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PKOCEEDINGS AT THE ANNUAL MEETING HELD AT 22, ALBEMARLE STREET, PICCADILLY, ON THURS- DAY EVENING, DECEMBER 6th, 1888.

ANDREW LANG, Esq., the President, in the Chair.

The Report of the Council was read by the Secretary, Mr. Foster.

Mr. Nutt in moving the adoption of the Report drew attention to the gratifying fact that the attendance was larger than at any meet- ing since the inaugural meeting of the Society ten years before. He trusted that the acceptance of the presidentship by one of the most eminent of Folk-Lorists would stir up the Members of the Society to carry out the programme of work laid down in the Keport. Hitherto there had been far too much apathy on the part of the general body of Members. All the work had been done by comparatively few Members, but it was impossible for these, although they would work in the future as in the past, to carry through such a gigantic task as the re-classification and co-ordination of Folk-Lore. If every Member who had leisure would help, although only to the extent of an hour or two a week, the programme of the Report could be carried out in a year or two, and the results would be of the utmost importance, not only to their own, but to every science that investigated man's history in the past.

Mr. Gomme seconded the adoption of the Report.

The motion was agreed to nem. con.

The Treasurer's Report was then read by Mr. Foster, and adopted nem, con.

Mr. Clodd (Treasurer) then moved the election of the President, Vice-Presidents, and Council for the ensuing year. He said : I am sure we shall all congratulate ourselves, as Members of the Society, on Mr. Lang's acceptance of the Presidential chair. The Council felt, when the Earl of Strafford signified his desire to .retire from that chair, that no more efficient successor could fill it than our esteemed