Trin: Lodge - Confirming that the College abstained in changing the 41st statute as it applies to the University at large as well as to the College. Whewell has conferred with the committee of the Heads concerned with revising the University statutes and hopes to send him a draft of this statute revised. Sir Nicholas Tindal claims that it is not 'subject to the same interpreting authority as the University statutes...but is a College statute' and up to the Master and seniors of the College to revise it. Whewell will send him former royal letters which have modified College Statutes to show how they 'have obtained their validity'.
HJR may switch with William Twopeny and preach on Whit Tuesday instead of Monday if he wants. Tindal [Nicholas C. Tindal] has declared himself as a candidate for the forthcoming election for the University - 'and I think has more claims upon us than either of the other candidates so I am afraid we shall not yet get to the same side'.
NCT recommends George Airy to succeed the late Thomas Young, in the superintendence of the Nautical Almanack: 'it is almost unnecessary to state that Professor Airy is a person, whose talents have excited greater expectations of the enlargement of the boundaries of science and philosophy, than those of any other individual of the present time; and that he unites in a singular degree with those high talents, the power of rendering them useful and practical'. The appointment of GA would be highly gratifying to Cambridge University - 'the more so, as the recent abolition of the Board of Longitude, has abridged those opportunities which before existed, of giving encouragement to the learning and labours of the Professors of that University'.