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And when the stream 
Which overflowed the soul was passed away, 
A consciousness remained that it had left, 
Deposited upon the silent shore 
Of memory, images and precious thoughts 
That shall not die, and cannot be destroyed. 

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So, when the Angel of the darker drink 
At last shall find you by the river-brink, 

And, offering his Cup, invite your soul 
Forth to your Lips to quaff — you shall not shrink. 

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Los Angeles, May 14, 1903. 


-(for some we loved, the loveliest and the test 
"* That from his Uintage rolling Cime hat prest, 
Rave drunk their Cup a Round or two before, 
And one by one crept silently to rest. 

JUnd we, that now make merry In the Room 
They left, and Summer dresses in new bloom, 

Ourselves must we beneath the Couch of earth 
Descend— ourselves to maRc a Couch- for whom? 

And fear not lest existence closing your 

B ccount, and mine, should know the like no more ; 

Che eternal Saki from that Bowl has pour'd 
millions of Bubbles like us, and will pour. 

Che moving Tinger writes? and, having writ, 
moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit 

Shall lure it back to cancel half a Cine, 
nor all your Cears wash out a word of it. 


Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, September 30, 1862 
Died at Pasadena, California, May 14, 1896 

Having in the Providence of God been removed from us by 
death, May 14th. 1896, we, his fellow members of the Society of 
Colonial Wars in the State of California, resolve to place on record 
the following tribute to his memory: 

As one of the Charter members of this Society and its first 
Secretary, Air. Latham is held in grateful remembrance in view of 
his enthusiastic co-operation and his efficiency and fidelity in the 
performance of all official duties. 

As an American citizen we admire him for his loyalty to our 
institutions, his noble ideas of citizenship, and zealous advocacy of 
principles and measures essential to the welfare of the Republic 

He was a talented and conscientious lawyer, a valued officer 
in the Church of his choice, and an ardent promoter of schemes of 

In social circles he was highly prized as a young man of broad 
culture, kindly heart, cheerful disposition and attractive manners. 
Honorable, upright and pure, sympathetic and true, with adamantine 
purpose for the right, he moved among us a Christian gentleman of 
rare gifts and sterling character— a noble exponent of qualities that 
shone so conspicuously in our Colonial ancestors, to whose heroic 
virtues and memorable deeds we owe so much of that which is best 
in these days of National greatness. 

That a copy of the above resolutions be forwarded to the 
widowed mother and surviving brother of our beloved friend and 
fellow-member, Mr. Latham, with expressions of heartfelt sympathy 
in their affliction. 

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The Reverend Alfred Lee Brewer, D.D., was born in Norwich, 
Connecticut, on June 4. 1831, the son of Lyman Brewer and Harriel 
Tyler Brewer, and thus connected with some of the most noted 
families of the State,— the Leffingwells, Winslows, Tracys, an 1 
Bushnells. As a boy he attended Christ Church Hall, Pomfret, Con- 
necticut, of which the Rev. Roswell Park, D.D., afterwards the 
founder of Racine College, was the Rector. Dr. Brewer entered 
Trinity College, Hartford, in 1850, and was graduated at the head 
of his class in 1853, being a member of Trinity Chapter of Phi Beta 
Kappa. From his Alma Mater he received the degree of Master 
of Arts in course, and in 1891 the degree of Doctor in Divinity. He 
was graduated from the General Theological Seminary, New York, 
and made a Deacon by Bishop Williams in 1853. One year later, he 
was ordained Priest by the same Bishop. He was for one year 
assistant in the Church of the Epiphany, New York, under the 
rectorship of the Rev. Lot Jones, and for nearly two years he 
assisted the Rev. Joseph Brewster, then Rector of Christ Church, 
New Haven. His first rectorship was that of Grace Church, Tantic, 
Connecticut, in 1859, whence he was called to the charge of the 
Mariner's Church, Detroit, Michigan, in I860, which he accepted. 
Here he was associated with the Rev. William E. Armitage, 
afterwards Bishop of Wisconsin; and the Rev Benj. H. Paddock, 
afterwards Bishop of Massachusetts, who were then the Rectors of 
the adjoining Parishes. Here also, in Detroit, he married, on July 
29, 1862. Miss Frances Chittenden Hale, daughter of Hon. William 
Hale, a lawyer and Judge of eminence, who served his State in 
Congress and for one term was Attorney General of Michigan.. In 
1864 they came to California, and settled in San Mateo. 

