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of the temporal artery. The patient was exhibited to registration of all duly qualified practitioners, and the the meeting.
4 legal recognition of such, are calculated to be of great 3. A case of saccalated aneurism of the esophagus, benefit, both to the public and to the medical profession ; with remarks, (which will also be publisbed in the and that your Petitioners seeing that such registration Journal,) was read by Mr. Worthington, and the and recognition are provided for in the aforesaid Bill, morbid parts shewn to the meeting.
are of opinion that the leading principles of the measure Mr. Worthington also exhibited a rare, and perhaps are sound and equitable, aad earnestly hope therefore unique specimen of stricture of the trachea, with that your Honorable House will be pleased to gire absorption of the cartilaginous rings immediately below your sanction to the same, and pass the Bill into a law, the larynx. The case bas, we understood, been pub. with such amendments as may seem to your Honourable lished in the “Medico-chirurgical Transactions.” The House desirable. same gentleman also exhibited a specimen of sacculated And your Petitioners will ever pray. bladder.
W. H. CROW FOOT, Chairman. 4. Two cases upon the use of matico in hæmorrhage, contributed by Mr. Gorham, of Aldertop, were read | Proposed by Mr. Worthington, seconded by Mr. to the meeting by the Secretary.
H. L. Freeman, The first case was that of a man, 80 years of age,
“That the thanks of the meeting be presented to who was the subject of bæmaturia, and in the treat
Dr. Evans, for his past services as Treasurer of the ment of which all remedies failed until the matico was Eastern Branch, and that J. G. Crosse, Esq., be ased. He took the infusion in ounce doses, three requested to undertake the duties of this office, racant times a day, for a month, and although he ultimately | by that gentleman's resignation." sapk under the disease of the bladder, he was greatly Proposed by Mr. Jeaffreson, seconded by Mr. H. C. relieved, and his sufferings much mitigated by the use
B. Steele, of the remedy.
“That the best thanks of this meeting be presented The second case was one of uterine bæmorrhage, to those gentlemen who have read papers." occurring a fortnight after delivery, which resisted the
Proposed by Mr. Crosse, seconded by Dr. Ranking, use of ordinary astringents, cold applications, and the plug, but which readily yielded to the internal ad.
“That Mr. Beales, of Halesworth, be requested, ministration of the decoction of matico, in ounce doses,
on behalf of the Association, to communicate with the every two hours, at first diminishing the dose, and Apothecaries' Society upon the illegal practice of a lengthening the intervals as the symptoms gare wav. | person called Cleveland.” Fall doses of opiam were administered at night.
The case, related by Mr. Beales, which led to this The following resolutions were then proposed to the resolution, was a very gross one. The man, Cleveland, meeting, and carried unanimously :
is a farmer, living, as we understood, at Halesworth, Proposed by Dr. Ranking, seconded by Mr. W
and attended a poor man four or five years ago for H. Davey,
rheumatism, and seat him in a bill charged like that “That the place of meeling of the Suffolk Branch
of a medical man, as follows: for 1848, be at Bury St. Edmunds, and that Dr. Hake
A mixture, 29. 6d.; embrocation, le., &c., &c., to be requested to preside.”
the amount of £2 16s. Od. The poor man could not Proposed by Mr. Crosse, seconded by Mr. Beales,
then pay the demand, but having lately got increased
work, Cleveland summoned him to the newly established “That this meeting approves of the general principle | Court for the recovery of small debts, and succeeded of the Registration Bill, at present before the House
House in obtaining an order from the judge for payment of of Commons, and that a petition be presented to
his demand. It appeared that Cleveland visited the parliament by Lord Rendlesham, praying that the patient, felt his pulse. &c., and when in the Court said Bill, with any amendments which may in Com.
assured the judge that “he knew all about it, for ho mittee be deemed advisable, be passed into a law."
had attended medical cases erer since he was a boy." The following petition was then read by the Secretary, A very strong feeling was manifested in the meeting, and the Chairman requested to sign it on bebalf of the upon the propriety of establishing a fund especially meeting :
for prosecuting this sort of people, (chemists and “ To the Honourable the House of Commons of Great druggists, et id genus omne,) who interfere in what Britain and Ireland in Parliament assembled.
they know nothing about; and it was suggested that “The humble petition of the members of the Suffolk
the members of the Association would be glad to pay and Norfolk Branches of the Provincial Medical and
an extra subscription (of say 5s. a year,) for this Sargical Association, at Beccles assembled."
purpose, and that such a resolution would greatly add “Sheweth,
to the members of the Association. “That your Petitioners observe that a Bill is now Proposed by Dr. Kirkman, seconded by Mr. Muriel, before your Honourable House, entitled “A Bill for “That ibe thanks of this meeting be presented to the the Registration of Qualified Practitioners, and for Mayor and Corporation of Beccles, for the use of their amending the law relating to the practice of medicine, Council Chamber for the purposes of this meeting." in Great Britain and Ireland.'
