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VOLUME I 

PAGES 1 TO 97S 



ALBANY, N. Y. 

J. B. LYON COMPANY. STATE PRINTERS 

1905-1911 



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INTRODUCTION. ' ' 

On February 15, 1905. the late Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt, 
uncle of the then President of the United States, invited to 
his residence at No. 57 Fifth Avenue, New York City, the 
representatives of various patriotic and historical societies 
with a view to effecting an organization for the purpose of 
celebrating in 1909 the three hundredth anniversary of the 
exploration of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson in 
1609. The Committee there organized requested the Hon. 
George B. McClellan, Mayor of the City of New York, and 
the late Hon. Francis W. Higgins, Governor of the State 
of New York, officially to name committees of citizens of 
the City and the State of New York to act jointly in ar- 
ranging such a celebration. Those officials selected 150 
gentlemen to act in that capacity and they constituted the 
Hudson Tercentenary Joint Committee. That Committee 
was permanently organized December 5, 1905, and held its 
first meeting for the transaction of business December 16, 

1905. It continued in existence and active operation until 
May 4, 1906, when, pursuant to its resolution of April 16, 

1906, it was dissolved and merged into the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission under the following circumstances : 

During the course of the meetings of the Hudson Ter- 
centenary Joint Committee it developed that there was in 
existence a committee of citizens appointed by the Mayor 
of the City of New York to arrange for the celebration in 
1907 of the first practical application of steam to naviga- 
tion on the Hudson River in 1807. 

It appearing that two celebrations, so closely related in 
their significance and so near each other in point of time, 
might advantageously be combined, steps were taken, with 
the approval of the Mayor, to secure a charter to unite both 
movements. Such a charter was secured by special act of 
the Legislature, chapter 325 of the laws of 1906, which 
became a law by the Governor's signature on April 27, 1906. 

Ill 



The corporation thus created, and entitled the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission, formally organized May 4, 
1906, and thereafter conducted the arrangements for the 
Celebration. 

The Official Minutes of the Hudson Tercentenary Joint 
Committee and of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission, paged consecutively, were printed in pamphlet 
form from time to time and sent to every member of the 
Commission, a few copies of each edition being reserved 
for collation and binding for the public libraries when the 
work of the Commission should have been completed. The 
work of the Commission now having been virtually com- 
pleted, these Minutes have been collated, indexed and bound 
in two volumes, aggregating 1967 pages, for deposit in a 
certain number of i)ublic libraries. No more copies of 
these Minutes are available and they are not for sale. 

A complete official history of the Celebration, however, 
has been printed under the title, " The Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration, 1909," being the Fourth Annual Report of the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission to the Legislature 
of the State of New York, transmitted to the Legislature 
May 20, 1910. It is in two volumes, aggregating xvi + 1421 
pages, and may be consulted in the principal libraries of 
the Lhiited States and Europe. Inquiries concerning other 
copies may be addressed to the J. B. Lyon Company, 
State Printers, at Albany, N. Y. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Headquarters of the Commission, 

The Tribune Building, New York City. 
August i, 1911. 



IV 



ILLUSTRATIONS. 

Page 

Map of Verplanck's Point 220 

Official Medal, preliminary design 630 

Cross-section (5f Clermont by Robert Fulton 651 

Autograph of Robert Fulton 651 

Drawing of Half Moon replica 652 

Plans of Clermont replica 653 

Hudson's Last Voyage, Collier's painting 805 

Map of Hudson's four voyages 8r6 

Drawing of Half Moon replica 821 

'Portrait of Robert Fulton 832 

Plans of Clermont replica 1. . . 842 

Sketch of Official Badge 958 

Hudson Monument design 067 

Official Badge medallion 1 120 

Official Poster 1 120 

Official Medal, final design 1 196 

Official Badge, final design 1210 

Fort Amsterdam tablet design 1260 

Half Moon replica, view of bow with crew 1268 

Half Moon replica, view of stern 1270 

Half Moon replica, view of foredeck 1272 

Half Moon replica, view of afterdeck 1274 

Official Flag in colors 1300 

Portrait of Kaiser Wilhelm presented by him to 

Herman Ridder i^g 

Gold Medals presented to Herman Ridder and 

Henry W. Sackett 1748 



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lprcs(^ent 
Hon. Stewart L. Woodford 

l3icc=B5re6i6cnt8 
Hon. Robrrt V. Roosevelt Hon. Levi P. Morton 

Andrew Carnegie William Rockefeller 

BRiG.-GhN. F. D. Grant, U.S.A. William B. Van Rensselaer 

Morris K. Jesup Hon. Andrkw 1). White 

treasurer 

J. P. Morgan & Co. 

23 Wall Street, New York 

Secretary assistant Secretary 

Henry W. Sackett Edward Hagaman Hall 

Tribune Building, New York Tribune Building, New York 



Permanently Organized, December 5, 1905 



Executive Committee 



Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, aair.an 18 Wall Stre^et New York 

»°"- ^^^"L^Jv^^'^''^ "-"/.V^Wan street New York 

James M. Beck 44 ^ york 

S°"- -'u rlnnon' "" " '" '--"-'lo Wall Street New York 

^""T C^rTeZ " 2 East 91st Street, New York 

^ in<5nh H Choat'e '" 60 Wall Street New York 

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Hon. J. Sloat Fassett ---- -- i^-Elr""^' S'"" v "^ 

-ru .i,^,« v\trh 120 Broadway, New York 

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Thomas Powell Fowler 56 Beaver Street, New Yo k 

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Siss Helen M.Gould 579 Fifth Avenue, New York 

Brie -Gen. Fredk. D. Grant, U. S. A Governor s Island, New York 

Edward Hagaman Hall Tribune Building, New York 

Hon. Warren Higley 68 West 40th Street. New York 

Hon. David B. Hill i,---j^?^"^' S ? '^ 

Gen. Thomas H. Hubbard 25 Broad Street, New York 

Aucrnst F Taccaci ....7 West 43d Street, New York 

CrWiLIn JaT;/.V- 48 Wall Street, New York 

MnrrU K Tesuo ..44 Pine Street, New York 

GeT Hora/i? C."King-;;;;;;:; ^, -375' FuUon street, Brooklyn 

Dr. George F. Kunz Tiffany & Company, New York 

John LaFarge 5i West loth Street, New York 

Or Henry M. Leipziger Park Avenue & SQlh Street, New York 

Hon. SethLow 30 East 64th Street, New York 

Frank D. Millet. ..- - 6 East 23d Street, New York 

William J. McKay .Newburgh, New York 

: Emerson McMillin 320 Riverside Avenue, New York 

Hon. Levi P. Morton 38 Nassau Street, New \ork 

; Fben E Olcott Desbrosses Street Pier, New York 

^ John E.- Sr^ons ;::;:;: 52 Wmiam street, New York 

iHon.Sereno E.Payne... Auburn. New York 

:Gen. Horace Porler Union League Club, New York 

I Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley "rf ''^''""' m""" V rt 

; Louis C. Raegener ^^V^'^°^'^r^' m""" VnrU 

i Hon. Herman Ridder.. - --"^^ ?J°" j^^'^' S^"" V J 

i William Rockefeller .26 Broadway, New York 

Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt 57 Fifth Avenue, New York 

I Col. Henry W. Sackett Tribune Building, New York 

1 President J. G. Schurman ir^^''^'^' xt"''' v°''b 

; Hon. Frederick W. Seward. .Montrose, New York 

i Charles Stewart Smith 25 West 47th Street, New York 

I Francis Lynde Stetson I5 Broad Street, New York 

Hon. Oscars. Straus.... 5 West 76th Street, New York 

■ Cornelius Vanderbilt 15 Washington Square, New York 

Rev. Henry Van Dyke, D.D ...Princeton, New Jersejt 

William B. Van Rensselaer Albany, New \ork 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward ^^^""^ ' ^^ X'^'l 

. Hon. Andrew D. White Ithaca, New York 

^ Gen. James Grant Wilson 15 East 74th Street, New York 



Minutes of 

The Executive Committee 

December i6, 1905 

The first meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee was held at the 
Hotel Manhattan, New York City, Saturday evening, 
December i6th, 1905, at 8:30 (/clock. 

Present : Messrs. James M. Beck, William J. Curtis, 
Theodore Fitch, Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. Warren 
Higley, August F. Jaccaci, Dr. George F. Kunz, William 
J. McKay, Emerson McMillin, Henry W. Sackett, Hon. 
Frederick W. Seward Charles Stewart Smith, Dr. Samuel 
B. Ward, and Gen. Stewart L. Woodford. 

Regrets for inability to be present were received from 
the following and they were excused : Messrs. Thomas 
Powell Fowler, Frank D. Millet, Eben E. Olcott. John E. 
Parsons, Hon. Sereno E. Payne, President J. G. Schurman, 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus, and Rev. Henry Van Dyke, D.D. 

The Committee organized permanently by the unani- 
mous election of the following officers : 

Chairman, General Stewart L. Woodford. 

Secretary, Henry W. Sackett. 

Assistant Secretary, Edward Hagaman Hall. 

Mr. Sackett moved that a committee of three be ap- 
pointed to confer with the Assistant Secretary as to com- 
pensation. The motion was carried and the Chairman 
appointed Mr. Sackett, Judge Higley and Mr. Fitch. 

After a brief discussion of finances— in the course of 
which the Secretary recalled the action of the Joint Com- 
mittee on December 5, 1905, requesting him to invite the 
members of the Joint Committee to contribute i>io each 
toward immediate expenses — Mr. Beck moved, as a further 
measure, that the Finance Committee be requested to take 
appropriate steps as soon as convenient to secure funds 
for necessary preliminary expenses. Carried. 

The Chairman then requested the members, one after 
another, to express their views as to the character of the 
proposed celebration, and informal remarks were made by 
Mr. Beck, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Fitch, Mr. Hall, Judge Higley, 



4 December i6, 1905 

Mr. Jaccaci, Dr. Kunz, Mr. McKay, Mr. McMillin, Mr. 
Sackett, Secretary Seward, Mr. Smith, and Dr. Ward. 

The ideas tentatively advanced by the various speakers 
may be summarized as follows : 

As the central theme of the celebration was Hudson's 
voyage to and up the river which bears his name, it was 
suggested that the celebration should not be local, but 
should be arranged so as to enlist the interest and partici- 
pation of every community along the river from New York 
City as far as Troy at least. 

Hudson's achievement having been a triumph of navi- 
gation, it was the general sentiment that a naval parade 
would be a most appropriate feature, the water pageant to 
include ships of the American and Foreign Navies as well 
as our Merchant Marine. 

It was suggested that additional interest might be 
given to the river parade, and the intimate connection of 
the river with the history of steam navigation might be 
shown, by combining with the celebration a commemora- 
tion of the centennial anniversary of the action of the 
legislature in 1809 in granting to Fulton the exclusive 
privilege of navigating the Hudson. Out of this action, 
it was said, grew the famous case of Gibbons vs. Ogden, 
establishing the right of free navigation. 

It was also recommended as an instructive and pic- 
turesque feature of the water celebration that a fac-simile 
of the Half Moon be built, in Holland if possible, other- 
wise in America, and that it should arrive in the Harbor 
and proceed up the river to Albany and return, duplicating 
the anchorages of the original ship, with local demonstra- 
tions en route. 

It was proposed that there should be in addition to 
the local celebrations up the river, a series of land celebra- 
tions in the City of New York. The suggestions for the 
latter included a military and civic parade, with floats 
bearing a series of historical tableaux ; five great central 
meetings in the respective Boroughs, with literary exer- 
cises ; appropriate observances in the public schools ; and 
special ceremonies at the dedication of such permanent 
structures as might be erected. 

There appeared to be a unanimous sentiment that the 
large amount of money which, it was thought, would be 



December i6, 1905 5 

spent on the commemoration, should not be spent alto- 
gether on transient affairs, but that the Ter-Centenary 
should materialize into one or more permanent memorials 
which should beautify the city, and possess historical or 
practical value, or both. 

First among these was mentioned the Hudson Memo- 
rial Bridge, to span Spuyten Duyvil Creek from Inwood 
Hill to Spuyten Duyvil Hill. The opinions expressed with 
reference to this were practically a unit in favor of adopt- 
ing the bridge as a leading feature. (This structure was 
projected by the Hudson Tri-Centennial Association, which, 
in a courteous letter to the Joint Committee, dated Novem- 
ber 20th, 1905, "takes pleasure in giving way, for the large 
work which must now be done, lo the officially appointed 
Joint Committee of the State and City." The preliminary 
work of that Association led to the recent appropriation 
of $1,000,000 by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment 
toward the erection of the structure, which will cost about 
$2,500,000.) 

Connected with the bridge idea was the suggestion of 
taking for a public park the beautiful Inwood Hill, which, 
in its physical features, remains in practically the same 
condition in which it appeared to Hudson, and around 
which may still be seen the shell heaps left by the abori- 
gines. It was suggested, however, that the Committee 
should exert its influence in determining the exact location 
of the bridge abutment, so that the engineers would rot 
intiict any material disfigurement on the knoll. 

In addition to the Hudson Memorial Bridge, it was 
sugg-ested that a Memorial Arch be erected at an entrance 
to Central Park, like the Arc de I'Etoile on the Champs 
Elysee, Paris. 

Another idea advanced in this line was for a Water- 
Gate at the Battery, to be the ceremonial Gateway to the 
Metropolis. 

It was suggested by several that some institution 
should be designated as a depositary of documents and 
relics relative to the Hudson. Such a collection, it was 
thought, would be of enormous historical and human in- 
terest. 

This idea, in the mind of one speaker, took the form 
of an addition to the New York Historical Society build- 



6 December i6, 1905 

ing on C'intral Park West, near the American Museum of 
Natural History. 

A great art miuseum, containing a collection of the 
masterpieces of the country, was another jiroposition. 

This, in turn, elicited the information that the Metro- 
politan Museum of Art had been authorized to expend 
$1,250,000 for an addition to the Museum for its own pur- 
poses ; that work would soon begin on the extension ; that 
the plans of the Museum provided for still further develop- 
ment ; and that with the co-operation of this Committee, 
the addition might be extented so as to accommodate the 
suggested Ter-Centenary art collection. 

It appeared to be the predominating sentiment of the 
speakers that a World's Fair, in the temporary sense in 
which the term is generally understood, was inadvisable; 
but that whatever exposition was held should be projected 
with the idea of permanence. One speaker expressed the 
idea that New York, like London, was "too cosmopolitan 
for a glorified agricultural show," but that a preliminary 
exhibition might be arranged in 1909, and by 1910 it could 
be put in shape as a permanent exposition. Another 
speaker expressed the opinion that western and northwest- 
ern states like Oregon would erect permanent buildings and 
maintain permanent exhibits. 

As to the location of the permanent exposition, while 
some of the members who spoke on the subject expressed 
themselves as preferring a near site rather than one remote 
from New York, they held their minds open. They thought 
the Committee should hear the arguments judicially and 
determine them on their merits, being cautious, however, 
in regard to any project that savored of real estate specula- 
tion. 

A Commercial Museum was another idea that found 
expression. 

It was suggested that as soon as practicable, the com- 
mittee invite some of the leading cartologists and historical 
authorities of the country to unite in a committee for the 
purpose of studying critically the original authorities con- 
cerning the anchorages and courses of Hudson's ship, from 
its advent into the harbor to the time of its departure, with 
a view to preparing an official chart which should explain, 
as far as possible, the obscurities now surrounding the 



December i6. 1905 7 

subject and establishing a standard map of the " Half 
Moon's" route. 

The last suggestion of the evening was that the com- 
mittee arrange with some publisher for the pioduction of 
a monumental history of New York City, embracing trea- 
tise on the Hudson. 

The dominant idea throughout the whole discussion 
was that of permanency and making haste slowly. 

The Secretary said that he had received letters con- 
taining various suggestions — including one for a drive 
along the Palisades — and that the letters would be laid be- 
fore the Committee when it was ready to take up the matter. 

Some discussion ensued as to whether the Executive 
Committee should appeal to the public at once for sugges- 
tions, or first appoint a sub-committee, consisting of some 
members of the Executive Committee and some of the 
Joint Committee, to evolve a tentative plan. 

Mr. Fitch moved that the Executive Committee hold 
a public meeting in the Governor's Room of the City Hall, 
at an early date, to be designated by the chairman, at which 
meeting any person having suggestions to offer may be 
heard ; and that notice be given that suggestions in writ- 
ing may also be communicated to the Committee through 
the secretary. Carried. 

Mr. Beck moved that a committee of three be ap- 
pointed by the chairman — and that the chairman himself 
also be a member of the Committee ex-officio — to confer, 
when they deem it expedient, with the President of the 
United States, the Secretary of State of the United States, 
the Governor of the State of New York and the Mayor of 
the City of New York, and elicit from them, if possible, 
their views upon the plan of the celebration. Carried. 
The chairman appointed upon such committee, Messrs. 
James M. Beck, Charles S. Francis, and Herman 
Ridder. 

Mr. Sackett moved that in pursuance of the plan of 
organization adopted by the Joint Committee, December 
5, 1905, the president be requested to add seven gentlemen 
to the Executive Committee, at the same time reading, by 
way of suggestion, the names of : Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
Hon. Charles S. Francis, the Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Dr. 
Henry M. Leipziger, Louis C. Raegner, Francis I.ynde 



8 December i6, 1905 

Stetson, and Gen. James Grant Wilson. Carried. The 
President thereupon announced the appointment of the 
gentlemen named. 

Mr. Fitch moved that the quorum of the Executive 
Committee be fixed at nine. Carried. 

Mr. Fitch moved that all the minutes of the Committee 
be kept by the secretary and entered in a suitable book. 
Carried. 

Dr. Ward moved that the minutes be printed and sent 
to all the members of the Committee. Carried. 

Mr. Fitch moved that the secretary be authorized to 
have printed the necessary stationery for officers and com- 
mittees. Carried. 

He also moved that the secretary be authorized to em- 
ploy a stenographer to take the minutes verbatim when 
the secretary deemed it advisable. Carried. 

An informal expression of preferences as to the most 
convenient evening of the week for Committee meetings 
was invited by the chairman, and the majority were in 
favor of Fridays. 

It was voted that the very hearty thanks of the Ex- 
ecutive Committee be extended to Mr. Wm. S. Hawk, a 
member of the Joint Committee, for his courtesy in extend- 
ing to the Executive Committee the hospitality of the Hotel 
Manhattan for its meetings. 

The meeting then adjourned, subject to the call of the 
chair. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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pres(^ent 
Hon. Stewart L. Woodford 

^Dice=Ipre8(^ents 
Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt Hon. Levi P. Morton 

Andrew Carnegie William Rockefeller 

Brig.-Gen. F. D. Grant, U.S.A. William B. Van Rensselaer 

Morris K. Jesup Hon. Andrew D. White 

ttreagurer 

J. P. Morgan & Co. 

23 Wall Street, New York 

Secretary assistant Secretary 

Henry W. Sackett Eovv-ard Hagaman Hall 

Tribune Building, New York Tribune Building, New York 



Permanently Organiaed, December 5, iqos 



iniiiutes of December 29, 1905 



Executive Committee 



Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman 18 Wall Street, New York 

Hon. Franks. Black Troy, New York 

James M. Beck 44 Wall Street, New York 

Hon. J. Rider Cady Hudson, New York 

Henry W. Cannon 10 Wall Street, New York 

Andrew Carnegie 2 East gist Street, New York 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate 60 Wall Street, New York 

William J. Curtis.. .49 Wall Street, New York 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett... ..Elmira, New York 

Theodore Fitch 120 Broadway, New York 

Frederick de Peyster Foster 18 Wall Street, New York 

Thomas Powell Fowler 56 Beaver Street, New York 

Hon. Chas. S. Francis Troy, New York 

Hon. William W. Goodrich 49 Wall Street, New York 

Brig.-Gen. Fredk. D. Grant, U. S. A Governor's Island, New York 

Edward Hagaman Hall Tribune Building, New York 

Hon. Warren Higley 68 West 40th Street, New York 

Hon. David B. Hill Albany, New York 

August F. Jaccaci. 7 West 43d Street, New York 

Col. William Jay 48 Wall Street, New York 

Morris K. Jesup ---44 Pine Street, New York 

Gen. Horatio C. King.. --375 Fulton Street, Brooklyn 

Dr. George F. Kunz Tiffany cS: Company, New York 

John La Farge 51 West loth Street, New York 

Dr. Henry M. Leipziger. Park Avenue & 59th Street, New York 

Hon. Seth Low 30 East 64th Street, New York 

Frank D. Millet. 6 East 23d Street, New York 

William J. McKay Newburgh, New York 

Emerson McMillin. 320 Riverside Avenue, New York 

Hon. Levi P. Morton 38 Nassau Street, New York 

Eben E. Olcott Desbrosses Sireet Pier, New York 

John E. Parsons.- 52 William Street, New York 

Hon. Sereno E. Payne Auburn, New York 

Gen. Horace Porter Union League Club, New York 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley Peekskill, New York 

Louis C. Raegener . 141 Broadway, New York 

Hon. Herman Ridder 2 Tryon Row, New York 

William Rockefeller 26 Broadway, New York 

Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt <^i Fifth Avenue, New York 

Col. Henry W. Sackett Tribune Building, New York 

President J. G. Schurman Ithaca, New York 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward Montrose, New York 

Charles Stewart Smith 25 West 47th Street, New York 

Francis Lynde Stetson 15 Broad Street, New York 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus 5 West 76th Street, New York 

Cornelius Vanderbilt .--I5 Washington Square, New York 

Rev. Henry Van Dyke, D.D Princeton, New Jersey 

William B. Van Rensselaer Albany, New York 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward Albany, New York 

Hon. Andrew D. White Ithaca, New York 

Gen. James Grant Wilson 621 Fifth Avenue, New York 



Minutes of 

The Executive Committee 

December 29, 1905 

The second meeting of the Executive Committee of 
the Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee was held in 
public in the Governor's Room of the City Hall, New 
York, Friday, December 29, 1905, at 2.30 p. m., for the 
purpose of listening to suggestions concerning the form of 
the proposed celebration in 1909. 

Present : The Hon. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 
and Messrs. James M. Beck, William J. Curtis, Theodore 
Fitch, Hon. Willliam W. Goodrich, Edward Hagaman 
Hall, August F. Jaccaci, Gen. Horatio C. King, Frank D. 
Millet, William J. McKay, Louis C. Raegener, Hon. Herman 
Kidder, Henry W. Sackett, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 
Charles Stewart Smith and Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Messrs. 
Andrew Carnegie (through Mr. Smith), Thomas Powell 
Fowler, Hon. Chas. S. Francis, Hon. Seth Low, Eben E. 
Olcott, John E. Parsons, Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt, Presi- 
dent J. G. Schurman, Dr. Samuel B. Ward and Hon. 
Andrew D. White, and they were excused. 

The Chairman reported for record that since the last 
meeting Miss Helen M. Gould, Gen. Thomas H. Hubbard 
and Miss Anna T, Van Santvoord had expressed with re- 
gret their inability to serve on the committee, and that he 
had appointed Col. William Jay in place of Miss Van Sant- 
voord. 

The Chairman announced the readiness of the Com- 
mittee to receive suggestions from anyone present in 
regard to the proposed celebration in 1909. 

Mr. Edward Wells, Jr., of No. 141 Broadway, New 
York, spoke first. He said he represented a voluntary 
Citizens Committee of which Mr. John R. Van Wormer 
was president. He spoke nine minutes in favor of a per- 
manent world's exposition. He said that the organization 
which he represented had made a careful canvass of many 
people and that their sentiment, with that of the press 
throughout the country, was favorable to a permanent 
exposition. They conceded the impracticability of a 



12 December 29, 1905 

World's Fair in the ordinary meaning of that term. Their 
proposition was that a great exposition, with permanent 
structures, should be established near New York, prefera- 
bly on the Hudson River. They were not committed to 
any site. They believed such an exposition, with proper 
branches in foreign countries, would greatly stimulate our 
commerce with Europe and South America, and that it 
could 1)6 established on a paying business basis. He stated 
that the Lewis and Clarke Exposition had repaid in one 
vear 40 per cent, of the cost of maintenance and construc- 
tion and asked, if that were so, why the Hudson Exposi- 
tion could not return 100 per cent, in ten years. 

Mr. J. C. Pumpelly of 2881 Broadway, New York, 
spoke two minutes in favor of the Hudson Memorial 
Bridge across Spuyten Duyvil Creek and hoped the Com- 
mittee would not permit the exposition idea to override or 
interfere with it. 

Mr. H. Roosevelt Ostrom of 205 West 103d St., New 
York, spoke two minutes in favor of an arch which would 
depict the different historical events leading up to the dis- 
covery and settlement of New York. As a Dutch descend- 
ant, he thought it a shame that there was no memorial to 
the founders of the commonwealth. If there were an expo- 
sition, the most effective exhibition would be a municipal 
museum, starting with the Dutch, and expressing the par- 
ticipation also of the English, Irish and Jews in the 
development of the city. 

Mr. J. F. Duhamel of No. 202 Bay 28th street, Ben- 
sonhurst (Borough of Brooklyn), representing the Taxpay- 
ers' and Rentpayers' Association of the 30th and 31st 
Wards of Brooklyn, spoke two minutes in favor of the 
historical propriety of erecting some memorial or statue 
in one of the parks along the shores of Gravesend Bay, 
where Hudson is believed to liave landed first in New York 
State. He suggested Bensonhurst Park as the best site. 

Mr. Chas. L. Rickerson, of 212 West Street, New York, 
President of the Greene County Society in New York and 
a resident also of the Catskills, spoke thirteen minutes in 
favor of a water carnival along the whole river. He would 
make prominent the scenery and resources of the river ; 
show the progress of navigation by a naval pageant com- 
posed of every type of vessel, from the Indian dug-out to 



December 29, 1905 13 

the modern steamship ; and he would have an electric 
illumination of the shores, to show the development in 
light-making from the first bonfire illumination by the 
Indians which greeted Henry Hudson. The people like 
diversion, he said, as was illustrated by the presence of 
100,000 people in the streets of Albany at the recent Hal- 
lowe'en Carnival, and he believed that every inhabitant 
for 20 miles on each side of the Hudson would drive 
to the river to participate in or witness the river carnival 
in 1909. 

Mr. Gordon H. Peck of Haverstraw, N. Y., a trustee 
of the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, 
read a letter from the Board of Trustees communicating 
the offer of Mr. Francis Bannerman of New York, a mem- 
ber of the Society, toerect at his own expense a monumental 
statue of Hudson onPolopel's Island in Newburgh Bay, on 
condition that its dedication should form part of the cere- 
monies in 1909. The proposed statue would be about 30 
feet high,' on a pedestal 40 feet high, which, with the island 
as a naturalbase, would make the whole about 100 feet high 
above the river. Mr. Bannerman, who owns the island, 
also offers to throw it open thereafter to the public on Sat- 
urdays and holidays, so long as visitors make proper use 
of their privileges. 

Dr. E. Parmly Brown, of No. 509 Fifth Avenue,New York, 
read a paper entitled," Reasons Why a Permanent Interna- 
tional World's Fairshould be established at New York ; and 
why Verplanck's Point on the Hudson is the Only Perfect 
Location for It." The principal points of the paper, the 
reading of which occupied thirteen minutes, were as follows: 
New York is the Mecca of the World. A permanent world's 
fair at New York would bring our ocean steamers back from 
abroad with full cabins in spring and summer, after cross- 
ing with full cabins from America; and fill them on their 
outgoing trips in the fall, taking back foreign visitors, where 
now they cross empty. The large business houses of New 
York favor a permanent exposition, to promote the sale of 
surplus products. By its means our country will learn 
what can be had from abroad. The result will be a salu- 
tary rivalry in all industries. It will furnish an additional 
incentive to people in all parts of the country to visit New 
York. It will enlighten them and stimulate business here. 



14 December 29, 1905 

To be represented at St. Louis, France and Germany gave 
$1,000,000 each; England, $750,000 ; Brazil, $500,000, and 
forty other countries in proportion. So New York can 
expect great support. 

As to the site, the speaker said that Verplanck's Point 
had been examined by landscape architects, engineers, 
military, marine and sanitary experts, merchants, manu- 
facturers and financiers, who could find no objection to it. 
He dwelt on its healthfulness; its accessibility b)'^ land and 
water; its scenic beauty; its historic associations, and its 
adaptability to every kind of exhibit, including reproduc- 
tions of Pompeiian excavations, cliff-dwellings, a Holland 
Village, or old New York, the Sphinx, Venice in miniature, 
floating gardens of Japan, automobile track, a vast audi- 
torium, an Eiffel tower, and exhibits of the art and com- 
mercial products of the world. It would be a university 
for all people. It would invite the rapid settlement of that 
section, and keep New Yorkers from going to New Jersey 
to reside. In 1909 it would be within thirty-five minutes 
of Grand Central Station, New York, by the electric trains 
of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. 

This site, he said, had been secured under option at a 
price no greater than the amount awarded the City of St. 
Louis for the damage done to the park by the Fair, which 
is about $1,000,000. The same amount of ground would 
cost 1200,000,000 on Manhattanville Heights, New York; 
$100,000,000 on Washington Heights, New York ; $30,000,- 
000 at Yonkers ; $20,000,000 at Tarrytown, and $5,000,000 at 
Croton. 

As to the financial side^ he said that the New York 
Central Railroad Company had expressed its disposition 
to aid the fair as much as possible. If the Railroad Com- 
pany, the State and the Federal Government would loan 
$3,000,000 each at 5 per cent., to be paid back at the rate 
of $1,000,000 a year, from 1910 ; each appropriate $1,000,- 
000 for their own buildings, etc., and pay the Fair Company 
$t, 000,000 each for full value in concessions, he thought 
this would be a modest request. This 115,000,000, with 
$5,000,000 from bonds issued, and $5,000,000 in stock sold, 
would float the project. 

He said that last year Luna Park (Coney Island) netted 
twenty-three cents profit on each visitor, and Chicago Park 



December 29. 1905 15 

sixty cents. Even with half the admission price charged 
at St. Louis, he claimed that the stock in five years would 
pay better than Standard Oil. 

He closed by saying: " Patriotic citizens of the Hudson 
have secured about 1,500 acres of this land and will turn it 
over to the fair at actual cost of time and money, and the 
Company can get the ground at a million or two less than 
it could be purchased to-day, if this precaution had not 
been taken." 

Dr. Brown also filed with the Committee a supplemen- 
tary paper, giving a financial prospectus of the exposition. 
It proposed to raise $25,000,000 for the floatation of the 
project, as follows : 

" The Exposition Company to be capitalized at $15,- 
000,000, and to issue $!5, 000,000 of 5 per cent, redemption 
bonds against the real estate and other property, |i,ooo,- 
000 of which bonds are to be payable January ist, 1910, 
and li, 000,000 in each succeeding year for four years ; these 
bonds to be sold at par, to carry $250,000 of stock and a 
bonus of $500,000 in admission tickets, making 15 per cent, 
bonus ; 15,000,000 to be obtained from the Federal Gov- 
ernment, $5,000,000 from the State, and $5,000,000 from the 
City of New York ; in each case $3,000,000 to be repaid in 
the three annual payments of $1,000,000 each, beginning 
January ist, 1910 ; of the remaining $2,000,000, in each 
case, $1, 000,000 is to defray the cost of the buildings and 
exhibits of the Federal Government, State and City respect- 
ively, leaving $1,000,000, in each case, to be retained by the 
Exposition Company, for which it will give full value in 
grants of land for camps and other concessions." 

The prospectus gives an estimate showing the proposed 
outlay of $24,510,000 to the time of opening in 1909, leaving 
a balance of $490,000, which, with an income of $i,oco,ooo 
from admissions during construction, would leave $1,490,- 
000 in the treasury at the opening. It also gives in detail 
the estimated receipts and disbursements for the next two 
years. The estimated cash receipts for the year are $18,- 
500,000 ; the expenses, $6,700,000, and the profit, $11,800,- 
000. This amount, less 10 per cent, dividend on $15,000,- 
000, or $1,500,000, would leave $10,300,000 '< net balance 
in cash or unsold securities " at the end of the first year. 
The income for the second year is placed at $19,000,000 ; 



1 6 December 29. 1905 

the expense, $6,250,000 ; the profit, ^12,750,000, which, less 
$1,500,000 paid out in dividends, would leave ^i 1,250,000 
" net balance in cash or unsold securities " at the end of the 
second year. 

The Secretary asked Dr. Brown if he would give the 
Committee the details of the options on the property at 
Verplanck's and he promised to do so. 

Mr. George A. Bagley, of Peekskill, was the next 
speaker, occupying nine minutes in advocating Verplanck's 
Point as the only logical site for a permanent exposition. 
He said he represented a committee appointed by the 
President of the Business Men's Association of Peekskill. 
His remarks were substantially a reinforcement of Dr. 
Brown's. He said that if New York State did not avail it- 
self of this offer for a permanent exposition, either Ger- 
many, France or England would do it, and secure its 
attendant advantages. As a business proposition he re- 
garded it as one of the best that could be put before the 
financiers of New York to-day. The exposition would 
afford facilities for such shows as are held at Madison 
Square Garden at one quarter the expense. It would be 
one great salesroom for the buyers of the country who come 
to New York twice a year. He said that it was no land 
scheme ; that they had secured the options so as to turn the 
land over at cost to an exposition com.pany, if it were formed 
and for that purpose alone. 

The Hon. Theodore Sutro, of No. 280 Broadway, New 
York, spoke nine minutes in favor of a celebration which 
would beautify the city and elevate the people, and not one 
devoted to commercialism. He referred to the primeval 
beauty of Manhattan Island and the Hudson, in contrast 
with the present ungainly appearance of the city, with its 
tall buildings and the aspect of the river banks disfigured 
with ice houses and brick-yards ; and he urged the employ- 
ment of the three arts of architecture, sculpture and paint- 
ing to beautify the City and remedy some of its blemishes. 
He endorsed the Hudson Memorial Bridge, for which the 
City has already appropriated $1,000,000, as a means of 
architectural embellishment. In this connection, Inwood 
Hill should certainly be preserved as a public park. He 
would use sculpture to ornament the bridge, and also em- 
ploy it in the erection of an arch. He commended the offer 



December 29, 1905 17 

of a colossal statue of Eludson made through the American 
Scenic and Historic Preservation Society. As to the third 
great art, painting, he said that the Metropolitan Museum 
of Art is to spend many millions in enlargement, and could 
be utilized as a treasure house of American Art. He would 
therefore have this Committee co-operate w^ith the Museum, 
either in enlarging its structure or devoting some part of it 
to the celebration. Referring to the Verplanck's Point 
project, he said he regarded it as chimerical. 

Hon. Samuel Parsons, Jr., of 1133 Broadway, New 
York, President of the Board of Park Commissioners, rose 
and said : " I desire to say that in my judgment and experi- 
ence it is perfectly impossible in the ordinary way of build- 
ing things in New York to erect that bridge, of the quality 
and character as proposed, by 1909 or 1910, and I feel con- 
fident that the architects in the room will agree with me." 

Mr. Bagley spoke again for a couple of minutes about 
Verplanck's Point, expressing interest in the projects for 
the Bridge, the monument and beautifying the Hudson. 
As all roads led to New York, so all roads would lead to 
Verplanck's Point in 1909, and the exposition people would 
help build the bridge and the other things. 

Mr. A. L. Freed, of No. 30 East 42nd Street, New 
York, devoted two minutes to advocating a permanent ex- 
position in general terms. 

At this point a letter from Thomas Hastings, of the 
firm of Carrere and Hastings, of New York, architects of 
the New York Public Library, was read, advocating the 
widening of the east side of Fifth Avenue between 40th 
and 42nd Streets to correspond with the widening on the 
west side in front of the library. This square, 500 feet 
north and south by 300 east and west, could be paved like 
the Place Vendome in Paris, Trafalgar Square in London 
or the Piazza d'Espagna in Rome, and in it might be 
erected a Hudson Column, like the Column Vendome, the 
Nelson Column or the Trajan Column. The square could 
be called Hudson Square or Place. 

Mr. Richard G Hollaman, of the Eden Musee of New 
York, spoke four minutes. He was in favor of " Hudson 
Square, a bridge, an arch, all part of a gigantic universal ex- 
position such as the world has never seen." He did not advo- 
cate any particular site, but wanted New York to act on the 



i8 December 29, 1905 

Hudson idea before some western city had appropriated it 
as Chicago had appropriated the Columbian idea. He 
would take this occasion to "glorify ourselves as New 
Yorkers," He pictured the magnitude of the Metropolis in 
1909 and said : " Let us glorify the occasion as well as the 
discovery of New York ; let us spread our wings and let 
the eagle scream for New York." 

A spirited colloquy ensued for about three minutes be- 
tween Messrs. Ostrom and Hollaman. Mr. Ostrom argued 
that the only way to glorify New York was by some ideal 
work of art or architecture such as can be embodied in a 
monument or museum, not by a celebration organized 
from a commercial standpoint. Mr. Hollaman contended 
that there was nothing degrading in a commercial exposi- 
tion. 

Gen. Horatio C. King, a member of the Executive 
Committee, interposed the remark that there was one city 
in the United States that did not need any advertising and 
glorifying, and that was the City of New York. 

The Secretary read a letter from the Hon, Robert B. 
Roosevelt, reciting the efforts made to arrange for a cele- 
bration of 1909, since the Holland Society took the initia- 
tive a few years ago. The Holland Society Committee 
considered the idea of a World's Fair but was not pleased 
with it. Then they considered the suggestion that they 
erect a statue to a typical Dutchman. As Hudson was 
not a Dutchman they discarded him and considered 
William the Silent. As William the Silent was not a 
Dutchman either, they appealed to the artists of this 
country for a suggestion, but received no practical help, 
and so have been left to get up a statue of William the 
Silent. They also considered the widening of Riverside 
Drive, the building of a Memorial Bridge and the creation 
of a Park at the northern end of the island, but those things 
were inevitable as city improvements. The Committee had 
regarded the proposed exposition at Verplanck's Point 
with little favor at first, but the more it was considered the 
more possible it seemed of development. He regarded it 
no disadvantage, but possibly an advantage, that commer- 
cial interests were behind the project. 

A letter was read from the Rev. J. Howard Suydam, of 
Hamilton Court, Philadelphia, Pa., recommending co- 



December 29, 1905 19 

operation with the Holland Society in erecting a statue of 
William the Silent. 

A letter was read from J. A. C. Wright, Esq., lawyer, 
of Rochester, N. Y., suggesting that the celebration should 
embody an exposition of all that was noteworthy in con- 
nection with the continental basin of which the Hudson 
was the outlet before the interior waters broke through 
the St. Lawrence channel. He would have the commercial 
side exemplified in the usual exhibition fashion. Then 
there should be a permanent building which should serve 
as a museum, gallery and library for public enlightenment. 
This should contain a relief model of the continental basins 
formerly and now tributary to the Hudson ; exhibits show- 
ing the Indian methods of portage, and collating the dis- 
coveries of Hudson with those of Cabot, De Soto and 
Marquette; illustrations of the artificial waterways; a 
profile of the Hudson channel; and exhibits showing the 
uses and abuses of the international waterways. The letter 
went into the various subjects touched upon with con- 
siderable detail. 

Mr. Frederick W. Wilson, editor of the Newbiirgh 
Daily News, spoke three minutes on behalf of the Business 
Men's Association of Newburgh. He favored a permanent 
exposition on the Hudson and thought that the celebration 
should be conducted from the point of view of the people 
of the State. The Hudson was not an appurtenance of 
New York City and the population along the river were 
entitled to consideration. He did not advocate any par- 
ticular site. 

At the conclusion of his remarks Mr. E. Parmly Brown 
said : '• If the Committee would like to take a trip up the 
Hudson, the New York Central would be glad to furnish 
them with a buffet car and all the conveniences some Sat- 
urday afternoon." " Some of the Committee," he alleged, 
"have never seen the Hudson and we would like to give 
them an opportunity to see it." 

A telegram was read from Mayor John H. Coyne, of 
Yonkers, saying : "I favor celebrating the Hudson Ter- 
centenary by means of a permanent exposition upon the 
banks of the Hudson and will send a delegation to the next 
hearing that will represent the City of Yonkers." 



20 December 29, 1905 

Several other prominent citizens having expressed a 
desire to be heard, but not being present, the Committee 
adjourned, subject to the call of the chair. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 

Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 






NOTICE. 

The tliird meeting of the Executive Committee will 
be held in public in the Governor's Room of the City 
Hall, Friday afternoon, January 19, 1906, at 2 30 o'clock, 
for the purpose of hearing suggestions that may be offered 
from any source concerning the celebration in 1909. 
Persons desiring to address the Committee are requested 
to send their names in advance to the Secretary. The 
Committee will also welcome suggestions in writing. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretarv. 



Joint Committee 



StppointcU tp 

^\)t <&o\ittnot of tl)t ^mt of j^r fco ^orfe anD 

^\)t spai?or of ttje Cit^ of j^tto ^oth 



presi^ent 

Hon. Stewart L. Woodford 



ficcspresfSents 

Hon. Robert H. Roosevelt Hon. Levi P. Morton 

Andrew Carnegie William Rockefeller 

Brig.-Gen. F. D. Grant, U.S.A. William B. Van Reksselaer 

Morris K. Jesup Hon. Andrew D. White 

Ureasurer 

J. P. Morgan & Co. 

23 Wall Street, New York 

Secretary Hssistant Secretary 

Henry W. Sackett Edward Hagaman Hall 

Tribune Building, New York Tribune Building. New York 



Permanently Organized, December 5, igo5 



ITIiniites of January 19, 1906 



Executive Committee 



Gen Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman ..i3 Wall Street, New York 

Hon. Franks. Black Troy, New York 

James M. Beck 44 WaU Street, New York 

Hon. J. Rider Cady Hudson, New York 

Henry W. Cannon - lo Wall Street, New York 

Andrew Carnegie 2 East 91st Street, New York 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate ...60 Wall Street, New York 

William J. Curtis.. 49 Wall Street, New York 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett Elmira, New York 

Theodore Fitch.. 120 Bioadway, New York 

Frederick de Peyster Foster 18 Wall Street, New York 

Thomas Powell Fowler - - - 56 Beaver Street, New York 

Hon. Chas. S. Francis Troy, New /ork 

Hon. William W. Goodiich 49 Wall Street, New York 

Brig -Gen. Fredk. D. Grant, U. S. A Governor's Island, New \ ork 

Edward Hagaman Hall Tribune Building, New Yo.k 

Hon Warren Higley 68 West 40th Street, New York 

Hon. David B. Hill Albany, New York 

August F. Jaccaci 7 West 43d Street, New York 

Col. William Jav 48 Wall Street, New York 

Morris K. Jesup ....44 Pine Street, New \ ork 

Gen. Horatio C. King 375 Fulton Street, Brooklyn 

Dr George F. Kunz Tiffany & Company. New York 

John La Farge 5i West loth Street, New York 

Dr Henry M Leipziger Park Avenue lS: 59th Street, New York 

Hon. Seth Low 30 East 64th Street, New York 

Frank D. Millet. 6 East 23d Street, New York 

William J. McKay Newburgh, New York 

Emerson McMillin 320 Riverside Avenue, New York 

Hon. Levi P. Morton .38 Nassau Street, New York 

Eben E Olcott .- ..Desbrosses Street Pier, New Yoik 

John E.' Parsons 52 William Street, New York 

Hon. Sereno E. Payne Auburn, New York 

Gen. Horace Poner Union League Club, New York 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley Peekskill, New York 

Louis C. Raegener r4i Broadway, New York 

Hon. Herman Ridder 2 Tryon Row, New York 

William Rockefeller 26 Broadway, New York 

Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt 57 Fifth Avenue, New York 

Col. Henry W. Sackett Tribune Building, New York 

President J. G. Schurman Ithaca, New York 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward... ..Montrose, New York 

Charles Stewart Smith 25 West 47th Street, New York 

Francis Lynde Stetson 15 Broad Street, New York 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus 5 West 76th Street, New York 

Cornelius Vanderbilt 15 Washington Square, New York 

Rev. Henry Van Dyke, D.D Princeton, New Jersey 

William B. Van Rensselaer Albany, N°w York 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward Albany, New York 

Hon. Andrew D. While Ithaca, New York 

Gen. James Grant Wilson 621 Fifth Avenue, New York 



Minutes of 

The Executive Committee 

January 19, 1906 

The third meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee was held in public, 
in the Governors' Room of the City Hall of New York,, 
Friday, January 19, 1906, at 2.30 P. M., for the purpose of 
hearing suggestions as to the form of the proposed celebra- 
tion in 1909. 

Present : Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, pre- 
siding; and Messrs. VVm. J. Curtis, Theodore Fitch, Ed- 
ward Hagaman Hall, August F. Jaccaci, Gen. Horatio C. 
King, Henry M. Leipziger, Wm. J. McKay, Hon. Cornelius 
A. Pugsley, Louis C. Raegener, Henry W. Sackett and 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Hon. 
Chas. S. Francis and Messrs. F. D. Millet and Francis 
Lynde Stetson, and they were excused. 

The minutes of the previous meeting having been 
printed and sent to all the members, they were adopted 
without reading. 

The Chairman announced the readiness of the Execu- 
tive Committee to hear further suggestions concerning the 
form of the celebration in 1909. 

Dr. D. H. Lamb, of Chicago, speaking in behalf 
of Mr. Edward Wells, Jr., of No. 141 Broadway, New 
York, and representing the voluntary "Citizens' Com- 
mittee of 500," in advocacy of a permanent exposition, 
spoke about four minutes on the possibility of laying 
out the exposition grounds as a park, with perma- 
nent landscape features. He stated that his committee was 
preparing a brochure on the subject which it desired to 
present to the Executive Committee of the Hudson Ter- 
Centenary Joint Committee, and he asked for another pub- 
lic hearing, a week hence, at which the document might be 
laid before this Committee. They would then have their 
financial plan also worked out better than now. They 
would have enough copies of their document printed for 
all the members of the Joint Committee. 



24 January 19, 1906 

The Chairman asked the speaker if those whom he 
represented were committed to any site, and Dr. Lamb 
replied that they were not. 

Mr. Louis C. Raegener, of No. 141 Broadway, New 
York, a member of the Executive Committee, saw no 
reason for another public hearing if the document referred 
to were to be printed and sent to all the members of this 
Committee. 

The Hon. Clarence Lexow, of Nyack, N. Y., and No. 
43 Cedar Street, New York, spoke about fifteen minutes 
in advocacy of a permanent exposition on the banks of 
the Hudson. The residents of the Hudson valley, he 
said, had a superior claim to recognition. The event 
which it was proposed to celebrate was the discov- 
ery of the river which ran by their homes. They know 
its history, its great natural beauty and its significant his- 
torical associations. Its discovery was an event second 
only to the discovery of America. Something more than 
a bridge, or a fountain, or an educational institution 
in the City of New York, or the broadening of its high- 
ways, was needed adequately to celebrate such an event. 

The Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee, he said, 
represented something of importance. It was a Joint Com- 
mittee selected by the Governor of the State and the 
Mayor of the imperial city of the western hemisphere, be- 
cause the event which it is proposed to commemorate is a 
great event. The Governor and the Mayor meant that 
this Committee should, to typify the event, do something 
more than a millionaire might do with a charitable 
bequest. 

He assured the Committee that it would be estimated 
by the public according to the conclusion at which it 
arrived. It would be dignified by reaching a great decis- 
ion, or it would go down in history as a body of small 
men who treated a big thing in a small way. 

The speaker referred to the plane of greatness which 
the City of New York had attained, and said that within a 
few years the people had thought so much of the reputa- 
tion of New York that they had associated the present five 
great boroughs under one municipal government. The 
city was the nerve centre of the art, literature, science and 



January 19, 1906 25 

business of the United States. And the most important 
incident in the city's history, an incident standing side by 
side with the discovery of America, was the discovery of 
the river which washes its imperial shore. 

He asked the Committee if it supposed that Chicago, 
St. Louis, or some other enterprising western city, would 
n.iss such an opportunity as this to dignify itself by a 
great celebration, and he advised the committee to look 
out that the occasion was not appropriated by others, and 
the discovery of the Hudson celebrated at the Golden 
Horn. 

As to the suggestion of a Memorial Bridge, he said that 
the city would build a hundred new bridges in the course 
of time to connect Manhattan Island with Long Island 
and the mainland of New York and New Jersey, and that 
a bridge would possess no particular significance as a 
memorial. And a monument would be as inadequate to 
commemorate such a great event as Hudson's voyage as 
a twenty-five cent water fountain on a street corner would 
be to commemorate the birth of Abraham Lincoln. This 
is a big event, he said; don't disgrace it by a small celebra- 
tion. A permanent exposition which will attract the atten- 
tion of the whole world is the measure of what the Com- 
mittee should do. 

He said that it should not be regarded as an objection 
to the proposed exposition that the projectors wanted to 
make money — that is, to make the exposition pay its own 
way. The idea of every American was to make money, not 
to lose it. That idea was behind art and literature as well 
as behind commerce. If, in making money — that is, in 
paying running expenses — this Committee could give the 
American people an object lesson in art, literature, science, 
etc., it would be making the best money that the human 
brain ever coined. 

As to the site, he would like to see Verplanck's Point, 
with all its natural beauties and historic associations, 
honored; but if any other site were better, then let it be 
chosen. But let it be on the river. In honoring the Hudson, 
do it on the Hudson. In honoring Henry Hudson, he 
urged the Committee not to forget that within 50 yards of 
Verplanck's Point, Henry Hudson's anchor first struck solid 
ground after entering the river. 



26 January 19, 1906 

To a permanent exposition such as is proposed, the 
people of all the world would come, and New York City 
and New York State would be known of all men. 

But New York State and New York City were not alone 
interested in this event. New Jersey was entitled to her 
share. Why should a building be erected in New York 
City, he enquired, to celebrate the discovery of the Hudson 
when twenty miles of New Jersey, comprising the grand 
Palisades, borders the western shore ? A permanent exposi- 
tion on the banks of the Hudson would permit New Jersey 
to participate. The proposed Hudson Memorial Bridge 
and other features already suggested should be only part 
of a great scheme which should be a record breaker, be- 
cause the discovery of the Hudson was a record breaker 
and America was a record breaker. 

At the conclusion of Senator Lexow's remarks Gen. 
Horatio C. King of the Committee asked him if he knew 
of any exposition built 40 miles away from the nearest city. 
Mr. Lexow replied that there had never been a great 
exposition, to which ten millions of people were tributary, 
with such facilities for access by ocean, river and railroad. 
The Secretary read a letter from Perry Dickie, M. D., 
of No. 17 Schernierhorn street, Brooklyn, advocating a 
World's fair, on the ground that during the last half cen- 
tury New York had had no really great celebration; that 
local pride should stimulate an effort to atone for the dor- 
mancy of the past fifty years; that the plan which gives 
the greatest benefit to the maximum number of the public 
(who pay for the celebration) should be adopted, and that 
a Worlds fair met that condition. The greatest reason for 
such a form of celebration was its high educational value. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown, of No. 509 Fifth avenue, New 
York City, spoke about five minutes in answer to the ob- 
jection that there was a commercial element in the pro- 
posed permanent exposition. He had listened attentively 
to the other plans and suggestions offered, and was in 
favor of them, but he felt that if, in the face of the pres- 
ent opportunity, New York contented itself with an 
arch, a statue, a bridge, a parade, the widening of a street, 
or with all of them, it would be more open to criticism than 
it could be because of the commercial features of a fair. 



January 19. 1906 27 

He argued that New York was a commercial city; that it 
owed its wealth and power to the industries and commerce 
of the nation- that this was the country's principal point 
of contact with other peoples, and that it was a partner in 
enterprises that promote national growth and the welfare 
of the world. He held, therefore, that it was under a moral 
obligation to present to civilization an exposition of the 
progress of its partners in the arts of peace. 

Mr. L. A. Robinson (?) spoke a couple of minutes in 
favor of an exposition. He held that an exposition always 
left permanent benefits where it was held. It always brought 
a great deal of business and established a great deal of 
friendship. New York should have an exposition to show 
that she could do as much as Buffalo, Chicago, St. Louis 
and Philadelphia. 

The Chairman referred to the telegram received from 
the Hon. John H. Coyne, Mayor of Yonkers, stating his 
desire to send a delegation to represent that city, and asked 
if anyone were present in that capacity. There being no 
response, Mr. E. V. Skinner, of Yonkers, a member of the 
Joint Committee, requested another hearing in order that 
his city might be heard. 

Mr, Charles L. Rickerson, of No. 212 West street, New 
York City, spoke a few minutes in the line of his remarks 
at the last hearing. 

Mr. William J. McKay, of Newburgh, a member of the 
Executive Committee, asked the representatives of the 
"Citizens Committee of 500" if the}^ were prepared to sub- 
mit a statement in regard to the options secured on real 
estate at Verplanck's Point, as promised at the last 
hearing. 

Dr. D. H. Lamb said that the subject had been turned 
over to their Executive Committee, and the information 
would be embodied in the brochure, which was in course 
of preparation. 

The Secretary said that what this Committee wanted 
was a copy of the language of the options themselves, and 
a description of what land they covered, the price, and 
other details. 

Mr. Bagley stated that the Peekskill Citizens' Commit- 
tee had been at work getting options, and had now secured 



28 January 19, 1906 

them on a thousand or twelve hundred acres. They were 
prepared to turn these options over to the exposition people, 
whoever they may be — whether they were this Committee 
or some other body. He then went on to speak of the value 
of Verplanck's Point as a site for the exposition. 

The Secretary said that he thought that Mr. Bagley's 
answer did not meet the situation. The most important 
announcement made at the last meeting w^as the statement 
that parties had been securing options on the Verplanck's 
Point property, and were prepared to turn them over to 
the authorities in charge of the celebration at their gross 
cost. In answer to the question whether this Committee 
would be given full information concerning them, the Com- 
mittee was assured that it would be fully informed. There 
should be a full statement as to what would be turned 
over; a map showing the properties covered by the several 
options; the form of the options ; the length of time that 
they respectively ran, and a statement showing the aggre- 
gate covered by all the options. It was very important to 
this Committee in considering the various forms of celebra- 
tion to have the fullest information on this subject. 

Mr. Bagley reiterated their willingness to show the 
options. 

Dr. Brown submitted a rough pencil sketch of Ver- 
planck's Point and vicinity, showing the area covered by 
the options and marked "120c acres at $800 an acre or 
about $1,000,000." It showed the post road just east of the 
fair ground and the railroad just east of the post road. 
He said that it was he who began the taking of options on 
the advice of Gen. Miles. Gen. Miles said to him "this is 
the place par excellence," and advised Dr. Brown to " go 
to work quietly and get options." The speaker, acting on 
this advice, had secured options for six months, and upon 
tlieir expiration renewed them, until he was swamped and 
then he had to look to others to help. The options now 
run for another two or three months. 

The chairman asked the speaker if they had secured 
the entire shore front of Verplanck's Point, and Dr. Brown 
said yes, all except two properties. 

The chairman asked how many pieces lying in back 
had not been secured, and Dr. Brown said between 100 
and 200 acres. 



January 19, 1906 29 

A letter was read from the Municipal Art Societ}- of 
New York, offering its co-operation in securing the neces- 
sary design for the committee's official paper, poster, seal, 
etc. 

A letter from Mr. H. Roosevelt Ostrom of No. 205 
West 103d street, New York, was read conveying the fol- 
lowing suggestions in addition to those presented at the 
last meeting : that a collection and exhibition of literature, 
paintings and historical articles relating to Hudson and the 
Dutch be made; that a Hudson medal be presented to 
every public school pupil who writes a composition which 
passes a board of examiners; and that prizes be offered to 
writers of essays on the Hudson in the different colleges of 
the country. 

A letter was read from Mr. Henry Clay Weeks, of Bav- 
side, L. I., (New York City), recommending that an effort 
be made in advance of the celebration for the complete 
salvation of the Hudson valley for scenic advertising; that 
a campaign be made against the destruction of the scenery 
of the river by quarrying operations; and that a monument 
be erected at Stony Point in honor of Mad Anthony Wayne, 
on the scene of his inspiring success, the monument to take 
the form of a monumental lighthouse. 

A letter was read from the Chicago Inter-Ocean stating 
that the Columbian Exposition benefited that city. 

The public hearing was then closed and the Com- 
mittee went into executive session. 

IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. 

Mr. McKay moved that another public hearing be 
held in the Governors' Room of the City Hall, on Friday, 
January 26, 1906, at 2.30 p. m., and that that should be the 
last public hearing for the purpose of receiving suggestions 
as to the form of celebration in 1909. The motion was 
seconded. 

Mr. Hollaman, a member of the Joint Committee, sug- 
gested to the Executive Committee that it place in the 
newspapers paid advertisements of the next hearing. 

The Chairman deprecated any such means of arousing 
public interest, saying, that if there were a general public 
interest, it would find expression. The suggestion that 



30 January 19, 1906 

the Executive Committee pay for advertisements to stimu- 
late public interest implied either that the public had no 
interest or that the press had no interest in the celebration. 

Mr. Curtis thought it would be sufficient if the Secre- 
tary sent a request to the editors of every city paper to give 
notice of the hearing; and with that understanding, Mr. 
McKay's motion was adopted. 

The Secretary moved that the Executive Committee 
hold a private meeting for executive business in the Gov- 
ernors' Room of the City Hall, on Wednesday, January 
24 1906, at 4 P. M., for the purpose of taking steps for the 
incorporation of the Joint Committee, and for other neces- 
sary legislation; and that the Finance Committee and 
Committee on Legislation be invited to be present. 

Carried. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



NOTICE. 



In accordance with the resolution last recorded above, 
of which notice has already been sent to the members of 
the Executive Committee, there will be a private session 
of the Executive Committee in the Governors' Room of 
the City Hall, New York, Wednesday, January 24, 1906, 

at 4 o'clock, p. M, 

In addition to that meeting, notice is hereby given that 
the third and last public hearing for the purpose of 
receiving suggestions concerning the form of the celebra- 
tion in 1909, will be held by the Executive Committee in 
the Governors' Room of the City Hall, New York, Friday, 
January 26, 1906, at 2.30 p. m. Persons desiring to address 
the Committee are requested to send their names in ad- 
vance to the Secretary. The Committee will also welcome 

suegestions in writing. 

^^ HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretarv. 



Joint Committee 



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Ip^■e8i^cnt 

Hon. Stewart L. Woodford 

l'icc=picsibcnta 
Hon. Robert H. Roosevelt Hon. hnvi P. Mokton 

Andrew Carnegie William Rockefeller 

Brig.-Gkn. F. D. Grant, U.S.A. William B. Van Rensselaer 

Morris K. Jesup Hon. Andrkvv I). White 

XErcasuicc 

J. P. Morgan & Co. 

23 Wall Street, New York 

Secretary Hssistant Secretaig 

Henuy W. Sackett Edward Hagaman Hall 

Tribune Building, New York Tribune lUiilding, New York 



Permanently Organized, December 5, 1905 



minutest of Jun. 24, Jan, 2G and Feb. 7, 19<H; 



Executive Committee 



Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairnian i8 Wall Street, New York 

Hon. Frank S. Black Troy, New York 

James M. Beck 44 Wall Street, New York 

Hon. J . Rider Cady Hudson, New York 

Henry \V. Cannon 10 Wall Street, New York 

Andrew Carnegie 2 East gist Street, New York 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate 60 Wall Street, New York 

William J. Curtis 49 Wall Street, New York 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett .. Elmira, New York 

Theodore Fitch . 120 Bioadway, New York 

Fredeiick de Peyster Foster _ _ iS Wall Street, New York 

Thomas Powell Fowler 56 Beaver Street, New York 

Hon. Chas. S. Francis - _ _ Troy, New York 

Hon. William W. Goodiich _ 49 Wall Street, New York 

Brig.-Gen. Fredk. D. Grant, U. S. A Governor's Island, New York 

Edward Hagaman Hall.. Tribune Building, New Yoik 

Hon. Warren Higley 68 West 40th Street, New York 

Hon. David B. Hill Albany, New York 

August F. Jaccaci 7 West 43d Street, New York 

Col. William Jay 48 Wall Street, New York 

Morris K. Jesup ..44 Pine Street, New York 

Gen. Horatio C. King .. -.375 Fulton Street, Brooklyn 

Dr. George F. Kunz Tiffany <.S: Company, New York 

John La Farge 51 West loth Street, New York 

Dr. Henry M. Leipziger Park Avenue & 59th Street, New York 

Hon. Seth Low 30 East 64ih Street, New York 

Frank D. Millet. 6 East 23d Street, New York 

William J. McKay New burgh, New Yoik 

Emerson McMillin 320 Riverside Avenue, New York 

Hon. Levi P. Morton.. 38 Nassau Stree% New York 

Eben E. Olcott Desbrosses Sireet Pier, New Yoik 

John E. Parsons 52 William Street, New York 

Hon. Serene E. Payne. Auburn, New York 

Gen. Horace Porter Union League Club, New York 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley Peekskill, New Yoik 

Louis C. Raegener 141 Broadway, New York 

Hon. Herman Ridder _ .2 Try on Row, New York 

William Rockefeller ..26 Broadway, New York 

Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt 57 Fifth Avenue, New York 

Col. Henry W. Sackett Tribune Building, New York 

President J. G. Schurman Ithaca, New York 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward Montrose, New York 

Charles Stewart Smith 25 West 47th Street, New York 

Francis Lynde Stetson 15 Broad Street, New York 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus.. 5 West 76th Street, New York 

Cornelius Vanderbilt 15 Washington Square, New York 

Rev. Henry Van Dyke, D.D ...Princeton, New Jersey 

William B. Van Rensselaer Albany, New York 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward Albany. New York 

Hon. Andrew D. White Ithaca, New York 

Gen. James Grant Wilson ')2I Fifth Avenue, New York 



Minutes of 

The Executive Committee 

January 24, 1906 

The fourth meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee, for executive 
business, was held in the Governors' Room of the City 
Hall, New York, Wednesday, January 24, at 4 P. M. 

Present: Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman; and 
Messrs. James M. Beck, Theodore Fitch, Frederick de 
Peyster Foster, Hon. William W. Goodrich, Edward Haga- 
man Hall, Hon. Warren Higley, August F. Jaccaci, Col. 
Wm, Jay, Hon. Seth Low, Frank D. Millet, Emeison Mc- 
Millin, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, Louis C. Raegener, 
Hon. Herman Ridder, Henry W. Sackett, Hon. Frederick 
W. Seward, Francis Lynde Stetson, Hon. Oscar S. Straus 
and Gen. James Grant Wilson. Also, Messrs. John G. Agar, 
Bayard L. Peck and Nelson Spencer, of the Committee on 
Legislation. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from the 
Hon. J. Sloat Fassett, Messrs. Stuyvesant Fish, Austen G. 
Fox, Morris K. Jesup, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, Ogden Mills, 
Eben E.Olcott, Hon. Sereno E. Payne, Pres. J. G. Schurman, 
Isaac N. Seligman, A. G. Vanderbilt, Rev. Dr. Henry Van 
Dyke, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, John E. Parsons and Hon. An- 
drew D. White, and they were excused. 

The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were adopted without reading. 

The report of the Treasurer, J. P. Mor-gan & Co., was 
read, showing the receipt of $640 from contributions, and 
no expenditures. 

The suggestion that an Auditing Committee be ap- 
pointed to approve bills for payment was referred to the 
Joint Committee. 



36 January 24, 1906 

The Secretary presented the following bills for pay- 
ment, subject to the approval of the Auditing Committee: 

Polhemus Printing Co.: letter-files $1 00 

" Two scrap-books i 70 

" Blank writing paper 2 00 

" 350 subscription blanks 3 00 

" 1,000 clasp envelopes 10 75 

" 350 circulars of Dec. 23rd, and 

electro 5 00 

" 500 copies minutes of Dec. i6th, 

and electro 17 35 

" 100 copies of 24-page booklet, 

list of names 24 00 

" 500 copies revised edition of 

same 14 co 

'' 500 copies minuses of Dec. 29th. 20 50 

Henry Romeike, Inc., 43 press clippings 

in December i 29 

Irving Press: 500 letter- heads, 1,000 envel- 
opes, and electro of letter- 
head 9 10 

$109 69 

The Secretary stated that he had made additional dis- 
bursements to the amount of nearly one hundred dollars, 
and that the bill for stenographer's services at public hear- 
ings had not yet been presented. 

Mr. Straus asked for information as to the source of 
means for meeting these obligations. Fie would be very 
glad to contribute, but had received no request. 

The Secretary explained that, in accordance witli the 
resolution of the Joint Committee, adopted Dec. 5th, a cir- 
cular and subscription blank had been sent to all the mem- 
bers, asking them, if entirely convenient, to send .$10 each 
to the Treasurer (J. P. Morgan & Co., 23 Wall Street), as a 
contribution toward the preliminary expenses. As these 
documents were enclosed with the printed minutes of the 
first meeting of the Executive Committee, it appeared that 
in several instances they had either gone astray or had 
been overlooked. The Secretary said he would send out 
another circular-letter to those who had not received or 
responded to the first. 

There was some further discussion of ways and means 



January 24, iqo6 ^y 

for preliminary expenses, two or three members expressing 
their willingness to guarantee their payment if necessary. 

It was voted that the bills presented by the Secretary 
be referred to the Joint Committee, with the recommenda- 
tion that they be paid. 

The Secretary, as Chairman of the Committee com- 
posed of Messrs. Sackett, Higley and Fitch, appointed to 
arrange for the compensation of the Assistant Secretary, 
reported, recommending that the Assistant Secretary be 
paid in monthly installments at the rate of $2,500 a year, 
beginning from the time of his election, Dec. 5, 1905, and 
so to continue until the Executive Committee deemed it 
advisable to increase the amount. He explained that the 
sub-Committee had conferred with the Assistant Secretary, 
who had consented to this amount until the increased de- 
mands upon him or his office made it equitable that the 
sum should be increased. At present this compensation 
included the use of the Assistant Secretary's office and the 
assistance of his office stenographer for correspondence. 

Upon motion of Mr. Stetson, modified at the sugges- 
tion of Mr. Sackett, it was voted to recommend to the 
Joint Committee that the compensation of the Assistant 
Secretary be fixed at $2,500 per annum until further action, 
as contemplated in the report of the Committee. 

The Secretary read a communication from Mr. Thomas 
A. Fulton, of Tompkinsville, Staten Island, expressing the 
opinion that the fault with all recent expositions in this 
country had been the effort of each to surpass its predeces- 
sor in size. He thought the most useful exhibitions were 
the series held at South Kensington, beginning with the 
*' Fisheries," each succeeding one taking a different subject. 
The naval exhibition at Chelsea years later was equally 
successful. He therefore suggested the merging of the 
Fulton Centennial Committee and the Hudson Ter-Cen- 
tenary Joint Committee, and that a joint exposition be 
held in Bronx, Queens or Richmond Borough, beginning 
with an exhibition covering " Ships and Navigation." 

The Chairman stated, apropos of the suggestion for the 
merging of the two Committees, that having received an 
informal intimation that such a union would be agreeable 
to the Fulton Committee, he and the Secretary had written 
to Mayor McClellan the following letter : 



38 January 24, 1906 

January 24, 1906. 
The Hon. George B. McClellan, 

Mayor of the City of New York, 

City Hall, New York. 
Dear Sir : 

We have learned from the Secretary of the Committee 
appointed by you to arrange for the celebration in 1907 of 
the Centennial Anniversary of the first steam navigation 
of the Hudson River by Robert Fulton that such Commit- 
tee is to make its report to you on Thursday morning of 
this week, respecting the form of such celebration. 

