President’s Address

Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. XXIV (1892), pp. 25-41.


A. H. A. Hamilton, Esq., M.A., J.P., C.C.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Devonshire Association’s Presidential Address was delivered at its July 1892 Plymouth meeting. The notion that society can be studied in a standardized and objective manner, with scholarly rules and methodology, is a comparatively recent one. Mr Hamilton’s Speech is an interesting example of late Victorian era “Social Economics and Statistics”. His object was to examine “signs, or indicators of the times” and to this end he focuses on the economics of England’s “labouring classes,” particularly on their need for better, or more modern housing. The Association President for 1892 was noted historian Alexander Henry Abercromby Hamilton of Fairfield Lodge, Topsham, Exeter. Educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, he was for many years a prolific contributor to the Association’s Transactions and a reasonably prolific author. The Presidential Address, from a copy of a rare journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Bacon, Sir Francis 38
Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine 26
Bellars, John 31
Blackmore, Mr.Richard Doddridge 26
Bowring, Sir John 25
Cæsar, Julius 38
Cain 34
Canning, Mr.George 36
Charles II, King 31
Columbus, Christopher 38
Elizabeth I, Queen 27, 31
Froude, Mr. James Anthony 26
Glover, Mr. J. 41
Goldsmith, Oliver 32, 34
Harpley, Rev. W. 25
Henry VIII, King 32
Horace 32, 34
James I, King 27, 31
Johnson, Dr. Samuel 27, 38
Kingsley, Canon Charles 26, 30-1
Levi, Professor Leone 33
Louis XIV, King 34
Malthus, Dr. Thomas Robert 33
Napoleon 34, 38, 41
Pengelly, Mr William 25
Reynolds, Sir Joshua 32
Scott, Sir Walter 26
Tennyson, Alfred Lord 33
Victoria, Queen 27, 37
Young, Arthur 30, 36