20th Annual Report of the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

On tuesday 14 may 1889, Arthur Conan Doyle attended and spoke at the 20th annual report of the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society (PLSS) meeting held at the Guildhall, High-street (Portsmouth).


  • Chairman
    • General Harward

Conan Doyle contribution

Dr. A. Conan Doyle, one of the hon. secs., opened with an expression of hearty thanks to the retiring President, Dr. W. H. Axford, for the able manner in which he had presided at the meetings. During the year 27 new members had joined, while 25 had retired. The total number of members residing in the neighbourhood was 122. The Council expressed gratitude to the Mayor and Corporation for the continued use of the Guildhall. In conclusion the Council expressed pleasure at being able to state that alter an active existence of twenty years the society had never been in a more flourishing condition. The statement of accounts showed that the year's receipts amounted to £125 13s. 4d., and that the expenditure left in hand a balance of £46 10s. 10d.

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