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Present.—Captain W. C. Barker, Vice-President, in the chair; J. Scorgie, Esq., F.C.S.; Lieut. W. P. Arnot; Captain A. Phillips; K. R. Kama, Esq.; Dheerujram Dulputram, Esq., Members; and Lieut. Henry Morlnnd, F.R.A.S., Acting Secretary,
The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and confirmed.
Elections.—J. D. Macdonald, Esq.; H. -Warner, Esq., I. N.; E. Dawes, Esq.; Lieut. Colonel J. S. Gell; and Captain G. F. Henry.
Donations.—The following donations were laid on the table, for which the best thanks of the Society were requested to be conveyed to the donors:—
1. Arctic Journal, by Captain Sherard Osborn, C.B., R.N. Presented by the Author.
2. Discovery of a North-west Passage, by H. M. S. " Investigator," Captain R. M'Clure, during the years 1650—1854. Edited, and presented by Captain S. Osborn, C.B., R.N.
3. Oriental Budget for India, Australia, China, and the Colonies, for September 1865. By the Publishers.
Letters.—The following letters were read :—
I. From Messrs. Remington & Co., enclosing copy of the Society's Account current, made up to the 31st July last. 2. From Messrs. Smith, Elder, & Co., London, forwarding statement of their Account with the Society, made up to the end of the past half year, and requesting an early remittance. 3. From the Manager of the Financial Association of India and China, Limited, enclosing a new deposit receipt for Rs. 6,270, being amount of principal with accumulated interest for six months, at 7 per cent, per annum. 4. From Captain Sherard Osborn, C.B., R.N., forwarding, for the Library of the Society, two Books, edited by him. From Captain Thomas Black, resiguing the Office of the President of the Society, and requesting to be allowed to continue his connection with it as an Honorary Member; and the following from Dr. David Livingstone :—
"To Henry Morland, Esq.,
Honorary Secretary, Bombay Geographical Society.
My Dear Sir,—I beg to assure you that I feel extremely obliged by the Resolution passed by the Fellows of the Bombay Geographical Society, and it would give me great pleasure to meet any of them in a quiet way; but as I am only hoping to do something deserving their approbation in my proposed journey, it would be more agreeable to receive the address in the event of my being spared to return than it would be now, when I am only 'putting on the harness.' Allow me to add that I prize very highly the kindly feelings which prompted the Society to offer the honour, and I thank you very much for your good will.
I am, &c,
Poona, 6th October 1865."
Captain Black's resignation of the office of President of the Society was accepted with much regret, and he was elected an Honorary Member by acclamation. The consideration of the nomination of his successor was reserved for the next meeting.
Paper.—The following Paper, which was contributed by Government, was then read by the Acting Secretary :—
"Report by Lieut. Colonel F. J. Goldsmid, on his overland journey from Bagdad to Constantinople, through Turkish Arabia and Asia Minor."
The best thanks of the Society were voted to his Excellency the Governor in Council for this valuable communication.
At the close of the proceedings, the Acting Secretary, Lieut. Henry Morland, F.R.A.S., intimated his intention of going home for a short time, and requested that his successor be appointed.
It was then proposed by Captain W. C. Barker, and seconded by Captain A. Phillips, and carried unanimously—"That Lieut. W. P. Arnot he asked to act as Acting Secretary from the date of Lieut. Morland's departure."
Lieut. Arnot, in accepting the appointment, thanked the Society for this honour, and the meeting was adjourned.
The Ordinary Monthly Meeting of the Bombay Geographical Society was held in their New Rooms, on the basement story of the Town Hallj on Thursday, the 21st December, at half-past 4 P.m.
Present.—The Rev. W. K. Fletcher, M.A., Vice-President, in the chair; James Scorgie, Esq., F.C.S.; J. P. Hughlings, Esq., B.A.; Bhugwandas Purshotumdass, Esq.; Venayekrow Jugonnathjee Sunkersetl, Esq.; Mirza AH Jan, Esq.; Commander G. T. Robinson; Atmaram Pandurang, Esq., G.G.M.C.; A. Taylor, Esq.; G. C. M. Birdwood, Esq., M.D., Members; and D. J. Kennelly, Esq., Corresponding F.R.G.S., Honorary Secretary.
The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and confirmed.
Donations.—The following donations were laid before the Society, for which their best thanks were requested to be conveyed to the donors :—
1. Transactions of the Grant College Medical Society, No. 1, 1865.
By the Society.
