THE last volume of the Society’s Transactions appeared in 1953 and included A papers delivered up to the end of 1951. The present volume includes papers delivered up to the end of the 1954-55 session. Five years intervene therefore between Vols. XVII and XVIII in spite of the hope expressed in the Preface to the former that in future the interval would not exceed two years. Unfortunately, the financial resources of the Society render this impracticable and it is necessary to wait until a sufficient number of papers have accumulated to justify the issue of a volume.
The number of papers delivered during the 1955-6 and 1956-7 sessions which will be available for publication happens not to be large, and the next volume of Transactions may therefore be expected about 1959.

Albert M. Hyamson

Since the appearance of Volume XVII of Transactions, the Society suffered the grievous loss of its

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