The lines upon which the scheme is drawn are the provision of medical relief by small weekly payments for all between the pauper class and those who can afford to pay the usual fees, and the formation of a Company which will arise 1 pound shares and advance to the Provident Dispensaries Association the funds necessary for their preliminary expenditure. It is also hopes that some portion of the funds of the endowed charities of the City of London may be made available for assisting this project. The movement, whether this scheme be adopted or not, is now likely to be self-supporting from the outset and to have the powerful support of the Friendly Societies. It is now entirely independent of this Society, but its presento position is maily due to the Medical Committee, and more especially to Sir Charles Trevelyan. Since 1872 the subject has been continually brought to the notice od the public, meetings have been held, and papers circulated. It will be obvious that a Society which has laboured so heartily for a reform so closely affecting the self-dependence of the artisan and labouring classes, cannot be acting in a spirit alien to their social interests. ... The Council hope that the true bearings of the Society's work will soon become known to the working classes and will win their active support.

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