In discussing the matter with other members of the 
Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee, appointed by you 
and the Governor of the State of New York, it has occurred 
to us to suggest to you the propriety of merging these two 
committees for the purpose of celebrating both events in 
1909 

Our reason for this are briefly these : 

These two events in the history of the Hudson River 
are so intimately related that their commemoration can with 
great propriety be combined in one celebration. Not only 
are the two events mutually related by their connection with 
the Hudson River, but an interesting coincidence of dates 
adds to the propriety of celebrating in 1909 the centennial 
of the beginning of steam navigation, for it was in 1809 
that the Legislature of the State granted to Fulton the 
exclusive privilege of navigating the river — out of which 
action grew the famous case of Gibbons and Ogden, 
establishing the right of free navigation. 

We believe that the union of these two observances will 
strengthen each. It will not only allow the municipality 
and the various civic interests concerned to focus their en- 
ergies on one great observance, but it will more effectually 
concentrate upon itself the public attention of the world. 

If the suggestion which we have made meets with your 
approval, and it should prove acceptable to the members of 
the Committee appointed by you for the Fulton Celebra- 
tion, we believe that it would be a conclusion which would 
not only be cordially received by all the members of the 
Hudson Ter-Centenary Committee, but would also serve in 
every way the best public interests. 
Yours trulv, 

STEWART L. WOODFORD, 

President. 

Henry W. Sackett, 

Secretary. 

Mr. Straus said that the suggestion for the appoint- 
ment of the Fulton Committee originated in the New York 
Board of Trade and Transportation ; that he had been ap- 



January 24, 1906 39 

pointed on both the Fulton and Hudson Committees; that 
he thought that having two such movements in the air 
would keep both in the air : and that he had declined the 
appointment on the Fulton Committee and recommended 
the consolidation of both. 

Mr. Low thought the merging of the two committees a 
very wise step, and moved that the action of the President 
and Secretary in writing the foregoing letter he approved. 
Seconded by Mr. Straus and carried. 

Mr. Fitch moved that the Committee on Legislation be 
requested to draft a Charter of Incorporation of the Hud- 
son Ter-Centenary Joint Committee and report it to the 
ne.xt executive session of the Executive Committee. 

The Chairman asked members of the Committee to 
express their views as to the scope of the proposed legisla- 
tion. 

The Secretary suggested that in making up the list of 
incorporators the Committee take into consideration a list 
of 22 names approved by Gov. Higgins in addition to those 
already appointed by him on the Joint Committee. The 
names included that of an ex Governor now residing in New 
Jersey, ex-President Cleveland. 

Mr. Stetson thought the bill of incorporation should 
cover these point: 

The first section could present all of the names, with 
the names of the Governors and ex-Governors. Mr. Cleve- 
land, he observed, was not the only living ex-Governor. 
There was an ex-Governor of New York in the White House 
who might be included. 

The second section should be devoted to the conferring 
of the necessary powers. 

The third section should provide for an ample appro- 
priation by the State and City to enable the Committee to 
make provision for the Celebration on a wide and ample 
scale. 

He recommended that the draft of the bill be sent in 
proof form to all members of the Joint Committee before 
the meeting at which they are called upon to adopt it. 

He said that the approaching anniversary presented a 
great opportunity. Before the consolidation of Greater 
New York, the Old City had been held up as a city without 
civic pride. Now was a good time to show that we had it. 



40 January 24, 1906 

He was one of the Commission appointed to represent New 
York at the Chicago Exposition on Manhattan Day and he 
appreciated the value of feeling and expressing pride in 
one's city. He referred to the Field Columbian Exposition 
as a permanent outgrowth of that Fair, the product of the 
interest of one of Chicago's most distinguished citizens, 
who had just died and left it $8,000,000. The Hudson ter- 
centenary presented an opportunity for a great advance in 
the City's history which should be improved. He agreed 
that previous expositions had erred on the side of size. He 
wanted the best thing in this celebration, not the biggest. 

So far as immediate expenses were concerned he was 
willing to guarantee their ultimate payment. 

Mr. Low expressed himself as in hearty sympathy with 
what Mr. Stetson had said. He would be glad to join in 
guaranteeing the preliminary expenses. If any member 
of the Committee could not give pro rata, others could 
give more. 

Turning to the commemoration itself, Mr. Low said that 
he regarded this as a splendid opportunity for an interest- 
ing celebration. It was a favorite thought with him that 
New York City had the function of interpreting America 
to Europe and Europe to America. This was because she 
had her hands on both. Some Americans living away from 
the seaboard spoke of us as being European. That was 
partly because of our large foreign population and partly 
because we were so close to Europe. 

New York, he said, was an epitome of the United States, 
because of her close touch with the rest of the country 
largely through-the Hudson River and Erie Canal. Speak- 
ing of the influence of these channels on the development 
of the City, he referred to the time prior to the opening of 
the Canal when New York was a second or third rate city 
and alluded to the three Brown brothers, who came to the 
United States, one of them going to Baltimore as the most 
important City, another to Philadelphia, and the third to 
New York as the least important. When the Erie Canal 
was opened, years before the railroads, and gave the City 
easy access by river, canal and lake to the west, it gave 
New York a pre-eminence which she had never lost. When 
the railroads came, the same geographical situation contin- 
ued her pre-eminence, because, among other advantages, 



January 24, 1906 41 

New Yorkers did not have to climb the Alleghany moun- 
tains to communicate with the west. As a result of the 
streams of life flowing- to and through the City from the 
other parts of the United States, New York was an epitome 
of the growth of the nation. 

If the enterprise which we had in hand were carried for- 
ward in a large way, he was sure that everybody would 
take pride in it. In the bill of incorporation we should 
ask for ample powers and an appropriation as large as 
might be thought wise. The latter should be sufficient to 
enable the Committee to lay out its plans on a large scale; 
and perhaps the City and State would give more liberally 
later. He favored laying out the plans of the celebration 
on lines broad enough to deal adequately with the oppor- 
tunity. 

Col. Jay expressed his strong pride in and affection for 
the City of New York. His mind had not yet hit upon 
any definite scheme for the celebration, but he was inclined 
toward something permanent in the way of a monument, 
gate, statue, building or public square. He thought that 
we were far behind European cities in laying out our town. 
The plan of New York City's streets was as poor as could 
be imagined. The streets had evidently been ruled out on 
paper at right angles, without any regard to the topog- 
raphy of the Island. If we could get up something, not so 
big as the Place de la Concorde in Paris or Trafalgar 
Square in London, but an attempt at some architectural 
fulfillment, he thought it might be worth while. 

As to money for temporary expenses, he' recalled his 
experience on the Commission appointed by Gov. Cornell 
at the time of the Yorktown centennial in 1881. When the 
French visitors became the guests of the New York Com- 
mission, the members of the latter found themselves facing 
some large expenses with no appropriation. They assessed 
themselves, however, to meet the situation, with the expec- 
tation that they would be reimbursed, and their confidence 
in that respect was not disappointed. He felt sure that 
whatever the members of this Committee assessed upon 
themselves would be refunded. 

Mr. Seward thought that Mr. Lew had hit upon the 
most important point of all when he spoke of seeing that 
the powers sought to be granted by the Legislature should 



42 January 24, 1906 

be ample. The Committee had no power now. It was 
simply an advisory board. It could receive suggestions 
and make them, but could not carry them out or extend its 
power. He would insist that the powers granted be large, 
and the discretion left in the Corporation be ample, because 
we did not now know what our plans would be, and we 
should not be so tied down as to prevent our carrying out a 
large plan. 

Mr. Low said that while it was natural for us to empha- 
size the interest of the City we should not forget that this 
event concerns the State as well, and shape our plans 
accordingly. 

Judge Goodrich suggested that the Corporation be given 
the power of condemning property. If this body were 
organized into a corporation, it would certainly be a cor- 
poration for public purposes, and possibly it would follow 
that it would have the right to apply to the proper authori- 
ties to take property by eminent domain. He did not 
know just exactly how the fullest measure of public inter- 
est was to be aroused in this celebration. If we had the 
courage to ask for an appropriation that would startle the 
State of New York, one which would rise into the millions, 
it might wake up the people and the press and stimulate 
an interest commensurate with the importance of the event. 
Mr. Seward thought Judge Goodrich's suggestion capi- 
tal. We must ask for a good deal more than we expect to 
get. The Charter should also be drawn with a view to 
getting all the power that will ever be needed. 

Mr. Low regarded it as of doubtful policy to go before 
the Legislature without a plan and ask for much money. 
We could very properly ask for a large appropriation to 
carry out a plan when we knew what it was, but he coun- 
seled the Committee not to ask for a large sum for a 
temporary corporation. 

Mr. Stetson agreed with Mr. Low and reiterated his own 
suggestion that until a plan was formulated, the Committee 
limit its Charter to three sections, naming the incorporators 
and corporation, a statement of the corporation's powers 
and an appropriation sufficient to enable it to mature its 
plans. As to exercising the power of eminent domain, he 
was inclined to think the Committee should limit itself to 
an appeal to the City authorities. He hoped we could 



January 24, 1906 43 

arouse the City to make large provision for the celebration. 
He recalled the fact that when efforts were being made to 
have the Columbian Exposition held in New York the 
Legislature had been induced to pass laws for the extension 
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American 
Museum of Natural History. He thought these laws had 
never been repealed and that the municipal authorities 
could be stirred up to avail themselves of them. It was, 
rather, the other side — the state side — for which we should 
make provision in the charter ; for while the corporation 
of the City could make provision for the City, there was 
no organization to operate all up and down the Hudson. 

The Secretary suggested that if an exposition were 
held it might be found necessary to condemn property 
outside of the city, and asked if it might not be a useful 
power of the corporation to exercise the right of eminent 
domain beyond the city limits. 

After some further discussion Mr. Fitch's motion, that 
the Committee on Legislation be requested to draft a 
Charter and submit it to the Executive Committee, was 
carried. 

The meeting then adjourned, subject to the call of the 
chair. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretarv. 



Minutes of 

The Executive Committee 

January 26, 1906. 

The fifth meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee was held in public 
in the Governors' Room in the City Hall of New York, 
Friday, January 26, 1906, at 2.30 p. m. This was the third 
and last public hearing for the purpose of receiving sugges- 
tions as to the form of the proposed celebration in 1909. 

Present : Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, pre- 
siding ; and Messrs. William J. Curtis, Theodore Fitch, 
Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. Warren Higley, William 
J. McKay, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, Henry W. Sackett 
and the Hon. Frederick W. Seward. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from the Hon. 
J. Sloat Fassett, Messrs. Stuyvesant Fish, Austen G. Fox, 
Morris K. Jesup, Dr. George F. Kunz, Dr. Henry M. 
Leipziger, Ogden Mills, Eben E. Olcott, John E. Parsons, 
Hon. Sereno E. Pa3me, President J. G. Schurman, Isaac 
N. Seligman, A G. Vanderbilt, Rev. Henry Van Dyke, 
D.D., Dr. Samuel B. Ward and Hon. Andrew D. White, 
and they were excused. 

The reading of the minutes of the last meeting was 
dispensed with. 

The Chairman announced that the Committee was 
ready to listen to further suggestions concerning the plan 
of the proposed celebration in 1909. 

The Hon. John H. Coyne, Mayor of Yonkers, heading a 
committee representing that city, introduced Mr. Charles 
Philip Easton, President of the Board of Education of 
Yonkers, as their spokesman. 

Mr. Easton had nothing definite to suggest as to the 
form of the celebration, but said that if the Ter-Centenary 
Committee desired five or six hundred acres of space, or 
even more, that area was available in the City of Yonkers. 

Mr. Abraham Hasbrouck, of Kingston, N. Y., pre- 
sented a letter from the Hon. A. W. Thompson, Mayor of 
Kingston, asking him to represent that city at the hearing. 
He said he came unprepared to make any suggestion, but 
asked that Kingston be given some representation on the 
Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee, as the people of 
that city were interested and would like to co-operate. 



January 26, 1906 45 

The Chairman explained that the Committee had been 
appointed by the Governor of the State and tlie Mayor of 
New York, and if such an important city as Kingston had 
been overlooked the Committee regretted it. 

Mrs. A. L. Freed, of No. 30 East 42d Street, whose 
husband appeared at the hearing December 29, 1905, said 
that he expected to attend the present hearing to speak on 
the subject of an exposition, but had been prevented. She 
therefore came in his place. She said that Chicago, Paris 
and St. Louis had been benefited by their expositions and 
that Brussels and Antwerp had been built up alone by ex- 
positions. She thought that New York was a dull place in 
summer and that an exposition in or near the city would 
benefit the tradespeople of the town. 

Mr. Pierre H. Marshall, terminal agent of the Baltimore 
& Ohio Railroad Co., Pier 22, North River, New York, 
spoke in favor of Staten Island as a site for the proposed 
exposition. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, whose road 
came into Staten Island, was one of the only two roads 
whose rails came into the City of New York. He said that 
Staten Island was accessible by rail and water and had 
connection with all the trunk lines. He assumed that 
there was no question as to the advisability of a world's 
fair. He disclaimed any authority to speak for Staten 
Island, but came as a friend of Mr. Freed to speak for the 
transportation interests. 

Mr. Easton, speaking again of the availability of 
Yonkers for an exposition, predicted that that city would 
eventually come within the boundaries of New York. 
Yonkers had twenty-one square miles of area ; was situated 
on the Hudson ; was within fifteen miles of the Grand Cen- 
tral Station of New York ; was accessible by the Hudson 
division of the New York Central, the Putnam division, the 
New York & Harlem, and by trolley from New York ; and 
by March ist it would be accessible by the Interborough 
Rapid Transit. It was also easily accessible from the east, 
and New Jersey people could reach it by river on the west. 
These were features which commended Yonkers to the con- 
sideration of the Committee. 

The Hon. Theodore H. Silkman, of 459 Palisade Ave- 
nue, Yonkers, Surrogate of Westchester County, said that 
he thought a permanent exposition was the most perfect 



46 January 26, 1906 

way in which to honor the memory of Henry Hudson. 
World's fairs in the past liad been transient affairs, leaving 
possibly one building or monument to indicate where they 
had been held ; but if we could make a new departure and 
establish an exposition to last into the future as far as the 
discovery of the Hudson was past, we would do something 
that would honor ourselves, our country and the locality 
which we represent. He concluded his remarks by moving 
that it was the sense of the meeting that "the form of this 
tribute be in the nature of a permanent exposition located 
somewhere upon the Hudson River." 

Dr. E. Parmly Brown seconded the motion. 

Mr. Henry E. Gregory, of No. 59 Wall Street, New 
York, understood that this was not a meeting for the adop- 
tion of resolutions, but simply a hearing given by the 
Executive Committee to individuals who desired to express 
their views. It was not a meeting for the transaction of 
business. He desired to record his protest against the as- 
sumption that public opinion was generally in favor of an 
exposition. He believed that New York did not want any 
permanent exposition to honor Henry Hudson. It looked 
to him as if those who wanted an exposition most were in- 
terested in railroads or money-making schemes. He hoped 
the Committee would decide against such a form of cele- 
bration. He was not sure just what form the commemora- 
tion ought to take; but he was convinced that that was the 
form which it ought not to take. Chicago might have 
needed an exposition in 1892 or 1893, and St. Louis may 
have been benefited by the exposition of 1904, but New 
York was not in the same class and did not require any 
world's fair. 

Mr. Easton disclaimed, for the Yonkers Committee, 
any interest in the real estate business. Mr. Skinner, a 
member of the committee, was an officer of the Canadian 
Pacific Railroad, but that road did not touch Yonkers or 
New York. 

Mr. George A, Bagley, of Peekskill, reinforced the ar- 
guments which he had presented at the previous two hear- 
ings in favor of a permanent exposition at Verplanck's 
Point. 

The Hon. Alonzo Wheeler, of Haverstraw, N. Y., ap- 
peared in behalf of the Hon. Wilson P. Foss, President of 
the Village of Haverstraw, to say that if the latter were 
present he would speak strongly in favor of an exposition- 



January 26, 1906 47 

The Hon, Isaac H. Smith, President of the Village of 
Peekskill, spoke in favor of a permanent exposition. He 
thought that in the near future there would be a perma- 
nent exposition in the nation somewhere, and he thought 
that the anniversary now approaching offered a good occa- 
sion for establishing it here in New York State. He heartily 
endorsed Judge Silkman's sentiments upon that point. 

Mr. Bernard S. Deutsch, of No. 61 Park Row, New 
York, representing the City History Club of New York, 
wanted to go on record as opposed to any permanent ex- 
position very close to New York City. He said that the 
city had not yet solved its own transportation problems; 
that the manner in which the people of New York were 
handled by the transit lines was intolerable, and that we 
were not in a position to invite great crowds from all over 
the world to visit the city when we could not take care of 
our own people properly. He was in favor of an exposi- 
tion, but it should be located so far away from the City of 
New York that the city would, in a measure, be free from 
additional worry and care in regard to its transportation 
facilities. 

Mr. J. C. Pumpelly, of No. 2881 Broadway, New York, 
reiterated the views expressed by him at the hearing, Decem- 
ber 29, 1905, and hoped that the whole celebration would 
"take the strongest form possible along the line of the highest 
ideals of scenic improvement in art in a comm.emorative 
way." He thought we had an overabundance of com- 
mercialism and did not think any one would be in favor of 
a commercial enterprise where a great many goods would 
be displayed and then sold at the very best profit. 

Dr. E. Parmly Brown, of No. 509 Fifth Avenue, New 
York, who had spoken at the tv/o previous hearings in 
favor of a permanent exposition at Verplanck's Point, spoke 
in the interest of the " eight3^-five million people of 
this country and the fourteen hundred million people on 
this planet," and declared that the gentleman who said 
that he did not want a permanent exposition spoke only 
for himself. The men who drew their incomes and could 
go to their clubs, and could go to Europe, and could sail 
about on their yachts, might do without a permanent 
exposition, he said; but the millions of people who had 
only h^lf a dollar needed the exposition. 



48 . January 26, 1906 

Mr. Richard G. Holaman, of the Eden Musee, New 
York, who had advocated a universal exposition at the 
hearing December 29, 1905, thought that the transporta- 
tion facilities would be adequate to handle an exposition 
crowd three years hence. 

The Secretary reported that the President had received 
a letter signed by Mr. L. A. R. Robinson, and dated No. 
214 West 44th Street, stating that on January 21st, by the 
kindness of Dr. Brown, he had gone over parts of the 
ground at Verplanck's Point, where he understood the 
permanent exposition was to be held, and he regarded the 
place as the most suitable for the purpose. The argu- 
ments advanced in favor of the exposition were in line 
with those already given before the Executive Com- 
mittee. 

The Chairman, referring to Judge Silkman's motion, 
said that as objection had been raised by a member of 
the Committee, he thought it would not be in order 
for him as Chairman of the Executive Committee to put 
the question to the assembly. If, however, the Judge 
wanted a vote of the friends present, the Chairman would 
yield long enough for him to put the motion. 

Judge Silkman withdrew his motion, stating that he 
offered it more for the purpose of evoking discussion than 
to find out how the gentlemen felt on the subject. 

The Secretary reported that the President had received 
a letter from Mr. Charles Elting Rickerson, of No. 276 
Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, a real estate dealer, offering an 
exposition site of 500 acres on Jamaica Bay, with two and 
a half miles of water front, for the sum of $500,000. 

The Secretary also reported the receipt of a letter 
from Mr. J. Du Pratt White, Secretary of the Commission- 
ers of the Palisades Inter-State Park, stating that the 
Commission would probably communicate their sugges- 
tions in a short time. 

No one else desiring to be heard, the Chairman thanked 
those who had appeared before the Committee and 
declared the public hearings closed. 

The Committee then adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



Proposed Charter, Drafted by 

The Committee on Legislation, 

February 7, 1906. 

A meeting of the Committee on Legislation was held 
at the office of the Chairman, the Hon. William W. Good- 
rich, No 49 Wall street, at 4 p. m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, 
1906. 

Present: Judge Goodrich, presiding; and Messrs. 
John G. Agar, Bayard L. Peck and Nelson S. Spencer. 
An unavoidable engagement detained Mr. Cravath. 

The President and Secretaries of the Joint Committee 
were present by request. 

The preliminary draft of a Charter, which had been 
considered at a previous meeting, was amended to the form 
following. 

It was voted that the proposed Charter be reported to 
the Executive Committee at a meeting to be held in the 
Governors' Room of the City Hall on Wednesday, February 
14, at 2 p. m. in order that the Executive Committee, if it 
saw fit, might report it to the Joint Committee at a meet- 
ing to be held at the same place and on the same day at 
4 p. m. 

It was also voted that the draft be printed as soon as 
possible and sent to all the members, with the intimation 
that the Committee would be glad to receive from them 
any suggestions which they might desire to offer. Com- 
munications on the subject may be sent to the Secretary. 

PROPOSED CHARTER. 

AN ACT to Incorporate the HUDSON TER-CEN- 
TENARY COMMISSION. 

The People of the State of New York, represented 
in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows : 

Section i. Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleve- 
land, Levi P. Morton, David B. Plill, Frank S. Black, 
Benjamim B. Odell, Jr., Stewart L. Woodford, Robert 
B. Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie, Frederick D. Grant, 
Morris K. Jesup, William Rockefeller, William B. 
Van Rensselaer, Andrew D. White, J. Pierpont Mor- 



50 February 7, 1906 

gan, Henry VV. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, Her- 
bert Adams, R. B. Aldcroft, Jr., John G. Agar, B. 
Altman, Louis Annin Ames, John E. Andrus, James 
K. Apgar, John D. Archbold, John Jacob Astor, 
Theodore M. Banta, Franklin Bartlett, James C. Bay- 
les, James ^L Beck, August Belmont, William Berri, 
Cornelius N. Bliss, E. W. Bloomingdale, Reginald 
Pelham Bolton, Thomas W. Bradley, George V. 
Brower, E. Parmly Brown, Henry K. Bush-Brown, 
\Vm. L. Bull, E. H. Butler, Nicholas Murray Butler, 
J. Rider Cady, J. H. Callanan, Henrj' W. Cannon, 
Joseph H. Choate, Caspar Purdon Clarke, George C. 
Clausen, A. T. Clearwater, Thomas Clyde, E. C. Con- 
verse, Walter Cook, John H. Coyne, E. D. Cummings, 
William J. Curtis, Paul D. Cravath, Charles de Kay, 
James de la Montanye, Chauncey M. Depew, Edward 
DeWitt, William Draper, Charles A. DuBois, John C. 
Eames, George Ehret, Smith Ely, Arthur English, John 
M. Farley, J. Sloat Fassett, Barr Ferree, Stuyyesant 
Fish, Theodore Fitch, Winchester Fitch, J. J. Fitzgerald, 
Frederick de Peyster Foster, Thomas Powell Fowler, 
Austen G. Fox, Charles S. Francis, Henry C. Frick, Frank 
S. Gardner, Garret J. Garretson, Theodore P. Gilman, 
Robert Walton Goelet, W^illjam W. Goodrich, George 
J. Gould, George F. Gregory, Henry E. Gregory, 
W. L. Guillaudeu, xA.bner S. Haighc, Benjamin F. 
Hamilton, William S. Hawk, James A. Hearn, 
Peter Cooper Hewitt, Warren Higley, Michael H. 
Hirschberg, Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, Richard 
G. HoUaman, Willis Holly, Colgate Hoyt, LeRoy 
Hubbard, Thomas H. Hubbard, T. D. Huntting, 
August F. Jaccaci, William Jay, Hugh Kelly, 
James H. Kennedy, John H. Ketcham, Horatio 
C. King, Albert E. Kleinert, George F. Kunz, 
John LaFarge, Charles R. Lamb, Frederick S. Lamb, 
Homer Lee, Charles W. Lefler, Julius Lehrenkrauss, 
Henry M. Leipziger, Clarence Lexow, Gustay Linden- 
thai, Walter Seth Logan, Charles H. Loring, Seth 
Low, William A. Marble, George E. Matthews, Wil- 
liam McCarroU, Donald McDonald, William J. Mc- 



February 7, 1906 51 

Kay, St. Clair McKelway, Emerson McxMillin, George 
VV. Melville, Herman A. iMetz, John G. Milburn, Frank 
D. Millet, A. L.Mills. Og-den Mills, C.H.Niehaus,Ludwig 
Nissen Jacob W. Miller, VV. R. O'Donovan, Eben E. 
Olcott, William Church Osborn, Percy B. O'Sullivan, 
Orrel A. Parker, John E. Parsons, Samuel Parsons, Jr., 
Samuel H. Parsons, Sereno E. Payne, George Foster 
Peabody, R. E. Peary, Bayard L. Peck, Gordon H. 
Peck, Howland Pell, George W. Perkins, N. Taylor 
Phillips, Thomas C. Piatt, George A. Plimpton, Eugene 
H. Porter, Horace Porter. Henry C. Potter, Cornelius 
A. Pugsley, Louis C. Raegener, Herman Ridder, 
Charles F. Roe, Carl J. Roehr, Louis T. Romaine, 
Thomas F. Ryan, George Henry Sargent, Herbert L. 
Satterlee, Charles A. Schermerhorn, Jacob Gould 
Schurman, Gustav H. Schwab, Isaac N. Seligman, 
Louis Seligsberg, Joseph H. Senner, Frederick W. 
Seward, George F. Seward, VV^illiam F. Sheehan, J. 
Edward Simmons, |ohn W. Simpson, E. V. Skinner, 
Charles Stewart Smith, Nelson S. Spencer, John H. 
Starin, Isaac Stern, Louis Stern, Francis Lynde Stet- 
son, Louis Stewart, James Stillman, Oscar S. Straus, 
Theodore Sutro, Henry C. Swords, Henry R. Towne, 
Spencer Trask, C. Y. Turner, Albert Ulmann, Aaron 
Vanderbilt, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Cornelius Vander- 
bilt, Henry Van Dyke, Warner Van Norden, Miss A. 
T. Van Santvoord, J. Leonard Varick, E. B. Vreeland, 
Charles G. F. Wahle, Samuel B. Ward. W. L. Ward, 
William C. Warren, Edward Wells, Jr., George West- 
inghouse, Charles W. Wetmore, Edmund Wetmore, 
J. Du Pratt White, Fred. C. Whitney, William R. Will- 
cox, James Grant Wilson, Chas. B.Wolffram,Timothy L. 
Woodruff, W. E. Woolley and James A. Wright, who 
were appointed by His Excellency, the Governor 
of the State of New York, or by the Mayor of the 
City of New York, as members of the Hudson Ter- 
centenary Joint Committee and of the Fulton Centen- 
nial Committee, and all such persons as are or may 
hereafter be associated with them, by the appoint- 
ment of the Governor or of the said Mayor, shall 



52 February 7, 1906 

be and are hereby constituted a body politic and 
corporate by the name of the Hudson Ter-Centenary 
Commission, which corporation shall be a public cor- 
poration, with all the powers specified in the eleventh 
Section of the General Corporation Law, except as 
otherwise provided b}' this Act. It shall have no 
capital stock. 

Section 2. The object of said corporation shall 
be the public celebration or commemoration of the 
Ter-Centenary of the discovery of the Hudson River 
by Hendrik Hudson in the year 1609, and of the first 
use of steam in the navigation of said river by Robert 
Fulton in the year 1807, in such manner and form, 
either permanent or temporary, as may be found ap- 
propriate by said Commission. 

Section 3. The said Commission shall have 
power to acquire, hold and possess for the purposes 
of its incorporation real or personal estate within the 
State of New York in fee or for a term of years, or 
any easement therein, by gift, devise, bequest, grant, 
lease or purchase; and in case such Commission should 
be unable to agree with the owners thereof for the pur- 
chase or lease of any real estate required for the pur- 
poses of its incorporation, it shall have the right to 
acquire the same, by condemnation, in the manner 
provided by the Condemnation Law^, being Chapter 23 
of the Code of Civil Procedure. 

Section 4. The affairs and business of said Com- 
mission shall be conducted by a Board of not less than 
twenty-five nor more than one hundred trustees, a 
quorum of whom for the transaction of business shall 
be fixed by the By-Laws. 

The trustees for the first year shall be Theodore 
Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, Levi P. Morton, David 
B. Hill, Frank S. Black, Benjamin B. Odell, Jr., Stew- 
art L. Woodford, Robert B. Roosevelt, Andrew Car- 
negie, Frederick D. Grant, Morris K. Jesup, William 
Rockefeller, William B. Van Rensselaer, Andrew D. 



February 7, 1906 53 

White, J. Pierpont Morgan, Henry VV. Sackett, Ed- 
ward Hagaman Hall, James M. Beck, J. Rider Cady, 
Henry W. Cannon, Joseph H. Choate, William J. Cur- 
tis, J. Sloat Farsett, Theodore Fitch, Frederick de 
Peyster Fostei", Thomas Powell Fowler, Charles S. 
Francis, William W. Goodrich, Warren Higley, 
Thomas H. Hubbard, August F. Jaccaci, William 
Jay, James H. Kennedy, Horatio C. King, George 
Frederick Kunz. John LaFarge, Henry INI. Leipziger, 
Seth Low, William McCarroll, William J. McKay. 
Emerson McMillin, John G. Milburn, Frank D. Millet, 
Eben E. Olcott, John E. Parsons, Sereno E. Payne, 
Horace Porter, Cornelius A. Pugsley, Louis C. Raeg- 
ener, Herman Ridder, Jacob Gould Schurman, Fred- 
erick W. Seward, J. Edward Simmons, Charles Stew- 
art Smith, Francis Lynde Stetson, Oscar S. Straus, Cor- 
nelius Vanderbilt, Henry Van Dyke, Samuel B. Ward, 
Andrew D. White and James Grant Wilson. 

Such trustees shall make the By-Laws of the Com- 
mission, providing among other things for the election 
of their successors within thirteen months from the pas- 
sage of this act, and for the election of officers, as 
therein specified, to hold office until the succeeding an- 
nual election of trustees, and until their successors are 
elected, and for the filling of vacancies in any office. 
They shall continue to hold office until the succeeding 
election of trustees to the number and in the manner 
provided by the said By-Laws. 

Section 5. None of the trustees or members of 
said Commission, except one or more assistants to the 
Secretary, shall receive an}- compensation for services, 
nor shall any of them be pecuniarily interested directly 
or indirectly in any contract relating to the affairs of 
said Commission ; nor shall said Commission make any 
dividend or division of its property among its members, 
managers or officers. 

Sfxtion 6. Said Commission shall annually make 
to the Legislature a statement of its affairs, and from 



54 February 7, 1906 

time to time report to the Legislature such recommen- 
dations as are pertinent to the objects for which it is 
created, and may act jointly or otherwise with any 
persons appointed by any other State for purposes sim- 
ilar to those intended to be accomplished by this Act. 

Section 7. Whenever the Commission shall re- 
port to the Legislature that the purposes for which the 
Commission is created have been attained and all its 
debts and obligations have been paid, its remaining 
real and personal property shall be disposed of as the 
Legislature may direct. 

Section 8. The Commission shall have power to 
receive subscriptions from parties who may desire to 
contribute to the object of the said Commission. 

Section 9. The Treasurer of the State of New 
York, within one month after the passage of this act, 
shall pay to the said Commission the sum of 
dollars out of any funds of the State not otherwise ap- 
propriated, such sum to be used for the purposes of 
said Commission. 

Section 10. 1 he City of New York may provide 
and pa}' to the said Commission such sums of money 
as it shall deem expedient for the purpose of carrying 
out the objects of the Commission. 

Section II. The property of the Commission 
shall be devoted 1.0 public use, and shall be exempt 
from an}^ assessment or tax for State, county, town or 
local purposes until the year 1916. Such corporation 
shall also be exempt during such term from taxation 
under Section 182 of the Tax Law. 

Section 12. The Commission ma}- appomt and 
employ, at its own expense, policemen, with all the 
powers of such officers in cities, towns and villages, 
for the preservation of order and of public peace upon 



February 7, 1906 55 

the land or property belonging; to or used by said 
Commission for the purpose of its incorporation. 
Each of such policemen shall be appointed from the 
first three names appearing- at the time of appointment 
on a list or lists of persons determined to be eligible 
for the position by competitive examinations to be 
held by the State Civil Service Commission, which 
Commission is hereby empowered to conduct the 
same and to certify said lists in accordance with the 
provisions of the Civil Service Law and its rules, so 
far as applicable, provided that, if the name of any 
person on said list be passed in appointment three 
times, it shall be dropped from the list. All such ap- 
pointments and removals of persons so ap]:)ointed shall 
be certified by the proper officer of the Hudson Ter- 
centenary Commission to the State Civil Service 
Commission within ten days after they shall be made 
respectively. Nothing in this section contained shall 
be construed as in any manner limiting or abridging 
the power of fhe local authorities to appoint, at their 
expense, officers of the peace to act upon the land or 
property of the Corporation. 

Section 13. The duration of the Corporation 
shall be ten years. 

Section 14. This Act shall take effect immedi- 
ately. 



J|ub0on Cer Centenary 
3oint Committee 



9lppointrIi bp 

(E^lje ^obernor of tlje ^tatf of j^fto ^orfe anD 
^\)t spavor of tlje Cit^ of ^m ^orfe 



lpre8i^ent 

Hon. Stewart L. Woodford 



lPlcc=pre8l^cnt8 
Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt Hon. Levi P. Morton 

Andrew Carnegie William Rockefeller 

Brig.-Gen. F. D. Grant, U.S.A. William B. Van Rensselaer 

Morris K. Jesup Hon. Andrkw D. White 

XTreasurer 

J. P. Morgan & Co. 

23 Wall Street, New York 

Secretary assistant Secretary 

Henry W. Sackett Edward Hagaman Hall 

Tribune Building, New York Tribune Building, New York 



Permanently Organized, December 5, 1Q05 



minutes of February 14, 1906. 



Executive Committee 



Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman iS Wall Street, New York 

Hon. Frank S. Black Troy, New York 

James M. Beck 44 Wall Street, New York 

Hon. J. Rider Cady Hudson, New York 

Henry \V. Cannon 10 Wall Street, New York 

Andrew Carnegie 2 East 91st Street, New York 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate 60 Wall Street, New York 

William J. Curtis. ..49 Wall Street, New York 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett Elmira, New York 

Theodore Fitch 120 Broadway, New York 

Thomas Powell Fowler 56 Beaver Street, New York 

Hon. Chas. S. Francis Troy, New York 

Hon. William W. Goodrich 49 Wall Street, New York 

Brig.-Gen. Fredk. D. Grant, U. S. A Governor's Island, New York 

Edward Hagaman Hall ..Tribune Building, New York 

Hon. Warren Higley 68 West 40th Street, New York 

Hon. David B. Hill Albany, New York 

August F. Jaccaci .7 West 43d Street, New York 

Col. William Jay 48 Wall Street, New York 

Morris K. Jesup 44 Pine Street, New York 

Gen. Horatio C. King 375 Fulton Street, Brooklyn 

Dr. George F. Kunz. Tiffany & Company, New York 

John La Farge 51 West loth Street, New York 

Dr. Henry M. Leipziger. Park Avenue & 59th Street, New York 

Hon. Seth Low 30 East 64th Street, New York 

Frank D. Millet. 6 East 23d Street, New York 

William J. McKay.. Newburgh, New York 

Hon. Levi P. Morton 38 Nassau Street, New York 

Eben E. Olcott Desbrosses Street Pier, New York 

John E. Parsons 52 William Street, New York 

Hon. Sereno E. Payne Auburn, New York 

Gen. Horace Porter Union League Club, New York 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley Peekskill, New York 

Louis C. Raegener 141 Broadway, New York 

Herman Ridder 2 Tryon Row, New York 

William Rockefeller 26 Broadway, New York 

Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt .57 Fifth Avciuue, New York 

Col. Henry W. Sackett Tribune Building, New York 

President J. G. Schurman Ithaca, New York 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward Montrose, New York 

Charles Stewart Smith 25 West 47th Street, New York 

Francis Lynde Stetson 15 Broad Street, New York 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus 5 West 76th Street, New York 

Cornelius Vanderbilt 15 Washington Square, New York 

Rev. Henry Van Dyke, D.D Princeton, New Jersey 

William B. Van Rensselaer Albany, New York 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward Albany, New York 

Hon. Andrew D. White Ithaca, New York 

Gen. James Grant Wilson 621 Fifth Avenue, New York 



Minutes of 

The Executive Committee 

February 14, 1906 

The sixth meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee was held in the 
Governors' Room of the City Hall at 2 P. M. Wednesday, 
February 14, 1906. 

Present: The Hon. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 
and Messrs. John G. Agar, James M. Beck, Theodore Fitch, 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Major-Gen. Frederick D. 
Grant, Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. Warren Higley, Dr. 
George F. Kunz, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, William J. 
McKay, Bayard L. Peck, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Hon, 
Cornelius A. Pugsley, Louis C. Raegener, Herman Ridder, 
Henry W. Sackett, President J. G. Schurman, Hon. Fred- 
erick W. Seward, Nelson S. Spencer, William B. Van 
Rensselaer and Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Letters of regret for absence were received from 
Messrs. William J. Curtis, Hon. Charles S. Francis, August 
F. Jaccaci, Morris K, Jesup, Hon. Seth Low, Frank D. 
Millet, John E. Parsons, Charles Stewart Smith, Francis 
Lynde Stetson, Dr. Samuel B. Ward and Hon. Andrew D. 
White, and they were excused. 

The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were approved without 
reading. 

The Secretary stated that he had expended to date, 
with the authority of the Executive Committee, $790.65, 
and he moved that these expenditures be referred to the 
Joint Committee. Carried. 

The Assistant Secretary read a copy of resolutions 
adopted by the Board of Trustees of the village of Tarry- 
town, January 29, and certified by Edward M. Berrien, 
Clerk, declaring in favor of a permanent exposition at Ver- 
planck's Point. The Assistant Secretary was requested to 
acknowledge the receipt of the resolutions with the thanks 
of the Committee, and the communication was ordered on 
file. 

The Chairman announced that Austen G. Fox, Esq., 



6o Minutes of Executive Committee 

had been compelled by his professional engagements to 
decline the position of Chairman of the Committee on 
Legislation and that he had appointed in his place the 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, formerly Presiding Justice of 
the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. 

Judge Goodrich then presented the tentative draft of 
a Charter for the Commission as given on pages 49-55 of 
the printed minutes, which had previously been mailed to 
every member of the Joint Committee. He explained 
briefly the plan on which the proposed charter had been 
drawn and stated that the list of incorporators included all 
the members of the Hudson Ter-Centenary JointCommittee 
appointed bythe Governor and Mayor and the Fulton Cen- 
tennial Commission appointed by the Mayor, together with 
several names which had been submitted to the Governor 
and received his approval. The list of Trustees consisted 
of public men like Mr. Cleveland and former Governors of 
the State, the officers and Executive Committee of the 
Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee, and the officers 
of the Fulton Centennial Commission. The latter, he 
understood, had no Executive Committee. 

With the approval of his colleagues on the Legislative 
Committee, he suggested one or two modifications of the 
draft as printed. (These were adopted when the Charter 
was taken up by sections.) 

Upon the conclusion of Judge Goodrich's report, it 
was voted that the report be received and that the Charter 
be considered by sections. 

Section i was adopted without other amendment than 
the omission of a few names of those who had declined to 
serve and the insertion of a few other names of gentlemen 
who had subsequently been appointed. Among those who 
felt constrained by his official position to decline was Presi- 
dent Roosevelt. 

Section 2 was adopted without change. 

Section 3 was amended by the addition of the proviso: 
" Provided, however, that no real property shall be acquired 
by condemnation within the City of New York until after 
the approval of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment 
of that city." This was upon the suggestion of the Hon. 
N. Taylor Phillips, Deputy Comptroller of the city and a 
member of the Joint Committee. 



February 14, 1906 61 

Section 4 was amended by omitting from the list of 
trustees the name of President Roosevelt and adding the 
names of the members of the Finance Committee, the Com- 
mittee on Legislation, Deputy Comptroller Phillips and 
State Health Officer Eugene H. Porter, M.D. 

Section 5 was amended upon suggestion of Dr. Kunz 
by adding the words: "nor shall any member of the Com- 
mission nor any trustee be liable individually for any of 
its debts or liabilities." 

Sections 6, 7 and 8 were adopted without amendment. 

Section 9 was adopted without other amendment than 
the insertion in the blank space of " $25,000 " as the amount 
of the appropriation. 

Section 10 was amended to read: "The City of New 
York may provide for the said Commission such sums of 
money as the city shall deem expedient and in such a 
manner as it shall deem proper for the purpose of carrying 
out the objects of the Commission." The change was 
made to carry out the substance of a suggestion by ex- 
Mayor Low. 

Section 11 was adopted without change. 

Section 12 was omitted upon the recommendation of 
the Committee on Legislation. 

Sections 13 and 14 were adopted with their section 
numbers changed to 12 and 13, respectively. 

The Charter as amended was unanimously recom- 
mended to the Joint Committee for adoption. 

During the consideration of the Charter there was a 
general discussion of the various provisions, in which 
Judge Goodrich, Secretary Seward, Mr. Fitch, Judge Hig- 
ley, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Raegener, Mr. McKay, President 
Schurman, Dr. Kunz, Mr. Van Rensselaer and others 
participated. 

Gen. Woodford then gave a report of the interview 
which the Committee appointed for that purpose had had 
with President Roosevelt by appointment Saturday even- 
ing, February loth. The Committee, consisting of Gen. 
Woodford, Mr. Herman Ridder, Mr. James M. Beck and 
Hon. Charles S. Francis, saw both the President and the 
Hon. Elihu Root, Secretary of State. " The President gave 
us an hour and a half," said Gen. Woodford, "and went 
over the whole matter with us very thoroughly. As the 



62 Minutes of Executive Committee 

first Manhattan President, and as one of the only two 
Dutch Presidents, Mr. Roosevelt was doubly interested in 
the celebration. The question of getting Federal aid was 
very thoroughly threshed out, and the President expressed 
himself as being of the very clear opinion that we could not 
get any help from the Federal Government ; that there had 
been so many applications for aid in different directions 
that he thought New York would have to celebrate its own 
birthday, do it in its own form, and have the pleasure of 
paying its own bills. And I would say, on behalf of the 
Committee, that we held a long meeting after the interview 
with the President, and we all came to the conclusion that 
it was neither wise nor expedient to make any application 
w^hatever to the Federal Government for aid, and that we 
had better confine ourselves to such a celebration as New 
York State and New York City are willing to provide. It 
is our birthday, the three hundredth birthday of the City 
of New York, New York for a hundred years has been 
taking toll on the commerce of this country as it has come 
in and gone out of the port of New York. We have the 
wealth of the continent here, and I believe that when this 
matter is presented fully to our people we shall have a 
great and a successful celebration, and I believe that we 
shall have a greater celebration if New York City and New 
York State do it for themselves than if we go around with 
our hats in our hands asking for gifts." 

Mr. Sackett asked if that would preclude the Federal 
Government from joining in the celebration with its navy 
or in any other way. 

Gen. Woodford replied: "It was the unanimous feel- 
ing of our Committee that if New York besought nobody 
to pay for us we shall have the National Government and 
the nations of the world eager to join us in whatever form 
of celebration we agree on." 

A brief discussion ensued as to the advisability of ask- 
ing Governor Higgins to invite Governor Stokes to appoint 
a Commission to represent New Jersey in co-operation with 
this Commission, but after remarks by Mr. Raegener, 
Judge Goodrich, President Schurman and the Secretary, 
it was decided that such a course would be premature. 

There was also a short discussion by Gen. Wilson, 
Mr. Raegener, Secretary Seward, Judge Goodrich and the 



February 14, 1906 63 

Secretary of the question whether the form of celebration 
should be taken up for consideration. 

Upon motion of Secretary Seward it was voted that 
"the Executive Committee recommends to the Joint Com- 
mittee that the consideration of the form of celebration be 
postponed until the charter has been obtained." 

A letter was read from Mr. John R. Van Wormer, 
chairman of the voluntary " Citizens' Committee of 500," 
stating that their promised brochure in regard to a perma- 
nent international exposition had been delayed on account 
of the numerous revisions and additions which had been 
necessary. 

At 4 o'clock the meeting adjourned, subject to the call 
of the Chair. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretarv. 






Minutes of 

The Joint Committee 

February 14, 1906 

The second meeting of the Hudson Ter-Centenary 
Joint Committee was held in the Governors' Room of the 
City Hall, New York, Wednesday, February 14, 1906, at 4 
P. M., the President, Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, presiding. 

Upon calling the meeting to order the President said: 
" Gentlemen, His Honor the Mayor has suggested that, as 
the anniversary of the first use of steam upon the Hudson 
River will occur in the summer of 1907, and the three hun- 
dredth anniversary of the discovery of the Hudson and 
the island of Manhattan will occur in September, 1909, and 
as both events relate so closely to the Hudson River, the 
two celebrations might well be united with somewhat of 
saving in expense to the city and with an enlargement of 
the purpose and the function of the celebration itself. 
Feeling that all the members of our Joint Committee would 
sympathize with His Honor the Mayor in this suggestion, 
the Secretary of the Joint Committee has invited Mr. Wil- 
liam McCarroll, the Chairman of the Fulton Commission, 
and the members of that ci^mmission to meet with us this 
afternoon. And, Mr. McCarroll, we are cordially glad to 
seeyou, and if you will honor the Commission and the Chair 
by sitting with me it will be a pleasure to all of us to greet 
you." 

Mr. McCarroll thereupon took his seat beside Gen. 
Woodford. 

The first business taken up was the recommendation 
of the Executive Committee that an Auditing Committee 
of three be appointed, and a motion to that effect was car- 
ried. The President subsequently appointed Messrs. Isaac 
N. Seligman, Spencer Trask and Col. William Jay. 

The charter recommended by the Executive Committee 
was then taken up, and was explained by Judge William 
W. Goodrich, Chairman of the Committee on Legislation. 
(See minutes of Executive Committee of this date.) 

Mr. Theodore Fitch moved that the charter as amended 
be adopted, and that the Committee on Legislation, in con- 
junction with the Committee appointed to call on the Gov- 
ernor, be requested to submit it to the Legislature. 

The Hon. Frederick W. Seward suggested that it be 



February 14, 1906 65 

presented, if possible, through the Governor, and Mr. Fitch 
accepted the amendment. 

The question of adopting the charter being before the 
house, Mr. McCarroll expressed the wish of the Fulton 
Centennial Commission that the title of the new Commis- 
sion contain the name of Fulton as well as Hudson. 

In the ensuing discussion, participated in by Judge 
Goodrich and Messrs. Theodore Fitch, Jacob W. Miller, 
Richard G. Hollaman, E. Parmly Brown, Percy B. O'Sul- 
livan, Louis C. Raegener, Abner S. Haight, Isaac N. Selig- 
man, President J. G. Schurman, Louis T. Romaine, the 
Secretary and others, various opinions were expressed. 
Some opposed the insertion of the word " Fulton," some 
favored it, and some suggested intermediate courses. 

Finally it was voted by a large majority that section 
I be amended by changing the name of the Commission 
to the " Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission." 

The Hon. Herman A. Metz, Comptroller of the City of 
New York, felt that as a matter of official propriety his 
name should be omitted from the list of incorporators and 
trustees, and upon his request it was so omitted, with regret. 

Gen. James Grant Wilson, the historian, suggested that 
the name " Hendrick Hudson " be changed to " Henry 
Hudson " in section 2, as Hudson was an Englishman and 
his name was Henry. Gen. Wilson said that in an ad- 
dress which he made in May, 1903, he had called Hudson 
" Hendrick," and incurred the criticism of some of the 
highest literary authorities in the land. (See Governor Hig- 
gins' official opinion on this subject on page 72 of these 
minutes.) 

The Assistant Secretary stated that in the body of the 
contract between Hudson and the East India Company, 
under which the navigator sailed in 1609, and which was 
written in the Dutch language, by Dutch lawyers, in the 
Dutch city of Amsterdam, Hudson was mentioned as "Mr. 
Henry Hudson," and that Hudson signed the document 
with his baptismal name, " Henry Hudson." 

On motion of Secretary Seward it was voted to amend 
section 2 by changing the name " Hendrick " to " Henry." 

The other sections were adopted without change, and 
then the charter, as amended, was adopted as a whole. 

The Secretary laid before the Joint Committee certain 



66 Minutes of Joint Committee 

recommendations of the Executive Committee concerning 
financial matters, with explanations which have been em- 
bodied in the minutes of the Executive Committee and sent 
to all members of the Joint Committee. He added that in 
view of the merging of the Hudson and Fulton Committees 
it had been suggested between the representatives of the 
two bodies that the invitation which had already been sent 
to the members of the Hudson Committee to contribute 
ten dollars each toward the payment of preliminary ex- 
penses should be sent to the members of the Fulton Com- 
mittee, and that the obligations incurred by the latter, 
amounting to about $ioo, should be paid from the treasury 
of the newly constituted Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission. 

It was voted that the Auditing Committee be author- 
ized to pass upon and approve for payment all obligations 
properly incurred by both the Hudson and Fulton Com- 
mittees and by the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission. 

It was voted that the engagement of Edward Hagaman 
Hall as Assistant Secretary at a salary of $2,500 a year, 
payable in monthly installments, dating from his election, 
December 5, 1905, be approved. 

The meeting then adjourned, subject to the call of the 
Chair. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 
Assistant Secretarv. 



REPORT ON PROGRESS OF CHARTER. 



On Friday, February 16, 1906, General Stewart L. 
Woodford, President of the Joint Committee; Judge 
William W. Goodrich, Chairman of the Committee on 
Legislation; the Hon. Charles S. Francis, James M. Beck, 
Esq , and Herman Ridder, Esq., called on Governor Higgins 
at Albany and laid before him the proposed Charter and 
communicated the request of the Joint Committee that he 
transmit it to the Legislature with a special message. The 
Governor expressed great interest in the matter and indicat- 
ed his willingness to accede to the Committee's request. 



Progress of Charter 67 

He suggested some changes in the draft. To meet his 
views, the title of the act was changed to read: "An act 
to establish the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission 
and to prescribe the powers and duties thereof, and making 
an appropriation therefor." 

Section 9 was amended (as appears hereafter) to con- 
form the bill to appropriation acts generally, to include the 
usual clause making it clear that no indebtedr\ess in excess 
of the appropriation should be incurred, and providing for 
reports to the Governor. 

Section 11, exempting the property of the Commission 
from taxation, was eliminated, as the Constitution provides 
that the Legislature shall not pass any private or local bill 
granting to any persons, association, firm or corporation 
an exemption from taxation on real and personal property. 
It was the Governor's view that the Commission would be 
a State agency and not taxable in any event. 

On February 19 the Governor sent to the Legislature 
with the following special message: 

State of New York, 
EXECUTIVE CHAMBER, 

Albany, February 19, 1906. 
To the Legislature : 

During the past year historical societies and public- 
spirited citizens have been looking forward to some action 
on the part of the State and City of New York for the 
appropriate celebration of the three hundredth anniversary 
of the discovery of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson in 
the year 1609 and of the centennial anniversary of the first 
use of steam in the navigation of the Hudson River by 
Robert Fulton in the year 1807. These two events in the 
history of the Hudson River are of such interest to the 
State of New York and to the United States that it seems 
fitting that proper celebration of each should be had. 

Having in view such official action, I acceded to the 
request of many gentlemen interested in the plan to name 
a Committee of distinguished citizens, with whom a Com- 
mittee named by the Mayor of the city of New York should 
co-operate to formulate plans for a celebration of the Ter- 
centenary of the discovery of the Hudson. 

It has been suggested by this Committee, after long 
and careful consideration, that both events might, with 
propriety, be celebrated together in the year 1909, and that 
the union of these two observances would strengthen each 
and would more effectually concentrate upon the affair 
the attention of the world. 



68 Progress of Charter 

The Committee now acting has no official status and 
is wholly an informal and unofficial body. In order to give 
it official standing and to provide it with sufficient funds 
for preliminary expenses, I recommend to the Legislature 
the consideration of a bill entitled "An Act to establish the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, and to prescribe 
the powers and duties thereof, and making an appropri- 
ation therefor," a copy of which is herewith transmitted 
for your consideration, 

(Signed) 

FRANK W. HIGGINS. 

Upon the receipt of the message, the Hon. John Raines 
introduced the bill in the Senate and the Hon. Sherman 
Moreland in the Assembly. 

The bill reads as follows: 

AN ACT 

To establish the Hudson-Fulton celebration commission, 
and to prescribe the powers and duties thereof and 
making an appropriation therefor. 

The People of the State of New York, represented in 
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows: 

Section i. Grover Cleveland, Levi P. Morton, David B. 
Hill, Frank S. Black, Benjamin B. Odell, junior, Stewart L. 
Woodford, Robert B. Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie, Fred- 
erick D. Grant, Morris K. Jesup, William Rockefeller, 
William B. Van Rensselaer, Andrew D. White, J. Pierpont 
Morgan, Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, Her- 
bert Adams, R. B, Aldcroft, junior, John G. Agar, B. Alt- 
man, Louis Annin Ames, John E. Andrus, James K. Apgar, 
John D. Archbold, John Jacob Astor, Theodore M. Banta, 
Franklin Bartlett, James C. Bayles, James M. Beck, August 
Belmont, William Berri, Cornelius N. Bliss, E. W. Bloom- 
ingdale, Reginald Pelham Bolton, Thomas W. Bradley, 
George V. Brower, E. Parmly Brown, Henry K. Bush- 
Brown, William L. Bull, E. H. Butler, Nicholas Murray 
Butler, J. Rider Cady, J. H, Callanan, Henry W. Cannon, 
Joseph H. Choate, Caspar Purdon Clarke, George C. 
Clausen, A. T. Clearwater, Thomas Clyde, E. C. Converse, 
Walter Cook, John H. Coyne, E. D. Cummings, William J. 
Curtis, Paul D. Cravath, Charles de Kay, James de la Mon- 
tayne, Chauncey M. Depew, Edward DeWitt, William 
Draper, Charles A. DuBois, John C Fames, George Ehrel, 
Smith Ely, Arthur English, John M. Farley, J. Sloat Fassett. 
Barr Ferree, Stuyvesant Fish, Theodore Fitch, Winchester 
Fitch, J. J. Fitzgerald, Thomas Powell Fowler, Austen G. 
Fox, Charles S. Francis, Henry C. Frick, Frank S. Gardner, 



Progress of Charter 69 

Garret J. Garretson, Theodore P. Gilman, Robert Walton 
Goelet, William W, Goodrich, George J. Gould, George F. 
Gregory, Henry E. Gregory, W. L. Guillaudeu, Abner S. 
Haight, Benjamin F. Hamilton, William S. Hawk, James 
A. Hearn, Peter Cooper Hewitt, Warren Higley, Michael 
H. Hirschberg, Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, Willis Holly, 
Colgate Hoyt, LeRoy Hubbard, Thomas H. Hubbard, T. 
D. Huntting, August F. Jaccaci, William Jay, Hugh Kelly, 
John H. Ketcham, Horatio C. King, Albert E. Kleinert, 
George F. Kunz, John LaFarge, Charles R. Lamb, Fred- 
erick S. Lamb, Homer Lee, Charles W. Lefler, Julius 
Lehrenkrauss, Henry M. Leipziger, Clarence Lexow, Gus- 
tav Lindenthal, Walter Seth Logan, Charles H. Loring, 
Seth Low, William A. Marble, George E. Matthews, 
William McCarroll, Donald McDonald, William J. McKay, 
Saint Clair McKelway, George W. Melville, John G. Mil- 
burn, Jacob W. Miller, Frank D. Millet, A. L. Mills, Ogden 
Mills, C. H' Niehaus, Ludwig Nissen, W. R. O'Donovan, 
Eben E. Qlcott, William Church Osborn, Percy B. O'Sulli- 
van, Orrel A. Parker, John E. Parsons, Samuel Parsons, 
junior, Samuel H. Parsons, Sereno E.Payne, George Foster 
Peabody, R. E. Peary, Bayard L, Peck, Gordon H. Peck, 
Howland Pell, George W. Perkins, N. Taylor Phillips, 
Thomas C. Piatt, George A. Plimpton, Eugene H. Porter, 
Horace Porter, Henry C. Potter, Cornelius A. Pugsley, 
Louis C. Raegener, Herman Ridder, Charles F. Roe, Carl 
J. Roehr, Louis T. Romaine, Thomas F. Ryan, George 
Henry Sargent, Herbert L. Satterlee, Charles A. Schermer- 
horn, Jacob Gould Schurman, Gustav H. Schwab. Isaac N. 
Seligman, Louis Seligsburg, Joseph H. Senner, Frederick 
W. Seward, George F. Seward, William F. Sheehan, J. 
Edward Simmons, John W. Simpson, E. V. Skinner, Charles 
Stewart Smith, Nelson S. Spencer, John H. Starin, Isaac 
Stern, Louis Stern, Francis Lynde Stetson, Louis Stewart, 
James Stillman, Oscar S. Straus, Theodore Sutro, Henry 
R. Towne, Irving Townsend, Spencer Trask, C. Y. Turner, 
Albert Ulmann, Aaron Vanderbilt, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, 
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Henry Van Dyke, Warner Van Nor- 
den. Miss A. T. Van Santvoord, J. Leonard Varick, E. B. 
Vreeland, Charles G. F. Wahle, Samuel B. Ward, W. L. 
Ward, William Warren, Edward Wells, junior, Charles W. 
Wetmore, Edmund Wetmore, Henry A. Wetmore, J. Du- 
Pratt White, Fred C. Whitney, William R. Willcox, James 
Grant Wilson, Charles B. Wolffram, Timothy L. Woodruff, 
W. E. Woolley, and James A. Wright, who were named by 
the governor of the state of New York, or by the mayor of 
the city of New York, as members of the Hudson ter- 
centenary joint committee and of the Fulton centennial 
committee, and all such persons as are or may hereafter be 
associated with them, by the appointment of the governor 
or of the said mayor, shall be and are hereby constituted 



70 Progress of Charter 

a body politic and corporate by the name of the Hudson- 
Fulton celebration commission, which corporation shall be 
a public corporation with all the powers specified in the 
eleventh section of the general corporation law, except as 
otherwise provided by this act. It shall have no capital 
stock. 

Section 2. The object of said corporation shall be the 
public celebration or commemoration of the ter-centenary 
of the discovery of the Hudson river by Henry Hudson 
in the year sixteen hundred and nine, and of the first use 
of steam in the navigation of said river by Robert Fulton 
in the year eighteen hundred and seven, in such manner 
and form, either permanent or temporary, as may be found 
appropriate by said commission. 

Section 3. The said commission shall have power to 
acquire, hold and possess for the purposes of its incor- 
poration real or personal estate within the state of New 
York in fee or for a term of years or any easement 
therein, by gift, devise, bequest, grant, lease or purchase ; 
and in case such commission should be unable to agree 
with the owners thereof for the purchase or lease of any 
real estate required for the purposes of its incorporation, 
it shall have the right to acquire the same, by condemna- 
tion, in the manner provided by the condemnation law, 
being chapter twenty-three of the code of civil procedure; 
provided, however, that no real property shall be acquired 
by condemnation within the city of New York until after 
the approval of the board of estimate _and apportionment 
of that city. 

Section 4. The affairs and business of said commission 
shall be conducted by a board of not less than twenty-five 
nor more than one hundred trustees, a quorum of whom 
for the transaction of business shall be fixed by the by-laws. 
The trustees for the first year shall be Grover Cleveland, 
Levi P. Morton, David B. Hill, Frank S. Black, Benjamin 
B. Odell, junior, Stewart L. Woodford, Robert B. Roose- 
velt, Andrew Carnegie. Frederick D. Grant. Morris K. 
Jesup, William Rockefeller, William B. Van Rensselaer, 
Andrew D. White, J. Pierpont Morgan, Henry W. Sackett, 
Edward Hagaman Hall, John G. Agar, James M. Beck, J. 
Rider Cady, Henry W. Cannon, Joseph H. Choate, Paul D. 
Cravath, William J. Curtis, J. Sloat Fassett, Stuyvesant 
Fish, Theodore Fitch, Thomas Powell Fowler, Charles 
S. Francis, William W. Goodrich, George J. Gould, 
Warren Higley, August F. Jaccaci, William Jay, 
Horatio C. King, George Frederick Kunz, John 
LaFarge, Henry M. Leipziger, Seth Low, William 
McCarroll, William J. McKay, John G. Milburn, Frank D. 
Millet, Ogden Mills, Eben E. Olcott, John E. Parsons, 
Sereno E. Payne, Bayard L. Peck, N. Taylor Phillips, 
Eugene H. Porter, Horace Porter, Cornelius A. Pugsley, 



Progress of Charter 71 

Louis C. Raegener, Herman Ridder, Jacob Gould Schur- 
man, Isaac N. Seligman, Frederick W. Seward, J. Edward 
Simmons, Charles Stewart Smith, Nelson S. Spencer, Fran- 
cis Lynde Stetson, James Stillman, Oscar S. Straus, Spen- 
cer Trask, A. G. Vanderbilt, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Henry- 
Van Dyke, Samuel B. Ward, and James Grant Wilson. 
Such trustees shall make the by-laws of the Commission, 
providing among other things for the election of their suc- 
cessors within thirteen months from the passage of this 
act, and for the election of officers, as therein specified, to 
hold office until the succeeding annual election of trustees, 
and until their successors are elected, and for the filling of 
vacancies in any office. They shall continue to hold office 
until the succeeding election of trustees to-the number and 
in the manner provided by the said by-laws. 

Section 5. None of the trustees or members of said 
commission, except one or more assistants to the secretary, 
shall receive any compensation for services, nor shall any 
of them be pecuniarily interested directly or indirectly in 
any contract relating to the affairs of said commission; 
nor shall said commission make any dividend or division 
of its property among its members, managers or officers ; 
nor shall any member of the commission nor any trustee 
be liable individually for any of its debts or liabilities. 

Section 6. Said commission shall annually make to 
the legislature a statement of its affairs, and from time to 
time report to the legislature such recommendations as are 
pertinent to the objects for which it is created, and may 
act jointly or otherwise with any persons appointed by any 
other state for purposes similar to those intended to be 
accomplished by this act. 

Section 7. Whenever the commission shall report to 
the legislature that the purposes for which the commission 
is created have been attained and all its debts and obliga- 
gations have been paid, its remaining real and personal 
property shall be disposed of as the legislature may direct. 

Section 8. The commission shall have power to 
receive subscriptions from parties who may desire to con- 
tribute to the object of the said commission. 

Section 9. The sum of twenty-five thousand dollars, 
so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropri- 
ated out of any moneys in the treasury, not otherwise 
appropriated, for the purposes of this act. Such money 
shall be paid by the treasurer on the warrant of the comp- 
troller issued upon a requisition signed by the president and 
secretary of the commission, accompanied by an estimate 
of the expenses for the payment of which money so drawn 
is to be applied. No indebtedness nor obligation shall 
be incurred under this act in excess of the appropriations 
herein or hereafter made, and such sums as may be pro- 
vided for said commission by the city of New York for the 



72 Progress of Charter 

purposes of this act. The commission shall, as requested 
by the governor, from time to time render to him reports 
of its proceedings. 

Section lo. The City of New York may provide for 
the said commission such sums of money as the city shall 
deem expedient and in such manner as it shall deem 
proper for the purposes of carrying out the objects of the 
commission. 

Section ii. The duration of the corporation shall be 
ten years. 

Section 12. This act shall take effect immediately. 

With respect to the proper spelling of the first name 
of Hudson, the Governor's Counsel, the Hon. Cuthbert W. 
Pound, wrote as follows to the editor of the Hudson, New 
York, Rcpublica?i, February 25th: 
Editor Hudson Republican^ Hudson^ N . V. 

Dear Sir : — 

The Governor directs me to reply to your favor of the 
2ist, and to say that the enclosed is the copy of the bill 
transmitted by him to the Legislature for the purpose of 
providing for the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission. 
The Governor recognizes " Henry Hudson " as being the 
appropriate and proper form of the name of the discoverer 
of the Hudson. The spelling " Hendrick " in the copy 
which was given out to the press was due to an oversight 
on the part of the copyist, which was corrected in the 
original messages transmitted to the Legislature. 
Yours truly, 

Cuthbert W. Pound, 

Counsel to the Governor. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary., 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 
Assistant Secretary. 



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Sotttt Committee 



3lppotiUrtj fjp 

Ws^t ^oijernor of clie ^tate of jjr to ^ork anD 

^Ije £pa^or of t^c Cic^ of ipfto ^orb 



pre8f^cnt 
Hon. Stewart L. Woodford 

^Diceslpre8(^ents 

Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt Hon. Levi P. Morton 

Andrew Carnegie William Rockefeller 

Brig.-Gen. F. D. Grant, U.S.A. William B. Van Reksselaer 

Morris K. Jesup Hon. Andrew D. White 

■treasurer 

J. P. Morgan & Co. 
23 Wall Street, New York 

Secretary Hssietant Sccretarv 

Henry W. S.ackett Edward Hagaman Hall 

Tribune Building, New York Tribune Building, New York 



Permanently Organized, December 5, 1905 



Minutes of April, 16, 1906, and Ciiarter. 



74 



Executive Committee 



Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, Chair,nan i8 Wall Street. New York 

Hon. Franks. Black - - , , Wall Street, New York 

James M. Beck - ■+ Hudson, New York 

Hon. J. Rider Cady - io Wall Street, New York 

Henry W Cannon Vkast gist Street, New York 

Andrew Carnegie - - ^^ ^^jj S^^^^^^ New York 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate ^^^j g^^^^^ ^^^ York 

William J. Curtis '^^ Elmira, New York 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett """iVo Broadway, New York 

Theodore Fitch - ----- " " " g gtreet. New York 

Thomas Powell Fowler - 5o dc ^ ^^^ ^^^^ 

Hon. Chas. S. Francis - - rq'WalVstreet, New York 

Hon. William W Go^dric^;-^- -^ Governor's Island, New York 

Brig. -Gen. Fredk D. Grant, L. b. A.-- Building, New York 

Edward Hagaman Hall - - - ^^^ York 

Hon. Warren Higley - t)» wes 4 ^^^^^^^ ^^^^ York 

Hon. David B. Hill -"w^st 43d Street, New York 

August F. Jaccaci--- - / ^^jj g^^^^^^ ^^^ York 

Col. William Jay 44 Pine Street, New York 

Morris K. Jesup.-. ,'75 Fulton Street, Brooklyn 

Gen. Horatio C. King ""Tiffiny & Company, New York 

Dr. George F.Kunz-- - ^^We^st ^oth Sueel New York 

John La Farge ----- p;;t" Avenue & 5Qth Street, New York 

Dr. Henry M. Leipziger. Park Avenue^^^ |9 ^ ^^^^^^. New York 

Hon. Seth Low ^ , Street, New York 

Frank D Millet ^ ^^'' Newburgh. New York 

William J. McKay ^s'Na'ssau Street, New York 

PhPn E^Olcott :::::;:-DVsbrosses S.reet Pier, New York 

Eben E. Olcott William Street, New York 

John E. Parsons - ^ Auburn, New York 

Hon. Sereno E. Payne T'jnion Le'aeue Club, New York 

Gen. Horace Porter^-- -. - Union League c ^^^^ ^^^^ 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley V4V Broadway, New York 

Louis C. Raegener - - 2 Tryon Row, New York 

Herman Ridder --- 26 Broadway, New York 

William Rockefeller - - - - Avenue, New York 

Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt Tribune Building New York 

Col. Henry W. Sackett Tribune ^^'^^^^^^ ^^^ York 

President J. G. Schurman - Montrose, New York 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward -'^s West' 47lh Street New York 

Charles Stewart Smith - 25 W«MJ^^^ ^^^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^ 

Francis Lynde Stetson - - - - ^ York 

Hon. Oscar S Straus isw'afhng on Square New York 

Cornelius Vanderbilt 15 Wasn & 4^^ ^ew Jersey 

Rev. Henry Van Dyke, D.D Albany, New York 

William B. Van Rensselaer Albany, New York 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward j^j^^^^ New York 

Hon. Andrew D. ^hue-..- "' '^aiFiflh Avenue, New York 

Gen. James Grant Wilson ^21 ruin /^ 



75 



Minutes of 

The Joint Committee 

April i6, 1906 

The third meeting of the Hudson Ter-Centenary 
Joint Committee (including the Fulton Centennial Com- 
mittee) was held in the Governors' Room of the City Hall, 
New York, Monday, April 16, 1906, at 3:30 P. M. 