2. Papers relating to the Constitution and Functions of the Council of His Excellency the Governor of Bombay for making Laws and Regulations. By the Bombay Government.
3. Papers relating to the construction of a proposed Railway from Jamboosur to Broach, with a Map. By the Bombay Government.
4. Papers relative to the Introduction of Revised Rates of Assessment into the eight Talookas and two Pettas of the Khandeish Collectorate. By the Bombay Government.
5. Annual Report of the Geological Survey of India, and of the Museum of Geology, Calcutta. By the Superintendent, Geological Survey of India.
6. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India. Vol. 4., and Vol 5, Part I. By the Bengal Government.
7. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India. Palseontologia Indica, Vol. 3, Parts 8 and 9. By the Bengal Government.
8. Report of the External Commerce of the Presidency of Bombay for the year 1864-65. By the Commissioner of Customs, Salt, and Opium.
9. Report of the Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India for
the year 1864. By the Society. Letters.—The following letters were then read :—
1. From the Secretary Bombay Mechanics' Institution, acknowledging with thanks Vol. 17 of the Society's Transactions. 2. From T. D. Thomson, Esq., 11, Carey Street, London, advising the transmission of Books on account of the Cursetjee Furdoonjee Paruck Presentation, and promising to send reprints of Vol. 6 of the Society's Transactions.
The Society then proceeded to the election of a President in place of Captain Thomas Black, resigned. Mr. Kennelly said he felt it would be a gratification to the Members present to know that when in London he had received from the officers of the Royal Geographical Society their assurance of the high esteem in which they held our Vice-President Captain Osborn, and moreover expressed the hope, as a Fellow of theirs, he would prove instrumental in cementing more closely the two Societies. His merit as a Geographer was of a high order, and too well known to all present. He had therefore very much pleasure in proposing Captain Sherard Osborn, C.B., R.N., F.R.G.S., to be President of the Society.
The Rev. W. K. Fletcher, Vice-President, said it gave him very much pleasure to second a proposition which would have the effect of placing so able a Geographer as Captain Osborn at their head.
Captain Osborn was then unanimously elected President of the Society.
The Secretary having laid on the table the 17th Volume of the Society's Transactions, and also two copies of the reprint of Volume 6 published at the expense of Mr. Sorabjee Pestonjee Framjee, and having explained that in addition to the portion of the Cursetjee Furdoonjee grant of Books arrived by the mail, another and last shipment would shortly be on the way, and that the General Index to the Society's 17 volumes of Transactions would shortly be through the press.
Mr. Venayekrow Jugonnathjee Sunkersett moved that the best thanks of the Society be given to Mr. Kennelly, the Honorary Secretary, for the able and indefatigable manner in which, while here and in England, he had laboured in behalf of the Society's best interests.
Dr. Birdwood had very great pleasure in seconding his friend Mr. Sunkersett's motion. He also congratulated the Society on Mr. Kennelly's return to Bombay, and hoped that he might long continue their Secretary. It was owing to his exertions that the Society had continued to prosper against so many adverse circumstances.
The Secretary then moved that the following Sub-Committee be nominated to consider any proposition which might come before the Society for its amalgamation with the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society :—
Captain Sherard Osborn, President; Captain W. C. Barker, VicePresident; Rev. W. K. Fletcher, Vice-President; Dr. G. C. M. Birdwood, and the Honorary Secretary, ex-officio.
Dr. Birdwood, in seconding the proposition, said that he had long talked over the suggested amalgamation with Mr. Kennelly, and intended proposing it to the Asiatic Society at their next meeting. It would be very much for the advantage of both Societies. It would be difficult for the Geographical Society to hold its own, now that the Indian Navy had been done away with, whereas by joining the Asiatic Society it would become a favoured partner in an income of about Rs. 30,000 a year. By the amalgamation, the monthly meeting of the united Societies would be more interesting, and their common volume of Transactions more valuable. The only difficulty in the way was in disposing of those members—less than half of the Geographical Society—who were not members of the Asiatic. Those who were members of both Societies would save Rs. 15 a year by the amalgamation, and to those who were members of the Geographical only, the Asiatic Society would very possibly permit the privilege of joining them without ballot. This would dispose of the only difficulty in the way of the suggested amalgamation. This Society would not become extinct in the Asiatic, but would form a section of the latter, with its own office and office-bearers.
The Sub-Committee was appointed, and the meeting stood adjourned.