70. January 1, 1777 Debating Society, Queen's-Arms, Newgate Street
'1. Which tends more to improve the morals of mankind, Tragedy or
Comedy? 2. Which is the best school of oratory, the Pulpit, the Bar or
To relieve the author of the Historical Lectures, a Discourse will be
delivered this evening on lines from The Grave.'
71. January 3, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn
'Whether the Common Council would act consistent with the duty they
owe their constituents, in discharging the debts contracted by Mr.
Wilkes during his Mayoralty, out of the city cash? and
Do not those preachers, who teach doctrines founded on Fatality, prejudice the interests of morality?'
72. January 10, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Do not those preachers, who teach doctrines founded on Fatality, prejudice the interests of morality? And, if time permits, the subsequent:
Has not the conduct of the Americans, in the last campaign, justified
the censure Lord Sandwich passed on them in the House of Lords?'
Lecture on fame.
'After ample discussion of the doctrines of predestination, free-will,
&c. determined in the affirmative.'
73. January 17, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Has not the conduct of the Americans, in the last campaign, justified
the censure Lord Sandwich passed on them in the House of Lords?
And, if time permits, the following: Upon what grounds doth the
Church of England reject some ceremonies commanded in Scripture
and comply with others?'
The Question was 'very ingeniously and ably debated. Those who maintained the negative observed, that retreating was not always a proof of
cowardice, but frequently of wisdom; that discipline was superior to
courage, and that though this country, aided by foreign mercenaries,
had exerted a great part of its strength against America, they had done
little towards effecting a conquest thereof. Those who maintained the
affirmative, compared the state of the two countries, that every advantage was on the side of America, as provisions, recruits, situation, &c.
aided by the most masterly intrenchments, which yet they had not
defended in a single instance. The latter opinion was confirmed by the
74. January 22, 1777 Debating Society. Queen's-Arms, Newgate Street
'1. Which is of more service to a State, a wise Minister, or a great
General? 2. Can Love subsist without Lust?
N.B. A President and Speakers now regularly attend on which account
these disappointment that have lately taken place, will in future be
Historical lectures on 'the characters of Semiramis, Cyrus, and other
celebrated Personages amongst the Ancients'.
75. January 24, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Upon what ground doth the Church of England retain some Ceremonies commanded in Scripture and reject others?'
Question debated and 'most of the ceremonies alluded to as rejected
by the church, proved to be of a slight or temporary nature, and consequently that she was justified in such omission on the ground both of
reason and scripture; which opinion was confirmed by the company.'
76. January 31, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Are Truth and Justice eternal and independent Principles? and, if time
permit, the following: Is not the Church of Rome guilty of idolatry in
their worship of the Virgin Mary and Saints?'
77. February 3, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether people of high life, are generally more serious than their
Question 'was carried in the affirmative'.
Morning Chronicle February 10
78. February 5, 1777 Debating Society, Queen's-Arms, Newgate Street
'Which tends more to establish female power, wit or beauty?'
Lectures on the Canaanites being the 4th of a Course on the study of
79. February 7, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Whether the Church of Rome is not guilty of Idolatry in their Worship
of the Virgin Mary and Saints?
Farther discussed, and determined in the affirmative.'
80. February 10, 1777 Robin Hood
'If a man hath a father, a wife, and a son, in equal and imminent
danger, (of drowning &c.) and has the possibility of saving only one of
them, which ought he to preserve? And after that, Whether the stage
is, or can be made, the school of virtue?'
The vote in the first Question 'went for saving the wife'.
81. February 14, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'1. What single Qualification is preferable in a Wife? - 2. Which is more
agreeable to the Tenor of Scripture, Infant or Adult Baptism?'
Lecture on Inconsistency.
Determined in favour of Good Sense.
82. February 17, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether the stage is or can be made a school of virtue? Would not
suspending the Habeas Corpus Act, be a proper measure at this
Second Question 'was carried in the negative by a great majority'.
83. February 19, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Queen's Arms, Newgate Street
'The Argument at this place . . . concerning the treason Bill, was carried on with spirit and ingenuity on both sides. The company was
numerous and respectable; and the decision against the measure. But
as it was urged by the advocates for the bill, that it had been misrepresented, the President was desired not to enter the determination, but
leave it open for further discussion. With this request he complied.'
Gazetteer February 26
84. February 21, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Would it be a proper measure at this time, to vest the Crown with a
power to suspend the Habeas Corpus Act, in certain cases, for a limited
Lecture on peace.
'After a variety of sensible and ingenious arguments, determined in
favour of the bill depending in Parliament for that purpose.'