The President, Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, presided. 

The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were approved without 
reading. 

The President then said : " It may be proper at this 
moment to state just the condition of affairs and why our 
friends have been called together. A proposed bill for 
the creation of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commis- 
sion was prepared and submitted to Governor Higgins. It 
met his approval. He sent it with a special message to 
both Houses of the Legislature, where it was properly re- 
ferred. It was passed in the Assembly and sent to the 
Senate. It was amended in the Senate by the addition of 
one or two names of the incorporators. That required re- 
printing. It then passed the Senate as so amended and 
was sent to the Assembly, where it has been, as I am in- 
fomed, reported out from the Committee, and is on the 
third order of the reading for concurrence. Beyond all ques- 
tion it will within a few days pass the Assembly. As the 
Tenth Section of the Bill authorizes the City to make an 
expenditure of money under the charter, it will have to go 
to the Mayor for his approval. I have learned that the prac- 
tice is this, that when the Assembly shall have concurred 
in the amendments by the Senate, the bill then goes to the 
Secretary of State, by him is sent to the Mayor for his ac- 
tion, and if he approves it, it goes to the Governor for his 



76 Minutes of Joint Committee 

final action. As time Is now getting to be of the essence 
of the contract and our work has been very much delayed, 
it seemed to the friends with whom I consulted that it was 
best to call the Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee 
together to have them close up their affairs and authorize 
their Secretary and President to turn over what funds are 
in their hands and their records to the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission as soon as the Commission shall 
have been created by the Governor's signature of the 
Charter. That is the authority that we are going to ask 
the Committee to give us this afternoon. Although the 
bill has not been signed, we have called together the 
Trustees who are named in the new bill, in the hope that, 
while we have no legal organization to-day, we might save 
some little time by authorizing a committee of our number 
to prepare some general scheme of organization which can 
be carefully thought out within a few days before the sign- 
ing of the bill and reported to the Committee the day 
when you are called together for formal organization. 
This will save at least a week of time, and so I thought 
you would excuse the President if he called you together 
to-day to get authority to appoint such temporary com- 
mittee and save at least seven to ten days of time," 

The Secretary reported that he had personally paid 
all expenses thus far incurred by the Committee, amount- 
ing to $1,432.58, the receipted bills for which he placed be- 
fore the Committee. He read a letter from the Treasurer 
of the Com mittee, J. P. Morgan & Co., stating that there was 
$1,620 in the treasury. He then offered the following 
resolutions: 

^^ Resolved, That the President of this Joint Committee 
be and he hereby is authorized to draw upon the Treasurer, 
Messrs. J. P. Morgan & Co., from the funds of the Com- 
mittee deposited with them, to repay the Secretary for the 
disbursements already made by him on behalf of the 
Committee, amounting at the present time to $1,432.58; 
and also to draw upon said Treasurer from the balance of 
said funds to pay any other expenses of this Committee 
that may seem to him proper; and 

^^ Resolved, That upon the organization of the Board of 
Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission 
the officers of this Committee be and they hereby are 



April 1 6, 1906 f] 

authorized, after the payment of all its expenses and obli- 
gations, to turn over to said Hudson-Fulton Celebration 
Commission all its remaining funds and other property." 

The resolutions were adopted. 

The President then suggested that a resolution to 
provide for a dissolution of the Committee would be in 
order, and the Secretary offered the following: 

'''Resolved, That upon the organization of the Board of 
Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 
and the turning over by the officers of this Committee to 
such Corporation of all its remaining funds and other 
property, this Committee be dissolved." 

The resolution was adopted. 

The President: "Gentlemen, this closes the work of 
the Committee. I have taken the liberty of asking the 
Trustees named in the new act to meet informally, after 
the adjournment of this Committee, in the hope that we 
can facilitate the preliminary work. The Committee hav- 
ing now practically dissolved, I want to thank you all for 
your kindness to me while I have been in the Chair, and I 
now retire, leaving the business in the hands of the new 
Trustees." 

The meeting then adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



informal meeting of the persons designated in the 
charter of the hudson-fulton celebration 

commission AS TRUSTEES 

Immediately after the adjournment of the Hudson 
Ter-Centenary Joint Committee an informal meeting of 
the Trustees named in the proposed Charter of the Hud- 
son-Fulton Celebration Commission was held in the 
Governors' Room of the City Hall, New York, Monday, 
April i6th, 1906, at 4 P. M. 

Present — Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, Wm. J. Curtis, 
Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. Warren Higley, August F. 



78 Informal Meeting of Trustees 

Jaccaci, Col. Wm. Jay, Wm. J. McKay, Rear Admiral Geo. 
W. Melville, U. S. N.; Eben E. Olcott, John E. Parsons, 
Bayard L. Peck, Hon, Cornelius A. Pugsley, Louis C. 
Raegener, Herman Ridder, Henry W. Sackett, Isaac N 
Seligman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Hon. Oscar S. 
Straus and Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Messrs. 
J. H. Callanan, Hon. A. T Clearwater, Austen G. Fox, 
Morris K. Jesup, Hugh Kelly, Dr. George F. Kunz, John 
La Farge, Hon. Clarence Lexow, Hon. Seth Low, Hon. 
Sereno E. Payne, President J. G. Schurman, C. V. Turner, 
Dr. S. B. Ward and Wm. L. Ward. 

Gen. Woodford was elected temporary Chairman. 

Col. Sackett was elected temporary Secretary. 

Mr. Hall was elected temporary Assistant Secretary. 

Mr. Raegener moved that a committee be appointed 
to prepare a plan of organization to be reported to the 
Board of Trustees at their first formal meeting, the num- 
ber and names of those to constitute this committee to be 
left to the Chair. Carried. 

The Chairman subsequently appointed as such com- 
mittee the Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Hon. Frederick W. 
Seward and Messrs. J. Edward Simmons, James M. Beck, 
Isaac N. Seligman, Theodore Fitch, Louis C. Raegener, 
William McCarroll and Henry W. Sackett. 

Mr. Seligman inquired concerning the purpose of the 
Fulton Memorial Committee, of which he had been in- 
vited to become a member. He expressed the hope that 
there would be unity of all organizations having a common 
end in view. 

Mr. Olcott explained that the Fulton Memorial Commit- 
tee was not the same as the Fulton Centennial Committee, 
which was appointed by the Mayor and had been merged 
in the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission. It was a 
voluntary Committee of citizens, of which Major-Gen. 
Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., had been temporary Presi- 
dent, and of which Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt had lately 
been elected permanent President, organized for the pur- 
pose of raising funds for a F'ulton statue. He did not 
think that it would conflict with this Commission. 

After some further remarks by Secretary Seward and 
Gen. Woodford it was voted that the meeting adjourn sub- 
ject to the call of the Chair. 



79 
Charter of the 

Hudson-Fulton Celebration 
Commission 

Which became a Law, April, 27, 1906 

Pursuant to law a public hearing was given in the 
Mayor's Room of the City Hall by the Hon. George B. 
Mc Cleilan, Mayor of the City of New York, on Monday, 
April 23d, 1906, at 10:30 a. m., upon the bill which had 
passed the Legislature incorporating the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission. 

Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, the Hon. Andrew D, 
White, President J. G. Schurman of Cornell University, 
and Messrs. Isaac N. Seligman, Herman Ridder, Theodore 
Fitch, Nelson S. Spencer, Henry W. Sackett, and Edward 
Hagaman Hall appeared in favor of the bill. 

The hearing was very brief, Gen. Woodford being the 
only speaker. He said that the bill had been drafted in 
conference with Gov. Higgins, who had sent it to the 
Legislature with a special message recommending its 
enactment. Gen. Woodford asked the Mayor to sign it, 
and promised, if the Charter became a law, that the Com- 
mission would do its best to give the City and State a 
worthy commemoration. The hearing was then closed. 

Later the Mayor transmitted the bill to the Governor 
with his approval, and on April 27, Gov. Higgins signed 
it. It reads as follows : 

CHAPTER 325, LAWS OF 1906 

AN ACT 

To establish the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, and to 
prescribe the powers and duties thereof and making an ap- 
propriation therefor. 

The People of the State of New York, represented in 
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows : 



iJo Act of Incorporation. 

Section i. Grover Cleveland, Levi P. Morton, David 
B. Hill, Frank S. Black, Benjamin B. Odell, junior, Stew- 
art L. Woodford, Robert B. Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie, 
Frederick D. Grant, Morris K. Jesup, William Rocke- 
feller, William B. Van Rensselaer, Andrew D. White, 
J. Pierpont Morgan, Henry W. Sackett, Edward Haga- 
man Hall, Herbert Adams, R. B. Aldcroft, junior, John 
G. Agar, B. Altman, Louis Annin Ames, John E. 
Andrus, James K. Apgar, John D. Archbold, John 
Jacob Astor, Theodore M. Banta, Franklin Bartlett, 
James Bayles, James M. Beck, August Belmont, 

William Berri, Cornelius M. Bliss E. W. Blooming- 
dale, Reginald Pelham Bolton, Thomas W. Bradley, 
George V. Brower, E. Parmly Brown, Henry K. Bush- 
Brown, William L. Bull, E. H. Butler, Nicholas Murray 
Builer, J. Rider Cady, J. H. Callanan, Henry W. Cannon, 
Joseph H. Choate, Caspar Purdon Clarke, George C. 
Clausen, A. T. Clearwater, Thomas Clyde, E. C. Converse, 
Walter Cook, John H. Coyne, E D. Cummings, William J. 
Curtis, Paul D. Cravath, Charles de Kay, James de la 
Montayne, Chauncey M. Depew, Edward DeWitt, William 
Draper, Charles A. DuBois, John C. Fames, George Ehret, 
Smith Ely, Arthur English, John M. Farley, J. Sloat Fas- 
sett, Barr Ferree, Stuyvesant Fish, Theodore Fitch, Win- 
chester Fitch, J. J. Fitzgerald, Thomas Powell Fowler, 
Austen G. Fox, Charles S. Francis, Henry C. Frick, Frank 
S. Gardner, Garret J. Garretson, Theodore P. Gilman 
Robert Walton Goelet, William W. Goodrich, George J. 
Gould, George F. Gregory, Henry E. Gregory, W. 
L. Guillaudeu, Abner S. Haight, Benjamin F. Hamilton, 
William S. Hawk, James A. Hearn, Peter Cooper Hewitt, 
Warren Higley, Michael H. Hirschberg, Samuel Verplanck 
Hoffman, Willis Holly, Colgate Hoyt, LeRoy Hubbard, 
Thomas H. Hubbard, T. D. Huntting, August F. Jaccaci, 
William Jay, Hugh Kelly, James H. Kennedy, John H. 
Ketcham, Horatio C. King, Albert E. Kleinert, George 
F. Kunz, John LaFarge, Charles R. Lamb, Frederick 
S. Lamb, Homer Lee, Charles W. Lefler, Julius 
Lehrenkrauss, Henry M. Leipziger, Clarence Lexow, Gus- 
tav Lindenthal, Walter Seth Logan, Charles H. Loring, 
Seth Low, William A. Marble, George E. Matthews, 



Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission 8i 

William McCarroll, Donald McDonald, William J McKay 
St. Clair McKelvvav, George W. Melville, John G Mil 
burn, Frank D. Millet, A. L. Mills, Ogden Mills, C H Nie- 
haus, Ludwig Nissen, Jacob W. Miller, W. R. O'Donovan 
Eben E. Olcott, William Church Osborn, Percy B O'Sulli' 
van, Orrel A. Parker, John E. Parsons, Samuel Parsons 
junior, Samuel H. Parsons, Sereno E.Payne, George Foster 
Peabody, R. E. Peary, Bayard L. Peck, Gordon H. Peck 
Howland Pell, George W. Perkins, N. Taylor Phillips,' 
Thomas C. Piatt, George A. Plimpton, Eugene H. Porter 
Horace Porter, Henry C. Potter, Cornelius A. Pugslev' 
Louis C. Raegener, Herman Ridder, Charles F. Roe Carl 
J. Roehr, Louis T. Romaine, Thomas F. Ryan, George 
Henry Sargent, Herbert L. Satterlee, Charles A. Schermer- 
horn, Jacob Gould Schurman, Gustav H. Schwab, Isaac N 
Sehgman, Louis Seligsburg, Joseph H. Senner, Frederick 
W Seward, George F. Seward, William F. Sheehan J 
Edward Simmons, John W. Simpson, E. V. Skinner Charles 
Stewart Smith, Nelson S. Spencer, John H. Starin, Isaac 
Stern, Louis Stern, Francis Lynde Stetson, Louis Stewart 
James Stillman, Oscar S. Straus, Theodore Sutro, Henr^ 
R. Towne, Irving Townsend, Spencer Trask, C. Y Turner 
Albert Ulmann, Aaron Vanderbilt, Alfred G. Vanderbilt' 
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Henry Van Dyke, Warner Van Nor- 
den. Mistress Anson P. Atterbury, Miss A. T Van Sant- 
voord, J. Leonard Varick, E. B. Vreeland, Charles G F 
Wahle, Samuel B. Ward, W. L. Ward, William C. Warren 
Edward Wells, junior. Charles W. Wetmore, Edmund Wet- 
more, J. Du Pratt White, Fred C. Whitney. William R 
Willcox, James Grant Wilson, Charles B. Wolffram Tim- 
othy L. Woodruff, W. E. Woolley, and James A. Wright 
who were named by the Governor of the State of Nevv 
York, or by the Mayor of the City of New York, as mem- 
bers of the. Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee and 
of the Fulton Centennial Committee, and all such persons 
as are or may hereafter be associated with them, by the 
appointment of the Governor or of the said Mayor shall 
be and are hereby constituted a body politic and corpor- 
ate by the name of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission, which corporation shall be a public corporation, 
with all the powers specified in the eleventh section of the 
general corporation law, except as otherwise provided by 
this act. It shall have no capital stock. 



82 Act of Incorporation 

Section 2. The object of said corporation shall be the 
public celebration or commemoration of the Ter-Centenary 
of the discovery of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson in 
the year sixteen hundred and nine, and of the first use of 
steam in the navigation of said river by Robert Fulton in 
the year eighteen hundred and seven, in such manner and 
form, either permanent or temporary, as may be found ap- 
propriate by said commission. 

Section 3. The said commission shall have power to 
acquire, hold and possess for the purposes of its incorpora- 
tion real or personal estate within the State of New Vork 
in fee or for a term of years or any easement therein, by 
gift, devise, bequest, grant, lease or purchase ; and in case 
such commission should be unable to agree with the own- 
ers thereof for the purchase or lease of any real estate re- 
quired for the purposes of its incorporation, it shall have 
the right to acquire the same, by condemnation, in the 
manner provided by the condemnation law, being chapter 
twenty-three of the Code of Civil Procedure ; provided, 
however, that no real property shall be acquired by con- 
demnation within the City of New York until after the ap- 
proval of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment of 
that city. 

Section 4. The affairs and business of said commis- 
sion shall be conducted by aboard of not less than twenty- 
five nor more than one hundred trustees, a quorum of whom 
for the transaction of business shall be fixed by the by-laws. 
The trustees for the first year shall be Grover Cleveland, 
l>evi P. Morton, David B. Hill, Frank S. Black, Benjamin 
B. Odell, junior, Stewart L. Woodford, Robert B. Roose- 
velt, Andrew Carnegie, Frederick D, Grant, Morris K. 
Jesup, William Rockefeller, William B. Van Rensselaer, 
Andrew D. While, J. Pierpont Morgan, Henry W. Sackett, 
Edward Hagaman Hall, John G. Agar, James M. Beck, J. 
Rider Cady, Henry W. Cannon, Joseph H. Choate, Paul 
D. Cravath, William J. Curtis, J. Sloat Fassett, Stuyvesant 
Fish, Theodore Fitch, Thomas Powell Fowler, Charles S 
Francis, William W. Goodrich, George J. Gould, Warren 
Higley, August F. Jaccaci, William Jay, James H. Ken- 
nedy, Horatio C. King, George Frederick Kunz, John La 
Farge, Henry M. Leipsiger, Seth Low, William McCarroll, 
William J. McKay, John G. Milburn, Frank D. Millet, 



Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commlsson 83 

Ogden Mills, Eben E. Olcott, John E. Parsons, Sereno E. 
Payne, Bayard L. Peck, N. Taylor Phillips, Eugene H. 
Porter, Horace Porter, Cornelius A. Pugsley, Louis C.Rae- 
gener, Herman Ridder, Jacob Gould Schurman, Isaac N. 
Seligman, Frederick W. Seward, J. Edward Simmons, 
Charles Stewart Smith, Nelson S. Spencer, Francis Lynde 
Stetson, James Stillman, Oscar S. Straus, Spencer Trask, A. 
G. Vanderbilt, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Henry Van Dyke, 
Samuel B. Ward and James Grant Wilson. Such trustees 
shall make the by-laws of the commission providing among 
other things for the election of their successors within 
thirteen months from the passage of this act, and for the 
election of officers, as therein specified, to hold office until 
the succeeding annual election of trustees, and until their 
successors are elected, and for the filling of vacancies in any 
office. They shall continue to hold office until the suc- 
ceeding election of trustees to the number and in the man- 
ner provided by the said by-laws. 

Section 5. None of the trustees or members of said 
commission, except one or more assistants to the secretary, 
shall receive any compensation for services, nor shall any 
of them be pecuniarily interested directly or indirectly in 
any contract relating to the affairs of said commission; 
nor shall said commission make any dividend or division 
of its property among its members, managers or officers; 
nor shall any member of the commission nor any trustee 
be liable individually for any of its debts or liabilities. 

Section 6. Said commission shall annually make to 
the Legislature a statement of its affairs, and from time to 
time report to the Legislature such recommendations as 
are pertinent to the objects for which it is created, and 
may act jointly or otherwise with any persons appointed 
by any other State for purposes similar to those intended 
to be accomplished by this act. 

Section 7. Whenever the commission shall report to 
the Legislature that the purposes for which the commis- 
sion is created have been attained, and all its debts and 
obligations have been paid, its remaining real and personal 
property shall be disposed of as the Legislature may 
direct. 

Section 8. The commission shall have power to re- 
ceive subscriptions from parties who may desire to con- 
tribute to the object of the said commission. 



84 Act of Incorporation 

Section 9. The sum of twenty-five thousand dollars, 
or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appro- 
priated out of any moneys in the treasury, not otherwise 
appropriated, for the purposes of this act. Such money 
shall be paid by the treasurer on the warrant of the com- 
troller issued upon a requisition signed by the president 
and secretary of the commission, accompanied by an esti- 
mate of the expenses for the payment of which money so 
drawn is to be applied. No indebtedness nor obligation 
shall be incurred under this act in excess of the appropria- 
tions herein or hereafter made, and such sums as may be 
provided for said commission by the City of New York for 
the purposes of this act. The commission shall, as re- 
quested by the Governor, from time to time render to him 
reports of its proceedings. 

Section 10. The City of New York may provide for 
the said commission such sums of money as the City 
shall deem expedient, and in such manner as it shall deem 
proper for the purpose of carrying out the objects of the 
commission. 

Section 11. The duration of the corporation shall be 
ten years. 

Section 12. This act shall take effect immediately. 



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Celebration Commi00ion 



Sncorporateb fap 

Cfjapter 325 of tlje lLm& of 1906 

of tije 

^tate of jaeto gork 



i;o arrange for tfje " Commemo= 
ration of tfjc tlTcrCentenarp of 
ti}t Bisicoberp of tfje J^ubsion 
l^iber fap J^cnrp l^ubSon in tfjc 
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Minutes of Iflay 4, 1906, and By-Law§. 



86 

Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

May 4. 1906 

The first formal meeting of the Trustees named in the 
Charter of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission 
was held in the Governors' Room oi the City Hall, New 
York, Friday, May 4, 1906, at 3 P. M. 

The Hon. William W. Goodrich called the meeting to 
order and nominated the Hon. Stewart L. Woodford as 
President /^^ tempore, and he was elected. 

Messrs. Henry W. Sackett and Edward Hagaman Hall 
were elected respectively Secretary and Assistant Secretary 
pro tempore. 

Gen. Woodford, in taking the chair, announced that on 
April 27, 1906, Gov. Higgins had signed the bill incorporat- 
ing the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission and it had 
become Chapter 325 of the Laws of 1906. A copy of this 
law, printed from a certified copy received from the Secre- 
tary of State, had been sent to each member of the Com- 
mission. From the expressions of the Governor and on 
the advice of the Committee on Legislation, it was prob- 
able that this Commission was a State Agency, and it was 
therefore in order for the members present to take the oath 
of office prescribed by the Constitution and Statutes before 
entering upon the discharge of their duties. 

The oath was thereupon subscribed in duplicate by 
Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, and Messrs. Wm. J. Curtis, 
Theodore Fitch, Major-Gen. Fredk. D. Grant, Hon. Wm. 
W. Goodrich, Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. Warren Higley, 
August F. Jaccaci, Col. William Jay, Dr. Henry M. Leip- 
ziger, Wm. McCarroll, Wm. J. McKay, Frank D. Millet, 
John E. Parsons, Bayard L. Peck, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 
Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, Louis C. Raegener, Herman 
Ridder, Henry W. Sackett, Isaac N. Seligman, Hon. Fred- 
erick W. Seward, Hon. Oscar S. Straus and Gen. James 
Grant Wilson. 

Messrs. Thomas Powell Fowler and Francis Lynda 
Stetson were also present. 

The form of oath taken was as follows: 



May 4, 1906 87 

HUDSON-FULTON CELEBRATION COMMISSION 

Oath of Office. 

I do solemnly swear (affirm) that I will support the Con- 
stitution of the United States and the Constitution of the 
State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the 
duties of the office of a member and trustee of The Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission, according to the best of 
my ability. 



Subscribed and sworn (affirmed) to before 
me this day of , 190 . 



Judge Goodrich, Chairman of the Committee ap- 
pointed for the purpose at the informal meeting of the 
Trustees named in the Charter held April 16, presented a 
draft of By-Laws (substantially as finally adopted and 
printed hereafter). 

Mr. Raegener moved that the By-Laws be adopted as 
read. 

Mr. Millet suggested that the adoption of the section 
describing the seal be postponed for further consideration. 

By unanimous consent Judge Goodrich withdrew this 
section. 

Mr. Parsons suggested that it might be advisable to 
classify the Trustees so that one-third of the original board 
should serve one year, one third two years, and one-third 
three years, and that their respective successors should be 
elected for terms of three years. 

In the discussion which followed and was participated 
in by Messrs. Higley, Parsons, Raegener and Wilson, some 
doubt arose as to the powerof the Commission or Trustees 
so to classify the Trustees, in view of the provision of Sec- 
tion 4 of the Charter, which says: " Such trustees shall 
make the By-Laws of the Commission providing among 
other things for the election of their successors within 
thirteen months from the passage of this act, and for the 
election of officers, as therein specified, to hold office until 
the succeeding annual election of Trustees, and until their 
successors are elected, and for the filling of vacancies in 



88 Minutes of Trustees. 

any office. They shall continue to hold office until the 
succeeding election of Trustees to the number and in the 
manner provided by the said By-Laws." 

Mr. Parsons, therefore, seconded the motion to adopt 
the By-Laws as read, except the section in regard to the 
seal, which had been withdrawn. 

Mr. Sackett suggested inserting in Section 2 of Article 
II of the By-Laws some words which would make it clear 
that the Trustees were to be elected by the Commission, 
and not by the Trustees themselves as is the case with 
some self-perpetuating bodies. 

Judge Goodrich moved that the following clause be 
added to the first sentence of the section : " By the per- 
sons named and designated in the first section of the Char- 
ter." Adopted. 

The By-Laws as thus amended were then adopted as a 
whole, as follows : 

BY-LAWS 

OF 

HUDSON-FULTON CELEBRATION COMMISSION. 

Article I. 

Section i. Office. The office and place of business 
of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission shall be 
in the City of New York, where all meetings shall be held 
unless otherwise ordered by the Trustees. 

Section 2. Trustees' Meetings. The regular meet- 
ings of the Trustees shall be held on the fourth Wednes- 
day of each month, provided, that when such date of meet- 
ing shall fall on a holiday, the meeting shall be held on 
the following day. 

Section 3. Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting 
of the members of the Commission for the election of 
Trustees and for the transaction of such other business as 
may come?! before it shall be held on the first Wednesday 
after the first Monday of May, each year, at 3 P. M, 

Section 4. Other Meetings. Other meetings of the 
Trustees or Commission may be held upon the call of the 
President, and must be called by him upon the written re- 
quest of ten Trustees. 



May 4, 1906, 89 

Section 5. Quorum. At meetings of the Trustees 
fifteen shall constitute a quorum, and at meetings of the 
Commission the members who are present shall constitute 
a quorum. 

Section 6. Notices. Notices of meetings of the Trus- 
tees shall be sent to each Trustee at least two days before 
the time of meeting. 

Article II. 

Section i. Officers. The officers of the Commission 
shall be a President, fifteen Vice-Presidents, a Secretary 
and a Treasurer, all of whom shall be Trustees, and shall 
be elected annually at the meeting of the Trustees in May 
and shall hold office for one year, and until others are 
elected in their stead. There may be one or more Assist- 
ant Secretaries who shall be appointed by and hold office 
at the pleasure of the Trustees. 

Section 2. Trustees. The number of Trustees shall 
be 100, who shall be elected annually by the persons 
named and designated in the first section of the Charter. 
The Trustees named in the Charter may appoint additional 
Trustees to hold office until the election in 1907, but the 
whole number of Trustees shall not at any time exceed 
100. 

Section 3. Vacancies. Vacancies in the Board of 
Trustees or Officers may be filled for the unexpired term by 
a majority vote of the Trustees present at any duly called 
meeting. When a Trustee shall have absented himself 
from three successive meetings, the Trustees may, in their 
discretion, declare the office vacant, and elect a Trustee for 
the unexpired term. 

Section 4. President. The President shall preside 
at all meetings of the Trustees and of the Commission ; he 
shall appoint all committees ; and be Chairman of the 
Executive Committee and ex-officio a member of all stand- 
ing committees except when otherwise expressly relieved 
from such service, and he shall have a general supervision 
of the affairs of the Commission. 

Section 5. Vice-Presidents. In the absence of the 
President or his inability to act, one of the Vice-Presidents, 
to be designated by him in writing, shall perform his duties 



90 Minutes of Trustees. 

and possess his powers. If he make no designation, it shall 
be made by the Trustees. 

Section 6. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall receive, 
collect and hold subject to the order of the Board of 
Trustees all moneys, securities and deeds belonging or due 
to the Commission, pay all bills when approved by the 
Trustees or the Executive Committee, deposit all money of 
the Commission in some depository to be approved by the 
Trustees, and render a report of the finances at each meet- 
ing of the Board of Trustees and at the Annual Meeting of 
the Commission. Money shall be drawn only on the check 
of the Treasurer countersigned by the President or 
Secretary. 

Section 7, Secretary. The Secretary shall keep the 
records of the Commission, of the Board of Trustees and of 
Committees, issue all notices, and perform the other duties 
ordinarily incident to that office, and when directed by the 
Trustees, affix the seal of the Commission. 

Section 8. Assistant-Secretaries. The Assistant- 
Secretaries shall perform such duties as maybe assigned to 
them. 

Article III. 

Section i. Order of Business. The order of business 
of meetings of the Commission shall be as follows, unless 
otherwise ordered: i, Roll call; 2, Reading of minutes of 
the meetings not previously read; 3, Election of Trustees; 
4, Report of Treasurer; 5, Reports of Committees; 6, Com- 
munications; 7, Miscellaneous business. 

Section 2. Reports, Resolutions and Votes. At 
meetings of the Commission and Board of Trustees reports 
and resolutions shall be in writing. The yeas and nays 
shall be called on all resolutions authorizing the expendi- 
ture of money, and on all other questions, when requested 
by one member. 

Article IV. 
Executive Committee. There shall be an Executive 
Committee which shall consist of the Officers of the Com- 
mission and twenty-five other Trustees. It shall have 
general management of the affairs of the Commission, sub- 
ject to the approval of the Trustees, and shall meet at least 



May 4, 1906. 91 

once a month. Seven of its number shall constitute a 
quorum. It shall elect one of its number as Vice-Chairman 
who shall preside in the absence of the Chairman, and who 
shall perform such other duties as may be conferred upon 
him by such Committee, not inconsistent with theseBy-Laws. 
It shall appoint such sub-committees and confer such pow- 
ers thereon as it may deem advisable. A special meeting 
of the Executive Committee must be called by the Chair- 
man upon the written request of five members, the purpose 
of such meeting to be stated in the call. 

Article V. 
Amendments. Amendments to these By-Laws may be 
proposed in writing at any meeting of the Trustees. If 25 
of the Trustees be present any amendment may be adopted 
by unanimous consent; otherwise it shall be postponed 
until a subsequent meeting, in which case the Secretary 
shall, with the notice of the next meeting, send a copy of 
the proposed amendment, stating that it will be brought 
up for action at such meeting, when it may be passed by a 
majority vote. 

The election of officers being now in order, Secretary 
Seward moved that Gen. Woodford be elected President. 

Judge Goodrich moved to amend by adding the other 
officers except Treasurer named on the first page of the 
printed minutes. 

The amendment was accepted by Secretary Seward, 
who, by common consent, put the motion. The motion 
was carried and the following officers was declared elected: 

President, 
Hon. Stewart L. Woodford. 

Vice-Presidents, 
Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt, Hon Levi P. Morton, 

Andrew Carnegie, William Rockefeller, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, U. S. A, William B. Van Rensselaer, 
Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Secretary, 

Henry W. Sackett. 

Assistant Secretary, 

Edward Ilagaman Hall. 



92 Minutes of Trustees. 

Judge Goodrich moved that the Executive Committee 
be empowered to elect the remaining seven \'ice-Presidents 
and the Treasurer. Carried. 

Upon motion of Mr. Sackett, following an inquiry by 
Mr. Raegener, the location of the official headquarters of 
the Commission was referred to the Executive Committee 
with power. 

By unanimous consent, Gen. Grant made a brief ex- 
planation of the origin and purpose of the Fulton Memorial 
Committee, of which he was a member. The Fulton 
Memorial Committee, he said, was a Committee of citizens 
formed before the Mayor appointed the Fulton Centennial 
Committee which had been merged in the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission. Its object was to raise money 
for the erection of a monument of some kind to the memory 
of Robert Fulton. It entertained no sentiments of rivalry 
toward this Commission. If the erection of a monument 
to Fulton should form a feature of the plans of this Com- 
mission, the Fulton Memorial Committee would hope to 
cooperate with the Commission in attaining a common 
end. If the Commission should not find it practicable to 
include such a feature in its plans, then he inferred that 
there could not possibly be any conflict of interests, and the 
Fulton Memorial Committee would go aliead and erect the 
monument— or endeavor to do so — by its own efforts. He 
desired to make this frank explanation so that there might 
appear to be no inconsistency in his membership in both 
that Committee and this Commission. 

Mr. Raegener moved that the President appoint a 
committee of three to recommend a form of corporate seal 
at the next meeting, at the same time requesting that he 
be not included in the Committee. Carried. The President 
subsequently appointed as such Committee Gen, James 
Grant Wilson, Judge Wm. W. Goodrich and Col. Henry 
W. Sackett. 

The meeting then adjourned subject to the call of the 
chair. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 

Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



93 



Celebration Commi00ion 



Sncorporatcb bp 

Chapter 325 of tlje ICatog of 1906 

of tfje 

^tate of iSett) gorfe 



JEo arrange for tije "Commemo= 
ration of tfjc ^crCentcnarp of 
ti)t 2iis!cobcrj» of t\)t JIubsion 
3^iber hp l^enrp JIubsion in tfje 
pear 1609, anb of tfje Jfirsit 
Wiit of ^team in tfje i^abigation 
of £(aib riber f)j» i^obert Jf ulton 
in tbe pear 1807." j^ s^ aft sft 



]lliiiiite§ of may 17, 1906. 



95 

Minutes of 

Executive Committee 

May 17, 1906. 

The first meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission was held in the 
Governors' Room of the City Hall, Thursday, May 17, 1906. 

Present : The Chairman, Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, 
presiding; and Messrs. James M. Beck, William J. Curtis, 
Theodore Fitch, Hon. William W. Goodrich, Hon. N. 
Taylor Phillips, Henry W. Sackett, Hon. Frederick W. 
Seward, and Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Regrets foi* non-attendance were received from the 
following gentlemen and they were excused: Messrs. Mor- 
ris K. Jesup, Hon. Seth Low, William McCarroll, Frank D. 
Millet, Hon Levi P. Morton, John E. Parsons, Herman 
Ridder, Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt, Isaac N. Seligman and 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

The Chairman announced that pursuant to the By- 
Laws, as President of the Commission, he had appointed 
twenty-three gentlemen as members of the Executive Com- 
mittee in addition to the officers. Two of them, Messrs. 
Thomas P. Fowler and Francis Lynde Stetson, and one of 
the Vice-Presidents, Mr. William Rockefeller,were unable 
to serve, making the Executive Committee at the present 
time as follows: 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

President 
Hon. Stewart L. Woodford 
Vice-Presidents 
Andrew Carnegie Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt 

Maj. Gen. F.D.Grant, U.S. A. William B. Van Rensselaer 
Morris K. Jesup Hon. Andrew D. White 

Hon. Levi P. Morton (and 8 more Vice-Presidents.) 

Treasurer 
(To be elected) 
Secretary 
Henry W. Sackett 



96 Minutes of Executive Committee 

{Executive Committee continued?^ 

James M. Beck John E. Parsons 

William J. Curtis Hon. N. Taylor Phillips 

Theodore Fitch Herman Ridder 

Hon. William W. Goodrich Hon. Frederick W. Seward 

Col. William Jay Isaac N. Seligman 

Dr. George F. Kunz J. Edward Simmons 

Hon. Seth Low Hon. Oscar S. Straus 

John LaFarge Spencer Trask 

William McCarroll Dr. Samuel B. Ward 

Frank D. Millet Gen. James Grant Wilson 

Eben E. Olcott (and 4 to be appointed.) 

Gen. Wilson, Chairman of the Committee on Seal, 
reported that Tiffany & Co. had submitted three designs, 
one of which the Committee had approved and recom- 
mended for adoption. A small drawing of the design was 
submitted to the members for examination. It was circular 
in form and about two inches in diameter. It represented 
in the foreground a classical, draped female figure standing 
on the prow of a boat, supporting under her right hand a 
shield bearing the name and date, "Henry Hudson, 1609," 
and under her left hand a similar shield bearing the name 
and date, "Robert Fulton, 1807"; in the middle back- 
ground, the Hudson River, and upon it, above the respec- 
tive shields, the vessels Half Moon and Clermont ; in the 
background the Palisades; and in the border surrounding 
all, the words and date, " Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission, 1906." 

Judge Goodrich moved the adoption of the seal. 
Carried. 

Judge Goodrich moved that $50 be appropriated for 
the making of the seal, including the press. Carried. 

Gen. Woodford reported that on Friday, May nth, he 
had applied to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund of 
the City of New York, through Deputy Comptroller 
Phillips, Secretary of the Commission, to lease an office 
for the use of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission ; 
and that the Sinking Fund Commissioners had considered 
the request on Wednesday, the i6th. He asked Mr. 
Phillips to report the result, 



May 17, 1906. 97 

Mr. Phillips stated that the application had been ap- 
proved by the Comptroller and the Real Estate Division 
of the Finance Department, but that the Sinking Fund 
Commission had laid it over until the next meeting for 
action. 

The following communications were laid before the 
Committee by the Chairman : 

Communication dated May 3, 1906, from Mr. John R- 
Van Wormer, chairman of the " Citizens Committee for a 
Permanent International Exposition in 1909," asking the 
Commission to allow that Committee as much time as 
possible to perfect its plans before deciding upon tlie 
question of an Exposition. 

Communication dated May 15, 1906, from Mr. J. Du- 
Pratt White, Secretary of the Commissioners of the Pali- 
sades Interstate Park, inviting the members of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission to attend, upon a date to 
be arranged, an exhibition of the plans of the Palisades 
Commission with a view to the completion and dedication 
of the Park in 1909. 

Communications from several gentlemen recommend- 
ing the appointment of Arthur English, Esq., as Counsel of 
the Commission. 

The following were laid before the Committee by the 
Secretary : 

Communication dated April 26, 1906, from Mr. Regi- 
nald P. Bolton, Secretary of the Washington Heights Tax- 
payers Association, communicating resolutions urging this 
Commission to secure the preservation of the natural 
beauties of Inwood Hill in a public park, in connection 
with the proposed Hudson Memorial Bridge over Spuyten 
Diiyvil Creek. 

Communication dated March 7, 1906, from Mr. George 
R. Schieffelin, Domestic Corresponding Secretary of the 
New York Historical Society, communicating copy of a 
memorial by that Society, addressed to Governor Higgins 
and Mayor McClellan, recalling the Society's celebration 
of the bicentennial of Hudson's voyage ; the decision of 
the Society on February 7, 1905, to take steps looking to 
the celebration of the tri-centennial ; the reasons why their 
plans were not perfected before the appointment of this 
Commission, and tendering their cordial co-operation in 
the present movement. 



98 Minutes of Executive Committee 

A communication dated April 11, 1906, from Mr. 
William Walton, Secretary of the Municipal Art Society of 
New York, offering to cooperate with this Commission, as 
it did with the Pan-American Exposition Commission, in 
securing the design for the official poster, etc., of the Com- 
mission by a competition among artists. 

Also communications from Prof. John C. Smock, of 
Trenton, N. J., and Mr. Charles Smith, of Lewisburgh, 
Pa., offering suggestions concerning the form of celebration. 

The communications of Messrs. Smock and Smith 
were referred to the Committee on Plan and Scope when 
appointed, and the others were ordered on file. 

The Secretary announced that on May i6th the Mayor 
had appointed Mr. Frederick S. Flower, of No. 45 Broad- 
way, New York, a member of the Commission. 

Judge Goodrich moved that three standing sub-com- 
mittees of the Executive Committee be appointed, namely : 

A Committee on Law, consisting of six appointed 
members, to which may be referred any motion or ques- 
tion relating to the powers and duties of the Commission, 
of the Trustees, and of the Officers ; 

A Committee on Nominations, consisting of four ap- 
pointed members, to which shall be referred all nomina- 
tions for members of the Commission and to fill vacancies 
in the Board of Trustees and in the offices of the Com- 
mission; and 

A Committee on Plan and Scope, consisting of ten ap- 
pointed members, to which shall be referred all suggestions 
and motions relating to the plan ind scope of the pro- 
posed Celebration. 

The motion was carried. 

Later, the President appointed the following: 
Committee on Law. 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Theodore Fitch 

Chairman. Col. William Jay 

James M. Beck John E. Parsons 

William J. Curtis 

Committee on Nominations. 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman. Henry W. Sackett 
William J. Curtis J. Edward Simmons 



May 17, 1906. 99 

Committee on Plan and Scope. 

Hon. F. W. Seward, Chair- Hon. Seth Low 

man. William McCarroll 

James M. Beck Eben E. Olcott 

Hon. William W. Goodrich John E. Parsons 
Maj. Gen. F. D. Grant Dr. Samuel B. Ward 

Dr. George F. Kunz 

In announcing the latter committee, the Chairman 
gave briefly his reasons for each selection. He appointed 
Secretary Seward, of Montrose, because he lived in the 
lower Hudson Valley, near Verplanck's Point, possessed 
the local knowledge and balanced judgment requisite for a 
judicial. consideration of the proposed Verplanck's Point 
Exposition, and had a name than which no other would be 
more acceptable throughout the State. Mr. Beck was chair- 
man of the committee which had called upon the President 
of the United States, the Governor of the State and the 
Mayor of the City of New York in the preliminary arrange- 
ments. Judge Goodrich, formerly Presiding Justice of the 
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, was Chairman of 
the Committee on Law. Gen. Grant was Chairman of the 
Fulton Memorial Committee, and was in a position to pro- 
mote friendly cooperation. Dr. Kunz, the celebrated min- 
eralogist of Tiffany & Co., had had a large experience with 
European expositions and could judge of the propriety and 
advisability of one in the present case. Dr. Low, formerly 
Mayor of New York and President of Columbia University, 
combined a familiarity with city affairs and conservative 
judgment which would be of great value. Mr. McCarroll 
had been Chairman of the Fulton Centennial Committee, 
now merged in this Commission. Mr. Olcott had been the 
animating spirit in the movement for the building of the 
Hudson Memorial Bridge. Mr. Parsons was one of the 
leaders of the bar ; and Dr. Ward, of Albany, had been a 
commissioner from the State of New York to the Lewis 
and Clark Exposition, and represented the headwaters of 
the Hudson River. In the good judgment and fair-mind- 
edness of all the gentleman named, the Chairman expressed 
implicit confidence. 

The Chairman nominated the following named persons 
for appointment to this Commission : 



lOO Minutes of Executive Committee 

For appointment by the Governor : Messrs. Thomas R. 
Proctor, of Utica, and Charles R. Wilson, of Buffalo. 

For appointment by the Mayor: Catherine A. B. Abbe 
(Mrs. Robert Abbe), of New York, President of the City 
History Club ; Mrs. Archibald A. Anderson, donor of Mil- 
bank Hall, Barnard College ; Miss Laura D. Gill, Dean of 
Barnard College ; Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, descendant of the 
first white child born in Greater New York ; Hon. David 
A. Boody, ex-Mayor of Brooklyn and President of the 
Public Libraries of Brooklyn; Mr. Robert Fulton Cutting, 
President of the New York Trade School, etc.; Mr. George 
G. DeWitt, trustee of Columbia University and descendant 
of the DeWitts of Holland; Hon. Phineas C. Lounsbury, 
ex-Governor of Connecticut, now residing in New York ; 
Mr. William Muschenheim, proprietor of Hotel Astor, 
specially recommended by Hon. Oscar S. Straus, and Mr. 
James Speyer, founder of " the Theodore Roosevelt Pro- 
fessorship of American History and Institutions in the 
University of Berlin," Trustee of Teachers' College of New 
York, etc. 

The nominations were referred to the Committee on 
Nominations. 

The Chairman also nominated for Trustees to fill exist- 
ing vacancies the following gentlemen : Mr. William Berri, 
Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, Mr. George V. Brower, Sir 
Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. John C. Fames, Mr. Stuyvesant 
Fish, Mr. William S. Hawk, Mr. James A. Hearn, Gen. 
Thomas H. Hubbard, Rear Admiral Geo. W. Melville, 
U. S. N., retired; Mr. Jacob W. Miller, Mr. Ludwig Nissen, 
Mr. Herbert L. Satterlee, Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, Mr. Ed- 
mund Wetmore, and Hon. William R. Willcox. 

The nominations were referred to the Committee on 
Nominations. 

Gen. Wilson nominated for appointment on the Com- 
mission Mr. William A. Stone of Westchester County, the 
historian. Referred to the Committee on Nominations. 

The meeting then adjourned until Wednesday, May 
23rd, 1906, at 3 p. m. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary 



Celebration Commi00ion 



HJncoiporattb bp 

Cfjaptfr 325 of tfjc llatus of 1906 

of tfje 

^tate of Mt\3} gorfe 



2ro arrange for tljc "Commcmo= 
ration of tijc CcrCentcnarP of 
tJjc Bisicoljcrp of tije i^ubson 
3^iber l)p ?^enrp ^ubson in tije 
pear 1600, anb of tije Jfirst 
Wisit of ^team in tlje i^abigation 
of gaib riber bp ixobert Jf niton 
in tbe pear 1807." s^ s^ sS s^ 



]fliiiiitef<i of may 23, 1906. 



I02 



l^ubgon Jfulton Celebration Commiggion. 



Herbert Adams. 
John G. A^ar. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon James K. Apgar. 
Col. John lacob Astor. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballon. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Co/. Franklin Bartlett. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
James M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. Thomas W. Bradley. 
George l^. BroTver. 
Dr. E. Parnily Brown. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush- Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. /. Rider Cady. 

lohn "F. Calder. 
Hon. J H. Callanan. 
Henry W. Cannon. 
Andrew Cam gie. 
Hun. Joseph H. Choatc. 
Sir Caspar Purdon Cla'kc. 
Hon. George C. Cl.uiseu. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 

E. C. Converse. 

Walter Cook. 

Hon. John H. Coyne. 

E. D. Cummings. 

iVilliain J. Curtis. 

Paul D. Cravath. 

Hon. Charles de Kay. 

James de la Montayne. 

Hon. Chauncey M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

John C. Fames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fasseit. 

Barr Ferree. 

Stuyvesant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Winchester Filch. 

Hon. J. f. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Thomas Powell Fowler. 

Austen G. Fo.\. 

Hon. Charles S. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 

Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Hon. William W. Goodrich- 
George J. Gould. 



M.ij.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
George F. Gregory. 
Henry E. Gregory. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner .S. Haight. 
Edward HagamanHall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
William S. Hawk. 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. Warren Higley. 
Hon. David B. Hill. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel I 'crplanckHo(J)nan 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Ge7i. Thoiiias //. Hubbard. 
T. D. Iluntting. 
A ugust F. Jaccaci. 
Col. William Jay. 
Morris K. Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Ho- alio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Hr. George F. Kunz 
John LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W.- Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry M . Lcipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Le.xow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindent'ial. 
Walter Seth Logan. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. Seth Low. 
William A. Marble. 
Gecrge E. Matthews. 
William McCarroll. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 
Rear-Ad. Geo. W. Melville. 
Hon. John G. Milburn. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Jacob W Miller. 
Brig. Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J . Pierpont Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham IVIorris. 
Hon. Le7'i P. Morton. 
C. H.Niehaus. 
Ludivig Nissen 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
Wdliam Church O.-iborn. 
Percy B. O'Suilivan. 
Orrel .A. Parker. 
lohn E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons, Jr. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr R. E. Peary. 
Bay a rd L . Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
George W. Perkins. 
TNames of Trustees in italics. 



Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 
George .\. Plimpton. 
Dr. Eugene H. Porter, 
Gen. Horace Porter. 
Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter 
Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley. 
Louis C. Raegener. 
Herman Ridder. 
William Rockefeller. 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henry W. Sackett. 
George Henry Sargent. 
Herbert L. Sa*terlec. 
Charles A. Schermerhorn. 
Prest. Jacob G. Schurman. 
Gustav H. Schwab. 
Isaac N . Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. Joseph H. Senner. 
Hon. E'reeierick W. Seward, 
Hon. W lliam F. Sheehan. 
/. Edivard Simmons. 
John W. Simpson. 
E V. Skinner. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
Hon. John H. Starin. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis Stern. 
Louis Stewart. 
James Stilhnan. 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
SJencer Trask. 
C V. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
.■\aron I'anderbilt 
Alfred G. I'anderbilt. 
Cornelius I'anderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry I 'an Dyke. 
Wainer Van Norden. 
Wm. B. I'an Rensselaer. 
Miss A. T. Van Santvoord. 
J Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Hon. Chailes G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon W. L. Ward. 
Hon. William C. Warren. . 
Edward Wells, Ji. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C Whitney. 
Hon. William R. Wi/lco.v. 
Gen. James Grant Wilson. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Steiua rt L . Wood/or d. 
Hon Timothy L. Woodritjf. 
W. E. Woolley. 
James A. Wright. 

] 



io3 



(Officers anb Committees!. 

(Revised to May 25, igo6.) 



Presiderit: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

Vice-Presidents: 
Andrew Carnegie, J. Pierpont Morgan, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choale, Hon. Levi I'. Morton, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Herman Ridder, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rens'selaer, 

Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer : 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 
Secretary: Assistant Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Committee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Vice-Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 

James M. Beck, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Andrew Carnegie, Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate. John E. Parsons, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. Horace Porter, 

William J. Curtis, Herman Ridder, 

Theodore Fitch, Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Henry W. Sackett. 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Col. William Jay, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Morris K. Jesup, J. Edward Simmons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Spencer Trask, 

John La Farge, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

William McCarroll, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Frank D. Millet, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

(and 7 to be appointed). 
Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
James M. Beck, William McCarroll, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Eben E. Olcott, 

Maj. Gen. F. D. Grant, John E. Parsons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon. Seth Low, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Law: 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 
James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, ^.r-t'/^r/t>. 

Committee on Nominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway,' New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons. 

Henry W. Sackett, The President ex-officio. 



Minutes of 

Executive Committee 

May 23, 1906 

The second meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission 
was held in the Governors' Room of the Cit}' Hall, New 
York City, Wednesday, May 23, 1906, at 3 p. m. 

Present : The Chairnian, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford* 
presiding; and Messrs. Wm. J. Curtis, Theo. Fitch, Hon. 
Wm, W. Goodrich, Col. Wm. Jay, Dr. Geo. F. Kunz, Wm. 
McCarroU, Frank D. Millet, Eben E. Olcott, John E. Par- 
sons, Henry W. Sackett, Isaac N. Seligman, Hon. Oscar 
S. Straus and Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Gen. 
Frederick D. Grant, Mr. Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Seth 
Low, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Dr. Samuel B. Ward and 
Hon. Andrew D. White, and they were excused. 

The minutes of the meeting of May 17, 1906, having 
been printed and sent to all the members, were approved. 

Mr. Fitch, chairman of the Commitee on Nominations, 
presented the following report : 

Report of Committee on JVominoiions. 

"To the Executive Committee of the Hudson-Fulton Cele- 
bration Commission : 

"The Committee on Nominations hereby nominates 
and recommends the election of the following officers of 
the Commission to fill vacanies, to wit : 

"For Vice-Presidents: Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. 
Horace Porter, Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Mr. J. Pierpont 
Morgan, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, Hon. Seth Low, Hon. 
William W. Goodrich, and Mr. Herman Ridder. 

" For Treasurer: Mr. Isaac N. Seligman. 

" For Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee • 
Hon. William W. Goodrich. 

"And for Trustees of the Commission, to fill vacancies, 
to wit : Mr. William Berri, Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. 
John C. Eames, Mr. William S. Hawk, Gen. Thomas H. 
Hubbard, Rear Admiral George W. Melville, U. S. N., Mr. 
Jacob W. Miller, Mr. Ludwig Nissen, Mr. Herbert L. Satter- 



May 23, 1906. 105 

lee, Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, Mr. Edmund VVetmore, Hon. 
William R. Willcox, Mr. George V. Brower, Col. Franklin 
Bartlett, Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff, and Mr. Thomas F. 
Ryan. 

"The Committee on Nominations also nominates and 
recommends for additional members of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission the following : 

"To be appointed by the Governor : Mr. Thomas R. 
Proctor of Utica, Mr. Charles R. Wilson of Buffalo, Mr. 
William L. Stone of Westchester County, Rear Admiral 
Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Navy Yard, Brooklyn, Col. 
John W. Vrooman, of Herkimer and New York, and Hon. 
Theodore H. Silkman of Yonkers ; 

"And to be appointed by the Mayor: Mrs. Robert Abbe, 
Mrs. Archibald A. Anderson, Miss Laura D. Gill, Mr. 
Teunis G. Bergen, Hon. David A. Boody, Mr. Robert 
Fulton Cutting, Mr. George G. DeWitt, Hon. Phineas C. 
Lounsbury, Mr. William C. Muschenheim, Mr. James 
Speyer, and Mr. George A. Hearn, all of the City of New 
York. 

" Respectfully submitted, 

Theodore Fitch, ^ 

Henry W. Sackett, [^ Committee 

W.J.Curtis, [ on Nominations. 

Stewart L, Woodford J 

" Dated, May 23, 1906. 

Mr. Fitch moved that the report be received and 
adopted, and that the nominations be recommended to the 
Board of Trustees. Carried. 

Mr. Fitch moved that tlie Secretary be instructed to 
cast a single ballot in behalf of the Executive Committee 
for the Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, to be Vice-Chairman of 
the Executive Committee. Carried. 

The Secretary cast the ballot as directed, and Judge 
Goodrich was declared elected Vice Chairman. 

Gen. Wilson moved that the design of the seal adopted 
at the last meeting be amended by inserting the words 
"Seal of" before the title of the Commission, placing the 
date "1909" upon the prow of the boat in the foreground, 
and changing the triangular jib of the Half Moon to the 



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" sprit-sail " of the period. Carried, and the changes were 
recommended to the Board of Trustees. 

Judge Goodrich, Chairman of the Committee on Law, 
presented a written description of the seal, and moved that 
it be recommended to the Trustees for adoption as Article 
V of the By laws. Carried. 

The Secretary stated that when an appropriation was 
voted at the last meeting for the cutting of the seal, the 
letter of Tiffany and Co. containing estimates was not at 
hand, and the amount was erroneously stated at $50, when 
it should have been $75, including the press. He therefore 
moved that the amount appropriated for the seal and press 
be $75. Carried. 

The meeting then adjourned subject to the call of the 
chair. 



Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

May 23, 1906 

The second meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held in the Governors' 
Room of the City Hall, New York City, Wednesday, May 
23, 1906, at 3.30 p.m. 

Present : The President, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, 
presiding ; and Messrs. Henry W. Cannon, Wm. J. Curtis, 
Theodore Fitch, Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Edward Haga- 
man Hall, August F. Jaccaci, Col. Wm. Jay, Dr. George 
F. Kunz, William McCarroll, Wm. J. McKay, Frank D. 
Millet, Eben E. Olcott, John E. Parsons, Hon. C. A. Pugs- 
ley, Henry W. .Sackett, Isaac N. Seligman, Nelson S. 
Spencer, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, and Gen. James Grant 
Wilson. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Gen. 
Fredk. D. Grant, Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. Morris, K. 
Jesup, Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Louis T. Raegener, Hon. 
Frederick W. Seward, President Jacob Gould Schurman 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward and Hon. Andrew D. White, and 
they were excused. 

The minutes of the meeting of May 4, having been 
printed and sent to all the members, were approved. 



May 23, 1906. 107 

A report of the proceedings of the Executive Com- 
mittee, as above recorded, was made by the Secretary. 

Mr. Fitch moved that the Secretary be instructed to 
cast a single ballot in behalf of the Board of Trustees for 
the Vice-Presidents recommended by the Executive Com- 
mittee. Cairied. 

The Secretary cast a ballot as directed, and the fol- 
lowing gentlemen were declared elected Vice-Presidents 
in addition to those elected May 4 : 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. William W. Goodrich, Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

Mr. Fitch made a similar motion in regard to the 
nomination of Mr. Isaac N. Seligman for Treasurer, and it 
having been carried and the ballot cast, Mr. Seligman was 
declared elected Treasurer. 

In like manner the following gentlemen were elected 
Trustees, in addition to those named in the Charter. 

Col. Franklin Bartlett, Mr. Jacob W. Miller, 

Mr. William Berri, Mr. Ludwig Nissen, 

Mr. George V. Brower, Mr. Thomas F. Ryan, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. Herbert L. Satterlee, 

Mr. John C. Fames, Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Mr. William S-. Hawk, Mr. Edmund Wetmore, 

Gen. Thomas H. Hubbard, Hon. William R. Willcox, 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff. 

It was voted that the persons nominated by the Ex- 
ecutive Committee for appointment as members of the 
Commission be favorably recommended to the Governor 
and Mayor. Carried. 

Judge Goodrich moved to amend the Bylaws by 
changing the number of the present Article V to Article 
VI and that the following be adopted : 

ARTICLE V 

Seal. The seal of the Commission shall be circular 
in form, two and one-fourth inches in diameter. Its design 
shall be as follows : In the foreground, a classical, draped, 
female figure, symbolizing the genius of the Hudson 
River, standing upon the prow of a boat, supporting under 



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her right hand a shield bearing the name and date "Henry 
Hudson, 1609," and under lier left hand a similar shield 
bearing the name and date "Robert Fulton, 1807" ; upon 
the prow of the boat the date " 1909 " ; in the middle dis- 
tance the Hudson River, and upon it, above the respective 
shields, Hudson's ship, the Half Moon, and Fulton's steam- 
boat, the Clermont; in the background, the Palisades; and 
in the border surrounding the whole, the words and date : 
"Seal of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 1906." 

The motion was seconded, and, under the By-laws, 
laid over until the next meeting, with instructions to the 
Secretary to send a copy of the proposed By-law to each 
Trustee with the call for the next meeting. 

Upon motion of the Secretary it was voted, none dis- 
senting, that $75 be appropriated for the official seal and 
press. 

Mr. Fitch moved, to cover a technicality of the 
Charter, that all action of the Executive Committee here- 
tofore reported be approved. Carried. 

Dr. Kunz proposed Mr. Edward C. Wilson, a prom- 
inent citizen of Peekskill, N. Y., and Prof. John C. 
Smock, of Hudson, N. Y., for many years State Geologist 
of New Jersey, for nomination to the Governor for ap- 
pointment on the Commission. Referred to the Com- 
mittee on Nominations. 

The Secretary asked if the Trustees should not do 
sometliing at this meeting to set in motion the procedure 
for determining the form of the celebration. 

Gen. Wilson stated that he had seen Secretary Seward, 
Chairman of the Committee on Plan and Scope, within a 
few days, and that Mr. Seward had made preparations for 
the immediate consideration by his Committee of the 
salient features of the celebration. 

The Assistant Secretary stated that a telegram had just 
been received from Mr. Seward explaining that he was de- 
tained from this meeting by illness. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 

Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Cfjapter 325 of tfje ICatoS of 1906 

of tfje 

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tHo arrange for tfje " Commemo= 
ration of tfjc tlTtrCentcnarp of 
tf)c Bis^cofacrp of tf)c J^ubsion 
i^ibcr hp ^tmp l^ubsfon in tfjc 
j>car 1609, anb of tf)c jFirSt 
tHsie of ^tcam in tfje i^afaigation 
of siaib rifaer bp 3^obert Jf ulton 
in tije pear 1807." s^ s^ s^ £^ 



miiuitcs of June 13, 1906. 



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llutiSonjFuUon Celebration Commiggion. 



Herbert Adams. 

J oh n G. A ^a r. 

R. B. Aldcrofit, Jr. 

B. Altman. 

Louis Annin Ames. 

Hon. John E. Andrus. 

Hon James K. Apgar. 

Col. John lacob Astor. 

Mrs. Anson P. Atterbiiry. 

Geo. Wm. Ballon 

Theodore M. Eanta. 

Col. Franklin Bartleit. 

Dr. James C. Bayles. 

Jatnes M . Beck. 

August Belmont. 

Tunis G. Bergen. 

Hon. M'illiani Herri. 

Hon. Frank S. B/ack. 

Reginald ^'elham Bolton. 

Hon. David A. Boody. 

Hon. Thomas W. Bradley. 

George I '. Broiver. 

Dr. E. Family Brown. 

William L. Bull. 

Henry K. Bush- Brown. 

Hon. E. H. Butler. 

Hon. J. Rider Cady. 

John F. Calder. 

Hon. J H. Callanan. 

Henry IV. Cannon. 

Andreiu Cam gie. 

Hun. Joseph H. Choate. 

Sir Caspar Pur don Clarke. 

Hon. George C. Cl.iusen. 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 

Hon. Grover Cleveland. 

E. C. Converse. 

Walter Ccok. 

Hon. John H. Coyne. 

E. D. Cummings. 

William J. Ctirtis. 

Paul D. Cravaih. 

Robt. Fulton Cutting. 

Hon. Charles de Kay. 

James de la Montayne. 

Hon. Chauncey M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

George G.DeWitt. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

John C. Fames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 

Barr Ferree. 

Stuyvesant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Winchester Filch. 

Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Phomas Powell Fowler. 

Austen G. Fox. 

Hon. Charles S. Francis. 

Henr>' C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 

Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Hon. William W. Goodrich. 



George J. Gould. 
M.iJ.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
George F. Gregory'. 
Henrj- E. Gregory. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Fdivard Hngavian Hall. 
Benjamin F'. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Hearn. 
lames .\. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. Warreti Higley. 
Hon. David B. Hilt. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel I'erfila nek Ho ff'man 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas H. Hubbard. 
T. D. (luntting. 
A ugusi F. Jaccaci. 
Col. William Jay . 
Morris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. George F. Kunz 
Tohn LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry M. Leipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenttial. 
Walter Seth Logan. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. I.ounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Low. 
William A. Marble. 
Gecrge E. Matthews. 
William McCarroll. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 
Rear- Ad. Geo. W. Melville. 
Hon. John G. Milbu7-n. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Jacob II' Miller. 
Brig. Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Pierpont Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Alorton. 
Wm. C. Muschenheim. 
C. H.Niehaus. 
Ludwig Nissen. 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
William Church Osborn. 
Percy B. O'Suilivan. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
fohn E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons, Jr. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
[Names of Trustees in italics.] 



George W. Perkins. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 
George A. Plimpton. 
Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 
Gen. Horace Porter. 
Rt. Rev. Henrj- C. Potter. 
Hon. Cornelius A . Pugsley. 
Louts C. Raegener. 
Herman Ridder. 
William Rockejeller. 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henry W. Sackett. 
George Henry Sargent. 
Herbert L. Sailer lee. 
Charles A. Schermerhorn. 
Prest. Jacob G. Sch u rma n . 
Gustav H. Schwab. 
Isaac iV. Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. (oseph H. Senner. 
Hon. Frederick W. Se^vard. 
Hon. W lliam F. Sheehan. 
J. Edward Sifntnons. 
John W. Simpson. 
E V. Skinner. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
James Speyer. 
Hon. John H. Starin. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis Stern. 
Louis Stewart. 
James Stillman. 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. I'heodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
Spencer Trask. 
C Y. Turner. 
Albeit Ulmann. 
A a ron I 'a nderbilt 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 
Co7-nelius J'anderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry 1 'an Dyke. 
-Wainer Van Norden. 
Wm. B. I 'an Rensselaer. 
Miss A. T. Van ?antvoord. 
J Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon W. L. Ward. 
Hon. William C. Warren. 
Ed«-ard Wells, Jr. 
Charles W. Weimore. 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C Whitney. 
Hon. William R. Willcox. 
Gen. fames Grant Wilson. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Stewart L. Woodford. 
Hon Timothy L. Woodruff. 
W E. Woolley. 
James A. Wright. 



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0llittvii anil Committees. 

(Revised to June 13, igc6.) 



President: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

I ^ice- Presidents : 
Andrew Carnegie, J. Pierpont Morgan, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Herman Ridder, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Andrew D. While. 

Treasurer : 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 
Secretary: Assistant Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Committee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Vice-Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 

James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Andrew Carnegie, John E. Parsons, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate. Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Louis C. Raegener, 

William J. Curtis, Herman Ridder, 

Theodore Fitch, Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Henry W. Sackett, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Col. William Jay, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Morris K. Jesup, J. Edward Simmons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Spencer Trask, 

John La Farge, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

William McCarroll, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Jacob W. Miller, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Frank D. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

(and 3 to be appointed). 
Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
James M. Beck. William McCarroll, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Eben E. Olcott, 

Maj Gen. F. D. Grant, John E. Parsons. 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon. Seth Low, The President, ex-officio. 

Commiltce on Law: 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 
James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The Vrts\A&x\\., ex-officio. 

Committee on Nominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. 



112 

Minutes of 

Executive Committee 

June 13, 1906. 

The third meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Board of Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission was held in the Tribune Building, New York City 
Wednesday, June 13, 1905, at 3 P. M. 

Present : — The Chairman, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, 
presiding ; and Mr. Theodore Fitch, Hon. Wm. W. Good- 
rich, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. George F. Kunz, 
Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Hon. N. Taylor 
Phillips, Mr. Louis T. Raegener, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 
Hon. Fredk. W. Seward, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman and Gen. 
James Grant Wilson. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Mr. 
James M. Beck, Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. Wm. J. 
Curtis, Mr. Morris K. Jesup, Mr. Spencer Trask, Mr. Aaron 
Vanderbilt, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, Hon. Andrew D. White 
and Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, and they were excused. 

The minutes of the previous meeting, having been 
printed and sent to all the members, were adopted. 

The Chairman announced that as President he had ap- 
pointed Mr. Jacob W. Miller, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, Mr. 
Aaron Vanderbilt and Hon. Wm. R. W^illcox, to fill four 
vacancies in the Executive Committee. 

The Secretary reported that on June 5 the Mayor of 
New York, upon recommendation of this Commission, had 
appointed the following named gentlemen as members of 
the Commission : 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Hon. Phineas C. Lounsburv. 

Hon. David A. Boody, M.r. Wm. C. Muschenheim, 

Mr. Rob't Fulton Cutting, Mr. James Speyer, 
Mr. Geo. G. De Witt, Mr. George A. Hearn. 

In regard to the three ladies recommended by the 
Commission, the Mayor's Secretary wrote: "His Honor 
some time ago declined to appoint to the Commission a 
number of ladies who made application, on the ground 
that it was to be made up of men only. Having estab- 
lished this precedent, the Mayor does not see his way clear 
to make these appointments." 



Jane 13. 1906. 1 13 

The Committee on Nominations, through Mr. Fitch, 
Chairman, nominated and recommended the election of the 
following gentlemen as Trustees of the Commission, to fill 
vacancies : Rear Admiral J. B. Coghlan, Mr. George A. 
Hearn, Mr. Henry E. Gregory, Hon. John H. Starin, Col. 
John W. Vrooman. 

The Committee on Nominations also nominated and 
recommended for appointment to the Commission by th^ 
Governor: The Hon. M. Linn Bruce of New York, 
Lieutenant Governor ; Hon Warner Miller of Herkimer, 
Mr. Edward C. Wilson of Peekskill, and Prof. John C. 
Smock of Hudson ; and for appointment by the Mayor : 
The Hon. Alton B. Parker. 

The report of the Committee on Nominations was 
adopted. 

The same Committee reported unfavorably upon the 
letters recommending the appointment of Mr. Arthur 
English as Counsel of the Commission, on the ground that 
the necessity for such counsel does not now appear to 
exist, and, until the necessity arises, such an appointment 
would involve an unjustifiable expense ; that the Bylaws 
make no provision for a General Counsel as an officer of 
the Commission, whatever may be the power of the 
Trustees or Executive Committee to employ special coun- 
sel if their services were necessary ; and that as Mr. 
English is a member of the Commission, he could not, 
under the charter, receive compensation for his services as 
counsel. 

The report was adopted. 

Mr. Seward, Chairman of the Committee on Plan and 
Scope, presented the unanimous report of the Committee. 
(The report is printed in full on the following pages, with 
the exception of a single paragraph which was stricken out 
and to which reference is made hereafter.) 

Judge Goodrich presented a communication from Mr. 
J. Du Pratt White, Secretary of the Palisades Interstate 
Park Commission, suggesting that the report of the Com- 
mittee on Plan and Scope recommend that the Governorof 
New York State be requested, if he shall so approve, to 
invite the Governor of New Jersey to nominate citizens of 
that State for appointment as additional members of the 



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Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, and moved that 
it be embodied in the report. 

Dr. Kunz, speaking as one of those who had had some- 
thing to do with the creation of the Palisades Commission 
in 1899-1900, said that many people would like to know 
what progress the Palisades Commission had made during 
the six years since its creation. He suggested that the 
Palisades Commission be urged strongly to complete the 
park by 1909. 

