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much for the poets, and so much the worse for their poetry, that they had not eyes to see the dignity, and grace, and beauty; the combination of power with gentleness, of indignant resentment with harmless life, of braving the storm and wooing the sunbeam, that shine forth in this noble flower. Among our own number, and of those who are gone, we had Bamford and Chattwood realizing a fine ideal of these attributes. And, rejoicingly let us note, we have at least one living incarnation of them in the Emir of the Valleys, which, interlacing, mingle York with Lancaster, the stalwart, erect, elastic, and altogether puissant Englishman that hails from Denshaw, Morgan Brierley. Bristling with weapons when defence is necessary, and, perhaps, reckless of wounding when in conflict, he is one with whom you may not come into rash and rude abrasion, if you would come away scathless; but yet gentle as a maiden to the kindly approach of sympathetic solicitation, or appeal for contribution from the ample stores of his knowledge, or to the generosity of a genuinely tender heart.

With a parodied apostrophe which the Ettrick Shepherd himself would pardon, I part with my theme

Flower of the wilderness,
Blithesome and cumberless,

Sweet is thy solace o'er mountain and lea;
Emblem of gladsomeness,

Blest is thy dwelling-place,

O! for a day in the desert with thee.

The Club.

REPORT OF THE COUNCIL ON THE SIXTEENTH

SESSION.

[Read Monday, April 29, 1878.]

THE session which closes to-night has been crowded with work of a varied and, on the whole, interesting character. If, as might be objected, there has been an obvious want of some predominating tendency, of persistency in some special and limited pursuit, it may be urged, on the other hand, that the variety has reflected very fairly the wide-spread multiplicity of the subjects which engage the attention of men of letters in our time. General Literature and Criticism have been represented by papers on Tennyson's Palace of Art, Shakspere's Hamlet, Dryden as Lyrist and Dramatist, and the writings of Samuel Bailey, of Sheffield, as well as by several shorter communications. In History and Archeology there have been contributions on the Fictions of History, the Ancient Battlefields of Lancashire, Erasmus at Walsingham, and the changes which English Epitaphs have undergone in form and character during the last six half centuries. Philology has been represented by papers on the Scottish dialects and the Obsolete French words which still have an abiding place in the English language. Of contributions of a lighter nature, mention may be made of a sketch of a sail among the western islands of Scotland to the land of the Princess of Thule; of a description of a Welsh Christmas spent at the foot of Snowdon; of an account of an artistic ramble about Armscott, the scene of an incident in the life of George Fox; and of some Thoughts on a Thistle, by a perfervid native of the land of which it is the national emblem. Lastly, and necessarily omitting other notable contributions to the proceedings of the session, the papers which might naturally be expected to form a feature in a Lancashire literary

society-those, namely, of a local or county interest-have formed a fair proportion of the number read, and have been of more than ordinary importance and interest. Among these may be named a nearly complete list of the Mathematicians of Lancashire, with biographical notices of the most eminent; biographies of Canon Parkinson, the author of the Old Church Clock, and of John Owens, the founder of the College, both of which add materially to our knowledge of those worthies, and supply hitherto unfilled places in county biography; an essay on the Modern Baptismal Names of Lancashire and Yorkshire, by a recognized authority on the subject, the accomplished author of Our English Surnames ; an account of the effect of a recent strike on the sale of periodical literature in a Lancashire manufacturing town; historic and biographical Reminiscences of the Stage in Manchester; and three papers, all from the same hand, on the Tyldesley diary, an incident of the Cotton Famine, and some Lancashire folk-sayings chiefly current in the county about Goosnargh and Chipping. In addition to these and other papers, discussions have taken place upon the movements of the day which have a bearing upon literary and artistic matters--the proposed formation of an art museum in Manchester, the improvement of the stage and of dramatic art, the practicability of a universal catalogue of books, and the possibility of accomplishing the printing of the British Museum catalogue. The following is a list of the short commu

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C. W. Sutton.
George Milner.
Albert Nicholson.

