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Objects of the Victoria Institute.

First. To investigate fully and impartially the most important questions of Philosophy and Science, but more especially those that bear upon the great truths revealed in Holy Scripture, with the view of defending these truths against the oppositions of Science, falsely so called.

Second. To associate together men of Science and authors who have already been engaged in such investigations, and all others who may be interested in them, in order to strengthen their efforts by association; and by bringing together the results of such labours, after full discussion, in the printed Transactions of an Institution, to give greater force and influence to proofs and arguments which might be regarded as comparatively weak and valueless, or be little known, if put forward merely by individuals.

Third. To consider the mutual bearings of the various scientific conclusions arrived at in the several distinct branches into which Science is now divided, in order to get rid of contradictions and conflicting hypotheses, and thus promote the real advancement of true Science; and to examine and discuss all supposed scientific results with reference to final causes, and the more comprehensive and fundamental principles of Philosophy proper, based upon faith in the existence of one Eternal God, who in His wisdom created all things very good.

Fourth. To publish Papers read before the Society in furtherance of the above objects, along with verbatim reports of the discussions thereon, in the form of a Journal, or as the Transactions of the Institute.

Fifth.-When subjects have been fully discussed, to make the results known by means of Lectures of a more popular kind, to which ladies will be admissible; and to publish such Lectures.

Sixth. To publish English translations of important foreign works of real scientific and philosophical value, especially those bearing upon the relation between the Scriptures and Science; and to co-operate with other philosophical societies at home and abroad, which are now or may hereafter be formed, in the interest of Scriptural truth and of real science, and generally in furtherance of the objects of this Society.

Seventh. To found a Library and Reading Rooms for the use of the Members and Associates of the Institute, combining the principal advantages of a Literary Club.

Terms of Membership, &c.

The Objects of the Victoria Institute being of the highest importance both to Science and Religion, while they are such as have not been attempted to be attained by any previously existing scientific society, it is anticipated that when its establishment is known, it will receive the most liberal support by gifts and donations from friends, and be joined by large numbers of Members and Associates.

The annual subscription for Members is now Two Guineas each; with One Guinea Entrance Donation.

The annual subscription of 1st and 2nd class Associates (ladies being eligible) is Two Guineas or One Guinea each, without any Entrance Fee.

Life Members to pay Twenty Guineas; and Life Associates, first or second class, to pay Twenty or Ten Guineas, respectively, in lieu of the above Annual Subscriptions.

Vice-Patrons (ladies or gentlemen) to pay not less than Sixty Guineas each, as a Donation to the funds of the Institute.

** All who join the Society as Members must be professedly Christians.

On 31st December, 1866, the Foundation Lists were closed. Members now admitted will be required to pay an Entrance Donation of One Guinea, as above stated; but they will receive the first two numbers of the Journal of Transactions (published in 1866) gratis. Associates (1st and 2nd class) will obtain these Journals on payment of 2s. 6d. for each number.

New Members and Associates, however, who are desirous of being upon the Foundation Lists, although they have not applied for admission till after 31st December, 1866, may be so elected by the Council, upon the understanding that they shall pay the annual subscription for the year 1866 as well as that for 1867.

Further particulars will be furnished upon application to the Honorary Secretaries or Clerk at the Office, 9, Conduit Street, Regent Street, London, W.

** All Applications for admission and general correspondence (as to papers proposed to be read, &c) should be addressed to the Honorary Secretaries of the Institute, and all Remittances of donations or subscriptions to the Honorary Treasurer, at the Office, 9, Conduit Street, Regent Street, London, W.

Cheques to be crossed to Messrs. Ransom, Bouverie, & Co., Bankers, 1, Pall Mall East, London, S.W.


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