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not say how happy I shall be at all times to render any assistance in my power towards the furtherance of its objects and interests.
Wishing the Society every success in it3 endeavours on the behalf of science —I have the honour to be, &c.,
D. J. Kennelly."
"I am very sorry for the interests of the Geographical Society that it is to lose the services of its able Secretary, Mr. Kennelly, who has devoted so much time and labour on its behalf. Mr. Kennelly's very kind offer to complete the General Index and Catalogue, and his promise to render every assistance towards the furtherance of the objects and interests of the Society, are a graceful and valuable sequel to his past labour of love.
It. S. Sinclair. Cowasjee Jehangher.
W. C. Barker. J. P. Hughlings.
W. K. Fletcher. A. C. Gumpert.
Sherard Osborn. R. Haines."
The Chairman then expatiated at some length on the disinterestedservices rendered by Mr. Kennelly during his tenure of office of Secretary, in furthering the objects of the Society, and strengthening its financial position, and expressed his regret at this severance of his association with them.
It was then proposed by the Rev. Mr. Fletcher, seconded by Dr. Sinclair, and unanimously carried—" That the Society having heard, with much regret that Mr. Kennelly's departure to Europe by-the next ensuing steamer will deprive them of his most valuable labours as Secretary, tender him their grateful thanks for the diligence and ability with which he has conducted the Society's business since his appointment to the office in January 1859, and offer for his acceptance a complete set of the Society's Transactions, handsomely bound, and inscribed, and unanimously elect him an Honorary Member of the Society."
It was then proposed by the Rev. Mr. Fletcher, seconded by Dr. Sinclair, and unanimously carried—" That Lieutenant H. Morland, F.R.A.S., be nominated Mr. Kennelly's successor, and that LieutW. P. Arnot be asked to officiate as Secretary until Lieut. Morland's return from England."
The Society recorded with regret Captain Osborn's inability to accept the Presidentship of the Society, and it was unanimously resolved to call a special meeting for the purpose of electing a President.
The following papers, contributed by Government, were then read, and the best thanks of the Society were voted to His Excellency the Governor in Council for the valuable contributions:—
"Memorandum of Notes on Mekran, together with a report on a visit to Kej, and Route through Mekran from Gwadur to Kurrachee, by Lieut. E. C. Ross, Assistant Political Agent at Khelat."
"Remarks on the Pearl Oyster Beds in the Persian Gulf, by Lieut.Colonel Lewis Pelly, Political Resident, Persian Gulf." The meeting then separated.
The ordinary Monthly Meeting of the Bombay Geographical Society was held in their Rooms, Town Hall, on Thursday, the 19th April, at half-past 4 P.m.
Present—The Rev. W. K. Fletcher, M.A., Vice-President, in the Chair; The Honorable George Foggo; J. Scorgie, Esq., F.C.S.; Captain George F. Henry; Mirza Ali Jan, Esq.; K. R. Kama, Esq.; Atmaram Pandoorung, Esq., G.G.M.C.; J. Firth, Esq.; Dhirujram Dulputram, Esq., G.G.M.C. Members; and Lieut. Henry Morland, F.R.A.S., F.R.G.S., Honorary Secretary.
The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and confirmed.
Elections.—J. Mackinlay, Esq. ; The Honorable C. J. Erskine, CS.
Members proposed.—Edward Chappie, Esq.; J. F. Cleary, Esq.; and Captain E. P. II. Thompson, of the ship "Nada."
Donations.—The following donations were laid before the Society, for which their best thanks were requested to be conveyed to the donors :—
1. Report of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce for 1864-65. By
the Bombay Chamber of Commerce.
2. Papers relative to the Introduction of Revised Rates of Assessment into part of the Uthnee Talooka, the Tasgaum and Sumpgaum Talookas, and part of the Padshapoor Talooka—all of the Belgaum Collectorate. By Government.
3. Report of Proceedings at the Conference held at Poona, 1865. By Government.
4. Constitution and By-Laws of the Boston Society of Natural History, with a List of Members. By the Society.
5. Journal of the Boston Society of Natural History, Vols. 6 and 7By the Society.
6. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History, Vols. 7, 8, and 9. By the Society.
7. Annual Report of Brevet Lieut.-Colonel J. D. Graham on the Improvement of the Harbours of Lnkes, for 1858 and 18G0. By the Author.
