The journal of design and manufactures
Miscellaneous, pp. 60-64 ff.
Miscellaneous. trouble at all, being too content to leave their successful efforts to revive the So, ciety to speak for themselves- and were defeated. The result has been to disgust those who have been most use- ful and active, and who have already shewn their sense of the ingratitude by retiring from the Council. The effect of the Exhibitions has been to raise the number of members from 320 in 1846 to 660 in 1850; and it needs no prophet to foretell what will be the result of making patents and patent agency the watchwords of the Society, and suppress- ing those exhibitions which had placed the Society in the most forward posi- tion among metropolitan institutions. We doubt if any Society has ever before been so recognised in a royal warrant as the Society of Arts has lately been. If the Society did not value, then they de- serve to lose all these advantages, and lose them most assuredly they will. It is peculiarly significant of the fatuity of this contest, that whilst the Society has just opened one of the most interesting Exhibitions ever made, to which the Queen and Her Royal Consort (the President of the Society) have most graciously contributed, the Society should thus apparently repudiate in fact the po- licy of which the present and all past Exhibitions have been the fruits. We had written thus far when we received the names of the new list for the Council of 1850, the first fruits of the new bye- laws. To put forth this list as repre- senting the intelligence of the Society is quite ridiculous. For the most part, the names are those of gentlemen quite un- known; except in a very small cir- cle, and that a narrow one of its kind;- we mean patent agency. To shew how strong the bias is in* this direction, we have marked those names with P. who are known either to be in the business or very sympathetic with it. Besides this Council list, there are Mr. Farey, Mr. Rotch, and Mr. Webster, on the list of Vice-Presidents, all connected with some branch of "patent" agency. In fact, the whole is simply a "patent" machine of the chief mover. We indicate the "Patent" men,- F. Fuller, H, G. Calthrop, P, }Aicuture. D. Campbell, , i 'Chemnistry. J. J. Cooper, T. Creswick, A.R.A. }Fine Arts. W. Wyon, R.A. E. Sper, P Mechanics. 3. Gooch W. Newton, P. }Manufacture J. B. Simpson, T. Winkwortb, } Council. F. Whishaw, P. I J. H. Gooch, }Audito.. J. Miler, J Payne, P. Le Neve Foster, Treasurers. G. Grove, Secretary. We will tell the Society something of the mode of concocting this list. The chief mover having professed that the com- mittees were not duly represented by the former Council, attended himself all the committees, and dictated to them whom they should elect-those, in fact, for the most part, who he considered were sup, ple machinery for his own aims. We have reason to hope that the most respectable names in this list will not be allowed to serve as the cat's-paws of the non-entities. The annual election takes place on April 3, and we shall be curious to see if the Society will sanction this outrage on its common sense. .Aikdtancous. EXHI3ITION OF MANUFACTUYRES AT MAN- CHESTER.-Already we have alluded to the fact that very few, if any, of the -rinters in and about Manchester appear to know anything about this Exhibition. The result is, that the Exhibition is now opened, though as yet very incomplete; it hardly presents at the present time a single specimen of the staple of the town of Manchester. There must be something wrong. We suspect the Manchester men prefer shewing their goods anywhere except in Manchester. A good deal may he said on this subject, and we have a very strong suspicion that numerous as the causes may he which prevent a cor- dial co-operation on the part of the manu- facturers of Manchester, that is not the least amongst them which arises out of a desire to conceal how far they are actually indebted to each other for the patterns they issue; for it is notorious to what an extent even the smallest scintilla of a new idea is worked upon by as many as can get hold of it. We shall have more to say on this subject at a future time. As regards the Exhibition, we can only say that it appears to be made up of a large sprinkling of the articles lately displayed at the Society of Arts in 1849, and in Birmingham. Metal-work, glass, and porcelain, would appear to take the lead, when textile fabrics ought to pre- dominate. There is some little glorifi- cation expressed in a local print as to the developement of the glass trade in Man-
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