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In completing the first volume of the Society's Journal, the Publication Committee venture to regard with some satisfaction the new arrangement under which it has been issued, not so much, however, in respect to what has been actually accomplished, as on account of the organization they bave been able to establish for the future, and which has been partially brought into operation in the later numbers of the Journal.
The Journal will be published bi-montbly, in February, April, June, August, October, and December; and whilst it will vary in size according to convenience, an endeavour will be made to ensure that it shall not contain less than sixty-four pages and two plates, with woodcuts as required.
It will comprise :
(1) THE TRANSACTIONS of the Society, being the papers read (or taken as read) at the Ordinary Meetings, and the President's Address at the Annual Meeting.
(2) THE PROCEEDINGS of the Society, being a report of the business transacted at the Ordinary and Annual Meetings, including any discussions on the subjects brought before the Meetings.
(3) NOTES AND MEMORANDA, being extracts from the articles in English and Foreign Journals, Transactions, &c., which relate to the Microscope or the subjects of Microscopical Research, together with notes of any other current matters of interest to Microscopists.
(4) BIBLIOGRAPHY, being a list of the new Books and of the contents of English and Foreign serials, &c. (so far as they relate to the Microscope or the subjects of Microscopical Research), most of which are to be seen in the Society's Library.
Special importance is attached to the “ Notes and Memoranda," which are intended to present a summary of what is doing throughout the world in all branches of Microscopical Research. Whilst extracts from English publications will not be excluded, preference will be given to those of foreign countries, as being less easily accessible. Amongst these will be included the Transactions and Proceedings of the Academies of the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Russia, together with the Microscopical, Botanical, and Zoological journals of those countries.
The pages devoted to “ Bibliography ”. will also, it is hoped, prove useful, as giving in a condensed form information that cannot be so readily obtained otherwise.
Lastly, it will not be out of place to remind the Fellows that the editing of the Journal has rested with those who, being much occupied in other pursuits, have not been able to give it undivided attention.
The Society was founded in 1839 (incorporated by Royal Charter in 1866) for the communication and discussion of observations and discoveries tending to improvements in the construction and in the mode of application of the Microscope, or relating to subjects of Microscopical observation.
The Society consists of Fellows, Honorary Fellows, Corresponding Fellows, and Associates.
The Council is elected annually by the Fellows, and is composed of the President, four Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, two Secretaries, and twelve other Fellows.
Candidates for admission as Fellows must be proposed by three or more Fellows, who must sign a Certificate of Recommendation stating the names, residence, description, and qualifications of the Candidate, of whom the proposer whose name stands first upon the Certificate must have personal knowledge. This Certificate is read at the next Ordinary (or Annual) Meeting, and the Candidate is balloted for at the succeeding Meeting.
The Entrance Fee is 21. 28., and the Annual Subscription (payable in advance on election, and subsequently on 1st January annually) is 21. 28. Future payments of the latter may be compounded for at any time by a payment of 211. Fellows elected in the months of October, November, or December will not be called upon for a second subscription during the succeeding year, and Fellows absent from the United Kingdom for a year, or permanently residing abroad, are exempted from one-half the usual subscription during absence.
The Ordinary Meetings of the Society commence on the second Wednesday in October, and are continued on the second Wednesday in each month until June. They are held at King's College, Strand, W.C., and commence at 8 P.M. Visitors are admitted by the introduction of Fellows.
Twice in each Session an evening is devoted to the exhibition of objects and apparatus of novelty or interest relating to the Microscope or the subjects of Microscopical Research.
The Journal of the Society, containing its Transactions and Proceedings, with other Microscopical information, is published bi-monthly, and is forwarded free of charge to all Fellows.
The Library of the Society at King's College is open for the use of Fellows on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 11 A.m. to 4 P.m., and on Wednesdays from 7 to 10 P.M. It is closed during August.
Forms of proposal for Fellowship, and any further information, may be obtained by application to the Secretaries, or to Mr. Walter W. Reeves, Assistant Secretary, King's College, Strand, W.C.
OFFICERS AND COUNCIL OF THE SOCIETY
HENRY J. Slack, Esq., F.G.S.
Vice-Presidents. LIONEL SMITH BEALE, Esq., M.B.
Sir John LUBBOCK, Bart., M.P.,
HENRY C. SORBY, Esq., F.R.S.
John Ware STEPHENSON, Esq., F.R.A.S.
CHARLES STEWART, Esq., M.R.C.S. | FRANK CRISP, Esq., LL.B., B.A.
Council. John BADCOCK, Esq.
EMANUEL WILKINS Jones, Esq. WILLIAM A. BEVINGTON, Esq.
JOHN MATTHEWS, Esq., M.D. ROBERT BRAITHWAITE, Esq., M.D. SAMUEL John MCINTIRE, Esq. CHARLES BROOKE, Esq., M.A., F.R.S. John Millar, Esq., L.R.C.P.E. CHARLES JAMES Fox, Esq.
THOMAS PALMER, Esq., B.Sc. WILLIAM J. GRAY, Esq., M.D.
FREDERIO H. WARD, Esq., M.R.C.S.
MR. WALTER W. REEVES.