Judge Goodrich said that Mr. White's letter stated 
that the Palisades Commission was preparing to make an 
exhibition of its plans in the near future — the first 
opportunity that has been offered to the public to examine 
the plans of the Palisades Park — and that the members of 
the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission would be 
invited thereto. 

Some general discussion of the subject ensued, in 
which attention was called to the fact that the report of 
the Plan and Scope Committee recommended that the 
various sections of the report be referred to sub-committees 
for further consideration as to details, and that this matter 
would naturally be considered by the sub-committee on 
section 3 of the report, in which reference is made to the 
Palisades. 

Judge Goodrich, therefore, withdrew his motion, and 
Mr. Seward moved that Mr. White's letter be received and 
referred to the sub-committee on section 3, if the sub- 
committees recommended were authorized by the Trustees. 
Carried. 

Mr. Fitch inquired who would assume the financial 
responsibility for Invvood Park, recommended in section 
4 of the report. 

Mr. Seligman thought that the State might help on 
this park. 

Mr. Sackett suggested that the report be amended so 
as to make it clear that it was intended to recommend 
that the City of New York create the park. 

Mr. Phillips, Deputy Controller of the city, said that in 
view of the demands for parks in other parts of the city, he 
was not very sanguine as to the favorable action of the Board 
of Estimate and Apportionment on this recommendation. 



June 13, 1906. 1 15 

It was finally decided to leave this portion of the report 
unaltered. 

Discussion then ensued upon the following paragraph, 
being the last paragraph of section 5 of the original report: 

" In regard to what is commonly understood by the 
term ' World's Fair,' your committee believes that the 
country has been surfeited with such temporary celebra- 
tions; and it entertains the hope that the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration in 1909, conducted on the plans above outlined 
and leaving monumental works of lasting benefit to the 
people of the present and future generations, will be not 
less acceptable as a national commemoration." 

Some of the members thought that the paragraph im- 
plied that the Commission did not favor a permanent expo- 
sition if one should be practicable. 

Mr. Fitch said that he presumed no member of the 
Commission would dissent from the paragraph as far as it 
went ; that there appeared to be a unanimous sentiment 
against a temporary " World's Fair," but he thought that 
the converse of the proposition should also be stated by a 
declaration in favor of a permanent exposition. He there- 
fore moved the following resolution: 

'^ J^eso/7>ed, that the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission, while opposed to a temporary World's Fair as an 
adjunct to the Tercentary, favors a permanent Exposition 
at Verplanck's Point, provided, however, that the plans 
theretor, including the securing of the necessar}' amount 
of money, to be hereafter submitted by the persons 
interested, shall be satisfactory to the Trustees of the Com- 
mission, that the Commission shall not be required to pro- 
vide any funds therefor, or to undertake the establishment 
or management of such permanent Exposition, and shall 
not incur any liability therefor." 

The Chairman ruled the resolution out of order on the 
ground that it was not in the form of an amendment to 
the report which was under consideration. 

Mr. Raegener thought that the paragraph would dis- 
courage a permanent exposition, and that the report should 
either favor such an exposition affirmatively or omit the 
paragraph altogether. He, therefore, moved that it be 
omitted. 

After some further discussion Mr. Seward accepted Mr. 
Raegener's suggestion in behalf of his Committee and 
seconded the motion, which was carried. 



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With this single change, the report was unanimously 
adopted and ordered to be favorably reported to the Board 
of Trustees at its next meeting, to be held in room 605, 
Tribune Building, New York, on Wednesday, June 27, 
1906, at 3 P. M. 

The report, as adopted, is printed on the following 
pages. 

The meeting then adjourned subject to the call of the 
Chair. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary, 



June 13, 1906 1 17 

PRELIMINARY REPORT 

OF THE 

PLAN AND SCOPE COMMITTEE. 



To the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission : 

Your Committee on Plan and Scope, having considered 
the various suggestions offered as to the form of the cele- 
bration of the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson's explor- 
ation of the river which bears his name, and the looth 
anniversary of the first successful navigation of that river 
by steam by Robert Fulton, respectfully make the follow- 
ing recommendations : 

1. Naval Parade. 

As both of the events to be commemorated were of a 
nautical character it seems appropriate, first of all, that 
there should be a demonstration in the form of a naval 
festival upon the river itself. In this aquatic pageant we 
recommend that the navies of the United States and foreign 
nations, particularly the Netherlands and Great Britain, be 
invited to participate ; also the American merchant marine, 
excursion boats and yacht clubs contiguous to New York 
Harbor and the Hudson River. We believe that a certain 
number of sail craft can participate, by the aid of their own 
auxiliary engines or tugboats, and thus add both to the 
picturesqueness and educational value of the parade, which 
should exhibit, as far as practicable, the principal types of 
river and sea-going craft. 

We recommend that this naval procession include fac- 
simile reproductions of the Half Moon and the Clermont, the 
former to be equipped with an auxiliary motor. We recom- 
mend that the government of the Netherlands be invited to 
send the model of the Half Moon and that American steam- 
boat interests be invited to contribute the model of the 
Clermont. 

On account of the deep draft of the larger vessels, it 
will be impossible, of course, for the whole pageant to pro- 
ceed farther than Haverstraw Bay. Haverstraw Bay is 
the widest part of the river, being five miles broad, and 



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would form the safest turning point for such vessels as 
cannot proceed beyond Stony and Verplanck's Points, 
which form the northern boundary of that bay. These 
vessels can return and anchor opposite Manhattan Island 
and in the evening illuminate and display fireworks. 

We recommend that the Half Moon and Clermont, 
escorted by two official vessels representing the city and 
state of New York, and by as many other craft as may vol- 
unteer, proceed up the river to Albany, stopping opposite 
the riverside villages and cities and forming the center of 
local demonstrations. This will permit not only the popu- 
lation bordering the historic river, but also our fellow citi- 
zens residing in the adjacent inland towns, to participate in 
the commemoration. 

2. Land Parade and Literary Exercises. 

Upon the second day we recommend that there be a 
land parade and literary exercises. 

The parade may properly embrace such troops from 
Governor's Island and adjacent posts and such marines 
from the war vessels as the Government may be disposed 
to send ; the Grand Army Posts, patriotic and historical 
societies and the crafts or guilds of the city. In a city sit- 
uated as New York is situated, there is scarcely any indus- 
try that does not derive some benefit from or bear some 
relation to the commerce of the river; and the representa- 
tives of the industrial world, to which the metropolis owes so 
much of its greatness, will undoubtedly take pride in joining 
in this celebration. If, upon further inquiry, it be found that 
the participating organizations are disposed to prepare his- 
torical floats for this parade, we believe that they would great- 
ly add to its instructiveness. Three miles of the route of the 
parade would naturally be along Riverside Drive, from 
72nd street to Claremont, overlooking the river. 

On the evening of this da}', we recommend that liter- 
ary, historical and musical exercises be held in the princi- 
pal auditorium available in each of the five boroughs, and 
that the Board of Education be requested to provide for 
the people free lectures in as many lecture centers as pos- 
sible, upon subjects relating to the events commemorated. 
Upon some other convenient day of the week, to be deter- 
mined by the Board of Education, we recommend that the 



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pupils of the public schools devote themselves to appro- 
priate exercises. 

o. Dedication of Memorials. 

We recommend that a third day be devoted to the 
dedication of memorials. 

The Hudson Memorial Bridge, extending from Invvood 
Hill to Spuyten Duyvil Hill, across Spuyten Duyvil Creek 
at its confluence with the Hudson River, is assured 
by action already taken by the municipal authorities. We 
recommend that this Commission formally adopt the 
bridge as part of the commemoration. 

We also recommend that the viaduct projected by the 
city to cross Dyckman street, to connect the southern end 
of Inwood Hill with Washington Heights on the south, be 
called the Fulton Memorial Viaduct, and, if possible, dedi- 
cated at the same time. This viaduct will, like the Hud- 
son Memorial Bridge, be in view of the Hudson River, and 
the propriety of adopting this substantial and enduring 
municipal work as a memorial complementary to the bridge 
above seems to be obvious. 

We also recommend that on this third day any other 
memorials of Hudson and Fulton erected by individual or 
associated enterprise or by the State of New Jersey, and 
any riparian parks, such as that along the Palisades or as 
may be created by municipalities farther up the river, be 
dedicated with such friendly co-operation as this Commis- 
sion may find it feasible to give. 

Jf. Park and Memorial at Inwood Hill. 

We recommend that about 75 acres of the northern 
portion of Inwood Hill be taken for a Public Park. There 
are many strong reasons moving to this suggestion. This 
park, which has already been recommended by influential 
civic societies and by the city's own engineers, would se- 
cure the last portion of Manhattan Island remaining in 
almost its primeval condition. From this beautiful wooded 
knoll, appearing to us to-day almost as it did to Henry 
Hudson nearly 300 years ago, a more extended view up 
Hudson's river can be obtained than from any other part 
of the Island. Besides its landscape beauty, it has many 
historical associations. At the base of the cliffs near Cold 



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Spring is a rock habitation in which the aborigines dwelt, 
as was proven by the implements and utensils excavated 
therefrom and now preserved in the Museum of Natural 
History. Around it are scattered extensive shell-heaps left 
by the Indians belonging to the tribe which attacked Hud- 
son on his return down the river. On the summit of the 
hill during the Revolution stood the Cock Hill Fort. 
This Park, at the southern terminus of the Hudson Memo- 
rial Bridge, would not only provide another lasting and 
useful work for the benefit of the people, but it would 
also add dignity to the Bridge and afford a site for such 
other memorial, architectural or sculptural, as may be 
found practicable. The northern head of the hill, surrounded 
on three sides by water, cannot be obscured by private 
structures on those sides, and presents an unequalled site 
for the erection of a municipal museum, a statue or group 
of statuary, or other suitable monument. We recommend 
that some such monument form a portion of the plan, and 
that the Architectural League and the National Sculpture 
Society be invited to offer suggestions to the Commission 
as to the form of such a monumental structure. 

5. State Park at Verplanck's Point. 

We recommend that the State of New York authorize 
the acquisition by agreement or condemnation of about 20 
acres on Verplanck's Point, or so much as may be necessary 
to embrace the salient landscape and historical features of 
the Point, for a Public Park. 

Hudson sailed between Stony and Verplanck's Points 
on his northward voyage September 14, 1609, according to 
an easily recognizable passage in his journal, and anchored 
here on his return trip, October ist. These two headlands 
form the natural gateway to the Highlands and have been 
likened by Irving to the Pillars of Hercules, of which 
Stony Point is the Gibraltar. The State already has a 
reservation of 34 acres on the Stony Point Battlefield, which 
has been improved under the care of the American Scenic 
and Historic Preservation Society and is now visited by 
nearly 20,coo persons a year. 

On Verplanck's Point, the military complement of 
Stony Point, stood Fort Fayette, which shared the vicissi 



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tudes of the post across the river, and the remains of which 
are still extant. Here, in 1782, Washington and the Ameri- 
can Army received Count Rochambeau and the French 
auxiliaries en route from Virginia for Boston. The hill on 
which Washington's marquee stood is one of the conspicu- 
ous eminences in that region. Between the two points was 
the famous King's Ferry, which was the principal trans- 
Hudson thoroughfare between New England and the West 
and South during the War for Independence, and across 
which all the great commanders and conspicuous figures of 
that period and troops of all the armies passed at one time 
or another. 

This point, while not lacking diversity of elevation, is 
not so rugged as Stony Point, and is readibly adaptable to 
the purposes of a great recreation ground for wholesome 
popular enjoyment such as does not exist either in the City 
of New York or elsewhere in the State. The rapid growth 
of the metropolis and the increasing difficulty of providing 
adequate recreation grounds within the city limits ; the jus- 
tice of reserving from private ownership suitable places 
where the people at large, in city and country, can have ac- 
cess to and free enjoyment of the beauties of the world- 
famous Hudson; and the material shortening of time-dis- 
tances by improved transit facilities, are added reasons for 
giving to the people on this occasion this eligible and inter- 
esting reservation on the east bank of the river. 

This reservation would also provide a reasonable area 
for a number of permanent buildings in case the State 
should hereafter decide to erect any in furtherance of the 
objects of the celebration. 

The foregoing recommendations are not intended 
to be exclusive of any other action by the State of 
New York that may subsequently be decided upon with 
regard to the acquisition or development of other places 
or objects, in furtherance of the same general idea of cele- 
bration. 

6. The Date of the Celebration. 

Hudson's first landfall within the limits of the present 
Greater City of New York was made on September 2d, 
1609, according to the old style. He entered the upper 
harbor and saw the mouth of the river September 12th, old 



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style The date of Fulton's first voyage with the Clermont 
was August 17th, 1807. None of these dates is ideal for the 
inauguration of the Celebration in 1909- People have 
hardly returned from their summer resorts by September 
i2th The last week of September would seem to be the 
mos^ convenient time. If advantage be taken of the re- 
formed calendar, as is done m the popular observance of 
Februarv 22d as the birthday of Washington, who was 
born on February nth, old style, the 300th anniversary 
of Hudson's first sight of the Hudson River would come 
on Thursday, September 23d, 1909. We therefore recom- 
mend that the celebration be held during the week begin- 
ning Monday, September 2.th, 1909, upon days subsequently 
to be determined. 

In submitting this preliminary report, the Committee 
desire it to be understood that they do not regard it as 
final or exhaustive, but subject to such additions or modi- 
firations as may be found desirable. 

If approved bv the Executive Committee it is suggested 
that subcommittees of three or four members each may 
be appointed, to study out and perfect the details o each 
of above named leading features, such sub-committees to 
make their report early in the fall. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

Frederick W. Seward. 
James M. Beck, 
Wm. W. Goodrich, 
Fredk. D. Grant, 
George F. Kunz, 
Seth Low, 

William McCarroll, 
Eben E. Olcott, 
John E. Parsons, 
Samuel B. Ward, 
Stewart L. Woodford. 

Committee on Plan and Scope. 

New York, June 13, 1906. 



June 13, 1906 123 

DATE OF THE CLERMONT'S FIRST TRIP. 

Histories being at variance concerning the date of 
Fulton's first steamboat trip from New York to Albany, 
the following extracts from the American Citizen, pub- 
lished at New York, on Monday, August 17, and Saturday, 
August 22, 1807, respectively, are reprinted for information. 
The date of Fulton's letter should have been the 21st 
instead of the 20th, as Friday, the day of his return to 
New York, was August 21st. 



AMERICAN CITIZEN. 
NEW YORK, AUGUST 17. 

Mr. Fulton's ingenious Steam Boat, in- 
vented with a view to the navigation of the 
Mississippi from New Orleans upwards, 
sails today from the North River, near 
the State Prison to Albany. The velosity 
of the Steam Boat is calculated at four 
miles an hour; it is said that it will make 
a progress of two against the current of 
the Mississippi ; and if so it will certainly 
be a very valuable acquisition to the com- 
merce of the Western States. 



[From the American Citizen of August 22, 1807.] 

. Nkw York, A ti^ttst 20. 
To the Editor of the American Citizen. 
Sir, 

I arrived this afternoon at 4 o'clock in the 
steamboat from Albany. As the success of 
my experiment gives me great hope that such 
boats may be rendered of much importance 
to my country, to prevent erroneous opin- 
ions, and give some satisfaction to the friends 
of useful improvements, you will have the 
goodness to publish the following statement of 
facts: 

I left New York on Monday at i o'clock, 
and arrived at Clermont, the seat of Chan- 
cellor Livingston, at i o'clock on Tuesday, 
time 24 hours, distance no miles; on Wed- 



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nesday I departed from the Chancellor's at 9 
in the morning, and arrived at Albany at 5 
in the afternoon, distance 40 miles, time 8 
hours; the sum of this is 150 miles in 32 
hours, equal near 5 miles an hour. 

On Thursday, at 9 o'clock in the morning, 
I left Albany, and arrived at the Chancel- 
lor's at 6 in the evening; I started from 
thence at 7, and arrived at New York on 
Friday at 4 in the afternoon, time 30 hours, 
space run through 150 miles, equal 5 miles 
an hour. Throughout the whole way my going 
and returning the wind was ahead; no ad- 
vantage could be drawn from my sails — the 
whole has, therefore, been performed by the 
power of the steam engine. 
I am. Sir, 

Your most obedient, 

ROBERT FULTON. 



We congratulate Mr. Fulton and the coun- 
try on his success in the Steam Boat, which 
cannot fail of being very advantageous. We 
understand that not the smallest inconveni- 
ence is felt in the boat either from heat or 
smoke. 



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Sncorporatcb bp 

Cfjapter 325 of tf)e ilafcDs! of 1906 

of ti)c 

fetate of iSeto gorfe 



tKo arrange for tfje " Commemo= 
ration of tlje ^erCentcnarp of 
tfje Bisicoberp of tfje J^utSon 
l&ibcr bp l^enrp J^ubson in tfjc 
pear 1609, anb of tbe Jfirsft 
Wint of ^tcam in tbe i^abigation 
of s!aib riber bp i^obert Jf ulton 
in tbe pear 1807." t^ A ^ ^ 



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Herbert Adams. 

John G. A^ar. 

R. B. AldcVoftt, Jr. 

B. Altman. 

Louis Annin Ames. 

Hon. John E. Andrus. 

Hon. James K. Apgar. 

Col. John Jacob Astor. 
. Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury. 

Geo. Wm. Ballou. 

Theodore M. Banta. 

Col. Franklin Bartlett. 

Dr. James C. Bayles. 

James .17. Beck. 

August Belmont. 

Tunis G. Bergen. 

Hon. William Herri. 

Hon. Frank S. Black. 

Reginald Felham Bolton. 

Hon. David A. Bo.idy. 

Hon. Thomas W. Bradley. 

George V. Bromer. 

Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 

Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 

William L. Bull. 

Henry K. Bush-Brown. 

Hon. E. H. Butler. 

Hon. J. Rider Cady. 

John F. Calder. 

Hon. J H. Callanan. 

Henry W. Cannon. 

Andreio Carni-gie. 

Hun. Joseph H. Choate. 

Sir Caspar Piirdon Clarke. 

Hon. George C. Cl.iusen. 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 

Hon. Grover Clez'eland 

Re a r Adin. J. B. Cogh Ian. 

E. C. Converse. 

Walter Cook. 

Hon. John H. Coyne. 

E. D. Cummings. 

IVilliamJ. Curtis. 

J'aul D. Craz'ath. 

Robt. Fulton Cutting. 

Hon. Charles de Kay. 

James de la Montayne. 

Hon. Chauncey M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

George G.DeWitt 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

•John C. Fames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 

Barr Ferree. 

Stuyvesani Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Winchester Fitch. 

Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Thomas Powell Foivler. 

Austen G. Fox. 

Hon. Charles S. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 

Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Hon. William W. Goodrich. 
George J. Gould. 



Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
George F. Gregory. 
Henry E. Gregory. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Edivard Hagaman Hall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Hear?!. 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. li'arren Hi^ley. 
Hon. David B. Hill. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel I 'erplanckHoffman 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas H . Hubbard. 
T. D. Huntting. 
A ugjist F. Jaccaci. 
Col. William Jay. 
Morris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. George F. Kunz 
Tohti LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry ISl . Leipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Walter Seth Logan. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Low. 
William A. Marble. 
Gecrge E. Matthews. 
li 'illia m Mc Ca rroll. 
Donald McDonald. 
WilliatnJ. McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 
Rear-Ad. Geo. W. Melville. 
Hon. John G. Milburn. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Jacob W Miller. 
Hon. Warner Miller. 
Brig Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J . Pierpont iilorgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton. 
Wm. C. Muschenheim. 
C. H. Niehaus. 
Ludii'i^ Nissen. 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
William Church Osborn. 
Percy B. O'Sullivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel .k. Parker. 
lohtt E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons, Jr. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
Geo. W. Perkins. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 
[Names of Trustees in italics^ 



George A. Plimpton. 

Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 

Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter. 

Thomas R. Proctor 

Hon. Cornelius A . Pugsley, 

Louis C. Raegener. 

Her ma n Ridder. 

William Rockejeller. 

Carl J. Roehr. 

Louis T. Romaine. 

Thomas F. Ryan. 

Henry W. Sackett. 

George Heniy Sargent. 

Herbert L. Satterlee. 

Charles A. Schermerhorn. 

Prest Jacob G. Sch u rma n . 

Gustav H. Schwab. 

Isaac N. Seliginan. 

Louis Seligsburg. 

Hon. loseph H. Senner. 

Hon. Frederick 11'. Seiuard. 

Hon. William F. Sheehan. 

Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 

/. Edivard Simmons. 

John W. Simpson. 

E V. Skinner. 

Prof, lohn C. Smock. 

William Sohmer. 

Nelson S. Spencer. 

James Speyer. 

Hon. John. H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 

Hon. Louis Stern. 

Louis Stewart. 

James Stillman. 

Wm. L. Stone 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

George R. Sutherland. 

Hon. Theodore Sutro. 

Henry R. Towne. 

Dr. Irving Townsend. 

Spencer Trask. ' 

C. Y. Turner. 

Albert Ulmann. 

Aaron I'anderbilt. 

Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 

Cornelius I'anderbilt. 

Rev. Dr. Henry I'an Dyke. 

Warner Van Norden. 

W»i. B. Ian Rensselaer. 

Miss A. T. Van Santvoord. 

J Leonard Varick. 

Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 

Col. John W I'rooman. 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Hon W. L. Ward. 

Hon. William C. Warren. 

Edward Wells, Jr. 

Charles W. Wetmore. 

Edmund Wetmore. 

Henry W. Wetmore. 

Hon. Andrew D. W/tite. 

J. Du Pratt White. 

Fred C Whitney. 

Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Charles R. Wilson. 

Edward C. Wilson. 

Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Charles B. Wolffram. 

Stew a rt L. U 'oodford. 

Ho n Timothy L.li 'oodruff. 

W. E. Woolley. 

James A. Wright. 



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(Revised to July 6, 1906.) 



President: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

I 'ice-P residents : 
Andrew Carnegie, J. IMerpont Morgan, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate. Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Herman Ridder, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasuter : 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 
Secreta>y: Assistant Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Coftimittee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 
Hon. WilHam W. Goodrich, Vice-Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 
James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Andrew Carnegie, John E. Parsons, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate. (ieorge W. Perkins, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Rear Adm. LB. Coghlan, U.S.N. Louis C. Raegener, 
William J.Curtis, Herman Ridder, 

Theodore Fitch, Henry W. Sackett, ^ 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Col. William Jay, J. Edward Simmons, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Spencer Trask, 

John La Farge, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

William McCarroll, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Frank D. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

(and I to be appointed). 
Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, John E Parsons, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon. Seth Low, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Law: 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 
James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, <?jr-c»^«V?. 

Committee on Nominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. 



129 

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Executive Committee 

June 27, 1906 

The fourth meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Board of Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission was held at headquarters in the Tribune Building, 
New York, Wednesday, June 27, 1906, at 3 p. m. 

Present : The Chairman, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford; 
and Mr, Theodore Fitch, Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Mr. Wm. 
McCarroll, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 
Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, Gen. James 
Grant Wilson and Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall. 

Mr. Fitch from the Committee on Nominations re- 
ported favorably the following nominations : 

To be Trustees, to fill vacancies : Mr. Thomas R. Proc- 
tor, of Utica; Mr. Charles R. Wilson, of Buffalo, and Mr. 
George W. Perkins, of New York. 

To be Vice-President, in place of the late Hon. Robert 
B. Roosevelt : the Hon. Frederick W. Seward. 

The report was adopted and referred to the Trustees 
with a favorable recommendation. 

The meeting then adjourned. 



Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

June 27, 1906 

The third meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held at headquarters 
in the Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday, June 
27, 1906, at 3 p. m. 

Present: The President, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, 
presiding; and Rear-Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, Mr. 
Theodore Fitch, Hon. William W. Goodrich, Mr. Henry 
E. Gregory, Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. Samuel V. Hoffman, 
Mr. Wm. McCarroll, Mr. Wm. J. McKay, Rear-Admiral 



130 Minutes of Trustees 

Geo. W. Melville, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, Hon. N. Taylor 
Phillips, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, Mr. Louis C. Raege- 
ner, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Nelson S. Spencer, Mr. 
Aaron Vanderbilt, Col. John W. Vrooman, Mr. Charles R. 
Wilson, Gen. James Grant Wilson and Mr. Edward Haga- 
man Hall. 

The following Commissioners, having come for the 
meeting of the Commission immediately to follow the 
Trustees' meeting, were invited by the President to be 
present at the Trustees' meeting: Dr. E. Parmly Brown, 
Hon. J. H. Callanan, Mr. Charles A. DuBois, Mr. Benj. F. 
Hamilton, Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Mr, Charles VV. Lefler, 
Mr. Julius Lehrenkrauss, Commander Charles H. Loring, 
Mr. Wm. C. Muschenheini, Hon. Samuel Parsons, Jr., Mr. 
Mr, Gordon H. Peck, Mr. Louis T. Romaine, Mr. William 
L. Stone and Mr. Charles B. Wolffram. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Mr. 
Henry W, Cannon, Mr. Wm. J. Curtis, Maj.-Gen. F. D, 
Grant, Gen. H. C, King, Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Seth 
Low, Mr. J, W. Miller, Mr. F. D. Millet, Dr, Eugene H. 
Porter, Mr. Herman Ridder, President J. G. Schurman, Mr. 
Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Hon. F. W. Seward, Dr. S. B. 
Ward, Mr. Edmund Wetmore, Hon. Andrew D. White and 
Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, and they were excused. 

The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were adopted without reading. 

The Secretary read a communication dated June 19, 
from Mr. Frank E. Perley, Secretary of the Governor, 
stating that the Governor had appointed to the Com- 
mission the following named gentlemen nominated by the 
Board of Trustees : Rear-Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U* 
S. N., Brooklyn Navy Yard ; Mr. Thomas R. Proctor, of 
Utica ; Mr, Wm. L, Stone, of Mt. Vernon ; Hon. Theodore 
H. Silkman, of Yonkers; Col. John. W. Vrooman, of Herki- 
mer and New York City and Mr. Charles R. Wilson, of 
Buffalo, 

Mr, Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on Nominations^ 
presented the report of the Executive Committee nomi- 
nating Mr, Thomas R. Proctor, Mr. Charles R. Wilson and 
Mr. George W. Perkins as Trustees to fill vacancies, and 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward as Vice-President in place of 
the Hon. Robert B, Roosevelt, deceased. 



June 27, 1906 131 

By ballot duly cast, the follovvin_2: named gentlemen 
were unanimously elected as Trustees, the first five having 
been recommended by the Executive Committee at a meet- 
ing held June 13 and the last three June 27 : Rear-Admiral 
J. B. Coghlan, U. S. N., xMr. George A. Hearn, Mr. Henry 
E. Gregory, Hon. John H. Slarin, Col. J. W. Vrooman, 
Mr. Thomas R. Proctor, Mr. George W. Perkins and Mr. 
Charles R. Wilson. 

ihe following minute in regard to the late Hon. 
Robert B. Roosevelt, prepared at the request of the Presi- 
dent, was read and adopted : 

The Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission with pro- 
found sorrow records the death, on Thursday, June 14, 
1906, of its distinguished Vice-President, the Hon. Robert 
B. Roosevelt, of New York, in the 77th year of his age. 

It was by Mr. Roosevelt's invitation and in his hos- 
pitable home at No. 57 Fifth avenue that the first meeting 
of the representatives of the historical societies was held on 
February 15, 1905, that led to the creation of this Com- 
mission ; and although ill-health prevented his active par- 
ticipation in its meetings after its permanent organization, 
he followed its work with the unimpaired interest of his 
wonderful faculties until the end. 

Lineally descended from ancestors who came from 
Holland to New Amsterdam within 23 years after the pur- 
chase of Manhattan Island from the Indians, and from in- 
termediate ancestors who, on both sides, were almost with- 
out exception of pure Dutch descent, he was at the time of 
his death the most typical and distinguished representa- 
tive in his generation of the old Dutch stock of this city 
and the most perfect embodiment of the spirit of the re- 
markable people who first permanently planted European 
civilization and culture within the limits of the present 
City and State of New York. 

Born in Cortlandt street, when the residential section 
of the city was still within a few rods of the site of 
the wall which marked the northernmost bound of New 
Amsterdam, Mr. Roosevelt's life of more than the allotted . 
age of man covered a period of phenomenal municipal 
growth in which he was an active factor. His politi- 
cal affiliations were with the Democratic party. He 
was a patriot before he was a partisan, and when 
occasion arose did not hesitate to assert the independence 
which was one of his predominant characteristics. He 
repeatedly declined public honors, but was persuaded 
at different times to hold the offices of Alderman of the 
City of New York, State Fish and Game Commissioner, 



132 Minutes of Trustees 

Member of Congress, and American Minister at the Hague, 
the duties of which he discharged with honor to himself, 
the City, the State and the Nation. 

During the late war with Spain, when his nephew, now 
President of the United States, was serving with the Amer- 
ican troops in Cuba, he strongly championed the cause of 
the soldiers in the field and organized a movement de- 
signed to secure for them better sanitary conditions and 
better food. 

Cultured in mind, original in his ideas, positive in his 
convictions, tenacious of his opinions when he believed 
them to be right, devoted to the Cily in whose history and 
progress he took an intense pride, thoughtful of the welfare 
of his fellow citizens, honest in purpose, kmdly in thought, 
generous of heart, simple in his habits, and a lover of out- 
door life and physical exercise, he held a high place in the 
esteem of his fellow citizens as an example of vigorous 
American manhood and character ; and his memory will 
long be cherished with respect and affection by the City in 
which he passed his long and honored career. 

Therefore be it resolved, that the foregoing be spread 
in full upon the minutes of the Commission, and that a 
copy thereof, signed by the President and Secretary, be 
sent to his family, with the assurances of the Commission's 
sincere sorrow and sympathy. 

By ballot duly cast, the Hon. Frederick W. Seward 
was unanimously elected a Vice-President in place of the 
late Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt. 

It was voted to recommend to the Governor and 
Mayor the following named gentlemen for appointment to 
the Commission, the names having been approved by the 
Committee on Nominations and the Executive Committee: 
For appointment by the Governor: The Hon. M. Linn 
Bruce of New York, Lieutenant Governor; Hon. Warner 
Miller of Herkimer, Mr. Edward C. Wilson of Peekskill, 
and Prof. John C. Smock of Hudson; and for appointment 
by the Mayor: The Hon. Alton B. Parker. 

The report of the Executive Committee upon letters 
highly recommending the appointment of Mr. Arthur Eng- 
lish as permanent counsel of the Commission, recommend- 
ing that no action be taken in respect to such appointment 
for reasons stated in the printed minutes of the Executive 
Committee of June 13, was approved. 

The following amendment to the By-laws which was 
proposed at the last meeting of the Trustees and a copy of 



June 27, 1906 133 

which had been sent out to all the members of the Board 
with the notice of this meeting, was adopted: 

Resolved, that the by-laws be amended by chang- 
ing the number of the present "Article V.'' to "Article 
VI.," and that the following new Article V be adopted: 

ARTICLE V. 

SEAL. The Seal of the Commission shall be circular 
in form, two and one-fourth inches in diameter. Its de- 
sign shall be as follows: In the foreground, a classical, 
draped, female figure symbolizing the genius of the Hud- 
son River, standing upon the prow of a boat, supporting 
under her right hand a shield bearing the name and dale 
" Henry Hudson, 1609," and under her left hand a similar 
shield bearing the name and date "Robert Fulton, 1807" ; 
upon the prow of the boat the date " 1909" ; in the 
middle distance the Hudson River, and upon it, above the 
respective shields, Hudson's ship the Half Moon and 
Fulton's steamboat the Clermont; in the background, 
the Palisades; and in the border surrounding the whole, 
the words and date : " Seal of the Hudson-Fulton Celebra- 
tion Commission, 1906." 

The Report of the Committee on Plan and Scope as 
adopted by the Executive Committee June 13 and printed 
in the minutes of that meeting was taken up for con- 
sideration. 

Mr. Fitch moved that the report be amended by in- 
serting before the last paragraph of Section 5 of the report 
the following: 

"The Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, while 
opposed to a temporary World's Fair as an adjunct to the 
Tercentenary, favors a Permanent Exposition at Verplanck's 
Point, provided, however, that the plans therefor, includ- 
ing the securing of the necessary amount of money, to be 
hereafter submitted by the persons interested, shall be sat- 
isfactory to the Trustees of the Commission, that the Com- 
mission shall not be required to provide any funds there- 
for, or to undertake the establishment or management of 
such Permanent Exposition, and shall not incur any lia- 
bility therefor." 

Mr. Phillips, while not objecting to the general idea 
embodied in the motion, thought that if it were inserted 
after the paragraph referring to the proposed State Park 
at Verplanck's Point, it would imply that the Commission 
favored establishing the Exposition in the Park. He was 



134 Minutes of 1 rustees 

opposed to establishing a private enterprise in a State 
park. 

Mr. Fitch said that his idea was that if the Park were 
created as recommended by the report, it would be solely 
under the management of the State. If a permanent ex- 
position were established, it would be outside the Park, 
except so far as the State might permit the Park to be used. 
He did not advocate a union of private and municipal in- 
terests. 

Mr. Sackett said that he did not want to be under- 
stood as opposed to a Permanent Exposition at Verplanck's 
Point, but he felt that there was not sufficient evidence 
before this Commission to warrant it in favoring the pro- 
ject. The Committee on Plan and Scope, in the last para- 
graph of Section 5, had left the question open by saying: 

" The foregoing recommendations are not intended to 
be exclusive of any other action by the State of New York 
that may subsequently be decided upon with regard to the 
acquisityion or development of other places or objects, in 
furtherance of the same general idea of celebration. '' 

He therefore thought it inexpedient without further 
information to declare unequivocally in favor of a Perma- 
nent Exposition. 

Mr. McCarroU expressed himself in accord with Mr. 
Sackett. He thought it unwise for this Commission to en- 
dorse at this time the work of another distinct body. If at 
some other time the projectors should have some tangible 
and responsible plans to submit, it might be well to con- 
sider them, but it would be a mistake to adopt the project 
now. 

After some further discussion the question on Mr. 
Fitch's motion was put and declared lost. A rising vote 
was called for and the motion was declared lost (by a vote 
of 4 ayes and 8 noes). 

Mr. McKay of Newburgh read a paper objecting to the 
third paragraph of Section i of the report, which reads as 
follows: 

"On account of the deep draft of the larger vessels, it 
will be impossible, of course, for the whole pageant to pro- 
ceed farther than Haverstraw Bay. Haverstraw Bay is 
the widest part of the river, being five miles broad, and 
would form the safest turning point for such vessels as 



June 27, 1906 135 

cannot proceed beyond Stony and Verplanck's Points, 
which form the northern boundary of that bay. These 
vessels can return and anchor opposite Manhattan Island 
and in the evening illuminate and display fireworks." 

Mr, McKay quoted Admiral Taylor as having said, 
when Stony Point Park was dedicated in 1902, that any 
vessel which could float over the bar at Nyack could find 
ample water almost as far as Albany. Mr. McKay quoted 
the soundings of the channel to Newburgh Bay in support of 
his suggestion that Newburgh Bay be made the turning point 
of the naval parade. He referred to the historical impor- 
tance of the Xewburgh section and quoted a tradition to the 
effect that Breakneck Mountain was so named on account 
of the fate of an Indian princess whom Hudson, on his way 
up the river, promised to marry, who kept vigil for his 
return, and who, when the boat returned and Hudson did 
not keep his promise, flew to the mountain top and cast 
herself from the cliff. He also spoke of the important 
revolutionary memories of Newburgh and vicinity, of the 
size of Newburgh — the largest city between New York and 
Albany — the accessibility of the city by six railroads, and 
the facility with which a fleet could manoeuvre in the bay; 
and concluded by advocating that the report be amended 
by making Newburgh Bay the turning point of the naval 
parade. 

Mr. Phillips said that the Commission was not bound 
down to the report. He favored adopting it as it was, 
and leaving the question to be determined by the sub-com- 
mittee to whom this section would be assigned. 

Col. Vrooman suggested that further consideration of 
this paragraph be postponed until the next meeting, pend- 
ing a report by Admiral Coghlan on the practicability of 
the channel. 

Mr. McCarroll favored postponement until the ques- 
tion of the safety of the passage for large naval vessels as 
far as Newburgh could be ascertained. 

After some further discussion, it was finally voted that 
the report of the Plan and Scope Committee as printed, 
except the last two paragraphs of Section i, be adopted. 

Mr. McCarroll then moved that the two excepted par- 
agraphs be referred back to the Plan and Scope Committee 



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with Mr. McKay's paper for further consideration. Car- 
ried. 

Mr. Fitch moved that the president be authorized to 
appoint the sub-committees recommended by the report. 
Carried. 

Mr. Gordon H. Peck was accorded the floor to urge 
the Trustees to take definite action upon the tender of Mr. 
Francis Bannerman of New York, communicated by and 
with the endorsement of the American Scenic and His- 
toric Preservation Society, to erect on Polopel's Island, at 
the southern end of Newburgh Bay, a colossal statue of 
Henry Hudson at his own expense, and to throw his pri- 
vate grounds on the island open free to the public on 
Saturdays and holidays, so long as visitors made proper 
use of their privileges. The offer was made on condition 
that the dedication of the statue should form a part of the 
official celebration in 1909. This offer was communicated 
to the Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee at its meet- 
ing held in the City Hall December 29, 1905, and is re- 
corded on page 13 of the printed minutes. Mr. Peck felt 
that Mr. Bannerman had not been shown the courtesy 
which his disinterested offer should have received. 

The President asked if this offer had been presented 
in writing. 

The Assistant Secretary replied that it had. He re- 
stated the offer of Mr. Bannerman, and, as a member of the 
Board of Trustees, urged its favorable consideration. 
There were so few public parks along the Hudson by 
means of which the people at large could get to the river 
and enjoy its beauties and pleasures, that he thought pri- 
vate citizens should be encouraged to throw open their 
private grounds to the public as Mr. Bannerman had 
offered to do. 

Judge Goodrich said he had gathered the idea, possi- 
bly erroneous, that Polopel's Island was to be used as a 
picnic ground, to which an admission fee would be 
charged; and a3 this was a State Commission he wanted 
to guard against the exploitation of any private property. 

In response to a direct question by Judge Goodrich, 
Mr. Peck reiterated the purpose of Mr. Bannerman to make 
access to his grounds absolutely free. 



June 27, 1906 137 

Mr. Sacketi moved that the offer of Mr. Bannerman 
be referred to the sub-committee on Section 3 of the re 
port. 

Mr. Raegener expressed what appeared to be the 
opinion of his colleagues, that no discourtesy was intended 
toward Mr. Bannerman, and suggested that the Secretary 
write to Mr. Bannerman explaining that his offer was re- 
ceived before this commission was incorporated and before 
it could take official cognizance of it, but that it would be 
referred to the proper sub-committee and that he would be 
further advised of the action of the Commission. 

With this understanding, Mr. Sackett's motion was 
carried. 

The President handed to the Secretary for record a 
certified copy of the following resolution, adopted by the 
Commissioners of the Sinking Fund of the City of New 
York June 20, 1906 : 

Resolved, That the Corporation Counsel be and is 
hereby requested to prepare a lease fo the City, from the 
Tribune Association, of Room No. 605 on the sixth floor 
in the Tribune Building, at the northeast corner of Nassau 
and Spruce streets, Borough of Manhattan, for the use of 
the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, for a period 
of one year from the date of occupation, at an annual ren- 
tal of one thousand dollars ($1000), payable monthly; the 
lessor to furnish light, heat, elevator and janitor service; the 
rent to be paid out of the appropriation made by the City 
of New York for the expenses of the said Commission; and 
the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund deeming the said 
rent fair and reasonable and that it would be for the inter- 
ests of the city that such lease be made, the Comptroller be 
and is hereby authorized and directed to execute the same 
when prepared and approved by the Corporation Counsel, 
as provided by Sections 149 and 217 of the Greater New 
York Charter. 

The President announced that, Mr. William McCarroll 
having resigned as a member of the Plan and Scope Com- 
mittee, he had appointed Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt in his 
place. 

The meeting then adjourned 



138 

Minutes of 

The Commission 

June 27, 1906 

The first meeting of the entire Hudson-Fulton Cele- 
bration Commission since its incorporation was held at its 
headquarters in the Tribune Building, Wednesday, June 27, 
1906, upon the adjournment of the Trustees' meeting held 
■on the same day. 

Present : The President, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, 
presiding, and the gentlemen already named in the fore- 
going minutes of the Trustees. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from ab- 
sentees mentioned in the foregoing minutes and from the 
following, and they were excused : Mr. Wm. L. Bull, Hon. 
A. T. Clearwater, Mr. Austin G. Fox, Mr. Abner S. 
Haight, Mr. G. A. Plimpton, Mr. Thomas R. Proctor, Mr. 
Louis Seligsberg, and Mr. C. Y. Turner. 

The President stated that as those in attendance had 
been present at the Trustees' meeting just held and wit- 
nessed its proceedings, it was not necessary to make a 
formal report of their transactions. He then asked for a 
full and free expression of opinion on any matter relating 
to the work of the Commission. 

Mr. Gordon H. Peck moved that the Trustees be rec- 
ommended to extend the naval parade as far as Newburgh 
Bay and that the Hudson statue proposed to be erected by 
Mr. Francis Bannerman on Polopel's Island be dedicated 
as a feature of the parade. 

Col. Vrooman favored leaving this matter over until 
the next meeting. He thought it questionable whether a 
large battleship could go to Newburgh Bay and return in 
time for an illumination at night. 

Mr. Charles R. Lamb was in favor of the dedication of 
Mr. Bannerman's statue as a feature of the celebration, 
provided the jegal members of the Commission saw no ob- 
stacle and the design was acce{)iable to the artistic mem- 
bers. He called attention, however, to the fact that if it 
were proposed to have this dedication as a feature of the 
naval parade, it should not be referred to the sub-commit- 



June 27, 1906 139 

tee on Section 3 of ihe report, which was limited to the 
dedication of memorials. He thought it should receive the 
consideration of the whole Plan and Scope Committee. 

After some further discussion the motion was modified 
so as to recommend that the naval parade be extended to 
Newburgh Bay if found feasible, and that the matter of the 
Polopel's Island Monument be left in the hands of the Plan 
and Scope Committee. As modified, the motion was 
carried. 

Mr. Lefler asked for information concerning the status 
of the projected exposition at Verplanck's Point. 

The President explained briefly that a "Citizens Com- 
mittee of 500 " had been organized with a view to holding 
a Permanent Exposition at Verplanck's Point. Such an 
exposition might cost $10,000,000 or $20,000,000. The 
plans of that Committee were as yet so inchoate and so 
little money had been as yet pledged to support the pro- 
ject, that the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission had 
not felt justified in taking any action on the subject. 

Judge Goodrich referred to the communication re- 
ceived by the Committee on Plan and Scope from the Pal- 
isades Interstate Park Commission, mentioned on page 113 
of the printed minutes, and offered the following 
resolution : 

" Resolved, that the Governor of New York State 
be requested, if he shall so approve, to invite the Governor 
of New Jersey to nominate not to exceed ten citizens of that 
State for appointment as additional members of the Hud- 
son-Fulton Celebration Commission. " 

Carried. 

The President announced his intention to appoint Mr. 
George W. Perkins, President of the Palisades Interstate 
Park Commission, a member of the Executive Committee 
of this Commission so that there might be the fullest pos- 
sible interchange of views between the two bodies. He 
hoped that in this way there would be mutual confidence 
and ultimate agreement. 

Mr. Charles R. Lamb moved to recommend to the 
Trustees that on the day of the naval parade, a counter- 
demonstration be arranged to start from Albany and pro- 
ceed southward, meeting the portion of the procession ap- 
proaching from the south at a rendezvous to be agreed 
upon. 



140 Minutes of Commission 

After a few remarks in support of the suggestion, the 
motion was adopted. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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142 



i^uligonjFulton Celebration Commiggion. 



Herbert Adams. 
John G. A^ar. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon James K. Apgar. 
Col. John Jacob Astor. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballon. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
fames M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. Frank S. B'ack. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. Thomas W. Bradley. 
George V. Bro-.ver. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Hush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J H. Callanan. 
Henry 11'. Canny}!. 
Andren' Carnegie. 
Hun. Joseph H. Choate. 
Sir Caspar Pur don Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Cl.iusen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. G7'over Cleveland- 
Re a r A dm J. B. Cogh la n , 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J . Curtis. 
Paul D.Cravath. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting, 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 
James de la Montayne. 
Hon. Chauncey 1\L Depew. 
Edward DeWitt. 
George Cl.DeWitt 
Hon. William Draper. 
Charles A.DuBois. 
John C. Fames 
George Ehret. 
Hon. Smith Ely. 
Arthur English 
Most Rev. John M. Farley. 
Hon J. Sloat Fassett. 
Barr Ferree. 
Stuyvesant Fish. 
Theodore Fitch. 
Winchester Fitch. 
Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 
Fredk. S. Flower. 
Thomas Powell Fowler. 
Austen G. Fox. 
Hon. Charles S. Francis. 
Henry C. Frick. 
Frank S. Gardner. 
Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 
Hon Theodore P. Gilman. 
Robert Walton Goelet. 
Hon Wi'liam W. Goodrich. 
George J. Gould. 



Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
George F. Gregory. 
Henry E Gregory. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Edzvard Hagaman Hall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Heartt.- 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. Warren Higley. 
Hon. David B. Hill. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel I 'erplanckHoffman 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr.^LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas H . Hubbard. 
T. D. Huntting. 
A ugust F. Jaccaci. 
Col. Williani Jay. 
Morris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. George F. Kunz. 
Tohn LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry I\I. Leipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Lo-w. 
Willia-n K. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 
William Mr Car roll. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 
Rear-Ad. Geo. W. A/elville. 
Hon. John G. Milium. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Jacob W Miller. 
Hon. Warner Miller. 
Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Pierpont Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton. 
Wm. C. Muschenheim. 
C. H. Niehaus. 
Ludwig Nissen, 
W. R. 0"Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
William Church O.sborn. 
Percy B. O'Sullivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
lohn E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons, Jr. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
Geo. W. Perkins. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 
George \. Plimpton. 
[Names of Trustees in italics.'\ 



Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 
Gen. Horace Porter. 
Rt. Rev. Henrj' C. Potter. 
Thomas R. Proctor. 
Hon. Cornelius A . Pugsley. 
Louis C. Raegener. 
Herman Ridder. 
William Rockefeller. 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henry M'. Sackett. 
George Henry Sargent. 
Herbert L. Satterlee. 
Charles A. Schermerhorn. 
Prest. Jacob G. Schurman. 
Gustav H. Schwab. 
Isaac N. Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. Joseph H. Senner. 
Hon. Frederick W. Se7vard. 
Hon. William F. Sheehan. 
Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 
/. Edivard Simmons. 
John W. Simpson. 
E. V. Skinner. 
Prof. John C. Smock. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
James Speyer. 
Hon. John. H. Starin. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis Stern. 
Louis Stewart. 
James Stillman. 
Wm. L. Stone 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
Sfiencer Trask. 
C. Y. Turner. 
Albert LHmann. 
Aaron I'anderbilt 
Alfred G. I'anderbilt. 
Cornelius I 'a nderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry Van Dyke. 
Wainer Van Norden. 
ll'i'i. B. I'an Rensselaer. 
Miss A. T. Van Santvoord. 
I Leonard Varick. 
"Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Col. John ]]' J'rooman. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells, Jr. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C Whitney. 
Hon. William R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Ge?i. James Grant Wilson. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Stewa rt L. II 'oodford. 
Hon . Timothy L.U 'oodruff. 
W. E. WooUey. 
James A. Wright. 



H3 
(Officers anb Committees!. 

(Revised to July 6, igc6.) 



President: 
Stewart L. Woodford, i8 Wall Street, New York. 

Vice- P res iden ts : 
Andrew Carnegie, J. Pierpont Morgan, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate. Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland,' Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Herman Ridder, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Frederick W, Seward, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer- 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 
Secretary: Assistanl Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Committee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, iS Wall Street, New York, 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Vice-Chairman, 49 Wall Street, Xew York. 

James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Andrew Carnegie, John E. Parsons, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, George W. Perkins, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. Horace Porter, 
Rear Adm.J.B.Coghlan, U.S.N. Louis C. Raegener, 

William J. Curtis, Herman Ridder, 

Theodore Fitch, Henry W. Sackett, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Col. William Jay, J. Edward Simmons, 

Morris K. Jesup. Hon. John H. Starin, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Spencer Trask, 

John La Farge, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

William McCarroU, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Frank D. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

(and I to be appointed). 
Co?nmittee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, John E Parsons, 

Maj. Gen. F. D. Grant, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon. Seth Low, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Lazv: 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 
James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, M-c^c/f?. 

Com/nittee on Abominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway,' New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. 



145 

Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

July 25, 1906 



The fourth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson - 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held at headquarters 
in the Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday, July 
25, 1906, at 3 p. m. 

Present: The President, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, 
presiding; and Mr. George V. Brower, Mr. Theodore 
Fitch, Mr. Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, Mr. August F. 
Jaccaci, Gen. Horatio C. King, Mr. William J. McKay, Rear- 
Admiral George W. Melville, Mr. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. N. 
Taylor Phillips, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Aaron Vander- 
bilt, Col. John W. Vrooman and Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Mr. 
James M. Beck, Hon. William Berri, Hon. E. H. Butler, 
Rear-Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, 
Mr. George A. Hearn, Mr. Morris K. Jesup, Col. William 
Jay, Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Seth Low, Mr. John E. 
Parsons, President J. G. Schurman, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 
Rev. Henry Van Dyke, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, Hon. 
Andrew D. White and Mr. Charles R. Wilson, and they 
were excused. 

The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were adopted without read- 
ing. 

The Secretary read a communication from Mr. Charles 
M. Kean, Chairman of the Exhibition Committee of the 
Municipal Art Society, stating the desire of that Society, 
which is represented upon the Commission by its President, 
Mr. Charles R. Lamb, to co-operate with the Commission 
in facilitating its work and suggesting in particular one 
form of such aid. Mr. Kean stated that it had occurred to 
them that the plans of the Commission might take definite 
form, possibly being embodied in sketches and plans which 
would be of great interest to the public; that if this were 



146 Minutes of Trustees 

so, they would be pleased to reserve special wall space in 
the next exhibition of that Society, to be held in the Spring 
of 1907, in the galleries of the new quarters of the National 
Art Club, Gramercy Park; that if this suggestion be re- 
garded favorably and they were informed of the number 
and size of the exhibits which the Commission would de- 
cide to loan them for that purpose, the necessary wall space 
would be reserved. 

After discussion, the subject matter of the letter from 
the Municipal Art Society was referred to the Executive 
Committee. 

The following letter from Governor Higgins was read : 
State of New York, 

Executive Chamber, 

Albany, July 5, 1906. 
Hon. Stewart L Woodford, 

Tribune Building, 

New York City. 

Sir : I am in receipt of your communication dated 
June 29th, containing unanimous recommendation of the 
Board of Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission adopted at the meeting held on Wednesday, June 
27th last. In accordance with the recommendation of your 
Board of Trustees, I shall be glad to appoint the following 
gentlemen as additional members of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission : 

Hon. M. Linn Bruce, 
Hon. Warner Miller, 
Mr. Edward C. Wilson, 
Prof. John C. Smock. 

I also have copy of the resolution unanimously adopted, 
and in accordance therewith I am writing to-day to the 
Governor of New Jerse)^, inviting him to nominate not to 
exceed ten citizens of his State for appointment as addi- 
tional members of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission. I am, sir, yours truly, 

Frank W. Higgins. 

The President expressed appreciation for the cordial 
and prompt co-operation of the Governor and directed the 
letter to be placed on the minutes and on file. 

The Secretary read a letter from Mr. Richard H. Hunt, 
President of the Architectural League of New York, in 
which he stated that he would bring before the Executive 



July 25, 1906 147 

Committee of the League at the first opportunity the mat- 
ter of its proposed co-operation with the Commission in 
determining upon the suitable form of memorial to be 
erected in Inwood Park in accordance with the recommen- 
dations of the Committee on Plan and Scope. This letter 
was referred to the Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial 
at Inwood Hill. 

The Secretary stated that the minute and resolution 
in regard to the late Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt, adopted 
at the last meeting of the Board of Trustees, had been sent 
to his family, and read the following letter that had been 
received in response thereto: 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Secretary. 

Dear Sir: Will you please convey to your President 
and members of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commis- 
sion my deep appreciation and thanks for your kind letter, 
which I value more than I can say. Faithfully yours, 

R. B. Roosevelt, Jr. 

The President stated that he had received a letter from 
ex-President Grover Cleveland, written from his summer 
home, which was partly personal and in part referred to 
the work of the Commission. The President said: "In 
this letter there are two statements that I think the Com- 
mittee will be interested in hearing: 'I hope I need not 
assure you how fully I appreciate the importance of cele- 
brating Henry Hudson's exploration and Robert Fulton's 
initial navigation of the Hudson River. I am, on the 
whole, delighted with the report.' (That is, the re- 
port of the Committee on Plan and Scope.) 'I believe if 
the plan of commemoration it embodies is carried out and 
conducted with vigor and careful attention to detail, our 
people's patriotism and love of country for its own sake 
and for what it has grown to be can be stirred up in away 
that will be much in these days of heedlessness and sordid- 
ness.' I thought you would be interested to see how deeply 
the ex-President is interested in the work that we are 
doing." 

The resignation of Mr. William C.Warren, of Buffalo, 
was read and was duly accepted with regret. 

The following report was read: 



148 Minutes of Trustees 

PRELIMINARY REPORT 

OF THE 

SUB-COMMITTEE ON PARK AND MEMORIAL 
AT INWOOD HILL. 

To the Trustees of the Hudsou-Fulton Celel^ration Commission : 

Dear Sirs: The Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial 
at Inwood Hill think it desirable that a partial report shall 
be made by them, to be submitted to the Trustees at their 
next meeting. 

The Sub-Committee have been furnished with copies 
of letters addressed to the President of the National Sculp- 
ture Society and to the President of the Architectural 
League of New York, inviting suggestions for a memorial, 
either architectural or sculptural, to be placed on Inwood 
Hill, if it shall be acquired for a park. It may easily be 
that it will be some time before any such suggestions 
will come to the Commission or to the Sub-Committee and 
can be acted upon by its members. Obviously, any such 
memorial involves the acquisition of the park. The Sub- 
Committee think that action to that end is urgent and im- 
perative. 

The scheme for the Hudson Memorial Bridge, extend- 
ing from Inwood Hill to Spuyten Duyvil Hill, across 
Spuyten Duyvil Creek, is now being considered by the 
municipal authorities. Action upon the subject has already 
been taken by them. 

The report of the Plan and Scope Committee to tlie 
Commission recommended that the Commission adopt 
the bridge as part of the commemoration. It might hap- 
pen that action might be taken about the bridge which 
would militate against the plan for the park. And if the 
plan for the park is approved by the municipal authorities, 
it is of the greatest importance that no time shall be 
lost in proceedings to acquire title to the property. The 
Sub-Committee, therefore, by this partial preliminary 
report, recommend to the Trustees that a communication 
be addressed by them to the Board of Estimate and Appor- 
tionment urging the Board to approve the plan for a park, 
and to take early proceedings to make the plan effectual 



July 25, 1906 149 

The Sub-Committee think that it is suitable that there shall 
be furnished to the Board that portion of the report of the 
Plan and Scope Committee which relates to this subject, 
of which the following is a copy: 

"park and memorial at inwood hill. 

" We recommend that about 75 acres of the northern 
portion of Inwood Hill be taken for a public park. There 
are many strong reasons moving to this suggestion. This 
park, which has already been recommended by influential 
civic societies and by the city's own engineers, would 
secure the last portion of Manhattan Island remaining in 
almost its primeval condition. From this beautiful 
wooded knoll, appearing to us to-day almost as it did to 
Henry Hudson nearly 300 years ago, a more extended 
view up Hudson's River can be obtained than from any 
other part of the island. Besides its landscape beauty, it 
has many historical associations. At the base of the cliffs 
near Cold Spring is a rock habitation in which the aborigi- . 
nees dwelt, as was proven by the implements and utensils 
excavated therefrom and now preserved in the Museum 
of Natural History. Around it are scattered extensive 
shell-heaps left by the Indians belonging to the tribe which 
attacked Hudson on his return down the river. On the 
summit of the hill during the Revolution stood the Cock 
Hill Fort. This park, at the southern terminus of the 
Hudson Memorial Bridge, would not only provide another 
lasting and useful work for the benefit of the people, but it 
would also add dignity to the bridge and afford a site for 
such other memorial, architectural or sculptural, as may 
be found practicable. The northern head of the hill, sur- 
rounded on three sides by water, cannot be obscured by 
private structures on those sides, and presents an un- 
equaled site for the erection of a municipal museum, a 
statue or group of statuary, or other suitable monu- 
ment." 

The Sub-Committee also report that, in their opinion, 
it is desirable that they shall be authorized to urge the 
adoption of the park scheme upon such other bodies, munic- 
ipal and otherwise, and individuals, as may have to do 
with the subject or can aid in the accomplishment of the 
plan. 

Respectfully reported, 

JoHx E. Parsons, Chairman, 
William J. Curtis, 
Eben E. Olcott, 
Henry W. Sackett. 



150 Minutes of Trustees 

Mr. Sackett then moved the following: 

" J?esc>h'et/, that the recommendations of the Sub-Com- 
mittee on Park and Memorial at In wood Hill, as contained 
in the report just read, be adopted, and that the Sub-Com- 
mittee be and it hereby is authorized to take such steps as 
it may deem advisable by communication with the munici- 
pal authorities or otherwise to further the plans and pur- 
poses therein set forth." 

This resolution was duly seconded and unanimously 
carried. 

The Secretary read a letter from Mr. Carl Bitter, 
President of the National Sculpture Society, stating that 
the matter of the proposed co-operation of that Society 
with the Commission in respect to the proposed memorial 
on Inwood Hill would be called to theattention of his Soci- 
ety at the earliest possible moment. This letterwas referred 
to the Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Inwood 
Hill. 

The President stated that when the Trustees authorized 
him to appoint sub-committees they limited the number to 
three or four each, and that in appointing the committees 
he found that he could not get the men who represented 
all the branches of the work if limited to that number, and 
so he had taken the liberty, in appointing such sub-com- 
mittees, to put on them in several instances a larger num- 
ber and trusted to the Board to ratify such action. For 
example, on the Committee on Naval Parade, he appointed 
Rear-Admiral Coghlan, because he was stationed here and 
naturally was the best trained and fitted man. He wanted 
Mr. William J. McKay, who had stirred all the members of 
the Board by his plea for the extension of the parade to 
Newburgh, so that as a member of the Committee hecould 
plead his own cause with them. He wanted Mr. Jacob W. 
Miller, because he was thehead of the Naval Reserve. He 
wanted Mr. John H Starin, because he was a very large own- 
er of boats and a very liberal man in the use of them; and the 
President thought that Mr. Starin was getting interested 
and, if he was put upon the committee, would go to work 
and his whole fleet would be practically at the disposal of 
the Commission for anything it desired. He wanted Mr. 
Aaron Vanderbilt, because Mr, McCarroll said he knew all 



July 25, 1906 151 

about everj'thing that the Fulton Committee had done, 
and had asked him to put him upon that committee. That 
made five for that committee; and the President said he 
found he was fixed in the same way as to almost all the 
committees, so that if the Board would extend his author- 
ity and also give him permission to act from time to time 
in regard to increasing the number of members of such 
sub-committees when he should feel it to be really neces- 
sary, he would appreciate the confidence and try not to 
abuse it. 

Admiral Melville said he thought that was the 
proper thing to do and he was prepared to make a motion 
to that effect. Mr. Brower was in favor of amending the 
original motion. After an informal discussion a motion 
made by Mr. Fitch, and duly seconded, was unanimously 
adopted, that the President be authorized to appoint, from 
time to time, from the members of the Board of Trustees, 
such committees and sub-committees, and consisting of 
such number of members respectively, as he should deem 
necessary or advisable. 

The President said that he would avail himself at once 
of this authority by appointing Admiral Melville on the 
Naval Parade Committee. 

The Secretary stated that the Joint Committee had 
appointed Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall as its Assistant Sec- 
retary and had fixed his salary at $2,500 per year, payable 
in monthly payments. Since the incorporation of the Com- 
mission, Mr. Hall had continued to perform the duties of 
Assistant Secretary, but the Board of Trustees had taken 
no formal action with regard to his salary, although it had 
appointed him as Assistant Secretary. To meet the legal 
requirements, therefore, authority should be given for the 
payment of such salar}-. In that connection, the Secretary 
said that he wished to explain that Mr. Hall had sailed the 
previous week for Holland for a much needed vacation. 
He would be gone about five weeks, but his chief purpose 
in going would further the purposes of this Commission, 
because he would be looking up the old records with regard 
to Henry Hudson and his expedition to the American shores 
when the Hudson River was discovered, and the Secretary 
felt sure that he would he serving the Commission fully as 



152 Minutes of Trustees 

well during his vacation as if he were here. After speak- 
ing of the excellent work which Mr. Hall had already dune 
as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Sackett moved that the salary 
of the Assistant Secretary, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, be 
at the rate of $2,500 per year, payable monthly, such pay- 
ment to begin with the time of the first services of Mr. 
Hall for the Commission after its incorporation. 

Mr. Miller called attention to the fact that Columbia 
College is about to put up on the water-front just below 
Grant's Tomb a stadium for athletics and also a pier and 
wharf for the landing of steamers and yachts and other 
vessels of that nature. He raised the question whether it 
would not be a good idea to have some committee of the 
Commission consider the advisability of creating at that 
point something that was greatly needed in this town, as 
the great port of America, a proper water-gate or reception 
arch from the water to the land for distinguished foreign 
visitors. He said that it was distinctly felt as a want, when 
a fleet of our navy or any foreign fleet or squadrons were 
here, that there was absolutely no place where distinguished 
foreign vistors could be landed. After further discussion 
Mr. Miller adopted a suggestion of the President that the 
matter be laid over for this meeting; that Mr. Miller sub- 
mit to the officers in brief form a statement of his sugges- 
tions; that these would be turned over by the President to 
Mr. Seward, the Chairman of the Committee on Plan and 
Scope, and to Mr. Parsons, the Chairman of the Sub-Com- 
mittee on Park and Memorial at Invvood Hill; that the 
matter could then be brought up at the September meet- 
ing of the Board of Trustees, when formal action might be 
taken and no time be lost. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 



153 



Celebration Commi00ion 



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154 



^uti£ion=jFuIton Celebration Commiggion. 



Herbert Adams. 
John G. Agar. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon James K. Apgar. 
Col. John Jacob Astor, 
Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballon. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bart left. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
James M . Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. Thomas W. Bradley. 
George V. Broiver. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Hush- Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. /. Rider Cady. 
lohn'F. Calder. 
Hon. J H. Callanan. 
Henry W. Cannon. 
A ndreii' Ca rnegie. 
Hun. Joseph H. Choate. 
Sir Caspar Pardon Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Rear A dm .J.B. Cogh la n , 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J. Cu}-tis. 
Paul D. Cravat h. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 
James de la Montayne. 
Hon. Chauncey M. Depew. 
Edward DeWitt. 
George G. DeWitt, 
Hon. William Draper. 
Charles A. DuBois. 
John C. Fames. 
George Ehret. 
Hon. Smith Ely. 
Arthur English. 
Most Rev.John M. Farley. 
Hon. J. Sloat Fassctt. 
Barr Ferree. 
Stuyvesant Fish. 
Theodore Fitch. 
Winchester Filch. 
Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 
Fredk. S. Flower. 
Thomas Poivell Foivler. 
Austen G. Fox. 
Hon. Charles S. Francis. 
Henry C. Frick. 
Frank S. Gardner. 
Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 
Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 
Robert Walton Goelet. 
Hon. William W. Goodrich. 
George J. Gould. 



Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
George F. Gregorj'. 
Henry E. Gregory. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Edivard Hagaman Hall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Hearn. 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. Warreti Higley. 
Hon. David B. Hill. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel I crplayickHoffman 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas H . Hubbard, 
T. D. Huntting. 
A ugust F. Jaccaci. 
Col. William Jay . 
Morris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. Gcore^e F. Kunz. 
John LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb, 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry 31. LeiJ>ziger. 
Hon. Clarence Lexovv. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Low. 
William A. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 
] I 'illia in Mc Ca rroll. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 
Rear- Ad. Geo. W. Melville. 
Hon, John G. liHlbztrn. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Jacob W Miller, 
Hon. Warner Miller. 
Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Pierpont Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton. 
IVm C. Muschenheim. 
C. H. Niehaus. 
Lud-.vig Nissen. 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
£ben E. Olcott. 
William Church Osborn. 
Percy B. O'Sullivan. 
Hon. Alton H. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
John E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons., Jr. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Coradr. R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
Geo. W. Perkins 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 
George A. Plimpton. 
fNames of Trustees in italics. 



Dr. Eugene H, Porter. 
Gen. Horace Porter. 
Rt. Rev. Henrj' C. Potter. 
Thomas R. Proctor. 
Hon. Cornelius A . Pugsley. 
Louts C. Raegener, 
Herman Ridder. 
William Rockefeller, 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henry W. Sackett. 
George Heniy Sargent. 
Herbert L . Salter lee. 
Charles A. Schermerhorn. 
Prest. Jacob G. Schur>nan. 
Gustav H. Schwab 
Isaac N. Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. loseph H. Senner. 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 
Hon. William F. Sheehan. 
Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 
/. Edward Simmons. 
John W. Simpson. 
E. V. Skinner. 
Prof. lohn C. Smock. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
James Speyer 
Hon. John. H. Star in. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis Stern. 
Louis Stewart. 
James Stillman. 
Wm. L. Stone 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
Spencer Trask. 
C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
Aaron Vanderbilt. 
Alfred G. I'anderbilt. 
Cornelijis I'anderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry Van Dyke, 
Wainer Van Norden. 
Jl'tn. B. I'an Rensselaer . 
Miss A. T. Van Santvoord. 
J. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Col. John W. I'rooman. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 
Hon W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells, Jr. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry VV. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C.Whitney. 
Hon. William R. Willcox, 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. James Grant Wilson. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Stezvart L. Woodford. 
Hon. Timotlty L,Woodrz<ff, 
W. E. Woolley. 
James A. Wright. 



155 
(0fficerfi! anb Committees;. 

(Revised to August 22, 1906.) 



Presidet'<i: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 
Vice-Presideti is : 
Andrew Carnegie, J. Pierpont Morgan, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Herman Ridder, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Andrew D. W^hite. 
Treastner: 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 
Secretary: Assistatit Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive CoDuiiittee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Vice-Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 
James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Tunis G. Bergen, John E. Parsons, 

Andrew Carnegie, George W. Perkins, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Giover Cleveland, Louis C. Ra^gener, 

Rear Adm. LB. Coghlan, U.S.N. Herman Ridder, 
William J. Curtis, Henry W. Sackett, 

Theodore Filch, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, J. Edward Simmons, 

Col. William Jay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, VVm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Fart;e, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

William McCarroU, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Frank D. Miller, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Coiiunittee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Cha.rman, Montrose, New York. 
James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, John E Parsons, 

Maj Gen. F. D. Grant, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

. Dr. George F. Kunz, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon. Seih Low, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Law: 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 
James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, «--c^j^a^. 

Committee on N^omina'ions: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sack-ilt, The President, ex-officio. 



157 



Minutes of 

Trustees' Meetinor 

August 22, 1906. 

