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Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Vol. 20 (Classic Reprint)

Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Vol. 20 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Vol. 20

We have good grounds for encouragement. We are ful filling at least one of our principal duties, as set forth in our Charter - the publication of historical documents, more thoroughly than in past times. Before the Camden Society joined it in 1897, the Royal Historical Society was not in a position to do much in that respect. By the terms of union, however, it pledged itself to produce one volume of some hitherto unpublished historical authority in each year. Since then we have each year supplied our Fellows with two such volumes, besides the volume of our Transactions containing Papers which, as a rule, are such.as all students of history may read with profit. Your Council hope to continue this rate of publication. But it entails a heavy expenditure, which can only be met by keeping up and, if possible, increasing the number of our Fellows. Your Council, however, look that a candidate shall have some other qualification for elec tion than mere willingness to pay a subscription. We want not merely more Fellows but more of the best sort. In this respect, too, we have been successful during the past year. Thirty-eight new Fellows have been elected, many of whom are writers and teachers of history, some of them eminent scholars and authors of deservedly high repute. On the other hand, we have lost ten of our Fellows by death, eleven by resignation, and thirteen names have been erased from our list for non-payment of subscription. This last is, I am happy to say, an abnormal number. Our Honorary Treasurer found, on taking office, that arrears had been accumulating for some time, and that a special effort on his part to collect them - in which he has met with considerable success, greatly to the benefit of our funds - and a thorough revision of the list of Fellows were urgently needed. While, then, our net increase is slight, our real advance has been satisfactory.

To the initiative and exertions of our Treasurer is due' a far greater accession of strength in another direction. Him self a Librarian of well-known learning and experience, he has gained for us an addition of thirty - making in the year a net increase of twenty-eight - subscribing libraries: British.

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