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G. C. B. . . G. C. BOASE.
W. A. S. H. W. A. S. HEWINS.
W. H. The Rev. WILLIAM HUNT.
5. In the List of Writers in the forty-second volume, the words the late shonld be cmitted before the name of the REV. THOMAS OLDEX and inserted before the name of the REV. CANON VENABLES.
OWENS, JOHN (1790-1846), merchant, in partnership as a producer of cotton yarns), and founder of Owens College, Manchester, the latter made the generous suggestion that, the first and for four years the only college instead of leaving it to a man who had more of the Victoria University, was born in Man- than enough, he should found a college in chester in 1790. His father, Owen Owens, Manchester where his principles might be a native of Holywell in Flintshire, went to carried out. He died unmarried on 29 July Manchester when a young man, and started 1816, at his house, 10 Nelson Street, Chorlin business as a hat-lining maker, ultimately ton-upon-Medlock in Manchester, aged 56 becoming, with the aid of his son John,currier, years, and was buried in the churchyard of furrier, manufacturer, and shipper. He mar- St. John's, Byrom Street, Manchester, where ried in his twenty-fifth year Sarah Hum- the whole family rest. By his will, dated phreys, who was six years older than himself; 31 May 1845, he bequeathed the residue of and he died in 1814, aged 80. John was the his personal estate (after bequests to relaeldest of three children, the other two-also tives, friends, charities, and servants amountsons-dying in childhood. He was educated ing to 52,0561.) to certain trustees, ‘for the at a private school (Mr. Hothersall's) in the foundation of an institution within the partownship of Ardwick, Manchester. He was ad- liamentary borough of Manchester, or within mitted early into partnership with his father two miles of any part of the limits thereof, (1817), and the business greatly increased. for providing or aiding the means of instructAccording to his principal clerk, he was ing and improving young persons of the male considered one of the best buyers of cotton sex (and being of an age not less than fourin the Manchester market. A keen man of teen years) in such branches of learning and business, it was also his custom to purchase science as are now and may be hereafter calicoes and coarse woollens, which were usually taught in the English universities, packed on his premises and shipped to China, but subject, nevertheless, to the fundamental India, the east coast of South America, and and immutable rule and condition that New York, importing hides, wheat, and other the students, professors, teachers, and other produce in return. He opened agencies in officers and persons connected with the said London and some of the provincial towns, and institution shall not be required to make any in Philadelphia, U.S.A. He also speculated declaration as to, or submit to any test whatin railway and other shares, and lent money soever of, their religious opinions; and that on them as security. Owens's health was deli- nothing shall be introduced in the matter or cate, and he led a private and almost secluded mode of education or instruction in reference life, taking no ostensible part in public questo any religious or theological subject which tions. He had, however, from his youth up- shall be reasonably offensive to the conscience ward deeply interested himself in the subject of any student or of his relations, guardians, of education, and strongly disapproved of all or friends under whose immediate care he university tests. Accordingly, when, towards shall be. . . . Subject as aforesaid, the said the end of his life, he offered his fortune to his institution shall be open to all applicants for friend and old schoolfellow, George Faulkner admission without respect to place of birth, (1790 ?-1862) [q. v.] (with whom he was and without distinction of rank or conVOL. XLI.