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object,” i. e. for making a grand collection, but as the things in question are already in the Museum, they are not merely“ available" for the object in view, but constitute so much of the object itself already accomplished.

13. The Committee continue, “while waiting for these additions to our collection, he,” the Curator, “should proceed to label these already in our possession.” It is within the recollection of the Society, that I stated eight months ago, that I could do nothing with the geological collection until cabinets were first provided : these were accordingly sanctioned by the Society, but ordered by the Secretary from a native for less than he could afford to provide them for, the consequence is, that they still remain unfinished.* This is an instance of the ill effects of leaving the Curator dependant on the Secretary, or any one else, for things on which his own work depends; and as the circumstance is brought forward rather unfairly in the report of the Committee, I must be permitted to say, that had any member of that body required an easy chair, we may presume he would have obtained it at once, from the best cabinet maker, cost what it might.

14. There is but one name attached to the report which can be at all held responsible in a scientific point of view for the sentiments embodied in it, and although Dr. Wallich may fairly be exonerated as any great authority on the subject of Museums, yet his own experience ought to have suggested the difficulty of making monthly reports on subjects connected with Natural History, he himself finding a single report too much to accomplish in the five years, that have now elapsed since his return from Assam.

15. From what has taken place on this subject, I have been induced to refer to the rules of various Societies and Museums, in hopes of finding some rules laid down for the duties of Curators. You will doubtless be very much surprised to learn, that though in all cases the duties of Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and Secretaries are strictly laid down in bye-laws, yet Curators alone appear to be the only officers who are left altogether to conduct their duties according to the best of their judgment and acquirements. Were they not the chief authority in all things on which the advancement, arrangement, and preservation of collections of Natural History depend, how could they be held responsible for their charge ?

16. The antiquities may be safely left, as far as their “preservation ” is concerned, to the “honorary services of the oriental secretary, the librarian, and pundits,” but the natural history and geological departments must be left to a naturalist and geologist, for whose services the Society can have no security beyond his own reputation. Nothing could show the necessity of this more than the present attempt to reduce the Curator from that honorable and independent station which he fills in civilized countries, to a state of dependence on the caprice of Committees.

I have the honor to be,

Gentlemen,
Your most obedient servant,

J. M'CLELLAND. 28th Feb. 1810.

* Here Dr. M-Clelland is in ignorance of the facts, and consequently makes erroneous statements.-Eds.

The reading of Dr. M'Clelland's letter occasioned much amusement, and called forth some very pointed remarks from the President, Sir Edward Ryan; the Honorable Messrs. H. T. Prinsep and Wilberforce Bird; Mr. Torrens, and others. Messrs. Curnin and Bagshaw suggested that the consideration of the Report be postponed to the next Meeting, but both these gentlemen at the same time disclaimed any defence of the terms and tone of Dr. M.Clelland's letter.

It was than moved by Mr. Bird, seconded by Mr. Piddington, and carried with but treo dissentient voices, that the report be adopted, and that the Committee of Papers be empowered to act on the views it contains.

We are in possession of accurate reports of the observations made by the speakers on this occasion. We refrain from their insertion from motives which, in all probability, will be thoroughly mistaken by Dr. M'Clelland and his friends.--Eds.

ART. VI.--Meteorological Register, kept at the Surveyor General's Office, Calcutta, for the Month of February, 1840.

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30,000 66,8 60,0 59,5 Calm. Cirro-strati. ,018 67,7161,5 60,8 Calm. Scattered Clouds zen. clear.

,021 68,065,0 64,0 Calm. Clear. 29,998 64,5 58,057,9|Calm. Clear.

,972 68,8 63,0 63,5 Calm. Dense fog.
,960 69,5 64,0 63,9 Calm. Cloudy (Cirro-strati.)
,892 72,5 69,2 70,0 Calm. Scattered Clouds.

,917 73,0 70,5 71,0 N. E. Cloudy and foggy. 30,068 71,5 65,2 63,0 N. E. To the S. Cirro-strati.

,046 71,3 63,9 61,2 Calm. Cloudy (Cirro Cumuli.)

