On the 22nd November, 1847, a number of gentlemen
met in the Royal Irish Academy, Grafton Street,when it
was unanimously resolved, on the motion of Captain T.
A. Larcom, R.E.: "That a Society be established to be
called The Statistical Society of Dublin." The office
bearers then elected were:?President: The Most Rev.
Richard Whately, D.D., Archbishop of Dublin; Vice-Presidents:
Captain T. A. Larcom, E.E., and Mountiford
Longfield, Q.C., LL.D.; Hon. Secretaries: James A. Lawson,
LLB., and W. Neilson Hancock, LL.B.; and Hon.
Treasurer: Stewart Blacker. The object of the Society
was "to promote the study of Statistics and Economical
Knowledge" by means of written communications to be
read at meetings of the Society, and it was expressly
stipulated that "no communication shall be received by
the Society involving topics likely to produce discussions
connected with religious differences or party politics".