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(BEING A REPRINT OF THE INTRODUCTORY ESSAY TO
The Browning Society
Committee. * * *
PREESNTED TO THE FIRST ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY, HELD AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON, ON FRIDAY,
JULY 7, 1882.
§ 1. The Society's Fulfilment of its | $ 5. Recitations and Browning ReadPurpose, p. 1.
ing parties, p. 4. § 2. The Amount of its Subscription, | $ 6. The change from Public Meetings p. 2.
to Private ones, p. 4. § 3. The Society's future Income, I § 7. The Society's Rules, and its
Officers for 1882-3, p. 5, 6. § 4. The Society's next year's Work, § 8. Miscellaneous, p. 7.
p. 3. § 1. The Members of the Browning Society may look with gratification on the results of their first year's work.
The Prospectus of the Society issued by its Founders in July, 1881, said:
“This Society is founded to gather together some, at least, of the many admirers of RGBERT BROWNING, for the study and discussion of his works, and the publication of Papers on them, and extracts from works ilustrating them. The Society will also encourage the formation of Browning Reading-Clubs, the acting of Browning's dramas my amateur companies, the writing of a Browning Primer, the compilation of a Browning Concordance or Lexicon, and gener
ally the extension of the study and influence of the poet.” All these objects have been in fair degree attaind. The Society has gatherd together some of the Poet's admirers, some of those best known in the land, and among them some of his oldest and truest friends.
It has led them afresh to study and discuss his works. / It has publisht Papers on those works, extracts illustrating them, and- mainly by Mr. Furnivall's kindness-a Bibliography off them, and it has in the press its First Part of its PhotographPlustrations of the Poems. į It has encouraged, nay, caused, the formation of Browning Societies and Browning Reading-Clubs at Oxford, Cambridge, Girton, Newnham, Bradford, Cheltenham, and Philadelphia.
It has procured the acting of Colombe's Birthday, and the i promise of another play's performance in the provinces next autumn; and it has given one of its own Extra Meetings to a successful set of Readings, Recitations, and Browning Songs.
It has secured the writing of a Browning Primer (by Mrs. | Sutherland Orr), and the publication of it, when ready, by Messrs. George Bell and Sons, who have also undertaken, through the Society's means, the publishing of Mr. F. May