Gazetteer February 28
85. February 24, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether the stage is, or can be made, a school of virtue?'
Question 'was debated with ingenuity, candour, and humour; the division was in favour of the stage being the school of virtue'.
86. February 26, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Queen's Arms, Newgate Street
'Is a particular attention to the cultivation of commerce, beneficial to a
87. February 28, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors
'Which is more agreeable to the Tenor of Scripture, Infant or Adult
88. March 3, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether an eloquent writer, or an eloquent speaker, is the more desirable character?'
89. March 5, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Queen's-Arms, Newgate
'Is the Constitution of a Land to be supposed capable of any Alterations
at the Will of the Legislature? And, Can shameful Punishments tend
to the Prevention of Crimes?
As every question which relates to the constitution and laws, of a country is of the highest importance, the Managers of the above Society
cannot doubt, but that those before mentioned will excite public attention; and have the satisfaction to say, that several ingenious speakers
have promised to honour them with their sentiments on the above
90. March 7, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Whether Baron Montesquieu's Observation, That Virtue is not the
Principle of Monarchical Government, is founded in truth? And, if time
permit, the following: Which ought a man to relieve preferable to the
other, his father or his son, supposing both to be in an equal state of
poverty or distress?'
Lecture will be delivered on Conjugal Happiness.
91. March 12, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Queen's-Arms, Newgate
'1. Can shameful punishments tend to the prevention of crimes? 2. Is
it indispensably necessary, in a moral sense, for a man to marry the
woman he has debauched? 3. Can a man be strictly moral, without
professing any particular religious principles whatsoever?
The Directors of this Society return their grateful thanks to the public
for the general support afforded to their undertaking at the three last
meetings, and beg leave to assure the lovers of rational entertainment,
that nothing shall be omitted which can render the above assembly
worthy of further countenance and favour.'
Lecture on Happiness.
92. March 14, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Is that man a friend to his country, who, in a time of national danger,
exposes the weakness and distress of the State?'
Question was 'very ably and ingeniously debated, and determined in
93. March 19, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Queen's Arms, Newgate
'1. Is not the practice of purchasing at a low rate annuities on the lives
of young men of fortune, a species of usury, and consequently criminal? - 2. Can a man who does not profess some religious principles,
be strictly moral?'
94. March 21, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'1. Which ought a man to relieve, (supposing it in his power to relieve
but one) his father or his son, both being in an equal state of poverty
or danger? 2. Is not Mr. Grenville's act deciding controverted elections,
likely to be productive of more harm than good?'
On the Question 'a debate equally ingenious and entertaining, in which
the speakers were no less distinguished by their knowledge and eloquence, than by their feelings as men, and their moral rectitude as
Christians; upon these principles the parent had the universal preference; but from political considerations, as affecting the interests of society at large, that preference was adjudged to the son by the majority
of a single hand.'
95. March 26, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Queen's Arms, Newgate
'Were all the methods taken to convict John the Painter justifiable? 2.
Is it possible, by arguments deduced from the nature of matter, to prove
the existence of an immaterial soul in man?'
Lecture on death.
96. March 28, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Is Mr. Grenville's act for determining controverted elections likely to
be productive of more harm or good?'
Lecture on Honour and Shame.
Question 'received a very ample discussion . . . and its utility [was]
universally acknowledged, although it admitted some improvements
were still wanting to render its operation as extensively beneficial as
the intention of its author, and equal to the warmest wishes of the
friends to the constitution.'
97. April 4, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Is Oratory in the Courts of Law of any real use to the cause of Justice?
The majority of the speakers argued in favour of the affirmative, and
strengthened their opinions with many examples of its utility; while
those for the negative alleged that justice, as being founded in truth,
stood in no need of any adventitious aid; that oratory, in such cases,
was more likely to mislead than inform a jury; and that from the confessions of their opponents, a judge was not to be biassed by the opinion
of council, however eloquent, if not founded in laws; which is the only
rule by which the judge and jury are bound to determine all causes,
and further consideration of this important subject was adjourned.'
98. April 7, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether a certain City Officer was so far reprehensible as to deserve
an opposition at Midsummer next?'
The Question 'was very warmly, candidly and ingeniously debated; and,
on the division, carried in the negative by a majority of four or five
Morning Chronicle April 14
99. April 9, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Queen's Arms, Newgate
'Does eloquence in the Senate tend to the advantage of the community?
And also the subsequent: Are the practices with which the present
Chamberlain is charged such as render him an improper person to hold
100. April 11, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Whether the Oratory of the Bar is of any real Use in promoting
Question 'determined in the affirmative'.
