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466 MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY. [Jan. 

No communications were received from the members 
of the Second Section. 

Present — The President, Appleton, Budington, Deane, 
Ellis, Everett, Felt, R. Frothingham, Jr., Hoar, Lamson, 
Shurtleff", Sibley, White, Willard, and Young. 



MONTHLY MEETING, January, 1851. 

Thursday, Jan. 30, 1851, 12 m. The Society held 
their stated meeting, — the President in the chair. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from Messrs. 
J. Wingate Thornton, Justin Winsor, J. S. Loring, 
Horace Mann, E. C. Herrick, Librarian of Yale College, 
William B. Shedd, William G. Brooks, Don Lucas 
Alaman, of Mexico, Signor Oreste Brizi, of Italy, the 
American Antiquarian Society, the American Philo- 
sophical Society, Mr. J. S. Loring, and from Messrs. 
Harris, Shurtleff, Greenleaf, Wheatland, Robbins, and 
Quincy, of the Society. 

On the written request of Rev. Samuel K. Lothrop, 

Voted, That he be allowed by the Librarian to take a copy of " a 
letter to the undertakers of Brattle Street Church from the Salem 
ministers, objecting to the principles of the manifesto of said under- 
takers, signed by Higginson, Hubbard, and Noyes." Also, a copy of 

who shall hare authority to certify copies from the same; and in case of 
refusal to surrender the same upon due notice and demand by such clerk, the 
offender shall pay a fine not exceeding dollars." 

The result of this memorial of the Society to the Massachusetts Legis- 
lature was the enactment of a law covering the principal points suggested in 
the Keport. See Acts and Resolves for 1851, pp. 655-657. — Eds. 



1851.] MONTHLY MEETING. 467 

" a brief note, signed by Increase Mather and James Allen, refusing, 
on the part of the Boston ministers, to accept the invitation of Brattle 
Square Church to unite with them in keeping a day of fasting and 
prayer," — said copies being designed for publication in Mr. Lothrop's 
discourses upon the history of Brattle Street Church. 

The Corresponding Secretary communicated a letter 
from John M. Bernhisel, Esq., Jan. 23, 1851, requesting 
a copy of the Society's Collections for the Library of 
the Territory of Utah. Whereupon, it was 

Voted, That a set of the third series be given to the Library, on 
condition that the printed public documents of the Territory from its 
commencement and in future be sent to this Society. 

Voted, That the Committee for publishing the next volume of the 
Society's Collections be desired to report at the ensuing meeting of 
the Society on the state of forwardness of the volume, and what 
quantity of material is prepared for insertion, and when, in their 
opinion, the volume may be ready for delivery. 

Rev. Dr. Jenks read, from a manuscript in the hand- 
writing of President Dunster, an interesting letter from 
the President to the learned Christian Ravis, of Berlin, 
chiefly of a philological character.* 

Mr. Davis presented to the Society a copy of the 
Diary of Timothy Newell, of Boston, kept by him dur- 
ing the siege of 1775-1776 ; and it was 

Voted, To refer this Journal, together with the one presented by 
Mr. Everett at the last November meeting, to the Publishing Com- 
mittee for the next volume.f 

The subject of the enlargement of the Society's ac- 
commodations having been introduced, 

* This letter is printed in 4 Collections, I. 251-254. — Eds. 

t The Diary of Timothy Newell was printed in 4 Collections, I. 261-276. 
That of Thomas Newell, a transcript of which was presented by Mr. Everett, 
was printed in the Proceedings for October, 1877, pp. 335-363. — Eds. 



468 MASSACHUSETTS HISTOEIOAL SOCIETY. [Feb. 

Voted, That Messrs. Appleton, Sears, and Ticknor be a committee 
to ascertain upon what terms the Society can obtain the property in 
the third story of the Savings Bank building, and also to report upon 
the manner in which the funds for that purpose can be procured. 

Present — The President, Appleton, Davis, Deane, 
Everett, Felt, Francis, Jenks, Livermore, Quincy, Rob- 
bins, Shurtleff, Willard, and Worcester. 

Voted, To dissolve this meeting. 



MONTHLY MEETING. 