The meeting now adjourned to an adjoining room “That your Petitioners are of opinion that the I to hear a lecture by Mr. Hutchinson, on “ The Capacity SHEFFIELD MEDICAL SOCIETY.
of the Lungs, and on the Rospiratory Functions, serum; there was also much fat on the abdominal with a view of establishing a precise and easy method viscera. The liver and pancreas were both fatty, and of detecting disease by the Spirometer." This lecture the convex surface of the liver was adherent to the give the most lively satisfaction, and was listened to diaphragm; the gall-bladder was distended with dark with intense interest by the meeting. Mr. Hutchinson's green inspissated bile, of the consistence of thick treacle. researches are now well known to the profession from One large calculus, the size of a pigeon's egg, was bis elaborate paper in the 29th volume of the “ Trans- found lying in the fundus, but movable; it had formed actions of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society," | a kind of cul de sac near the cervix, which allowed it as well as from his pablic lectures, an abstract of one of to float backwards and forwards without obstructing which was given in a former number of this Journal, the duct. The kidneys were healthy, and the spleen (Prov. Med. and Surg. Journal, April 21st, p. 212.) It is large and firm. The heart was small and pale, with a subject of vast importance to the profession, and | fat upon it.
| fat upon it. The lungs were healthy, with the excep
The lungs were We strongly advise all who can to hear one of Mr. tion of two or three tubercles seen through the pleura Hatchinson's instructive lectures, and all who cao. near their apices. not, to stady his published essay. The spirometer
SCIRRHOMA. bids fair to rival the stethoscope in the early stages of Mr. H. Jackson exhibited the heart, a portion of the pulmonary disease. We all know the uncertainty and left lung, the kidneys, and portions of three ribs, to the difficulty of physical diagnosis in these cases, but which externally a tomour was attached, removed if the spirometer bears the test of further and extended from a farm labourer, aged 65. He was admitted iuto experiment, (and there is & wonderful exactitude the Infirmary in consequence of the tumour, which between its actual and calculated results in a state of was situated on the right side over the angles of the bealth,) there can be no doubt but that the difficulty eigbtb, ninth, and tenth ribs. His appearance indicated will be removed, and if it does no more than confirm great emaciation. The tumour, which had existed a doubtful diagnosis, it must still be considered a most for two or three years, had given him pain for some raluable addition to medical science. The lecture was time back, and had gradually increased until it reached illustrated by a large pumber of instructive diagrams the size of balf a large orange. It presented an irregular and tables, and the action of the intercostal muscles surface to the touch, and the man's countenance was. very beautifully shown by a simple and ingenious piece indicative of the anxious expression so generally seen of mechanism.
in malignant disease. He in a short time after admission At the conclusion, Mr. Crowfoot proposed a vote of presented bronchitic symptoms, and gradually sank. tbanks to Mr. Hutchinson, for bis instructive and On examination the tumour was found to be scirrhous, interesting lecture. Mr. Crosse, in seconding this vote and a portion of the ninth rib was absorbed. There of thanks, dilated at some length upon the importance was a very large scirrhous mass in the right lobe of of the views developed by Mr. Hutchinson, more the liver, near its margin. The left renal capsule particolarly in their relation to the progress of medical I was much enlarged and scirrhous. The kidneys prescience in the path of exact investigation.
sented numerous sorous vesicles. In the apex of the The members and their friends dined together aster left lung, a scirrbrus body, about the size of a nutmeg, the meeting, at the Kings Head; Mr. Crowfoot took the was found, and another on the apex of the heart, which chair, and was supported on his right by J. G. Crosse, was large, but otherwise healthy. Esq., Dr. Owen, the respected Vicar of Beccles,
OBSTRUCTION OF THE BOWELS. &c. &c.; and on his left by Dr. Ranking, Mr.
Mr. H. Jackson read the following case communicated Hutchinson, W. Sharpin, Esq., &c. The duties of the by Mr. Favell, who was unable to be present. Vice-chair were ably fulfilled by W. H. Davey, Esq.
