Sixth Meeting. 7th November, 1871.
The Rev. A. G. Purchas, M.D., in the chair.
New members.—G. S. Kissling, S. Thorne, R. Hobbs, S. Rapsin, W. Earl.
The monthly list of donations to the Library and Museum was read by the Secretary.
The Chairman alluded in feeling terms to the loss the Society had sustained since its last meeting in the decease of Mr. S. J. Stratford, M.R.C.S.E., and to the ardent interest he had uniformly manifested in its success.
The Secretary detailed the measures that had been taken to carry out the resolutions passed at the last monthly meeting. A fair measure of success had been experienced in canvassing for subscriptions, although, owing to the absence from Auckland of several members of the Building Fund Committee, it had not been possible to get through this necessary work so fast as was desirable. The late Dr. Stratford had confirmed his verbal offer of a donation of £100, reported at the last meeting, by special bequest, on condition that four other sums of £100 each, or eight of £50 each, should be contributed to the fund by members of the Society within three months of the date of his decease. Five donations of £50 each had been already promised towards complying with these conditions. Application had also been made to the Provincial Executive to place the sum of £1,000 on the provincial estimates for the coming session in aid of the fund, on condition that at least an equivalent sum should be raised by private subscriptions, and he was happy to state that the application had met with a ready and genial assent.