|Description||The majority of correspondence continues to be concerned with the routine business of running and funding the Queen's College. A number of the letters refer to donations or offer apologies for absence at future meetings of the council. The death of the first President, Prince Albert, in 1861 was a severe blow. A man of his status was unquestionably a most valuable asset. In 1862 patronage from his son, the Prince of Wales, was refused for reasons explained in the letter sent on his behalf dated 13 January 1862. The post of President remained in abeyance until 1875 when Lord Leigh was elected.|
Parliament accepted 'The Queen's College, Birmingham Act' in 1867. This Act repealed all previous charters and dissolved the corporations established by them. Queen's College was now separated from the Queen's Hospital which became an autonomous body. This marked the beginning of a change of fortune for the college which was at a low ebb. This is indicated by the letter from Earl Howe dated 15 June 1860 which refers of the failure of 'educational arrangements' in Birmingham. The end of the 1860s witnessed a reduction in the influence of Dr Warneford and the Church of England. During this period Sands Cox retired from the staff of the hospital and from his Chair in Surgery. In 1868 Sydenham College was dissolved, its students transferred to Queen's College.