,000 60,9 62,0 62,0 N. E. Cirro-strati. 29,996 71,2 63,0 62,9 Calm. Clear.

,980 70,5 64,0 63,0 Calm. Cirro Cumuli interspd. zen. ,920 70,663,9 63,0|Calm. Clear. ,895 72,6 70,5 71,9 Calm. Dense fog. ,870 72,8 70,070,7 Calm. Cloudy and foggy.

907 72,7 69,0 68,0 Calm. Cloudy (Cirro Cumuli.) ,924 72,5 65,0 63,0|Calm. Clear. ,954 72,961,0 61,0 Calm. Clear. ,941 73,0 62,562,0|Calm. Clear.

,980 73,5 62,8/61,5 Calm. Clear. 30,000 72,9 66,0 65,5 Calm. Clear.

,000|72,5|61,2 62,5 Calm. Clear.
2016 74,2 69,069,0 Calm. Cloudy and foggy.

,040 73,0 74,1 70,0 N. Clear. ,056 72,076,0 70,0 N. Clear. ,056, 69,873,0 64,8 N. Clear. ,038 70,5 76,8 68,5 e. b. n. Clear. ,000 71,674,0° 72,0 N. Cloudy and Misty. ,004 72,4 75,8) 73,0 W... Cloudy, (Cumuli and Mists.) 29,940 74,0 78,175,8 W. Cloudy,

,992 74,5 81,075,2 N. E. Clear. 30,099 72,2 75,9 73,5 N. Clear.

,080| 72,2 72,2 66,5 N. Cloudy. ,056 71,9 75,0 69,5 N. E. Cloudy. ,049 73,079,0 71,5 N. Clear.

,022 73,2 81,072,9 enebe. Cirro Cumuli and Cirro-strati. 29,956 73,681,5 74,9 N. E. Clear.

9,38 76,4 80,0 75,9 s.b. w. Generally Clear.
,902 75,8 80,2 75,3 S. W. Cirro Cumuli.
,920 79,0 83,0 78,5 S. A few scattered Clouds.

,960 76,2 77,1 75,0 N. W. Clear. 30,020 77,0 82,8 72,0 N. W. Clear. 29,982 76,2 78,8 69,5 N. W. Clear 30,050 74,9 81,0 69,5 N. Clear.

,042 73,7 80,0 70,9 N. W. Clear. ,062 74,0 78,2 70,0 W. Clear. ,070 76,2 79,5 75,7 W. Clear.

,021 74,5 74,7 70,3 N. W. Clear. ,020 73,081,8 70,6 e. b. n. Clear. ,042 72,2 80,0) 69,9 N. Clear.

,021 74,981,4 70,0wnwbw Clear. 29,989 73,077,2 74,1 N. Cloudy and misty.

,990 74,077,5 73,9 W... Cumulo-strati. ,918 74,9 81,4 77,2 W. Cumuli detached (sunshine ,990 80,0 85,074,9 N. E. Clear.

occasionally ) 30,069 73,978,2 73,8 w.b.n. Clear.

,060 73,679,069,5 N. E. Cloudy, Cirro Cumuli.
,050 74,578,3 70,0 N. W. Cloudy, Light sunshine.
,036 75,483,4 74,1 w.b.n. Generally Clear.

,007 75,5 81,073,0 W. Generally Clear. 29,940 76,5 85,075, 1 N. W. Clear.

,918 80,8/85,9 77,2 S. W. Clear.
,888 78,885,0 76,8 w. b.s. Generally Clear.
,950 79,9 84,2 79,0 S. A few scattered Clouds.

,950 79,0 87,0 74,0 N. W. Clear. 30,000 78,983,5 73,2 N. W. Clear. 29,940 79,7 84,0 71,0 W. .. Clear. 30,044 76,6 86,2 73,9 N. W. Clear.

,040 75,9 85,2 72,9 N. W. Clear. ,044 74,879,8 72,0 N. W. Clear. ,053 78,2 81,9 78,9 W. Clear.

