chapter  V
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The First Manchester Period

UP to this point in our history we have followed the course of one hundred and thirteen years, during which the succession of Academies, from Rathmel to Warrington, carried on the work, to which now for more than a hundred and forty years, since its foundation in 1786, Manchester College has been devoted. Five Academies went before, handing on from one to the other the torch of Truth and Freedom, for the better service of Religion; and in what follows there are five stages in the progress of the new College,1 moving from place to place, where at each crisis in its history it was judged that the work could best be done. First came seventeen years in Manchester, then thirty-seven at York, followed by another thirteen years in Manchester and thirty-six in London; finally, since 1889, the Oxford period, already covering more years than any of the others. Thus the hope of greater permanence has been fulfilled; and how worthily the tradition has been maintained, the names of some of the chief among the

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teachers in the College, Barnes, Wellbeloved, Kenrick, Tayler, Martineau, Drummond, Carpenter, stand as witness.