The fifth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson-Ful- 
ton Celebration Commission was held at headquarters in the 
Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday, August 22, 
1906, at 3 P. M. 

Present : The President, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, 
presiding; and Rear- Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., 
Mr. John C. Eames, Mr. Theodore Fitch, Mr. Samuel 
Verplanck Hoffman, Mr. William McCarroll, Mr. Ludwig 
Nissen, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, Mr. Thomas R. Proctor, 
Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, Mr. Henry W. Sackett and Mr. 
Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Mr. 
Henry W. Cannon, Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Edward 
Hagaman Hall, Mr. Morris K. Jesup, Dr. George F. Kunz, 
Hon. Seth Low, Rear-Admiral George W. Melville, Mr. 
Frank D. Millet, Mr. John E. Parsons, Hon. N. Taylor 
Phillips, Mr. Herbert L. Satterlee, President J. G. Schurman, 
Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Mr, 
J. Edward Simmons, Mr. Spencer Trask, Mr. Edward 
Wetmore, Hon. Andrew D. White and Mr. Charles R. 
Wilson, and they were excused. 

The minutes of the meeting of July 25 were approved 
as printed. 

A letter from Dr. George F. Kunz, dated New York, 
August 16, was read, suggesting that some inquiry be made 
of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission as to whether 
they can guarantee having the driveway in order for the 
celebration in 1909, or when they will have at least a part 
of it ready for public use. Referred to the Committee on 
Plan and Scope. 



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Mr. William McCarroll, Chairman of the Sub-Committee 
on the date of the celebration, presented the committee's 
report as follows : 

REPORT OK SUB-COMMITTEE ON DATE OF THE HUDSON-FULTON 
CELEBRATION 

Your Sub-Committee to which was referred that part 
of the report to the Commission of the Committee on Plan 
and Scope, which relates to the date of the Celebration, 
begs leave to report having met and duly considered the 
subject. 

It was the unanimous opinion that the time suggested 
for the holding of the Celebration, namely, in the week 
beginning Monday, September 20, 1909, is well chosen 
from the standpoints both of appropriateness as to the date 
of the events themselves and as to public interest and con- 
venience. 

From the same consideration your Committee believes 
that the three days most suitable are Tuesday, Wednesday 
and Thursday, respectively the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of that 
week. 

In the judgment of the Committee the feature of the 
Celebration which will be the greatest popular attraction is 
the Naval Parade and the illumination and fireworks, as 
outlined for the first day in the report of the Committee on 
Plan and Scope. 

In addition to this the Committee considered the desir- 
able fitness of having this parade occur on the anniversary 
date (as nearly as may be) of Hudson's discovery, accepting 
the reckoning of the Committee on Plan and Scope. It 
would appear that this parade on the Hudson should be 
the climax of the whole Celebration. Your Committee is, 
therefore, of the opinion that the interest of the public can 
be best sustained in the three days' successive exercises by a 
change in the order as now proposed, so as to have the 
Naval Parade the last and, so to speak, crowning event. 

The Committee, therefore, submits the following res- 
olutions for your action : 

^^ Resolved, That the celebration exercises as outlined in 
the report of the Committee on Plan and Scope be held on 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the 21st, 22nd and 23rd 
days of September, 1909. 

''Resolved, That the programme of the celebration be 
changed in order of events, placing those suggested in 
the Committee's report for the second and third days re- 
spectively on the first and second days and changing the 
Naval Parade to the third and last day, September 23rd, 
thus bringing the programme in the following order : 



August 22, 1906 159 

"First: On Tuesday, the 21st, the land parade and 
literary exercises. 

"Second : On Wednesday, the 22nd, the dedication of 
memorials. 

" Third : On Thursday, the 23rd, the Naval Parade, with 
illumination and display of fireworks following in the 
evening." 

Respectfully submitted. 

Wm. McCarroll, Chairman. 
N. Taylor Phillips. 
Louis C. Raegener. 

New York, August 22, 1906. 

Mr. McCarroll moved that the report be received. 
Carried. 

The report being before the board for discussion* 
Admiral Coghlan said that while the Committee on Naval 
Parade had not yet had a formal meeting, he had given the 
proposed course from New York to Newburgh Bay and 
return some consideration, and he thought that it might 
not be practicable for the naval procession to go so far and 
return in time for an illumination the same evening. "We 
will have some very large vessels in that parade," he said, 
"and they will have to be very careful about going up, par- 
ticularly in one place were they will have to string out in a 
very long line. I think that it will be necessary to take two 
days — a day to go up the river and a day to come down." 

Mr. Sackett suggested that if it were in accord with 
Mr. McCarroll's views the report which the latter had just 
presented be printed in the minutes and final action on the 
proposed resolution be deferred until a fuller meeting after 
the trustees had returned from their summer vacations. 
While there was nothing in the report that suggested any 
objection to his mind, yet the subject was one of such im- 
portance that it might be well to lay it before the whole 
board in the minutes with a view to evoking any suggestions 
that might occur to the members, For instance, September 
21 would be the autumnal equinox, which, according to the 
old rule, might be accompanied by a storm. Perhaps the 
rule was more honored in the breach than in the observance, 
but there might possil)ly be some other more serious 
objection to the dates suggested. 



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Mr. McCarroll said that it would be agreeable to him 
to have the report laid over till the next meeting, and he so 
moved. Seconded and carried. 

The Secretary reported that the names of several 
gentlemen had been proposed by different members for 
appointment either to the Commission or to the Board of 
Trustees, and that according to rule they had been referred 
to the Committee of Nominations. 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on 
Nominations, presented the committee's report recommend- 
ing the appointment of the following named gentlemen as 
members of the Commission: 

To be appointed by the Governor: The Hon. Henry 
Hudson, Mayor of the City of Hudson, N. Y. 

To be appointed by the Mayor: Mr. Archer M. Hun- 
tington of New^ York, the author and philanthropist, Pres- 
ident of the Hispano Museum, w^hich he has erected, and 
President of the American Archceological and Numismatic 
Society, to which he has donated a building site; Mr. 
Alphonse H. Alker of New York, a member of the New 
York bar. President of the Manhasset Yacht Club and 
son-in-law of Mr. Ward, founder of the Ward Steamship 
Line; Mr. George C Boldt of New York, President of the 
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Co., member of several large finan- 
cial institutions and patron of art; and the Hon. Edward 
M. Grout, late Comptroller of the City of New York. 

To be elected Trustees: Col. John Jacob Astor, Mr. 
Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. Robert Fulton Cutting, Mr. George 
G. DeWitt, Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Mr. Wm. C. Muschenheim, 
Hon. Alton B. Parker, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, Mr. James 
Speyer and Hon. Samuel Parsons. 

The report was received, and upon motion the rec- 
ommendations concerning appointments by the Governor 
and Mayor were unanimously adopted. 

By ballot duly cast, the ten gentlemen nominated for 
Trustees were unanimously elected. 

The President reported that in accordance with the 
resolution adopted at the last meeting the following letter 
had been sent to the Board of Estimate and Apportion- 
ment: 

New York, August 15, 1906. 
To the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. 

Dear Sirs : The undersigned constitute a Sub-Com- 
mittee on Park and Memorial at Invvood Hill of the Plan 



August 22, 1906 161 

and Scope Committee of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration 
Commission. A report by the Sub-Committee to the Trus- 
tees of the Commission recommending a memorial either 
architectural or sculptural, to be placed on Inwood'HiU if 
It should be acquired for a park, has been approved by the 
Irustees, and the Sub-Committee has been authorized to 
take such steps as it may deem advisable to further the 
proposed plan. 

Herewith we enclose to you a printed copy of the 
minutes of the meeting of the Trustees held on July 2K 
last, which at pages 148-149 contains the report of the 
sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Inwood Hill 

Permit us on behalf of the Trustees to press the 'con- 
struction of the Hudson Memorial Bridge, and in connec- 
tion with It to submit and urge that about 75 acres of the 
northern portion of Inwood Hill be taken for a public 
park, not only because it is most suitable for such a 

P."S°'e T l^^^^^ ^""^ ^^^ ^^^ reasons mentioned in the report 
of the bub-Committee, but also because it will furnish a 
site unsurpassed for beauty and appropriateness for such 
memorial as may be hereafter adopted by the Hudson- 
t'ulton Celebration Commission. 

The Sub-Committe ventures to urge that early proceed- 
ings may be taken to make effectual the park plan if it shall 
be determined on. 

Submitting the matter for the favorable consideration 
as we hope, of your Board, we are, ' 

Yours respectfully, 

(Signed) Jno. E. Parsons, Chairman. 

Henry W. Sackett. 
George F. Kunz. 
W. J. Curtis. 
E. E. Olcott. 

The letter was ordered printed in the minutes and 
placed on file. 

The President read letters from Mr. C. R. Norman 
President of the Maritime Association of the Port of New 
York, dated August 9 and 16, and his answers thereto 
relating to Mr. Norman's suggestion that the Maritime 
Association be given representation on the Board of Trustees 
of this Commission, and said: 

"By the action taken this afternoon in making Mr 
Schwab a Trustee, the deficiency to which our attention 
has been called is partly rectified, and this in the person of 
a gentleman who is one of the leading shipping men in the 
port of New York.'' 



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The Sub-Committees, with the changes indicated, now 
stand as follows : 

NAVAL PARADE 

Rear-Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U S. N., Chairman, 

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Mr. William J. McKay, Newburgh, N. Y. 
Rear-Admiral George W. Melville, U. S N., 615 Walnut 

street, Philadelphia, Penn. 
Mr. Jacob W. Miller, Pier 19 North River. New York. 
Hon. John H. Starin, 9 West 38th street, New York City. 
Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, 42 Broadway, New York City. 

LAND PARADE AND LITERARY EXERCISES 

Major-Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, Gov- 
ernor's Island, New York. 

Col. Franklin Bartlett, 5 Nassau street, New York City. 

Gen. Horace Porter, 277 Madison avenue, New York City. 

Gen. James Grant Wilson, 621 Fifth avenue, New York 
City. 

DEDICATION OF MEMORIALS 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 55 Liberty street, New 

York City. 
Col. William Jay, 48 Wall street, New York City. 
Hon. Seth Lo\v, 30 East 64th street. New York City. 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 5 West 76th street. New York City. 
Hon. William R. Willcox, General Post Office, New York 

City. 

PARK AND MEMORIAL AT INWOOD HILL 

Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William street. New 

York City. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, 49 Wall street. New York City. 
Dr. George F. Kunz, 401 Fifth avenue, New York City. 
Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Desbrosses Street Pier, New York City. 
Mr. George W. Perkins, 23 Wall street. New York City. 
Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Tribune Building, New York City. 

STATE PARK AT VERPLANCK's POINT 

Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward, Albany, N. Y. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady, Hudson, N. Y. 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Tribune Building, New York 
City. 

DATE OF CELEBRATION 

Mr. William McCarroU, Chairman, 30 Ferry street, New 

York City. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 280 Broadway, New York City. 
Mr. Louis C. Raegener, r4i Broadway, New York City. 



August 2 2, 1906 16 



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The Secretary : "At the last meeting of the Board a 
resolution was adopted which authorized the President to 
appoint from time to time from the members of the Board 
of Trustees certain committees and sub-committees, con- 
sisting of such a number of the members respectively as he 
should deem necessary or desirable ; and I think, sir, unless 
you see some objection to the contrary, that it will be 
found desirable and useful, as the work goes on, to have 
the assistance upon committees of members of the Com- 
mission who are not themselves members of the Board of 
Trustees. I therefore move that in addition to the author- 
ity given at the last meeting, the President be authorized 
to appoint also from time to time, from the members of the 
Commission itself, certain committees and sub-committees, 
and consisting of such number of members respectively as 
he shall deem necessary or advisable." 

The motion was seconded and carried. 

The Secretary : "Mr. President, after the adjournment 
of the last meeting, Mr. Vanderbilt called the Secretary's 
attention to an extract from the Government report con- 
taining suggestions by United States Consuls abroad, in- 
cluding one from Consul Murphy, at Bordeaux, with re- 
gard to an exposition to be held in Bordeaux from May to 
November, 1907, to commemorate the centenary of the 
first successful application of steam to navigation." The 
Secretary then read one or two paragraphs from the report. 

The President : " I also received a letter this morning, 
saying that there is to be an International Maritime Ex- 
position at Bordeaux from May until September next, in 
recognition of what Robert Fulton did, and asking 
me to accept membership upon the American Com- 
mittee, as the President of this Commission. If none 
of you see any objection to this, I will accept the appoint- 
ment, but I hardly want to represent you officially without 
your authority." 

Mr. Proctor moved that it is the sense of this Commis- 
sion that the President accept this invitation. Carried. 

The President : " I will write the Committee thanking 
them for the honor they have done me, and expressing my 
great pleasure in serving with Admiral Coghlan." 



164 Minutes of Trustees 

The President read a letter from the Hon. Henry Hud- 
son, Mayor of the City of Hudson, N. Y., dated July 28, 
suggesting the appointment to the Commission of Mr. R. 
Fulton Ludlow, of Claverack, N. Y., an artist, whose grand- 
mother was a daughter of Robert Fulton; and Mr. Herman 
Livingston, of Catskill Station, N. Y., a descendant of 
Chancellor Livingsto*n and schoolmate of President Roose- 
velt. 

Mr. Bayard L. Peck said that he knew Mr. Livingston 
personally and Mr. Ludlow very well by reputation and he 
thought that their appointment would be eminently fit. 
He therefore nominated them and the names were referred 
to the Committee on Nominations. 

Mr. Proctor nominated Col. William Cary Sanger of 
Sangerville, Oneida County, for appointment to the Com- 
mission. Col. Sanger, he said, was a man of great ability. 
He was Assistant Secretary of War, and had just returned 
from doing a great duty for our country as a delegate to 
the Red Cross Society Congress in Switzerland. 

The name was referred to the Committee on Nomi- 
nations. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 



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Celtbratiou Conimt00ion 



Sncorporatcb hp 

Chapter 325 of tijc llatoss of 1906 

of tfje 

^tate of JSeto §oxk 



Wo arrange for tfjc "Commemo= 
ration of tt)c ^erCentenarp of 
ti)c BisJcobcrp of tfjc ||ub£(on 
3^ibcr i)j> J^enrp J^ubson in tt)e 
pear 1609, anb of tije jFirSt 
Mfit of ^team in tfje i^abigation 
of siaib riber bp l^obert Jf ulton 
in tlje pear 1807." A i^ A A 



Minutes of September 26, 1906. 



1 66 

0liittv^ antr Committees. 

(Revised to Ski'TEmber 26, igc6.) 



Preside^/: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New Yoik. 
I ^ice- Pres id en is : 
Herman Ridder, Presiding Vice-President. 
Andrew Carnegie, J. Pierpont Morgan, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Morris K. Jesup, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer: 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 
Secretary: Assistant Secrelarv: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executiz -e Com m it tee : 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Vice-Chairman, 4^ Wall Street, New York. 
James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Tunis G. Bergen, John E. Parsons, 

Andrew Carnegie, George W. Perkins, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Louis C. Raegener, 

Rear Adm.j.B.Coghlan, U.S.N. Herman Ridder, 
William J. Curtis, Henry W. Sackett. 

Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick VV. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, J. Edward Simmons, 

Col. William Jay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wtn. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Far^je, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

William McCarroll, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Frank D. Miller, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, John E Parsons, 

Maj. Gen. F. D. Grant, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon. Seth Low, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Law: 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 
James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, ex-oj/icio. 

Com?nittee on Abominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Finance: 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway. New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. William McCarroll. 



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Minutes of 



Trustees' Meeting 



September 26, 1906 

The sixth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission was held at headquarters in the 
Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday, September 
26, 1906, at 3 P. M. 

Present : Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. John C, Eames, 
Mr. Theodore Fitch, Hon. William W. Goodrich, Mr. Ed- 
ward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, Mr. William 
J. McKay, Mr. Jacob W. Miller, Mr. William C. Muschen- 
heim, Mr. Ludwig Nissen, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr, 
Isaac N. Seligman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward and Gen. 
James Grant Wilson. Mr. H. F. Stone, private secretary 
of Col. John Jacob Astor, was also present. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from the 
following named gentlemen, and they were excused : Adm. 
Joseph B. Coghlan, Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Samuel V. 
Hoffman, Mr. Morris K. Jesup, Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. 
Seth Low, Mr. William McCarroll, Adm. George W. Mel- 
ville, Mr. Frank D. Millet, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Hon. 
C. A. Pugsley, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, Mr. Herman Ridder, 
Mr. Herbert L. Satlerlee, Pres. J. G. Schurman, Mr. Gustav 
H. Schwab, Hon. John H. Starin, Hon. Andrew D. White, 
Hon. William R. WiUcox, Mr. Charles R. Wilson, Mr. 
Stewart L. Woodford and Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff. 

In the absence of the President, Vice-President Fred- 
erick W. Seward presided. 

The minutes of August 22, having been printed and 
sent to all the members^ were approved as printed. 



1 68 Minutes of Trustees 

Upon motion, duly carried, the printed minutes of July 
25 were amended by inserting on page 152 at the end of 
the seventh line the words (which were in the stenographer's 
minutes, but were inadvertently omitted in the copy for the 
printer): "The motion was duly seconded and carried." 

The Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N, Seligman, reported that the 
total contributions for the preliminary expenses of the Hud- 
son Ter-Centenary Joint Committee amounted to $1,850. 
All indebtedness which had accrued prior to the incorpora- 
tion of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 
amounting to $1,773.09, had been paid, leaving a balance of 
$76.91 on hand, which had been remitted to him as Treas- 
urer of this Commission by the Treasurer of the Joint 
Committee. He also stated that a formal requisition had 
been made upon the State Treasurer for $5,000 of the 
$25,000 appropriated for the purposes of this Commission, 
and that the funds were expected to be in hand within a 
few days. The report was received and ordered on file. 

The Assistant Secretary stated that in his correspond- 
ence with the Comptroller in regard to using the money 
appropriated by the State for the purposes of this Com- 
mission he had submitted a form of voucher which 
required the approval of the person who had contracted 
the indebtedness, the certificate of the Chairman of the 
Finance Committee as to the correctness of the bill, and 
the approval of the President and Secretary of the Com- 
mission, before the bill could be paid. This form of voucher 
had been approved by the Comptroller. He therefore 
moved that the President appoint a Finance Committee of 
three, the Chairman or either other member of which shall, 
upon the authority of the majority of the Committee, 
certify to the correctness of vouchers. The motion was 
duly seconded and carried. 

The President subsequently appointed as such Com- 
mittee Elon. N. Taylor Phillips, Hon. Warren Higley and 
Mr. William McCarroll. 

The Assistant Secretary presented for payment the 
following bills which had been incurred since the incorpo- 
ration of the Commission, and moved that they be 
approved for payment, subject to the approval of the 
Finance Committee : 



September 26, 1906 169 

Sept. I. E. H. Hall, part payment on account of 

salary from April 28 to August 31 $76 91 

Sept. I. E. H. Hall, disbursements, April 

28toAugust3i $64 02 

Sept. I. E. H. Hall, balance of salary, 

April 28 to August 31 777 25 841 27 

May 4. Polhemus Ptg. Co., 500 manila envelopes 3 25 

II. " 400 oath of office 6 00 

j6. " 1,000 manila envelopes 6 25 

18. " I binder for Assistant Secre- 

tary 60 

22. " 500 copies minutes of May 4- - 15 90 

23. " 2 binders for President and 

Secretary i 20 

25. " 500 copies minutes of May 17. 14 10 

25. " I binder for Chairman of Law 

Committee 65 

31. " 1,250 letter heads 5 50 

June 13. " ink, mucilage, etc 4 25 

15. '• 500 copies minutes of May 23 19 90 

19. " 50 copies report 5 35 

26. '' 500 copies minutes of June 13 25 50 
July II. " 1,000 envelopes . 3 25 

16 " 500 copies minutes of June 27 24 20 

16. • 1,000 letter heads 4 75 

24. " 1,000 manila envelopes 6 25 

Aug. 28. " 500 copies minutes of July 25. 19 00 

Sept. 4. " I cash book for Treasurer 4 60 

14. '■ 500 copies minutes of Aug. 22 19 00 

20. " 150 Treasurer's receipts 2 00 

2 1. Henry Romeike, Inc., press clippings. 

May, June, July and August 6 93 

May 31. Irving Press, electrotypes i 80 

June 14. J. J, Conlon, lettering office door 9 75 

30. Tiffany & Co., seal 75 00 

Total $1,203 16 

The motion was duly seconded and carried. 
A communication was read from the Executive Secre- 
tary of the Mayor of the City of New York, dated Septem- 
ber 10th, 1906, and addressed to the Secretary, stating that 
the Mayor, in accordance with the recommendation of this 
Commission, had appointed Mr. Archer M. Huntington, 
Mr. Alphonse H. Alker, Mr. George C. Boldt and Hon. 
Edward M. Grout members of the Commission. 

The Secretary also reported that the following letter 
had been received from the Secretary of Governor Hig- 
gins : 



I/O Minutes of Trustees 

State of New York, 
Executive Chamber, 

Albany, September 12th, 1906. 
Hon. Stewari' L. Woodford, 

President Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 

Tribune Bld'g, New York City. 
My Dear Gen. Woodford : Governor Higgins directs 
me to acknowledge your favor of the 6th instant, suggesting 
the addition of the name of Hon. Henry Hudson, Mayor of 
Hudson, N. Y., to the membership of your Commission. 
The Governor has noted this suggestion and wishes me to 
assure you that he will bear it in mind when making any 
additional appointments. 

Very respectfull}^ yours, 
(Signed) Frank E. Perley, 

Secretary to the Governor. 

The Secretary reported that on September 6th, 1906, 
the President of this Commission had written to Governor 
Higgins the following letter in regard to the necessity and- 
expediency of requiring an oath of office to be taken by 
members of this Commission. 

September 6, 1906. 
His Excellency Frank W. Higgins, 
Governor, 

Albany, New York. 

Dear Sir : When our Hudson-Fulton Celebration 
Commission was organized, the Chairman of our Law 
Committee advised me that under Section 2 of the Public 
Officers Law our trustees were officers required to take the 
oath specified in Section 10. Blanks were accordingly pre- 
pared and the oath was taken by a number of the trustees. 
Afterwards some very excellent lawyers among the trustees 
questioned both the necessity and the expediency of re- 
quiring this oath. Its exaction has fallen into disuse and 
the Secretary of the Commission only holds the oaths of 
about half our number. We are now getting to work act- 
ively. Should our plans be approved by the state and city 
governments, considerable expenditure may be required, 
and it becomes my duty to see that there is no question 
about the legality of our organization. While I am en- 
tirely willing to assume all necessary responsibility at any 
time, I ought not myself to decide this detail of organiza- 
tion. 

May I ask you to refer this letter to the Attorney-Gen- 
eral with request for his opinion as to my duty in requiring 
or waiving this oath by our trustees. 

Very truly yours, 
(Signed) Stewart L. Woodford. 



September 26, 1906 171 

In reply to the foregoing letter the President had 
received from the Governor a copy of the following 
letter from the Attorney-General : 

State of New York, 
Attorney-General's Office, 

Albany, September 14, 1906. 
Hon. Frank W. Higgins, 

Governor, Executive Chamber, 

Albany, N. Y. 

Dear Sir: I am in receipt of a communication from 
Mr. Perley transmitting letter of Hon. Stewart I.. Woodford, 
inquiring whether the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission are officers required to take and 
file oath as provided in Section 2 of the Public Officers' 
Law and in Section 10 of the same law. 

I beg to say that I am of the opinion that these officers 
are not required to take and file an oath. 

I return Mr. Woodford's letter herewith. 
Yours respectfully, 

(Signed) Julius M. Mayer, 

Attorney -General. 

Mr. Fitch moved that those who had resigned from the 
Commission because they could not, consistently with 
their other obligations, take the Public Officers' oath at 
first believed to be necessary, be requested to withdraw 
their resignations. The motion was duly seconded and 
carried. 

A communication was received from the American 
Scenic and Historic Preservation Society concerning the 
preservation of Inwood Hill, accompanied by photographs, 
and a plan suggested by Mr. Louis E, Jallade based upon 
a topographical and historical map drawn by Mr. Reginald 
Pelham Bolton. 

Mr. Sackett, while appreciating the value of the data 
contained in Mr. Bolton's painstaking map of the region, 
said that he thought that the elaborate and formal plan 
of treatment suggested in Mr. Jallade's design accompany- 
ing this communication would destroy the original purpose 
in creating this park, which was, to preserve Inwood Hill 
as nearly as possible in its natural condition. He expressed 
the earnest hope that the design should not be recommended 
to the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. 

After other members had expressed themselves briefly 
on the subject, the communication was referred to the 



172 Minutes of Trustees 

Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Invvood Hill for 
their information. 

Mr. Seward, Chairman of the Plan and Scope Com- 
mittee, reported that there had been no meetings of that 
Committee since the last rneetingof the Board of Trustees, 
but that it had received several communications, all of 
which would be carefully considered. 

Mr. Seligman stated that it was the intention of the 
President of this Commission to sail in a few days for 
Italy, and he moved that the Secretary communicate to 
Gen, Woodford the sincere wish of his colleagues on the 
Board of Trustees for a safe voyage, a pleasant stay and 
a speedy return. The motion was duly seconded and 
unanimously adopted. 

There being no further business, the meeting ad- 
journed. 

On the following day, September 27, 1906, the Presi- 
dent, under authority of Section 5 of Article II of the By- 
Laws, in writing designated Vice-President Herman Ridder 
to perform his duties and possess his powers as President of 
the Commission during his absence abroad and until his 
return. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hail, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Celebration Commi00ion 



3lncorporatcb bp 

Cfjaptcr 325 of tfje lima of 1906 

of tfjc 

^tate of Jgeto gorfe 



Ko arrange for tfjc "Commemo= 
ration of tfje CerCentenarp of 
t\)t Bigcoberp of tije J^ubson 
2iaibcr b|) J^cnrp l^ubsion in tlje 
pear 1609, anb of tfje jfirst 
Wi^t of ^team in tfje j^abigation 
of siaib riber bp i^obert jf ulton 
in tbe pear 1807." (^ A i^ s^ 



minutes of* October 24, 1906. 



174 

0llictv^ anb Committees. 

(Revised to October 24, igc6.) 



Frt-s/detrf: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New Yoik. 

Vice-Presidtnits: 
Herman Ridder, Presiding Vice-President. 
Andrew Carnegie, J. Pierpont Morgan, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate. Hon. Levi I'. Morton, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland. Gen. Horace Porter. 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

Morris K. Jesup, Wm. B. Van Rens'selaer, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer: 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 

Secretary: Assistant Seeretarv: 

Henry W. Sackelt, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York 

Executi7 e Couniuttee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York. 
Hon. William W^ Goodrich, Vice-Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 

James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Tunis G. Bergen, John E. Parsons, 

Andrew Carnegie, George W. Perkins, 

Hon. loseph H. Choate, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Louis C. Raegener, 
Rear Adm.T.B.Coghlan, U.S.N. Herman Ridder, 

William J. Curtis, Henry W. Sackett, 

Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick \V. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Edward Hagaman Hall. J. Edward Simmons. 

Col. William Jay, Hon. John H. Siarin, 

Morris K. Jesup. Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencer Trask. 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Fartje, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

William McCarroll. Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Frank D. Miller, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

I. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Com III it tee on Law: 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, Chairman, 49 Wall Street, New York. 
James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The VxesxA^ni, ex -officio. 

Committee on iVominaiions: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Finance: 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. Chairman, 280 Broadway. New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. William McCarroll. 



175 

General Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Cha.rman, Montrose, New York. 
James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich, John E Parsons, 

Maj. Gen. F. D. Grant, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon. Seth Low, The President, ex-officio. 

Sub-Committee on Naval Parade: 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Mr. William J. McKay, Mr. Jacob W. Miller, 

Rear Admiral George W. Melville, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Sub-Committee on Land Parade and Literary Exej'cises : 

Major-Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 

Governor's Island, New York. 

Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Sub- Committee on Dedication of Memorials: 
Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 55 Liberty Street, New York City. 
Col. W^illiam Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Suh-Comtnittee on Park and ALemorial at Lnzvood: 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William Street, New York City 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

Subcommittee on State Park at Verplanck's Point: 

Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y, 

Hon. J. Rider Cady, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall. 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Sub- Committee on Date of Celebration: 
Mr. William McCarroU, Chairman, 30 Ferry Street, New York City. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Louis C. Raegener. 



176 



llutision Jfulton Celebration Commisfsiion. 



Herbert Adams. 
lohn G. Agar. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Apgar. 
Col. John Jacob .4 star. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
fanies M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. Willian! Bcrri. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. Thomas W. Bradley. 
George J'. Broiuer. 
Dr. K. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Hush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Killer Cariy. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry 11'. Cannon. 
Andreiu Carnegie. 
Hun. Joseph H. Choate. 
Sir Caspar Piirdoti Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Re a r Adm. J. B. Cogh la n . 

E. C. Converse. 

Walter Cook. 

Hon. John H. Coyne. 

E. D. Cummings. 

William J . Curtis. 

Paul D. Cravath. 

Robt. Fulton Cutting. 

Hon. Charles de Kay. 

James de la Montayne. 

Hon. Chauncey M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

George G. DeWitt. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 
John C. Fames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 

Barr Ferree. 

Stuyvesa nt Fish . 

Theodore Fitch. 

Winchester Fitch. 

Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 
Thomas Powell Fo~<i'ler. 

Austen G. Fox. 

Hon. Charles .S. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 

Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Hon.William W. Goodrich. 

George J . Gould, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 



George F. Gregory. 
Henry E Gregory. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Edward Hagantan Hall. 
Benjamin F". Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Hearn. 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. li'arren Hi^ley. 
Hon. David B. Hill. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel VerplanckHoffinan 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas H. H ubbard . 
T. D. Huntting. 
A ugust F. Jaccaci. 
Col. li illia >n Jay . 
Morris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. Geore;e F. Kunz. 
John LaFargc. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry A/. Leipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Loiv. 
William A. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 

f f 'illia m McCa rroll. 

Donald McDonald. 

William J. McKay. 

Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 

Rear-Ad. Geo. It'. Melville. 

Hon. John G. Milburn. 

Frank D. Millet. 
Jacob W Miller. 

Hon. Warner Miller. 

Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 

Ogden Mills. 
J . Pierpont Morgan. 

Hon. Fordham Morris. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton. 

Wm C. Muschenheim. 

C. H.Niehaus. 

Ludwig Nissen. 

W. R. O'Donovan. 

Eben E. Olcott. 

William Church Osborn. 

Percy B. O'Sullivan. 

Hon. Alton B. Parker. 

Orrel A. Parker. 
John E. Parsons. 

Ho?i. Samuel Parsons, Jr. 

Samuel H. Parsons. 

Comdr. R. E. Peary. 

Bayard L. Peck. 

Gordon H. Peck. 

Howland Pell. 

Geo. W. Perkins. 

Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 

George A. Plimpton. 

Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 
[Names of Trustees in italics. 



Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter. 

Thomas R. Proctor. 

Hon. Cornelitis A . Pugsley^ 

Louis C. Raegener . 

Her matt Riddcr. 

William Rockefeller. 

Maj.-Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 

Carl J. Roehr. 

Louis T. Romaine. 

Thomas F. Ryan. 

Henry W. Sackett. 

George Henry Sargent. 

Herbert L. Sailer lee. 

Charles A. Schermerhorn. 

Prcst. Jacob G. Schurman. 

Gustav H. Schivab 

Isaac N. Seligman. 

Louis Seligsburg. 

Hon. Joseph H. Senner. 

Hon. Frederick W. Seivard.. 

Hon. William F. Sheehan. 

Hon. Then. H. Silkman. 

/. Ediuard Sitnmons. 

John W. Simpson. 

E. V. Skinner. 

Prof. John C. Smock. 

William Sohmer. 

Nelson S. Spencer. 

James Speyer 

Hon. John. H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 

Hon. Louis Stern. 
Francis Lynde Stetso?i. 

Louis Stewart. 
Jatnes Stillman. 

Wm. L. Stone 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

George R. Sutherland. 

Hon. I'heodore Sutro. 

Henry R. Towne. 

Dr. Irving Townsend. 

Spencer Trask. 

C. y. Turner. 

Albert Ulmann. 

Aaron I'anderbilt. 

Alfred G. I'anderbilt. 

Cornelius I'anderbilt. 

Rev. Dr. Henry I'an Dyke. 

Warner Van Norden. 

Wm. B. Van Rensselaer. 

Miss A. T. Van Santvoord. 

J. Leonard Varick. 

Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 

Col. John II'. I'rooman. 

Hon. Chas. G F. Wahle. 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Hon W. L. Ward. 

Edward Wells, Ji. 

Charles W. Wetmore. 

Edmund Wetmore. 

Henry W. Wetmore. 

Hon. Andrew D. White. 

J. Du Pratt White. 

Fred C Whitney. 

Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Charles R. Wilson. 

Edward C. Wilson. 

Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Charles B. Wolffram. 

Stewart L. Woodford. 

Hon Timothy L. II 'oodruff. 

W. E. WooUey. 

James A. Wright. 



177 



Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

October 24, 1906 

The seventh meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held at headquarters 
in the Tribune Building, New Yorfc City, Wednesday, 
October 24, 1906, at 3 p. m. 

Present : The Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Vice- 
President, presiding ; and Mr. George V. Brower, Mr. 
Theodore Fitch, Hon. William W. Goodrich, Mr. Henry 
E. Gregory, Mr. Samuel V. Hoffman, Mr. Charles R. 
Lamb, Mr. William J. McKay, Rear-Admiral George W. 
Melville, U. S. N., Mr. Louis C. Raegener, Mr. Henry W. 
Sackett, Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, Col. John W. Vrooman, 
Gen. James Grant Wilson and Mr. Edward Hagaman 
Hall. 

Mr. Carl Bitter, President of the National Sculpture 
Society and Chairman of the Committee appointed by the 
Architectural League of New York, in response to the 
recommendation of the Plan and Scope report (page 120) 
to offer suggestions in regard to the form of memorial to 
be erected in Inwood Park, was present by invitation. 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Acting 
President Herman Ridder, who had been summoned by 
President Roosevelt to the White House, and from Mr. 
Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. H. W. Cannon, Mr. W. J. Curtis, 
Mr. Stuyvesant Fish, Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Seth Low, 
Mr. Frank D. Millet, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, Mr. Herbert L. 
Satterlee, President J. G. Schurman, Mr. Gustav H. 
Schwab, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Mr. Francis Lynde Stet- 
son, Dr. Samuel B. Ward and Hon. Andrew D. White, and 
they were excused. 

The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were approved as printed. 

The report of the Treasurer was read, as follows : 



178 Minutes of Trustees 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 

To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission, 

Gentlemen : 

Following is a statement of the condition of the 
finances of the Commission, October 24, 1906 : 

SUBSCRIPTION FUND. 

Receipts. 
1906 
Sept. 17. From J- P- Morgan & Co., balance of 
fund subscribed for preliminary ex- 
penses $76-91 

Disbursements. 
Voucher 
A. 10. E. H. Hall, part payment on account 
..of salary from April 28 to August 
31. 1906 76-91 

STATE FUND. 

Receipts. 
1906 
Sept. 26. From State Treasurer, part of $25,000 
appropriated by Chapter 325 of the 
Laws of 1906 -- $5,000 00 

Disbursements. 
Voucher. 

1. E. H. Hall, balance of salary and dis- 

bursements toAugust 31st - ^841.27 

2. Polhemus Printing Co., printing — 191.50 

3. Henry Romeike, Inc , clippings 6.93 

4. Irving Press, electrotypes 1.80 

5. J.J. Conlon, lettering office door — 9.75 

6. Tiffany & Co., seal --- 75.00--$!, 126. 25 

Balance on hand October 24, 1906.. $3'873-7S 

Respectfully submitted 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 

The report was received and ordered on file. 

The Assistant Secretary presented the following bills 
to be approved for payment : 



October 24. 1906 179 

Polhemus Printing Co., printing- . $35-25 

Henry Romeike, Inc., press clippings in Sept.. 1.08 

De-Fi Manufacturing Co., carbon paper 3.50 

A. B. King & Co., printing 7.00 

E. H. Hall, disbursements .. $18.96 

E. H. Hall, salary, Sept. and Oct 416.66 — 435-62 



1482.45 

Upon motion of Mr. Raegener, the bills were ordered 
paid, subject to approval by the Finance Committee. 

Mr. Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on Nomina- 
tions, presented a report recommending that the Governor 
be respectfully requested to appoint the following named 
gentlemen as members of this Commission : 

Mr. R. Fulton Ludlow, of Claverack, N. Y. 

Mr. Herman Livingston, of Catskill Station, N. Y. 

Col. William C. Sanger, of Sangerfield, N. Y. 

The leport was adopted and upon Mr. Fitch's motion 
it was voted to request the Governor to make the appoint- 
ments as recommended. 

Mr. Sackett stated that Vice-President Herman Rid- 
der, whom the President of the Commission, General 
Woodford, had designated in accordance with the by-laws 
to act as President during General Woodford's absence 
abroad, had intended to be present at this meeting, but 
had been summoned to the White House by President 
Roosevelt and was thus unable to attend. In conversation 
a few days ago, Mr. Ridder had expressed to Mr. Sackett 
some of the things which he had in mind and which he 
would have brought before the meeting if he had been 
present. Mr. Ridder felt strongly that the time was ripe 
for the Commission to take up actively such arrangements 
for the celebration in 1909 as required considerable time 
for preparation. 

One of the things which, he thought, should no longer 
be delayed was the invitation to foreign powers to partici- 
pate in the Naval Parade. This subject had been brought 
to the attention of President Roosevelt by the Committee 
which called upon him February 10, 1906, and the Presi- 
dent expressed his willingness to be the medium of com- 
municating the invitation. The details of this feature 



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should be taken up and proper invitations extended 
through the President of the United States, 

Another feature recommended by the Plan and Scope 
Committee was the reproduction of the Half Moon and 
Clermont. Mr. Ridder had pointed out that this would 
take considerable time, not only for the arrangements with 
those who should undertake the construction of the fac- 
similes, but also for research, preparation of designs, and 
the actual construction itself. If these very interesting 
objects are to be had, something ought to be done at once 
to set the preparations afoot. 

A third feature, upon which Mr. Ridder laid even 
more emphasis, if possible, was involved in the plans of the 
New York City Government for Inwood Park, the Henry 
Hudson Memorial Bridge, and other things in that connec- 
tion. There was now apparently a deadlock between the 
Municipal Art Commission and the Engineering Depart- 
ment of the city in regard to the design of the bridge. 
The original design had been deprived of its artistic fea- 
tures with a view to reducing the cost, and the Municipal 
Art Commission had disapproved of the modified design 
as unworthy of the city and the purpose which the bridge 
was expected to serve. The Commissioner of Bridges, Mr. 
James W. Stevenson, was reported to have declared that he 
would not have another plan prepared, and preparations for 
building the bridge appeared to be at a standstill. Mr. 
Ridder thought that this Commission might act advan- 
tageously as an intermediary and persuade the city authori- 
ties to meet the views of the Municipal Art Commission. 

Mr. Sackett stated that in this connection he had 
given to Mr. Ridder the substance of an interview which 
he had recently had with the members of two Hudson 
River Associations, which were much interested in the 
plans for the Hudson Memorial Bridge and Inwood Park. 
These gentlemen had asked if this Commission would not 
find it advantageous if they would undertake to secure 
from the owners options for one year on the 60 or 75 acres 
of land needed for Inwood Park, with a view to keeping 
the land from falling into the hands of speculators and to 
making its acquisition by the city at a reasonable price 
more practicable. Mr. Sackett believed that it would be 



October 24, 1906 181 

wise for the Commission to avail itself of this suggestion. 
The gentlemen referred to could secure options at lower 
prices than others because they could show that it was to 
their mutual interest. 

Then there was the question of the memorials in the 
way of architecture or sculpture contemplated in con- 
nection with the bridge and park, and Mr. Ridder thought 
that that was a matter concerning which the proper com- 
mittee should be actively at work. With reference to this 
subject, Mr. Carl Bittei', President of the National Sculp- 
ture Society and Chairman of the Committee of Cooper- 
ation appointed by the Architectural League of New York, 
had come to this meeting to secure information on which 
to base intelligent recommendations to this Commission. 
Those whom Mr. Bitter represented were willing to 
cooperate, but they wanted to know how much ought to be 
expended and what should be the nature of the works. 

Still another matter which had been laid over un- 
decided was the date of the celebration. Admirals 
Coghlan and Melville thought that the Naval Parade 
would require two days, and this might modify the plan of 
the sub-committee on date, which would probably make 
further recommendations. As to the week already recom- 
mended, it appeared from official information recently 
obtained from the meteorological authorities of the federal 
government that the idea of equinoctical storms was a 
popular superstition without foundation in fact, and that 
the week of the autumnal equinox was not likely to be 
more inclement than any other week about that time of 
the year. 

Upon these subjects Mr. Ridder wanted the Board to 
take action so as to get the wheels moving as soon as pos- 
sible. 

Judge Goodrich asked if the President had not ap- 
pointed sub-committees on the various features of the 
Plan and Scope Committee's report. 

The Secretary answered in the affirmative. (See list 
of committees on pages 162 and 175 of printed minutes.) 

Judge Goodrich thought it would be wise to ask these 



1 82 Minutes of Trustees 

committees to confer among themselves with a view to 
setting the arrangements in active motion. 

The Secretary moved that the President be requested 
to call together all the sub-committees on Plan and Scope 
for a conference, with a view to submitting such definite 
recommendations at the next meeting of the Trustees as 
would warrant a full attendance of both resident and out- 
of-town members. Carried. 

Judge Goodrich stated that Mr. James M. Beck, a 
distinguished member of the Commission, had made the 
suggestion that arrangements be made for a permanent 
exhibitionof all methods of ancient and modern locomo- 
tion ; and he moved that the President be requested to ap- 
point a committee on that subject, of which Mr. Beck 
should be chairman. Carried. 

Gen. Wilson asked what action the Commission had 
taken in regard to the offer of Mr. Francis Bannerman to 
erect a statue of Hudson on Polopel's Island. 

The Assistant Secretary replied that on June 27 
(pages 137 and 139) the offer had been referred to the sub- 
committee on Dedication of Memorials, and that on June 
:;o Mr. Bannerman had withdrawn his offer, on the ground 
that so much time had elapsed since he made it and his 
affairs had so changed in the meantime that it would not 
be convenient to carry out his former plan. 

Some discussion ensued as to the advisability of form- 
ally inviting the representatives of one or two art socie- 
ties 10 meet with the Plan and Scope Committee. 

Mr. Lamb thought that if any such invitation were 
given it should be extended to all of the art societies, some 
fourteen in number, represented in the Fine Arts Federa- 
tion He feared that otherwise the action of the Commis- 
sion might be misconstrued. If, questions in which the 
Commission was interested should come up before the 
Municipal Art Commission, the help of the Fine Arts Fed- 
eration would be of great value in straightening out the 

tangle. 

Mr. Raegener thought that a formal invitation was 
unnecessary, as the sub-committees could invite such ad- 
vice as they deemed desirable. 

A letter from Mr. John Y. Cuyler, of New York, dated 



October 24, 1906 18 



o 



October 5, 1906, recommending that the Half Moon be 
reproduced in the Naval Parade, was referred to the sub- 
committee on that subject. 

A letter from Mr. J. J. McKelvey, of New York, Secre- 
tary of the Park District Protective League, dated Octo- 
ber 16, 1906, communicating the opinion of Mr. Amory 
Coffin, an engineering expert, concerning the Hudson Me- 
morial Bridge, was referred to the Sub-Committee on 
Inwood Park. 

A letter was read from the Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 
Deputy Comptroller of the City of New York, dated Oc- 
tober 16, 1906, transmitting a copy of the following reso- 
lution adopted by the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, 
October 10, 1906 : 

Resolved, That the resolution adopted by this Board 
at meeting held June 20, 1906, authorizing a lease of Room 
No. 605 in the Tribune Building, at the northeast corner of 
Nassau and Spruce Streets, Borough of Manhattan, for 
the use of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 
for a period of one year from the date of occupation, at an 
annual rental of One Thousand Dollars, payable monthly ; 
the lessor to furnish light, heat, elevator and janitor ser- 
vice; the rental to be paid out of the appropriation made 
by the City of New York for the expenses of said Com- 
mission, be and the same is hereby amended by omitting 
the clause, "the rent to be paid out of the appropriation 
made by the City of New York for the expenses of said 
commission." 

Mr. Phillips explained that with the elimination of the 
clause mentioned in the resolution the rent can now be 
paid from the general appropriation for rents. 

In this connection the Secretary called attention to 
the fact that the furniture now used in the Commission's 
headquarters was borrowed and the chairs were liable to 
be called for at any time. 

Judge Goodrich moved that the Secretary be author- 
ized to buy suitable furniture for the Commission at a cost 
of about $350. Carried. 

The Assistant Secretary stated that in response to a 
notice sent to the President he had represented the Com- 
mission at the hearing before the Board of Estimate and 
Apportionment on October 8, with reference to inserting 



184 Minutes of Trustees 

the item of rent of headquarters in the annual budget, and 
that the item had apparently received favorable action. 

A letter was read from Mr. Henry Clay Weeks, of 
Bayside, L. I., dated October 23, 1906, recommending the 
erection of a new Federal lighthouse at Stony Point, as a 
memorial of Gen. Anthony Wayne, to be dedicated in 
1909. Referred to the Committee on Memorials. 

There being no further business, the meeting ad- 
journed. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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||ub0Cin dFuIton 
Celebration Commi00ion 



3lncorporateb tip 

Cfjapter 325 of tije Hatosf of 1906 

of tfje 

^tate of igehj gorfe 



Co arrange for tfjc " Commemo= 
ration of tfje CcrCentcnarp of 
tije Bisicobcrj) of tfje ?|ubs;on 
Briber bp l^enrp J^ubsion in tfje 
pear 1609, anb of tfje Jfirsft 
®£fe of ^team in tfje J^abigation 
of gaib Tiber bp i^obert Jf ulton 
in tlje pear 1807." A ^ A A 



]VIinute§ of IVovember 26 and 2§, 1906. 



1 86 

Officers! anb Committees. 

Revised to November 26, 1906.) 



President: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

Vice-Presidents: 
Herman Ridder, Presiding Vice-President. 
Andrew Carnegie, J. Pierpont Morgan, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasure}': 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 

Secretary: Assistant Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Committee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 

James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Tunis G. Bergen, John E. Parsons, 

Andrew Carnegie, George W. Perkins, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Louis C. Raegener, 
Rear Adm.J.B.Coghlan, U.S.N. Herman Ridder, 

William J. Curtis, Henry W. Sackett, 

Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, J. Edward Simmons, 

Col. William Jay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencex Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Farge, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

William McCarroll, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Frank D. Millet, Hon. W^m. R. Willcox, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Committee on Law: 
James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Abominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Pittance: 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway. New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. William McCarroll. 



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General Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Maj. Gen. F. D. Grant, John E Parsons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

The President, ex-officio. 

Sub-Committee on Naval Parade: 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Mr. William J. McKay, Mr. Jacob W. Miller, 

Rear Admiral George W. Melville, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Sub-Committee on Land Parade and Literary Exercises: 

Major-Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 

Governor's Island, New York. 

Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Sub- Committee on Dedication of Memorials: 
Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 55 Liberty Street, New York City. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Lnwood: 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William. Street, New York City 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

Sub-Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point: 
Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall. Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Sub- Committee on Date of Celebration : 
Mr. William McCarroll, Chairman, 30 Ferry Street, New York City. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Louis C. Raegener. 

Sub-Committee on Exhibition of Motive Power: 
Mr. James M. Beck, Chairman, 44 Wall Street, New York City. 



|^ubfi!on=jrulton Celebration Commission. 



Herbert Adams. 

John G. A^ar. 

R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 

Alphonse H. Alker. 

B. Altman. 

Louis Annin Ames. 

Hon. John E. Andrus. 

Hon. James K. Apgar. 

Col. Joh}i Jacob A star. 

Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury. 

Geo. Wm. Ballou. 

Theodore M. Banta. 

Col. Franklin Bar tie tt. 

Dr. James C. Bayles. 

James M. Beck. 

August Belmont. 

Tunis G. Bergen. 

Hon. William Berri. 

Hon. Frank S. Black. 

E. W. Bloomingdale. 

George C. Boldt. 

Reginald Pelham Bolton. 

Hon. l>3vid A. Boody. 

Hon. Thomas W. Bradley. 

George /'. Bro7ver, 

Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 

Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 

William L. Bull. 

Henry K. Hush- Brown. 

Hon. E. H. Butler. 

Hon. J. Rider Cady. 

John F. Calder. 

Hon. J H. Callanan. 

Henry W. Cannon. 

Andreui Carnegie. 

Hun. Joseph H. Choate. 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke. 

Hon. George C. Cl.uisen. 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 

Hon. Grover Cleveland. 

Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan. 

E. C. Converse. 

Walter Cook. 

Hon. John H. Coyne. 

E. D. Cummings. 

William J. Curtis. 

Pa ul D. Cra vath. 

Robt. Fulton tutting. 

Hon. Charles de Kay. 

James de la Montayne. 

Hon. Chauncey M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

George G. De U 'itt. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

fohn C, Fames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 

Barr Ferree. 

Stuyvcsant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch, 

Winchester Fitch. 

Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Thomas Poivcli Foivler. 

Austen G. Fox 

Hon. Charles S. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 

Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

George J. Gould. 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 



George F. Gregorj'. 
Henry E. Gregory. 
Hon. Edward M. Grout. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner .S. Haight. 
Edivard Hagaman Hall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Hearn. 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. Warren Higley. 
Hon. David B. Hill. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel I'erptanck Hoffman 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas H. Hubbard. 
Hon. Henry Hudson. 
T. D. Huntting. 
A ugust F. Jaccaci. 
Col. William Jay. 
Morris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Geti. Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. Georee F. Kunz. 
John LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry .1/. Leipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Herman Livingston. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. V. C. Lounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Low. 
R. Fulton Ludlow. 
William A. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 
William McCarroll. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J . McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 
Rear- Ad. Geo. W. Melville. 
Hon. John G. Milburn. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Jacob W Miller. 
"Hon. Warner Miller. 
Brig. -Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Pierpont Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Lez'i P. Morton. 
Wm C. Muschenheim. 
C. H. Niehaus. 
Ltid-.i'ig Nissen. 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
William Church Osborn. 
Percy B. O'SuUivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
John E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons, Jr. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
Geo. W. Perkins. 
Hon. N. Taylor Pk 1111/5. 
George A. Plimpton. 
[Names of Trustees in italics.} 



Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 
Gen. Horace Porter. 
Rt. Rev. Henrj' C. Potter. 
Thomas R. Proctor. 
Hon. Cornelitis A . Pugsley. 
Louis C. Raegener. 
Herman Ridder. 
William Rockefeller. 
Maj.-Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henry W. Sackett. 
Col. Wm. C. banger. 
George Heniy Sargent. 
Herbert L. Salter lee. 
Charles A. Schermerhorn. 
Pr est. Jacob G. Schurman. 
Gustav H. Sch^vab 
Isaac N. Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. Joseph H. Senner. 
Hon. Frederick 11'. Seward. 
Hon. William F. Sheehan. 
Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 
/. Edward Simmons. 
John W. Simpson. 
E. V. Skinner. 
Prof. lohn C. Smock. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
James Speyer 
Hon. John. H. Star in. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis Stern. 
Francis Lynde Stetson. 
Louis Stewart. 
Jajucs Stillman. 
Wm. L. Stone 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
Spencer Trask. 
C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
A a ron I a nderbilt. 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt, 
Rev. Dr. Henry Van Dyke. 
Warner Van Norden. 
Wm. B. Van Rensselaer. 
Miss A. T. Van Santvoord. 
J. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Col. John W Vroontan. 
Hon. Chas. G F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells, Jr. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C.Whitney. 
Hon. JVilliam R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. lames Grant Wilson. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Stewart L. Woodford. 
Hon. Timothy L.Woodruff, 
W. E. WooUey. 
James A. Wright. 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

November 26, 1906 

The eighth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held by special call at 
headquarters in the Tribune Building, New York City, 
Monday, November 26, 1906, at 3 p. m. 

Roll Call. 
Present : Mr. Herman Ridder, Acting President, pre- 
siding ; and Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Hon. William Berri, 
Rear-Admiral J. B. Coghlan, U. S. N.; Mr. Theodore Fitch, 
Major-General Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A.; Hon. Warren 
Higley, Mr. Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, Mr. William 
McCarroll, Mr. William J. McKay, Mr. William C. Mus- 
chenheim, Mr. John E. Parsons, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, Dr. 
Eugene H. Porter, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Hon. Frederick 
W. Seward, Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, Gen. James Grant 
Wilson and Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall. 
Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for inability to attend were received from Mr. 
Henry W. Cannon, Mr. Morris K, Jesup, Dr. George F. 
Kunz, Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Mr. Frank D. Millet, Mr. 
Eben E. Olcott, Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Hon. N. Taylor 
Phillips, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Herbert L. Satterlee, 
President J. G. Schurman, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Dr. 
Samuel B. Ward and Mr. Charles R. Wilson, and they were 
excused. 

Minutes A f^p roved. 

The minutes of the seventh meeting of the Trustees, 
having been printed and sent to all the members, were ap- 
proved as printed. 

Hon. Wtn. IV. Goodrich's Death Announced. 

The Acting President stated that it was his melan- 
choly duty to announce to the Board the death of their 
distinguished colleague, the Hon. William Winton Good- 
rich, formerly Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division 
of the Supreme Court, Second District, of the State of New 



190 Minutes of Trustees 

York, who had died on November 21 after a brief illness 
from pneumonia. 

Mr. Parsons moved that a committee be appointed to 
draft a suitable expression of the Commission's sense of 
its loss in the death of Judge Goodrich, to be presented at 
the next meeting. Carried. 

The Acting President appointed Mr. Parsons as Chair- 
man of the committee, with power to select his associates. 

Mr. Parsons subsequently selected Mr. Henry W. 
Sackett to serve with him. 

Treasurer s Report^ November ^6, 1906. 

The report of the Treasurer was read as follows : 

Previous Balance. 

Balance on hand as per report of October 24 $3,873.75 

Disbursements. 
Voucher. 

7. Polhemus Printing Company, printing 

and stationery $35-25 

8. Henry Romeike, clippings in Septem- 

ber ... 1.08 

9. De-Fi Manufacturing Co., box of carbon 

paper 3.50 

10. A. B. King & Company, printing 7.00 

11. E. H. Hall, salary for September and 

October and disbursements 435-62 482.45 

Balance on hand November 26, 1906 $3,39^-30 

Respectfully submitted, 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 

The report was received and ordered on file. 

Bills Approved. 
The Assistant Secretary presented the following bills 
to be approved for payment : 

T. G. Sellew, office furniture $333-5o 

Arnold & Constable, rug 58.15 

H. W. Sackett, paid for screen 10.00 

Clarence Bonynge, stenographic reports, July 25 

and August 22 3400 

Henry Romeike, press clippings in October 24 

Polhemus Printing Company, stationery and print- 
ing 24.75 

E. H. Hall, disbursements ^i3-59 

E. H. Hall, salary for November 208.33 221.92 

$682.56 



November 26, 1906 191 

The bills were ordered paid, subject to the approval of 
the Finance Committee. 

Appropriation for Furniture Increased. 
The Assistant Secretary moved that the allowance for 
office furnishings, fixed at $350 in Judge Goodrich's 
motion at the last meeting, be increased to $500, the 
amount stated in the requisition on the State Comptroller. 
He stated that at the close of the last meeting Judge 
Goodrich had said that he thought that the amount he had 
named on the spur of the moment was inadequate, and that 
he would move the increase at the next meeting. The 
motion was carried. 

Nomination for Appointment to Commission. 
Mr. Berri nominated Mr. Frederick R, Cruikshank, of 
No. 50 Pine Street, New York, for recommendation to the 
Mayor for appointment as a member of this Commission. 
Mr. Cruikshank is head of the real estate and insurance 
firm of F. R. Cruikshank & Co. and resides at Nyack-on- 
Hudson. The nomination was seconded and referred to 
the Committee on Nominations, 

Letter from Governor Higgins. 
The Acting President stated that on October 25 he 
had communicated to Governor Higgins the nominations 
of Mr. Robert Fulton Ludlow, Mr. Herman Livingston and 
Col. Wm. C. Sanger for appointment as members of this 
Commission, in addition to the nomination of Hon. Henry 
Hudson, previously communicated by President Woodford, 
and that in the same letter he had inquired if Governor 
Higgins had heard from the Governor of New Jersey in 
regard to nominating gentlemen for appointment on this 
Commission. In reply he had received the following : 

State of New York, 

Executive Chamber, 
Albany, November 8, 1906. 
Hon. Herman Ridder, 

2 Tryon Row, New York City. 
My Dear Mr. Ridder : 

Upon my return to Albany I find your letter of October 
25th, and note your desires in relation to the appointment 
of Messrs. Ludlow, Livingston and Sanger. I have deferred 



192 " Minutes of Trustees 

action in relation to Mr. Hudson,* as I did not think it was 
wise to make one appointment at a time. 

In relation to the communication from the Hon. Stewart 
L. Woodford of June 29th, permit me to state that Governor 
Stokes informed me on July 7th that he would take the 
matter up and act upon it in the near future. I have since 
that time seen Governor Stokes and again called the matter 
to his attention, and received a similar reply. I will again 
write to him to-day and will advise you as soon as I 
receive any further information on the subject. 

With most sincere regard, I am, 

Yours very truly, 
(Signed) Frank W. Higgins. 
Conference of Plan and Scope Committee. 

The Acting President stated that, pursuant to the reso- 
lution adopted at the last meeting, he had called together 
the Plan and Scope Committee and its sub-committees for 
a conference at the headquarters on Thursday, Nov. i, at 
3:30 p. m., the results of which would appear in the reports 
of sub-committees about to be presented. He then called 
for the report of the Sub-Committee on Naval Parade. 
Report of Su /'-Committee on Naval Parade. 

Admiral Coghlan, Chairman of that committee, pre- 
sented the following report : 

To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission : 

The Sub-Committee on Naval Parade met at the office 
of the Commission in the Tribune Building at 3 p. m., 
Friday, November 16. 

Present : J. B. Coghlan, Aaron Vanderbilt and W. J. 
McKay. 

Notices were received from the other members of the 
Committee, regreting their inability to be present. 

After a discussion and consideration of the affairs 
before the Committee, the following preliminary report is 
submitted. 

The Committee is of the opinion that to have a naval 
display in keeping with the historical facts that the Com- 
mission is formed to celebrate, at least two days should be 
set aside for the naval parade, and that the time alloted to 
the naval display should be the last two days of the cele- 
bration, instead of the first day. 

Upon an examination of the waters of the Hudson 
from New York to the upper reaches of the river, the Com- 
mittee finds that the only place where large ships, in fleet, 
can be properly maneuvered, after once going up the river, 
is the reach abreast Newburgh commonly known as New- 

*After the Trustees' meeting the Acting President was informed 
that Messrs. Hudson, Ludlow, Livingston and Sanger had been 
appointed members of the Commission on November 8. 



November 26, 1906 193 

burgh Bay. There is a broad reach of water off Haver- 
straw, but the actual navig-able channel is only about ^ of 
a mile wide, and the soundings at mean low water show a 
depth of 4 to 5 fathoms in this channel. The reach off 
Newburgh averages from ^ to ^ of a mile in width, with 
water varying from 5 to 7 fathoms in depth. This reach is 
about 5 miles long. 

It is too far for the fleet to proceed to Newburgh and 
return on the same day. The Committee, therefore, recom- 
mends that the vessels designated to go up the river anchor 
at night in Newburgh Bay, have an illumination of the 
ships on that night, and be prepared to deliver the "Half 
Moon " and "Clermont " to vessels coming from Albany, 
in order that they may be taken to the City of Albany. 
The fleet of men-of-war and other vessels will then return 
from Newburgh, anchor off New York and be prepared to 
take part in the grand illumination of the entire fleet on 
the second night. All vessels anchored off New York will 
be requested to illuminate each night of the celebration. 

The Committee recommends that the Slate Depart- 
ment of the United States be requested to extend to foreign 
governments an invitation to participate in the celebration, 
by sending men-of-war to take part in the naval display, 
or in such other way as they mav desire. 

The railroad companies, steamboat and steamship 
companies centering in this city will be informed in due 
time to make arrangements facilitating travel of the public 
when the Commission decides upon the exact dates of the 
celebration. 

Regarding the following items : 

ist. Location and construction of the ceremonial 
water gate. 

2d. Location and construction along the water front 
of proper landing for visiting men-of-war and others ; and 

3d. Securing from the American Society of Mechani- 
cal Engineers and from other sources the plans, etc., of the 
" Half Moon " and " Clermont," to permit estimates to be 
made of the time and cost of construction, the Committee 
desire still further time. 

During the winter season the Committee will be able 
to assemble all its members with more frequency and the 
business before the Committee will be advanced more 
rapidly at the future meetings. 

(Signed) J. B. Coghlan, 

Rear-Admiral, U. S. N., 
Chairman, 
for the Committee. 

Admiral Coghlan verbally supplemented his written 
report by saying that the Committee had given a good 



194 Minutes of Trustees 

deal of thought to the subject, particularly to the capability 
of the river to accommodate large vessels. In regard to 
the number of naval vessels available, they found the 
United States Government would be able to anchor from 
30 to 35 men-of-war off New York. These would comprise 
18 large battle ships, and the remainder would be cruisers 
and smaller vessels. 

Concerning the proposed naval procession up the 
river, they found that, owing to the narrowness of the 
channel in certain places, as, for instance, off Nyack, it 
would be impossible for the fleet to proceed in double 
column. Such as went up the river would have to go in 
single column. 

He also said that, while it would be possible to take a 
single big ship up the river, it would be impracticable to 
take the whole fleet up with safety to itself and to the 
multitude of private craft which would crowd the river and 
over which the commander of the fleet would have no con- 
trol. He thought it feasible, however, to take up a detach- 
ment of the big vessels, swing them at their anchors in 
Newburgh Bay, and bring them down again with perfect 
safety. 

Mr. Seward, Chairman of the Plan and Scope Com* 
mittee, said that his Committee would be glad to have a 
copy of Admiral Coghlan's report to assist them in pre- 
paring a supplementary report on Plan and Scope. He 
moved that the report of the Sub-Committee on Naval 
Parade be accepted with thanks. Carried. 

Suggestion to Extend " Half Moons " Itinerary. 

A communication from Dr. George F. Kunz was read 
suggesting that when the "Half Moon " shall have com- 
pleted its journey as far northward as its prototype sailed^ 
its journey be continued through the Erie Canal to Buffalo^ 
and, if possible, visit certain of the lake ports. This would 
create a greater interest in the entire celebration and would 
do much to educate people throughout a larger section of 
the country. He quoted the Hon. Charles M. Dow, Presi- 
dent of the Niagara Commission, as stating that it would 
be possible to obtain 20 or 30 Indians from the State 
reservations to take part in these proceedings. Referred 
to the Committee on Naval Parade. 



November 26, 1906 195 

A Century Between Clermont and Turbine. 
A communication was read from Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt 
quoting the following paragraph from the " London Engi- 
neer " of Sept. 21, 1906 : 

" It may be remarked that the employment of the 
marine steam turbine in the largest vessel the world has 
seen coincides in point of time and to a nicety that is 
striking with the initiation of steam navigation. Next 
year, when the " Mauretania " and the " Lusitania " will be 
plying on the greatest of ocean routes, will mark the 
hundredth anniversary of the placing into daily service by 
Fulton on the Hudson of the pioneer steamship " Cler- 
mont." 

Ordered on file. 

Description of Original Clermont. 
A communication from Mr. Winchester Fitch, in re- 
sponse to an inquiry from the Commission, was read, as 

follows : 

200 West 8ist Street, N. Y., 

30th October, 1906. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, Esquire, 

Asst. Secretary, Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission, 
Tribune Building, N. Y. 
My Dear Sir : 

In response to your question in favor of the 29th I find 
it stated in several works that the famous "Clermont" 
built by Fulton in 1807, was finally broken up. It is fully 
described by Admiral Preble in his " History of Steam 
Navigation," p. 52, and by Samuel Ward Stanton in his 
"American Steam Vessels," p. 12, which gives a page 
cut of the Clermont ; but the dimensions are not given 
exactly the same in these two works. The hull was of 
wood, built by Charles Brown; length, 130 or 133 feet ; 
breadth of beam, 18 or 18^ feet ; depth of hold, 6 or tYz 
feet. The engine was built by Boulton and Watt in Eng- 
land ; diameter of cylinder, 24 inches by three or four feet 
length of piston stroke. It was stored for some time for 
non-payment of charges near the Collect Pond, where John 
Fitch experimented with his boat in 1796 and 1797. 

The boiler was of copper, low pressure, 20 feet ; height, 
7 feet; width, 8 feet. 

Wheels, 15 feet in diameter, 8 buckets to each wheel, 4 
feet in length ; dip, 2 feet. 

Speed, nearly 5 miles an hour. 

Stanton says the " Clermont '' was overhauled and en- 
larged during the winter of 1807-8, and the name changed 



196 Minutes of Trustees 

to "North River" ; but that after making trips as a passenger 
steamer for several years it was finally broken up. It is 
probable that the smaller dimensions as given herein are 
those of the original boat ; the larger ones those of the 
enlarged boat. 

There is a model of John Fitch's Ohio River boat built 
before 1798 in the collection of the Ohio Archaeological and 
Historical Society in the Ohio State University at Colum- 
bus, Ohio. 

At Stevens Institute, at Hoboken, are preserved the 
engine of the boat in which Commodore Stevens crossed 
from the Battery to Hoboken in 1804, which was tried forty 
years later and made eight miles an hour, and also a later 
vessel. 

Hoping that this will aid you, believe me. 
Truly yours, 
(Signed) Winchester Fitch. 

Referred to the Sub-Committee on Naval Parade. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Land Exercises. 

Gen. Grant presented a verbal report in behalf of his 
Sub-Committee on Land Exercises. He stated that, while 
the individual members had given the subject thought, he 
had been unable to assemble his committee, owing to the 
fact that he had been absent all summer in camp, and since 
then had been moving around on inspection duty. He 
would convene his committee at once. He said that the 
military parade could be arranged with comparative ease 
as soon as it was known what organizations would par- 
ticipate. The right of the line would be given to the 
United States troops ; next would come the bluejackets ; 
then the State troDps and other organizations according to 
the well-established rules of seniority. 

General Grant and Admiral Coghlan, representing the 
Army and Navy, indulged in an interchange of pleas- 
antries, in which Admiral Coghlan said that it had been 
suggested to his committee that the military parade be 
arranged for the opening day of the celebration, so that the 
militia might be released to enjoy the rest of the celebra- 
tion. The Navy was quite willing to take the last two 
days in order that the river demonstration might be the 
culmination of the festivities. 

Report of progress received. 



November 26, 1906 197 

Sig?ial Fires Along the Hudson Proposed. 

