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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 70  1956  page 2
The Origin and First Hundred Years of the Society
By Frank W. Jessup, Honorary General Secretary   continued

a measure was scarcely practicable. There was a good deal that might be said in favour of Bish Webb’s proposal: the two counties are contiguous, they have a number of topographical features and historical experiences in common, they both enjoy a close association with London, and it could fairly be argued that one society for the combined counties would be more powerful than two separate societies.
   However, people of Kent are not renowned for lack of amour propre, and even if Bish Webb’s proposition had been put to Larking with the utmost tact it is unlikely that it would have commended itself to him. In fact, Bish Webb seems to have shown more zeal than tact, and Larking replied at once to the Surrey overture that be could not believe in the impracticability of a Kent Society, and that his first services were to his native county. On the same day Larking ‘wrote to Lord Amherst of Montreal, Riverhead, and to Mr. Hussey of Scotney, urging the establishment of an independent Kent Society; he secured the support of Lord Camden of Wildernesse; and he saw Lord and Lady. Falmouth, whose private chaplain he was, and persuaded them to invite a few prominent and interested people to come to Mereworth Castle to establish a Kent Society. The meeting was fixed for a day towards the end of August and, having made this amount of progress, Larking wrote again to Bish Webb, asking him to hold his hand, because of the probable formation of a Kent Society. 

Nevertheless, Bish Webb continued to canvass support for. his proposal amongst Kentish people, assuring them that no Kent Society was practicable. 
   Larking, meanwhile, canvassed for his proposal with a vigour which can only command respect, tinged with a slightly envious surprise at the amount of time that a mid-nineteenth century country parson was able to devote to duties other than parochial and domestic. He got the promise of assistance from that redoubtable antiquary Charles Roach Smith, who nevertheless firmly declined to take the Secretary-ship, and indeed hesitated to join any Society after his experience of the British Archeo1ogical Association (a reference to the unfortunate secession of a large number of members of that Association, within a year of its foundation, to establish the separate Archeologica1 Institute); the Reverend Beale Poste of Bydews, Maidstone, consented to join the Society, but "foretells small success to us"; and Larking put a notice in the Maidstone Journal informing "the County that an Independent Society was on the tapis." Unluckily the notice was altered before being printed (the printer may have had some difficulty with Larking’s writing, or perhaps the editor thought the wording colourless and in need of invigoration), so that Bish Webb’s party was referred to as "interlopers""—"thus making the passage actually offensive, and very different from what I really wrote," as Larking recorded in his Journal. -

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