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WOODALL, MINSHALL, & Co.,

PRINTERS, ETC.,

OSWALD ROAD AND BAILEY Ꮋ Ꭼ Ꭺ Ꭰ ,

OSWESTRY.

ILLUSTRATIONS.

Portrait of Charles Darwin

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The Mount, Shrewsbury (where Darwin was born)

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Old Shrewsbury School (where Darwin was educated)...
Lagoon Island

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Down House (where Darwin lived for forty years)

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Standard Brass Weight, dug up at Newport, Co. Salop
Autographs-Thomas Asheton. Oliver Mathews.

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Plan, &c., of the Old Field near Ludlow

Plan, &c., of the Chapel at Felton near Ludlow

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THE Council of the Shropshire Archeological and Natural History Society in presenting their Report for the past year congratulate the members on the highly satisfactory character of the Transactions, which, owing to the admirable papers that continue to be received and the able editorship of the Rev. W. A. Leighton, maintain their position as worthy of the Society.

Advantageous exchanges of Transactions have been made with the following Societies:

Cumberland and Westmoreland Archæological and Antiquarian
Society.

Essex Field Club.

London and Middlesex Archæological Society.

Powys-Land Club.

Society of Antiquaries of London.

Surrey Archæological Society.

Leicester Architectural and Archæological Society.

Somerset Archæological Society.

Royal Archæological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.

Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Sussex Archæological Society.

Yorkshire Archæological and Topographical Association.

As the time has nearly arrived for transferring our valuable museum to the Old School Buildings, purchased by the joint committee, comprising members of the Shrewsbury Town Council and members of this Society, with funds generously contributed by the Town and County, it may not be out of place to briefly recall its past history. By a happy coincidence next year will be the jubilee year of its foundation. In June, 1835, the first donation, consisting of several fine specimens of fossil plants, was presented by the late Dr. Du Gard, and in the following November the late Venerable Archdeacon Butler, D.D., F.R.S., &c., then Master of Shrewsbury School, and afterwards Lord Bishop of Lichfield, the first president, delivered the inaugural address. A code of rules was drawn up and the name, "The Shropshire and

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