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ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY (ROYAL), SOMERSET HOUSE. Instituted 1820, "for the Encouragement and Promotion of Astronomy;" and incorporated by royal charter, dated March 7th, 1st of Will. IV. Entrance-money, 2l. 2s. Annual general meeting, second Friday in February. Medal awarded every year. The Society has a small but good mathematical library, and a few astronomical instruments. In the Council-room is a three-quarter portrait of Mr. Baily, by T. Phillips, R.A.

Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850