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Observations of the Wet and Dry Bulb Thermometers.—(continued.)
j observations were made in a largish mosque, with one small door to the Eastward, and I urated windows in the same direction, which were blocked up with joussa, and watered occasionally. The prevailing winds are Westward, so that the Thermometers were not exposed to
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Proceedings of the Asiatic Society.
(Friday tkellti January,
A Meeting of the Society was held at its Rooms, at the usual hour, on Friday the 21 it January, in consequence of an adjournment from a previous Meeting, on which evening a sufficient number of Members to proceed upon the important business before Lhe Society was not present.
Tbe following letter, conveying the resignation of the Honorable Sir Edward Ht Am, as President of the Society, was read :—
Court House, December 20, 1841.
Sim,—I regret to find that it will not be In my power to attend the next Meeting of the Society, ud I must therefore beg of you to tender for me my resignation of the office of President
I cannot quit a Society on which 1 have so long presided, without expressing my deep sense of toe uniform kindness and consideration with which the Member* have been pleased to regard my bumble efforts to discharge the duties of an office, which, if 1 had properly weighed my own ^salifications, I ought perhaps never to have accepted.
It U highly gratifying to me to know, that however unworthily your chair may have been filled, bribe exertions of your most able and excellent Secretaries the Society, during the last nine years, hat greatly extended the reputation which it early attained amongst the learned Societies of Europe, uader the auspices of its Eminent Founder.
I have the honor to be,
Your obedient humble servant,
To Hesrt Torrehs Esq.
Secretory to the Asiatic Society.
The Honorable H. T. Prinsbp stated, that as this letter had been referred to the Committee of Papers, it had been deemed proper to convene a special meeting of that body, at which it was determined that the following resolutions be proposed to the Society for adoption at their present meeting :—
Head the resignation by the Honorable Sir E. Rtak, of the Chair of the Society.
Submitted, by the Honorable H. X. Prinsep, Esq. and seconded by the Honorable Sir J. P. Grist—That it seems to the Committee advisable, that the late President be requested to sit for ia picture in England, to any eminent artist whom he may select as fitting for the purpose. The axe of the picture to be Kitcat, in order to correspond with the pictures of the other eminent men, a Sir W. Jos as, Lord Welx.esi.et, Lord M Into , Sec. See. already in possession of the Society.
Resolved—That this proposition be recommended for adoption to the Society, as a proper mode ef recording the sense entertained by that body, of the value of Sir Edward Evan's long and ibJe services in the Chair, and the interest with which he has always regarded its proceedings in til branches of Science.
Proposed by the Honorable W. W. Bird, Esq. and seconded by the Honorable Sir J. P. (iSART, that the Honorable H. T. Pkivsep, Esq. be recommended to the Society as a Member sarkry qualified by his high general attainments, and his known seal in the pursuits of Oriental literature, si well as by his long standing in the Society, to tako the Chair vacated by the Honorable Sir Edward Ryan.
R**ofred—That the proposition be submitted accordingly.
Secretary to tke Asiatic Society.
The adoption of the first of these resolutions was then proposed by the Honorable H. T. Prinsep, seconded by the Secretary, and carried unanimously.
The Honorable W. W. Biro then rose, and after a just eulogy on Mr. H. T. Prinsep's merits as an Oriental and general scholar, and as a most zealous and industrious member of the Society, with many feeling allusions to the transcendant merits of Mr. James Phinsep, a name so justly dear to the Society as that from whose labours alone have raised its fame so far above what it had ever before attained—Proposed in continuation, "That the Honorable H. T. Phinsep be requested to accept of the office of President of the Asiatic Society."
