Shortly before the adjournment, at Berlin, of the International
Statistical Congress, a question arose of considerable interest in
respect to their next place of meeting, in the year 1865 or 1866.
Several of the Delegates, and especially from Southern Europe,
urged the claims of Turin, in Italy, while others advocated
Berne, in Switzerland. In participating in this debate, the under¬
signed adverted to the fact, that the preceding sessions had been
held at Brussels, at Paris, at Vienna, and at London, and the
then present session at Berlin; all in the capitals of the older
nations of Europe, of mature growth, within fixed and definite
limits, and presenting statistical features correspondingly fixed
and definite; and that the time had come for the Statistical Con¬
gress to convene in one of the new and more progressive nations.
In that view, he supported the claim of Russia, as being a na¬
tion at once old and new, furnishing the statistics not only of
an established Power, but of a rapidly expanding Continental
Empire, rendered still more interesting by its recent compre¬
hensive and truly imperial measure of emancipating, at a single
stroke, and raising to the dignity of freemen and landholders,
many millions of its people.
According to usage in preceding Congresses, the selection of
the next place of meeting, devolves on a local committee at
Berlin, after generally gathering the opinions of members ; but
from the feeling manifested in behalf of Russia, it is believed
that the next Congress will convene at St. Petersburg.
Soon after the adjournment of the Congress at Berlin, the
undersigned proceeded to Russia, for the purpose, as stated in his
communication of Jfeer 14th; df SeBtember, of obtaining trust-