Mr. Berri suggested that on the night most convenient 
and appropriate large signal fires all along the Hudson 
River, at points designated by the Commission between 
New York and Albany, be lighted simultaneously by 
electricity by the President of the United States. At 
nearly every important point the entire length of the river 
these signal fires could be arranged so as to be visible, 
one to the other, and the whole river would practically be 
ablaze in honor of the event. Salutes could also be fired. 
Each signal fire, he said, would interest and attract the 
entire population within a radius of at least ten miles. It 
could be made a great local demonstration. Each com- 
munity in the vicinity of the officially designated signal 
fires would undoubtedly raise among themselves sufficient 
funds to cover expenses of the same, and there would 
probably be such a firework display at each point as to 
make the affair memorable and unique. The entire popu- 
lation of the Hudson River would thus practically be 
participants in our celebration, which would seem to be a 
most desirable thing to accomplish. It was also probable 
that in addition, the private firework displays along the 
river would greatly add to the brilliancy of the event. The 
illuminations of the homes and the vessels upon the river 
might safely be counted upon to do their share. Mr. Berri 
said that inquiries as to the practicability of the scheme in- 
dicated that it was entirely feasible, and would probably 
be comparatively inexpensive to the Comniission if the 
matter should be approved and taken up in time to secure 
the co-operation of the Hudson River communities. 

Referred to the Sub-Committee on Land Exercises. 
Memorial Lighthouse on VerplancJis Point. 

Mr, Bergen, from the Sub-Committee on the Dedica- 
tion of Memorials, reported that the data before his com- 
mittee concerning the memorials to be dedicated had not 
been sufficient yet to warrent definite recommendations. 
He said that he had been unable to convene his committee 
because one distinguished member (the Hon. Oscar Straus) 
had been chosen to the Cabinet of the President of the 
United States, one was absent and one w^as ill. With re- 
spect to the suggestion of Mr. Henry Clay Weeks, which. 



198 Minutes of Trustees 

had been referred to his committee, for a memorial light- 
house on Stony Point, he thought that if it could be 
arranged tactfully without exciting jealousies between the 
two sides of the rivers it might be advisable to ask the 
Government to erect it on the Verplanck's Point side, 
where it was proposed to establish the memorial state park. 
Report of progress received. 

State Park at Verplanck's Point. 

Mr. Seward, by request of Chairman Pugsley, reported 
for the Sub-Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point 
that the Committee had visited the Point on Thursday, 
November 8, and gone over the ground, but pending the 
receipt of a survey, which was under way, the Committee 
could not make a definite report. The most important 
part of the proposed park was the tip end of the Point, 
called the Battery, which contained the ruins of the old 
revolutionary battery. This embraced tv\'o or three acres. 
Next came the steamboat landing, which was one of the 
termini of the old King's Ferry. On Washington Hill, 
about a quarter of a mile back, was the place where Wash- 
ington pitched his marquee and received Rochambeau and 
the French troops on their return from the victory at 
Yorktown. This was connected with the Battery by a 
broad road, called Broadway, which could readily be con- 
verted into a parkway. These areas, 15 or 20 acres in all, 
could be obtained for a few thousand dollars. The Com- 
mittee, however, thought that this was not enough for a 
park. About 100 acres of extremely picturesque land, 
belonging to the Hudson River Brick Co., which was going 
out of business, was available at a reasonable price and 
would receive the consideration of the Committee. 

Mr. Seward said that there was already a lighthouse 
on the Federal reservation adjoining the State reservation 
on Stony Point. It stood on the site of the old magazine 
and was historically located and a conspicuous landmark. 
If the proposed memorial lighthouse were put on the bluff 
of Verplanck's Point, as at West Point, it would, in con- 
junction with its mate on Stony Point, indentify the narrow 
passage between Verplanck's and Stony Points beyond 
mistake by navigators. He believed that a boat was 
wrecked at Stony Point a few years ago through a mis- 
take as to its identity. 



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Mr. Seward moved that the Verplanck's Point Com- 
mittee and the Committee on Memorials be requested to 
confer on this subject. Carried. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Inwood Hill. 

Mr. Parsons, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Park 
and Memorial at Inwood Hill, reported that since the last 
meeting his Committee had made substantial progress with 
the matters referred to them. He said that on the recom- 
mendation of the Plan and Scope Committee it had been 
determined that an effort be made to acquire Inwood Hill 
as a public park and the site for an important construction. 
Inwood Hill, he said, was the northern extremity of Man- 
hattan Island. The portion which it seemed desirable to 
acquire comprised about 75 acres. It had an elevation of 
about 217 feet and was covered with primeval forests. Its 
appearance was almost the same as when Henry Hudson 
saw it. This Hill would be the southern abutment of the 
proposed Hudson Memorial Bridge across the Spuyten 
Duyvil Creek. 

Mr. Parsons then described briefly the situation in re- 
gard to the bridge and park and the efforts of his com- 
mittee to promote them, and expressed his hopefulness of 
a successful issue. 

Report of progress received. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Date. 
Mr. McCarroll, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on 
Date of Celebration, said that his committee had nothing 
further to recommend at present. They would take into 
consideration the report of Admiral Coghlan's committee 
and its recommendation that two days be devoted to the 
naval parade, and he had no doubt but that the views of 
the Committee on Date would accord with those of the 
Naval Committee. 

There being no further business, the meeting ad- 
journed. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 

Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

November 28, 1906 

The ninth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission was duly called, according to the 
By-laws, to be held at headquarters in the Tribune Build- 
ing, New York City, on Wednesday, November 28, 1906, 
at 3 p. M. 

It being the day before Thanksgiving Day, no quorum 
was present, and the meeting was adjourned without the 
transaction of any business. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



Celebration Commis0ion 



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0llittv9> and Committees. 

(Revised to December 26, 1906.) 



Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

J^ice-Presidents : 
Herman Ridder, Presiding Vice-President. 
Andrew Carnegie, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer: 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 

Secretary: Assistaiil Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Coiiniiittee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 

James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Tunis G. Bergen, John E. Parsons, 

Andrew Carnegie, George W. Perkins, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Louis C. Raegener, 
Rear Adm.J.B.Coghlan, U.S.N. Herman Ridder, 

William J. Curtis, Henry W. Sackett, 

Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, J. Edward Simmons, 

Col. William Jay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Farge, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

William McCarroll, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Frank D. Millet, Hon. AVm. R. Willcox, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Comtnittee on Laiu: 
James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, ^x-^y^r/^. 

Committee on Nominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Finance: 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway, New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. William McCarroll. 



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General Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, John E. Parsons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

The President, ex-officio. 

Sub-Cotnmittee on Naval Parade: 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Mr. William J. McKay, Mr. Jacob W. Miller, 

Rear Admiral George W. Melville, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Sub-Co/nmittee on Land Parade and Literary Exercises: 

Major-Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman. 

Governor's Island, New York. 

Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Chas. F. Roe, 

Gen. Horace Porter, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Sub-Committee on Dedication of Memorials: 
Mr, Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 55 Liberty Street, New York City. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Ltizvood: 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William Street, New York City 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Eben E. Olcoti, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

Sub-Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point: 
Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y, 
Hon. J. Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall. Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Sub- Comviittee on Date of Celebration : 
Mr. William McCarroll, Chairman, 30 Ferry Street, New York City. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Louis C. Raegener. 

Sub-Committee on ExJiU>ition of Motive Power : 
Mr. James M. Beck, Chairman, 44 Wall Street, New York City. 



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Herbert Adams. 
John G. Agar. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Apgar. 
Col. John Jacob A star. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballon. 
Theodore INI. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
James J\f. Beck. 
August Belmont. 

Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. Williani Berri. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. Thomas W. Bradley. 
George I'. Braver. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Hush- Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady, 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry W. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnegie. 
Hun. Joseph H. Choate. 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Clevela7id. 
Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan. 

E. C. Converse. 

Walter Cook. 

Hon. John H. Coyne. 

E. D. Cummings. 

William J . Curtis. 
Paul D. Cravat h. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 

Hon. Charles de Kay. 

James de la Montayne. 

Hon. Chauncey ISL Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

George G. DeWitt. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

John C. Barnes . 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 

Barr Ferree. 

Stuyvesant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Winchester Fitch. 

Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Thomas Pou<ell Fo'wler. 

Austen G. Fo-x. 

Hon. Charles S. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 

Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

George J. Gould. 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 



George F. Gregory. 
Henry E. Gregory. 
Hon. Edward M. Grout. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Edivard Hagaman Hall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Hearn. 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. Warren Hi^ley. 
Hon. David B. Hill. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel I 'er/lanckHo/J'man 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas H. Hubbard. 
Hon. Henry Hudson. 
T. D. Huntting. 
A ugusi F. Jaccaci. 
Col. William Jay. 
l\Iorris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Ge7i. Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. Georg-e F. Kunz. 
John LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefier. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry M. Leipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Herman Livingston. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Low. 
R. Fulton Ludlow. 
William A. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 
William McCarroll. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 
Rear- Ad. Geo. W. Melville. 
Hon. John G. Milburn. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Jacob W. Miller. 
Hon. Warner Miller. 
Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Pierpont Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton. 
Wm C. Muschenheim. 
C. H.Niehaus. 
Ludwig Nissen, 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
William Church Osborn. 
Percy B. O'SuUivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
John E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons, Jr. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
Geo. W. Perkins. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 
George A. Plimpton. 
[Names of Trustees in italics. 



Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 
Gen. Horace Porter. "^ 

Rt. Rev. Henrj' C. Potter. 
Thomas R. Proctor. 
Hon. Cornelius A . Pugsley. 
Louts C. Raegener. 
Hertiian Ridder. 
William Rockefeller. 
Maj.-Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henry W. Sackett. 
Col. Wm. Cary ^aneer. 
George Henry Sargent. 
Herbert L. Sattcrlee. 
Charles A. Schermerhorn. 
Prest. Jacob G. Sch urman. 
Gustav H . Schwab 
Isaac N . Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. Joseph H. Senner. 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward. 
Hon. William F. Sheehan. 
Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 
/. Edward Simmons. 
John W. Simpson. 
E. V. Skinner. 
Prof. John C. Smock. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
James Speyer 
Hon. John. H. Starin. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis Stern. 
Francis Lynde Stetson. 
Louis Stewart. 
James St ill man. 
Wm. L. Stone 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
Spencer Trask. 
C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
Aaron I'anderbilt. 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry Van Dyke, 
Warner Van Norden. 
Win. B. Van Rensselaer. 
Miss A. T. Van Santvoord. 
J. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B.Vreeland. 
Col. John W. I'rooman. 
Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon. W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells, Jr. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edviund H'etmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
FredC. Whitney. 
Hon. William R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. James Grant Wilson. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Stewart L. Woodford. 
Hon. Titnothy L.li oodrujr. 
W. E. Woolley. 
James A. Wright. 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

December 19, 1906 

The tenth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson. 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held pursuant to 
special call at headquarters in the Tribune Building, New 
York City, Wednesday, December 19, 1906. 

Roll Call 
Present : Mr. Herman Ridder, Acting President, pre- 
siding ; and Mr. George V. Brower, Rear Admiral Joseph 

B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Mr. Theodore Fitch, Major-Gen. 
Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Mr. Henry E. Gregory, Mr. 
George A. Hearn, Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. Samuel Ver- 
planck Hoffman, Mr. August F. Jaccaci, Mr. Charles R. 
Lamb, Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Frank D. Millet, Mr. William 

C. Muschenheim, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Hon. Cornelius 
A. Pugsley, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, President J. G. Schur- 
man and Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall. 

Excused for Absence 

Regrets for non-attendance were received from Mr. 
William Berri, Mr. Henry W. Cannon, Mr. William J. Cur- 
tis, Mr. George G. DeWitt, Mr. William J. McKaj^ Com. 
Jacob W. Miller, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Mr. John E. Parsons, 
Gen. Horace Porter, Mr. Herbert L. Satterlee, Mr. Gustav 
H. Schwab, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Mr. Francis L. Stetson, 
Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, Col. John W. Vrooman, Hon, 
Andrew D. White and Hon. William R. Willcox, and they 
were excused. 

Minutes Approved 

The minutes of the meetings of November 26 and 
November 28, 1906, having been printed and sent to all 
the members, were approved as printed. 

Ratification of Former Proceedings 

Mr. Fitch offered the following resolution : 

Whereas, The printed minutes of the meetings of the 
Board of Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission held on July 25, August 22 and September 26, in 



2o6 Minutes of Trustees 

the year 1906, do not show the presence of a quorum ; 
therefore, 

Resolved, That the action taken by the Trustees 
present at those meetings, as shown in the printed minutes, 
be and the same is hereby approved, ratified and confirmed, 
and the same is hereby adopted at this meeting as the 
action of the Board of 1 rustees nunc pro tutu. 

Carried. 

Treasurer s Report 

The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 
to the effect that there had been no disbursements since the 
last meeting, and that the balance in the treasury remained 
at $3,391.30, was read and ordered on file. 
Bills Approved for Payment 

The following bills were approved for payment, sub- 
ject to examination and approval by the Finance Com- 
mittee : 

J. B. McCarthy, stenographic services to 

Wm. W. Goodrich $14.40 

C. S. Morrell, boxes 4.65 

Polhemus Printing Co., printing. . 26.00 

E. H. Hall, disbursements $13.20 

E. H. Hall, salary for December 208.33 — 221.53 

$266.58 
Greetings from President Woodford 

The Secretary stated that a letter received from Gen. 
Stewart L. Woodford, President of the Commission, dated 
Sorrento, Italy, November 26, 1906, expressed his continued 
interest in the preparations for the Hudson-Fulton Cele- 
bration and requested that his friendly greetings be ex- 
tended to all his associates on the Commission. The 
Secretary was requested to reciprocate these sentiments in 
behalf of the Commission. 

Relations with Fulton Monument Association 

The Secretary stated that under date of December 4, 
1906, he had received a letter from the secretary of Mayor 
McClellan, asking, for the Mayor's information, whether 
the plans of tiie Robert Fulton Monument Association 
conflicted in any way with the plans of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission. His Honor especially desired to 
know whether the two organizations were working along 
the same lines. 



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The Secretary had replied under date of December 5, 
1906, to the effect that the first President of the Fulton 
Monument Association, Major-Gen. Frederick D. Grant, 
and the present President of that Association, Mr. Cor- 
nelius Vanderbilt, were both Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission ; that from previous statements 
by Gen. Grant there appeared to be no conflict, but, on 
the contrary, entire harmony between their plans ; but 
that an interview would be had with Mr. Vanderbilt, after 
which the Secretary would advise the Mayor further. 

Gen. Grant confirmed Mr. Sackett's statement by say- 
ing that the purposes of the two organizations were com- 
plementary to each other. The Fulton Monument Associa- 
tion started out to build a monument to Robert Fulton, 
which, if the Fulton descendants acquiesced, might also be 
a tomb. Their primary purpose was not to arrange a 
celebration. He thought that their work in raising money 
and erecting the memorial and the celebration of this Com- 
mission would work in with each other in entire harmony. 

Admiral Coghlan regretted that Mr. Olcott was not 
present to repeat what he had reported to the Fulton Monu- 
ment Association, to the effect tha*: there was a good pros- 
pect that the divergent views of the Art Commission of 
the City of New York and the engineers which were de- 
laying work on the Hudson Memorial Bridge would be 
composed, and that the suggestion that the Fulton Memo- 
rial be erected on Inwood Hill, in close proximity to the 
bridge, might be adopted. Admiral Coghlan thought that 
the plans of the Fulton Monument Association and this 
Commission would blend very well. 

Trades Organizations in the Celebration 
The Secretary read a letter dated December 12, 1906, 
from Mr. Nathan Newman, of 344 St. Ann's Avenue, New 
York, and Mr. John McParland, enclosing the following 
communication : 

To the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission. 

Gentlemen : Fully realizing the importance of the 
work your honorable body has in hand and believing that 
your efforts can secure the fullest measure of success only 
when aided by the hearty co-operation of all classes of 
citizens, we deem it our duty to point out that the securing 



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of such co-operation has been seriously endangered by 
what was evidently an oversight. In the past, bodies 
similar to the Commission were usually so composed as to 
give representation to all important classes of citizens, and 
that this custom has been departed from in the selection 
of the members of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission is, we think, a grave error. 

Apparently every class in the community except the 
wage-earning class is represented on the Commission, and 
we desire to call your attention to the fact that the suc- 
cess of the celebration, no matter what its form, lies largely 
in the hands of this class and without its co-operation suc- 
cess cannot well attend your efforts. 

The members of your honorable body, of course, are 
well aware of the important position held by organized 
labor in our state and city, and its right to represent labor 
is too secure and its position too important to be ignored. 

Inasmuch as the Commission possesses power to add 
to its number, we respectfully suggest that its impolitic 
and undemocratic make-up be so changed as to give or 
ganized labor the representation to which it is entitled. 

Referred to the Committee on Nominations. 

Official Flag Proposed 

The Secretary read a letter dated November 26, 1906, 
from Mr. Louis Annin Ames, a member of this Commission 
and member of the firm of Annin & Co., flag makers, 99 
Fulton Street, New York, suggesting the adoption of a 
distinctive flag for the Hudson-Fulton Celebration. He 
stated that special Hags were designed for the Pan-Ameri- 
can, Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark and other cele- 
brations, and he offered to exhibit these flags to the Com- 
mission and give any other information in possession of 
his house. Referred to a special committee of three, to be 
appointed by the Acting President. 

Tribute to the Late \Vm. W. Goodrich 

In the absence of Mr. John E. Parsons, chairman of 
the committee appointed to prepare a minute in memory 
of the late Hon. William W. Goodrich, Mr. Sackett, the 
other member of the committee, presented the following 
report : 

On November 21, 1906, after a short illness, died 
Hon. William W. Goodrich, a Vice-President of the Com- 
mission and one of its members from the beginning. 



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Born in Havana, N. Y., in 1833, and a graduate of 
Amherst College and the Albany Law School, he moved in 
1854 to New York, where, in the practice of admiralty law, 
he became one of the leading authorities in the country. 
He was twice a member of the Legislature, and subse- 
quently a member of the Board of Education of Brooklyn. 
In i888 he was appointed as one of the seven delegates 
from the United States to the International Marine Con- 
gress at the Hague ; in 1896 was appointed to the 
Supreme Court of this State, and in 1897 was named as 
Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division. With faculties 
unimpaired, he was retired because of the age limit, Janu- 
ary I, 1904, when he resumed the active practice of his 
profession. 

Judge Goodrich was eminent in his profession, dis- 
tinguished as a judge and useful in the community in 
which he lived as a public-spirited citizen. Action appro- 
priate to these relations has been or will be taken in his 
honor. It is for us to bear testimony to the important part 
which he took in the proceedings of the Commission and to 
the loss which it has suffered by his unexpected and un- 
timely death. 

The interest which Judge Goodrich took in our work 
was active and earnest. To our discussions he contributed 
the benefit of his exceptional intelligence, his long and 
varied experience and his great familiarity with everything 
pertaining to the subject. 

He was tenacious of his opinion, but he was always 
willing to listen to the views of others and to give to them 
deference and suitable consideration. 

His kindly manners and uniform courtesy attached to 
him all who knew him and made friends of those of us who 
first became acquainted with him in the prosecution of our 
work. His death means a loss which the Commission will 
not find it easy to repair. The members mourn and will 
miss him as a friend whose place it will be difficult to fill. 

Resolved, That we record this minute in our book of 
Minutes and that a copy be furnished to the family of 
Judge Goodrich, 

The minute was unanimously adopted by a rising vote. 
Report of Nomifiating Committee 

The Committee on Nominations reported through Mr. 
Fitch, chairman, recommending the election of Hon. Henry 
Hudson and Major-Gen. Charles F. Roe as Trustees, to fill 
vacancies ; 

Also the election of Mr, Francis Lynde Stetson as 
Vice-President, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of 
the late Hon. William W, Goodrich ; 



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Also the nomination of Mr. Frederick R. Crulkshank, 
of 50 Pine Street, New York City, for appointment by- 
Mayor McClellan to be a member of the Commission. 

The report was adopted. 

Election of Two Trustees 

It was voted that the Secretary be directed to cast a 
single ballot in behalf of those present for the Hon. Kenry 
Hudson and Major-Gen. Charles F. Roe to be Trustees, to 
fill vacancies. 

The ballot having been cast as directed, the gentlemen 
named were declared elected. 

The President announced that the number of Trustees 
now lacked but one of the 100 allowed by the Charter. 
Election of a Vice-President 

It was voted that the Secretary be directed to cast a 
single ballot in behalf of those present for Mr. Francis 
Lynde Stetson to be Vice-President, in place of the late 
Hon. Wm. W. Goodrich. 

The ballot having been cast as directed, Mr. Stetson 
was declared elected. 

Reconwiended for Appointment by the Mayor 

It was voted that Mr. Frederick R. Cruikshank be 
recommended to Mayor McClellan for appointment as a 
member of this Commission. 

Report of Cofnniittee on Land Exercises 

Gen. Grant, in behalf of the Sub-Committee on Land 
Parade and Literary Exercises, of which he was chairman, 
presented the following report : 

Your Committee on Land Parade and Literary Exer- 
cises have the honor to submit the following report : 

Your Committee met on December 3, 1906, and, after 
careful deliberation, came to the following conclusions : 

I. They recommend that the parade should be purely 
military and naval and that the following organizations be 
asked to participate : 

(a) The United States army. 

(b) The United States navy. 

(c) The organized militia of the States of New York 
and New Jersey. 

(d) That the organized militia of the other States be 
requested to participate, especially that of the adjoining 
States of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Penn- 
sylvania. 



December 19, 1906 211 

2. Two plans of route were discussed : 

(a) That the route should be so selected as to have the 
parade concentrate and terminate upon points where monu- 
ments or memorials of the events celebrated would be un- 
veiled or dedicated. 

(b) That a route should be selected over which the 
parade in passing would afford the greatest number of 
people an opportunity to see it, and which would be most 
convenient for them to come together and disperse. 

The second plan is the one recommended by your 
Committee, and, unless something in thefuture should make 
a change desirable, your Committee would advise that the 
participants in the parade assemble in the vicinity of Wash- 
ington Square and be dismissed at Grant's Tomb, passing 
over such route as the Grand Marshal may, at the time, 
find the most convenient for all concerned. 

3. It is recommended that the Grand Marshal be 
selected at a later date by this Committee. 

4. It is recommended that the Board of Trustees of 
this Commission at once take the necessary steps to cor- 
respond with the Secretary of War and the Secretary of 
the Navy and also the several Governors and State Legis- 
latures to secure ample appropriations for the transporta- 
tion, maintenance and all other expenses of the military 
organizations that participate in the parade. 

For the literary entertainment your Committee would 
recommend the following : 

(a) That the Metropolitan Opera House be secured 
and that an oration be delivered by some distinguished 
orator to be selected at a later date. 

(b) That the President of the United States and the 
surviving ex-President or ex-Presidents be invited to be 
present and to participate in the evening's proceedings. 

(c) That several of the most important musical organi- 
zations of this city be invited to furnisli the necessary 
music for the occasion, and 

(d) That the Governors and ex-Governors of New 
York and New Jersey and the Governors of the States 
which furnish troops to participate in the parade be in- 
vited to be present at the literary and musical entertain- 
ment, together with such other distinguished persons as 
may at that time be in or near the city. 

Gen. Grant supplemented his written report with a 
verbal statement concerning the various features suggested 
and intimated that the report was susceptible to amplifica- 
tion as the details of the plan were developed. 

An informal discussion of the report, in which ex- 
Mayor Low and others participated, followed, at the con- 
clusion of which the report was unanimously adopted. 



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Report of Committee on Inwood Park, etc. 
The Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Inwood 
Hill, Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, reported that since 
their last report of progress they had proceeded further 
with the matters specially referred to them, but that 
nothing definite had as yet been reached and they merely 
reported progress. 

The report was received. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Verp/a/ick's Point 
Mr. Hall reported for the Sub-Committee on State 
Park at Verplanck's Point that the Committee had secured 
estimates from a civil engineer for making a map of the 
property lines at Verplanck's Point to assist the Committee 
in forming its judgment, but the estimates were so high 
that no survey had been ordered. The Committee believed 
that it could get the necessary data in some other manner 
and hoped to make recommendations at the next meeting. 
There being no further business, the meeting ad- 
journed. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary, 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

December 26, 1906 

The eleventh meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was duly called, according 
to the By-Laws, to be held at headquarters in the Tribune 
Building, New York City, on Wednesday, December 26, 
1906, at 3 P. M. 

It being the day after Christmas, no quorum was 
present, and the meeting was adjourned without the trans- 
action of any business. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Sncorporateb bp 

Cfjapter 325 of tfje HatoS of 1906 

of tfje 

g>tate of iSeb gorfe 



VLo arrange for tfje "Commemo= 
ration of tfje ^erCentenarp of 
tfje ©igcoberp of tfje J^ubsion 
Briber bp l^enrp J^ubson in tfje 
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of saib riber hp ^ohtvt Jf ulton 
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iniiiiites of January 23, 1907. 



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Herbert Adams. 
John G. Agar. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Apgar. 
Col. John Jacob .-is/or. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Co/. Franklin Bart let t. 
Dr. James C. Bavles. 
Hon. James M . Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Bo.^dv. 
Hon. Thomas W. Br<idley. 
George V. Broiver. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry W. Cannon. 
A ndreiv Carnegie. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate. 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Cl.iusen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Rear A dm. J. B. Coghlan. 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J. Curtis. 
Paul D. Cravath. 
Frederick R. Cruikshank. 
Roht. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 
James de la Montayne. 
Hon. Chauncey M. Depew. 
Edward DeWitt. 
George G. DeWitt. 
Hon. William Draper. 
Charles A. DuBois. 
John C. Fames. 
George Ehret. 
Hon. Smith Ely. 
Arthur English. 
Most Rev.'john M. Farley. 
Hon. J. SI oat Fassett. 
Barr Ferree. 
Stuyvesajzt Fish. 
Theodore Fitch. 
Winchester Filch. 
Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 
Fredk. S. Flower. 
Thomas Poiuell Fowler. 
Austen G. Fox. 
Hon. Charles S. Francis. 
Henry C. Frick. 
Frank S. Gardner. 
Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 
Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 
Robert Walton Goelet. 
George J. Gould. 



Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
George F. Gregory. 
Henry E. Gregory. 
Hon. Edward M. Grout. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Edward Hagaman Hall. 
Benjamin F'. Hamilton. 
Geo. A . Hearn. 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. Warren Higlcy. 
Hon. David B. Hilt. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel I 'erplanckHoffman 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas //. Hubbard. 
Hon. Henry Hudson. 
T. D. Uuntting. 
A tigust F. Jaccaci. 
Col. William Jay. 
Morris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. Georze F. Kunz. 
John LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles VV. Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry M. Leipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Herman Livingston. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Low. 
R. Fulton Ludlow. 
William A. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 
William McCarroll. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 
Rear- Ad. Geo. W. Melville. 
Hon. John G. Milbzirn. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Jacob W .Miller. 
Hon. Warner Miller. 
Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Pierpont Morga7i. 
Hon. Fordham ^iorris. 
Ho}i. Levi P. Morton. 
Wm C. Muschenheim. 
C. H.Niehaus. 
L udivig JVissen 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
William Church O.-^born. 
Percy B. O'Sullivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
John E. Parsons 
Hon. Samuel Parsons. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bay a rd L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
Geo. /F. Perkins. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 
[Names of Trustees in italics. 



George A. Plimpton. 
Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 
Gen. Horace Porter. 
Rt. Rev. Henrj' C. Potter. 
Thomas R. Proctor 
Hon. Cornelius .4 . Pugsley. 
Louis C. Raegener. 
Herman Ridder. 
William Rockejeller. 
Maj.-Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Thomas F. Rvan. 
Henry II'. Sackett. 
Col. Wm. Cary Sanger. 
George Henry Sargent. 
Herbert L. Sattcrlee. 
Charles A. Schermerhorn. 
Prest. Jacob G.Schurman. 
Gjistav H. Schwab 
Isaac N . Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. Joseph H. Senner. 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward. 
Hon. William F. Sheehan. 
Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 
J. Edward Simmons. 
John W. Simpson. 
E. V. Skinner. 
Prof. John C. Smock. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
J a mes Speyer 
Hon. John. H. Starin. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis Stern. 
Francis Lynde .Stetson. 
Louis Stewart. 
James Stillman. 
Wm. L. Stone 
Hon. Oscar S. .Stratis. 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
S/>encer Trask. 
C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
Aaron Vanderbilt. 
.Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 
Cornelius I 'a nderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry fan Dyke. 
Warner Van Norden. 
Jl'tn. B. I'an Rensselaej-. 
Miss A. T. Van Santvoord. 
J. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Col. John W- I'rooman. 
Hon. Chas. G F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells, Ji. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrezv D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C Whitney. 
Hon. William R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. James Grant Wilson. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Stewart L. Woodjord. 
Hon Timothy L.I I oodruff. 
W. E. Woolley. 
James \. Wright. 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meetino^ 

January 23, 1907 

The twelfth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held at headquarters 
in the Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday, 
January 23, 1907. 

Roll Call. 
Present: Mr. Herman Ridder, Acting President, pre- 
siding ; and Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. George V. Brower, 
Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Mr. William J. 
Curtis, Mr. Theodore Fitch, Mr. George A. Hearn, Hon, 
Warren Higley, Col. William Jay, Mr. Charles R. Lamb, 
Mr. William McCarroll, Mr. William J. McKay, Com. Jacob 
W. Miller, Mr. William C. Muschenheim, Mr. Ludwig Nis- 
sen, Mr. John E. Parsons, Hon. Samuel Parsons, Hon. N. 
Taylor Phillips, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Hon. Frederick W. 
Seward, Col. John W. Vrooman, Gen. James Grant Wilson 
and Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall. 

Excused for Absence. 
Regrets for absence were received from Hon. Henry 
Hudson, Dr. H. M. Leipziger, Mr. F. D. Millet, Hon. Seth 
Low, Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, U. S. N., Mr. E. E. Ol- 
cott, Mr. Herbert L. Satterlee, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, Mr. 
Morris K. Jesup, Mr. Spencer Trask, Pres. J. G. Schurman, 
Hon. Andrew D. White, Hon. C. A. Pugsley and Hon. Wm. 
Berri, and they were excused. 

Minutes Approved. 
The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were approved without read- 
ing. 

Treasurer' s Report, January 23, 1907. 
The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, as 
given below, was read and ordered on file: 



2i6 Minutes of Trustees 

Previous Balance. 
Balance on hand as per report of Dec. 19, 1906.. -$3, 391. 30 

Disbursements. 
Voucher. 

12. E. H. Hall, Asst. Secy., salary for No- 

vember and disbursements $221.92 

13. T. G. Sellew, furniture 333-5° 

14. Arnold, Constable & Co., rug 58.15 

15. Henry W. Sackett, paid for screen — 10.00 

16. Clarence Bonynge, stenographic re- 

ports 34-00 

17. Henry Romeike, Inc., press clippings .24 

18. Polhemus Printing Co., printing and 

stationery 24.75 

19. J. B. McCarthy, stenographic ser- 

vices to Judge Goodrich 14.40 

20. Cornelius S. Morrell, boxes 4.65 

21. Polhemus Printing Co., printing 26.00 

22. E. H. Hall, salary for December and 

disbursements 221.53 $949.14 

Balance on hand January 23, 1907 $2,442.16 

Respectfully submitted, 

Isaac N. Seligman, Treasurer. 

Bi7/s Approved for Payment. 
The following bills were approved for payment out of 
the State appropriation, subject to examination and ap- 
proval by the Finance Committee: 

Polhemus Printing Co., 1,150 manila envelopes $6.75 

" 500 copies i2-pp. minutes, Dec. 19-26 — 19.00 

*' 1,000 letter heads 4-75 

*' 1,000 envelopes 3-25 

" One box pens -75 

" One quart mucilage .75 

T. G. Sellew, repairing chair 1.00 

E. H. Hall, salary for January $208.33 

" Disbursements 8.6 216.93 

$253.18 



The Assistant Secretary stated that the bills of The 
Tribune Association for rent of headquarters, for which 
provision had been made by the City of New York, had not 
been paid because they had been presented to the Comp- 



January 23, 1907 217 

troller direct and not through the Commission. He there- 
fore offered the following bill for approval, for payment by 
the City of New York, and it was approved : 

The Tribune Association, for rent of room 605 from 
June 13, 1906, to Dec. 31, 1906, at $1,000 per 
annum $550.00 

Appointed to the Commission by the Mayor. 

A communication dated December 28, 1906, from the 
Secretary of Mayor McCIellan, was read, appointing Mr. 
Frederick R. Cruikshank, of New York City, as a member 
of the Commission, upon recommendation of the Trustees. 

Communication from Mr. R. Fulton Ludlow. 
A communication dated Jan. 18, 1907, from the secre- 
tary of Mayor McCIellan, transmitting a letter dated Janu- 
ary II, 1907, from Mr. R. Fulton Ludlow, of Claverack (a 
member of the Commission), was received and both were 
read. Mr. Ludlow's letter said in part: 

LUDLOW HOMESTEAD, 
CLAVERACK, NEW YORK. 

January 11, 1907. 
Hon. George B. McClellan, 

City Hall, New York. 
Dear Sir : 

On account of being the grandson of Robert Fulton, 
you can readily understand how grateful I am, and not only 
this, but my three cousins as well, to the citizens of the 
world who are doing so much to perpetuate the memory of 
Robert Fulton's achievements. 

I appreciate exceedingly that the French Government 
is to have an International Exposition next year on these 
lines, as well as the fact that the President of the James- 
town Exposition is to reserve a day agreeable to the Rob- 
ert Fulton Monument Association, to honor our grand- 
father, but the thing that has touched our hearts most is 
the work that has been done by the Robert Fulton Monu- 
ment Association in its efforts to build a lasting memorial 
to the^memory of Robert Fulton. 

It has been the wish of this Association in connection 
with the Monument to remove Robert Fulton's remains 
from Trinity Churchyard and place them in the Memorial 
Tomb when completed. This has met with our approval, 
and some time ago Robert Fulton's four grandchildren ad- 



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dressed a letter to Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Asso- 
ciation, giving their consent to the removal of the body. 

The letter then refers to the decision of the Fulton 
Monument Association to lay the cornerstone of their 
memorial on Nov. 14, 1907, and to newspaper reports stat- 
ing that the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission had 
proposed a Fulton parade on August 11, 1907, and Mr. 
Ludlow asked that this parade be postponed to Nov. 14, 
the anniversary of Fulton's birth. 

The communication was referred to the Secretary with 
the request to inform Mr. Ludlow that the reports that 
this Commission was planning a Fulton parade for August 
II were erroneous. 

Trade-; Organizations in the Celebration. 
A communication, dated January 21, 1907, from Mr. 
Nathan Newman to the Secretary was read as follows (see 
page 207 of Minutes of December 19, 1906) : 

International Typographical Union Convention 
Souvenir Committee, 1907. 
Nathan Newman, 

Eastern Representative, 
344 St. Ann's Avenue. 

New York, January 21, 1907. 
Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Secretary, etc. 

Dear Mr. Sackett: Referring to our conversation 
anent the suggestion of desirable men connected with 
trades organizations as representatives on the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission, I believe Mr. Alfred J. 
Boulton, Register of King's County, would creditably fulfill 
any mission he may be assigned to in making the celebra- 
tion a pronounced success. Mr. Boulton is an active 
member of the Stereotypers' Union and many times has 
been honored by that organization. 

I am suggesting Mr. Boulton's name without his 
knowledge. 

Yours truly, 

Nathan Newman. 

Mr. Newman's communication was referred to the 
Committee on Nominations. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Memorials. 
Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman of the Sub-Committee 
on the Dedication of Memorials, reported that Mr. Henry 



January 23, 1907 219 

Clay Weeks, of Bayside, L. I., who had proposed a new 
lighthouse at Stony Point as a memorial of Gen. Anthony 
Wayne (see pages 184 and 197 of Minutes), had presented 
maps and photographs relating to the subject. Mr. Weeks 
had stated that he desired no conflict with those in charge 
of the Stony Point State Reservation, but still thought his 
plan was desirable. Mr. Bergen said that his committee 
would meet soon and present documents. Report of prog- 
ress received. 

Water Gate on Riverside Park. 

Admiral Coghlan, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on 
Naval Parade, stated that his committee was still collecting 
data. 

Apropos of this subject. Commander Miller referred to 
his suggestion, July 25, 1906 (page 152 of Minutes), concern- 
ing a ceremonial Water Gate on the margin of Riverside 
Park, near Columbia University. He said that the City 
had no suitable landing place for the use of Government 
vessels and no proper place for receiving ashore dis- 
tinguished foreigners. The Battery, at the lower end of 
the island, would be the natural place for a ceremonial 
Water Gate, but on account of the dense traffic around the 
Battery there was no suitable anchorage there, while by 
law vessels where obliged to anchor off Riverside. In 
1906 a law was passed (Chapter 304 of the Laws of 1906), 
authorizing the City of New York to fill in the waterfront 
between the lines of ii6th street, 120th street, the Hudson 
River Railroad and the bulkhead line, and to enter into an 
agreement with the Trustees of Columbia University by 
the terms of which, if the University shall assume the ex- 
pense of this extension of Riverside Park, "any portion or 
portions of Riverside Park lying west of said route or road- 
way of the Hudson River Railroad Co. may be inclosed 
or set apart as an athletic field or fields, and for boat 
landing or boat houses for use and occupation by the 
Trustees of said Columbia College," etc. Mr. Miller had 
made an effort to get into conference with the Columbia 
authorities to see if they would not modify their Stadium 
idea so as to embody in the plan a Water Gate, a naval 
museum, an armory, and provision for the nautical school 



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ship St. Mary's. The result was that on 
Saturday, January 19, a conference repre- 
senting seven different interests was held at 
Columbia, and it was decided that the rep- 
resentatives would go back to their re- 
spective organizations and report, and see 
if they could be brought together. Two 
questions had come up : One was how 
large the joint committee should be, and 
the other was about getting a bill through 
the Legislature to authorize a modification 
of the Columbia plaft. He said that plans 
were being prepared by Palmer & Horn- 
bostle, architects, and would be presented 
as soon as completed. He asked authority 
for the expenditure of $1,000 for obtaining 
legal advice, traveling expenses to Albany, 
etc., in connection with the matter. 

Mr. Charles R. Lamb said that this same 
proposition concerning a Water Gate had 
been brought up in a slightly different form 
by President Butler of Columbia Univer- 
sity at a meeting of the Fulton Monument 
Association, and Gen. Grant had spoken of 
the necessity of getting that Association 
and this Commission together. Mr. Lamb 
asked if it were not best to find out where 
our friends of the Fulton Association stood. 
He thought that Riverside was undoubt- 
edly the best location for a Water Gate. 

Deputy Comptroller Phillips asked why 
any new legislation was necessary. He 
thought that the Dock Department, the 
Board of Estimate and Apportionment and 
the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund of 
the City of New York had between them 
ample power in the matter. Part of the 
property desired is in the jurisdiction of 
the Dock Department and part in the juris- 
diction of the Departmentof Parks. "The 



222 Minutes of Trustees 

difficulty," said Mr. Phillips, " is that if you go to Albany 
for mandatory legislation for something which the City 
authorities already have power to do you would encounter 
the objection of many." 

Mr. Miller agreed with Mr. Phillips as to the power of 
the City authorities. 

Mr. John E. Parsons was asked by the President for 
his views and replied that he had not examined the legisla- 
tion in regard to the Stadium. In his mind arose the 
question whether the Legislature had not imposed such a 
trust as might require relief from some of its conditions to 
permit the modification proposed. He thought that the 
appropriate course would be to get the opinion of the Com- 
mittee on Legislation as to the necessity of any new law. 

Judge Higley moved that the matter be referred to the 
Committee on Legislation, to which Commander Miller 
could explain the situation. Carried. 

A Committee of Co-operation. 

Mr. Lamb moved that a committee be appointed to 
secure the co operation of this Commission and the Fulton 
Monument Association. 

Commander Miller suggested that the motion include 
the co-operation of any other bodies that think of acting 
with us. 

Mr. Lamb accepted the suggestion and the motion as 
put was that a committee be appointed to confer with the 
Fulton Monument Association and other bodies on any 
subject of common interest with a view to securing their 
CO operation. 

The motion was carried and the Acting President ap- 
pointed as such committee Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Com- 
mander Jacob W. Miller and Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

Imuood Park — $1,000 for Expense . 
Mr. John E. Parsons presented a report from the Sub- 
Committee on Inwood Park. The report, after stating the 
progress made by the Committee in its investigation and 
the advisability of proceeding with a full knowledge of all 
the requirements of the proposed park, concluded with the 
recommendation that the Sub-Committee be authorized to 



January 23, 1907 223 

incur an expense of not to exceed $1,000 in obtaining the 
necessary plan and information 

The report was discussed at some length. Mr. Parsons 
expressed the opinion that the project would be greatly 
facilitated by procuring precise information and laying be- 
fore the Board of Estimate a concrete proposition, the pro- 
portions of which that Board could know exactly. 

Deputy Comptroller Phillips emphatically approved of 
Mr. Parsons' suggestion. 

Mr. Fitch moved that the report be adopted and that 
the Sub-Committee on Inwood Park be authorized to incur 
expense not to exceed $1,000. Carried. 

It was the general opinion of the Trustees that the 
consummation of the Park plan would be promoted by not 
giving publicity outside of the Commission to the text of 
the Sub-Committee's report at present; and, on motion of 
Mr. John E. Parsons, it was voted that the report be kept 
confidential by the Trustees until further instructions by 
the Board. Carried. 

Report of Sub-Committee on State Park at Verpla nek's Point. 

In the absence of the Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, Chair- 
man of the Sub-Committee on State Park at Verplanck's 
Point, the Hon. Frederick VV. Seward presented the report 
from that Committee. The opening paragraph of the re- 
port as read was as follows: 

"Your sub-committee on the proposed State Park at 
Verplanck's Point has the honor to submit this preliminary 
report, with the request that it be permitted to perfect some 
of the details before publication in the minutes. Since the 
report was originally drafted, a more detailed map of the 
property lines has been obtained, which will enable the 
Committee to formulate its recommendations more spe- 
cifically.^' 

The report as revised is as follows: 

To the Trustees of the Hudson- Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission: 

Your Sub-Committee on the proposed State Park at 
Verplanck's Point has the honor to report that it has made 
personal examination of the Point, and with the help of 
such maps as were obtainable and such information as was 



224 Minutes of Trustees 

to be had from the residents and owners of property 
there it submits the accompanying map and recommenda- 
tions. 

Verplanck's Point lies on the eastern shore of the Hud- 
son River, 25 miles north of the New York City line, and 
directly opposite Stony Point, the scene of Gen. Anthony 
Wayne's famous military exploit in 1779. 

About the year 1830, with a view to real estate develop- 
ments, Verplanck's Point was laid out as a city, to be 
called Verplanck, with streets and avenues somewhat like 
the city plan of New York. Most of the streets were laid 
out 60 feet wide, a few wider, and the avenues 80 feet wide, 
while Broadway is no feet in width. Of these streets and 
avenues, only one of importance, namely, Broadway, was 
ever constructed, but the plan is still used locally in the in- 
dication of property lines. 

The principal owners of the land on Verplanck's Point 
are the Hudson River Brick Company and the Bleakley 
family. On the accompanying map, the property of the 
Hudson River Brick Co. is indicated by diagonal cross 
lines. (Map on pages 220 and 221.) 

For convenience of description, we have arbitrarily 
divided the available property into ten parcels and com- 
puted the areas from the map. 

Parcel No. i is that portion of the Brick Co.'s property 
lying between ist and 6th streets along the shore on the 
southern side of the Point, and comprises approximately 
17 acres. 

Parcel No. 2 consists of the northwestern half of the 
two blocks bounded by 3rd and 5th streets, Westchester 
avenue and Broadway. It contains the residence and 
grounds of the King family, and comprises about 6f acres. 

Parcel No. 3 consists of the corresponding two half 
blocks between ist and 3rd streets, containing about 6| 
acres. It is a high bluff, overlooking parcels i and 4, and 
is the site of the Revolutionary Fort Fayette. It con- 
tains two residences, one a fine modern building and a 
barn, and belongs to the Bleakley family. It is one of the 
most sightly and attractive portions of the Point. 

Parcel No. 4 is known as the Battery. It is a level 
tract of about 6 acres, lying on the waterfront at the foot 
of the hill on which Fort Fayette stood, and contains the 
ruins of old stone buildings with loopholes for guns. It is 
exactly at the head of Haverstraw Bay, with a view look- 
ing southward through Haverstraw Bay and the Tappan 
Zee, a distance of twenty-five miles. Directly across from 
it is Stony Point, distant about half a mile. Directly be- 
low this property is the spot where Henry Hudson cast 
anchor on his voyage up the River. 



January 23, 1907 225 

Parcel No. 5 comprises the Steamboat Landing and 
belongs to the Bleakley family. This was one of the land- 
ings of the old King's Ferry across which the armies of 
three nations and all the leading figures of the Revolution- 
ary period passed during the war for Independence. A 
wharf on Stony Point occupies the site of the other termi- 
nal of the Ferry. This plot comprises about 4 acres. 

Parcel No. 6 is composed of the Brick Company's 
property northwest of Broadway and extending along the 
river front as far as 6th street. It is high, bold land and 
commands a beautiful view up the river into the southern 
gate of the Highlands between the Dunderberg and An- 
thony's Nose. It contains about 30 acres. 

In parcel No. 7 we have included the Brick Co.'s prop- 
erty lying northwest of Broadway between 6th and 13th 
streets, amounting to about 27^ acres. 

Parcel No. 8 is the Brick Co.'s property between West- 
chester avenue, Broadway, 8th and nth streets, including 
about 18 acres. 

Parcel No. 9 is the adjacent area between Westchester 
avenue, Broadway, nth and 13th streets, owned by the 
Brick Co. and embracing about 13 acres. This area was 
laid out on the plan of Verplanck as Washington Park. It 
is the highest land in the vicinity, with bold and pictur- 
esque outcroppings of rock. Here stood Washington's mar- 
quee when he received Rochambeau and the French army 
after the battle of Yorktown in 1781. The troops of the 
victorious allies were encamped round about. This land 
is now used for pasturage. 

Parcel No. 10 is the remainder of the Brick Co.'s prop- 
erty lying between Westchester avenue, Broadway, 13th 
and 15th streets, and between Broadway, Highland 
avenue, 13th and i8th streets. It contains about 45% acres. 

The committee was informed by some of the owners 
of the property in question that the Bleakley property was 
held by that family at $35,000 and that the Hudson River 
Brick Company was willing to sell the whole of its hold- 
ings at 175,000, making a total of $110,000 if all of these 
parcels except the King property (No. 2) were taken. If a 
part only were taken, it would be about on the basis of a 
thousand dollars for each acre on the waterfront and $500 
to $700 per acre for portions further back. Presumably 
the King property could be obtained at about the same rates. 

Your committee recommends the taking of parcels 
Nos. I, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9, embracing a total area of about 
105 acres. If, as is thought likely, the whole of the Brick 
Co.'s property can be obtained at the same price as for the 
parts we have indicated, then the whole might be taken; 
but your committee is of the opinion that the 105 acres 



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above suggested is the least that it is desirable to include 
in the Park. This, it will be seen by the map. is all con- 
tiguous territory. It includes all of the principal water 
front of the Point and a link (parcel No. 7) connecting the 
portion at the river side with Washington Hill (No. 9). 
This connection will permit of a drive connecting all parts 
of the reservation independently of Broadway. This area 
would also include not only the most salient topographic 
features of the Point, but also the localities of chief historic 
interest — the site of Fort Fayette, the Battery, the Ferry 
landing, Washington's Hill and the Camp Ground. 

The scenery is unrivaled, since the Point commands a 
view up the Highlands as far as the Dunderberg and 
Anthony's Nose, as has already been slated, and down the 
River through Haverstraw Bay and Tappan Zee. A deep 
channel extends along the shore. And the land, contain- 
ing, as it does, shore and bluff, level plain and rocky hill, 
is diversified in character and well adapted for treatment 
by the landscape architect. 

The Park would be about 25 miles north of the New 
York City line and would be accessible both by steam- 
boat and railway. A trolley line extends from the New 
York Central Railroad station at Peekskill through Mont- 
rose to Verplanck's Point, a distance of four miles, and it 
is stated that a spur of the New York Central Railroad is 
contemplated from Cruger's station to Verplanck's Point, a 
distance of two miles. 

Your committee strongly recommends the purchase of 
this area as being in the interest of the State. It will give 
the State a property which will probably increase in value, 
and if not taken by the State, may be sold at even a greater 
price to manufacturing companies, some of whom are bid- 
ding for portions of it. 

The project of this Park is not a novel experiment, but 
may be regarded as the rounding out and completion of 
the act of the State in making a reservation for a State 
Park on Stony Point which has proved so popular on the 
west side of the river. The two reservations, directly op- 
posite each other and connected by the old King's Ferry, 
combine historical associations and scenic advantages in a 
way not duplicated elsewhere along the Hudson. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Cornelius A. Pugslev, 

Chairman, 



January 23, 1907 227- 

Col. Jay asked if the Sub-Committee had visited Ver- 
planck's Point in person. 

Mr. Seward replied that it had. 

Col. Jay said that according to his recollection it was 
not a very attractive spot and he had some doubt as to the 
advisability of the plan for a park there. There seemed to 
be a blight upon the river between Sing Sing and Peeks-- 
kill. He thought it would be a mistake to have a park on 
the end of a point miles and miles from everything attrac- 
tive. This point would be isolated and surrounded by brick- 
yards, etc., and it seemed to him as if many more beautiful 
places with attractive surroundings were available. 

Hon. Samuel Parsons, former Commissioner of Parks 
of the City of New York and now Landscape Architect of 
the Parks, was asked by the President for his views on the 
recommendation of a park at Verplanck's Point. In reply 
he said he thought it was an excellent idea. There was no 
question in his mind as to the suitabilit}^ of the area for a 
park. It was admirably adapted for landscape treatment 
and had sufficient diversity of topography to lend itself 
well to the purposes for which it was intended. He thought 
100 acres none too much. 

Mr. Seward said that Verplanck's Point was the ruin 
of an enterprise formed many years ago for a summer 
resort. Then the Point was laid out into streets and ave- 
nues as indicated on the accompanying map, but Broadway 
was the only street that had actually been constructed. 
Since then the brick industry had risen, flourished and gone 
to rack and ruin. It was true that it was a dilapidated 
and desolated tract, spoiled by a half century of gravel 
pits and clay yards : but this property could not have been 
bought during the past 50 years for five times the present 
price. The place had been selected not only because of its 
adaptability for landscape treatment but also because of its 
sightly location and its historic interest. It was half of 
the natural gateway which separated Haverstraw Bay on 
the south from Peekskill Bay on the north. Down the 
river it commanded a view for 25 miles through Haver- 
straw Bay and the Tappan Zee, and up the river the range 
of view extended into the entrance of the Highlands. As 
it was the complement of Stony Point topographically, so 



228 Minutes of Trustees 

it was historically. It was the site of Fort Fayette, whose 
fortunes were inseparably connected with the fort on Stony 
Point. It was the eastern terminus of the famous King's 
Ferry, one of the most important connecting links between 
the colonies during the Revolution. It was the site of 
Washington's headquarters after the surrender of York- 
town in 1781 and the place where the American and French 
armies met upon the return of the latter from the South. 
Off this point Henry Hudson's " Half Moon " anchored, and 
altogether the place was of very great interest. Related, 
as Verplanck Point was to Stony Point, by so many ties of 
nature and history, the two seemed but portions of one 
whole, and the State Park at Stony Point was but half a 
park without the other half on Verplanck's. 

Col. Jay asked if the Commission were committed to a 
park at Verplanck's Point. 

Mr. Ridder replied that it was not. This Sub-Commit- 
tee, like the others, was appointed simply to investigate 
and report. 

Mr. Brower thought the Commission should adopt the 
idea of a park. It should approve of anything which would 
beautify the river. 

Upon motion of Mr. Seward, it was voted that the re- 
port be received and placed on file, and also that it be 
printed in the Minutes. 

Upon motion of Mr. John E. Parsons, the Sub-Commit- 
tee was requested to make a further report. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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230 

0llictvi anti Committcesi. 

(Revised to February 27, igcy.) 



Presidetit: 
Stewart T.. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New Yoik. 

J 'ice- Presidents : 

Herman Ridder, Presiding Vice-President. 
Andrew Carnegie, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter. 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Andrew D. While. 

Treason er: 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 

Secretary: Assistant Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Committee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, \ew York, 

Hon. James "SI. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Tunis G. Bergen, John E. Parsons, 

Andrew Carnegie, George W. Perkins, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Louis C. Raegener, 
Rear Adm.J.B.Coghlan, U.S.N. , Herman Ridder, 

William J. Curtis, Henry W. Sackett, 

Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Edward Hagaman Hall. J. Edward Simmons, 

Col. William Jay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Morris K. Jesup. Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Farge, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

William McCarroll, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Frank D. Millet, Hon. Wm. R. Willco.K, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Committee on Laiv: 
Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, e.x-officio. 

Committee on Nominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis. J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Finance: 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway. New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. William McCarroll. 



231 

General Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, John E Parsons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

The President, cx-officio. 

Sub-Committee on N'aval Parade: 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Mr. William J. McKay, Com. Jacob W. Miller, 

Rear Admiral George W. Melville, Hon. John H. Slarin, 

Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Sub-Committee on Land Parade and Literary Exercises: 
Major-Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 
Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Chas. F. Roe, 

Gen. Horace Porter, Gen. James Grant Wilso.. 

Sub- Committee on Dedication of Memorials: 
Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 55 Liberty Street, New York City. 
Col. William Ja)', Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Stib-Comtuittee on Park and Memorial at Lmvood: 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William Street, New York City. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

Sub-Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point: 
Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward 

Mr, Edward Hagaman Hall. Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Sub-Committee on Date of Celebration: 
Mr. William McCarroll, Chairman, 30 Ferry Street, New York City. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Louis C. Raegener. 

Sub-Committee on F.xhibition of Motive Power : 
Hon. James M. Beck, Chairman, 44 Wall Street, New York Citv. 



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Herbert Adams. 
fohn G. Aga.r. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Apgar. 
Col. John Jacob A star. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Dr. James C. Bavles. 
Hon. James HI. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. Thomas W. Bradley. 
George V. Broivcr. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush- Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry W. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnegie. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choaie. 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Rear A dm. J. B. Coghlan. 

E. C. Converse, 

Walter Cook. 

Hon. John H. Coyne. 

E. D. Cummings. 

William J. Curtis. 
Paul D. Cravat h. 

Frederick R. Cruikshank. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 

Hon. Charles de Kay. 

James de la Montayne. 

Hon. Chauncey M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

George G. DeWitt. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 
John C. Fames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John ^L Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 

Barr Ferree. 

Sttiyvesant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Winchester Fitch. 

Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Thomas Powell Foivler. 

Austen G. Fox. 

Hon. Charles S. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 

Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

George J. Gould. 



Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
George F. Gregorj'. 
Henry E. Gregory. 
Hon. Edward M. Grout. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Edward Hagaman Hall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A . He am. 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. Warren Higley. 
Hon. David B. Hilt. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel I 'erplanckHoffman 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas H . Hubbard. 
Hon. Henry Hudson. 
T. D. Huntting. 
A ugust F. Jaccaci. 
Col. Williani Jay. 
Morris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. George F. Kunz. 
John LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry M. Leipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Herman Livingston. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Lo7ii. 
R. Fulton Ludlow. 
William A. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 
William Mc Car roll. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 
R eat-- Ad. Geo. W. Melville. 
Hon. John G. Milburn. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Jacob W. Miller. 
Hon. Warner Miller. 
Brig. -Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J . Pierp07tt Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton. 
Wm C. Mtischenheim. 
C. H. Niehaus. 
Ludwig JVissen. 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
William Church Osborn. 
Percv B. O'SuUivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
John E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
Geo. W. Perkins. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 
[Names of Trustees in italics. 



George A. Plimpton. 
Dr. Eugene H. Porter, 
Gen. Horace Porter. 
Rt. Rev. Henrj- C. Potter. 
Thotnas R. Proctor. 
Hon. Cornelius A . Piigsley, 
Louts C. Raegener. 
Herman Bidder. 
William Rockefeller. 
Maj.-Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henry W. Sackett. 
Col. Wm. Cary Sanger. 
George Henry Sargent. 
Herbert L. Salter lee. 
Charles A. Schermerhorn. 
Prest. Jacob G. Schurman. 
Gustav H. Sckiuab 
Isaac N. Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. Joseph H. Senner. 
Hoti. Frederick II'. Se^vard. 
Hon. William F. Sheehan. 
Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 
J. Edward Simtnons. 
John W. Simpson. 
E. V. Skinner. 
Prof. John C. Smock. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
James Speyer 
Hon. John. H. Star in. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis Stern. 
Francis Lynde .Stetson. 
Louis Stewart. 
James Stillman. 
VVm. L. Stone 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
Spencer Trask. 
C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
Aaro7t I'anderbilt. 
Alfred G. I'anderbilt. 
Cornelius I'anderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry \'an Dyke, 
Warner Van Norden. 
Wm. B. Van Rensselaer. 
Miss A. T. Van Santvoord. 
J. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Col. John W. I'rooman. 
Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon. W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells, Jr. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edtnund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C. Whitney. 
Hon. William R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. James Grant Wilson. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Stewart L. Woodford. 
Hon. Timothy L.Woodruff. 
W. E. Woolley. 
James A. Wright. 

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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

February 27, 1907. 

The thirteenth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held at headquarters 
in the Tribune Building, New York Cit}^ Wednesday, 
February 27, 1907, at 3 p. m. 

Roll Call. 

Present : The President, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, 
presiding; and Mr. George V. Brower, Mr. Theodore 
Fitch, Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, 
Mr. August F. Jaccaci, Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Rear Admiral 
George W. Melville, U. S. N.; Commander Jacob VV. Miller, 
Mr, William C. Muschenheim, Mr. John E. Parsons, Hon. 
Samuel Parsons, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Herman 
Ridder, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Col. John W. Vrooman, 
Gen. James Grant Wilson and Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall. 

The President, who had been abroad since September, 

offered a brief word of greeting upon taking the chair, and 

invited the Presiding Vice-President, Mr. Ridder, who had 

acted as President during his absence, to a seat by his side. 

Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from Hon. William 
Berri, Hon. J. Rider Cady, Mr. Wm. J. Curtis, Hon. Henry 
Hudson, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, Mr. William McCarroll, 
Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Frank D. Millet, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, 
Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Col. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Herbert 
Satterlee, President J. G. Schurman, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, 
Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Dr. 
Samuel B. Ward, Hon. Andrew D. White and Hon. Wm. 
R. Willcox, and they were excused. 

Minutes Approved. 

The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were approved without read- 
ing. 



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Treasurer's Report^ February 27, 1907. 
The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, as 
given below, was read and ordered on file. 

To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission : 

Gentlemen : 
I have the honor to report the following condition 
of the treasury at noon, February 27, 1907. 

PREVIOUS BALANCE. 

Balance on hand as per report of Jan. 23, 1907 $2,442.16 

DISBURSEMENTS. 

Voucher. 

23. Polhemus Printing Company $35-25 ' 

24. T. G. Sellew i.oo 

25. E. H. Hall, disbursements 8.60 

E. H. Hall, salary for January 208.33 253.18 

$2,188.98 

The foregoing is the balance of the first $5,000 remit- 
ted by the State Treasurer from the |!25,ooo appropriated 
by Chapter 325 of the Laws of 1906 for the use of this Com- 
mission. Against this balance will be chargeable such part 
as may be used of t)ie i^i,ooo appropriated by the Trustees 
at their last meeting for the expenses of the Inwood Park 
Committee. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 

Bills Approved for Payment. 
The following bills were approved for payment, sub- 
ject to examination and approval by the Finance Com- 
mittee: 

Polhemus Printing Company, thumb-tacks - $0.36 

Polhemus Printing Company, one pair shears .90 

Polhemus Printing Company, 500 copies minutes of 

January 23 26.80 

E. H. Hall, disbursements $9-95 

E. H. Hall, salary for February 208.33 218.28 

$246.34 

CJiairman of Law Committee Appointed. 
The President announced the appointment of Mr. 
Francis Lynde Stetson as member and Chairman of the 
Committee on Law, in place of the Hon. William W. 
Goodrich, deceased. 



February 27, 1907 235 

Plan and Scope Committee Report. 

The Committee and Sub-Committees on Plan and 
Scope were then called in turn for reports. 

Mr. Seward, Chairman of the general Committee on 
Plan and Scope, reported that the various sub-committees 
had been actively at work, as was evidenced by the printed 
minutes, and that all of them, except the recently appointed 
Committee on Motive Power, whose chairman had been 
ill, had made preliminary reports. Their recommendations 
were taking shape, and as soon as their final reports were 
made the general Committee on Plan and Scope would 
present final recommendations for adoption. Report of 
progress received. 

Proposed Water Gate. 

A letter was received from the Hon. James M. Beck, 
of the Law Committee, stating that he had called a meet- 
ing of the Committee to consider the question referred to 
it by the Trustees concerning the necessity of amending 
Chapter 304 of the Laws of 1906 if Columbia University 
should consent to modify its Stadium plan so as to embody 
a ceremonial Water Gate. (See page 222 of Minutes.) 
The Committee was not prepared to pass upon the ques- 
tion without seeing the agreement which Columbia Univer- 
sity had made, and which was in the nature of a trust. He 
therefore asked that a copy of the trust agreement be pro- 
cured and said that upon its receipt the Committee would 
give the matter further consideration. (See references to 
Water Gate under the following heading.) 

Coti/erence with Fulton Monument Association. 

The President asked if the Committee appointed at 
the last meeting (page 222) to co-operate with the Robert 
Fulton Monument Association and other bodies on subjects 
of common interest had any report to make. 

The Assistant Secretary stated that the Committee had 
arranged a conference meeting with a committee of the 
Robert Fulton Monument Association at 2.30 p. m., half an 
hour before the present meeting of the Trustees, and that 
Mr. Charles R. Lamb, the Chairman, expected to be pres- 
ent at the Trustees' meeting and make a report, but he had 
not yet arrived. 



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[Mr. Lamb and Commander Miller, of the Committee 
of Co-operation, arrived later, just as the motion to adjourn 
was being put. The statement which Mr. Lamb would 
have made to the Trustees is here inserted for information. 
Mr. Lamb and Commander Miller had met Mr. Hugh Gor- 
don Miller and Mr. W. W. Dearborn (Assistant Secretar}^), 
representing the Robert Fulton Monument Association, at 
the headquarters of the latter, No. 3 Park Row, Wednes- 
day, February 27, at 2.30 p. m., and they had conferred for 
about an hour. The Robert Fulton Monument Association 
had definitely decided upon a Water Gate and Monument 
in combination as a memorial to Robert Fulton, the report 
of their sub-committee to that effect having been adopted 
by their Association. The memorial is to be located at the 
riverside, on the south side of and adjacent to the grant 
made to Columbia LTniversity for a Stadium, etc., and a bill 
for a grant of land under water to the Monument Associa- 
tion, similar to the grant to Columbia University, had been 
drawn by Mr. Geo, L. Rives and sent to Albany. They 
expected to lay the corner stone on November 14, 1907, the 
anniversary of Fulton's birth. They were not sure whether 
their Fulton Memorial would be completed in 1909, but they 
hoped that it would be. The relatives of Fulton had con- 
sented to the removal of his remains from Trinity Church- 
yard to the monument, and had given the Robert Fulton 
Monument Association sole authority, so far as the family 
was concerned, to raise funds for this purpose. The repre- 
sentatives of the Fulton Association said that they had no 
information about our proceedings and would be glad to 
know what this Commission expected to do in honor of 
Fulton's memory. They also said that they would be 
pleased to co-operate with this Commission in honoring the 
memory of Hudson.] 

Report of Inwood Park Committee. 

Mr. John E, Parsons, Chairman of the Inwood Park 
Committee, reported briefly that the committee was pro- 
ceeding along the lines previously indicated to obtain au- 
thentic information and was making progress. Report of 
progress received. 



February 27, 1907 i^'j 

Report of Verplanck's Point Committee. 

In the absence of the Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman 
of the Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point, the 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward stated that the report of that 
committee as printed in the last minutes embodied the 
latest information which they had been able to obtain, and 
that the recommendation contained in it was the unanimous 
sentiment of the Committee. The Committee was in cor- 
respondence with the owners of the property with a view 
to obtaining more definite figures to submit to the Trustees. 

A communication dated No. 7 Pine Street, New York, 
Feb. 26, 1907, from Mr. Howland Pell, a member of the 
Commission, was read as follows: 

Henry W. Sackett, Esq., 

Secretary, Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission. 
Dear Sir : 

Although a member of that Commission, I have not re- 
ceived a notice of a meeting for nearly a year. I have re- 
ceived the reports of the minutes, the last being dated Jan. 
23, 1907. I observe many references to making a State 
Park of the brickyards and other premises at Verplanck's 
Point, and wish to hereby record my protest against any 
such action, as I consider the proposition foreign to the ob- 
jects of the Commission. 

I understand from the minutes that the affairs of the 
Commission are managed by Trustees whose names are in 
italics, but I beg to ask if their action can bind the whole 
Commission on such a question. 

I ask that you read this letter at the next meeting of 
the Trustees. 

Very respectfuUj', 

(Signed) Howland Pell. 

The communication was referred to the Sub-Committee 
on State Park at Verplanck's Point. 

Preparation of Annual Report Authorized. 
Mr. Theodore Fitch stated that Section 6 of the Char- 
ter of this Commission (see page 83) required that "said 
Commission shall annually make to the Legislature a state- 
ment of its affairs.'' He therefore moved that the President 
and Secretary of the Commission be authorized to pre- 
pare the Annual Report to the Legislature as thus re- 
quired. Carried. 



.238 Minutes of Trustees 

Exhibition of the Municipal Art Society. 

A communication, dated New York, Feb. 21, 1907, to 
the President of the Commission from Mr. Charles R. 
Lamb, President of the Municipal Art Society of New 
York, was read, inviting the Commission to make an ex- 
hibit of its plans at the Sixth Annual Exhibition of the 
Society, to be opened in the galleries of the National Arts 
Club, March 13, 1907. 

The Assistant Secretary stated that he did not think 
that the plans of the Commission had crystallized suffi- 
ciently to enable it to make an exhibit. 

In response to a question by the President, Mr. John 
E. Parsons said that so far as the plans for the Hudson 
Memorial Bridge were concerned, they were at a complete 
standstill. The Art Commission of the City of New York* 
had disapproved of the design for the bridge as submitted 
by the engineers and the latter had not offered any modi- 
fied plan. The attitude of the engineers was that of wait- 
ing for the Art Commission to suggest something more ac- 
ceptable ; and the position of the Art Commission was 
that it was not incumbent upon them to suggest plans, but 
only to pass upon those submitted. The question hung in 
that condition, with the tender of his committee to exer- 
cise its friendly offices in bringing them together. 

With reference to the memorial to be erected at In- 
wood, Mr. Parsons said that his sub-committee had had 
communications from the National Sculpture Society and 
the Architectural League of New York, expressing a will- 
ingness to confer in accordance with the invitation from 
the Commission (see pages 120 and 150), but in order that 
such a conference might have something tangible to con- 
sider the sub-committee would like to have them offer 
their suggestions in advance. The conferees would thus 
be prepared to discuss the matter intelligently when they 
got together. Suggestions of different kinds had come 
from various sources. One was for something like the 
statue of Germania on the Rhine ; another was for some- 
thing like the tomb of Napoleon or Grant's tomb. Still 
another was for a modification of the Parthenon. The 



"Not to be confused with the Municipal Art Society of New Voil;. 



February 27, 1907 239 

thing for them to do was to suggest a general idea. He 
thought it would be of assistance if the Commission itself 
had some view on the subject. 

Mr. Seward, Chairman of the Plan and Scope Commit- 
tee, thought that the first necessity was to get the site, and 
then the form of the memorial could be decided upon af- 
terwards. 

Mr. Phillips moved that the invitation of the Munici- 
pal Art Society be complied with as far as practicable. 
Carried. 