101. April 14, 1777 Robin Hood
'Is it honourable to follow the profession of arms for hire (this question
relates to auxiliary, or mercenary troops, fighting the battles of
Aliens, &c.) And whether making a mere conclave of the House of
Commons is not an insult to the British nation?'
102. April 18, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'1. Can it be proved from the New Testament, that the first day of the
week ought to be observed as the Sabbath Day? Which is preferable,
an hereditary or elective monarchy?'
103. April 21, 1777 Robin Hood
'The Question relative to the order for the exclusion of strangers from
the galleries of St. Stephen's chapel, was carried by a small majority of
hands against that measure, tho' the weight of oratory was in favour
Morning Chronicle April 28
104. April 25, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Whether an Elective or Hereditary Monarchy is preferable?'
Gazetteer May 2
105. April 28, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether a certain unfortunate personage, under conviction of a capital
crime, is not a proper object of Royal Mercy? And Whether doth any
real utility arise either to individuals or the community from a thorough
knowledge of the dead languages?
When the Question was agitated at the Robin Hood concerning an
unfortunate Divine, many persons evidently came prepossessed for the
rigour of the law, but the humanity of Englishmen soon yielded at the
remembrance of the many thousands who have been relieved in various
ways by his benevolent exertion; and it was voted unanimously, with
an anxious zeal that did honour to their feelings, that he is a proper
object of Royal mercy.'
Morning Chronicle/Gazetteer May 2
106. May 2, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Whether an Elective or Hereditary Monarchy is preferable? The following subject also, if time permit, will be investigated: Whether the
conduct of the present Chamberlain merits his re-election without
opposition the ensuing Midsummer?'
Lecture on the Infelicities of Human Life.
Question 'was further debated . . . and determined in favour of' hereditary monarchy.
107. May 9, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Is the general tendency of Lord Chesterfield's Letters to his Son, more
likely to promote the cause of Virtue or Vice?
The President and Committee will continue to exert their best endeavours in conducting it upon the same liberal plan which has hitherto
received the countenance and esteem of the ingenious and candid of
every party and denomination.'
108. June 13, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Upon what ground can the Court of Common Council be justified in
their application to the throne, in behalf of Dr. Dodd?'
109. July 28, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether an honest lawyer, or an honest physician, is the most valuable
member of the community?
After a variety of arguments (numerous, serious, ironical, &c.) the
shew of hands was in favour of the physician.'
Morning Chronicle August 4
110. August 4, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether a standing army, in regal pay, or a well-established militia, is
the more eligible defence for this country?'
Question 'was very ingeniously debated, and at last adjourned . . . . The
Militia seemed to have the advantage when the contest ended.'
111. August 11, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether a standing army under regal pay, or a well regulated Militia,
is the more eligible defence for this country? Are not the penal laws of
this country disproportionate to the crimes they are adapted to?'
The first Question 'went in favour of the army. Perhaps this determination was owing to the militia gentlemen being absent; as they seemed
most formidable the prior evening.' The second 'went in the
112. August 18, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether the love of fame may be truly said to be a universal passion?'
Question 'was carried in the affirmative'.
113. August 25, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether there is not more true courage in refusing a challenge (from
conscientious motives) than in complying with the prevailing custom of
Question 'was answered in the affirmative'.
114. September 1, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether is the prodigal or the miser the worse member of society?'
It 'was determined that the miser was so. In this debate the elder persons repudiated the miser, and most of the younger ones took against
115. September 6, 1777 Theological Society, One Tun, near Hungerford, Strand
'Ye have heard that it hath been said, "thou shalt love thy neighbour
and hate thine enemy." But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless
them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you and persecute you.' Matt. chap v. verse 43
Opening discourse by the late President on lines from Pope.
116. September 8, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether sudden joy or sudden grief hath the greater effect on the
human mind? and Is it possible that the people of an extensive empire
(like Great Britain) can be equally represented?'
117. September 14, 1777 Theological Society
A passage from the Scripture 'taken from the 38th verse of the 2nd
chapter of Acts . . . concerning the necessity, time, form and effects of
Preceded by a lecture on lines from The Grave.
Gazetteer September 13
118. September 15, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether bishops are of any real utility in church or state?
Some exceptions were taken to the general face of the question, as
the word church, in this country, implies the episcopal office. Then an
emphasis was laid on the word are Bishops, as if the present ones were
meant, and the Canada bill was introduced. However, when hands came
to be laid on the question, the Bishops were confirmed in their consequence, &c.'
