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The minutes of the last Meeting were read and confirmed.
Copies of the General Index to the first 17 volumes of the Society's Transactions, combined with reprints of the Catalogues of the Books, Maps, Charts, &c., were placed on the table for the inspection of the Members. The Secretary reported that this work was undertaken by Mr. Kennelly on account of the benefaction of Bhugwandass Poorshotumdass, Esq.
Donations.—The following donations were then announced, for which the best thanks of the Society were voted to the donors :—
1. Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Vol. 36. By the Society.
2.. Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Vol. XI. No. 2. By the Society.
3. Bulletin of the Geographical Society of Paris, for April and
May 186". By the Society.
4. Report of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce for the year
1865-66. By the Chamber of Commerce.
5. Report of the Schools of the Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Parsee
Benevolent Institution for the year 1866. By the Panchayet of the Institution.
6. A Lecture delivered in the Town Hall, by the Rev. John
Paton. By the Bombay Mechanics' Institution.
7. Annual Report of the Bombay Mechanics' Institution for the
year 1866-67. By the Institution.
8. Index to the Acts of the Indian Legislatures from 1834 to 1866,
repealed and unrepealed, Compiled by Raghoonath Damodhur. By the Compiler.
9. Bombay High Court Reports, Vol. III. Parts 1 and 2. By
the Bombay Government.
10. Reports of Cases decided in the High Court of Bombay in 1863,
1864, and 1865. By the Bombay Government.
11. Title, Contents, and Index to Volume 2 of the Bombay High
Court Reports. By the Bombay Government.
12. Bernard Quaritch's Catalogue of Books for sale. By the
13. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India. Vol. VI. Parti.
By the Government of India.
14. Selected Minutes of the Honourable Mountstuart Elphinstone in
the Military Department. 1820—27- By the Bombay Government.
15. Irrigation Projects for the Bombay Presidency. Tank at
Ekrookh, near Sholapore. By the Bombay Government.
16. An Account of tbe Talookdars in the Ahmedabad Zilla, by
J. B. Peile, C.S. By the Bombay Government.
\7. Report on Vaccination throughout the Bombay Presidency and Sind, for the year 1866. By the Bombay Government.
18. Deaths in Bombay during 1865. By the Inspector General
Indian Medical Department.
19. Water Supply of Poona and Kirkee, Vol. II. with Plans. By
the Bombay Government.
20. Project for the Completion of an ancient unfinished work
known as Bhatodee Tank, in the Ahmednuggur Collectorate, with Plans. By the Bombay Government.
21. Papers relating to Maynee Project in the Khultan Talooka,
with Plans. By the Bombay Government.
22. Papers relating to the Mitrow Canal, in the Eastern Narra
Districts, Sind, with Plans. By the Bombay Government.
23. Results of the Magnetical and Meteorological Observations made
at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in 1864. By the Royal Society of London.
24. Magnetical and Meteorological Observations made at the Go
vernment Observatory, Bombay, in the year 1864- By the Bombay Government.
25. Monthly Marathi Magazine, entitled " Vividh Dnyan Vistar."
By the Publishers.
Letters.—The following letters were then read :—
1. From Captain Henry Van-Heythuysen; Narayan Daji, Esq., and F. King, Esq., withdrawing from the Society. 2. From Alexander Gibson, Esq., requesting to be admitted a Member of the Society. 3. From Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, Bart., thanking the Society for his being re-elected a Resident Member of the General Committee for the ensuing year. 4. From Captain W. A. Baker, R.E., Acting Under Secretary to Government, Public Works Department; C. Chambers, Esq., Superintendent, Colaba Observatory; Mr. Rughoonath Damodhur, 2nd Assistant Judicial Department, Secretariat, forwarding donations for the acceptance of the Society. 5. From G. Norman, Esq., C. S., Acting Superintendent of Stationery, forwarding a parcel of books received from the Royal Society of London. 6. From the Manager of the "Vividh Dnyan Vistar," forwarding a copy of a Marathi Magazine, and requesting in exchange Reports of Discoveries, &c. of the Society. 7. From T. D. Thomson, Esq., 117, Cannon Street, London, requesting an early remittance for 36204-3-8 in liquidation of his account with the Society. 8. From the Secretary, Royal Geographical Society of London, requesting an early remittance of the amount collected by this Society on account of the Speke Memorial. 9. From W. E. Frere, Esq., late President of the Society :—
"To the Secretary to the Geographical Society, Bombay.
