extensive practice.1 James Crosby, F.S.A., of London, a
well-wisher to both counties, tried to bring about a compromise. Larking
offered to express his regret for anything he had done to offend Bish Webb—
"anything for the sake of peace"—but nothing seems to have
come of Crosby’s efforts.
And so the meeting called for 22nd October took place: Crosby
wrote Larking a long account of it, which is thus recorded in the
"The weather was terrific and only 15 were present.
Crosby’s suggestion that a Kent Society being now formed, it would be
impertinent in Surrey to interfere, was scouted, as was also the list of
our 215 Members, including the chief men of the County, gathered in one
month. A Resolution was proposed for carrying the Junction into effect—Crosby
moved an amendment, to the effect that the attempt at amalgamation was
needless and ungracious, and thanking the Surrey people for having aroused
Kent to action. The amendment was lost, there being 7 for and 8 against.
The Original motion was then put, when oddly enough that was lost too
(neither the proposer nor the seconder voting for their own motion); there
being 7 for, and 8 against it— so ‘there is an end of it’ says
Crosby—I doubt, seeing the
mood of Webb—my prophecy, however, thus far is true:
Crines pulvere collivit’
—though in the past tense it don’t exactly scan . . . nei
could that selfwilled, headstrong, reckless man scan his task and
capabilities—’ adulteros crines pulvere coffivit ‘—peace be with him—and
if he attempts to revenge himself by fresh assaults, as I fully expect that
he will—mark me, his second fall will be heavier and fouler than the
Thus the threat of what, to Larking, appeared to be little short of
annexation by Surrey seemed to have been disposed of. Now he could get on
with the affairs of the Society, and deal with its own, internal, problems,
of which perhaps the most serious was the dilatoriness of the printer to
whom was entrusted the printing of the many circulars which at this time
Larking was sending out by the hundred. His exasperation with the printer is
only too plain—" that’ man is incurable," "helpless and
hopeless," "arousing from his slumbers and blunders,"
"his paltry excuses about the delays," are a few of the entries in
But a more sinister entry appears on 12th November: "The
1 For this
information I am indebted to our member and very good friend, Mr. A. W. G.
Lowther, F.S.A., the present Honorary Secretary of the Surrey Archaeo1ogica1