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Royal Geographical Society.

2. That the number of ordinary Members be not limited; but that the number of Honorary Foreign Members be limited, as shall hereafter be determined.

3. That the Council of the Society consist of a President, four Vice-Presidences, a Treasurer, two Secretaries, and twenty-one other Members to conduct the affairs of the Society.

4. That the election of the said Council and Officers be annual.

5. That the office of President be not held by the same individual for a longer period than two consecutive years, but that he be eligible for re-election after the lapse of one year.

6. That one of the four Vice-Presidents go out annually; he being eligible, however, for re-election after the lapse of one year; but the Treasurer and Secretaries may be annually re-elected.

7. That seven of the twenty-one other Members constituting the Council, go out annually, at the period of the General Election of the Officers of the Society.

8. That the Admission Fee of Members be 3l., and the Annual Subscription 2l.; or both may be compounded by one payment of 30l.

9. That such part of the Funds of the Society as may not be required for current expenses, be placed in the public securities, and vested in the names of three Trustees, to be hereafter appointed by the President and Council.

The Chairman then addressed the following Observations to the Meeting, explanatory of the general Views of the Society.

The Royal Geographical Society of London being now established, the Provisional Committee cannot close its proceedings without adverting to the gratifying fact of there being enrolled, on the List of its Members, within so short a space of time, considerably more than Four Hundred names. From this great and increasing number, and still more from the general character of the Subscribed, it is fair to conclude that a favourable opinion has been formed of the utility likely to result from the labours of such a Society. The degree of utility, however, which with be really effected, the Committee deem it almost unnecessary to observe, must depend on the attention and assiduity which the President, the Vice-Presidents, and the Council may bestow on its concerns, quite as much as on the stock of knowledge that may bring to the consideration of the several subjects that will come before them. And not on the Council along with depend the extent to which