Thursday, Feb. 27, 1851, 12 m. The Society held 
their stated meeting, — the President in the chair. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from Messrs. 
Rev. Samuel F. Clarke, 0. A. Taylor, H. R. Storer, 
Joseph G. Cogswell, William G. Brooks, Bickford Pulsi- 
fer, Jr., Jesse Chickering, the New York Mercantile 
Library Association, and from Messrs. Winthrop, Shurt- 
leff, and Harris, of the Society. 

Dr. Shurtleff, from the Publishing Committee, re- 
ported progress in the preparation of the next volume 
of the Collections. 

Mr. Ticknor, from the Committee on the enlarge- 
ment of the Society's accommodations, reported that 
they had addressed a letter to the Provident Institution 
for Savings on the subject committed to them, but had 
not yet received an answer. 

Voted, That Mr. Neal Pease, of Lenox, have liberty, pursuant to 
his written request, to take copies, under the direction of the Libra- 



1851.] MONTHLY MEETING. 469 

rian, under the Rules, of the Baldwin Roll among the " Trumbull 
Papers," to aid him in his purpose of obtaining pensions. 

The President, at the request and in the absence of 
Mr. Appleton, nominated, for Corresponding Member, 
Robert Bigsby, Esq., of Eepton, Derbyshire, England. 

The Corresponding Secretary communicated a letter 
from John M. Bernhisel, Esq., of Utah, acknowledging 
the receipt of the third series of the Collections, and 
agreeing to take and pay for the first and second series. 

Present — The President, Adams, Austin, Blagden, 
Felt, N. L. Frothingham, Hoar, Livermore, Paige, Shurt- 
leff, Sibley, Ticknor, Willard, and Young. 



MONTHLY MEETING. 

Thursday, March 27, 1851, 12 m. The Society held 
their stated meeting, — the President in the chair. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from Messrs. 
James H. Foster & Son, Walter Shattuck, Charles A. 
Green, Oliver Hall, the United States Treasury Depart- 
ment, Artemas Simonds, James S. Loring, William 
Plummer, Mrs. John W. Webster, Samuel A. Green, and 
from Messrs. Winthrop, Sibley, and Everett, of the So- 
ciety.* 

Robert Bigsby, Esq., of Repton, Derbyshire, Eng- 
land, was unanimously chosen a Corresponding Member, 



* Mrs. Webster's gift was a portrait of Dr. Bedford Webster, a former 
member of the Society, by Harding. — Eds. 



470 MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY. [March, 

— Messrs. Wheatland and Sibley, Scrutinizing Com- 
mittee. 

Messrs. Livermore and J. C. Gray were appointed a 
committee to examine the Treasurer's accounts for the 
last year, and to report at the annual meeting. 

The Corresponding Secretary communicated a letter 
of acceptance from J. Hammond Trumbull, Esq., of his 
election as a Corresponding Member. 

The Treasurer reported that he had addressed several 
letters to William Gibbs, Esq., in relation to his assess- 
ments, but had received no answer. 

Whereupon, on motion of Mr. Paige, 

Voted, That the Standing Committee be requested to make a nom- 
ination for Resident Member in the place of Mr. Gibbs. 

Mr. Everett presented to the Society John Dol- 
beare's Bill of Lading Book, 1718-1740, and accom- 
panied the present with some remarks. 

No communications were received from the members 
of the Second Section ; but Mr. J. C. Gray suggested 
again for consideration and examination the subject of 
the origin of our municipal corporations, upon which 
remarks were made by several gentlemen. 

Present — The President, Blagden, Davis, Ellis, 
Everett, Felt, Francis, R. Frothingham, Jr., J. C. Gray, 
Greenleaf, Jenks, Livermore, Lunt, Paige, Quincy, Rob- 
bins, Shattuck, Shurtleff, Sibley, Wheatland, White, 
Willard, Winthrop, Worcester, and Young. 



1851.] ANNUAL MEETING. 471 



ANNUAL MEETING, April, 1851. 

