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THE SOCIAL SCIENCE CONGRESS. A meeting of the executive committee was held on Friday, at Manchester, in the; Mayor's Parlour; Mr. Alderman Neild presiding. There were present the Mayors of Manchester and Salford, Messrs. Steinthal, W. Fairbairn, Oats, Phillips, Richardson, Bremner, H R. Forrest, Heron, and R. M'Kerrow. The minutes of the former meeting were read and confirmed. Mr. Steinthal reported that the Earl of Shaftesbury bad undertaken the presidency of the association. He ha.d received a telegram from [London intimating that his lordship was willing tN receive a deputation, and requesting some one to go up from Manchester to join the deputation. Mr. Maclure and himself ac- cordingly went up, and he was glad to say they had obtained his lordship's consent (hear, hear). A letter had also been received from Mr. Dudley Field, of New York, who had recently been engaged in codi- fying the laws of the state of New York, accepting the "office of president in the International Law Section, and stating that he would come over to England expressly to attend the meeting. Judge Marvin, of New York, had declined the office. Mr. Austin Bruce had also consented to take the presi- dency of the educational section, and Sir James Kay Shuttloworth had accepted the presidency of the economy department. That completed the list of presidents of departments, with the exception of jurisprudence; but the secretary had written to him to say that he hoped to have an answer shortly from a gentleman, with whom he was in communication, in < reference to the presidency of that department. Since their last meeting, the guarantee fund had not in creased very much, owing, perhaps, to the present com- mercial pressure; but Mr. Harter had sent in a dona- tion of £ 100 towards the guarantee fund. They must now go on rather more actively on that point. The first advertisement of the programme of proceedings had been published, and would be repeated once or twice until the list of officers was completed, when a better advertisement would appear. With regard to railway accommodation, answers had been received from the North Lancashire Steam Navigation Company, the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, the Belfast Steam Navigation Company, the Caledonian Railway Company, the Glasgow and Liverpool Steam Navigation Company, the Manchester, Sheffield, and I Lincolnshire Railway Company, the Great Northern Railway Company, and the Midland Railway Company, all of whom had granted the privilege to members and associates, on producing vouchers, to take return tickets at a single fare, first and second class. The London and North-Western Railway Company had acknowledged the receipt of their letter on the subject, and stated that it would be brought before the direc- tors at their next meeting; and he had no doubt that matter would be satisfactorily arranged. A preliminary prospectus of the association would be issued in a few days, with a list of the officers of the association, the special subjects for discussion, the secretaries' names, and the regulations concerning papers, subscriptions, and membership. This circular would be largely sent out in Manchester, and he hoped it would be the means of helping the guarantee fund. Mr. Oats suggested that in the circular'1 something should be said as to the use to which the subscriptions would be applied. It seemed to be thought that the subscriptions went to pay the local expenses, whereas it should be understood that they were applied to de- fray the cost of printing the tram,actions, emd the general expenses of the association. Mr. Steinthal said it would be well that it should be known that this committee did not touch one farthing of the subscriptions, which wauL!. go to London to pay the regular expenses of the association. All the expense of rooms, advertising, printing, and entertain- ing members of the association while in Manchester, would be borne by the local committee, and it was for that purpose that they required the guarantee fend, Mr. Steinthal read a letter which he had received from the secretary, in which he said: "If your capitalists will give the congress a frank support, I be- lieve now that it will be one of the best yet'held. The papers promise to be some of the best and strongest ever sent in for any of our meetings." Some other matters of detail, as the providing of refreshments at the evening assemblies, &c., were en- trusted to the sub-committee, and it was agreed that the general committee should be called together on the earliest practicable day for the purpose of hearing a report as to the progress made, and receiving Mr. Clay, one of the secretaries in London. The meeting then adjourned.

THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

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