On the motion of Joseph Travis Clay, Esq., seconded by W. S. Ward, Esq.,
The Rev. Dr. Scoresby, F.R.S., Vice-President, was called to the Chair, who commenced the proceedings by observing, that after the existence of the Geological and Polytechnic Society for so many years, it was now hardly necessary to explain very particularly its objects, though it might be useful, perhaps, to remind their friends that the objects of this association were, in a humble respect, analogous to the greater institution, the British Association, in many points of its character. The Society travelled abroad from town to town in the West Riding. Its leading objects, too, were similar; for one was the investigation of Geological subjects connected with the practical working of our mining system in the West Riding—a subject, of course, of great and important interest, and likewise bearing upon the economy and profitable enterprise of our mining operations; inasmuch as they all knew that it was requisite to bring a scientific knowledge of Geology to bear in this matter, with a view successfully to carry forward this enterprise. The leading object of this Society, then, was to arrive at information on this subject, with a view to the benefit of the community; and therefore they endeavoured to get at a correct knowledge of things beneath the surface of the earth. There was another department of this Society which gave them an opportunity to consider other subjects, in their place equally as important to society; he referred ...
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