The meeting then adjourned subject to the call of the 
President. 

EDWARD HAGAMAN HALL, 

Assistant Secretary. 



241 



^uhson :f niton 
Celebration Commi00ion 



Sncorporatcii hp 

Chapter 325 of tfjc Hatog of 1906 

of tfjc 

&tate of i9eUj gork 



^0 arrange for tfje "Commemo= 
ration of tfjc Cer=Centcnarj> of 
ttc Bisicoberp of tfje ii^ubfiion 
JAibcr tip J^enrp J^ubson in tfje 
pear 1609, anb of tfje JfirSt 
TB^t of ^team in tfje ^abigation 
of gaib riber bp l^obert Jf ulton 
in tfje pear 1807." t^ i^ A t^ 



Mfnutes of March 27, 1907. 



242 

0tlictv^ anb Committee£f. 

(Revised to March 27, igoy.) 



Presi{/efif: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

Vice-Presiden ts : 
Herman Ridder, Presiding Vice-President. 
Andrew Carnegie, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porier, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm, B. Van Rensselaer, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer: 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 

Secretary: Assistant Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Committee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

Hon. James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Tunis G. Bergen, John E. Parsons, 

Andrew Carnegie, George W. Perkins, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Louis C. Raegener, 
Rear Adm.J.B.Coghlan, U.S.N. , Herman Ridder, 

William J. Curtis, Henry W. Sackett, 

Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, J. Edward Simmons, 

Col. William Jay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Morris K. Jesup. Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Farge, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

William McCarroll, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Frank D. Millet, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant W'ilson, 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Committee on Lavj: 
Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, ex-officio. 

Comtnittee on Abominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. 

Committee on Finance: 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Chairman. 280 Broadway, New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, William McCarroll. 



243 

General Committee on Plan and Scape: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck. Eben E. Olcott, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, John E. Parsons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

The President, ex-officio. 

Sub-Committee on Naval Parade: 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

William J. McKay, Com. Jacob W. Miller, 

Rear Admiral George W. Melville, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Sub-Committee on Land Parade and Literary Exercises: 

Major-Gcn. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 

Governor's Island, New York. 

Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Chas. F. Roe, 

Gen. Horace Porter, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Sub-Committee on Dedication of Afemorials: 
Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 55 Liberty Street, New York City. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. William R. Willco.x. 

Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Lnwood: 
John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William Street, New York City. 
William J. Curtis, Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, George W. Perkins, 

Henry W. Sackett. 

Sub-Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point: 
Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y, 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Higley, 

Hon. J. Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Sub-Committee on Date of Celebration: 

William McCarroll, Chairman, 30 Ferry Street, New York City. 

Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Louis C. Raegener. 

Sub-Committee on Exhibition of Motive Power : 

Hon. James M. Beck, Chairman, 44 Wall Street, New York City. 

Committee on Co-operation : 
Charles R. Lamb, Chairman, 23 Sixth Avenue, New York City. 
Com. Jacob W. Miller, Henry W. Sackett. 



244 



llubgonjfulton Celebration Commisisfion. 



Herbert Adams. 
Joh}i G. Agar. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Apgar. 
Coi. J ok n Jacob A star, 
Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Dr. James C. Bavles. 
Hon. James J/. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. f. Boulton. 
Hon. Thomas W. Bradley. 
George V. Brower. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush- Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry W. Cannon. 
A ndreui Carnegie. 
Hun. Joseph H. Choate. 
Sir Caspar Pur don Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Clez'eland. 
Rear A dm. J. B. Coghlan. 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
E. D. Cummings. 
\ Villia m J. Cu rtis. 
Paul D. Cravat h. 
Frederick R. Cruikshank. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 
James de la Montayne. 
Hon. Chauncey AL Depew. 
Edward DeWitt. 
George G. DcWitt. 
Hon. William Draper. 
Charles A. DuBois. 
John C. Fames. 
George Ehret. 
Hon. Smith Ely. 
Arthur English. 
Most Rev. John ISL Farley. 
Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 
Barr Ferree. 
Stuyvesant Fish, 
Theodore Fitch. 
Winchester Fitch. 
Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 
Fredk. S. Flower. 
Tliomas Powell Fowler. 
Austen G. Fox. 
Hon. Charles S. Francis. 
Henry C. Frick. 
Frank S. Gardner. 
Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 
Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 
Robert Walton Goelet. 
George J. Gould. 



Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
George F. Gregory. 
Henry E. Gregory. 
Hon. Edward M. Grout. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Ediuard Hagaman Hall, 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Hearn. 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. Warren Higley. 
Hon. David B. Hill. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
Samuel I 'erplanckHoffman 
James P. Holland. 
Willis Holly. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas H. Hubbard. 
Hon. Henry Hudson. 
T. D. Huntting. 
A ugust F. Jaccaci. 
Col. William Jay . 
Morris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. George F. Kunz, 
John LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry M. Leipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Herman Livingston. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Low. 
R. Fulton Ludlow. 
William A. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 
William McCarroll. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 
Rear- Ad. Geo. W. Melville. 
Hon. John G. Milburn. 
Frank D. Millet, 
Jacob W. Miller. 
Hon. Warner Miller. 
Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Pierpoftt Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton. 
Wm C. Muschenheim. 
Nathan Newman. 
C. H. Niehaus. 
Ludii'ig TVissen. 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
William Church Osborn. 
Percy B. O'Sullivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
Jolin E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
Geo. W. Perkins. 
[Names of Trustees in italics.^ 



Hon. N. Taylor Phillip>s. 
George A. Plimpton. 
Dr. Eugene H. Porter, 
Gen. Horace Porter. 
Rt. Rev. Henrj' C. Potter. 
Thomas R. Proctor. 
Hon. Cornelius A . Pugsley,. 
Louis C. Raegener, 
Herman Bidder. 
1 1 'illia m Rocke/elle r . 
Maj.-Gen. Ckas. F. Roe. 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henry W. Sackett. 
Col. Wm. Cary banger. 
George Henry Sargent. 
Herbert L. Salter lee. 
Charles A. Schermerhorn. 
Prest. Jacob G. Schurman, 
Gustav H. Schwab 
Isaac N. Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. Joseph H. Senner. 
Hon. Frederick II'. Seward, 
Hon. William F. Sheehan. 
Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 
J. Edward Simmons. 
John W. Simpson. 
E. V. Skinner. 
Prof. John C. Smock. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
James Speyer 
Hon. John. H. Star in. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis Stern. 
Francis Lynde Stetson, 
Louis Stewart. 
James Stillman. 
Wm. L. Stone 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townscnd. 
Spencer Trask. 
C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
Aaron I'anderbilt. 
Alfred G. I'anderbilt. 
Cornelius I'anderbilt, 
Rev. Dr. Henry Van Dyke. 
Warner Van Norden. 
Wm. B. Van Rensselaer. 
Miss A. T. Van Santvoord. 
J. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B.Vreeland. 
Col. John W. Vrooman. 
Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon. W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells, Jr. 
Charles W. Weimore. 
Edmund ll'etmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C. Whitney. 
Hon. William R. Willcox, 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Stewa rt L . Woodford. 
Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff.. 
W. E. WooUey. 
James A. Wright. 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

March 27, 1907. 

The fourteenth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held at headquarters, 
in the Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday, 
March 27, 1907, at 3 p. m. 

Roll Call. 
President : Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, President, pre- 
siding ; and Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. Theodore Fitch^ Mr. 
Henry E.Gregory, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. War- 
ren Higley, Mr. Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, Mr. Charles 
R. Lamb, Mr. William J. McKay, Rear Admiral George W. 
Melville, U. S. N. ; Mr. Ludwig Nissen, Mr. John E. Par- 
sons, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 
Mr. Herman Ridder, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Isaac N. 
Seligman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Mr. Francis Lynde 
Stetson and Col. John W. Vrooman. 

Excused f 07- Abse?ice. 
Regrets for absence were received from Hon. James 
M. Beck, Hon. William Berri, Hon. J. Rider Cady, Mr. 
George A. Hearn, Col. William Jay, Dr. George F. Kunz, 
Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Frank D. 
Millet, Mr. Wm. C. Muschenheim, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Mr. 
Herbert L. Satterlee, Pres. J. G. Schurman, Mr. Gustav H. 
Schwab, Mr. Spencer Trask, Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, Dr. 
Samuel B. Ward, Hon. Andrew D.White and Hon. Wm. R. 
Willcox, and they were excused. 

Minutes Approved. 
The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were approved without reading. 

Treasurer s Report, March 27, 1907. 
Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Treasurer, reported that as the 
vouchers for the bills approved at the last meeting had not 



246 Minutes of Trustees 

yet reached him no checks had been drawn since his report 
of February 27, and that the balance on hand remained 
as then stated, $2,188.98, 

Bills Approved for Payment. 
The following bills were approved for payment, subject 
to examination and approval by the Finance Committee : 

Polhemus Printing Company, tissue paper $2.00 

Polhemus Printing Company, Minutes of Feb- 
ruary 27 - 17-70 

Polhemus Printing Company, 1,175 Manila en- 
velopes. - 6.75 

E. H. Hall, disbursements $13-50 

E. H. Hall, salary for March 208.33 221.83 

$248.28 
Funds Available Until April 27, 1908. 
The Secretary read a letter from the Hon. Martin H. 
Glynn, Comptroller of the State of New York, dated March 
16, 1907, stating that the fund appropriated for the use of 
this Commission by Chapter 325 of the Laws of 1906 was 
available for two years from the passage of the act, namely, 
until April 27, 1908. 

Appointed by the Mayor. 
The Secretary read a letter from the Executive 
Secretary of the Mayor of the City of New York, dated 
March 14, 1907, communicating the Mayor's appointment 
of the following named gentlemen, representing the Cen- 
tral Federated Union, as members of this Commission : 
Hon. A. J. Boulton, 232 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn ; Mr. Na- 
than Newman, 344 St. Ann's Avenue, Bronx, and Mr. 
James P. Holland, 159 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn. 

Trustees Nominated for Annual Eleetion. 
Mr. Theodore Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on 
Nominations, presented the following report : 

To the Board of Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebra- 
tion Commission : 
The Committee on Nominations hereby nominates and 
recommends for election at the annual meeting of the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, on May 8, 1907, 
the following, viz: 



March 27, 1907 



247 



FOR TRUSTEES OF THE HUDSON-FULTON CELEBRATION 
COMMISSION. 



Mr. John G. Agar, 
Hon. James K. Apgar, 
Col. John Jacob Astor, 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, 
Hon. James M. Beck, 
Mr. August Belmont, 
Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, 
Hon. William Berri, 
Hon. Frank S. Black, 
Hon. Alfred J. Boulton, 
Mr. George V. Brower, 
Hon. J. Rider Cady, 
Mr. Henry W. Cannon, 
Mr. Andrew Carnegie, 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate, 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, 
Hon. Grover Cleveland, 
Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan, 
Mr. William J. Curtis, 
Mr. Paul D. Cravath, 
Mr. Robert Fulton Cutting, 
Mr. George G. DeWitt, 
Mr. John C. Fames, 
Hon. J. Sloat Fassett, 
Mr. Stuyvesant Fish, 
Mr. Theodore Fitch, 
Mr. Thomas Powell Fowler, 
Hon. Charles S. Francis, 
Mr. George J. Gould, 
Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, 
Mr. Henry E. Gregory, 
Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, 
Mr. Geo. A. Hearn, 
Hon. Warren Higley, 
Hon. David B. Hill, 
Mr. Samuel V. Hoffman, 
Gen. Thomas H. Hubbard, 
Hon. Henry Hudson, 
Mr. August F. Jaccaci, 
Col. William Jay, 
Mr. Morris K. Jesup, 
Gen. Horatio C. King, 
Dr. George F. Kunz, 
Mr. John LaFarge, 
Mr. Charles R. Lamb, 
Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, 



Hon. John G. Milburn, 
Mr. Frank D. Millet, 
Mr. Jacob W. Miller, 
Mr. Ogden Mills, 
Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 
Mr. William C. Muschenheim, 
Mr. Ludwig Nissen, 
Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 
Hon. Alton B. Parker, 
Mr. John E. Parsons, 
Hon. Samuel Parsons, 
Mr. Bayard L. Peck, 
Mr. Geo. W. Perkins, 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 
Gen. Horace Porter, 
Mr. Thomas R. Proctor, 
Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 
Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 
Mr. Herman Ridder, 
Mr. William Rockefeller, 
Maj.-Gen. Chas. F. Roe, 
Mr. Thomas F. Ryan, 
Col. Henry W. Sackett, 
Mr. Herbert L. Satterlee, 
Pres. Jacob G. Schurman, 
Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, 
Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 
Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 
Mr. Nelson S. Spencer, 
Mr. James Speyer, 
Hon. John H. Starin, 
Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 
Mr. James Stillman, 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 
Mr. Spencer Trask, 
Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, 
Mr. Alfred G. Vanderbilt, 
Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, 
Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 
Col. John W. Vrooman, 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 
Mr. Edmund Wetmore, 
Hon. Andrew D. White, 
Hon. William R. Willcox, 



248 Minutes of Trustees 

Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Charles R. Wilson, 

Mr. William McCarroll, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

Mr. William J. McKay, Gen. Stewart L. Woodford. 

Rear-Ad. Geo. W. Melville, Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff. 

Each member of the Committee on Nominations 
refrains from the nomination of himself, but concurs as to 
all other names except his own. 
Dated March 25, 1907. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 
Henry W. Sackett, 
W. J. Curtis, 
Stewart L. Woodford, 

Committee on Nominations. 



It was voted that the report be approved and entered 
in full in the minutes. 

It was voted that the Secretary have printed a sufficient 
number of ballots bearing the foregoing nominations for 
use at the annual meeting. 

Recommended to the Mayor for Appointment to Commission. 

The Committee on Nominations also presented a re- 
port recommending to the Mayor the appointment of the 
following named gentlemen as members of this commission: 
Hon. Henry E. Howland, 35 Wall Street; Brigadier-General 
Henry S. Turrill, U. S. A., 2626 Broadway, and Mr. Edward 
P. Bryan, 13 Park Row, all of New York City. 

It was voted that the report be adopted and that the 
recommendations be communicated to the Mayor, 

The Fulton Memorial. 
Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman of the Law 
Committee, to which was referred the proposed legislation 
in regard to the Robert Fulton Memorial, reported that 
the Committee had taken the matter under consideration 
the preceding day. The proposed legislation included 
two bills, one already introduced on March 11 by Senator 
Alfred R. Page and one suggested for introduction by 
Commander Jacob W. Miller. Senator Page's bill (intro- 
ductory No. 620, printed No. 736) proposed to permit the 
filling in and improvement of the land under water and the 



March 27, 1907 249 

upland fronting upon Riverside Park between 114th and 
ii6th streets for the use of the Robert Fulton Monument 
Association. Commander Miller's proposed bill provided 
for the filling in and improvement of the land under water 
and the upland fronting upon Riverside Park between i loth 
and I i6th streets and its use by the Robert Fulton Monument 
Association, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 
the New York Observatory and Nautical Museum or any 
other corporations or persons, the Armory Board for a 
Naval Militia Armory and the Board of Education for 
piers, etc., for the Nautical Schoolship of the City of New 
York. Mr. Stetson reported that after due consideration 
the Committee came to the conclusion that the Fulton 
Monument work was sufficiently under way in the compe- 
tent hands of the Robert Fulton Monument Association 
and that it was inadvisable for this Commission to take 
any steps in regard to legislation on that subject. The 
Committee agreed very heartily with the suggestion of 
Mr. John E. Parsons that the Commission should avoid, if 
possible, giving the City an}^ occasion for denying the 
Commission's request for a park at Inwood. The Com- 
mittee therefore recommended that the Commission take 
no steps in regard to this legislation and that the Commit- 
tee be discharged from its further consideration. 

It was unanimously voted that the report be adopted 
and the Committee discharged. 

Co-operation zvith Fulton Monument Association. 

Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Chairman of the Committee on 
Co-operation, presented the following report : 
To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission: 

Your Committee appointed to arrange for the co-opera- 
tion of this Commission with the Robert Fulton Monu- 
ment Association and any other bodies having mutual 
interests has the honor to report formally the facts already 
embodied informally in the minutes of February 27th, and 
printed on page 236. 

Supplementing that statement concerning the confer- 
ence between the representatives of this Commission and 
the representatives of the Robert Fulton Monument Asso- 
ciation, we recommend that the hearty approval and moral 



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support of this Commission be accorded to the Robert 
Fulton Monument Association in its plan to construct a 
Water Gate and Monument on the Hudson shore of Man- 
hattan Island^ and that we relinquish to them, in the most 
cordial spirit, the work of carrying out that important un- 
dertaking. While a Water Gate has been mentioned in the 
hearings and deliberations of our Commission as one of the 
desirable forms of memorials, it has not entered so particu- 
larly into our arrangements as to warrant our retaining it 
as a feature of our plans, in view of the fact that another 
body of capable and responsible men of the highest stand- 
ing in the community has both the willingness and the 
ability to carry the project to a successful issue. 

As the year 1909 approaches it is probable that other 
valuable projects — perhaps not so elaborate as the Fultoa 
Monument — will be suggested by other public-spirited and 
patriotic bodies, and it is our opinion that it would be wise 
for our Commission to adopt the policy of encouraging 
them, when, as in this case, it has unreserved confidence in 
the projectors. With their independent responsibility 
would go the corresponding credit for work well done, 
which we should not be backward to give them. 

With reference to the Fulton Monument, we further 
recommend that assurance be given to the Fulton Associa- 
tion that if it desires us to participate in its inaugural cere- 
monies this year it will give us pleasure to do so, and that 
if, in our arrangements for 1909, we can, agreeably to them,, 
make an important part of the celebration center around 
the Fulton Monument, we will gladly do it. 

In this connection we desire to reiterate our opinion 
of the desirability of the Water Gate projected by the Ful- 
ton Monument Association and to commend it to the hearty 
favor of our citizens generally. New York is peculiarly a 
maritime city. Seated as it is upon a group of superb is- 
lands, and penetrated by great and small waterways connect- 
ed directly with the ocean on the one hand and with the 
Great Lakes on the other, it is not a little remarkable that 
so many years have elapsed without the erection of some 
monument to emphasize this fundamental characteristic of 
our city. In a Water Gate, which will serve as a portal for 
the entrance of distinguished guests of the city and for the 
use of the Navy, we would have a monument which would 
combine many elements of beauty, sentiment and utility, 
and supply a conspicuous want in our municipal archi- 
tecture. 

It is the opinion of your Committee that this Commis- 
sion, while centralizing its own work upon the memorial 
which is finally decided upon as the feature of the celebra- 



March 27, 1907 251 

tion, might still properly exercise its good offices in any- 
way that will stimulate the work of other organizations, so 
that the combined effort of all might be centralized upon 
the days of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1909. 
Respectfully submitted. 

Chas. R. Lamb, Chairman, 
Henry W. Sackett, 
Jacob W. Miller, 

Committee. 

Mr. John E. Parsons moved that the report be accepted 
and placed on file. Carried. 

Inwood Hill Park and Memorial. 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman of the Sub-Committee 
on Park and Memorial at Inwood Hill, presented a report 
embodying the latest information obtained by the Com- 
mittee. The report concluded with the following para- 
graph : 

" The Sub-Committee avails itself of the opportunity 
in presenting this report again to call attention to the im- 
portance of the Inwood Heights Park for a Hudson- Fulton 
Monument. Nature has provided the site. It is impossible 
to speak too highly of the natural advantages. Every 
effort must be made at the earliest possible moment to- 
secure the approval and adoption by the City authorities 
of the scheme for the Park.'' 

Mr, Seward moved that the report be adopted. Carried. 
Mr. Parsons offered the following resolution: 

'■'■Resolved^ That the officers of the Commission, with as 
many of the members of the Sub-Committee on Inwood 
Park and of the members of the Commission generally as 
can arrange to do so, wait upon the Mayor and the other 
authorities of the City in aid of the Inwood Park scheme 
on the lines mentioned in the report this day submitted by 
the Sub-Committee." 

The resolution was adopted. 

Mr. Parsons reported further that his sub-committee 
had received a long communication from Mr. Karl Bitter, 
President of the National Sculpture Society, which society, 
with the Architectural League of New York, had been in- 
vited to make suggestions concerning the form of a 
memorial to be erected in Inwood Park. The communica- 



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tion was inconclusive, as it made no definite suggestion, 
but the sub-committee hoped that a personal conference 
might result in something more tangible and helpful. 

In the course of the informal discussion which ensued 
and in which Mr. Phillips, Mr. Lamb, Mr. Hall and others 
participated, it was pointed out that the Art Commission 
of the City of New York, of which Mr. Robert W. DeForest 
was president; the Municipal Art Society of New York, of 
which Mr. Charles R. Lamb was president, and the National 
Sculpture Society, of which Mr. Bitter was president, were 
entirely different bodies. The Art Commission of the City 
of New York, it was explained, was an official body pro- 
vided for by the Charter of the City. The Municipal Art 
Society and the National Sculpture Society were unofficial 
membership organizations. Mr. Lamb, in behalf of his 
society, tendered the Inwood Park Sub-Committee its 
co-operation. 

In the further informal discussion of Inwood Park and 
the proposed Hudson Memorial Bridge across Spuyten 
Duyvil Creek, participated in by Mr. Parsons, Mr. Phillips, 
Mr. Stetson and others, it developed that the deadlock 
between the Art Commission of the City of New York and 
the bridge designers still existed and that no progress was 
being made toward the construction of the bridge. 

Vcrplanck' s Point State Park Adopted. 

Mr. Pugsley, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on State 
Park at Verplanck's Point, stated that if anything were to 
be accomplished this 5'ear toward securing a park at Ver- 
planck's Point it was necessary for the Trustees to come 
to some conclusion at this meeting and authorize action 
before the Legislature adjourned. He therefore offered a 
resolution which, after suggestions by various Trustees, 
took the following form: 

^^ Resolved, That the Board of Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission approves of the recom- 
mendation for a State Park at Verplanck's Point to com- 
memorate the discovery of the Hudson River by Henry 
Hudson and the navigation of its waters by the first steam- 
boat constructed by Robert Fulton, and that the Sub- 



March 27, 1907 253 

Committee on that subject be authorized to draft and sub- 
mit to the Legislature, in behalf of this Commission, a bill 
appropriating $125,000 for this purpose, and to take such 
steps as in its judgment may be wise and necessary to' 
secure its passage." 

Mr. Fitch said he favored the project of a State Park at 
Verplanck's Point and expressed the opinion that if the 
Commission could succeed in getting Inwood Hill Park 
created by the City and Verplanck's Point Park by the 
State it would have gone a long way in attaining the 
objects for which it was formed. 

Mr. Pugsley, Mr. Seward and Mr. Hall, of the Sub- 
Committee, explained various features of the situation, and 
Mr. Parsons, Mr. Bergen, Mr. Seligman, Mr. Sackett and 
others participated in the discussion, at the conclusion of 
which the resolution was unanimously adopted. 

Hon. Warren Higley Aaded to Verplanck's Point Committee. 

The President announced the appointment of the Hon. 
Warren Higley as a member of the Sub-Committee on 
State Park at Verplanck's Point. 

Report on Motive Poiver Exhibit. 

The Secretary read a letter from the Hon. James M. 
Beck, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Motive Power 
Exhibit, dated March 16, 1907. Mr. Beck expected to be 
present at this meeting and present a report, but had una- 
voidably been detained. He stated in his letter that he 
had selected about fifteen prominent members of the Com- 
mission and had invited them to meet as a provisional 
committee to consider the advisability of a transportation 
exhibition. The gentlemen invited had been selected on 
account of their connection with transportation affairs, but 
their interest had not thus far been sufficiently manifest to 
warrant his forming any definite plans. He himself was 
a warm believer in the value of a transportation exhibition, 
to be devoted to all classes of motive power, provided 
there were sufficient public spirit to make it go. 

The letter was received as a report and ordered on file. 



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Change in Headquarters Room. 

Mr. Sackett moved that the officers of the Commisson 
be authorized to move the headquarters of the Commission 
on May i from room 605 to room 805 of the Tribune Build- 
ing. Room 805 is the corresponding room two floors 
higher than room 605. By the change the Commission's 
rooms would have an improved light and would be 
adjacent [to the private offices of both the Secretary and 
the Assistant Secretary. 

The motion was carried. 

After the submission of some unimportant communica- 
tions by the President and Secretary, the meeting 
adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 

Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Celebration Commi00ion 



Sncorporateb hp 

Chapter 325 of tfje Xatog of 1906 

of tf)C 

^tate of iSeUi gorfe 



VLo arrange for tfte " Commcino= 
ration of ttje tE:er=Centcnarp of 
tfje Bisfcobcrp of tfje J|ubs(on 
aaiber hp J^enrj> llubsion in tfjc 
pear 1609, antr of tfje Jfirfit 
Wiat of ^team in tfje ^abigation 
of saib riber hp a^obert Jf iilton 
in tf)e pear 1807." A A {^ ifL 



Ifliiiiiles of April 24 and May §, 1907. 



2^6 



^ul)gon=Jfulton Celebration Commission. 



Herbert Adams. 
lohti C. A^.ir. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andriis. 
Hon. James K. Af>gar. 
Col. J oh n Jacob .4 star . 
Mrs. Anson P. Atterburj'. 
Geo. \Vm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
CoL Franklin Bart left. 
Dr. James C. Bavles. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 
August Belmont 
Tunis G Bergen. 
Hon. William Herri 
Hon. Frank S. B'a k. 
v.. W. Hlooinlngdale. 
(jeor^e C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. Pavid k. Bo )dy. 
Hon. .i J. Bou'ton 
Hon. Thomas W. Br.^dley. 
George I'. B rower. 
Dr. h). Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Lmn Buic;;. 
Kdward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Hush-Brown. 
Ho.i. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider C.xdy. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J H. Callanan. 
Henry W. Cannon. 
Andreiv Carnegie. 
Hun. Joseph H. Choate. 
Sir Caspar Pwdon Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Cl.iusen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Graver Cleveland 
Rear Adm.J. B. Coghlan. 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
E. D. Curamings. 
IVillii'.m J. Curtis. 
Paul D. Cravat h. 
Frederick R Cruikshank. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 
James de la Montayne. 
Hon. Chauncey M. Depew. 
Edward DeWitt. 
George G. Deli'itf. 
Hon. William Draper. 
Charles A. DuBois. 
[ohn C, Fames. 
George Eh ret. 
Hon. Smith Ely. 
Arthur English. 
Most Rev.'John M Farley. 
Hon. J. Sloat Fassctt. 
Barr Ferree. 
.Stuyvcsa nt Fish . 
Theodore Fitch. 
Winchester Fitch. 
Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 
Fredk. S. Flower. 
Thomas Powell Foioler. 
Austen G. Fo.x. 
Hon. Charles S. Francis. 
Henry C. Frick. 
Frank S. Gardner. 
Hon. Garret J. Garretson. 
Hon. Theodore P. Gilman. 
Robert Walton Goelet. 
George J. Gould. 



l\Iaj.-Gen. P. D. Grant. 
George F. (jregory. 
Henry E Gregory. 
Hon. Edward IVI. (.rout. 
W. L. Guillaudeu. 
Abner .S. Haight. 
Edivard Hagaman Hall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Hcarn. 
James A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. Warren Hi^icy. 
Hon. David B Hill. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirschberg. 
.Samuel VerplanckHoffman 
James P Holland. 
Willis Holly. _ 
Kin. Henry E. HowlanJ. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thomas H . Hubbard. 
//oh. /lenry Hudson. 
T. D. Huntting. 
A ugust F. Jarcaci. 
( 'ol. 1 1 'illia m Jay. 
Morris K.Jesup. 
Hugh Kelly. 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Horatio C. /•Ciiig. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Pr. Georee F. Kunz. 
John I^aFarge. 
Charles R Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Julius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry .)/. Leipziger. 
Hon. Clarence Le.xow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Herm.in Livint;ston. 
Comdr. Charles H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. I.ounsbury. 
1/on. Seth Low. 
K. Fulton Ludlow. 
Willian A. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 
William I\'I Carroll. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J McKay. 
Hen. St. Clair McKelway. 
Rear-Ad. Geo. W. Melville. 
Hon. Jour. G. Milhurn. 
Frank D. Millet, 
[acob W .l/iller. 
Hon. Warner Mill<rr. 
Brig. -Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Pierpont .Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi F. Morton 
Wm C. /\/uschenlieim. 
Nathan Newman. 
C. H.Niehaus. 
Ludwig Nissen 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
William Church 0>born. 
Percy B. O'Suilivan. 
Hon Alton H. Parkr. 
r)rrel A. Parker. 
fohii E. Parsons. 
Hjn. Samuel Parsons. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Perk. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell 
Geo. W. Perkins. 
[Names of Trustees in italics.] 



//on. y. Taylor Phillips. 
George A. Plimpton. 
Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 
Gen. /I or ace Porter. 
Rt. Rev. Henry C. Pottei 
Thomas R. Proctor 
Hon. Cor7ielius A . Piigsley. 
Louis C. Raegener. 
Herman Ridder. 
Williajn Rockejeller. 
MoJ. Gen. Chas. E". Roe. 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henry W. Sackett. 
Col. Wm. Gary ^anger. 
George Heniy Sargent. 
Col. Herbert L . Salter lee. 
Charles A. Schern;erhorn. 
Pr est. Jacob G. Sc/zurman. 
Gustav H. Schwab 
Isaac A'. Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. Joseph H. Senner. 
Hon. F'-ederick W. Seieard. 
Hon. William F. bheehan. 
Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 
J. Edward Simmons. 
John W. Simpson. 
E V. Skinner. 
Prof, lohn C. Smock. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
fames Speyer 
Hon. John. H. Start n. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis S'ern. 
Francis Lynde Stetson. 
Louis Stewart. 
fames St i lima n. 
Wm. L. Stone 
Ifon. Oscar S. Straus. 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. I'heodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
Spencer Trask. 
C V. Turner. 

Brig.-Gen. Henry S. TurriU. 
Albert Lnmann. 
Aaron I'anderbilt. 
Alfred G. I'anderbilt. 
Cornelius J'anderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry Van Dyke. 
Warner Van Norden. 
W)'i. B. Can Rensselaer. 
J Leonard V'arick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Col. John W I'rooman. 
Hon. Chas G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon W. L. Ward. 
Edvvard Wells, Ji. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edmund li'ctmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C Whitney. 
ffon. William R. Willco.x:. 
Cliarles R. II ilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. fames Grant Wilson. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Ste-wart L. Woodford. 
Hon Tiinotfiy L. WoodruJJ. 
W. E. WooUey. 
James .4. Wright. 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting" 

April 24, 1907 

The fifteenth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held at headquarters, 
in the Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday^ 
April 24, 1907, at 3 p. m. 

Roll Call. 

Present : Mr. Herman Ridder, Vice-President, presid- 
ing ; and Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. George V. Brower, 
Rear-Admiral J. B. Coghlan, U. S. N ; Mr. Theodore Fitch, 
Mr. Henry E. Gregory, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Mr. 
Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, Hon. Henry Hudson, Mr. 
Charles R. Lamb, Mr. Frank D. Millet, Mr. William C. 
Muschenheim, Mr. John E. Parsons, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, 
Mr. Louis C. Raegener, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Mr. 
Aaron Vanderbilt, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer and Mr. 
Edmund Wetmore. 

Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from Hon. William 
Berri, Mr. George A. Hearn, Mr. August F. Jaccaci, Mr. 
Morris K. Jesup, Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Seth Low, 
Mr. Eben E, Olcott, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Henry 
W. Sackett, Mr. Herbert L. Satterlee, President J. G. 
Schurman, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, Mr. Francis Lynde 
Stetson, Mr. Spencer Trask, Dr. Samuel B. W^ard and Mr. 
Stewart L. Woodford, and they were excused. 

Minutes Approved. 

The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were approved without read- 
ing. 



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Treasurer's Report, April 2If-, 1907. 

The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 
was read by the Assistant-Secretary as follows: 

PREVIOUS BALANCE. 

Balance on hand as per report of March 27, 1907 12,188.98 

DISBURSEMENTS. 

Voucher. 

26. Polhemus Printing Company $28.06 

27. E. H. Hall, disbursements. $9.95 
E. H. Hall, salary, February 2oS.t,t, 

218.28 

28. E. H. Hall, disbursements. $1350 
E. H. Hall, salary, March. 208.33 

221.83 

29. Polhemus Printing Company 26.45 494.62 

Balance on hand April 24, 1907... :^i, 694.36 

Respectfully submitted, 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 
The report was received and ordered on file. 

Bills Approved for Payment. 

The following bills were approved for payment, sub- 
ject to examination and approval by the Finance Commit- 
tee : 

Polhemus Printing Company, Minutes of March 27.$ 22.50 
Polhemus Printing Company, 1 dozen note books. .50 
Polhemus Printing Company, 250 notices of An- 
nual Meeting 2.75 

Polhemus Printing Company, 100 slips of names 

of Trustees 1.50 

Henry Romeike, Press clippings, Jan. -March 1,35 

E. H. Hall, disbursements % 6.66 

E. H. Hall, salary for April 208.33 21499 

$243.59 

Appointments by the Mayor, 

The Assistant-Secretary read a letter from the Execu- 
tive Secretary of the Mayor of the City of New York, 



April 24, 1907 259 

dated April 9, 1907, communicating the Mayor's appoint- 
ment of the following named gentlemen as members of this 
Commission : 

Mr. Edward P. Bryan, 13 Park Row, New York City. 
The Hon. Henry E. Howland, 15 Broad Street, New York 

City. 
Brig.-Gen. Henry S. Turrill, U. S. A., 2626 Broadway, New 

York City. 

Resignatiofi of Miss Van Satitvoord. 

The following communication from Miss Van Sant- 
voord was read : 

38 West 39th Street, 

April nth, 1907. 
Miss Van Santvoord regrets the necessity of resigning 
from the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, but 
wishes to express her interest in the successful accomplish- 
ment of the Tri-Centennial project. 

It was voted that Miss Van Santvoord's resignation be 
accepted with regret. 

Report of Committee on Plan and Scope. 

Mr. Seward, Chairman of the general committee on 
plan and scope, reported that the general committee was 
awaiting action by the sub-committees before making a 
further report. He could simply report progress. 

Report of progress received. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Naval Parade. 

Admiral Coghlan, Chairman of the sub-committee on 
Naval Parade, reported that his committee was accumulat- 
ing data in regard to the Naval Parade and would soon be 
able to submit its final report. 

Report of progress received. 

Report of Sub-Committee on Imvood Park. 

Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman of the sub-committee 
on Inwood Park, reported that an effort had been made 
to secure an interview with the Mayor, but that it had 
been unsuccessful owing in part to the confinement of 
General Woodford and partly for other reasons. Mr. 



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Parsons was of the opinion that it was very desirable to 
have this interview with the Mayor as soon as General 
Woodford's health would permit, and to have as many 
members of this Commission participate in the interview 
as possible. 

Report of progress received. 

Bill for Verplanck' s Point Park Introduced. 

In the absence of Mr. Pugsley, Chairman of the Sub- 
Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point, Mr. Sew- 
ard reported that on April i6th the Hon. James K. Ap^ar 
had introduced in the Assembly, by unanimous consent, a 
bill to provide for acquiring land on Verplanck's Point for 
a Hudson-Fulton Memorial Park, and it had been referred 
to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Following is the text of the bill : 

AN ACT 

To provide for acquiring land on Verplanck's Point in 
in Westchester County for a Hudson-Fulton Memorial 
Park, and making an appropriation therefor. 

The people of the State of New York, represented in 
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows : 

Section i. The commissioners of the land office shall, 
on the recommendation of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration 
Commission, a corporation duly incorporated by cliapter 
three hundred and twenty-five of the laws of nineteen hun- 
dred and six, acquire on behalf and in the name of the 
people of the State, at such price and upon such terms as 
said commissioners of the land office may deem just, not 
exceeding the amount hereinafter appropriated, title to 
such portion of the land lying on Verplanck's Point, in the 
town of Cortlandt and in the county of Westchester, and 
bounded on the northwest and southwest by the Hudson 
River and on the northeast and southeast respectively 
by Twentieth street and Union avenue, as said street 
and avenue are laid out on a map of Verplanck, entitled 
" map of Verplanck, formerly known as Verplanck's Point, 
Westchester County, State of New York, Cyrus Latham, 
surveyor, Poughkeepsie, July, eighteen hundred and thirty- 
six," as in the judgment of said commissioners of the land 
office shall be most suitable for a public park or reserv'a- 
tion, to commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of 
the exploration of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson in. 



April 24, 1907 261 

sixteen hundred and nine, and the one hundredth anni- 
versary of the first use of steam in the navigation of said 
river by Robert Fulton, in eighteen liundred and seven, 
and to preserve the scenic beauty and historic landmarks 
of said Verplanck's Point. The area to be acquired by 
said commissioners of the land oflfice shall include particu- 
larly the site of Fort Fayette of the revolutionary period, 
the site and remains of the shore battery, the terminal of 
the old King's Ferry leading to the Stony Point battlefield 
state reservation, the site of Washington's headquarters, 
and the camping ground of the allied American and French 
troops in seventeen hundred and eighty-two, and as much 
of the shore fronting Henry Hudson's anchorage in sixteen 
hundred and nine as practicable. 

Sec. 2. After title to said land shall have been 
acquired as aforesaid, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration 
Commission shall, during the existence of said commission, 
have control and jurisdiction of said park or reservation 
for the purposes stated in this act and in section two of 
chapter three hundred and iwenty-five of the laws of nine- 
teen hundred and six. Upon the dissolution of said Hud- 
son-Fulton Celebration Commission and unless otherwise 
provided by the Legislature, the control and jurisdiction 
of said park or reservation shall be given to such custodian 
as the commissioners of the land office may determine. 

Sec. 3. The sum of one hundred and twenty-five 
thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, 
payable by the treasurer out of any moneys in the treasury 
not otherwise appropriated, is hereby appropriated subject 
to the audit of the comptroller to carry out the provisions 
of this act, and the same shall be payable by the treasurer 
upon the warrant of the comptroller on requisition of the 
said commissioners of the land office, or of such officer or 
officers as they may designate for such purposes. 

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect immediately. 

Mr. Seward added that the only opposition to this 
plan which had thus far been manifested had come from 
the saloon keepers at Verplanck's Point who feared that 
their business would be swept away if the brick-making 
industry were removed. 

Report of progress received. 

Report of Sub-Committee OJi Date. 

A letter from Mr. McCarroll, Chairman of the Sub- 
Committee on Date, to the Secretary, was read as follows : 



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'■ It was my expectation to call together the Committee 
on Date previous to to-day's meeting, but. was unable to 
do so. At any rate, however, have not felt that it was 
necessary to make a further report of that Committee until 
the general plan had been pretty well formulated, with 
details before us, when we could then determine more 
exactly the time required for the celebration and be pre- 
pared to make more conclusive recommendation; and for 
that there is ample time, though I shall probably call 
another meeting before long." 

Report received and ordered on file. 
The meeting then adjourned. 

EDWARD HAGAMAN HALL, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Minutes of 

The Commission 

May 8, 1907 

The second meeting of the entire Hudson-Fulton Cele- 
bration Commission, being the Annual Meeting, was held 
pursuant to call duly given, at its headquarters in the 
Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday, May 8, 
1907, at 3 p. M. 

Roll Call. 
Present: The President, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, pre- 
siding; and Hon. James M. Beck, Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, 
Mr. Reginald P. Bolton, Dr. E. Parmly Brown, Mr. Fred- 
erick R. Cruikshank, Mr. James de la Montanye, Mr. Theo- 
dore Fitch, Mr. Henry E. Gregory, Mr. Abner S. Haight, 
Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. Warren Higley, Hon- 
Michael H. Hirschberg, Mr. Samuel V. Hoffman, Mr. 
James P. Holland, Mr. Albert E. Kleinert, Dr. George 
Frederick Kunz, Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Mr. Charles W. 
Lefier, Mr. Julius Lehrenkrauss, Mr. Wm J. McKay, Mr. 
Nathan Newman, Mr. Ludwig Nissen, Mr. John E. Par- 
sons, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. 
Louis T. Romaine, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Isaac N. 
Seligman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Hon. Theodore 
Sutro, Gen. Henry S. Turrill, Hon. William R. Willcox and 
Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Excused for Absence. 
Regrets for absence were received from Sir Caspar 
Purdon Clarke, Mr. Stuyvesant Fish, Mr. Morris K. Jesup, 
Mr. John La Farge, Dr. H. M. Leipziger, Hon. Seth Low, 
Mr. R. Fulton Ludlow, Mr. F. D. Millet, Com. Jacob W. 
Miller, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Hon. Samuel Parsons, Rt. Rev. 
H. C. Potter, Mr. Herman Ridder, Mr. Chas. A. Schermer- 
horn, Pres. J. G. Schurman, Mr. Francis L. Stetson, Mr. 
C. Y. Turner, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, Mr. Edmund Wetmore 
and Hon. Andrew D. White, and they were excused. 



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Minutes Approved. 

The minutes of June 27, 1906, having been printed and 
sent to all the members, were approved without reading. 

President's Annual Report. 

President Woodford made his annual report as follows: 

Gentlemen of the Commission : 

I have the honor to lay before you The First Annual 
Report of this Commission as prepared by the President 
with the aid of the Secretary, in accordance with resolu- 
tions of the Board of Trustees, and transmitted to the 
Legislature in pursuance of law one month ago to-day. 

With much of the matter embodied in this report you 
have been made familiar by the printed minutes which have 
been sent to you every month, and as you are men with 
many pressing affairs and your time is valuable, I will 
summarize the first eight pages of this Report unless you 
request me to read it verbatim. 

The report begins by citing the origin of this Com- 
mission in the desire to commemorate the 300th anniversary 
of Hudson's famous voyage in 1609; the earliest move 
toward the celebration of the event by the Hudson Tri- 
Centennial Association; then the formation of the Hudson 
Ter-Centenary Joint Committee ; the graceful relinquish- 
ment by the Hudson Tri-Centennial Association to the 
Hudson Ter-Centenary Joint Committee ; the public hear- 
ings which were held by the latter for the purpose of elicit- 
ing suggestions concerning the proposed celebration ; the 
appointment of the Fulton Centennial Celebration 
Committee ; the merging of the Hudson and the Fulton 
movements ; the incorporation of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission, and its organization ; the form- 
ation of the Robert Fulton Monument Association and the 
cordial relations existing between it and this Commission. 

The report then continues : 

FORM OF THE CELEBRATION. 

The first question which arose in the deliberations of 
the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission was as to the 
form of the Celebration. At the public hearings held in 
December, 1905, and January, 1906, earnest advocates of a 
World's Fair appeared and argued in favor of an exposi- 
tion after the usual plan. This suggestion, however, 
elicited no public enthusiasm in the City of New York, in 
or near which the Exposition would naturally be held. In 



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the deliberations of this Commission, the predominating 
sentiment has been that however excellent have been the 
reasons for holding the long series of notable expositions 
by which the great historical anniversaries of the country 
have been commemorated in other cities since 1876, and 
however valuable those expositions have been to the 
communities in which they were held and to the country 
at large, the form of a celebration in or near New York 
must be shaped by powerful local considerations. In the 
first place, the Metropolis of the country is a vast Exposi- 
tion in itself. In it is concentrated the best of everything 
that the world can produce ; and these products can be 
seen to better advantage and in greater quantities in the 
shops of the manufacturers and dealers than in the conven- 
tional Exposition. In the next place, the transportation 
facilities of the city are so inadequate to accommodate even 
the local population that it would be little less than a 
crime, both to the inhabitants of the city and to the visitors, 
to draw hither a vast concourse of people which could 
not be decently accommodated and which would aggravate 
the dangerous conditions which already exist. 

For these reasons chiefly, an Exposition has not thus 
far entered into the plans of the commission, and from 
present indications will not. 

An Exposition being practically out of the question, the 
discussions of the Trustees have indicated their strong 
desire to shape the celebration in such a way that its results 
will not be transient or ephemeral, but, on the contrary, 
will be of lasting benefit to the people, and serve for 
generations as memorials worthy of the great events com- 
memorated and the great people commemorating them. 
The recommendations of the Plan and Scope Committee, 
which indicate the general trend of the Commission's ideas, 
suggest enough of the spectacular element to give a large 
measure of popular enjoyment combined with several great 
public improvements which will confer a lasting benefit 
on the people of the City and State and constitute the 
perpetual memorials of the anniversaries. Briefly stated, 
they are as follows : 

I. A Naval Parade, occupying two days ; to be partici- 
pated in by the United States Navy and naval vessels of 
foreign nations, merchant vessels and pleasure craft, and to 
contain models of the Half Moon and Clermont, together 
with types of vessels showing the progress in the art of 
navigation since 1609. The naval procession to start from 
New York City and as much of it as practicable to go to 
Newburgh Bay ; there to be met by a counter naval proces- 
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the Half Moon and Clermont and return to Albany the 
following day ; the Lower Hudson Division at the same 
time returning to New York and having an illumination at 
night. 

2. Land exercises, consisting of a military and civic 
parade and literary exercises in public halls, schools and 
churches in New York, with corresponding demonstrations 
in other communities along the Hudson. 

3. The dedication of memorials. The two principal 
memorials now under consideration by this Commission 
area Municipal Park on Inwood Hill at the northern end 
of Manhattan Island, and a State Park at Verplanck's Point. 
Of these we shall speak more at length hereafter. The 
Hudson Memorial Bridge, which has been planned to span 
Spuyten Duyvil Creek from Inwood Hill to Spuyten Duy- 
vil Hill, has been so delayed by the deadlock between the 
designing engineers and the Art Commission of the City 
of New York that there is now no prospect of its construc- 
tion by 1909. It is probable that the monument to Robert 
Fulton erected by the Robert Fulton Monument Associa- 
tion will then be completed and finally dedicated. This 
Commission is discussing the possibility of securing the 
erection of a building or monument on Inwood Hill as a 
further memorial to Hudson and Fulton. We are informed 
that the Holland Society is planning the erection of a 
monument in recognition of the Dutch founders of New 
York with a view to dedicating it in 1909. The dedication 
of these and other possible memorials, and the opening of 
the Palisades Drive, if ready, will be provided for in the 
programme if they prove practicable. 

INWOOD HILL MUNICIPAL PARK. 

One of the most important recommendations of the 
Plan and Scope Committee is that for a municipal park of 
about 75 acres embracing the northern portion of Inwood 
Hill on Manhattan Island. There are many strong reasons 
moving to this suggestion. This park, which has already 
been recommended by influential civic societies and by the 
city's own engineers, would secure the last portion of Man- 
hattan Island remaining in almost its primeval condition. 
From this beautiful wooded knoll, appearing to us to-day 
almost as it did to Henry Hudson nearly three hundred 
years ago, a more extended view up Hudson River can be 
obtained than from any other part of the island. Besides 
its landscape beauty, it has many historical associations. 
At the base of the cliffs near Cold Spring is a rock habita- 
tion in which the aborigines dwelt, as was proven by the 



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implements and utensils excavated therefrom and now 
preserved in the American Museum of Natural History. 
Around it are scattered extensive shell heaps left by the 
Indians belonging to the tribe which attacked Hudson on 
his return down the river. On the summit of the hill during 
the Revolution stood the Cock Hill Fort. This park would 
not only provide another lasting and useful work for the 
benefit of the people, but it would also afford a site for such 
other memorial, architectural or sculptural, as may be 
found practicable. The northern head of the hill, sur- 
rounded on three sides by water, cannot be obscured by 
private structures on those sides, and presents an un- 
equaled site for the erection of a municipal museum, a 
statue or group of statuary, or other suitable monument. 

verplanck's point state park. 

For the State's contribution to the permanent memorials 
of the celebration, the Commission recommends a state 
park at Verplanck's Point. 

Hudson sailed between Stony Point and Verplanck's 
Point on his northward voyage September 14, 1609, ac- 
cording to an easily recognized passage in his journal, 
and anchored here on his return trip, October ist. These 
two headlands form the natural gateway to the Highlands 
and have been likened by Irving to the Pillars of Hercules, 
of which Stony Point is the Gibraltar. The State already 
has a reservation of 34 acres on the Stony Point battlefield, 
which has been improved under the care of the American 
Scenic and Historic Preservation Society and is now visited 
by nearly 20,000 persons a year. 

On Verplanck's Point, the military complement of 
Stony Point, stood Fort Fayette, which shared the vicissi- 
tudes of the post across the river, and the remains of which 
are still extant. Herein 1782 Washington and the American 
army received Count Rochambeau and the French auxil- 
iaries en route from Virginia to Boston. The hill on which 
Washington's marquee stood is one of the conspicuous 
eminences in that region. Between the two points was 
the famous King's Ferry, which was the principal trans- 
Hudson thoroughfare between New England and the West 
and South during the War for Independence, and across 
which all the great commanders and conspicuous figures of 
that period and troops of all the armies passed at one time 
or another. 

This point, while not lacking diversity of elevation, is 
not so rugged as Stony Point, and is readibly adaptable to 
the purposes of a great recreation ground for wholesome 



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popular enjoyment such as does not exist either in the 
City of New York or elsewhere in the State. The rapid 
growth of the metropolis and the increasing difficulty of 
providing adequate recreation grounds within the city 
limits; the justice of reserving from private ownership 
suitable places where the people at large, in city and 
country, can have access to and free enjoyment of the beau- 
ties of the world-famous Hudson ; and the material short- 
ening of time distances by improved transit facilities, are 
added reasons for giving to the people on this occasion 
this eligible and interesting reservation on the east bank of 
the river. 

The Commission strongly recommends the purchase 
of this Park as being in the interest of the State. It will 
give the State a property which will probably increase in 
value, and if not taken by the State, may be sold at even a 
greater price to manufacturing companies, some of whom 
are bidding for portions of it. 

The project of this Park is not a novel experiment, but 
may be regarded as the rounding out and completion of 
the act of the State in making a reservation for a State 
Park on Stony Point, which has proved so popular on the 
west side of tfie river. The two reservations, directly oppo- 
site each other and connected by the old King's Ferry, 
combine historical associations and scenic advantages in a 
way not duplicated elsewhere along the Hudson. 

DATE OF THE CELEBRATION. 

It is probable that the Celebration will take place dur- 
ing the secular week beginning Monday, September 20, 
1909. Hudson's first discovery of land within the limits of 
the present City of New York was made on September 2, 
1609. His ascent of the Hudson River proper began Sep- 
tember 12. On September 19 he reached his northernmost 
anchorage at or near the site of Albany. OnSeptember23 he 
began to descend the river, and on October 4 he passed 
cut to sea. As the anniversary of Hudson's tirst arrival, 
September 2nd, comes before a large portion of the popu- 
lation have returned from their summer resorts, the week 
of September 20th has been tentatively selected as most 
convenient for the public and equally appropriate hisiori- 
cally, as at that time the explorer had reached his " farthest 
north" on the river. 

NEW JERSEY INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. 

On June 27, 1906, the Commission adopted a resolu- 
tion respectfully requesting the Governor of New York to 
invite the Governor of New Jersey to nominate not to 



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exceed ten citizens of the latter State for appointment as 
additional members of this Commission. 

In a letter dated November 8, 1906, to the President 
of the Commission, Governor Higgins wrote as follows : 

"In relation to the communication from the Hon. 
Stewart L. Woodford of June 29th, permit me to state that 
Governor Stokes informed me on July yih that he would 
take the matter up and act upon it in the near future. I 
have since that time seen Governor Stokes and again called 
the matter to his attention, and received a similar reply. I 
will again write to him to-day and will advise you as soon 
as I receive any further information on the subject." 

Thus far the Commission has not been advised that 
the Governor of New Jersey has responded to this invita- 
tion. 

HEADQUARTERS OF THE COMMISSION. 

The headquarters of the Commission are a commodious 
office in the Tribune Building, New York Citv, provided 
for by resolutions of the Sinking Fund Commissioners of 
the City, adopted June 20 and October 10, 1906. The 
rental, which is paid by the City, is $1,000 a year. 

FINANCIAL REPORT, ETC. 

The report closes with a financial statement showing 
the balance on hand of ;S;i,942.64. This is the balance of 
the first $5,000 drawn from the fund of $25,000 appropri- 
ated by the Legislature. 

Appended to the report are a List of the Members, 
Officers and Committees of the Commission, and a copy 
of its By-Laws. 

This comprises our Annual Report as presented to the 
Legislature. I will supplement it by a verbal report on 
two interesting and important features of our work, 
namely, the proposed State Park at Verplanck's Point and 
the proposed City Park at Inwood Hill. 

Interview with Governor Hughes and Others in Regard to 
Verplanck' s Point Park. 
The President then stated that on Tuesday, May 7, 
the Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman of the Plan and 
Scope Committee; the Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman of 
the Sub-Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point; 
Assemblyman James K. Apgar, Mr. Edward Hagaman 
Hall, Hon. Warren Higley and Dr. Samuel B. Ward, mem- 
bers of the Sub-Committee, and the President of the Com- 



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mission had gone to Albany and had had interviews on 
the subject of the proposed State Park with Governor 
Hughes; Hon. James W. Wadsworth, Jr., Speaker of the 
Assembly; and Hon. Sherman Moreland, Republican 
leader in the Assembly. They had sought an interview 
with the Hon. \Vm. W. Armstrong, Chairman of the Fi- 
nance Committee of the Senate, but without success. Gov. 
Hughes had expressed his warm sympathy with and appro- 
val of the plan of the Commission for the proposed park 
and said that the onlj^ question in his mind was the ability 
of the State to meet the financial requirements. Messrs. 
Wadsworth and Moreland had also expressed their interest 
in the project, and the Committee felt hopeful for the suc- 
cess of Mr. Apgar's bill. 

Intervinv iviih Mayor McClellan in Regard to 
Iim'ood Hill Park. 

The president stated further that on May 8 the follow- 
ing named members of the Commission had called on 
Mayor McClellan at the City Hall in regard to the pro- 
posed municipal park at Inwood Hill: Mr. John E. Par- 
sons, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Inwood Hill 
Park, Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. Wm. J. Curtis, Mr. Ed- 
ward Hagaman Hall, Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. Geo. A. 
Hearn, Mr. S. V. Hoffman, Dr. Geo. F. Kunz, Mr. Wm. J. 
McKay, Rear Admiral Geo. W. Melville, Mr. Frank D. 
Millet, Hon. Levi P. Morton, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, Mr. 
Herman Ridder, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Isaac N. 
Seligman, Hon. Fred'k W. Seward, Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt 
and the President of the Commission. The Commission's 
recommendation was laid before the Mayor by Mr. Parsons. 
"I have been associated with Mr. Parsons at the bar many 
years," said Mr. Woodford, "and have heard him make 
many speeches, but I never heard him make as effective a 
speech as he made in five minutes before the mayor on the 
subject of this proposed park on Inwood Hill." 

The Mayor, at the conclusion of Mr. Parson's remarks, 
had requested him to forward a formal communication on 
the subject which could be laid before the Board of Esti- 
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as sanguine about Ihe erection of the proposed Hudson 
Memorial Bridge. 

Referring further to the plans for the State Park at 
Verplanck's Point and the Municipal Park at Inwood Hill, 
the President said that he believed the Commission was 
on the way to a worthy, permanent celebration. What 
had occurred at the Jamestown Exposition was a demon- 
stration of the wisdom of this Commission in deciding not 
to have a fair here. If we could have the spectacular fea- 
tures previously outlined, the people w^ould be gratified. 
At the same time, if we could plant a State Park at Ver- 
planck's Point, we would be establishing something use- 
ful for the ages. "The Coliseum, the Arch of Con- 
stantine, and the Column of Trajan are crumbling to 
dust," he continued; " but the seven hills of Rome stand 
eternal. If we can get Inwood Hill for a park, we will 
have a memorial for all time to come." 

Apropos of the subject of Inwood Park, the Secretary 
read a letter dated May 7th, from Sir Caspar Purdon 
Clarke, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and 
a member of this Commission, in which he said : "I greatly 
regret that as I am leaving for Cleveland this afternoon, I 
will be unable to attend with the Hudson-Fulton Trustees 
at the Mayor's office to-morrow. I have every sympathy 
with the movement and it is only that I have been engaged 
for some time past to speak at a public meeting at Cleve- 
land that prevents me from coming." 

He also read a letter dated May 6th, from Hon. Samuel 
Parsons, Landscape Architect of the Park Department and 
a member of this Commission, in which Mr. Parsons said : 
" 1 profoundly sympathize with the idea of securing a pub- 
lic park at the northern portion of Inwood Hill, Manhat- 
tan, and would, without question, appear at the meeting 
before the Mayor on the 8th ; but unfortunately I shall be 
obliged to be out of town that day I will, how- 
ever, say or do anything I can to advance this most worthy 
object." 

Election of Trustees. 

The election of 100 Trustees for the ensuing year being 
in order, the report of the Nominating Committee, as printed 



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on pages 247 and 248 of the minutes and sent toevery mem- 
ber of the Commission, was presented by Mr. Theodore 
Fitch, Chairman. 

The President then invited nominations from the fioor,^ 
and there were none. 

The President appointed Mr. R. P. Bolton and Mr. 
James de la Montanye tellers to receive and count the 
ballots, 

Mr. De la Montanye moved thatas there were no nomi- 
nations other than those presented by the Nominating 
Committee, the Secretary be instructed to cast a single 
ballot in behalf of the meeting for those named. Carried 
by unanimous vote. 

The Secretary having cast the ballot as directed, the 
President declared the following named gentlemen elected 
as Trustees for the ensuing year : 



Mr. John G. Agar, 
Hon. James K. Apgar, 
Col. John Jacob Astor, 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, 
Hon. James M. Beck, 
Mr. August Belmont, 
Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, 
Hon. William Berri, 
Hon. Frank S. Black, 
Hon. Alfred J. Boulton, 
Mr. George V. Brovver, 
Hon. J. Rider Cady, 
Mr. Henry W. Cannon, 
Mr. Andrew Carnegie, 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate, 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, 
Hon. Grover Cleveland, 
Rear-Adm. J. B. Coghlan, 
Mr. William J. Curtis, 
Mr. Paul D. Cravath, 
Mr. Robert Fulton Cutting, 
Mr. George G. DeWitt, 
Mr. John C. Fames, 
Hon. J. Sloat Fassett, 
Mr. Stuvvesant Fish, 



Hon. John G. Milburn, 

Mr. Frank D. Millet, 

Mr. Jacob W. Miller, 

Mr. Ogden Mills, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Mr. William C. Muschenheim,. 

Mr. Ludwig Nissen, 

Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. Alton B. Parker, 

Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Hon. Samuel Parsons, 

Mr. Bayard L. Peck, 

Mr. Geo. W. Perkins, 

Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Gen. Horace Porter, 

Mr. Thomas R. Proctor, 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley,. 

Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Mr. William Rockefeller, 

Maj.-Gen. Chas. F. Roe, 

Mr. Thomas F. Ryan, 

Col. Henry W. Sackett, 

Mr. Herbert L. Satterlee, 

Pres. Jacob G. Schurman, 



Mr. Theodore Fitch, 

Mr. Thomas Powell Fowler, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, 

Hon Charles S. Francis, Mp: Isaac N. Seligman, 

Mr. George J. Gould, Hon. Frederick W. Seward,. 



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Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, 
Mr, Henry K. Gregory, 
Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, 
Mr. Geo. A. Hearn, 
Hon. Warren Higlev, 
Hon. David B. Hill,' 
Mr. Samuel V. Hoffman, 
Gen. Thomas H. Hubbard, 
Hon. Henry Hudson. 
Mr. August F. Jaccaci, 
Col. William Jay, 
Mr. Morris K. Jesup, 
Gen. Horatio C. King, 
Dr. George F. Kunz, 
Mr. John LaFarge, 
Mr. Charles R. Lamb, 
Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, 
Hon. Seth Low, 
Mr. William McCarroll, 
Mr. William J. McKay, 
Rear-Adm. Geo. W. Melville, 



Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 
Mr. Nelson S. Spencer, 
Mr James Speyer, 
Hon. John H. Starin, 
Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 
Mr. James Stillman, 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 
Mr. Spencer Trask, 
Mr. Aaron Vanderbilt, 
Mr. Alfred G. Vanderbilt, 
Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, 
Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 
Col. John W. Vrooman, 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 
Mr. Edmund Wetmore, 
Hon. Andrew D. White, 
Hon. William R. Willcox, 
Mr. Charles R. Wilson, 
Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, 
Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff. 



Rental of Headquarters. 

A communication dated May 3, 1907, from. Hon. N. Tay- 
lor Phillips, Deputy Controller and Secretary of the Com- 
missioners of the Sinking Fund, was read, transmitting a 
certified copy of the following resolution adopted by the 
Commissioners of the Sinking Fund May r, 1907: 

'"'■ Resolved, That the Corporation Counsel be and is 
hereby requested to prepare a lease to the City, from the 
Tribune Association, of Room No. 805 on the 8th floor of 
the Tribune Building on the northeasterly corner of 
Nassau and Spruce Streets in the Borough of Manhattan, 
for the use of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 
for a period of one year from May i, 1907, at an annual 
rental of One thousand dollars (;|i,ooo), payable monthly, 
the lessor to furnish light, heat, elevator and janitor service ; 
the lease to be on condition that the lessors cancel the lease 
of room No. 605 occupied by the Hudson-Fulton Celebra- 
tion Commission which expires on June 13, 1907, as of May 
I, 1907 ; and the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund 
deeming the said rent fair and reasonable and that it 
would be for the interests of the City that such lease be 



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made, the Comptroller be and is hereby authorized and 
directed to execute the same, when prepared and approved 
by the Corporation Counsel as provided by sections 149 
and 217 of the Greater New York Charter." 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned, 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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276 

(Revised to July 30, 1907.) 



President: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

I'icc-Prcsidoits : 

Herman Ridder, Presiding Vice-President. 

Andrew Carnegie, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. ?>. Van Rensselaer, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer: 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building. New York. 
Secretary: Assistant Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New Y^ork. Tribune Building, New Y'ork. 

Executii'e Co ni in itfee : 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New Y'ork, 

Hon. James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Tunis G. Bergen, John E. Parsons, 

Andrew Carnegie, George W. Perkins, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Louis C. Raegener, 
RearAdm.J.B.CoghIan,U.S.N., Herman Ridder, 

William J. Curtis, Henry W. Sackett, 

Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Edward Hai^aman Hall, J. Edward Simmons, 

Col. William Jay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Farge, Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. William McCarroll, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Frank D. Millet, Hon. Wm. R. VVillcox, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Coniniittce on Laic: 
Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New Y^ork. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jav, 

William J. f^urtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, e.v-officio. 

Committee on Nominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-ofUcio. 



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Couuiiittce on Finance: 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway, New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Hon. William McCarroll. 

General Conuuittce on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, John E. Parsons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

The President, ex-ofUcio. 

Snb-Comtnittee on Naval Parade: 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

William J. McKay, Com. Jacob W. Miller, 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, U.S.N. , Hon. John H. Starin, 

Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Suh-Coinniittee on Land Parade and Literary Exercises: 
Major-Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 
Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Chas. F. Roe, 

Gen. Horace Porter, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Sub-Coniniittee on Dedication of Memorials: 
Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 55 Liberty Street, New York City. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Sub-Connnittee on Park and Memorial at Inzvood: 
John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William Street, New York City. 
William J. Curtis, Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, George W. Perkins, 

Henry W. Sackett. 

Sub-Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point: 
Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Higley, 

Hon. J Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Sub-Committee on Date of Celebration: 
Hon. William McCarroll, Chairman, 30 Ferry St., New York. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Louis C. Raegener. 

Sub-Committee on Exhibition of Motive Poiccr: 
Hon. James M. Beck, Chairman, 44 Wall Street, New York City. 

Committee on Co-operation : 
Charles R. Lamb, Chairman. 2,3 Si.xth Avenue, New York City. 
Com. Jacojj W. Miller, Henry W. Sackett. 



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TJubsmi-iFultmt (Eplfbratian (Enmmtflstmt. 



Herbert Adams. 
John O. A car. 
"R B. Aldcroftt. Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Afgar. 
Col John Jacob Astor. 
Mrs. Anson V. Atter- 

bury. 
■Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col Franklin Bartlett. 
Geo C. Batcheller. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
Hon. James ^L Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. . 
Hon. William Bern. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. J. Boulton. 
Hon. Thos. ^^ . Bradley. 
George V. Brozver. 
Dr E. Parmly B.rown. 
Hon. INI. T.inn Bruce. 
Edward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henrv K. Bush-Brown. 
Hon.'E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
Tohn F. Calder. 
"Hon. T. H. Callanan. 
Henry W. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnesie. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choatc. 
John Claflin. 
•^fr Caspar P. Clarke. 
Plon. Georsie C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Rear Adm. J. B. Cogh- 

Ian. 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
E D. " Cummings. 
William J. Curtis. 
Paul D. Crarath. 
Fred'k R. Cruikshank. 
Roht. Fulton Cutturg. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 
James de la Montayne. 
K S. A. deLima. 
Hon. ('. M. Denew. 
Edward DeWitt. 
Gfor^f <"'. ^'" '(*■ 
Hon. William Draper. 
Charles A. DuBois. 
John C. Fames. 
George Ehret. 
Hon. S'-ith Ely. 
Arthur English 
Most Rev. John M. 

Farlev. 
//«n. /. SInnt Fassett. 
P.arr Ferree. 



Stuxvesant Fish. 
Theodore Fitch. 
Winchester Fitch. 
Hon. T. J. Fitzgerald. 
Fredk.' S. Flower. 
Thomas Powell Fowler. 
Austen. G. Fox. 
Hon. Chas. S. Francis. 
Henry C. Frick. 
Frank S. Gardner. 
Hon. Garret J. Garret- 
son. 
Hon. Theo. P. Gilman. 
Robert Walton Goelet. 
Rear Adm. C. F. Good- 
rich. 
Ceorerc J. Geuld 
Maf.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
Capt. R. H. Greene. 
George F. Gregory. 
Henrv E. Gregory. 
Hon." Edward M. Grout. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Edw. Hagaman Hall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Henrn. 
Tames A. Hearn. , 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
//■<!«. Warrrn Hig'"^. 
Hon. David B. Hill. 
Hon. TNIichael H. Hirsch 

berg. 
Samuel Verplanck Hoff- 
man. 
Tames P. Tlolland. 
Willis Holly. 
Hon. Henry E. How- 
land. 
Colgate Hoyt. 
Dr.' I^eRov Hubbard. 
Gen. Thos. H. Hubbard. 
Hon. Henrv Hudson. 

■ Walter G. Hudson. 
T. D. Hunting. 

■ Angu.'!* F. Jaccaci. 
Col. William Jcy. 
Morris K. Jesup. 
Hugh ICelly. . , 
Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Horati" C. Kins. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. George F. Kuns. 
John LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer T pp. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Tulius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henrv ^l. l.cipziger. 
Clarence E. Leonard. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 

FTerman Livincston. 

Comdr. Chas. H. Lormg. 

Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 

Hon. Seth Low. 

R Fulton T.udlow. 

William A. Alarble. 

George E. Mntthcws. 

Hon.' Wm. McCirroll. 