Morning Chronicle September 22
119. September 22, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether a son's extravagance is a justification of a father's disinheriting
him? And after that, Whether the Lord Mayor was commendable
respecting the Newgate rioters?'
120. September 30, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether the Lord Mayor was commendable respecting the Newgate
rioters? Whether love or money is the greatest inducement to
The first Question 'was dropped without debate. The warm regard of
a young Gentleman for the Magistrate, cast cold water on the question.
The second question . . . went for love nem. con. Then the question
about Lord Abingdon's pamphlet [which must have been added on the
spot] was debated and adjourned to this evening.'
Morning Chronicle, September 29
121. October 4, 1777 Society at the Crown in Bow-lane
'Whether Great Britain, in case of the North American Colonies being
lost, might not be in as a flourishing a state as before they were
The speaker, who opened the question, wished it to be considered
under the heads of the state of England before the settlement of the
Colonies; the advantages reaped from trading with them; and consequences likely to ensue from the trade of this empire being diverted
into a different channel. Under these heads it was accordingly considered; and after many ingenious debates, in the course of which the
affirmative side of the question seemed to prevail, it was adjourned.'
122. October 6, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether Ladies ought to wear their hats in the Theatres during the
performance? Whether Lord Abingdon's late production deserves the
favour or censure of the public?'
The Question about Lord Abingdon's publication 'was carried, that said
[the] production deserved the favour and applause of the public'.
123. October 10, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Whether dramatic representations have not a tendency to injure the
cause of Virtue and Religion?
This Society was opened last Friday, pursuant to adjournment, and
honoured with a genteel company.'
Lecture on Friendship.
The Question was debated 'with spirit and ingenuity, and adjourned
for further consideration'.
124. October 13, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether the female part of a theatrical audience should be allowed to
wear hats during the performance? and Whether it can be shewn that
the present age is worse as to morals than the preceding one?
The question about wearing hats in the Theatres was superseded . . .
and [of] the second question . . . much was said, and very ingeniously
on both sides; perhaps proof positive in the premises, cannot possibly
be adduced, so from certain conspicuous instances of humanity and
other virtues, it was at last determined, that if the present was no better
than the last age, it could not be proved to be worse.'
125. October 17, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Whether Theatrical Entertainments have a tendency to promote the
cause of virtue and religion? The next subject for consideration (which
if time permit will also be investigated . . .) Is an appeal to the sword
properly called an appeal to Heaven?'
Lecture on Wisdom.
The first Question 'after a variety of learned, interesting and ingenious
arguments, determined in the affirmative.'
126. October 20, 1777 Robin Hood
'Would not an accommodation with the Colonies, be more eligible than
prosecuting the war, notwithstanding the present prospect of success?
And, Is the character of a rigid patriot consistent with that of a good
The first Question 'was carried nearly nem. con. in the affirmative. As
was also the second question.'
127. October 23, 1777 Society at Crown Tavern, Bow lane
'Hath the suppression of the grave-diggers scene in Hamlet by Mr.
Garrick contributed to the advantage or disadvantage of that Tragedy?'
Gazetteer October 22
128. October 24, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Mr. Locke's celebrated position, Whether an appeal to the sword can
properly be called appeal to Heaven?'
The Question 'was considered in three views; first, in reference to duelling; secondly, in respect of war between foreign nations; and lastly, as
relative to civil war; and determined in the negative in each particular'.
129. October 27, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether encreasing the number of play-houses in this kingdom would
be expedient? And Whether an egregious aggressor (in any matter) is
justifiable in accepting a challenge from the person he has injured?
Both these questions dropt, as neither the proposer, nor any other
person, owned or opened them. - The next question on course came
on, and was very briefly debated, viz. "Whether America subjugated,
or America being independent would tend more to the preservation of
130. October 31, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Would it not be for the interest of Great Britain, to end the present
contest with America, by declaring the Colonies independent of the
131. November 1, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Whether it would not be for the Advantage of Great Britain to end
the present Contest with America, by declaring the Colonies independent of the Mother Country?
Determined in the negative.'
Gazetteer November 7
132. November 3, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether beauty in women is in general more conducive or detrimental
to their happiness? and To which are we more indebted for our safety,
our courage or our fear?'
The first Question 'was determined in favour of beauty - i.e. [as] conducive to happiness'. The second 'went that fear is so'.
