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Insfitute of Bankers.
Vol. XIX.-YEAR 1898.
W. MOKEWAN, ESQ. HAMMOND CHUBB, Esq.
RICHARD B. MARTIN, ESQ., M.P
GEORGE RAE, Esq. W. FOWLER, ESQ.
T. G. ROBINSON, ESQ. J. HOWARD GWYTHER, ESQ.
HON. H. D. RYDER.
THOS. SALT, Esq.
ROBERT SLATER, Esq.
GEORGE RAE, Esq.
Bank of England. ROBERT CAMPBELL
National Bank of India, Limited. NATHANIEL CORK ..
Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, Ltd. J. W. CROSS
London and Provincial Bank, Limited. ROBERT DAVIDSON..
Bank of Scotland. HENRY DEAN
London and County Bank, Limited. SIR JOSEPH 000KFIELD DIMSDALE Prescott, Dimsdale and Co., Limited. JOHN DUN
Parr's Bank, Limited. W. FIDGEON ..
National Provincial Bank of England, Limited. OHAS. GOW
London Joint Stock Bank, Limited. LUKE HANSARD
Martin's Bank, Limited. G. A. HARVEY
Capital and Counties Bank, Limited. A. S. HARVEY
Messrs. Glyn, Mills, Currie & Co. ALFRED HOARE..
Messrs. Hoare. ALEXANDER LANG
Bank of Montreal. GEO. MARJORIBANKS
Messrs. Coutts & Co. R. H. INGLIS PALGRAVE, F.R.S. Barclay & Company, Limited, Great Yarmouth. F. G. HILTON PRICE
Messrs. Child & Co. HENRY SMITH
London and Westminster Bank, Limited. MARTIN RIDLEY SMITH
Messrs. Smith, Payne & Smiths. GEORGE A. TUOK ER
Union Bank of London, Limited. J. L. WHELEN
National Bank, Limited. T R. WILKINSON
Williams Deacon and Manchester and Salford
Bank, Limited, Manchester.
Martin's Bank, Limited.
National Bank, Limited.
PARTI The Institute of Bankers.
THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT,
ROBERT WILLIAMS, Esq., M.P.
[Delivered before the Institute on Wednesday, December 1st, 1897.]
EFORE referring to the work of the Institute during the
past year, which has usually been the first topic touched upon by my predecessors in this chair, I must thank
you for the honour you have conferred upon me by electing
me to the office of President, and my thanks are also due to you for allowing me to deliver my address somewhat out of the usual course.
PROGRESS OF THE INSTITUTE. As one of the original members of Council, I have had the pleasure of closely watching the gradual growth of the Institute from its comparatively small beginnings in 1878 to its assured position at the present time, and it is a great satisfaction to me as President to-night to be honestly able to follow the example of my predecessors, and to unfold a flourishing state of affairs.
Our total numbers are still on the increase, more especially, I am glad to say, in the rank of ordinary members, which shows how the educational and other advantages of the Institute are becoming more and more appreciated by those who, to some extent at any rate, have yet to acquire the necessary knowledge for their profession. The number of Candidates for our examinations, which had remained stationary in 1896, was again unprecedentedly large in 1897, being 518, as against 441 in 1896, and 442 in 1895, and I am informed by our Secretary that, so far as he is able to judge by present indications, 1898 will probably show a further increase on this large number. This is a source of great gratification to the Council, whose thanks, and indeed those of the Institute generally—are due to the Institutes in Liverpool, Manchester, and to those Fellows and others without whose help it would be impossible to carry out the work in the provinces.