On the night of December 11, 1846, Mr. Farell was called to see a child, of the age of six mouths, said
to be " bleeding at the seat," and on his arrival found SHEFFIELD MEDICAL SOCIETY. the parents in great alarm. They informed him that
the mother awoke to suckle the child, and found its Siztb Session.--Fifteenth Meeting, April 15th, 1847.
napkin bloody, accompanied with a good deal of strain. The PRESIDENT in the Chair.
ing and effort to evacuate the bowels. It had previously HATTY LIVER AND PANCREAS: BILIARY CALCULUS. been quite well, and on the preceding day had passed
Dr. Branson exhibited a portion of fatty liver and two or three natural and copious stools. On examina. pancreas, and a large gall-stone the size of a pigeon's tion, he found that the bleeding and straining bad tebe which were presented by Dr. Scholfeld, of quite ceased, and that the quantity of blood passed Doncaster, to the Infirmary Museum. The specimens was very triling, not more than a teaspoonful altogether. were taken from a gentleman, aged 52, who for three | A dose of laudanum, with nitric acid, was administered months and upwards bad suffered from ascites, accom. and a dose of castor oil was directed to be given in panied by great emaciation of the face and extremities, three or four hours. The child continued in much i rapid and weak polse, and purpuric spots on the the same state all day, and there having been no legs. The patient Dever had jaundice nor symptoms evacuation, the castor oil was repeated, and a clyster of gall-stone, and ibe fæces were natural. The parietes was given. On the 12th, in every respect much the of the abdomen were loaded with fat, and the cavity same; a small quantity of bloody serous-looking fluid of the periloneum contained two gallons of bloody passed at times, with wach straining, but there was no natural stool. Castor oil was repeated, and an | prolapsed colon should bave ulcerated through, suffered injection administered every two hours. Fearing that the retained fæces to pass, and then have healed kindly, there might be some obstruction in the rectum from leaving so little trace behind! For two or three weeks hardened fæces, although the motions had been copious after the evacuation took place the belly remained and regular up to the night of the bleeding, the tumid and tense, and the sickness very distressing, finger was passed up, and detected a long solid tumour, For three weeks he was supported entirely on beef-tea projecting down the centre of the gut. No impression and wine, the mother retaining her milk by artificial whatever could be made on the projecting substance, means, and this he now takes freely and beneficially. though the finger could be passed completely and easily Independently of the inability to take the breast, when round it, excepting at the base. It felt like a small the milk was administered by a spoon, it was immesausage, perfectly smooth, glutinous, and inodorous. diately rejected. Every one conversant with diseases On withdrawing the finger it was tinged with a little of children must have remarked the great efforts bloody serum that had been passing for two days. The exhibited by nature for their recovery when not inter. prognosis was unfavourable. What could the disease rupted; life is soon extinguished in these tender plants be? Obstruction of the bowels undoubtedly. But by bold practice, wbile by closely following nature, the was it intussusception, fungous growth, or what ? dickering spark of existence may be often fanned lato Certainly it was not hardened fæces. On the 13th a healthy flame. In this case the child was never left every thing the same, except that the general aspect of by one or other of his parents night or day, and had the infant was considerably deteriorated. For the next he been in less kindly hands, he must inevitably bare three or four days there was no material change, the died. patient gradually sinking. No alvine evacuation; the POISONING BY TINCTURE OF IODINE. same bloody oozing; frequent vomiting; tumid belly; Mr. Jackson then read the following particolars pulse and countenance sinking. Sherry and beef-tea communicated to the Society by Mr. H. Smith :were administered every hour, alternately, as he was Mr. J. H. Smith was requested to see, on the 12th quite unable to take the breast, and the Acid. Hydrocy. of December, 1846, a woman aged 31, of drunken anic. [!] cum Tinctura Opii continued every four hours, dissolute habits, and in great want, suffering from to keep the stomach sufficiently quiet to take nutriment, erysipelas of the face, accompanied by some degree of which was otherwise immediately rejected. Mr. depression of the vital powers, which was relieved by Orerend saw the child in consultation, and was of the exhibition of some wine and water and additional opinion that the tumour was caused by in ragination bed.clothing. The bowels being confined, some comof the bowel, and recommended the continuance of the
pound decoction of aloes was given, and the tincture plan, life apparently rapidly ebbing. He was seen regu. of iodine ordered to be applied to the face with a brush. larly night and morning, and to the surprise of all The quantity of the tincture sent was ono ounce, containit appeared as if he could not or would not die. The ing rather less than one drachm of iodine in one ounce tumour remained the same, except that Mr. Favell of spirit. This tincture the patient drank instead of the thought he felt a little ruggedness or inequality at the mixture, and immediately after exclaimed that she had extremity, resembling the margin of an ulcer. The swallowed poison. The tincture was given by a hulf belly became very large, and tympanitic, almost to intoxicated man, for the mixture, although both bottles barsting, and the whole frame attenuated to a skeleton ; were marked with printed labels. Mr. Smith visited the eyes glassy; features livid, and occasional con.