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,950 76,0 77,0 71,2 102,0 N. Clear. 2

,959 73,8 83,3 72,5 104,1 N. Clear,

,980 73,7 81,070,5 99,5 N. W. Clear. 4

,952 73,285,0 71,2 108,0 W.bn Clear. 5

,950 74,0 83,175,1 100,5 W.bN Cirro-Cumuli.

,910 76,585,9 77,8 109,9 W. Scattered Clouds. 7

,850 76,0 85, 1 79,2 N. W. Cloudy Cum. interspd.

9958 80,0 86,6 76,5 110,0 N. E. Clear. 9 30,020 75,8 83,9 75,0 104,6 N. Clear.

,000 74,8 78,8 70,8 N. W. Cloudy.
11 29,948 76,984,9 75,0 101,0 N. Cirro Strati.
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,966 76,5 85,577,0 110,0 N. Generally Clear.
,950 76,4 82,3 76,2 104,0 W. Clear.
,880 79,3 86,9 77,0 105,9 W. A few Cum. detached.
,865 81,5 90,0 79,5 111,0 S. W. Cumuli detached zen. clear.
,840 80,0 89,2 77,9 109,2 S. W. Clear.
,904 80,5 86,5 78,9 106,5 S. W. Clear.
,900 81,0 90,0 75,0 108,0 N. W. Clear.
,924 80,0 87,075,0 109,2 N. W. Clear,
,910 79,5 87,073,2 109,5 N, W. Clear.

,969 78,0 88,0 74,2 111,0 N. W. Clear.
30,000 77,887,5 73,5 109,2 N. W. Clear.

,014 76,5 84,4172,8 108,5 W. Clear.

29,982 80,491,2 80,0 109,2 W. Clear. 25

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,932 75,5 76,5 71,0 N. W. Clear. ,930 73,5 82,872,2 N.

Clear. ,960 73,980,0 69,5 N. W Clear. ,930 73,3 84,2 71,0 wnwbw Clear. ,930 74,0 82,9 75,0 N. W. Cirro-strati. ,900 76,2 84,9 77,5 W. Cumulo str. on the Hor. ,842 75,6| 83,5) 77,9 W.

Cloudy. ,948 78,0 84,6 75,5 N.

Clear. ,986 75,683,0| 74,8 N. ,980 74,6 78,0 70,1 N. W. Cirro-strati. ,948 76.0 81,073,0 N. W. Cloudy. ,953 77,0 86,0 78,8 N. Light Cirro-strati interspd. ,936 76,9 84,2 77,5 W. Clear. ,860 79,0 85,8 76,81 W. Clear. ,842 79,9 87,5 79,0 S. W. A few detached Cumuli. ,820 79,0 88,8 77,2 w.b.s. Clear. ,880 79,5 85,9|79,9 w. b. s. Clear. ,885 80,5 89,8 74,5 N. W. Clear. ,889 79,5186,374,7 N. W. Clear. ,892 78,2 86,5 72,7 w.b. n. Clear. ,944 77,5 87,274,5 N. W. Clear. ,962 77,5 86,8| 73,0 N. W. Clear. ,974177,0 83,5 72,5 N. W. Clear. ,960 80,0 88,2 79,5 W. Clear.

,940 74,872,81 65,9 Calm. Clear. ,936 73,074,0 67,0 Calm. Clear. ,966 73,5 75,1 67,5 Calm. Clear. ,938 73,0 76,2 68,0 Calm. Clear.

