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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 70  1956  page 14
The Origin and First Hundred Years of the Society

By Frank W. Jessup, Honorary General Secretary   continued

has just died in the Zoological Gardens." So, if it had not been that Landseer wanted a model for his Trafalgar Square lions, the Society’s badge might have been designed by Landseer himself. As it was, Smith finally sent a thawing which met with the approval of Larking and his advisers, and which the engraver was able to copy successfully.’ Larking, by getting the three Ladies Nevill to meet the cost (this is the true meaning of the ambiguous note which appears on page 22 of Volume I), was able to get himself out of the predicament that he had placed himself in vis-d-vis Willement, who gracefully withdrew his design in favour of that of the ladies.
   These delays, the dilatoriness of the printer (Larking was constantly going to London to "quicken the printer," "to stir them all to immediate activity," "to hurry (or should it read harry?) the printer," or was writing "angry" or "very angry" letters to the printer’s agent), the complications of having to deal separately with block-makers, engravers, and lithographers, and the usual editorial problem of getting authors to correct proofs quickly, meant that Volume I of Archaeologia Cantiana, as it was decided to call the Society’s publications, did not appear until towards the end of July, 1859, almost on the eve of the second Annual General Meeting. As Larking was still making alterations to the proof of Brewer’s preface as late as about 5th July, the printers, in the end, must have moved with exceptional 

speed for the volume to be "out" by 20th July. The Saturday Review gave the Society’s publication an unfavourable notice, but, on the other hand, it inspired a highly satisfactory article in the Gentleman’s Magazine.
The Second Annual General Meeting was held at Rochester on 3rd and 4th August, 1859. Lord Stanhope suggested that the company should dine in a tent at Kit’s Coty House, but neither then nor since has the Society adopted the idea, more remarkable perhaps for its romanticism than for its practicality. By this time the Society numbered 696 members, of whom no less than 400 were present at the Rochester meeting. After the formal business had been disposed of on the first day, the company toured the Cathedral, the Castle, and the city walls; attended Divine Service in the Cathedral at 3 p.m.; to the number of 250 sat down to dinner at 5 p.m. in a marquee erected in the castle garden; at 8 p.m. enjoyed an exhibition of antiquities at the Deanery, which were explained for two hours by Roach Smith; and at 10 p.m. returned to the Cathedral for a full choral service. This must surely have been a full day, and it exhausted poor Larking, who was often in ill-health. However, the next day, if anything, was even more strenuous: it began with three interesting and learned papers read at Rochester during the morning (a fourth being omitted for want of time),

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