Dr. Brewer made this the center of his missionary labors, 
establishing churches at Redwood City and Belmont. He devoted 
a part of his time to classes at Laurel Hall, a school for girls, at one 
time one of the leading schools of the State, and of its pupils, for 
nearly twenty years, he had the pastoral care. In the following year. 
1865, Dr. Brewer started his school for boys, known as St. Matthew's 
School, which steadily grew in numbers and reputation, till it was 
the best known of any on the Coast, a prominence it has always 
maintained, more than seventeen hundred young men having been 
under its fostering care. 

The beautiful ivy covered stone Church in San Mateo was built 
under Dr. Brewer's personal supervision, and for twenty-five years 
his voice soiuided forth the Gospel of love and mercy. 

He was known and loved by all in the community, of every name. 
While devoted to his parish and school, he and his wife had for many 
years planned a Church home for orphans, and this plan resulted in 
the founding of the Bishop Armitage Orphanage for Boys, and later, 
in that of the Maria Kip Orphanage for Girls. These received his 
unremitting efforts till the latter was removed to San Francisco, 
which left the Armitage mainly his care. The prosperous condition 
of St. Matthew's School, which enabled him, a few years ago, to 
build on extensive grounds at its new location, gave him renewed 
courage and enthusiasm, qualities which had ever characterized him, 
even in those early years when the difficulties surmounted were great 
and numerous. 

He was ever a constant preacher, going wherever he was needed. 
He was an instructor in the Church Divinity School, and Chaplain 
of the Armitage Orphanage. In attending to the latter duties he 
contracted the cold which resulted in his death at St. Matthew's 
School, on Thursday, February 16th, 1899, in his sixty-eighth year. 

Every great undertaking of his had received God's blessing and 
reached success. Few men have this satisfaction and few so well 
deserve it. 

Truly, his was a finished life, and calmly and peacefully he sur- 
rendered it, surrounded by those who were the dearest to him, and 
in the home of his love, which echoed with the music of the noble 
Pacific, so far removed from the scenes of his childhood. 

The loss of such a man, Christian, scholar, philanthropist, 
patriot, gentleman, cannot but be felt, no matter how broad his State, 
or pent-up his Utica, and we, of the Society of Colonial "Wars in the 
State of California, place this Memorial upon our records as a lasting 
testimonial to the worth of one who has gone from us, whose life 
was stainless and who will be cherished in our memories as well- 

The Secretary is directed to include this Memorial in the record 
of the Fifth General Court of this Society, and transmit a copy 
thereof to the Rev. William Augustus Brewer of San Mateo. 

Cjjarfea Bee CoWna 

Captain Twenty-Third Infantry, United States Arroy 

Born at Newport, Kentucky, July 24, 1859 

Died at the Island of Cebu, September 7, 1899 

Captain Charles Lee Collins, son of the late Colonel Henry B. 
Collins, who served throughout the Civil War, in the Cavalry arm of 
the Union Army, was appointed a cadet to the Military Academy at 
West Point in 1878, by President Hayes. Graduating in June, 1882, 
he was commissioned Second Lieutenant of Infantry, from which 
time he was in active service in the army upon the frontier and on 
staff details up to his death, when he had been promoted to the rank 
of Captain. 

Early in the winter of 189S, while stationed at Whipple Bar- 
racks, Arizona, as Adjutant of the Eleventh Infantry, he was ordered 
to do duty as military attache of the United States Legation at 
Caracas, Venezuela, where he remained for over a year. His uni- 
form courtesy and the unhesitating compliance with the request of 
the President of Venezuela for suggestions looking toward a greater 
efficiency of the military forces of the State, were recognized by 
decorating him with the famous "Order of the Liberator," (Busto 
de Bolivar.) 

In the spring of 1899 he was ordered home and assigned to var- 
ious duties pertaining to the organization of the Volunteer forces, 
until the latter part of July, when he sailed with his wife from San 
Francisco for the Philippine Islands on the Transport "Ohio," in 
command of a detachment of troops. 

He was taken ill soon after his arrival at the Islands, and his 
physical condition had become so exhausted that he could not ra'ly 
from the effects of a surgical operation made at Cebu. 

His desolate widow, Emma Byrd Beach Collins did not long 
survive the shock of her great loss, and, returning to San Francisco, 
she died at the Presidio, on October 22, 1899. 

