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The inaugural meeting of the Medical Society of London took place on 19 May 1773 in the home of Nathaniel Hulme who was the first of the ten founder members to sign the obligation book. Hulme was appointed Librarian, Edward Ford Secretary, Lettsom Treasurer and John Millar the Societies first President.
Later in May 1773 the Society met in The Queen’s Arms, Newgate Street. However, the rent was too expensive at over 10 guineas per annum. They continued to look for suitable premises and in July 1774 the Society signed a lease for a house in Crane Court.
The Society soon built up a library. In addition decisions were taken to publish members work; a gold medal was offered as an incentive to original dissertations; that Honorary and corresponding members should form a proportion of the membership and James Sims should give the Society’s first Oration.