The Right Hcverend the Loud Bishop, in rising to second this motion, paid a uarm and a just tribute to the zeal and interest so constantly shewn in every matter relative to the Society's pursuits and affairs by its late President, the Honorable Sir Edward Ryan. His Lordship then addressing himself to Mr. Prinsep as the future President of the Society, adverted to the Discourses of its founder, Sir William Jones, as compositions well worthy of the close attention of its Presidents, from their enlarged views, and their general tendency to raise the character of its pursuits, and to rcuder it, as it always had been, both in India and in Europe, the just and fruitful parent of Oriental learning and science. His Lordship also adverted in feeling language to the merits of the late Mr. James Prinsep, observing, that no one individual could do j ustice to them.
The motion was carried by acclamation.
The Honorable H. T. Prinsep, on taking the chair, and returning thanks for the honour conferred upon him by the Society, said, that he felt he owed much more to the labours of his brother, than to any merits of his own: that he felt and knew that his heavy official duties during many years had left him far less leisure than he could have desired for the prosecution of his Oriental and other studies, and that he had thus been unable to do much, which he feared may have been expected from him.
He feared also, that it might now, with the scanty leisure he could still command, be too late to repair this, and to regain lost time, and that he could only thus promise zeal and devotion to the pursuits and interests of the Society, and express his earnest desire to tread in the footsteps of his lamented brother. He looked to, and fullytrusted in much assistance from the labours of individual Members, and in the support which he should receive from the Society in the election of its Officers for the advancement of its interests and of its good name.
E. B. Uyan, Esq. was proposed as a Member of the Society, by H. Torkens, Esq. and seconded by
A letter was read from Du. H.eberlin, reminding the Secretary that his proposition to elect Oh. Ewald an Honorary Member of the Society, was yet before it, Dr. Ewald was unanimously elected.
The Secretary brought to the notice of the Society, that the Collection sent out by the Honourable the Court of Directors, as a basis for an Indian Museum of Economic Geology, had been made over to it, and arranged in a separate room appropriated to its objects; but that the extensive duties which the superintendence of a Museum of this nature would require, to carry out fully, and efficiently its great objects, the development of the whole inorganic products of India, were such, that it would require the attention of an individual. He stated, that it was well known by letters from home. that the Court of Directors had authorised the Government to incur the expence of the nomination of a person charged to carry out their views, and that it might thus cot be improper, were the Society to address Government on the subject. It was sjreed that this matter should be left to the Committee of Papers.
The following Books, &c. were presented, and the thanks of the Society recorded tor them:—
kst of Books received for the Library of the Asiatic Society, for the Meeting on the 2\st January, 1842.
Lane's Dictionary, English and Burmese. Calcutta, 1841, (3 copies).
Society for the Encourgement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. Premiums
for the Sessions 1840-41, 1841-42. London, 1840, six copies, ditto. Transactions of the Society for the Encourgement of Arts, &c. during the Sessions
1839-40, vol. 53d, part I. London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science,
3d series, vol. 19, No. 122, August 1841, London, pamphlet. Proceedings of the London Electrical Society, Sessions 1841-42, London, ditto. Transactions of the Geological Society of London, 2d series, vol. 6th, part 1st,
1841, ditto. Journal des Savans. Mai, 1841. Paris.
Kittoe's Illustrations of Indian Architecture from the Mohammedan Conquest downwards. 1838, Nos. 1 to 12 and 21 Plates, equal to 5 Numbers. One plate over.
The Silurian System, from the Edinburgh Review, April 1841, No. 147.
Some Account of the General and Medical Topography of Ajmeer, by R. H.
Irvine. Calcutta, 1841.
Cavalier Bernardo Quaranta. Pamphlet.
Nafhatttl Yaman, a collection of pleasing stories and compositions, both in prose
and verse. Hooghly, 1841. Diwani Mootanubee. Hooghly, 1841.
Cillery. System* Phoneticum Scripturae Sinecae, pars prima et secunda. Macao, 1841.
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. 1841, vol. 2d, part 17th, pamphlet.
lcones Plantarum India Orientalis, by R. Wight, Vol. 2d, part 3d, ditto.