livid, and occasional con her rery shortly afterwards, and found her complaining vulsions. He was most devotedly nursed; beef-tea | of a violent burning pain in the throat and stomach, and wine were most diligently administered; the belly followed by retching and slight romiting; pulse rapid was rubbed with castor oil four times a day, and
and full ; eyes prominent and suffused. Mr. Smith a little warm water injected. On the 23rd, twelve days
immediately made her drink freely of a solution of after the commencement, about a table-spoonful of bicarbonate of potash in warm water, which be thought liquid fæces passed, wbich, though a favourable omen, I might be beneficial bs converting the iodine into iodide produced no present relief. In two days after a firm of potassium, whicb would be less irritating, and also consistent motion was passed, and from that period the by acting as an emetic. Copious romiting quickly child gradually, very gradually, recovered. That was followed, but without any relief to the sumptoms. on the 24th of December, and now on the 17th of
Some linseed tea was then administered, and ordered March, be only occasionally suffers from constipation
to be taken freely. When visited in a few hours the and straining, which are obriated by mild aperients and
symptoms continued unabated. Next morning the injections, and he has become a fine, stout, strong,
pain was considerably relieved, but symptoms of little fellow, with no other ailment than that above
depression succeeded, and she died the day following, Damed.
about sixty hours after taking the poison. There was The inquiry that naturaliy suggests itself is what
no post-mortem examination, as the coroper did not was the nature of the long tumour in the rectum ?
require it and the friends would not allow it. Some may say hardened fæces, and wben they were
Mr. Smith then referred to cases from Cbristison passed all went on right. But the tumour was small in and some French authors, and concluded by asking circumference, not filling the rectum, the finger being what might be considered as an antidote to iodine. passed freely round it; smooth, unyielding, and
oth, unyielding, and Mr. Jackson then made a number of remarks and inodorous. If intussusception, is it likely that the detailed a series of cases from Christison, Gardner, and
GENERAL MEDICAL ANNUITY FUND.
Bomo others, and stated that in the returns of deaths | medical profession, and for their widows and orphans. from poisons in the years 1837.8, among the 541| such assistance as may be required, which shall in some Casos, not one was mentioned of iodine.
measure relieve their necessities. The most limited Mr. Smith then detailed some very interesting cases obseryer cannot fail to have seen many instances of of the bad effects resulting when iodine had been
necessity and distress in the families of the profession, exhibited carelessly for a lengthened period, and be
instances which have arisen from the precarious believed that this iodism was frequently the cause of
nature of the profession, from limited sources as to very serious and fatal results. In these cases there was
returns and capital, from the expense of purchasing headache, dizziness, &c., which were reliored by vomit
an insurance, and from the uncertainty of their lives.
It is a fact well ascertained, that fewer medical men ing the iodine, and giving brisk aperients.
out of a thousand arrive at the age of sixty-six, than
from the members of any other profession. It was Sixth Session.—Sixteenth Meeting, April 29, 1847.
various observations of this kind which induced Mr. The PRESIDENT in the chair.
Daniell to be anxious in establishing a Society, which At this, the concluding meeting of the Session, after should raise a fund by a limited annual subscription the ordinary business of the meeting bad been transacted, from the many, which should meet the cases of necesthe Secretary read a very interesting and elaborate sity and distress experienced by the few. It will be retrospect of the scientific business of the past Session,
my duty to detail to you the steps which have been in which he reviewed the most important cases and
taken to accomplish this most desirable object, to preparations which had been brought before the
state to you some of the reasons upon which the cal
culations of this Society bave been based, and to sugSociety, and congratulated the members on their
gest for the consideration of gentlemen present, such successful efforts in making the meetings agreeable and
bints as may, I trust, assist you in your deliberations of instructire; and also on the increase in the number of
this day, and enable you to lay the foundations of a specimens which had been exhibited. After the usual
Society in such a manner, and on so wide a basis, as to vote of thanks the meeting was adjourned.
secure for itself the confidence and sympathy of the medical profession throughout the kingdom of Great
Britain. It was about the month of May, 1845, when GENERAL MEDICAL ANNUITY FUND.