133. November 6, 1777 The Debating Society, which formerly
assembled at the Crown Tavern, Bow-Lane, will in future meet at
Coachmakers Hall, Foster Lane, Cheapside
'Is it not become a duty incumbent on the people, at this critical and
alarming period, to petition the throne, to put a stop to the war in
134. November 7, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'1. Is it good Policy in the Church of England to admit the validity of
ordination by Bishops of the Greek and Romish Churches, and reject
that of Protestant Dissenters? - 2. What are the Characteristics of a
Second question adjourned.
135. November 10, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether the freedom taken in speaking and writing, concerning
exalted personages, is more deserving censure or commendation? and,
Whether is hope of reward or fear of punishment the greater inducement to virtue?'
The decision of the second question was in favour of hope.
136. November 14, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'What are the Characteristics of a Real Patriot? Would not an equal
assessment of the land tax be a measure of expediency and justice?
After a thorough investigation of the subject, in which was displayed
an extensive knowledge of the landed and commercial interests of this
country, determined unanimously in the affirmative.'
137. November 17, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether hope of reward, or fear of punishment, is the greater inducement to virtue?'
The question was answered 'in favour of Hope'.
Morning Chronicle November 24
138. November 21, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'May not many of the virtues of the ancients be more properly denominated splendid vices?'
Question 'determined in the affirmative'.
139. November 24, 1777 Robin Hood
'Is it consistent with the honour of Great Britain, to be a pacific spectator of the assistance which the French give to the Americans? and,
Whether maidens or widows have the greater propensity to
The first Question 'was carried in the affirmative'.
140. November 27, 1777 Society removed from the Crown-tavern,
Bow-lane to Coachmakers-hall, Foster-lane
'Would it be wise in a state to give rewards to virtue, as well as to
141. November 28, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Is not the love of Woman one of the greatest incitements to Military
The Question, 'after a critical investigation of the passions, and an
appeal to the concurrent testimony of history, determined in the
142. December 1, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether maids or widows have the greatest propensity to matrimony?
and, Which situation is more favourable to female chastity, a nun or
maid of honour? and, Is employing savages in a military capacity against
the Americans justifiable?'
On the first question, it was decided that 'widows have the greater
propensity.' The second question was dropped. The last question 'went
in the affirmative'.
143. December 4, 1777 Coachmakers' Hall
'Is it probable the amendment proposed by the Earl of Chatham, to
the address on the subject of the King's speech, would have produced
any beneficial consequences to Great Britain?'
144. December 5, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Is it true that man acts as the tyrant as well as the lord of creation?
And, if time permit, the following - Has curiosity been productive of
more harm or good?'
Question 'determined in the negative'.
145. December 8, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether talents for the stage are so rare as is generally imagined? and
Whether the rejection of Lord Chatham's motion for a cessation of
hostilities in America was prudent?'
The first question 'went in the negative', the other 'was very spiritedly
debated till the usual hours of debate were elapsed, as was, by a vote,
146. December 11, 1777 Coach-makers-hall
'Is the Practice of impressing Seamen, as a Prerogative of the Crown,
consistent with natural Justice, or the Rights and Privileges of
147. December 12, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Whether a cessation of hostilities against America would now be
Question 'debated upon the ideas adopted by some persons of distinguished rank in opposition, of withdrawing the British troops from America, as a ground work of conciliation; and, after a variety of interesting
and ingenious arguments (in which it was proved that it would be dishonourable and injurious to the interests of this country, and by no
means likely to answer so desirable an end) determined in the negative.'
148. December 15, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether the rejection of Lord Chatham's motion for cessation of hostilities in America was a prudent method? and Whether the liberty of
free speaking and writing, allowed in this country, doth not carry off
political ill-humours, and tend more to preserve the state than subvert
149. December 18, 1777 Coachmakers-hall
'Is the practice of impressing seamen, as a prerogative of the Crown,
consistent with natural justice, or the rights and privileges of
150. December 19, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons
'Would not the allowing the Independency of America, expose us to
the insults of foreign Nations?'
Question 'determined in the affirmative.'
151. December 22, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether the freedom in speaking and writing, used in this country,
doth not, by carrying off the people's ill humours, tend to support rather
than to subvert the government? and Whether courage is natural or
The first question 'went in the affirmative'. The second Question 'went
Morning Chronicle December 29
152. December 26, 1777 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors-Commons
'Can any but a defensive war be justified upon principles of morality
153. December 29, 1777 Robin Hood
'Whether a public or a private education is the more useful? and
Whether an agrarian law, limiting the possession of landed property to
a certain prescribed value, would not be beneficial to the public?'
The first Question 'went in favour of private education'.