Thursday, April 24, 1851, 12 m. The Society held 
their stated meeting, — the President in the chair. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from the 
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the New 
Jersey Historical Society, Eev. Joseph S. Clark, Rev. 
Oliver A. Taylor, Dr. Edward Jarvis, Messrs. J. Wingate 
Thornton, 0. P. Bacon, James S. Loring, Isaac 0. Barnes, 
Samuel A. Green, Thomas Bridgman, Miss D. L. Dix, 
and from Messrs. Shattuck, Winthrop, and Young, of 
the Society. 

The Corresponding Secretary read a letter from Don 
Lucas Alaman, of Mexico, Feb. 1, 1851, accepting his 
election as Corresponding Member. 

The Committee on the Treasurer's accounts made the 
following report, viz. : — 

The undersigned, a Committee of the Massachusetts His- 
torical Society appointed to examine the accounts of Richard 
Frothingham, Jr., Treasurer of the Society, have attended to 
that duty, and report that the accounts are accurately kept, 
properly vouched, and correctly cast, and that there appears 
on the books a balance to the credit of the Society of three 
hundred and thirty-seven dollars and sixty-six cents.* 

John C. Gbay, 

Boston, April 24, 1851. 

* The receipts for the year amounted to $553.85, of which sum $161 were 
for admission fees and assessments, and $392.85 for sales of books from March 
30, 1849, to March 25, 1851. The payments amounted to $333.94. Of this sum 
$45.90 were for taxes, $100 to Mr. Felt for services as Librarian, and $188.04 
for miscellaneous expenses. — Eds. 



Geokge Livebmoee, f Committee - 



472 MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY. [April, 

The Society then proceeded to ballot for officers for 
the ensuing year, and Messrs. Lunt and Sibley were 
appointed a committee to collect, assort, and count the 
votes, and they reported that the following gentlemen 
were chosen, viz. : — 

JAMES SAVAGE President. 

JOSEPH WILLARD Recording Secretary. 

ALEXANDER YOUNG Corresponding Secretart. 

JOSEPH B. FELT Librarian. 

RICHARD FROTHINGHAM, Jr Treasurer. 

ISAAC P. DAVIS Cabinet-Keeper. 

FRANCIS C. GRAY 
CONVERS FRANCIS 
ALEXANDER YOUNG 
GEORGE TICKNOR 
JOSEPH WILLARD 



► Standing Committee. 



The matter of a nomination of a Resident Member 
was postponed to the next meeting. 

Mr. Shattuck nominated Theodoric Romeyne Beck, 
M.D., of Albany, New York, for Corresponding Member. 

Mr. Paige presented a copy of the Journal kept by 
Mr. Wadsworth (afterwards President Wadsworth, of 
Harvard College), who accompanied Captain Sewall and 
Major Townsend, August, 1694, on their mission to 
Albany to treat with the Five Nations.* 

No communications were received from the members 
of the Third Section. 

Present — The President, Deane, Ellis, Everett, Pelt, 
R. Prothingham, Jr., J. C. Gray, Hillard, Livermore, 
Lunt, Paige, Shattuck, Shurtleff, Sibley, Ticknor, White, 
Willard, Winthrop, Worcester, and Young. 

* This Journal is printed in 4 Collections, 1. 102-110. — Eds. 



1851.] MONTHLY MEETING. 473 



MONTHLY MEETING. 

Thursday, May 29, 1851, 12 M. The Society held 
their stated meeting, — the President in the chair. 

In the absence of the Recording Secretary, Dr. Shurt- 
leff was appointed Secretary pro tern. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from Messrs. 
Robert Dodge, L. M. Fitch, Thomas B. Wyman, Jr., 
S. G. Whitney, Samuel A. Green, Benjamin A. Gould, Jr., 
James S. Loring, J. Wingate Thornton, Edwin M. Stone, 
the Minnesota Historical Society, the Rhode Island His- 
torical Society, and from Messrs. Wheatland and Folsom, 
of the Society. 

Theodoric Romeyne Beck, M.D., of Albany, New 
York, was chosen a Corresponding Member, — Messrs. 
Shattuck: and Wheatland, Scrutinizing Committee. 

The Standing Committee were instructed to make a 
nomination at the next meeting for a Resident Member, 
in place of Mr. William Gibbs. 

No communications were received from the members 
of the First Section. 