Mr. Daniell first proposed the establishinent of this
as the Secretary of the Provincial Medical and Surgical • A meeting of the subscribers and friends of the
Association, and the result of that correspondence was, General Medical Annuity Fund, convened by circular
that at the Annual Meeting of that Association, which and advertisement, was held on Tuesday, ibe Ist of
was held at Sheffield in the month of July of that same Jane, at the George Hotel, Northampton, Edward
year, Mr. Daniell submitted his proposition for the Daniell, Esq., of Newport Pagnell, in the Chair. establishment of an Annuity Fund, and it was proposed
The Chairman stated that it was unnecessary for him by him and seconded by Dr. Robertson, “That a Comto enter at length into the object of that Meeting, nor mittee of the Association be appointed immediately, to would he detain them now by any observation either consider, discuss, and arrange the best preliminary steps upon the value or importance of the institution for the stablishment of a self-supporting institution,
to be established, as he had already propounded connected with the Provincial Medical and Surgical his views so fully to the medical world, and if he could
Association, to be called an Annuity Fund, for decayed judge from the vast pile of letters upon the table, from
Members of the Association, and for the widows and the ropeated and repeated assurances he had received
orphans of Members.” On the next day the following from gentlemen residing in all parts of the kingdom,
gentlemen were announced as forming the Committee the necessity for a provision for our decayed brethren,
on Mr. Daniell's proposition for an Annuity Fund:
Drs. Robertson and Kerr; and Messrs. Terry and and for widows and orphans, ceased to be problematical,
Faircloth, of Northampton; Dr. Mackness of Hastings; Indeed such an institution was loudly called for, I and Messrs. Ceely, of Aylesbury; Rumsey, of Gloucester; * and he had no hesitation in saying that it would be Jackson, of Sheffield; Garlick, of Leeds; Haxworthy,
a disgrace to the profession, if they allowed either of Sheffield ; Greenwood, of Horton ; Paget, of apatby or neglect to prevent the establishment of a Leicester ; Crosse, of Norwich; and Appleton, of General Fund for sach holy purposes. Ho had been Hitchin. told by a music master that day that an institution | In the meantime the attention of many gentledid exist for professionals of that order, and all knew men having been arrested by Mr. Daniell's prothat tbe mechanics who were connected with the order position, a variety of suggestions were made to him by of persons called “Odd Fellows," had made provision parties interested in such an undertaking, and the for their widows and children. He heartily hoped substance of this correspondence was laid before the a grand effort would be made, but he would detain meeting of the Committee, which met at Dr. Robertson's, them no longer, otherwise he should anticipate the at Northampton, on Monday, the 8th day of September, Secretary's Report; he should therefore at once call |
1845, when the rules and regulations were determined upon the Secretary to read
upon ; but as those minutes have been very freely
circulated, it may not be necessary on this occasion lo TRE REPORT.
read that paper. An adjourned meeting of the ComThe object of the General Medical Annuity Fund, mittee was again held at Dr. Robertson's on Thursday, is to secure for the superannuated members of the the 15th day of January, 1846; at this meeting po
formal business was transacted, but a long discussion assistance already promised, sufficient to justify further took place upon the principle upon which the Society movements in the establishment of this Society? To was based, and as to the mode in which its operations assist you in deciding this question, let us turn and could be best conducted. For some months the atten- look to the past, and we learn from the statement tion of your Secretary was busily occupied in attending which I now, Sir, lay before you, that up to last to tbe business of the Society and in conducting its Saturday evening seventy-five gentlemen have subextensive correspondence ; and in company with Mr. scribed to this Fund the sum of £190, together with Daniell, he attended the Annual Meeting of the donations; and that forty gentlemen have not only Provincial Medical and Surgical Association, held at promised to become subscribers, but have offered their Norwich, on the 19th and 20th days of August last, services as honorary secretaries for their own immediate when Mr. Daniell presented a report at one of the localities,--a service, the value of which cannot be too meetings of the Association. Having read the report, highly estimated, as the interest which these gentlemen Mr. Daniell addressed the meeting upon the subject, and will feel in the welfare and progress of the Society, moved the proposition-" That the conduct of the com- will tend to its ultimate success. Under date of mittee appointed at Sheffield for the carrying out the pro- Norember the 15th, 1845, Dr. Jephson, of Leamington, ject of a General Medical Annuity Fund, be approved bas promised Mr. Daniell, that if he succeeds comby this annual meeting of the