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Fourth Meeting.—February \bth, 1866.
The adjourned Meeting of the Bombay Geographical Society was held in their Rooms, Town Hall, on Friday, the l6th February, at 5 P.m.
Present.—The Rev. W. K. Fletcher, M.A., Vice-President, in the Chair; R. S. Sinclair, Esq., LL.D. ; J. P. Hughlings, Esq., B.A.; J. Scorgie, Esq., F.C.S; J. Firth, Esq.; F. A. R. Morrison, Esq.; Lieut. W. P. Arnot; F.J. Candy, Esq., M.A.; W. Wilkins, Esq., Members; and D. J. Kennelly, Esq., Corresponding F.R.G.S-, Ilunorary Secretary.
The minutes of the last Meeting were read and confirmed:
Election.—R. G. Walton, Esq., C- E.
Donations.—The following donations were laid before the Society, for which their best thanks were requested to be conveyed to the donors :—
1. Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Vol. 9, No. 6. By the Society.
2. Proceedings of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Vol. IV., Parts 5 and 6. By the Society.
3. Reports of the Geological Survey of Victoria for the years 1857 to 1865. By the Surveyor General of Victoria.
4. Reports on the Gold and Silver-bearing Reef of the District of St. Arnaud, for 1864. By Ditto.
5. Mineralogical Surveyor's Reports of Victoria, for 1856-57. By Ditto.
6. Report on the Artesian Wells of Victoria for 1856-57- By Ditto.
7. Diary of J. MacDouall Steuart's Explorations from Adelaide, South Australia, across the continent of Australia. By Ditto.
8. Report by A. R C. Selwyn, Esq., on the Coal Field near Cape Patterson. By Ditto.
9. Progress Keport from the Select Committee upon Coal Fields of of Victoria for 1856-57. By the Surveyor General of Victoria.
Australia, Map of Discovery, by John MacDouall Steuart, showing his Route across, and fixing the centre of the continent of, 1861.
Australia (South), Part of, showing the Recent Discoveries.
Australia (South), Map of the Province of, compiled from official Surveys in the office of the Surveyor General, 1862. 2 copies.
Australia (South) :—
Adelaide, Map of the County of, 1859.
Eyre, Map of the County of, compiled from official Surveys, by
J. H. Braddock, 1860.
Hindmarsh, Map of the County of, compiled from official Surveys, by M. O'Reilly, R.E., 1860.
Light, Map of the County of, compiled from official Surveys, by J. W. Deering, 1857.
Russell, Map of the County of, 1857. Stanley and Burra, Map of the Counties of, 1857. Sturt, Map of the County of, 1859. Brisbane, in the County of Stanley, Plan of the city and environs of, showing the Electoral Districts of North Brisbane, South Brisbane, and Fortitude Valley. 2 copies. Burnett and Wide Bay, Electoral Districts of. Cleremont, Leichhardt, and Maranoa, Electoral Districts of. Curtis (Port), in Queensland, Electoral District of.
Ipswich, in the county of Stanley, Plan of the Town of, showing
Kennedy, Electoral District of.
New South Wales:—
Clarence, Reference to portions in the County of, less than two<
Deniliquin (North) and South Deniliquin, in the county of
Townsend, Plan of the Towns of, 1863.
Moama, County of Cadell, 1862.
Warrego and Mitchell, Electoral Districts of.
Wolomoloo Bay, Plan of, as reclaimed, showing the Allotments to.
