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It met again in 1853 when the first and only By-Laws of the Institution were passed. These By-Laws regulated future meetings of the establishment but they have been observed only once, in 1854. A few more "adjourned meetings" were held in 1854, but no further regular meeting until 1877, even though Secretary Henry reported in 1862 that "he had regularly given notice to the members, no meetings had lately been held."

On May 5, 1877, the last meeting of the Establishment was held. This makes a total of eight meetings, four "Annual" or regular meetings and four "adjourned meetings." Further attempts to hold meetings were made throughout the 19th century but the lack of attendance made such meetings impossible. The rather plaintive report on the Establishment in Baird's Annual Report of 1881 indicates the futility of trying to hold meetings as the heads of executive agencies began to assume greater responsibilities.
No further meetings of the Establishment have been held, and it is doubtful that any have been called in this century. The reason lies simply in the growth of the size of the executive departments and the attendant responsibilities of their heads.

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