Provincial Medical and pletely in establishing the Fund, he will give ose Surgical Association, and that the Fund be considered hundred guineas towards its support. Let me now as an integral part of this Association," and the motion proceed to suggest to you some hints as to the alterahaving been seconded by Dr. Hunter, of Lynn Regis, tions which are required in the rules and regulations a discussion arose thereupon. The meeting haring of the Society, been addressed by Drs. W. Conolly, Chambers, and First, then, as to the officers; these, in some Forbes, and by Messrs. Kitchen, Daniell, and the Presi- cases, will require a change in their names, and I dent, Dr. Soulby moved as an amendment “ That the am sure that you will permit me to suggest that Annuity Fund be not considered an object of this Asso- our truly excellent Treasurer should be appointed your ciation," which was declared carried, and the original perpetual President, and that your Treasurer should be motion consequently lost. This decision of the “The Northamptonshire Union Bank." The trustees meeting at Norwich deprived the Annuity Fund of that I should be gentlemen wbo are subscribers to the Fund, home which its projector bad sought for it, and it becaine and you will probably request Dr. Robertson; and Mr. Mr. Daniell either to abandon his proposal or seek the Paget, of Leicester ; with Mr. Terry, of Northampton ; establishment of the Annuity Fund, as an independent and Dr. Symonds, of Bristol ; to act as such. An and distinct Society. After long consideration he addition will be required in the number of elective addressed a letter to each of those gentlemen who had managers; and in addition to Mr. Faircloth, of subscribed to his fund, as well as to all others who had Newmarket; Mr. Appleton, of Hitchin; Mr. Elkington, intimated to him their wish for the establishment of the of Birmingham ; Dr. Cowan, of Reading; and Mr. society. The answers with which Mr. Daniell has been Peter Martin, of Reigate ; the names of Mr. Rogers, of favoured from a large number of his correspondents, Newport Pagnell; Mr. Parker, of Woburn; Dr. Roberts, have encouraged, if we niay not even say justified hjir, 1 of Bangor ; Dr. Alloway, of Clonaslie; and Mr. Lambert, in calling this present meeting of the friends and the of Sowersby. You will probably feel it right to consupporters of the General Medical Annuity Fund, and tinue the rules that no ananity should be granted to a if I have not already, Sir, wearied the attention of subscriber unless he has paid his subscription for fire yourself and the meeting, permit me to travel some successive years, as an adherence to this role will act what out of the beaten track of an ordinary report, as a check against any improper application, and the and deferentially to offer for the consideration of this interest of that capital will not only supply a resource meeting those suggestions which have occurred to my for the payment of the current expenses, but will own mind as relating to the business of the day, and enable the Directors to make up those occasional although I cannot hope that on all points may views variations in the funds of a society which are to be will be found to correspond with your own, yet I shall naturally expected in an institution of this kind. Some be content, and my end will be answered, if any hint alteration will probably appear to you as necessary in of mine should facilitate your labours, or happily form the rate, as well as in the mode, of the payment of the a channel in which your deliberations may flow. annuities, and it might greatly conduce to the interests
The question of to-day, then, turns upon this hinge, of the Society to pay four annuities, of twenty-four shall Mr. Daniell's project be abandoned, or shall this pounds each, to either superannuated members, or to nieeting take such steps as shall lead to its triumphal,-| their widows, or to their orphans, as the case may be, its final establishment. I can hardly imagine that you for every one hundred subscribers. If there should not be can be disposed to abandon this Society, formed as it more applicants than there are annuities to grant, then, has been under such auspices, and calculated as it is lo as a matter of course, the officers of the Institution will meet long acknowledged wants,—that all the letters decide upon the applicants; while, on the other band, written, all the statements published, all the services should it prove otherwise, then the Secretary would Tendered, all the expression of interest and sympathy transmit a list of the applicants to each subscriber, and which the Society has called forth, should all,- all the largest number of votes would secure the annuity. become utterly void and useless, and that we can retura It will also be advisable to determine whether it would to our homes, and there for ever. banish from our not be desirable that the annual meetings of the memories the recollection that the Institution has bad Society should be held in different towns of the kingan existence! Surely not. Here, then, comes the dom, where gentlemen may reside who feel an interest question. Is the assistance already rendered, and the ia the prosperity of the Institution. These suggestions,