8. Report of Lieut. Colonel J. D. Graham on Mason and Dixon's Line. By the Author^
9. Report of the Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey. By the Superintendent.
10. Results of the Meteorological Observations made at Washington, from 1854 to 1859. By the Smithsonian Institution, Washington.
11. Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, Vol. 14. By the Smithsonian Institution, Washington.
12. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India. Palccontologia Indica. By Dr. Oldham, Superintendent.
13. Map of Tasmania in 1859, by James Sprent, Surveyor General. By the Colonial Government, Tasmania.
Letters.—The following letters were then read:—1. From the Secretary, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; Principal Librarian. British Museum; Secretary, Geological Society of London, acknowledging with thanks Volume 1/ of the Society's Transactions. 2. From Dr. Oldham, Superintendent Geological Survey of India; S. L. Abbot, Esq., Corresponding Secretary, Boston Society of Natural History; Joseph Henry, Esq., Secretary, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; Colonel W. Kendall, Acting Secretary to Government, P. W. Department, forwarding donations for the acceptance of the Society. 3. From the Colonial Secretary, Tasmania, informing the Society that instructions were issued, at the request of Mr. W. E. Frere, tor a copy of Sprent's Map of Tasmania being forwarded to the Society, and stating that the Colonial Government would be glad to receive a copy of any late Map of the Bombay Terrritory. 4. From the Rev. Alexander Forbes, resigning the membership of the Society, in consequence of his intended departure to England. 5. From C. Gomie, Esq., Secretary to Government, Political Department, forwarding a communication received from the Political Resident at Aden, for the information of the Society.
The Rev. Mr. Fletcher then observed, that at the Meeting of the General Committee, held on the 10th instant, it was found desirable to have some by-law, ahout the election of President, added to the Rules of the Society, as there was every probability that an election of this nature at the General Meeting of the Society might some day prove inconsiderate and unsatisfactory. He therefore moved that —
"In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Committee shall proceed at their Meeting next ensuing after the vacancy to select the name of one gentleman for the office, who shall be proposed at the General Meeting thereafter first held for election."
This resolution was seconded by the Secretary, and unanimously carried.
The Rev. Mr. Fletcher then said :—I have the honour to propose the Honorable Claude J. Erskiue as a fit and proper person to fill the office of President of this Society, vacant by the resignation of Captain Thomas Black. Mr. Erskine is too well known to need any eulogy from me. As an accomplished scholar and a man of large scientific knowledge, he will be acceptable, I believe, to all as our President, and as a member of Her Majesty's Government of Bombay, p fji 6 g
he will have frequent opportunities of promoting the objects of our inquiry, and forwarding the interests of the Society.
This proposition having been seconded by the Secretary, was unanimously carried, and the Honorable Mr. Erskine was declared President of the Society by acclamation.
It was then proposed by Lieut. Morland, seconded by the Rev. Mr. Fletcher, and unanimously carried:—" That Commander G. T- Robinson be elected a Vice-President in place of Captain W. C. Barker, gone to Europe."
A Paper Report on the Soor Roadstead, and on the Creek of Jeraumah, between Soor and Ras-el-Hadd, by Lieut. H. W. Warner, Commanding "Berenice," contributed by Government, was then read by the Secretary.
The second paper announced for the evening was laid before the Society. It was a copy of a Map and of an Itinerary, received from the Political Resident at Aden, of the country passed over by the Field Force lately on service in the Foodlee Country.
The best thanks of the Society were then voted to His Excellency the Governor in Council for the two interesting communications, and the Meeting adjourned.
Annual Meeting.—September 20th, 1866.
The adjourned Annual General Meeting of the Bombay Geographical Society was held in their Rooms, Town Hall, on Thursday the 20th September, at 5 P.m.
Present.—G. C. M. Birdwood, Esq., M.D., Senior Member, in the Chair; J. P. Hughlings, Esq., B.A.; James Scorgie, Esq., F.C.S.; Frank A. R. Morrison, Esq.; J. Firth, Esq.; R. H. Showell, Esq.; F. J. Candy, Esq., M.A., Members; and Lieut. Henry Morland, F.R.A.S., F.R.G.S., Honorary Secretary.
The minutes of the last Meeting were read and confirmed.