He held this office until 1858.
During a visit to England in that year, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow and on his return to the Cape in 1859 he was appointed successor to James Rose-Innes as superintendent general of education.
While serving as chairman of the board of public examiners (1859 - 1872), he proposed setting up a university as successor to the Examining Board, and in 1873 he became the first vice-chancellor of the University of the Cape of Good Hope.
He served as chairman of the Public Service Commission of 1886-87, was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and contributed numerous scientific, classical and literary articles to the Cape Monthly Magazine.
In 1890 he was elected chancellor of the university.
He was a trustee of the South African Public Library for over 30 years, and has served as chairman of the Fine Arts Association Committee and served on the Botanical Garden Committee.
In 1899 the KCMG was awarded to him.
At his retirement in 1892, the Cape Parliament granted him a pension equal to his full salary as a tribute to his great contribution to education in the Cape Colony.
His successor was the extremely capable Sir Thomas Muir.
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