|Alternative reference number||NLB/12 p147|
|Title||Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Henry B Wheatley, Society of Arts, John Street, Adelphi, W.C.|
|Date||24 January 1896|
|Description||Rix reports that the Statute, by which the President was to be covered when in the Chair, was repealed alongside a number of others on 2 July 1891. He regretted the removal of this 'picturesque' Statute and communciated this to the 'Athenaeum' at the time.|
The Royal Society's Statutes now differ from those with which Wheatley will be familiar, and Rix explains that three years were spent changing them. He believes the alterations 'amounted to a revolution in form, though very little effect...in the conduct of the Society'. Rix suggests the great change to the Society has been produced by other means.