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provide the means for its relief, at the earliest practicable period.
The Board of Regents, acknowledging with gratification the invaluable benefit which the people of this State, as also the people of the whole North and West, must receive (as we hope for all time to come) from the fund so generously secured for so noble a purpose, are constrained to say it is all required or needed, to continue in operation the several departments as now organized, without converting any portion of it to the erection of buildings; and we would suggest that the time has arrived when, if the people of this State desire to see their Uộiversity continue to increase in prosperity, reputation and usefulness, and to rank among the higher grade of Universities, they must adopt some plan for an enlargement of its endowment, or consent to a reasonable tax for the erection of additional buildings. By order of the Board. (Signed)
HENRY P. TAPPAN, President of the Board of Regents.
REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT.
To the Honorable, the Board of Regents of the University of
GENTLEMEN: Since my last report the several Departments of the University have been in a very prosperous condition. The number of Professors has been augmented by the appointment of Dr. S. G. Armon to the Chair of Institutes of Medicine and Materia Medica.
The number of students is as follows:
The number of graduates in the different Departments is as follows:
* Exclusive of the members of other Departments.
The Museum has received another liberal donation from the Smithsonian Institution. I am bappy to announce, also, that the Trowbridge Collection, heretofore deposited in our Museum, has become unconditionally the property of the University by the gift of Prof. W. P. Trowbridge. The number of instruments in the Observatory has been increased by the purchase of a Chronograph, made by Mr. Bond, of Boston, on which all the observations made with the Transit Circle, as well as with the Equatorial, are recorded by electro-magnetism.
For the sake of determining the longitude of this Observatory and that of Detroit, with the greatest accuracy, a telegraphic connection has been made with the depot in Ann Arbor, at the expense of the Lake Survey, while the necessary instruments for telegraphing were bought for the Observatory by the Regents. During the spring corresponding observations have been made between the Observatory and the Lake Survey station, at Detroit, by which the difference of longitude of the two stations has been satisfactorily determined. At present operations are going on between this Observatory and the one of Hamilton College, at Clinton, N. Y., for the purpose of observing the difference of longitude of the two places. As the longitude of Clinton had been previously obtained from Cambridge, Mass., with great accuracy, this service will give the definite result of the difference of longitude of Ann Arbor and Cambridge--the only place on this continent where longitude from Greenwich has been obtained by direct transportation of
Chronometers. Donce the longitudinal determination of Ann Arbor relatively to Greenwich will be perfect.
The enlargonent of the Laboratory, ordered by the Board at their last meeting, is advancing rapidly, and will be ready for the accommodation of students at the opening of the next semester. This enlargement, and an anticipated increase in the number of students, consequent upon it, will render it neoessary for the Board to appoint additional Assistants to the Professor of Chemistry.
The good order and discipline of the Institution have been highly satisfactory during the entire year.
The last few months bave been signalized by an outbreak of patriotism and of a military spirit among the students, affording another evidence of the universality and intensity of the excitement caused and awakened by the great southern rebellion.
The military drill, wbich has been su carnestly prosecuted by the students, has caused no diversion from study, but has taken the place of ordinary recreation and questionable indulgencies. The appointment of a Professor of Military Engineering and Tactics, at this time, would be a popular measure, serving to connect the University still more with the great interests of the State; and while promoting new branches of knowledge, would eminently subserve all gymnastic purposes.
HENRY P. TAPPAN,
Pres't of the Board. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN,
June 27, 1861.
To the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan:
The Finance Committee of the Board of Regents present the following statement of receipts and expenditures on account of the University, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1861 ; also an estimate of the probable receipts and expenditures for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1862:
Cash in the Treasury, July 1, 1860,
$1,992 69 received during the year from all sources, .... 36,440 38
Warrants paid during the year,.......$38,399 33
$38,433 07 $38,433 09
$1,427 00 42,062 08
Warrants outstanding at commencement of the
year,... Warrants issued during the year,..
paid during the year,......$38,399 33
outstanding July 1, 1860,... 5.059 75 Warrant No. 893, outstanding at the
close of last year, since returned
$43,489 08 $43,489 08