wisdom, and your earnest devotion to ts highest good. For tbe sec ond time sinco the TJnivcrsity has been under the control of a Board of Regc-ïite electt'd by tLe people, according to a provisión of tho constitution of tbe State, all ts members liüvvlv eleetei hold what may b.e calied their first meeting though, iegally, tbe Boarii it self, in name, authority cud functions is notcbangod. The constitution re cognizes but one Board of liegen ts ol the University of Michigan, and has made provisión that it may nevor espire, but bo always full.' Hereafter, also, as you are well aware, by a change in the time of eleoting the several Regente, it has been provided that the entire mernbership shall uot be elected at onco. I am glad to be able to announce, not aa a mere ra at ter of iorm, but as a fact, that the University, in all ts departrnents at once, was never beíore so largely af tended, perhaps never so prosperous as now, The great increose in the Literary Department has not quite brought that department up to what it was five years ago, but as a whole the University is much moro numerously attended than ever before-- It has passed tbrough its childhood, its formation stage, and has acquired a stendy usefulness. Henceforth ifc must not be expected to grow rapidly, but like the leading Universities of our oldest States, to meet a constant dematid. and produce a constant good result. Gradual and permanent improvementa may also be hoped for. Our greatest immediate necessitv is a new, enlarged building for the "Department of Medicine and Surgery. This flourishing department has literally cutgrown its acoommodations. The laws of hygione are daily violated by the crowded etate of the rooms io which those laws are explained. It ia liturally impossible for the professors to do justice to thomselve3 or to their cause, or to the students, without arapier and botter acco.nmodutians. The Kegents have sucoeoded within the two yoars in erecting a cominodious building for the Law Department and tho General Library, without a grant trom the State, an.d without encroacbipg upon tho ordinary workings of the University. Tbis, however, is not entirely paid for. I hopo that yovi will find, on careful examination, that you can meet the liabilities lor this building, and also provide for tbe erection of an addition to the Medical Collega. Other improvements are much need ed in tho University, such as the establishment of a profüssorship of Hebrew and Oriental Languages, a professorship of Political Economy, the estab h.shmenl of a Gymnasium, or makino; Borne provisión for a duo attention to physionl education, But our only safe course is to attempt only what we aro sure we can accompüsh. At present I eanoot recommend for immediate acÜon any great expenditure, except what may be nceded for the Meclical Building" Tho truc pecuniary condit'on of this University ought to be well kntwn to the peoplo of the State. It ia not abundantly wealthy, as eome think. - While it has property euough, by strict economy, to present the advantages of a genuinej University, fully satisfying tho desires of the eiglit hundred etudents that nttend it, eti'l thero are esBntial elementa of : thoroi:gh Univerpitj that it cannot yet cominapd. Hor wil! it ever be nblo to do so properly, I without additional public aid, anti nlso donations from the friends of educatior.s, such as havo been received bv Harvard, Yule, Princeton and olher of our ablest Univorsities. Tho examplo has already been set in tliis Btate, and I hope wil] be l'reqnently follotted.- The Observatory on yonder hül, furriialied to us by a few liberal friends of science in Detroit, has already made this Universiiy known all ovor the civilized world. Shaü e notvet see Profesiorships established, sehölarships endowed, libraries replenished, and othor agouoies furnished, by intelligent, ablo beuofactors, and by a liberal Stato, fcr tha perlectioo of tbia great central Univeisity tor the Northwest? But, gentlemen, I will not eularge upon this projific theme. All.iw nio to inention that a proper care tor the buildings and grounds, and interest of tho Univorsity, requires that the Steward shoukl have a enfficúent compensation to raake it his duty to have an offieo in ono of the buildings and epend severa] hours a day upon the ground. The economy of sueh an arrangemont is too evident to need argument. Several other little changes and provisiona havo been suggested by niembors of lbo Faculty, wbich I may take occasion to present. I eannot doubt t hat it is the anxious desire of the truest friends of tho University of Michigan, that under your suporvision it may becorno more and more evident, that a State TJniversitv can be strong and permanent, not torn by politicnl iactions, 'and yot soundlv loyal and outspoken in its inculcation of fidolity to the country ; not the prey of 8eolarian jealouay - if such a thing still exista- and yet truly Christian in theory and practice. That is my de. sire and aim ; that I bolieve to be tho ambition of its able Faculty. None of us should bo allowod by you to rem ai n here any longer than we can enjoy your confidence, as doing all that can be expected and sacured for the accomplishment of such a result. That this rnav be our experience has already been my prayer, and shall be, I trust, our united endeavor. The Boird [immediately prisceeded to business, and oq motion the following Standing Committees were appainted : Finance- Regentí Gilbert, Sweetser and Johnson. Execntive - Regenta Walker, Johnson nnd Willard. Classical Department - Regents Willard, Knight and Walker. Scientific Departmeni-Lïeg&ntaSweezey, Gilbert and Jnslin. Law Department - Kegenta Knight, Sweezey and Sweetser. Medical Deparlment-llegents Sweetser, Gilbert and Johnson, Library - liegents Johnson, Willard and Knight. Museum - Regents Joqjin, Walker and tiweezey. The usual routino business of the session was varied by the reoeption and eonsideration of two memorials, one signed by sorae 300 studonts of the