H. H. Howorth, F.S.A.
J. S. R. Phillips, F.S.S.

John Mortimer.

Frank Hasleham.
John Evans.

Shakspere and the Free and Open Church Movement John Evans.
The Personages in Tennyson's Dream of Fair

Women......

21. Contemporary Notices of the Siege of Preston in the

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Wm. E. A. Axon, M.R S. L.

James Glossop.

R. M. Newton.

J. H. Nodal.
Wm. E. A. Axon.

Abel Heywood, jun.
Robert Langton.
J. H. Nodal.
Leonard D. Ardill.
A. Samelson, M.D.
Edward Williams.
J. C. Lockhart,

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The papers have been as follows, the first three being read at meetings held before the commencement of the regular session :—

1877.

June 5. The Practical Services of a Free Museum and

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John Plant, F.G.S.

Wm. E. A. Axon, M. R.S.L

J. E. Bailey, F.S.A.
Rev. R..Henry Gibson, B.A.

R. M. Newton.
Henry Franks.
Wm. Lawson.

Wm. E. A. Axon, M. R.S.L.
Rev. W. A. O'Conor, B.A.

Rev. R. Henry Gibson, B.A.
John Evans.

G. J. Holyoake.

Charles Hardwick.
R. M. Newton.
Morgan Brierley.
John Mortimer.

W. Hindshaw,
William Doig, B.A.
Eli Sowerbutts.

John Evans.

Charles Hardwick.
W. Tomlinson.

Rev. C. W. Bardsley, M.A.
Rev. W. A. O'Conor, B.A.

George Milner.
W. H. J. Traice.
Henry Franks.

A. O'Neill.
John Evans.

Michael J. Lyons.

25. Samuel Bailey, of Sheffield: His Life and Writings. James Glossop.

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To these must be added the two subjects dealt with at the conversazioni :

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This list will show that, since the close of the last session, sixty-four literary communications have been brought before the Club.

New Works

Outside the work of the Club, the contributions of by Members. its members to general literature during the past year may perhaps not be deemed unworthy of notice. These include the first volume of an important and elaborate History of the Mongols, by Mr. Henry H. Howorth, F.S.A.; the first part of a History of Stockport, by Mr. Henry Heginbotham, M.R.C.S.; a novel, John Lexley's Trouble, and Memorials of St. Ann's Church, Manchester, by the Rev. Charles Wareing Bardsley, M.A.; Old Stretford, and the article Cryptography, in the new edition of the Enclyclopædia Britannica, by Mr. J. Eglington Bailey,, F.S.A.; A Handbook to the Public Libraries of Manchester and Salford, by Mr. Wm. E. A. Axon; the completion of the Bibliography of the English Dialects, for the English Dialect Society, by its honorary secretary, Mr. J. H. Nodal; a book on Silver Coins, by Mr. James Henry Dormer; a new novel by Mr. Alfred Owen Legge; a Life of the Right Hon. John Bright, M.P., by Mr. William Robertson; and a series of letters from Egypt and the Holy Land, by Mr. Morgan Brierley.

Public Libraries

During the recess, in addition to a day's excursion and to Darley Dale and Haddon Hall, the first two of a Bibliography. proposed series of visits to public or semi-public libraries were made-the first to the library and museum of the borough of Salford in Peel Park, and the second to the Chetham Library, Manchester. The object of these visits was stated by the President, at the Peel Park meeting, to be, "to ascertain what materials were at the command of the student and the scholar in the libraries and museums of the district, and to see how far those stores of knowledge were doing the work for which they were designed among the people." The large gathering of members on both occasions proved the acceptability of the Council's arrangements. At Peel Park, the more notable objects, literary and archæological, were pointed out by our member, Mr. John Plant. At Chetham's Hospital, a selection of the rarest books and MSS. was arranged in the refectory. A list of them was printed for distribution at the meeting, and included as an appendix to the volume of the Club Papers issued at the end of the session. In connection with this subject it may be mentioned that the Presi

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