19th Annual Report of the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society

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On tuesday 24 april 1888, Arthur Conan Doyle attended and spoke about the 19th annual report of the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society (PLSS) meeting held at the Guildhall, High-street (Portsmouth).


  • President/Chairman
    • Mr. J. Hay
  • Speakers
    • Dr. A. Conan Doyle
    • Mr. J. Hay
    • Mr. Hugh S. Maclauchlan
    • Dr. J. Ward Cousins
    • Mr. M. Hyde
    • Mr. R. East
    • Mr. A. Howell
    • Captain R. Jackson
  • Attendees
    • Lieutenant-Colonel J. E. Taylor
    • Captain R. Jackson, R.N.
    • Dr. B. H. Mumby
    • Mr. Hugh S. Maclauchlan
    • Mr. W. Weston
    • Mr. G. Ollis
    • Mr. J. R. Constantine
    • Mr. C. Foran
    • Mr. R. East
    • Mr. J. H. Ball
    • Mr. M. Hyde
    • Mr. A. Howell
    • Dr. A. Conan Doyle (Hon. Secretary)
    • Dr. J. Ward Cousins (Hon. Secretary)
    • Mr. G. F. Bell (Secretary)

Conan Doyle contribution

Dr. CONAN DOYLE, one of the Hon. Secretaries, read the nineteenth annual report, which was as follows:—

The Council have much pleasure at the close of the 19th session in presenting their report to the members of the Society, and in expressing their hearty thanks to the retiring President (James Hay, Esq.), for the very able manner in which he has presided at the meetings, and for the instructive and interesting remarks with which he has favoured the Society at the termination of each paper read during the Session. During the past year the Society has elected twenty-two new members, while three only have retired. The total number residing in the neighbourhood amounts now to one hundred and twenty. The Council regrets, however, to mention that one of their oldest members, Major-General J. Playfair, C.B., R.E., has been removed by death. The past session is a memorable one as marking the removal of the Society from their room in Penny-street to the Guildhall which offers a more central and commodious position. For this change the Council desires to express its cordial thanks to the Mayor (A. Addison, Esq.), and to the Municipal Authorities, who have so kindly put their Chamber at the disposal of the Society. Another change of importance has been the removal of the Society's Library to Mr. Birch's, in Marmion-road. This change was necessitated by the retirement from business of Mr. A. Mills, but the Council is glad to learn from the members that the present arrangements have given every satisfaction. In conclusion, the Council are glad to mention that the financial condition of the Institution is satisfactory, and that after defraying all expenses a balance remains in the hands of the Treasurer. The receipts had amounted to £123 17s. 4d., of which there was a balance remaining in hand of £18 1s. 4d. Captain JACKSON moved the adoption of the report and balance-sheet, and that was seconded by Lieut.-Colonel J. E. TAYLOR.

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