The fifty-ninth session of this Association met this year for the second time in the Granite City of Scotland—Aberdeen. Nineteen years ago was held its session here under the Presidency of the Prince Consort. This year Sir Lyon Playfair presided, and read his address on Wednesday evening to an audience of about 3,000, gathered in the Music Hall, complimenting in the very highest terms last year's meeting at Montreal. His paper was lengthy, taking in a wide range of practical thought. He maintained, and gave figures in proof, that England was behind several other nations in appropriating funds for educational and scientific purposes, and referred warmly to Washington's farewell address as salutary advice on the importance of popular and scientific education —quoting his language. The convention is divided into eight Sections, the mention of which will give an idea of the scope of study. 1. A—Mathematical and Physical Sciences; 2.