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LONDON Geological Society, November 17.—Robert Etheridge, F.R.S., president, in the chair.—Prof. Joseph Henry Thompson, Auckland, New Zealand, was elected a Fellow of the Society.—The President called attention to the portrait of Dr. William Smith, presented to the Society by his grand-nephew, Mr. W. Smith of Cheltenham, which was then suspended behind the chair, and expressed his great satisfaction at this most interesting picture being in possession of the Society. Mr. W. W. Smyth expressed the satisfaction which all must feel in possessing a genuine relic of this eminent stratigraphical geologist. Now this one, which had been so liberally presented to the Society, was a most indubitable portrait of the most conspicuous founder of English geology. That portrait was painted by M. Fourau in 1837, and was certainly an admirable likeness. The Society was deeply indebted to the donor, Mr. W. Smith, the cousin of the valued Prof. Phillips. The portrait now hanging on the wall was engraved in Prof. Phillips' “Life” of his uncle. He proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the donor. Mr. Evans rose with great pleasure to second the vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Warington Smyth. The portrait was indeed replete with interest, not only to English geologists, but to all geologists in the world. An additional interest attaching to the portrait was that we had the whole history of it from Dr. Smith's own hand, an extract from which Mr. Evans read. The portrait was an admirable one. He hoped that in the future Mr. Smith's example would fce followed, and that we should see many other portraits of eminent geologists on the Society's walls. The Society was also deeply indebted to the president for the interest which he had taken in the matter. The vote of thanks was carried by acclamation.—The following communications were read:—On abnormal geological deposits in the Bristol district, by Charles Moore, F.G.S.—Interglacial deposits of West Cumberland and North Lancashire, by J. D. Kendall, C.E., F.G.S.

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