Letters read.—From the Secretary, Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester; Principal, University Library, Cambridge; Secretary, Society of Antiquaries of London; and the Secretary. Royal Academy of Science, Munich, acknowledging, with thanks, Vol, 17 of the Society's Transactions. 2. From Dadabhai Naoroji, Esq., London, acknowledging, with thanks, Vol. 17 of the Transactions, and the intimation of his being elected a Non-Resident Member of the Committee. 3. From Messrs. Smith, Elder, & Co., London, acknowledging with thanks the remittance for £53 4s. 8d. on account, andf informing that the Copies of the Transactions sent to their care were distributed as directed. 4. From Messrs. Remington and Co., informing that, owing to the Secretary's failing to give them the customary notice of thirty days hefore the withdrawal of Rs. 2,080 in favour of the B. E. S. Press, the Secretary has treated the Society's account as one at call, and therefore for the current year they will only allow 2 per cent, interest instead of 5 per cent, as heretofore. 5. From T. D. Thomson, Esq., London, dated 18th January last, forwarding, for heing numbered, MS- copy of books to be added to the Library Catalogue, and requesting to be informed if the volume of the General Index, &c. is to be bound. 6. From ditto, dated 3rd January last, forwarding an Invoice for ,£149 5s. Qd. on account of reprints of Vol. VI. of the Transactions, and advising the despatch, per Ship " Palmerston," of a case containing the volumes. 7. From Sorabjee Pestonjee Framjee, Esq., stating, in reply to the Secretary's letter, that he would be happy to pay the amount required in excess of his original grant for reprint of Vol. VI. of the Society's Transactions. 8. From Lieut. W. P. Arnot, proposing John Mackinlay, Esq., as a Member of the Society. 9. From the Rev. W. K. Fletcher, M.A., accepting the office of a Member of Sub-Committee for the purpose of considering any proposition for the amalgamation of the Society with the Bombay Branch Royal Asiatic Society. 10. From Captain W. C. Barker, declining the above office. 11. From Captain Sherard Osborn, C.B., F.R G.S., declining to accept the Presidentship of the Society, owing to his numerous avocations, and requesting to convey to the Society his grateful sense of the honour they so kindly offered him. 12. From C. Gonne, Esq., Secretary to Government, Political Department, forwarding two papers to the Society; and the following from W. E. Frere, Esq., late President of the Society :—
"My Dear Sir,—By the same steamer as will take this, I have the pleasure to send you two tin cases, which, with two parcels enclosed in a box sent to the Secretary Bombay Branch Royal Asiatic Society, contain all the Maps at present procurable of the Australian Colonies. I procured them from the several Governments there for the Society, to whose collection of Maps I trust they will form an important addition. I did not in my travels visit Western Australia, so there are no Maps of that part of the country. An application to the Governor at Perth might procure them, if there are any.
There is no General Map of Queensland published by Government; but the Surveyor General, Mr. Gregory, promised to send a copy of the very beautiful Map they are now preparing to the Society, when published. Mr. Davidson, the Surveyor General, New South Wales, promised to do the same with regard to the Map they are preparing of that Colony.
I was unable to procure the Maps of Tasmania before I left; but Colonel Gore Browne, the Governor of that Colony, kindly promised to have them sent to you; and I trust you will receive them shortly. The Society will then be in possession of a complete set of Maps of those Colonies; and if they can by any means keep up a communication with the different Surveyors General, and procure additional Maps when published, the benefits may be mutual. I need not assure the Society that in this or in any other way, or on any other subject, they aym always command my services.
I am, my dear Sir,
Yours very faithfully, W. E. Frere. Point de Galle, \CUh December 1866."
The Chairman then read Mr, Kennelly's letter of resignation, and the minutes thereon by the members of the Committee, as follows :—
"To The General Committee
or The Bombay Geographical Society.
Gentlemen,—Owing to my final retirement from India on the 20th instant, I am compelled to place my resignation of the office of Secretary in your hands,—an appointment with which the Society honoured me seven years ago.
Looking back to the labours of the late Dr. George Buist, whom I succeeded in January 1859, I am made sensible of how little I have done in behalf of the interests of the Society, as I also am of the kindness and consideration received at the hands of its members.
I am not without hope that the amalgamation of this with the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society may be successfully accomplished; and it is my regret that a hastened departure will not allow me to take a part in effecting so desirable an arrangement.
I shall deem it a privilege, if permitted, to complete the Society's General Index and Catalogue now in the press at home; and I need