18th Annual Report of the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society

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On tuesday 26 april 1887, Arthur Conan Doyle attended and spoke at the 18th Annual Report of the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society (PLSS) meeting held at the Penny-street Lecture Hall (Portsmouth).


  • Chairman
    • Lieutenant General J. W. Cox, C.B. F.R.G.S.
  • Speakers
    • Dr. J. Ward Cousins
    • Captain R. Jackson
    • Mr. A. Howell
    • Mr. J. R. Constantine
    • Dr. A. Conan Doyle
    • Mr. J. Hay
    • Mr. W. Weston
    • Mr. G. Ollis
  • Attendees
    • Captain R. Jackson, R.N.
    • Dr. C. C. Claremont
    • Mr. J. Hay
    • Mr. W. Weston
    • Mr. A. Howell
    • Mr. G. Ollis
    • Mr. H. Moncreaff
    • Mr. J. R. Constantine
    • Mr. G. F. Bell
    • Dr. J. Ward Cousins (Hon. Secretary)
    • Dr. A. Conan Doyle (Hon. Secretary)
  • Elected members
    • Mr. J. Hay (President)
    • Dr. C. C. Claremont (Vice-President)
    • Dr. F. J. Driver (Vice-President)
    • Lieutenant-Colonel C. Mumby (Vice-President)
    • Mr. Hugh S. Maclauchlan (Vice-President)
    • Dr. W. H. Axford, M.R.C.S. (Council)
    • Mr. H. Percy Boulnois (Council)
    • Mr. C. Foran (Council)
    • Mr. W. G. P. Gilbert (Council)
    • Dr. Bernard Guillemard (Council)
    • Rev. A. Halliday, M.A. (Council)
    • Captain Jackson, R.N. (Council)
    • Mr. H. Moncreaff (Council)
    • Dr. B. H. Mumby (Council)
    • Mr. George Ollis, R.E.C.S. (Council)
    • J. M. Ollis, R.N. (Council)
    • Lieutenant-Colonel J. E. Taylor (Council)
    • Mr. G. Long, J.P. (Honorary Treasurer)
    • Dr. J. Ward Cousins, F.R.C.S. (Honorary Secretary)
    • Dr. A. Conan Doyle (Honorary Secretary)

Conan Doyle contributions

Dr. Doyle seconded the resolution (thanks to the members of the local Press), which was agreed to unanimously.

Dr. Doyle and Mr. HAY urging a removal to the Victoria Hall or some other equally suitable place easily accessible by tramway.

Dr. Doyle thought it would be unwise to risk the present good feeling which existed in the Society by the introduction of many of the subjects which had been named. The great secret of their success had been because they had been non-political and unsectarian, and after an existence of 18 years the society showed no sign of decrepitude. If they were in want of papers to read it would be different, but he entirely agreed with the admission of ladies, although he thought that such as Miss Helen Taylor were rather rare.

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