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OF

CIVIL ENGINEERS.

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS,

SESSION 1839.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY JOHN WEALE,

59, HIGH HOLBORN.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY A. sweeting, 15, BARTLETT'S BUILDINGS, HOLBORN.

ADVERTISEMENT.

THE Institution is not, as

a body, responsible for the

facts and opinions advanced in the following abstracts

of the papers read, and of the conversations which took place at the Meetings of the last Session.

INSTITUTION

OF

CIVIL ENGINEERS.

SESSION 1839.

ANNUAL REPORT.

It is with feelings of the greatest satisfaction that the Council Annual Report. invite the attention of this Meeting to the following Report, the presentation of which terminates the trust confided to them by the last Annual General Meeting.

The twentieth year of the proceedings of the Institution has been marked by events of considerable importance, furnishing the strongest evidence of the steady progress and success which have attended the labours of the Council, aided as they have been by the unanimous co-operation of the general body. To meet on the present occasion under circumstances more favourable than perhaps attend any similar society, is most gratifying;—but the gratification stops not here: to form a proper estimate of your present condition, it is necessary to contrast that of earlier years with the steadily increasing progress of the last. In fulfilling the more extensive duties consequent on this progress, as well as on the many important changes which have taken place, the Council have always been deeply sensible of the high responsibility committed to them, and that their endeavours have been well directed, will, they trust, be apparent from the present report; to the details of which they now solicit your careful attention.

The hopes which were at the last Annual Meeting held out New respecting the present premises, have been more than fully realized. Premises. The kindness of the Commissioners of Compensation in resigning at Midsummer that portion of the premises in which the more important alterations were to be made, has enabled the Council to commence the Session in the present place; and though the repairs be yet incomplete, the Council believe they will be completed ere the Institution again meets. The alterations and repairs will be

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