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TREASURER'S ACCOUNT, 1876–7.
The LITERARY AND Philosophical Society, in Account with R. C. Johnson, Treasurer.
£ s. d.
. 54 98
... 7 13 4
..... 9 19 6
... 2 0 0
· 0 7 6
15 10 6
10 10 0
22 Entrance Fees........
9 Half do. do. ..
By Cash, Interest on Dock Bonds .....
LIVERPOOL LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY.
ANNUAL MEETING.-SIXTY-SEVENTH SESSION.
ROYAL INSTITUTION, October 1st, 1877. JOHN J. DRYSDALE, M.D., M.R.C.S., PRESIDENT,
in the Chair.
The Minutes of the last Meeting of the preceding Session were read and confirmed, after which the following
was read by the Honorary Secretary.
The sixty-sixth Session of the Literary and Philosophical Society has been equal to its predecessors both in the interest attaching to its proceedings and in the material prosperity of its affairs. The papers and communications which have been read have brought under the notice of the members the most prominent topics in literature, science, and philosophy; large donations of books and volumes of transactions have continued to be received from kindred societies both at home and abroad, and the exhibition of natural history specimens collected by the members and associates, most of which are preserved in the Free Public Museum, has formed an instructive part of the business of nearly every meeting. The
appreciation of these advantages is shown by the large attendances at the meetings, and by an increase in the Society's master roll.
In the last Report the number of Ordinary Members was estimated at 224. At the present time the number is 236; twenty-two new members having been elected during the Session, two having died, and eight having resigned. The list of Honorary Members, according to the last Report, contained thirty-seven names. One of these, of whom the Council can obtain no information, namely, the Rev. Thomas Corser of Stand, Bury, elected in 1848, has been removed from the list, together with the names of three others, deceased, namely, Sir Charles Lemon, Bart., of Penrhyn, Cornwall, elected in 1844; Sir William Fairbairn, Bart., elected in 1861; and Dr. Reynolds, of Mossley Hill, elected in 1852. In the place of these four members, only one gentleman was elected during the last Session-Professor F. V. Hayden, M.D., Director of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, to whom the Society is indebted for some valuable donations, descriptive of the work in which he is engaged. The number of Honorary Members has thus become reduced to thirty-four, the maximum allowed by the Laws being fifty. In order, therefore, to recruit the strength of the Society in this department, the Council have to recommend the election of eight gentlemen, the first of whom, Mr. Alfred Higginson, one of the Vice-Presidents, merits the highest honour which the Society can confer. He has been an Ordinary Member for the space of forty years, and during this period has been most assiduous in promoting the welfare of the Society. Rarely has a meeting been held, whether of the Council or of the members generally, at which he has not been present. His removal, therefore, from Liverpool will be a loss to the Society ; but the Council feel that while the