Sketch of the Rise and Progress of the Royal Society Club

Sketch of the Rise and Progress of the Royal Society Club

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ... historian of Athens was announced, and the vacancy thereby made was declared and filled up: but on the 25th of June, 1811, it was resolved---"That Sir William Young, Bart., who was last year reported dead, being still alive, be first on the list for re-election on his return home." Poor Sir William, however, never returned to reap the advantage of this act of grace: he expired on the 10th of January, 1815, at Tobago, in the West Indies, of which island he was the popular Governor. He was a very clubbable Member, and professed a regard for the Institution on account of its tendency to smoothen the asperities which occasionally beset party discussions. I' 2 Meantime, in the face of all arrangements and treaties, the commons increased in price; and the records exhibit a periodical advance in the dinner charges from the original eighteen pence. Thus, on the 22nd of July, 1813, it was enacted, in confirmation of the report of a Committee for arranging the matter, that in future the Members of the Club were to pay eight shillings instead of seven; and that the ordinary be raised to six shillings and six pence instead of five shillings as heretofore. At a Meeting holden on the 18th of June, 1818, Sir Joseph Banks in the chair, it was resolved, "That for the future, in the absence of the President, the senior Vice-President of the Royal Society shall take the Chair; and in case no one of them should be present, that the senior Member in the room do, as usual, preside." It was also ordered that the dinner should be served up at half-past five o'clock instead of five. The first of these resolutions was hurried through the forms too quickly, and, like all hasty measures, required an additional act to amend it;...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236828399
  • 9781236828392