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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 70  1956  page 5
The Origin and First Hundred Years of the Society

   By Frank W. Jessup, Honorary General Secretary  continued

as Original Members, without the ballot. Canvassing went on vigorously, and within a few weeks the Archbishop of Canterbury, Viscount Sydney (Lord Lieutenant), Lord De L’Isle and Dudley, Lord Hardinge, Lord Stanhope, the Bishop of Rochester, Sir Edmund Filmer, M.P., Sir Norton Knatchbull, M.P., A. J. B. Beresford Hope, M.P., and the Rev. Professor A. S. Stanley were amongst those who had joined the Society. Perhaps it was the almost overwhelming support of the nobility that caused Lord Falmouth, in a letter to Larking on 4th October, 1857, to advocate a more energetic canvass of the Middle Classes. Help came from many quarters: Notes and Queries gave a complete page to the Kent Society, Larking noting in his Journal:
"I dined with my good friend Thoms, and when sufficiently primed for work, with good Falernian, we sketched out the article." The present-day Secretary of the Society, unhappily, must sketch out his articles with less adequate preparation.
   But in spite of this evident and gratifying progress, Larking was still worried about Bish Webb and his intentions. On 1st October he records: "The dogged perseverance and malevolence with which this man prosecutes his antagonism is incredible. He rests neither day nor night. With him the whole affair is one of rivalry . . . He is madly bent on carrying his union, ‘per fas et nefas’ 1—again, I say, Let him go on

               ‘tamen—sevus adulteros
               Crines pulvere polluet ‘2—mark that."

Moreover, within the county there were some—no doubt those who were aggrieved at not having been invited to the Mereworth Castle meeting—who referred to the Kent Society as a "Hole and Corner Affair." The United Counties Society committee, it was discovered, were to meet on 22nd October to consider further the proposal for a junction of Surrey with Kent. The Editor of the Illustrated London News urged Kent to independent action: "If Kent goes into coupling chains, in this matter, with Surrey, we shall expect to hear that a wind, for the occasion, has unroofed its earliest antiquity, Kit’s Coty House." Larking suspected that Bish Webb’s motive was a sordid, financial one, that he wanted to create for himself a salaried post as Secretary of a large Extra Metropolitan Archaeological Society. Here Larking was almost certainly wrong, for Bish Webb was an architect with an

1 By hook or by crook.
2 "Yet still shall the tyrant sully
In dust his lustful locks."
A misquotation of Horace, Odes, I, xv, 19-20. Polluet is evidently a slip for collines; see the repetition of the quotation on p. 6, although the perfect of collino is collevi, not collivi. This may be pedantry, but Larking would have approved of it.

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