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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 11 Jan 1995 12:04:56 -0800
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"Gradgrindian details" is what Paul Schlicke has dubbed the
following report.  Nevertheless, I asked Joel Brattin to send it
along for us stay-at-homes.  Patience with the details was ever
a Dickensian characteristic, especially when some of the detail
touched on matters of interest.


     The twenty-fifth annual Dickens Society Business Meeting was called
to order by President Paul Schlicke on Thursday, 29 December 1994, at
1:45 PM, in the Coronado Room, San Diego Marriott.  There was no old

     The following nominees were presented for society offices in 1995,
replacing those whose terms expire at the end of 1994:
     President:  Bert G. Hornback (Bellarmine College)
     Vice President:  Philip Collins (University of Leicester)
     Secretary/Treasurer:  Joel J. Brattin (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
     New trustees:      Doris Alexander (Venice, Italy)
                        Nicola Bradbury (University of Reading)
                        Iain Crawford (Berry College)
                        John Cunningham (Hollins College)
     The program chair for 1995 is Hilary Schor (University of Southern

     Secretary/Treasurer Joel J. Brattin presented the financial
statement, as follows, for fiscal 1994:

                Dickens Society of America
                        Balance Sheet
                Fiscal Year:  14 December 1993 to 15 December 1994

                                        1993:           1994:
Subscriptions                           $4,020.00       $5,110.00(1)
Dues                                     4,231.00        2,680.00(2)
Contributions                              535.00          335.45
Sale of offprints and labels                85.00          120.00(3)
Back order sales                            55.00          570.00
Advertising                                450.00          500.00
Refund from dinner advance                 582.00          165.20(4)
Account interest received                   12.91           15.34
Reprint permissions                         -----        2,800.00(5)

Totals:                                 $9,970.91      $12,295.99

(1) Includes $1,920 for future years ($1,590 in 1993).  Includes cash
reports from 2 January 1994 through 2 December 1994.
(2) Includes $220 for future years ($1,096 in 1993).  Includes cash
reports from 2 January 1994 through 2 December 1994.
(3) $60 for offprints; $60 for labels.
(4) Figures are for the dinners held in 1992 and 1993, respectively.
(5) $2,500 for electronic rights; $300 for conventional rights.

                                        1993:           1994:
Printing of *Dickens Quarterly*         $11,102.97      $8,430.07(6)
Copyright of *Dickens Quarterly*             60.00          80.00(7)
Stationery and office expense                 7.03          -----
Postage                                     553.29         757.54
State of Illinois Tax Exempt                  5.00           5.00
Essay Prize                                 100.00         100.00
CELJ Membership                              30.00          30.00
Bank Charges                                 44.25         145.03
Computer searches                            52.40          -----

Totals:                                 $11,954.94      $9,547.64

(6) Includes December '93 to September '94 issues, plus $109.71 for
(7) Includes December '93 to September '94 issues.

a) Net worth, 13 December 1993          $   274.91
b) Income, fiscal year 1994             $12,295.99
c) Net worth 13 Dec '93 + income '94    $12,570.90
d) Expenditures, fiscal year 1994       $ 9,547.64
e) Net worth, 15 December 1994          $ 3,023.26

Balance in Dickens Society account:     $ 3,023.26

     After reading and discussing a detailed memo from *Dickens
Quarterly* editor David Paroissien, the members present at the meeting
moved a vote of thanks to Professor Robert H. Miller, chair of the
English Department of the University of Louisville, for the many years of
support given to the journal, and recommended transferring the production
of *Dickens Quarterly* from Louisville, Kentucky, to Amherst,
Massachusetts, suggesting that the editor evaluate bids from competing
local firms.  Members also approved the transfer of responsibility for
maintaining the subscriptions list from Louisville to the English
Department at Rutgers University, under Barry V. Qualls's supervision,
and commended both David Paroissien and Barry V. Qualls for their fine
work for the Dickens Society.

     The night of the Business Meeting, the Society's members met for the
annual Dickens Dinner, this year at the California Cafe.  President Paul
Schlicke offered the annual toast.  The Society's members are
particularly grateful to Barry V. Qualls for organizing this delightful

Worcester Polytechnic Institute                 Joel J. Brattin