eeveral departmonts askiug the re-instatement of Dr. Tappan as President of the University, aid another, nearly as numerously signed, remonstratiog against any chango of that kind. Motion being raadO that Mr. Desison, a law student be perraitted to address the Board relativo to the first memoria!, it failed to get a second, whioh gentle hint against pettifogging the case, and of the competenoy of the Board to act in the premises, was followed by a res olution to consider the memorials in coinraittee of the whole, in executive or secret session. We know nothing of the charaeter of the discuasian whicb ensued, but it resulted in the eommittee reporting the following resolutions back to the Board, which were unanimously adopted without amendment : Resolved, That, in the opinión of this Board, it is not consistent with the govornment of a Literary Inetitution or with tho best intereals of the studente, that petitions should bo entortained by this Board irom students, in regard to the government of the University, or the appointtnent and dismissal of Professors or Officers. Resolved, That Executive Officers and Professors in colleges are Hablo from teuaporary causes, and often from a ïtriot performance of their duties, to become obnosious to a class or a set of student-, and if it is understood that in all such cases an appeal may be made at once to the appointing power, the Uoard of Regent, by peütion, insubordinntion would be thus encouraged, and that peace, quietness, and order, which are necessary for progress in study would be broken up by fre-, qtient and exciting contact between students and those placed over them by the State as their instructora. Resolved, That the Regenta recognize the propriety of petitions from students in some casus, and give the petitioners on the subject of the restoration of Dr. Tappan duo credit for good motives and intentioDS. but in view of thu above opinions, Resolved, That the petitioners pro and con have leavo to withdraw their petitions. We trust that this vvill eettle one point for somo time to come - and that is that tha Regents and not the studente aro the governing power of the University, and that the gentlemen composin tho new Board are disposed calmly to do their duty, and leave the students to tho quiet pursuit of their iterature, science, law, and medicine. In tho furthtr discharge of their duties the Board elected D. McInttrb, Ksq., of this city, Treasurer, vice Votnev Chapín, re&igned. If this Bekction has any significan e, it must be vsarJi'd as an approval of the financia] policy f the old Board, and may, , sibly, be considered aa an indieaticn ( that the present Board are determined , to tih tbo University as tby fin3 it, and mako it accomplish the utmost possible for the public good. Wo hear of individúala of tho new Board expressing great ploasure at J what they aaw and leained of the present condition of things at tho UniversiI ty, and we hope that the administraron of í.ffaii'8 will prove satisfaetory both to themselves and their constituents. Tho Board adjourned to moet on the lOth day of February at wliioh time they aro to eonsider bids for the erection of a new and much needed build; ing for the aecominodation of the Medical clepartmoDt. L5P Wo have received a circular sigoed by our entire delegation in the two j houses of Congress, urging the claims of l the Michigan Soldiers' llelief Aseocia tion upon the pooplo of our State. Tbey say that for somo months past the associatioQ has been maiuly sustained br assistauce from other States, and unies aid is immediately obtained from homo t muy be compelled to disband. Thi association has done a good work amonö the Michigan soldiera in and arounc Washington, and it is justly cntitled to a liberal portion of the funds raised by ou home aid societies for the relief of Miohi gan soldiers in camp and in hospital. Donations of cash or other needed sup plies will be faithfully used aud distrib utcd for the benefit of Michigan men. - Contributions should be sent to Hon. J M. Edmünds, Washington, D. C, Presi dent of the Assoeiation. L3L" Hon. Gkü. O. Bates, of Cbi cago, wel] known to most of our citizeoa as u lawyar and an orator, is to leeture thig (-vening in the M E. ühiireh, before the Webster Society of tbo L:iw Bchofi), His bubject i.s : ' örovvth of the Northwest since 1863; its groatness the legitimate fruit of the Union ; its maintenance the duty of all men, espeeially of all Northwestern men." Mr. Batks' popularity as a speaker in connection with his subject should secure bim a full house. LSS" At the late session of the Board of Rfgents of the University, Prof. Winciiell was granted leave of abseace for three months. We heaF that he contemplates going to the Southwest to take charge of an abandonetl plantation. L2ST Archbishop Hughes, probably the most distinguished Catholic prelate in America, died at hispesidence in New York city on Sunday afternoon last. - He was akout 3 years old. E1 Gen. Cüktis is ahead again, having beeu assigned to the department of Kansas. B@-Judging by the wails that como up from oontraband camps in every direction, it is probable that Parson Brownlow's recent prediction of the disappearance of lbo negro race wil] prove too true. The nuinber of deaihs daily reported is startling. It is rnorally eertain that the " freedmen " are much vvorse off to day than those who remato alavés, And when are they to be bettcr off is a seiious question. jL2Ë The report of Gen. IVÍcOlellan' ordered printed by the House does not yet appear. Reason assigned - a press of werk at the govornmetit priuting office. Perhaps it e delayed to give sotne hangoron of the War Department time to write a review to accompany it to the public, and prevent any damagiog eflects to the administration. t" Gen. Stonkman has been transferrod to the Soutiiwöst and mado Gen. Grant's Cliief of Cavalry. LL Gen. Bürnside has again been appoiated to the command of the department of the Ohio, Gen. Fosteb beiDg very much out of health. (?)