Abstract Report of Council.
During the session of the Society for 1873 seven general meetings were held, which were usually fully attended. At these meetings thirty-two different communications were read, which is short of the number in previous years, but they were chiefly of considerable importance, and gave rise to interesting discussions, so that the real amount of work done by the members of the Society is not below the average.
Nineteen new members have been added to the Society since the last annual
meeting, making a total of 149 members. The periodicals mentioned in last report are still taken in, and the following have been since subscribed for, viz.:—Annals of Natural History, Proceedings of Microscopical Science, and Philosophical Magazine.
The following works have been presented to the Library:—Thirty-five vols. of Dietrichsen and Hannay's Almanack, from 1838 to 1871, by Captain Edwin; thirteen vols. on various subjects, by Mr. W. Lyon; a complete set of the publications connected with the “Novara” Expedition, through Dr. Hochstetter; and a copy of Dr. Buller's “Birds of New Zealand,” from the Colonial Secretary.
From the annual statement of accounts it appeared that the balance brought forward from last year was £95 10s. 8d. The subscriptions received amounted to £146 18s., and one life subscriber had paid £10. The largest items of expenditure were Gray's “Genera of Birds,” one vol., £25 5s. 2d.; Bouchard, second payment for insects, £25 8s. 11d.; contribution to New Zealand Institute, £24 9s. 8d. The balance in hand was £107 14s. 8d.
Mr. W. T. L. Travers drew attention to the insects which had been purchased by the Society from Mr. Bouchard. When they arrived they were in very bad condition, but through the exertions of Mr. Gore they were now in a state fit for inspection, and formed a creditable collection.