Present — The President, Davis, Felt, R. Frothing- 
ham, Jr., J. C. Gray, Hoar, Livermore, Paige, Shattuck, 
Shurtleff, Sibley, Ticknor, Wheatland, and White. 



474 MASSACHUSETTS HISTOBICAL SOCIETY. [July, 



MONTHLY MEETING. 

Thursday, June 26, 1851, 12 m. In the absence of 
the President, Hon. Robebt C. Winthbop was chosen 
President pro tern. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from Messrs. 
Francis Jarvis, A. B. Davenport, W. G. Brooks, James 
S. Loring, J. Wingate Thornton, Dr. Edward Jarvis, 
John Dean, the Boston Society of Natural History, 
William End, Esq., of New Brunswick, Rev. Messrs. 
Samuel K. Lothrop and Alonzo Hill, and from Messrs. 
Greenleaf, Young, Winthrop, and Davis, of this Society. 

No communications were received from the members 
of the Second Section. 

Present — Austin, Davis, Felt, R. Frothingham, Jr., 
Paige, Bobbins, Shurtleff, Ticknor, Willard, Winthrop, 
and Worcester. 



MONTHLY MEETING. 

Thursday, July 31, 1851, 12 m. In the absence of 
the President, Hon. F. C. Gbat was chosen President 
pro tern. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the American Philo- 
sophical Society, Messrs. William H. Montague, James 
S. Loring, Samuel A. Green, Thomas Kirkbride, Bick- 



1851.] MONTHLY MEETING. 475 

ford Pulsifer, J. Prescott Hall, William G. Brooks, E. 
B. Corwin, Rev. Lyman Whiting, Rev. S. Adlam, and 
from Messrs. Adams, Everett, Sibley, and Willard, of 
this Society. 

No communications were received from the members 
of the Third Section. 

Dr. Shurtleff exhibited at the meeting impressions 
in wax of the corporate and Admiralty seals and the 
Mayor's official seal of Boston in England, set in a 
frame wrought from a beam in the church there, in 
which Cotton preached, and presented by the Mayor, 
&c, of Boston in old England to the Mayor and Alder- 
men of Boston in New England. 

Present — Blagden, Davis, Felt, Francis, N. L. Froth- 
ingham, F. C. Gray, Jenks, Livermore, Paige, Shurtleff, 
and Willard. 



MONTHLY MEETING. 

Thursday, Aug. 27, 1851, 12 m. In the absence of 
the President, Hon. F. C. Gray was chosen President 
pro tern. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from the 
Congress of the United States, the United States Indian 
Department, the Smithsonian Institute, Right Hon. Earl 
of Ellesmere, Messrs. Joseph Leonard, J. S. Loring, 
Parker & White, Hon. John Davis, Charles B. Norton, 
and from Messrs. Sibley and Winthrop, of the Society. 



476 MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY. [Sept. 

On the written request of Mr. James S. Loring, 

Voted, That he have leave to take copies from the " Hancock Man- 
uscripts," for an historical purpose, under the Rules adopted at the 
September meeting, 1849. 

No communications were received from the members 
of the First Section. 

Present — Deane, Felt, N. L. Frothingham, R. Froth- 
ingham, Jr., F. C. Gray, J. C. Gray, Livermore, Paige, 
Shurtleff, Wheatland, White, and Willard. 



MONTHLY MEETING. 

Thursday, Sept. 25, 1851, 12 m. In the absence of 
the President, Rev. Mr. Paige was chosen President pro 
tern. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from the 
Secretary's Department of the Commonwealth, the His- 
torical Society of Wisconsin, the family of the late Rev. 
Dr. Pierce, C. M. Morris, of United States Navy, Rev. 
J. T. Tucker, Messrs. Edward Jones, James S. Loring, 
Samuel A. Green, William S. Russell, and from Messrs. 
Winthrop and Willard, of this Society. 

Mr. Sears, from the Committee on the subject of 
additional accommodations for the Society, reported 
verbally that, in consequence of the absence of two of 
the members of the Committee from the country until 
recently, no progress had been made in the subject- 
matter of their appointment. 



