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be more than one day of execution ? Judge P. ought to have thought of this, but he did n't. If C' App's dont decide before 2nd Dec? I 'll bang Brown. If they do & sustain sentence will it not be best to postpone his ext" with the rest. He ought to be hung between two negroes & there ought n't to be two days of excitement. Again it gives Legislature the opportunity of uniting with Executive in hanging Brown. Another question. Ought I to be there? It might possibly be necessary in order to proc: M. law. Say to Co' Davis that I have ordered him to act as Commissary Gen' for all the troops in Jefferson and he must remain & act until we are through. The Gov' may pay out of contingent fund & I gave M' Brown the forms of U. S. army t’ other day, shall of course call on Gen' Assembly for an appropriation the first week. The guards must be kept up until 16th Dec. Watch Harper's Ferry people. Watch, I say, and I thought watch when there. Gerritt Smith is a stark madman, no doubt! Gods, what a moral, what a lesson. Whom the Gods wish to make mad they first set to setting others to destroying. The Dementat comes after instead of prius in Abolition mania. Dont then present G. Smith. But do get an indictment agê Howe & Fred Douglas & Sanborn, particularly for conspiring to cause & actually causing murder &c. in Virginia. The difficulty will be as to the requisition. Look at clause in Constitution of U. S. It must be by Erecutive of the State from which he fled. Have him arrested there, and apply to Pres. U. States for removal to State wherein offence was committed. M' Hudnall has given me verbally his report. It is not completely full. Some papers he said you promised to return to people who furnished 'em. Dont do so. Send 'em all to me. Let me hear soon from you.

Yrs. truly,


Official envelope addressed : “To A. HUNTER, Esq?. Charlestown. Jefferson Co. Va."

Mr. FRANKLIN B. SANBORN read extracts from a paper upon the life and career of Edward Gove, of Seabrook, New Hampshire.

During the meeting remarks were made by the Hon. SAMUEL A. GREEN, and Messrs. J. F. HUNNEWELL, CHARLES P. BOWDITCH, WILLIAM R. THAYER, and FRANKLIN B. SANBORN.


The stated meeting was held on Thursday, the 13th instant, at 12 o'clock M., the President in the chair. In the absence of the Recording Secretary, who was out of the State, Mr. Charles C. Smith was appointed Secretary pro tem. The record of the May meeting was read and approved. The Librarian, the Corresponding Secretary, and the Cabinet-Keeper submitted the customary reports. Among the gifts were an enlarged photographic portrait of the late Recording Secretary, Rev. Dr. Edward J. Young, given by his sons, and a large lithographic portrait of the late Rev. Dr. John T. Kirkland, for many years a member of the Society.

Mr. William V. Kellen, of Boston, was elected a Resident Member, and M. J. J. Jusserand, Ambassador from France to the United States, was elected a Corresponding Member.

It was

Voted, That the stated meetings for July, August, and September be omitted, the President and Recording Secretary to have authority to call a special meeting if necessary.

The President announced that Mr. Charles C. Smith had resigned his office as editor of the Society's publications, and said that the Council would take the proper action thereon.

The President reported back from the Council the amendments to the By-Laws which had been introduced at the last meeting, briefly explaining their purpose. The amendments were then adopted in the form printed on the notification for this meeting.

An additional article is proposed in relation to the Treasurer, to be numbered Article 1, Chapter VII., in the following form:

Art. I. The Treasurer shall give bond to such amount as the Council shall from time to time prescribe for the proper performance of his duties, and to secure the Society from possible loss in connection with the same. The cost of such bonding shall be paid by the Society. The Council shall further make such provision as may be reasonable and proper for payment of a book-keeper or accountant to aid the Treasurer and the Auditing Committee in the performance of bis and their duties.

The articles now numbered 1 of Chapter VII., and 2 of Chapter VII., shall then be respectively numbered Articles 2 and 3.

Articles 5 and 6 of Chapter I. of the present By-Laws read as follows:

Art. 5. Each Resident Member shall pay twenty-five dollars at the time of his admission, and ten dollars each first of January afterward, into the treasury of the Society, for its general purposes; but any member shall be exempted from the annual payment if, at any time after his admission, he shall pay into the treasury one hundred and fifty dollars in addition to what he may before have paid ; and all commutation fees shall be funded by the Treasurer, and the interest only used for the current expenses of the Society. Each Resident Member shall be entitled to receive a copy of all the regular publications of the Society, issued after his election, without charge; and all members who have paid the commutation fee shall be entitled to the privilege of the Library, and to copies of the publications, for life, even should their membership cease by removal from the State or by resignation.

