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BRITISH PHARMACEUTICAL CONFERENCE.

MEETING AT BRIGHTON, 1872.

The ninth annual meeting of the British Pharmaceutical Conference was commenced on Tuesday, August 13, 1872, at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, under the presidency of H. B. Brady, Esq., F.L.S., F.C.S., Newcastle-on-Tyne.

The president first called attention to the Transatlantic gentlemen present, and welcomed them in the name of the conference.

The following list of delegates was then read:

North British Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society.Dr. Stevenson Macadam.

Manchester Chemists and Druggists' Association.—Mr. F. B. Benger.
Nottingham Chemists' Association.-Mr. Atherton.
Norwich Chemists' Association.—Mr. Sutton.

Bristol Pharmaceutical Association.—Mr. Stoddart, Mr. Schacht, Mr. Pitman.

Northampton Chemists' Association.—Mr. Druce.
Leeds Chemists' Association.—Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Jefferson.
Liverpool Chemists' Association.-Dr. Edwards, Mr. Tanner.
Aberdeen Chemists and Druggists' Association.-Mr. W. Rattray.

Glasgow Chemists and Druggists' Association.--Mr. E. C. C. Stanford, F.C.S.

Professor Attfield read letters from Professor Bentley, Mr. Mackay, Mr. Baildon, Mr. E. Davies, and other gentlemen, regretting their unavoidable absence.

The place of meeting for 1873 was then fixed. The following letter of invitation from the chemists and druggists of Bradford (where the British Association meets next year), was read. TO THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH PHARMACEUTICAL

CONFERENCE. GENTLEMEN, —We beg to address you on behalf of the Chemists and Druggists of Bradford and neighbourhood, who, at a meeting held on the 17th of July, deputed us to convey to the Conference a cordial invitation to hold its next meeting in Bradford. While deeply regretting that neither ourselves nor any of our brethren

could invite you personally, in consequence of other pressing en-
gagements that could not be averted; and while feeling fully sen.
sible of our disadvantage in having thus to address you by letter,
we have great pleasure in giving you this invitation ; and beg to
assure you that nothing shall be wanting to render your visit an
agreeable one. Although our town has but little that is attractive
scientifically, or otherwise, compared with some other more favoured
places which the conference has honoured by its presence, we trust
we shall give you a hearty Yorkshire welcome. We look forward
to your visit with pleasure ; and hope, that your presence amongst
us will encourage local effort by the diffusion of high principles, and
the spread of useful knowledge.
We have the honour to be, Mr. President and Gentlemen,

Your obedient servants,
F. M. RIMMINGTON,

President of the Bradford Chemists' Association.
ROBERT PARKINSON, Ph.D.

Local Secretary Pharmaceutical Conference. Bradford, August 10th, 1872. Bradford was unanimously chosen.

Professor Attfield (one of the general secretaries) then read the following report of the Executive Committee :

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. During the past year your committee has held three meetings. On November 1st, 1871, final arrangements for the publication of the “ Year Book” were made, and the position of the conference in relation to towns proposed to be visited was discussed. On July 2nd, 1872, a report of the work done by the senior secretary and assistant secretary during the year was received and adopted; the financial condition of the conference was considered, arrangements for the meeting at Brighton were made; and there was read an important letter from Thomas Hyde Hills, Esq., respecting a munificent gift of £200, to be expended for the advancement of pharmaceutical education and research, under the direction of the executive committee of the British Pharmaceutical Conference. Last evening (August 12th, 1872) the committee transacted the details of business connnected with the present meeting

The “ Year Book" is an established success. In publishing it the conference meet a want on the part of pharmacists for an annual résumé of all that is new in pharmacy; and, judging from

the unanimous public and private expressions of opinion, the want is now satisfactorily supplied. With the continued assistance of the present editor and of the secretary, who edits the transactions bound up with the “ Year Book," your committee believes that in succeeding issues the high character of the volume will be maintained.

The committee congratulates the conference on the continued success of the annual meetings. The combined efforts of the members have extended the field of pharmaceutical research, and more thickly peopled it with workers, while in no way impoverishing other organisations for the ingathering of its harvests. For the means of communicating to each other and discussing the results of investigations, much credit is due to the local committees in the towns visited, To excite in resident pharmacists interest in the objects of the conference, assist the secretaries to hire rooms in which to hold the meetings, and to contrive opportunities for less public discussion and conversation, are the three ways in which local committees can effectively promote the objects of the conference.

The financial condition of the conference is satisfactory. From the following statement it will be seen that there is a balance in hand, and that it is about the same in amount as at the end of the previous year :

The Treasurer in Account with the British Pharmaceutical

Conference, 1871-1872.

8. d.

Dr.
To cash in hand, June 30, 1871
Sale of 61 “ Year Books " by Publisher
54

Secretary
Advertisements in “ Year Book”
„ Subscriptions from Members

£
50 0 0
15 5 0
13 12 6
81 8 6
473 10 9

£633 16 9

Cr.
By expenses connected with “ Year Book”-

Butler & Tanner, for Printing
and Binding

£327 7 1
Postage of “ Year Book”

68 15 10 Salary to Editor

100 00 J. & A. Churchill, 25 per cent.

Commission on Advertise. ments

20 7 0

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On the motion of Mr. W. Cornish, seconded by Mr. Salmon, the report was unanimously adopted.

The president then delivered the following address :

THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS.

Gentlemen of the British Pharmaceutical Conference. It seems to have become a recognised duty of your president to open the general proceedings of the conference by a review, from one standpoint or another, of the progress of pharmacy during his year of office; and when I look back to the addresses that have on such occations emanated from my predecessors, I may well have misgivings of most serious nature as to my ability to follow in their footsteps without discredit to myself and disappointment to you. Happily, however, there is no necessity strictly to follow precedent, for the duty of summarising periodically the results of pharmaceutical research is now undertaken by one far better fitted for the task,-with larger opportunities for its right performance, and not bound by the restraints and limitations incident to a general address,-I allude to the accomplished editor of your“ Year Book.” Concerning his work I will say no more at this present moment than to point to it as an explanation of my decision to speak of the present and future, rather than of the immediate past of pharmacy. And I am the more impelled to follow the course thus open for me, for, alas ! circumstances unforeseen when I accepted the post I have the honour to hold, and altogether beyond human control, have placed it out of my power to follow closely the advance either of those branches of science which directly concern us or of the manipulative arts which enter into our daily employment. The report which you have just heard read will satisfy you, as it well may, of the flourishing condition of the conference. Thanks to recent agitation in the pharmaceutical world, and to the feeling of safety in union engendered thereby,—to the ample return in kind inembers now receive for their small annual contribution,- thanks, above all, to the energy of your indefatigable secretaries,—the conference has attained a position in point of size, influence, and power for good, which was never dreamt of by those who assisted at its foundation. In so far as the general history of the conference is concerned, I might have addressed you in terms of simple congratulation; but other questions arise, and I should have been disturbed, whilst dilating on the augmented power and importance both of our own body and of the parent society, by the lurking consciousness that, notwithstanding increased disposition to united action, somehow or other pharmacy in this country was not so prosperous, -that its higher aspirations were not so vigorous, -as the numerical strength and popularity of its representative associations might lead one to suppose. I confess too, that I am impressed with a fear that had I in preparing my address sought for worthy material of purely scientific sort in the journals, proceedings, transactions, and the like, which have appeared since our meeting in Edinburgh a year ago, I must have relied to a far greater extent ou the records of foreign than of home research. The president of the

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