940 732 76,0 69,5 Calm. Cirro Strati. ,90874,2 77,9 70,0 Calm. Cumulo strati on the Hor. ,851 74,0 77,2 71,2 Calm. To the S. & S. E. Cumulo ,956 75,5 81,2 74,9 Calm. Clear. (str. lightning ,994 74,2 79,0 73,5 Calm. Clear. ,989 74,5 74,9 69,5 Calm. Cirro-Strati. [clear. ,970 74,9 77,2 71,4 Calm. Cirro-str. intersped. zen. ,964 75,2 80,2 73,5 Calm. Scattered clouds zen. clear. ,944 74,978,9 73,0 Calm. Clear. ,874 76,2 81,077,5 Calm. Clear. (85177,081,077,0 S..... Cirro-Strati. ,829 76,8 80,9 76,7 Calm. Clear. ,894 77,5 85,079,5 S..... Cirro-Strati. ,890 78,2 82,1 73,5 Calm. Clear, ,894 76,5 81,5 72,8 Calm Ciear, ,900 75,9 82,2 72,0 Calm. Clear. ,950 76,5 80,0 70,0 Calm. Clear. ,974 76,0 80,5 70,1 Calm. Clear. ,982 75,9 82,8 70,0 Calm. Clear, ,968 78,5 83,7, 74,2 Calm. Clear. ,950 80,0 85,4 77,2 Calm. Clear. ,929 80,5 86,079,0 Calm. Clear. ,920 81,0 87,5 81,2 Calm. Clear. ,919 81,2 89,5 76,5 Calm. Clear.

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Bhar and Simla, Remarks on the 1037 Countries, Memoir on the Cli Gold Dust and Diamonds at Heera mate, Soil, Produce and Husban

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1057 Alexander the Great's exploits on Grammar of the Pashtoo, or Affthe Western Banks of the Indus,

304
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Copper, found at Note on the dissection of the 408 Kumbhi in the Saugor Territory, Arsenical Poisons, On the detection

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147 Gunpowder under water, by the GalAssam, Extracts from the Narrative

vanic Battery, Memorandum on of an expedition into the Naga the Explosion of

851 territory of

445 Hatching, Egyptian system of ArtiAstronomical Instrument, presented

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38 by Ram Sing of Khota, to the Hindoos, Statistical record of the duGovernment of India, Description

ration of diseases in 13,019 fatal
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316 Azimghur, Report on the settlement Hindoo Females, Note by Dr. Kean of the ceded District of

77 of Moorshedabad, on Dr. Stewart's Birds, Distribution of European 21 Table of Mortality among

794 Birds, Two new species of Meruline 37 Hodgson, Mr., on Cuculus,

136 Bora Chung, or Ground Fish of Indian Cyprinidæ, Extracts from the Bootan, Note on the

551 As. Res. vol. xix. Part ii, on 650 Burke's, Dr., Report on the value Indian Hemp or Gunjah, Extract of Life among H. M's. troops in

from a Memoir on the preparaIndia, 48 tions of the

732, 838 Burmese Drama, translated by J. Iron ore of the district of Burdwan, Smith, Esq., Specimen of the 535 Note on the smelting of the

683 Camel Draught to Carriages, Docu Isinglass in Polynemus sele, Buch., 203

ments relative to the application of 591 Journey to Beylah, Account of a 184 Camel Litters for the Wounded, Journal of the Mission which visited 702 Bootan, in 1837-38,

208, 251 Coal and Iron Mines of Tálcheer and Journey from Calcutta to Sumbul

Ungool, &c. &c., Report on the .. i37 púr, and from thence to Mednipúr Coal Field of Tenasserim, Papers re

tbrough the Forests of Orissa, Aclative to the New

385 count of a

367, 474, 606, 671 Coel, and on the discovery of Isin Journal of a trip through Kunawur,

glass, Note on the habits of the .. 684 Hungrung, and Spiti, undertaken Copper Mine in Kumaon, Report on

in the year 1838,

901 the progress made up to the 1st Journal of Mission from the SuMay 1839, in opening the experi

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1016 Extracts from the Mohit (the ocean) Mahimnastava, or a Hymn to Shia Turkish work on Navigation in

355 the Indian seas, ..

823 March between Mhow and Saugor, Fissirostral Tribe, A new genus of the 35 1839,

805 Fossil Shells found in the Saugor Mechis, together with a Small Voca

and Nerbudda territories, Fifteen bulary of the Language, Note on
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623 Fossil Sites, on the Nerbudda, Note Medicine in Egypt, Memoir on the on various

950 Regeneration and actual state of 393 Gale and Hurricane in the Bay of Meteorological Table, 76, 158, 250, Bengal on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of

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