Art. 6. If any person elected as a Resident Member shall neglect, for one year after being notified of his election, to pay his admission fee, his election shall be void ; and if any Resident Member shall neglect to pay his annual assessment for two years after it shall have become due and his attention shall have been called to this article in the By-Laws, he shall cease to be a member; provided, however, it shall be in the power of the Treasurer, with the consent of the President, to dispense (sub silentio) with the payment of the assessment, whenever, in any special instance, they may think it advisable to do so. Each person who shall be elected a Resident Member shall, when notified of it, be furnished by the Corresponding Secretary with a copy of this Article and the preceding one.

In view of the present financial condition of the Society, it is proposed to revoke both of these articles, substituting therefor the following:

Art. 5. No entrance fee or annual payment shall be required of members, whether Resident, Corresponding, or Honorary, except such as may from time to time be imposed upon Resident Members by special vote of the Society.

ART. 6. Each member shall be entitled to receive a copy of all the regular publications of the Society issued after his election without charge.

On motion of Mr. THOMAS L. LIVERMORE it was

Voted, That, in view of the foregoing votes, the Council be directed and instructed to effect an equitable adjustment with such of the Society as have paid the commutation fee, repay. ing to said members from the General Fund a proportional amount of the suns received from them, they being credited with annual interest and being debited with the regular annual fee from the date when the commutation fees were severally paid.

Voted, That the Treasurer be authorized to make payment and settlement as above.

The PRESIDENT then read the following paper; and at the proper point in his remarks a beautifully executed bust of Mr. Winthrop was unveiled.

As the members of the Society then present will doubtless remember, fourteen months ago yesterday, and in presence of a somewhat notable assemblage composed of both sexes, the bust of James Savage, now before you, was unveiled. In the address then made, you will also remember, I spoke of two former Presidents of the Society, James Savage and Robert C. Winthrop, as standing out so prominently among those who had held the position that they constituted a class by themselves. Their united occupation of this chair covered, in the first place, no less than two fifths of the Society's whole existence; for, beginning in 1841, it extended to 1885. Although last year's occasion was more especially devoted to a memorial of Mr. Savage, contributed by his daughter and only surviving child, I then said that, while the years covered by the joint term of service of Mr. Savage and Mr. Winthrop constituted

our golden period,” it was in Mr. Winthrop's time and through his efficient action that the great and memorable change in the Society took place.

Our Annual Meeting of April last was the fifty-second since the presidency of Mr. Winthrop began; and while in the original Dowse room the two portraits, that of Mr. Everett, by Stuart, and that of Mr. Dowse himself, with the Chantrey bust of Sir Walter Scott, made up the sum total of works of art, whether on canvas or in marble, it would unquestionably have been in accordance with the feelings of Mr. Dowse, that marble presentations of Mr. Savage and Mr. Winthrop should hold their places respectively on his either hand at the head of the chamber which bears his name. For obvious reasons, such an arrangement is, so far as concerns the Society, eminently fit and proper. Accordingly, it was a year ago so ordered. Nevertheless, I well remember, when the unveiling took place, and the two works of art were then brought into unavoidable comparison, how impressed I instantly felt with the superiority of the Savage bust over that of Mr. Winthrop. It is only proper to say that the Winthrop bust, the only one of him in the marble the Society then possessed, was never satisfactory to Mr. Winthrop himself. So much was it the reverse of satisfactory that it was well understood it had always been kept somewhere in the Tremont Street building where it was least likely to meet his view. Weak in design and execution, its failure both as a work of art and as respects portraiture was now made more apparent by contrast. There is about the Savage something distinctly classic — suggestive of the Roman. It is a head in enduring marble which one might naturally expect to come across at any moment while loitering in the great collections at the Vatican or in Naples. Strong, individual, and artistic, it gives the idea of both force and intellect in the original. With the bust of Mr. Winthrop it was otherwise; and yet, in the marble, we had no other.

This did not satisfy; for to the members of the Council it seemed in every way proper as well as desirable that Mr. Winthrop also should be before us in this our room of meeting, not only in the stone, but in such form as to do justice to him, recalling to those of his time who still remain his living pres

We felt we owed that to him; for, a year ago, as I have already said, I referred to the term of Mr. Winthrop's presidency as the “golden period” in the records of the Society. But in doing so I did but quote the exact words of my predecessor in this chair, Dr. Ellis, uttered on that day in April, 1885, when be himself took the seat Mr. Winthrop had


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