My Dear Sir,—I have just arrived in England, having completed the circumnavigation of the Earth, and my first intention was to comply with the wishes of the Geographical Society of Bombay, and sit for my portrait as they desired, but I cannot find any communication either to myself or to any other person as to the artist by whom the Society wish the portrait to be executed, the amount the Society wish to expend upon it, or to whom reference is to be made for payment. Had I possessed information on any of these points, I would, at once, have hastened to comply with the Society's very flattering wishes, and I shall therefore feel obliged by an early answer which will enable me to carry out my desire with as little delay as possible.
The Society will, I hope, command my services whenever I can serve them. A communication addressed to the care of Messrs. Forbes and Co. (of Bombay), 12, Leadenhall Street, London, will be sure to find me, and
I am, dear Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
W. E. Frere.
42, Clarges Street, London, 6th May 1867."
10- From Major R. H. Keatinge, V.C., C.S.I., Political Agent, Kattyawar :—
"To The President of the Bombay Geographical Society. Sir,—With reference to the Resolution of Government No. 1692, of 27th August 1866, and to subsequent correspondence, I have the honour to transmit, in original, reports from various officers of the Kattyawar Political Agency, regarding the encroachments of the sea on the shores of this Province.
2. Three years ago I was on the Runn, and was most anxious to ascertain whether it was rising or falling, but quite failed in collecting any data on the subject.
3. From the observations I have myself made, and from the balance of opinion expressed in these letters, I think we may believe that on the Western shore of the Gulf of Cambay and on the Kattyawar Coast at the head of the Gulf of Cutch, the sea is encroaching very considerably on the land, but whether this action is due to the set of the very violent currents which exist in both localities, or to the sinking of the laud there is nothing to show.
4. On the Southern Coast, where the shore is rocky, and the currents of the open sea moderate, the sea appears, if any thing, to recede.
5. Captain Lloyd's detailed Revenue investigations in 1865 on the low lands at the mouth of the Bahadur River, near Nuvee Bunder, indicated an increase of the culturable area over the salt marsh.
6. I append also a printed copy of his report, which is, in the parts marked, geographically interesting.
I have the honour to be, &c.,
R. H. Keatinge. Kattyawar Political Agency, Majcote, May 22nd, 1867.
'No. 25 Of 1867.
From Captain P. H. Legeyt,
Acting First Political Assistant Southern Division, Kattywar, To Colonel B. H. Keatinge, V.C., C.S.I.,
Political Agent, Kattywar.
Dated 8th April 1867.
Sik,—In accordance with your Circular Memo. No. 15 of 1866, dated Uth September last, I have the honour to report that on the receipt of the same I took measures to procure the information required relative to the subject referred to by your Memo. The result of these inquiries on my part has been as follows:—
2. I am informed that the sea encroaches on the land up the creek at Berai Bunder, the most easterly port in my district, and which is in Babriawur under Joonagur.
3. From Jafferabad the information received ia to the effect that the sea in the last 10 or 12 years has receded from the land about 15 feet.
4. The Joonagur authorities report that along the coast, at the following Bunders—
1. Dhara Bhunder, 5. Chorwar Bunder,
2. Rajpoora ,, 6. Maagrole „
3. Nowa „ 7. Seel „
the sea has neither receded nor encroached on the land for years and years, but that at Verawnl the sea has receded considerably, as where vessels of 1,000 candies, 50 years ago, could ride at anchor, now only those of 300 or 350 candies can with safety do so, and at a certain tower out in the sea is a rock more of which is now visible than used to be.
I have the honour to be,
Your most obedient Servant,
P. H. Legeyt, Captain,
Acting First Political Assistant's Office,
.' No. 27 Of 1867. From Captain John W. Watson,
Political Assistant Kattyawar, in charge Eastern Division, To Major R. H. Keatinge, V.C., C.S.I.,
Political Agent, Kattyawar.
Sonpurre, 20th March 1867.
Sir,—Agreeably to your Circular Memo. No. 15 of 1866, I have the honour to forward herewith all the information relative to the advance of the sea on the southern coast of Kattyawar that I have been able to obtain.
2. From the depositions of Memon Daood Bawa and Wanyo Veetuldass Veerjee, it will be seen that at Gogo the encroachment of the sea has been considerable. I can further testify from personal observation that subsequent to the appearance of the article in the Bombay Saturday Review a large portion of the Gogo sea-wall, almost exactly opposite Mr. Anding's bungalow, was beaten in by the violence of the waves. The said wall is of solid masonry, and is built on a receding slope so as to afford a maximum of strength. It will be also perceived from the two yads from Bhownnggur herewith appended, that a considerable quantity of land of their coast villages has been encroached on during the last few years, and further that the Bhownuggur and Soondrye creeks have been subject to a greater influx of salt-water. With regard to the truth of this latter statement, I would remark that during the tides of the Aka Treege of last year, the salt-water penetrated as far as the wooden bridge called the Kharee Bridge,