On the motion of the Rev. Samuel Sharp, seconded by George Shaw, Esq.,
The Rev. Theophilus Barnes, Vice-President of the Society, took the Chair, and addressed the meeting as follows;—
Gentlemen,—It is at the earnest request of your Council that I have presumed to permit myself to take this chair, for I deeply feel how deficient I am in Geological or Polytechnic knowledge to preside in a public meeting of this Society. I shall, however, proceed with some confidence, relying on your kind indulgence and assistance.
I am told that this is but a small meeting, and certainly it is by no means as numerous as that which I last attended in this Philosophical Hall, but that was graced with the presiding talents and happy eloquence of the Vicar of Leeds. The smaller number of members present this morning cannot surely be attributed to any diminished interest in the objects of this Society, or to the mode in which those objects are sought to be promoted.
Those objects are best stated in the rules of this Society, passed at the last Autumn meeting, when our President himself was in the chair; and there I find that the first object is “the investigation of the Geology of the West-Riding, with the accuracy and minuteness necessary for the successful prosecution of Mining and Agriculture.” Now when we consider how useful a thorough acquaintance with the structure of a district, the varying position of the under-strata, and the various qualities of the ...
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