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saying something to the old members of the College which showed that, though he might not have met them for some time, he had a clear recollection of them and of any subject in which they were occupied or interested. The answers often gave him much pleasure, so great was the kindly feeling shown to the College, and the liberality of the givers. Jowett had nothing but praise for any one who was a 'lover of his College, but he had a poor opinion of a man 'whose principles would not allow him to subscribe to the new Hall.' More especially was he indignant at one who, having promised a subscription, withdrew it on hearing that Colenso had preached in the Chapel
The building of the Hall was one of the great interests of his life. He loved to watch the rising walls from his study window, or visit them in his morning's walk, passing along the scaffolding to examine each detail, and then returning with a brighter look to Plato or Thucydides.
In writing to his friends he records the progress of the work: 'We have laid the foundations of the new Hall, 95' x 45', and have raised about £6,000. I hope to raise at least £2,000 more. We are deep in bricks and mortar; just beginning, like the crocus, to appear out of the ground. The College is very prosperous, and will, I think, be yet more so in two or three years' time, when we have the new Hall completed, and a new scheme for Scholarships and Exhibitions carried out. The new Hall of which we used to talk at Venice and in the Pass of the Brenner is opened and is a very great success. Every one seems to think it a noble building, though Ruskin told me it would be a dull sort of a church.'
His eagerness to see the building finished led him into an amusing inconsistency. With the popular condemnation of strikes he had no sympathy, arguing that
combination was the only weapon within the workman's reach, who had a right to improve his condition, and raise the price of his labour, the only commodity which he had to sell, by refusing to work at too low a wage.
. But these views underwent a change when the masons employed on the building went out on strike, and thus delayed the completion of the work which he had so much at heart. A strike was now a breach of contract; a man ought to do what he had undertaken to do; and how could contractors arrange for the completion of any building, if the men were at liberty to abandon work at a moment's notice?
The Hall was ready for use in October, 1876. In the following January, on the 16th, it was formally opened, at a banquet to which as many old Balliol men as possible were invited by the Master and Fellows of the College, and never before or since have so many distinguished members of the society been gathered together. The dinner was followed by a number of speeches, in which much was said of Balliol and Balliol
The Master began with a few words of welcome to those present, and notice of those absent-among whom he mentioned Canon Oakeley, Mr. W.G. Ward, and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.
* Though unable to be present on this occasion they have promised us a visit at some future time. They were separated from us by a strange fate thirty years ago. They have not forgotten us nor have we forgotten them. One of them has become the most distinguished person of his communion in this country. But when they left the Church of England, they gave up all worldly prospects of advancement, and went out not knowing whither they went. There is a story related
a of Dr. Johnson that when a change of faith was told him of any of his friends he used to exclaim, “ God bless him.” And such is our feeling. There are many opposite opinions amongst
us, but there is but one common sentiment—we were all educated at Balliol.'
Jowett then proposed the Queen, 'a toast which is always popular,' after which followed:
Floreat Domus de Balliolo :-Proposed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and answered by Jowett.
The Visitor, Dr. Jackson, Bishop of London :-Proposed by Jowett.
The Houses of Parliament :-Proposed by Professor H. J. S. Smith, and answered by Lord Cardwell and Sir Stephen Cave. The Clergy :
-Proposed by Jowett, answered by the Archbishop, the Dean of Westminster, and W. Rogers. .
The University --Proposed by Lord Chief Justice Coleridge, answered by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Sewell.
The Bar:-Proposed by Lord Lansdowne, answered by Mr. Osborne Morgan.
The Civil Service :-Proposed by Lord Camperdown and answered by Mr. Lingen.
Literature and Science :-Proposed by Mr. Green, answered by Matthew Arnold and Sir Alexander Grant.
Past and Present Fellows and Scholars :-Proposed by the Dean of Westminster, answered by the Rev. E. Palmer, Professor of Latin, and Sir C. Bowen.
Old members of a College can never meet together without speaking of the society as it was in their day, and so large a number of distinguished men could not speak on subjects on which they felt deeply without saying something of more than passing interest. In proposing the prosperity of Balliol, the Archbishop spoke of the Heads of the College whom he had known, of Jenkyns, Scott, and Jowett. He repeated the touching story of Jenkyns' death-bed, how when he ‘lay with the shadows of dissolution about him'he raised himself, and