Leeds Mercury (03/Dec/1842) - Huddersfield Young Men's Mental Improvement Society
Huddersfield Young Men's Mental Improvement Society.
On Tuesday evening Mr. Edw. Baines, Jun., read a paper "On the Spirit of the Student," before the members of this Society, the elder pupils of Huddersfield College, and a considerable number of the friends of education, in the room of the British School. After the paper, Mr. Schwann, the President of the Society, expressed his hope than an Institution on a more extended scale than the present, for the improvement of youth, would be formed in the town of Huddersfield. He stated the history of the Young Men's Mental Improvement Society, which originated among the young men in his own employment, and which, having obtained some honorary members, and an addition of working members, now numbered about one hundred and fifty. Mr. Edw. Baines, in acknowledging a vote of thanks, earnestly recommended that an Institution should be formed commensurate with the importance of the town, in which there were all the materials for it that could be desired — population, property, intelligence, and talent. He stated that Leeds, Halifax, Bradford, York, and Wakefield, had all flourishing Mechanics' Institutions, which he knew from his own personal knowledge to be producing the greatest good. Mr. Batley and Mr. Willans expressed their wish to see such an Institution in Huddersfield, and hoped the attention of the friends of education would now be directed to the subject. Mr. England, solicitor, suggested whether it might not be possible to form a union between this Society and the Philosophical and Literary Society, which had a hall, but which had not a large number of members. On this Mr. E. Baines stated that such an union had been effected in Leeds between the Literary Institution and the Mechanics' Institution with the best effects; and he thought that a similar union would be attended with great benefit in Huddersfield, he knew no provincial town where two literary institutions flourished at the same time to any considerable extent; but he felt confident that one institution on a broad basis would become very efficient and prosperous in Huddersfield. There seemed a strong conviction on the minds of many present, that the object was both desirable and practicable.