1851.] MONTHLY MEETING. 477 

No communications were received from the members 
of the Second Section. 

Present — Austin, Barry, Davis, Felt, N. L. Frothing- 
ham, R. Frothingham, Jr., Hillard, Jenks, Livermore, 
Paige, Sears, Shurtleff, Willard, and Young. 



MONTHLY MEETING. 

Thursday, Oct. 30, 1851, 12 m. The Society held 
their stated meeting, — the President in the chair. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from Messrs. 
J. Wingate Thornton, William G. Brooks, N. I. Bow- 
ditch, James S. Loring, Matthias Ellis, Thomas B. Pope, 
Captain Henry Larcom, Rev. Charles Brooks, Mrs. Mary 
B. Longhurst, the United States Patent Office, and from 
Messrs. Shurtleff, Sibley, and Winthrop, of this Society. 

A copy of an interesting letter, chiefly political, from 
General Joseph Warren to Edmund Dana, in England, 
afterward Rev. Edmund Dana, of Wroxeter, dated 
" Boston, March 19, 1766," enclosed in a letter from 
Mr. William H. Wood, of Salisbury, England, and for- 
warded from England by the Hon. Abbott Lawrence, 
was laid before the Society by the President. Where- 
upon, 

Voted, That the thanks of the Society be presented to Mr. Lawrence 
for this kind service.* 

* This letter was not printed in the Collections, but was published in Froth- 
ingham's Life of Warren, pp. 20-22, from the Society's copy. — Eds. 



478 MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY. [Nov. 

Also, voted, To refer the "Warren letter to the Publishing Committee. 

Voted, That the next meeting of the Society be held on Thursday, 
20th November, — the annual Thanksgiving falling on the day of the 
Society's stated meeting. 

On motion of Judge "White, 

Voted, That Messrs. Young and Shurtleff be a committee to revise 
the By-Laws of the Society, with special view to a change of the time 
of holding the Society's monthly meetings, and to propose any other 
amendments that may suggest themselves in the premises. 

Present — The President, Appleton, Barry, Davis, 
Ellis, Felt, R. Frothingham, Jr., F. C. Gray, Jenks, 
Paige, Robbins, Shattuck, Shurtleff, Sibley, White, Wil- 
lard, and Young. 



MONTHLY MEETING. 

Thursday, Nov. 20, 1851, 12 m. The Society held 
their stated meeting, — the President in the chair. 

In the absence of the Recording Secretary, Geokge 
Livermoee was chosen Recording Secretary pro tern. 

The Librarian communicated donations from Messrs. 
D. L. Alaman and James S. Loring; also from Messrs. 
Savage and Sibley, of this Society. 

The Corresponding Secretary communicated a letter 
from Robert Bigsby, Esq., in reply to a note from him 
respecting his election as a Corresponding Member of 
the Society. 

Voted, That the next meeting of the Society be held on Thursday 
the eighteenth day of December next, — Christmas falling on the day 
of the Society's stated meeting. 



1851.] MONTHLY MEETING. 479 

Present — The President, Appleton, Davis, Felt, R. 
Frothingham, Jr., Jenks, Livermore, Paige, Bobbins, 
Sibley, Shurtleff, Ticknor, Wheatland, and Young. 



MONTHLY MEETING. 

Thursday, Dec. 18, 1851, 12 m. The Society held 
their stated meeting, — the President in the chair. 

The record of the last meeting was read. 

The Librarian communicated donations from the 
New Jersey Historical Society, Dr. Edward Jarvis, Mr. 
Samuel A. Green, and from Mr. Sibley, of this Society. 

Voted, That the Librarian, Dr. Shurtleff, and Mr. Livermore be a 
committee to contract with Mr. Caloran O'Brien to make a catalogue 
of the Library under their direction, for a compensation not exceeding 
four hundred dollars. 

No communications were received from the members 
of the Second Section. 

Voted, That this meeting be now dissolved. 

Present — The President, Appleton, Davis, Deane, 
Everett, Felt, N. L. Frothingham, E. Frothingham, Jr., 
J. C. Gray, Hoar, Jenks, Livermore, Paige, Shattuck, 
Shurtleff, Ticknor, Wheatland, and Willard.