Captain Collins, in right of his father, was a Companion of the 
.Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and by representation, a mem- 
ber of the Pennsylvania Society of the War of 1812. He was one of 

the incorporators, and first Secretary of the California Society of 
Sons of the Revolution, and he was elected to membership in this 
Society on November 4, 1897. The profound sympatahy of the 
members of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of California 
is extended to his relatives and friends, and to the family of his 
young widow who so soon joined him; and in affectionate testimonial 
to the worth of one of our associates, and in commemoration of the 
loss to this Society of a zealous member, a patriotic soldier, and a 
companion whose life was gentle, it is ordered that this Memorial 
be spread at large upon our records, and a copy thereof transmitted 
to his relatives. 

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Colonel of the United States Army 

Born In Potsdarrj, New York, May 15, 1839 

Died In Mlddletown, New York, January I, 1900 

Graduating from the United States Military Academy at West 
Point in May, 1861, Colonel Elderkin entered the Army as Second 
Lieutenant of the Second Regiment of Artillery, and was immedi- 
ately ordered to join his command upon the commencement of hos- 
tilities in the War of the Rebellion. Participating in the Battle of 
Bull Rim, July 21, 1861, as an officer of Rickett's Battery, and in 
many campaigns, his service was active and continuous in the field, 
except for a short time when he was detailed as Assistant Professor 
of Mathematics, and Instructor of Artillery Tactics, at West Point. 
In 1864 he was promoted from the Line to he Captain, and Commis- 
sary of Subsistence, in which branch of the Staff Service of the 
Army he served until he was retired, in March, 1898, with the rank 
of Colonel. 

His tours of service covered almost every command in the Army 
and almost every State and Territory of the Union. 

During most of the period when the Headquarters of the De- 
partment of Arizona were located at Los Angeles, Colonel Elderkin 
was in charge of the Subsistence branch of the Servic, and he re- 
mained at this Station after Headquarters were removed to Denver, 
until 1896, when he was ordered to Chicago. 

Colonel Elderkin was a member of the Order of the Loyal 
Legion and of the Military Science Institution. 

He was one of the incorporators and the first Vice-President of 
the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of California. 

When a charter was granted to the California Society of Col- 
onial Wars by the General Society, he was elected its Lieutenant- 

The California Society of Colonial Wars herewith places on 
record its tribute to the memory of the late Colonel William Anthony 
Elderkin. As a charter member and a prominent officer of the 
Society, he is held in kindly remembrance. 

His name is honored among us as that of one who, by long con- 
tinued and faithful service for his country, brought honor to himself 
and benefit to the Republic. 

Moreover, he endeared himself to us all by his amiable character 
and g-enial companionship. We sincerely mourn the loss that has 
come to this Society through the decease of this devoted patriot, this 
loyal friend and Christian gentleman, and his memory will be fondly 

To Mrs. Elderkin and her daughters in their great bereavement, 
we would express our heartfelt sympathy, and the Secretary is 
hereby instructed to forward to them a copy of this memorial. 

Born In Detroit, Michigan, April 10, 1824 
Died at San Jose, California, November I, 1901 

Of him we may say with confidence, Death does not end it all. 
For himself he has erected a monument more durable than brass, and 
loftier than the royal heights of the pyramids. His life has heen an 
exemplification of the willing sacrifices made for independence for 
personal convictions, for freedom from tyrannical oppression, and 
an establishment of a government founded upon the eternal prin- 
ciples of justice, characteristic of his great ancestors, John Alden, 
a signer of the Mayflower Compact ; William Bradford, a Governor 
of the Pilgrim Republic, and William Pynchoon. who governed 
Connecticut, the land that has been the shining exemplar of the 
public school system of our country. 

The education of his early youth was pursued in the private 
academies of Detroit, Kinderhook, New York, and Kenyon College, 
Ohio. Adopting the profession of jurisprudence, he was admitted 
to the Bar of New York in July, 1847. Soon after he came to Cali- 
fornia, attached to the Mexican Boundary Commission. He settled 
at Sutterville, in the Sacramento District, from which he was elected 
a member of the first California Legislature, which met in San Jose 
in December, 1849, and two years later he was made Adjutant Gen- 
eral of the State. 

