14 letters on a variety of themes including visitor's duties, donations. also a petition from UHMB students. Letters from Brooke Aspland, A. Rushton, George Fox, Samuel Sharpe and 'Higginson' concerning a controversy which seems to concern the nature of the Board and its teaching. Fox mentions letters to the Inquirer and his disappointment that the Board did not become 'a second Manchester New College'. There is discussion on the wording of motions and the rules of the UHMB. Also an unsigned letter [Brook Aspland] on the school days of Benjamin Disraeli.
54 letters, mostly on routine matters, particularly subscriptions. Includes letter from George Fox to Drummond with his comments on a sermon by Drummond, with Fox expressing opinions on Unitarian associations. Letter from Beard to R. Mulligan Shipman, Chairman of the UHMB dated 13 Jun 1866 reporting to Education Committee at the end of the first term of 1866-7. He outlines at length how they overcame the difficulties occasioned by Gaskell's illness. Also report on behalf of the examiners regarding the Owens College Scholarship.