He was chosen Judge of the Seventh Judicial District in 1852, 
and in 1858 he was re-elected, but he resigned the office in 1862, and 
for three years he was a leading practitioner in Nevada. He re- 
turned to California in 1865, and in 1867 he was elected Judge of 
San Francisco for a term of four years. In 1869 he was elected Dis- 
trict Judge of San Francisco, for six years, but. in 1873 his eminent 
abilities placed him upon the Bench of the Supreme Court of Cali- 
fornia, where he continued until his resignation in the year 1888, 
when he again took up active practice in San Francisco. Soon after, 
he accepted the position of Senior Professor in the Hastings College 
of Law, and the University of Michigan honored herself by conferr- 
ing upon him the Degree of Doctor of Laws. He has been President 
of the Pioneer Society and of the California Society Sons of the 

American Revolution, and the confidence and good will of his fellow 
citizens have placed him in many other positions of trust and 

His written opinions as Justice of the Supreme Court of Califor- 
nia, during the many years of his service, while a member of that 
exalted tribunal, are classed as profound expositions of the law of 
the State. He 

" Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been 
So clear in his great office, that his virtues 
Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued," 

for justice, freedom and toleration among the people of the land he 
loved so well. 

The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of California, at this, 
its Seventh General Court, held in the City of Los Angeles, records 
this tribute to the memory of a member whose face will never again 
be seen at our meetings, and whose voice will no more be heard in 
the conventions of the Council. 

Our profound sympathy is extended to the afflicted family of 
our departed associate, and we direct that this Memorial be spread at 
large upon our records, and a copy thereof be transmitted to his 
widow, sons and daughters. 

Office of tbe Governor. 

Los Angeles, March 10, 1903. 

Dear Sir : 

As many inquiries have been made concerning the statement of the 
Governor in our Register for 1903, concerning the proposed publication by 
this Society, it has been thought proper, again, to present the matter fully, 
more especially for the information of the later members. 

At a Special Court of this Society, wherein the matter was fully 
discussed, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted, viz: 
" RESOLVED : That all of the members of this Society 
be and they are hereby requested to deliver to the 
Registrar their autobiographies embracing the princi- 
pal events of their live?, and such other occurrences in 
their experiences as they may desire to have perpetu- 
ated, for the use of the Society, or the information of 
their children, and that said autobiographies be spread 
at large upon the records of the Registrar. 
"RESOLVED : That the same be printed in suitable 
shape under the direction of the Historian when the 
amount of money in the Treasury shall warrant such 
an expense. 
" The members are further requested to forward to the 
Registrar their photographs in cabinet size. Said 
photographs shall be preserved in suitable albums 
among the records and archives of the Society." 

The plan set forth in the foregoing resolutions, of having the personal 
history of the members perpetuated upon our Records, has met with the 
general approval of the gentlemen of this Society. 

It is intended that these biographies shall cover only the personal ex- 
periences of our members, and not embrace any facts concerning their 
ancestors, as provision is made, under Article XXI of the By-Laws, for an 
Ancestral Record. 

It is earnestly hoped that you will prepare and forward to the Registrar, 
without delay, the history of your life containing the most marked events, 
such as date and place of birth ; where educated ; what College degrees or 
other honors have been conferred upon you ; your profession or avocation ; 
offices held ; maiden name of wife ; place and date of marriage ; names and 
dates of birth of children, etc., etc. 

The publication under consideration, if issued, will contain these bio- 
graphies with the half-tone portraits of members, in the same manner as 
printed in our Register for 1900, with an historical account of the services 
of Ancestors. 

Other matters of interest concerning the General Society, and our 
California Society will be included, and we shall be glad to insert such 
Ancesteral portraits as may be furnished by members. 

Nearly all our income is required for the rent of a society room and the 
payment of current expenses, the Treasurer's account presented at the 
Eighth General Court, on December 22, 1902, showing a balance on hand 
of only $95.66. 

The publication as proposed will cost about five hundred dollars and 
this expense must be paid by individual subscriptions. An edition will be 
printed large enough so that members can have without charge as many 
copies as they desire for their children and friends. Like all our publica- 
tions it will be sent to all the State Societies of Colonial Wars and to 
certain libraries. 

No money will be required from subscribers until the work is ready for 
the press, but it will not be commenced unless there be responses sufficient 
to warrant the labor. 

Of course it is to be understood that the work of compilation and 
editing will be gratuitous, and that members must furnish their individual 
half-tone portraits. 

Will you fill up the enclosed blank with such an amount as you care 
to subscribe and return it to me at your earliest convinience. 

Yours very sincerely, 



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