Gen. Anson G. McCook. 
Col. Tohn T. ^IcCook. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 
Hon. ^^t. Clair Mclvel- 
wav. , , , 

Rear-Ad. Geo. H . Mel- 
ville. 
Hon. John G. Milbnrn. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Com. Jacob W. .MfU'v. 
Hon. Warner 7>Iiller. 
Brig.-Gen. A. L. :Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Pierpont Morgan. 
ITon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton. 
M'm. C. Muschcnheim. 
Nathan Newman. 
C. H. ^i''haus. 
Ludwig Nissen. 
Hon. T.ewis Nixon. 
Chas. R. Norman. 
W R. O'Donovan. 
Ebcn E. Olcott. 
Wm. Church Osborn. 
Percy B. O'SulHvan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
John E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bavard L. Peck. 
GoVdon H. Peck. 
ITowland Pell. 
Geo. U\ Perkins. 
Hon. X. Taylor Phillips. 
George A. Plimpton. 
Dr. Eugene IT. T'orter. 
Gen. Horace Porter. 
Rt. Rev. Henry C. Pot- 
ter. 
Thomas R. Proctor. 
Hon Cornelius .4. Pugs- 
lev, 
f otiis C. Raci^ener. 
Herman Ridder. 
Ji'illiam Rockefeller. 
MaJ.-Gen. Chas. ^. Roe. 
Carl T. Roehr. 
T ouis T. Romame. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henrv W. SackctK 
Col. Wm. Gary Sanger. 
Georee Henrv Sargent. 
Col. Herbert L. Sattcrlee 
C'^as A. Schermerhorn. 
Tacob TT. Schiff. 
Prest. Jacob G. Schur- 

ntan. 
i^us'av H. Schwab. 
Isaac .V. SfU-man. 
T nuis Selissburg. 
TTon. Tose-'h TT. Senner. 
Hei F^-"f'k. IF. .S.-:,'nrd. 
TTon. Wm. F. Sheehan. 
Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 
/. Ed—"rd Simmins. 
Tohn W. Simrson. 
E. ^'. Skinner. 



[Names of Trustees in /7a//V.v'] 



2 79 



Prof. John C. Smock. 

William Sohmer. 

Nelson S. Spencer. 

James Spcyer. 

Hon. John H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 

Hon. Louis Stern. 

Francis Lynda Stetson. 

Louis Stewart. 

James Stillman. 

Wm. L. Stone. 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

George R. .Sutherland. 

Hon. Theodore Sutro. 

Henry R. Towne. 

Dr. Irving Townsend. 

Spencer Trask. 



C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
Lt.-Coiii. AuruH I'ander- 

bilt. 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry \'an 

Dyke. 
Warner \*an Norden. 
lV)n. B. Van Rensselaer. 
T. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Col. John W. V rooman. 
Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon. W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells. Jr. 

[Names of Trustees in italics. 



Charles W. Wetmore, 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C. Whitney. 
Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. 
Hon. John S. Wise. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Stewart L. Woodford. 
Hon. Timothy L. Wood- 
ruff. 
W. E. Wool ley. 
James A. Wright. 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

May 2 2, 1907' 

The sixteenth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fuhon Celebration Commission was held at headquarters, 
in the Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday, May 
22, 1907, at 3 p. m. 

Roll Call. 

Present: Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, President, pre- 
siding; and Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. George V. Brower, 
]\Ir. William J. Curtis, Mr. Theodore Fitch, Mr. Henry E. 
Gregory, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Mr. Samuel Ver- 
planck Hoffman, Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Hon. Setli Low, 
Rear-Admiral George W. Melville, Mr. Frank D. Millet, 
Air. Herman Ridder, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Isaac N. 
Seligman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, and Hon. Timothy 
L. Woodruff. 

Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from Hon. James K. 
Apgar, Hon. William Berri. Mr. James M. Beck, Mr. 
Henry W. Cannon, Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Hon. War- 
ren Higley, Hon. Henry Hudson, Mr. Morris K. Jesup, 
Gen. Horatio C. King, Dr. George F. Kunz, Dr. H. M. 
Leipziger, Mr. William McCarroll, Mr. William C. Mus- 
chenheim, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Mr. John E. Parsons, Mr. 
Bayard L. Peck, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Louis C. 
Raegener, Col. Herbert L. Satterlee, President J. G. 
Schurman, Mr. Francis L. Stetson, and Hon. Andrew D. 
White, and they were excused. 

Minutes Approved. 

The President invited the Hon. Seth Low to the chair 
and retired from the room. 

The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
and sent to all the members, were approved without reading. 



282 Minutes of Trustees 

Treasurer's Report^ May 22, igoj. 

Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Treasurer, reported that the 
bills approved for payment at the last meeting of the 
Trustees had not yet reached him and that there had been 
no disbursements during the past month. The balance in 
the treasury remained as last stated, $1,694.36. 

The report was received and ordered on file. 

Bills Approved for Payment. 
The following bills were approved for payment subject 
to examination and approval by the Finance Committee : 

Polhemus, bottle of red ink $1 .20 

Polhemus, Minutes of April 24 and May 8 36.80 

Law Journal, advertisement ot Annual Meeting. . . 2.50 

E. H. Hall, disbursements $30. 16 

E. H. Hall, salary for May 208.33 238.49 

$278.99 
Election of Officers. 

The election of officers for the ensuing year being in 
order, Mr. Theodore Fitch moved that the present Presi- 
dent, Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer be re- 
elected ; and that if no other nominations were made, the 
Secretary be directed to cast a ballot for the re-election of 
the present officers. 

Mr. Fitch's nomination was seconded, and, there being 
no other nominations, was unanimously carried. 

The Secretary reportetl that he had cast the ballot as 
directed, and the Chairman therefore declared the following 
officers elected for the ensuing year: 

President. 
Mr. Stewart L. Woodford. 

Vice-Presidents. 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Gen. Frederick D. Grant, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. Morris Iv. Jesup, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Mr. W. R. Van Rensselaer, 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 



May 22, 1907 283 

Treasurer. 
Mr. Isaac N. Seligman. 

Secretary. 
Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

The chairman appointed Mr. Ridder and Mr. Sehgman 
a committee to escort the President to the Chair. 

Mr. Woodford, resuming the Chair, said: "I thank 
you heartily for this expression of your confidence and I 
deeply appreciate being associated with you in this inter- 
esting work. I accept the office to which you have so 
generously elected me, and I will do the best I can to dis- 
charge its duties." 

Appointment of Assistant Secretary. 
]\Ir. Fitch moved that Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, the 
present Assistant Secretary, be re-appointed for the fol- 
lowing year at the same salary, at the rate of $2,500 a year, 
payable in monthly instalments. Unanimously carried. 

Communication to the Mayor Concerning Inzvood Hill. 
The Secretary made a brief statement of the facts con- 
cerning the call by members of the Commission upon 
Mayor McClellan May 8th, in regard to Inwood Hill Park, 
as reported on pages 270 and 271 of the Minutes, and 
stated that in compliance with the suggestion of the Mayor, 
the following communication signed by the President and 
Secretary of the Commission had been sent to the Mayor 
under date of May 20th, 1907 : 

May 20th, 1907. 
Hon. George B. McClellan, 
Mavor, 
City Half, New York, 
Dear Sir : 

The Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission avails 
itself of your kind proposal to put before you in writing 
the purport of the application made by the Commission to 
you at the interview which you were so good as to accord 
to it on ]\rav 8th. 



284 Minutes of Trustees 

Under date of August 15th, 1906, the Commission 
caused to be sent to the Board of Estimate and Apportion- 
ment an appeal for a Park at Inwood Hill for the double 
purpose of preserving the Hill as a Hudson-Fulton memo- 
rial and of using it for such erection, architectural or 
sculntural, as would indicate and establish its memorial 
character. 

A copy of the appeal, for convenience of reference, is 
sent herewith. (See pages 160 and 161 of the printed 
Minutes.) 

In support of our application to the Board of Estimate 
and Apportionment, and for submission by you to the Boa^'d, 
permit me to add this : 

The Park has already been recommended by influ- 
ential civic societies and by the city's own engineers. It 
would secure almost in its primeval condition the last por- 
tion of Manhattan Island in respect of which this is pos- 
sible. From this beautiful wootled knoll, appearing to us 
to-day almost as it did to Henry Hudson nearly three 
hundred years ago, a more extended view up Hudson River 
can be obtained than from any other part of the Island. 
Besides its landscape beauty, it has many historical associa- 
tions. At the base of the cliffs near Cold Spring is a rock 
habitation in which the aborigines dwelt, as was proven by 
implements and utensils excavated therefrom, and now pre- 
served in the Museum of Natural History. Around it are 
scattered extensive shell heaps left by the Indians who 
belonged to the tribe which attacked Hudson on his return 
from his voyage up the river. On the summit of the hill 
during the Revolution stood the Cock Hill Fort. 

We are proud to think that New York has already 
taken its place as a metropolitan city. We point with satis- 
faction to the mammoth strides with which its population 
grows. We anticipate in the near future the time when 
every available part of the Island will be used to meet the 
needs for residence and business of those who wish to make 
New York their home. The tendency has been and will 
continue to be in the direction of density of population. 
What our people need at the present time , what as time 
goes on will become more and more necessary, will be open 
spaces which can be used for health and diversion. Nature 
provided two such places of exceptional suitability at the 
two ends of the Island, one at the Battery and the other at 
Inwood. The lower end has lost its original character. It 
has lost everything which associates it with the early his- 



May 2 2, 1907 285 

tory of the settlement. The Government House disappeared 
years ago. What is left to us is the Hill at Inwood. 

There has always been a close association between seas 
or rivers and the important cities which have been built 
upon their banks. There will at once occur to our minds 
Thebes and the Nile, Rome and the Tiber, Constantinople 
and the Bosphorus, Vienna and the Danube, Paris and the 
Seine, London and the Thames. Every mile of the Rhine' 
from its source to its mouth is impressed with the history 
of the continental nations of Europe. New York has been 
more bountifully endowed than is the case with any of the 
great capitals, whether of the past or of the present, in the 
fact of the magnificent stream wdiich makes its harbor, which 
brings it into touch with all the rest of the world, and which 
from the first settlement appealed alike to our Dutch, our 
English, and our Colonial ancestors. Its value to us is 
always more and more apparent. The question presented 
by our application is whether there shall be lost to us the 
one historical possibility which goes back to the beginning, 
and which may continue to the end. The difference, in 
respect of which pre-eminence may be claimed for other 
great rivers, is in the history with which they are associated. 
Pardon us if we make too strong an appeal to sentiment 
and civic pride. The work of man's hands is perishable. 
The Coliseum may fall to the ground, the arch of Con- 
stantine crumble into dust. The seven hills of Rome will 
endure forever. 

Permit us to submit that the interest of the City now 
and hereafter, the well-being of the large population which 
is to crowd the upper part of the Island, and suitable regard 
for historical association, for the past, and for patriotic 
feeling, and the urgency which requires that New York 
shall be rounded out in every direction which is consistent 
with its imj^ortance, require the preservation of this Hill. 

When the matter was first considered by the Commis- 
sion it was thought that its application should be for the 
entire Hill from Dyckman Street on the south to its east- 
erly limit, embracing an area of about seventy-five acres. 
The Commission is most anxious to yield to every consid- 
eration of economy wdiich is consistent with the accomplish- 
ment of its purpose. It has come to the conclusion that in 
large measure the purpose which it and many others have 
at heart will be accomplished by reducing the area so as to 
omit the part of the Hill which bounds on the upper side of 
Dyckman Street, and to omit the lower part of the Hill to 
the eastward, thus reducing the area to not very much more 



286 Minutes of Trustees 

than ^ixtv acres. The Commission has caused inquiry _ to 
male' about vak.es and is satisfied, that the acxims:- 
don of this property ought not to mvolve an outlay 
be'^nd $.,000:000. And it must be kept m -"-^ - / 
anV scheme for roads, over or around the Hdl, is to prevail, 
and i the Bridge shall be built, with its necessary ap- 
nroache this will involve a material expenditure which 
.The s;ved to the City when the City becomes the owner 

of the Hill. 

Yours respectfully, 

Stewart L. Woodford, 

President. 

Henrv \\'. Sackett, 

Secretary. 

The report was received and ordered on file. 

Appointment of Committees Authorized. 
Mr. Fitch offered the following resolution : 
-'Resolved, that the President be authorized to ap- 
point, from time to time, from the Board of Trustees aiul 
from the general membership, of the ^^'''''^}^r^J^\^ 
such committees and sub-committees and consistmg of such 
numbers of members respectively as he sha 1 deem neces- 
sary or advisable; provided, however, that the Comn.ittees 
on Law, on Nominations, on Finance and on Plan and 
Scope shall be made up exclusively from the Board ot 
Trustees Such Committees and Sub-Committees shall have 
such powers and perform such duties as have been here- 
tofore or hereafter may be conferred or imposed upon them 
respectively by the Board of Trustees or the President. 

After a brief explanation by the Secretary, the resolu- 
tion was unanimously adopted. 

Local Celebrations Along the Hudson River. 
The Secretary read the following leUer from Mr. Bay- 
ard L. Peck : 

Hexry W. S.\ckett, Esq., . ^ 

Secretary, Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission. 
Tribune Building. New York City. 

Dear ^Ir. Sackett: . r ., -r 4. ^o 

I had expected to attend the meeting of the trustees 
to-day, but I now find that it will be impossible to do so. 



May 22, 1907 287 

I wish to say a word with reference to the part that 
tlie City of Hudson shall have in the Celebration in 1909. 

As a former resident of Hudson, and one much inter- 
ested in its afifairs, I am desirous that the City should have 
some proper share in the " Up-River Celebration," so called, 
and because of the name of the City, its location at or near 
the termination of Hudson's voyage of discovery, and its 
ancient and honorable history, I think it is deserving of 
especial recognition in the plans for that part of such cele- 
bration. 

The present Mayor, the Hon. Henry Hudson, is, as 
you know, one of our Trustees, and if he be present to-day, 
will, no doubt, be glad to add his words to mine on this 
subject. 

The Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the Daughters of the 
American Revolution at Hudson is a very active body of 
patriotic women, who are contemplating, I am told, the erec- 
tion of some memorial to Hudson or Fulton. The dedica- 
tion of that memorial might very well be a part of the 
celebration, the vessels stopping at Hudson for that purpose 
on their return from Newburgh to Albany. 

My object in calling your attention to this matter now 
is that the claims of Hudson may not be overlooked and to 
ask that when the proper Committee takes up the details of 
the celebration for the Upper-Hudson, those of us who are 
interested in the City of Hudson may have an opportunity 
to be heard. 

V'ery truly yours, 

Bayard L. Peck. 

The Secretary stated that in conversation with Mr. 
Peck the latter had expressed the idea that committees be 
appointed to make local arrangements in the City of Hud- 
son and other municipalities along the river for suitable 
celebrations in 1909, and thus enable all the communities 
along the river to participate in the commemoration. 

Mr. Peck's communication was referred to the Special 
Committee on the Dedication of Memorials in conference 
with the Sub-Committee on Naval Parade. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned. 
HENRY W. SACKETT. 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretarv. 



288 

Minutes of 

Trustees' Meetinor 

o 

June 26, 1907 

The seventeenth meeting of the Trustees of the Hud- 
son-Fulton Celebration Commission was held in the head- 
quarters in the Tribune Building, New York City, Wednes- 
day, June 26, 1907, at 3 p. m. 

Roll Call. 
Present: President Stewart L. Woodford, presiding; 
and Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Hon. A. J. Boulton, Mr. George 
V. Brower, Rear Adm. Joseph B. Coghlan, Mr. Theodore 
Fitch, ]\Ir. Henry E. Gregory, Mr. Edward H. Hall, Hon. 
Warren Higley, Mr. William McCarroll, Mr. William J. 
McKay. Mr. William C. Muschenheim, Mr. Bayard L. 
Peck, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, ]\Ir. Herman Ridder, Mr. 
Henry W. Sackett, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Col. John 
W. Vrooman, and Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from Hon. William 
Berri, Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. William J. Curtis, 
Mr. George A. Hearn, Gen. Horatio C. King, Dr. George 
Frederick Kunz, Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Hon. Seth Low, 
Rear Admiral George W. Melville, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Mr. 
John E. Parsons, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, Col. Herbert 
L. Satterlee, Pres. J. G. Schurman, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 
Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward, Hon. Andrew D. White, Hon. Wil- 
liam R. Willcox, and ]\Ir. Charles R. Wilson, and they were 
excused. 

Approval of Minutes Deferred. 

The Secretary stated that since the last meeting a com- 
munication had been received from the Comptroller which 



June 26, 1907 289 

indicated that it might be necessary to have the printing of 
the Commission done by the State printer at Albany in- 
stead of by an unofficial printer in New York City as here- 
tofore; and that the minutes of the last meeting had not 
been printed pending a decision of the question. As the 
minutes were somewhat lengthy, it was voted to postpone 
their approval until the next meeting of the Trustees, by 
which time it was expected they would have been printed 
and sent to the members. 

Treasurer's Report, June 26, igoy. 
The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 
was read as follows : 

To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission : 

Gentlemen : 

I have the honor to report the state of the Treasury, 
June 26, 1907, as follows: 

PREVIOUS BALANCE. 

Balance on hand as per report of April 24, 1907. . .$1,694.36 

DISBURSEMENTS. 

\"oucher. 

30. Polhemus Printing Co., printing. . . . $27.25 

31. Henry Romeike, Inc., clippings 1.35 

2,2. E. H. Hall, disbursements.. . . $6.66 

E. H. Hall, salary for April. . 208.33 

214.99 



2,2,- Polhemus Printing Co., printing. . . . 38.00 
34. New York Law Journal, advertising. 2.50 



284.09 
Balance on hand June 26, 1907 $1,410.27 

Respectfully submitted, 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 

The report was received and ordered on file. 



290 Minutes of Trustees 

Bills Approved for Payment. 

The following bills were approved for payment snbject 
to examination and approval by the Finance Committee : 

Polhemus Printing Co., 1,000 envelopes $3-25 

Polhemus Printing Co., i doz. pads writing paper.. i.io 

Polhemus Printing Co., 3 lots labels for file cases. . i.oo 

Polhemus Printing Co., 4 letter-files i.oo 

Polhemus Printing Co., 500 letter-heads for Presi- 
dent's office 3.50 

Miss J. A. Cooke, duplicating 60 copies, 8 pp., re- 
port of Plan and Scope Committee for the Press. 6.00 

John Wanamaker, 7 cuspidors 9.45 

John Wanamaker, 2 door-mats 6.53 

J. Jos. Conlon, lettering office doors 18.85 

E. H. Hall, disbursements $43-25 

E. H. Hall, salary for June 208.^3 

^ 251.58 



$302.26 

Death of Mr. JV. L. Gnillaiidcn and Brig. Gen. Henry S. 

Tnrrill. 

The Secretary announced with great regret the death of 
Mr. W. L. Guillaudeu which occurred on J\Iarch 22d, and 
the death of Brig. Gen. Henry S. Turrill, U. S. A., re- 
tired, which occurred on May 24th. 

It was voted that the decease of these members of the 
Commission be recorded in the printed minvites, together 
with an expression of the sincere sorrow of the Trustees 
and of their sense of loss which the Commission has sus- 
tained. 

Appointment of Mr. U^alter G. Hudson. 

The Secretary read a communication from the Secre- 
tary of the Mayor, dated June 18, 1907, communicating the 
appointment of Mr. Walter G. Hudson of No. 63 Wall 
street, New York City, as a member of the Commission. 

It was voted that the comnumication be received and 
placed on file and that the name of Mr. Hudson be added 
to the list of members of the Commission. 



June 26, 1907 291 

The Holland Society's Proposed Statue of IVilliam The 

Silent. 
The Secretary read a letter from Dr. D. B. St. John 
Roosa, Chairman of the Holland Society's Committee on 
Statue of William the Silent, as follows : 

Hon. Stewart L. Woodford, 
Chairman, 
Ter-Centennial Commission, &c. 
My Dear Sir: 

As Chairman of the Committee of the Holland Society, 
to erect a Statue of William the Silent to commemorate 
the discovery and colonization of New York by the Dutch, 
I desire officially to respectfully call the attention of your 
Ter-Centenary Committee to this effort of our Society, in 
order, if matters so shape themselves, that the inaugura- 
tion of this Statue may form a part of the exercises of the 
great Celebration of the Settlement of our City and State. 

It may be proper and pertinent to the subject to state 
that William the Silent, although himself not a native of 
Holland, was chosen by the Society after mature delibera- 
tion, because, as the leader of the Dutch nation to freedom, 
he seemed the proper subject to embody the principles of 
the Dutch people, which, under his guidance, came to the 
promulgation and establishment of religious toleration and 
political freedom, not only in Holland and her colonies, but 
also in the major part of the civilized world. The ideals 
of William the Silent, in these respects, have been realized 
here on the banks of the river which Dutch ships discovered 
and where descendants of men who fought and died for 
their convictions made their homes and still form a goodly 
and influential part of the population. 

I send herewith a photograph of the model of the 
Statue, the work of which is being done by Mr. Henry M. 
Shrady, whose statues of Gen. Grant and of George Wash- 
ington may be known by your Committee. The model is 
nearly completed, and, no doubt, the statue will be ready 
by the time the celebration, under the auspices of your 
Committee, will take place. 

The total cost is to be forty thousand dollars, a large 
part of which has been raised, and is in our Treasury, in 
part, with written promises for the remainder. 

Our Committee respectfully requests that you will give 
due consideration to the placing of this Statue, in accord- 
ance with the general scheme of the Ter-Centenary Cele- 



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bration, as determined, or to be determined by your Com- 
mittee. 

In behalf of the Committee on Statue to William the 
Silent of the Holland Society, I am, my dear sir, with 
great regard, 

Yours sincerely, 
( Sgd. ) D. B. St. John Roosa, 

Chairman. 
Committee : 

George M. Van Hoesen, Tunis G. Bergen, 

Samuel D. Coykendall, John R. \^an Wormer, 

Warner Van Norden, Albert Ya.n der \^eer. 

The Secretary also read the acknowledgment of the 
foregoing by the President of the Commission, dated June 
ist. 

Dr. Roosa's letter was referred to Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, 
Chairman of the Committee on Memorials. 

A'fluiiiiafloiis for Appointuicnt to the Coinmission. 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on 
Nominations, presented a report recommending as members 
of the Commission, to be appointed by the ]\Iayor, the fol- 
lowing named gentlemen : 

Rear Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich, U. S. N., Brooklyn 
Navy Yard. 

Mr. Charles R. Norman, 1 1 Broadway, New York. 

Gen. Anson G. McCook, ^iq Broadway, New York. 

Col. John J. McCook, i West 54th Street, New York. 

Mr. Jacob H. Schiff, 965 Fifth ^A.venue, New York. 

Mr. Elias S. A. de Lima, 24 State Street, New York. 

Hon. Lewis Nixon. 43 Cedar Street, New York. 

Hon. John Sergeant Wise, 20 Broad Street, New York. 

Mr. George Clinton Batcheller, 696 Broadway, New 
York. 

Capt. Richard Henry Greene, 235 Central Park West, 
New York. 

Mr. Clarence E. Leonard, 44 East 23rd Street, New 
York. 

Mr. John Claflin, 15 Washington Scjuare North. New 
York. 

Hon. Elbridge T. Gerry, 258 Broadway, New York. 



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Mr. Fitch moved that the report be adopted and that 
the names mentioned therein be recommended to the ^layor. 
The motion was carried. 

Admiral Coghlan moved that the Hon. Paul ]\Iorton, 
ex-Secretary of the Na\}', be recommended to the flavor 
for appointment as a member of the Commission. The 
nomination was seconded and referred to the Committee on 
Nominations. 

Report of the Coimiilttee on Plan and Seof^c. 

Mr. Seward, Chairman of the Committee on Plan and 
Scope, presented the following report and moved that the 
report be accepted and spread upon the minutes ; and that 
copies be sent to every member of the Commission with the 
request that each one study the report carefully during the 
summer and make any suggestion in regard to it that may 
occur to him ; and that final action on the report be de- 
ferred until the meeting of the Trustees in October. The 
motion was carried. 

The report is as follows : 

Report of the Committ^ie on Plan and Scope. 

New York, June 26, 1907. 
To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission. 

During the year which has elapsed since the presenta- 
tion of the Preliminary Report of the Plan and Scope Com- 
mittee on June 13, 1906, this Committee has had the valu- 
able advice and cooperation of the sub-committees to which 
its various recommendations were submitted and has 
greatly been aided by the intelligent discussion of the 
subject by the public press. Thus assisted, it feels pre- 
pared now to submit a more definite plan of celebration. 

We therefore respectfully recommend that the celebra- 
tion of the 300th anniversary of the discovery of the Hud- 
son River by Henry Hudson together with the looth anni- 
versary of the first practical application of steam to naviga- 
tion by Robert Fulton, be commemorated by an eight-day 
celebration commencing on Saturday, September 18. 1909, 
and ending on the following Saturday, September 25, as 
follows : 



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RELIGIOUS SERVICE DAVS. 

(Saturday, Sept. i8th and Sunday. September 19th, 1909.) 
Services in places of public worship. 

RECEPTION DAY. 

(Monday. September 20th.) 

General decoration of public and private buildings for 
the week, from New York to the head of the river. 

Rendezvous of American and foreign naval vessels at 
New York. 

" Half Moon " enters river, formally received and 
takes her place in line. 

" Clermont "' starts from original slip amid appropriate 
exercises and takes position. 

Visiting guests disembark and are received at the 
Robert Fulton Memorial Water Gate at Riverside Park. 

Dedication of Robert Fulton Memorial Gate. 

Typical Indian Village at Inwood established by Ameri- 
can Museum of Natural History. 

Official Banquet in evening to guests, Governor of 
State and Mayors of Hudson River Cities at some suitable 
place. 

HISTORICAL DAY. 

(Tuesday, September 21st.) 

Visiting guests shown about City, making circuit of 
island by boat, and land excursions by automobiles. 

Commemorative exercises by day in Columbia Uni- 
versity, New York University, College of City of New York, 
Cooper Union, University of St. John at Fordham, Hebrew 
University, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, Public 
Schools, Historical Societies, and all the universities, col- 
leges and institutions of learning throughout the State of 
New York. 

Exhibits of paintings, prints, books, models, relics, etc., 
by Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of 
Natural History, Hispano-American Museum, New York 
Public Library, New York Historical Society, Webb's 
School for Shipbuilders, New York Yacht Club, etc. 

Free lectures in 150 centers under auspices of Board 
of Education (Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, Supervisor). 

Official literary exercises in evening in every borough : 
Manhattan, in Metropolitan Opera House; Brooklyn, in 
Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences ; Queens, in place 
to be determined ; Richmond, in place to be determined ; 
Bronx, in place to be determined. 



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LAND PARADE DAY. 

(Wednesday, September 22nd.) 
Land Parade, participated in by United States Army, 
Navy and Marine Corps; National Guard; Naval Militia; 
Historical Society floats; Labor, Industrial and Manu- 
facturing floats; various other civic organizations. In 
evening, reception to guests on Governor's Island. 

DEDICATION DAY. 

(Thursday, September 23rd.) 

Dedication of Parks and [Memorials along the river : 
Inwood Hill Park, Hudson-^Iemorial Bridge, Palisades 
Drive, A'erplanck's Point Park, Statue of William the 
Silent erected by the Holland Society, and other parks or 
memorials along the river. 

Tablets in New York, Albany and other cities. 

Reception to visiting guests at West Point during the 



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Aquatic sports on Hudson River. 

Alusical festival in evening, in place to be selected. 



HUDSON RIVER DAY. 

(Friday, September 24th.) 

Naval parades start from New York and Albany and 
meet at Newburgh : American naval vessels, foreign naval 
vessels, " Half ]\Ioon," " Clermont." merchant marine, pleas- 
ure craft. 

Salutes to " Half Moon " and " Clermont " from West 
Point and other places where cannon can be fired as pro- 
cession passes. 

Fetes of townspeople along the river from New York 
to Newburgh. 

Exercises at Newburgh : Reception on land ; formal 
delivery of " Half IVIoon " and " Clermont '" to North Hud- 
son division. 

ILLUMINATION DAY. 

(Saturday, [September 25th.) 

Naval parades return to Albany and New York. 

Salutes from upper Hudson cities to " Half Moon " 
and " Clermont " as they pass. 

Fetes of townspeople from Newburgh to Albany. 

Children's fetes in parks and playgrounds. 

Illumination of fleet and public and private buildings 
in New York, and pyrotechnical displays. 



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Illumination, pyrotechnics an 1 special local exercises 
in Albany. 

Chain of signal tires at 9 p. m. from Coney Island to 
Albany. 



It is believed by your committee that the propriety of 
the various features suggested in the foregoing outline will 
be sufficiently apparent without extended explanations. The 
following brief observations concerning certain features, 
howe\'er. niax be added. 



THE DATE. 

The date selected combines historical propriety and 
popidar convenience. Hudson reached his " farthest north " 
in the exploration of the river with the " Half Moon '" on 
September igth, i6o(;, and starte 1 down stream on his 
return voyage on September 23rd. The days selected for 
the celebration therefore embrace the 300th anniversary of 
the culmination of his great voyage. They will also occur 
at a convenient season of the year for those returning from 
their summer's outings. While the epoch marking first trip 
of Fulton's " Clermont " was made in August, 1807. pro- 
priety is lent to its commemoration in 1909, not only by 
the fact that Hudson's and Fulton's achievements are indis- 
solubly wedded to the same great water course, but also by 
the fact that in 1809 the Legislature of the State of New 
York was so convinced of the practicability and value of 
Fulton's invention, that it granted him a monopoly of the 
navigation of the river. This act led to the famous suit of 
Gibbons versus Ogden, the decision of which established the 
principal of freedom of navigation. 

With respect to the probabilitv of fair weather during the 
week selected, we are assured by the Unite 1 States Mete- 
orological authorities that the popular superstition about the 
so-called " equinoctial storm "' is without warrant in fact, 
and the view that there is no greater likelihood of a storm 
on September 21 than on any other day a week before or 
after is held throughout the Weather Bureau. As to New 
York City in particular. Forecaster Emery informs us, after 
an examination of the records for a number of years, that 
rain has been less frequent during the week in question 
than in the preceding one, while the week following, be- 



June 26, 1907 297 

ginning September 2^] has had still fewer rainy days. We 
therefore feel reasonably assured as to the probable con- 
dition of the weather for the week chosen. 

RELIGIOUS SERVICE DAYS. 

We are of the opinion that in arranging for the celebra- 
tion we should not overlook the Divine guidance in the two 
great events to be commemorated, one of which opened up 
our State to modern civilization and led to the founding of 
the City of New York, and the other of which laid the 
foundation for the vast commerce upon which the pros- 
perity of the City and State so largely depends. We have 
therefore set apart the first two days for religious obser- 
vance by those who are accustomed to worship on Saturday 
and Sunday. 

RECEPTION DAY. 

The secular observances are planned to begin on ^Monday, 
the 20th, with the rendezvous of naval vessels, and the 
official reception of guests of honor. Formalities in con- 
nection with reproductions of the historic vessels " Half 
Aloon "' and " Clermont " will be picturesque and instructive 
features of the aquatic portion of the programme. 

The recommendation concerning the dedication of the 
Robert Fulton Memorial Water Gate is subject, of course, to 
the concurrence of the Robert Fulton Memorial Association 
wdiich has undertaken its erection and with whom it is our 
cordial desire to cooperate in every practical way. It is 
placed thus early in the programme both as a matter of 
propriety and as a deference to the public spirited men who 
have generously assumed the responsibility of erecting this 
memorial. 

TJie cooperation of the ethnological department of the 
American Aluseum of Natural History is invited in the re- 
creation of a typical Indian village on the site of the ab- 
original shell heaps at the Indian rock habitation at Inwood 
Hill. It is thought that this can be done with Indians from 
the New York State reservations and will prove of high 
educational value. 

This day wdll close with an official banquet in New York 
City in the evening. 

HISTORICAL DAY. 

Tuesday, the 21st, is essentially an educational day. de- 
signed to be participated in by the Universities, colleges, 
schools, museums and learned societies throughout the 



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whole state. While the commemoration of 1909 must, from 
geographical considerations, largely center around the Hud- 
son river, the glory and the material benefits of Hudson's 
and Fulton's achievements are the heritage of the people of 
the entire State, and the programme for Historical Day 
affords a practical means for a general observance of the 
occasion from one end of the State to the other. 

The day will culminate in New York City wdth official 
literary meetings in the evening in each of the five Boroughs, 
at which provision will be made for orations by men of 
national reputation. 

LAND PARADE DAY. 

The programme for Wednesday, the 22nd, is arranged with 
a view to giving in addition to military pageantry, ample 
scope for the exhibition of the arts of peace. With his- 
torical and allegorical floats illustrating the past history 
of the City and State, and similar exhibits illustrating the 
contemporary genius of labor and industry, as expressed in 
the various arts and crafts of our people, we believe that 
New York can produce a pageant which for beauty and in- 
structiveness will excel any of the famous spectacles of 
the European carnivals. 

An evening reception to the official guests at the head- 
quarters of the Department of the East on Governor's 
Island is suggested as the closing event of the day if it 
proves agreeable to the authorities. 

DEDICATION DAY. 

Soon after the Commission was formed, a World's Fair 
at or near New York City was suggested. After giving 
several public hearings the subject was referred to the 
Plan and Scope Committee, wdio, in their preliminary re- 
port (page 115 of the printed Minutes), expressed the be- 
lief that the country had been surfeited with such tem- 
porary celebrations and voiced the hope that the celebration 
of 1909 would be conducted on a plan which would leave 
monumental works of lasting benefit to the people. During 
the past year the ideas thus expressed appear to have become 
the policy of the Commission, and the recent unequivocal 
expressions of approval by the leading newspapers of this 
and other States tend to confirm the wisdom of such a 
course. 

We therefore recommend that Thursdav in Celebration 
Week be devoted to the dedication of parks and memorials 
along the Hudson river; and that between now and then, 



June 26, 1907 299 

the most earnest efforts be made to secure not only the 
great memorials like Inwood Hill Park, the Hudson 
Memorial Bridge, the \'erplanck's Point Park, the com- 
pletion of the Palisades Drive, etc., but also that the civic 
pride of various communities along the river be invoked 
to participate in like manner according to their means. We 
also recommend that the interest of the numerous his- 
torical and patriotic societies be enlisted for the erection of 
monuments and tablets, so that the history of the Hudson 
\'alley may be written in stone and bronze from the site of 
old Fort Amsterdam to the site of old Fort Orange. 

The aquatic sports mentioned in the programme for 
Dedication Day are designed in the first instance for friendly 
competitions between the crews of the naval vessels, but 
may embrace motor boat races and such other amusements 
as may seem practicable and desirable. 

A music festival in some large auditorium is proposed 
for the evening event of this day. 

HUDSON RIVER DAY. 

Friday, the 24th, is devoted to the Naval Parade and in- 
cidental ceremonies. It appears to be practicable for some 
of our naval vessels to proceed as far north as Xewburgh 
Bay. We have therefore planned to have as many vessels 
of the navy, merchant marine, excursion boats, and pleas- 
ure craft as possible go from New York to Newburgh, 
taking with them the fac -similes of the " Half INIoon " and 
" Clermont." In order that the inhabitants of the country 
on either side of the river may see the parade and the repro- 
ductions of the historic vessels, we recommend that the day 
be devoted by them to fetes champetres along the river- 
sides from New York to Newburgh. As the procession 
passes up the river, salutes may be fired from eligible points. 

Simultaneously with the advance of the Southern Hudson 
Division, we recommend a counter-procession from Albany 
to Newburgh, the two divisions meeting and holding appro- 
priate ceremonies at Newburgh. The delivery of the " Half 
]\Ioon " and " Clermont " to the North Hudson Division 
would form a feature of these exercises. 

ILLUMIN.\TION DAY. 

Saturday, the two divisions of the Naval Parade will re- 
turn to their respective starting points, the people residing 
north of Newburgh holding open air fetes at convenient 



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places along the river, which will enable them to see and 
salute the " Half Moon " and " Clermont " as they pass. 

In all the cities this will be peculiarly the Children's Day, 
devoted to fetes in public and private parks and play- 
grounds. The fertility of the youthful minds as displayed 
in their May Party and Thanksgiving Day observances sug- 
gests that these Children's Festivals may develop into one 
of the most interesting and picturesque features of the cele- 
bration. 

The whole celebration will culminate in New York with 
an illumination of the fleet and public and private buildings, 
and pyrotechnic display, and in Albany with similar illu- 
minations and special local exercises ; while the whole river 
will be connected by a chain of signal fires from moimtain- 
tops and other eligible points, lighted at a given hour. Dis- 
plays of fireworks at various points, notably on the great 
bridges as in the fetes of the 14th of July in Paris, can be 
seen by hundreds of thousands of people and will give great 
pleasure to the masses. For the signal fires, the coopera- 
tion of the inhabitants and authorities of dififerent localities 
is confidently expected and relied upon. It is believed that 
each one will select suitable points where such bonfires may 
be conspicuous and yet compatible with safety to property; 
and that the public spirit of the community will inspire its 
members with zeal for collecting the materials, and firing 
the piles at the same hour, on receipt of an electric signal 
flashed at 9 p. m. along both shores of the river. 

THESE RECOMMENDATIONS NOT EXCLUSIVE. 

In making the foregoing recommendations, your Com- 
mittee does not regard them as excluding any other appro- 
priate and practicable features which may be recommended 
from time to time, for doubtless many very excellent new 
ideas will be suggested before the anniversary year arrives. 
But we believe that the plan is sufficiently definite and com- 
prehensive to serve as a working basis for the beginning of 
practical preparations. With a view to the reception and 
consideration of further recommendations from any source, 
the Trustees may deem it advisable to continue the Plan and 
Scope Committee as a standing Committee of the Commis- 
sion. 

We recommend that the various sub-committees of the 
Plan and Scope Committee, which have so ably co-operated 
in the preparation of the foregoing programme, be dis- 
charged as sub-committees, and be reappointed as full work- 



June 26, 1907 301 

ing committees, together with such other committees as may 
be necessary for the practical working out and execution of 
the details of the celebration. 

All of which is respectfully submitted in behalf of the 
Committee. 

Frederick W. Seward, Chairman. 
Committee : 

Frederick W. Seward, E. E. Olcott, 

James M. Beck, John E. Parsons, 

Frederick D. Grant, . Aaron Vanderbilt, 

George F. Kunz, Samuel B. Ward, 

Seth Low, Stewart L. Woodford. 

By unanimous consent the Secretary was authorized 
to give the report to press. 

Rcf'ort of Sub-Coiu>nittcc on Date. 

Mr. AlcCarroll, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on 
Date of Celebration, presented the following report. In 
doing so, he explained that it had been prepared after a 
conference held June 13th with the Chairman of the Com- 
mittee on Plan and Scope and the Chairman of the other 
sub-committees. The Sub-Committee on Date did not con- 
sider it a part of its duties to make recommendations con- 
cerning the various features of the celebration, and the 
brief references to such features in his report, merely fol- 
lowed the recommendations of the Plan and Scope Report, 
and were for the purpose of showing the requirements for 
the eight days recommended at the close of his report. The 
report reads as follows : 

To the Commission : 

Following a preliminary report rendered at a previous 
meeting of the Commission your Committee has now to 
submit a more complete one. 

Our recommendation is that the time of the celebration 
be fixed as the week commencing Saturday, September 
eighteenth, nineteen hundred and nine, and that upon that 
day and the next — Sunday, the nineteenth — there should 
be held appropriate services in places of public worship. 
On 

Monday there should be the rendezvous of vessels, re- 
ception of the distinguished visitors and guests and appro- 



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priate ceremonies, an-l in the evening an official banquet at 
such place as may be later determined to be best. On 

Tuesday the visiting guests should be conveyed about the 
City. ^lemorial exercises should be held in universities 
and schools in the City and State, and by historical so- 
cieties, with exhibitions in museums ; also lectures in a 
number of centers and official literary exercises in the 
several boroughs. On 

Wednesday the land parade, military and civic, should 
take place and in the evening a reception to guests at Gov- 
ernor's Island. On 

Thursday dedication of parks and memorials. On 

Friday naval parades, starting simultaneously from New 
York and Albany to meet at Newburgh. There should be 
public gatherings and fetes at different points along the 
river and a reception and exercises at Newburgh in the 
evening. 

Saturday, the tinal day, should conclude the naval parade. 
In the evening the fleet should be illuminated at New York 
and at x\lbany, with special exercises at the latter point, and 
signal fires at local intervening points along the river, the 
day to be of a holiday character. 

Your Committee in thus alluding to the features of each 
day does so simply by way of iu'lication, the date being the 
only matter for consideration by this Committee. The 
other sub-Committees in whose charge are the several ar- 
rangements will doubtless report specifically with detail and 
the whole be merged in the final complete program. Your 
Committee, therefore, sttbmits this outline in recognition of 
the appropriateness of the order of celebration on the days 
mentioned, antl for your action submits the following reso- 
kition : 

Resolved, That the celebration be arranged to commence 
on Saturday, September eighteenth, and, continuing in its 
several features, daily during the ensuing week, conclude on 
Saturday evening. September twenty-fifth, nineteen hun- 
dred and nine. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

William McCarroll, Chairman. 
Louis C. Raegener. 
N. Taylor Phillips. 

) 
Mr. Seward stated that the Committee on Plan and 
Scope adopted the dates recommended and their order of 
proceedings was the same. 



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Mr. Ridder moved tliat the report be received and its 
consideration postponed until the October meeting, to be 
taken up then in conjunction with the Plan and Scope re- 
port. Carried. 

Proposed Auicnduiciit to City Cliartcf. 

The Secretary laid before the Commission a copy oV 
the flavor's veto of Senate Bill Xo. 964 (Int. No. 786) en- 
titled "An Act to amend the Greater Xew York Charter 
relative to the protection of the grountls and properties of 
educational institutions." He stated that the object of the 
bill was to prevent the City of New York from extending 
Riverside Drive or opening any other streets through the 
grounds of the ]\It. St. \dncent Academy which are located 
within and adjacent to the northern boundary of the City 
of New York and bordering on the Hudson river. He ex- 
plained that if the Charter were amended as proposed and 
the extension of Riverside Drive prevented it might inter- 
fere with the great system of riverside drives which it is 
proposed to build from Xew York to A'erplanck's Point on 
one side of the river and from Stony Point to the Palisades 
Park on the opposite side. He made no motion upon the 
subject, however. 

The President of the Commission read letters which he 
had written upon the subject as a citizen, in which, while 
expressing accord with the Mayor's veto, he seriously 
questioned the propriety of action by this Commission upon 
any such question. 

Mr. Bayard L. Peck stated that as counsel for the Mt. 
St. A'incent Academy, he had drawn up the bill and believed 
that it would do no harm to any public interests. 

Upon motion of Mr. Brower and seconded by ^Ir. 
Seward, the papers in regard to the case were laid upon the 
table. 

.S"/.r Months Art Exhibition Rcconnnciidcd. 

At the request of Dr. George F. Kunz, who was un- 
avoidably absent, the Assistant Secretary communicated 
the former's recommendation that as a feature of the cele- 



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bration, there be opened in the Metropohtan Mnseum of 
Art an exhibition of paintings of the Dutch school on gen- 
eral subjects, and paintings by other artists on subjects re- 
lating to Henry Hudson. Robert Fulton an 1 tlieir times. 
He believed that such an exhibition of works owne 1 by an 1 
loaned to the !^Iuseum, and continued for six montlxS, would 
bring together the most remarkable collection of piciures of 
its kind in this country and would be a notable event in 
the world of American art. Dr. Kunz tendere.l his co- 
operation in arranging for such an exhil)iti()n. Referre 1 to 
the Committee on Plan and Scope. 

Adjourned Until October 2^^, igoj. 

Judge Higley moved that the regular meetings of the 
Trustees in the months of July, August and Septeml)er be 
omitted, and that wdien the meeting should adjourn, it be 
until A\'ednesday. October it^, 1907. unless previously called 
together by the President. Carried. 

The President thanked the Trtistees for their support 
and cooperation during the past year. He said he be- 
lieved that an interest is being aroused in New York that 
will give tis a great celebration, worthy of the City an 1 
State and creditable io the Commission. He wishe 1 the 
Trtistees a pleasant summer, and expressed the hope that 
all would be spared to meet and resume their duties in the 
tall. 

Admiral Coghlan moved that the meeting adjourn. 
Carried. 

Adjourned until Wednesday, October 23. 1907. 

HENRY W. SACKETT. 

Secretary. 
Edward Hag.\max Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Herbert Adams. 
John G. A^ar. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. Jolin E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Apgar. 
Col. John Jacob Astor. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atter- 

bury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Geo. C. Batcheller. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. J. Boulton. 
Hon. Thos. W. Bradley. 
George V. Broiver. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
Edward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry IV. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnegie. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate. 
John Claflin. 
Sir Caspar P. Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Graver Cleveland. 
Rear Adm. J. B. Cogh- 

lan. 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J. Curtis. 
Paul D. Cravath. 
Fred'k R. Cruikshank. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 
Tames de la Montayne. 
E. S. A. deLima. 
I^on. C. M. Depew. 
Edward DeWitt. 
Gforg-f G. rifU'itt. 
Hon. William Draper. 
Charles A. DuBois. 
John C. Fames. 
George Ehret. 
Hon. Smith Ely. 
Arthur English. 
Most Rev. John M, 

Farley. 
Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 
Barr Ferrec. 



Stuyvesant Fish. 
Theodore Fitch. 
Winchester Fitch. 
Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 
Fredk. S. Flower. 
Thomas Powell Fowler. 
Austen G. Fox. 
Hon. Chas. S. Francis. 
Henry C. Frick. 
Frank S. Gardner. 
Hon. Garret J. Garret- 
son. 
Hon. Theo. P. Gilman. 
Robert Walton Goelet. 
Rear Adm. C. F. Good- 
rich. 
George J . Gould. 
Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
Cant. R. H. Greene. 
George F. Gregory. 
Henry E. Gregory. 
Hon. Edward M. Gront. 
Abner S. Haight. 
Edw. Hagaman Hall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Hearn. 

Tames A. Hearn. 
Peter Coojier Hewitt. 
//o>i. IVnrren Hiff!--y. 

Hon. David B. Hill. 

Hon. Michael H. Hirsch- 
berg. 

Samuel Vcrplanck Hoff- 
man. 

Tames P. Holland. 

Willis Holly. 

Hon. Henry E. How- 
land. 

Colgate Hoyt. 

Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 

Gen. Thos. H. Hubbard. 

Hon. Henry Hudson. 

Walter G. Hudson. 

T. D. Huntting. 

August F. Jarcaci. 

Col. William Jay. 

Morris K. Jesup. 

Hugh Kelly. 

Hon. John H. T'Cetcham. 

Gt'n. Horatio C. King. 

Albert E. Kleinert. 

Dr. Gcorf.e F. Kuns. 

John LaFarge. 

Charles R. Lamb. 

Frederick S. Lamb. 

Homer I^ee. 

Charles W. Lefler. 

Julius Lehrenkrauss. 

Dr. Henry M. Leipsiger. 

Clarence E. Leonard. 

Hon. Clarence Lexow. 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 

Herman T.ivingston. 

Comdr. Chas. H. Loring. 

Flon. P. C. Lounsbury. 

Hon. Seth Low. 

R. I'ulton Ludlow. 

William A. Marble. 

George E. Matthews. 

Hon. Wm. McCirroll. 



Gen. Anson G. McCook. 
Col. John J. McCook. 
Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 
Hon. St. Clair McKel- 

way. 
Rear-Ad. Geo. W. Mel- 
ville. 
Hon. John G. Milburn. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Com. Jacob 11'. MilUr. 
Hon. Warner Miller. 
Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogdcn Mills. 
J. Picrpont Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton. 
Wm. C. Muschenheim. 
Nathan Newman. 
C. H. Niehaus. 
Ludwig Nissen. 
Hon. Lewis Nixon. 
Chas. R. Norman. 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
Wm. Church Osborn. 
Percy B. O'Sullivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
John E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons. 

Samuel H. Parsons. 

Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bayard ' L. Peck. 

Gordon H. Peck. 

Howland Pell. 

Geo. W. Perkins. 

Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 

George A. Plimpton. 

Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 

Rt. Rev. Henry C. Pot- 
ter. 

Thomas R. Proctor. 

Hon. Cornelius A. PugS- 
ley. 

Louis C. Raegener. 

Herman Ridder. 

William Rockefeller. 

Maj.-Gen. Chas. ^. Roe. 

Carl J. Roehr. 

Louis T. Romaine. 

Thomas F. Ryan. 

Henry W. Sackctt. 

Col. Wm. Cary Sanger. 

George Henrv Sargent. 

Col. Herbert L. Satterlee 

Chas. A. Schermerhorn. 

Jacob H. Schiflf. 

'Prcst. Jacob G. Schur- 
man. 

Gustav H. Schwab. 

L^aac N. Seiieman. 

Louis Seligslnirg. 

Hon. Toseph H. renner. 

Hon. Fred'k. \V. Seivard. 

ITon. Wm. F. Sheehan. 

Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 

/. Edward Sinvmns. 

John W. Simpson. 

iE. V. Skinner. 



[Names of Trustees in ita!ics:'\ 



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Prof. John C. Smock. 

William Sohmer. 

Nelson S. Spencer. 

James Speyer. 

Hon. John H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 

Hon. Louis .Stern. 

Francis Lyndc Stetson. 

Louis Stewart. 

James Stillman. 

Wm. L. Stone. 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

George R. .Sutherland. 

Hon. Theodore Sutro. 

Henry R. Towne. 

Dr. Irving: Townsend. 

Spencer Trask. 



C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
Lt.-Com. Aaron V'anJer- 

bilt. 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry Van 

Dyke. 
Warner Van Norden. 
IVtn. B. Van Rensselaer. 
J. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Col. John W. Vrooman. 
Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon. W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells, Jr. 

[Names of Trustees in t'/a/ics.] 



Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C. Whitney. 
Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. 
Hon. John S. Wise. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Stewart L. Woodford. 
Hon. Timothy L. Wood- 
ruff. 
W. E. Woolley. 
James A. Wright. 



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(Revised to October 23, 1907.) 



President: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

Vice-Presidents: 

Herman Ridder, Presiding Vice-President. 

Andrew Carnegie, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer: 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 
Secretary: Assistant Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Coiniiiittec: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 

Hon. James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Tunis G. Bergen, John E. Parsons, 

Andrew Carnegie, George W. Perkins, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Louis C. Raegener, 
RearAdm.J.B.Coghlan,U.S.N., Herman Ridder, 

William J. Curtis, Henry W. Sackett, 

Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, J. Edward Simmons, 

Col. William Jay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Farge, Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. William McCarroll, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Frank D. Millet, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Committee on Lazv: 
Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jav, 

William J. C"rtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, cx-ofEcio. 

Committee on Nominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway. New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-oMcio. 



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Committee on Finance: 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway, New York, 
Hon. Warren Higley, Hon. William McCarroll. 

General Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, John E. Parsons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

The President, cx-oMcio. 

Sub-Committee on Naval Parade: 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

William J. McKay, Com. Jacob W. Miller, 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, U.S.N., Hon. John H. Starin, 

Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Sub-Committee on Land Parade and Literary Exercises: 
Major-Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 
Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Chas. F. Roe, 

Gen. Horace Porter, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Sub-Committee on Dedication of Memorials: 
Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 55 Liberty Street, New York City. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Inzuood: 
John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William Street, New York City, 
William J. Curtis, Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, George W. Perkins, 

Henry W. Sackett. 

Sub-Committee on State Park at Vsrplanck's Point: 
Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Higley, 

Hon. J Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Sub-Committee on Date of Celebration: 
Hon. William McCarroll, Chairman, 30 Ferry St., New York. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Louis C. Raegener. 

Sub-Committee on Exhibition of Motive Power: 
Hon. James M. Beck, Chairman, 44 Wall Street, New York City, 

Committee on Co-operation: 
Charles R. Lamb, Chairman, 23 Sixth Avenue, New York City, 
Com. Jacob W. Miller, Henry W, Sackett, 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meetinor 

o 
October 23, 1907. 

The eighteenth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held in the headquarters 
in the Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday, Oc- 
tober 23, 1907, at 3 p. M, 

Roll Call. 

Present: President Stewart L. Woodford, presiding; and 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Rear Admiral Joseph B. Cogh- 
lan, U. S. N., Mr. Theodore Fitch, Mr. Edward Hagaman 
Hall, Hon. Warren Higley, Gen. Horatio C. King, Hon. 
William McCarroll, Mr. William J. McKay, Mr. Frank D. 
Millet, Mr. William C. Muschenheim, Hon. Cornelius A. 
Pugsley, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, and Gen. James Grant 
Wilson ; and also Mr. Nathan Newman, representing Hon. 
A. J. Boulton. 

Excused for Absence. 

(Regrets for absence were received from Mr. George V. 
Brower, Mr. Henry W. Cannon, Major-Gen. Fredk. D. 
Grant, U. S. A., Mr. S. V. Hoffman, Mr. Morris K. Jesup, 
Dr. George Frederick Kunz, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, Hon. 
Seth Low, Mr. E. E. Olcott, Mr. John E. Parsons, Hon. 
N. T. Phillips, Mr. Herman Ridder, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 
Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Herbert L. Satterlee, President 
J. G. Schurman, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Mr. Francis Lynde 
Stetson, Mr. Spencer Trask, and Hon. Andrew D. White 
and they were excused. 

Minutes Approved. 
The minutes of May 22d and June 26th, having been 
printed and sent to all the members of the Commission, were 
approved as printed. 



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Treasurer's Report, October 2j, ipo/ 
The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, was 
read as follows : 

To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commis- 
sion, 

Gentlemen : I have the honor to report the state of the 
treasury Oct. 23, 1907, as follows: 

DEBIT. 

To balance on hand as per report of June 26, 

1907 $1,410 27 

To cash received from the State Treasurer on 

July 3, 1907 _ 7.500 00 

To amounts disallowed by Comptroller on ac- 

jcounts Nos. 2, 7, 10, 21, 23, 26, 29, 30 148 73 

To amount disallowed by Comptroller on account 

No. 33 17 95 

Total $9.076 95 

CREDIT. 

35. By paid E. H. Hall, disbursements. '$30 16 
Salary for May, 1907 208 33 

$238 49 

^6. By transfer from Subscription Fund Ac- 
count to State Fund Account of payment 

to E. H. Hall on account of salary from 
April 28 to Aug. 31, 1906, paid Oct. 20, 
1906 76 91 

37. John Wanamaker, cuspidors and door mats. 15 98 

38. J. J. Conlon, lettering ofifice doors 18 85 

39. E. H. Hall, disbursements $43 25 

Salary for June 208 33 

251 58 

40. Polhemus Printing Co., stationery 6 32 

41. Miss J. A. Cooke, duplicating letters 6 00 

Total credit $614 13 

Total debit 9,076 95 

Balance Oct. 23, 1907 $8,462 82 

Respectfully submitted, 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 

The report was received and ordered on file. 



October 23, 1907 313 

Bills Approved for Payment. 
The following bills were approved for payment out of the 
State Fund, subject to examination and approval by the 
Finance Committee : 

Edwin J. Kerr, letter copy book $i 50 

Miss J. A. Cooke, mimeographing letters to 

editors i 55 

Henry Romeike, Inc., press clippings, April-Sept. 3, 69 

Polhemus Printing Co., stationery 9 14 

J. B. Lyon Co., 500 copies of Minutes of May 22 

and June 26 27 62 

J. B. Lyon Co., circulars and stationery 14 62 

E. H. Hall: Disbursements since May. $48 67 

Salary for July, Aug., Sept., and Oct. 833 33 

882 00 



$940 12 



Subscriptions Requested to Pay Certain Printing Bills. 

The President stated that when the Commission was or- 
ganized, and until recently, the Assistant Secretary, upon 
what appeared to be good advice and in order to expedite 
the work of the Commission, had had the printing of the 
Commission done by printers in New York City. When 
the first lot of vouchers was sent to the Comptroller, the 
latter, under date of June 4, 1907, informed the Commission 
that in his opinion the printing of this Commission was " de- 
partmental printing " under the State Printing Law and 
should have been done by the State Printer at Albany. 
The Comptroller further stated that if the Commission 
secured from the State Printers waivers of their claims for 
printing thus far done by unofficial printers, he would allow 
the vouchers at the contract rates, and this has been done. 
The total amount disallowed was $148.73. The sum of 
$76.91, formerly paid out of the Subscription Fund on ac- 
count of Assistant Secretary's salary had been charged to 
the State, thus reducing to $71.82 the amount due the State 
Fund. There was also due to the New York printers the 
sum of $25.34, being the balance due on three bills (Nos. 33, 



314 Minutes of Trustees 

40 and 45) previously contracted but not included in the 
vouchers before alluded to, and which had been subse- 
quently allowed in part by the Comptroller. This made a 
total of $97.16 which it was necessary to raise by subscrip- 
tion. 

It was voted that the 100 Trustees of the Commission 
each be requested to contribute the sum of $1 to pay the 
foregoing accounts. 

Appointments by the Mayor. 

A letter from the mayor of New York, dated July 24, 
1907, was read, communicating the appointment of the fol- 
lowing named gentlemen as members of the Commission, in 
accordance with the recommendation of the last meeting 
(see page 292 of the printed minutes) : Real Admiral 
Caspar F. Goodrich, U. S. N., Mr. Charles R. Norman, 
Gen. Anson G. McCook, Col. John J. McCook, Mr. Jacob 
H. SchiiT, Mr. Elias S. A. de Lima, Hon. Lewis Nixon, 
Hon. John Sergeant Wise, Mr. George Clinton Batcheller, 
Capt. Richard Henry Greene, Mr. Clarence E. Leonard, 
Mr. John Claflin and Hon. Elbridge T. Gerry. 

It was voted that the communication be received and 
placed on file, and that the names of those who had not de- 
clined be placed upon the list of members of the Com- 
mission. 

Declination of Hon. Elbridge T. Gerry. 

A communication dated July 31, 1907, from Hon. El- 
bridge T. Gerry, was read as, follows : 

Newport, Rhode Island, July 31, 1907. 

Henry W. Sackett, Esq., 

Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 

Tribune Building, New York City. 

Dear Sir: In reply to your letter of July 26, 1907, advis- 
ing me of my appointment a member of your Commission, 
I beg you will convey to His Honor the Mayor and also 
your Board of Trustees my deep regret that for personal 
reasons I shall be unable to accept the position indicated. 



October 23, 1907 315 

while deeply appreciating the compliment implied by my 
selection. 

I have the honor to remain with great respect, 

Elbridge T. Gerry. 

The letter was received with regret and ordered on file. 

Interest of the Ambassador from the Netherlands. 

A letter from His Excellency Jonkheer R. de Marees van 
Swinderen, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipo- 
tentiary of The Netherlands to the United States, dated 
Washington, D. C, Oct. 20, 1907, and addressed to the 
Secretary, was read as follows : 

LEGATION DES PAYS-BAS. 

Washington, D. C, October 20, 1907. 

Dear Sir : Mr. Cunliffe Owen had given me an introduc- 
tion to you when I called at your office last Saturday. It 
would have given me much pleasure to have a talk with 
you about the coming Hudson-Fulton Celebration, in the 
first part of which my country no doubt will feel highly 
interested. I regretted not to find you, but at my next 
visit to New York I will take liberty to write you before- 
hand in order to secure an appointment. In the meantime 
I would feel much obliged if you would kindly send me a 
few copies of the little pamphlet issued by the H. F. Cele- 
bration Commission, one copy of which I got last Saturday 
at the Commission's office. 

Looking forward to the honor of meeting you in the near 
future 

Sincerely yours, 
Van Swinderen, 
Minister of the Netherlands to the U. S. 

The President expressed the Commission's high apprecia- 
tion of the Ambassador's interest in its work and it was 
voted that the Secretary be requested to make suitable ac- 
knowledgment to His Excellency. 

Plan and Scope Report Adopted. 

The President announced the special order of business to 
be the consideration of the report of the Plan and Scope 



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Committee as presented at the last meeting and printed on 
pages 293 to 301 of the minutes. 

Secretary Seward, Chairman of the Plan and Scope Com- 
mittee, stated that since the last meeting wide circulation 
had been given to the report, and comments and suggestions 
had been invited. Special editorial copies had been sent to 
the editors of all the daily and the principal weekly papers 
of the State with a personal letter, asking suggestions from 
the papers and their readers. The comments on the report 
appeared to be universally favorable and it was believed to 
afford a satisfactory basis for practical work. Certain valu- 
able suggestions concerning details had been received and 
were under consideration, and in moving the adoption of the 
report, he did so in the light of the statement near the close 
of the report that the recommendations contained therein 
were not to be regarded as precluding such others as might 
appear to be desirable in the future. 

He therefore moved that the report of the Plan and 
Scope Committee be adopted as the working basis for future 
action, subject to such amendments and changes as the 
Commission may desire hereafter to make. Carried. 

Auxiliary Committees in Cities and Villages. 

Mr. Fitch moved " That the mayors of cities and presi- 
dents of villages along the Hudson and the Mohawk and 
westward to Buffalo, be invited to appoint auxiliary com- 
mittees of their citizens to arrange for celebrating in their 
respective localities in September, 1909, the discovery of the 
Hudson by Henry Hudson and the successful steam naviga- 
tion thereof by Robert Fulton, and to co-operate with the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission therein, such com- 
mittees to include themselves respectively, and to consist of 
such number as they may deem advisable." 

Mr. McKay of Newburgh said that he thought the plan 
suggested was an excellent one. There was already such a 
committee in Newburgh composed of representative citizens, 
ready to co-operate with the Commission at any time. The 
Newburgh Committee was already considering plans for a 



October 23, 1907 317 

local celebration on the occasion of the visit of the fleet in 
1909. 

The motion was carried. 

Mr. Fitch moved that the Secretary be directed to send a 
copy of the foregoing resolution, together with a copy of 
the report of the Plan and Scope Committee, to the mayors 
and presidents of the localities designated, with a letter ex- 
pressing the cordial wish of the Commission that their local 
committees co-operate heartily in securing a successful 
celebration. Carried. 

Constructor Willia})i J. Baxter, U. S. N., Nominated. 

Admiral Coghlan, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on 
Naval Parade, nominated Constructor William J. Baxter, 
U. S. N., for appointment by the mayor as a member of the 
Commission. He stated that his committee had been gather- 
ing data since the last meeting for guidance in constructing 
the facsimiles of the " Half Moon " and " Clermont." The 
Committee included among its members a distinguished engi- 
neer in the person of Admiral Melville, and he said that 
they would be greatly aided by having also a naval con- 
structor. 

The nomination was seconded and referred to the Com- 
mittee on Nominations. 

Mr. Fitch, Chairman of the Committee, reported favor- 
ably on the nomination of Constructor Baxter and it was 
voted that the appointment be recommended to the mayor. 

Loan of Painting from His Majesty, the King of England, 

Requested. 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Director of the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art and a member of the Executive Committee 
of this Commission, moved that a respectful request be made 
to King Edward VH through the American Ambassador to 
Great Britain, for the loan of John Collier's remarkable 
painting entitled " The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson." 
He stated that this picture belonged to the British Govern- 
ment and was among the paintings of the Chantrey Bequest 



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in the Tate Gallery, Chelsea, London, of which he had 
charge for many years. The canvas was about 6x8 feet 
in size, and it made a deep impression upon him by its 
weird and startling character. It represented Hudson and 
his grandson, as they were set adrift in Hudson's Bay and 
abandoned to their unknown fate by their heartless com- 
panions. It was a picture which would attract attention 
and, once seen, would be remembered. He recommended 
that the application be made through the American Ambas- 
sador, the Hon. Whitelaw Reid, directly to the King, and 
had no doubt but that His Majesty would readily consent, as 
he had loaned to the St. Louis Exposition several things 
which had never before been out of the Kingdom. It 
would take a year at least, he said, for the request to go 
through under the necessary procedure. 

Gen. Wilson very heartily endorsed Sir Purdon's motion. 
When in London recently, he had visited the Tate Gallery, 
and had been so deeply impressed with Collier's painting that 
he had secured a photograph of it. The picture was a 
striking and powerful work of art, and would be of very 
great interest. 

The motion was adopted, and the President appointed 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, the Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 
and the Secretary of the Commission, as a special committee 
to take up the matter at once with Ambassador Reid. 

Upon motion by IMr. Fitch, the President of the Commis- 
sion was added as a member of the Committee. 

Art Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum. 

The President read from pages 303. and 304 of the printed 
minutes the recommendation of Dr. George Frederick Kunz 
in regard to a six-months art exhibition at the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art in 1909, and he asked Sir Purdon if he had 
exchanged views with Dr. Kunz on the subject. 

Sir Purdon replied that he had had one conference on the 
subject and he expressed the opinion that such an exhibition 
of Dutch paintings and other works of art relating to the 
Colonial period would prove of great public interest. It 



October 23, 1907 319 

would become possible at the Metropolitan Museum, how- 
ever, only in case the new wing were ready, as the present 
Museum was fully occupied ; but he believed that the wing 
would be ready in time for such use. The glass roof was 
expected to be finished by Christmas, 1907, and twelve 
months would be required for plastering. One purpose of 
the new wing was temporary exhibitions of this sort, and he 
thought that this would be a very good way to inaugurate it. 
The meeting then adjourned. 

EDWARD HAGAMAN HALL, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Report of Plan and Scope Committee. 

Owing to the exhaustion of the edition of the printed 
minutes of June 26, 1907, the Report of the Plan and 
Scope Committee, reported on that date and adopted Octo- 
ber 23, 1907, is reprinted herewith from page 293 to page 
301: 

Report of the Committee on Plan and Scope. 

New York, June 26, 1907. 

To the Trustees of the Hudson-FuUon Celebration Com- 
mission : 

During the year which has elapsed since the presenta- 
tion of the Preliminary Report of the Plan and Scope 
Committee on June 13, 1906, this Committee has had the 
valuable advice and co-operation of the subcommittees to 
which its various recommendations were submitted and 
has greatly been aided by the intelligent discussion of the 
subject by the public press. Thus assisted, it feels pre- 
pared now to submit a more definite plan of celebration. 

We therefore respectfully recommend that the celebra- 
tion of the 300th anniversary of the discovery of the 
Hudson River by Henry Hudson, together with the looth 
anniversary of the first practical application of steam to 
navigation by Robert Fulton, be commemorated by an 
eight-day celebration commencing on Saturday, Septem- 
ber 18, 1909, and ending on the following Saturday, 
September 25, as follows : 

religious service days. 

(Saturday, Sept. i8th and Sunday, September 19th, 1909.) 
Services in places of public worship. 

reception day. 
(Monday, September 20th.) 

General decoration of public and private buildings for 
the week, from New York to the head of the river. 

Rendezvous of American and foreign naval vessels at 
New York. 

" Half Moon " enters river, formally received and takes 
her place in line. 

" Clermont " starts from original slip amid appropriate 
exercises and takes position. 

Visiting guests disembark and are received at the Robert 
Fulton Memorial Water Gate at Riverside Park, 



October 23, 1907 321 

Dedication of Robert Fulton Memorial Gate. 

Typical Indian Village at Inwood established by Ameri- 
can Museum of Natural History. 

Official Banquet in evening to guests, Governor of State 
and Mayors of Hudson River Cities at some suitable place. 

HISTORICAL DAY. 

(Tuesday, September 21st.) 

Visiting guests shown about City, making circuit of 
island by boat, and land excursions by automobiles. 

Commemorative exercises by day in Columbia Uni- 
versity, New York University, College of City of New 
York, Cooper Union, University of St. John at Fordham, 
Hebrew University, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sci- 
ences, Public Schools, Historical Societies, and all the uni- 
versities, colleges and institutions of learning throughout 
the State of New York. 

Exhibits of paintings, prints, books, models, relics, etc., 
by Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of 
Natural History, Hispano-American Museum, New York 
Public Library, New York Historical Society, Webb's 
School for Shipbuilders, New York Yacht Club, etc. 

Free lectures in 150 centers under auspices of Board 
of Education (Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, Supervisor). 

Official literarv exercises in evening in every borough : 
Manhattan, in Metropolitan Opera House; Brooklyn, in 
Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences ; Queens, in place 
to be determined ; Richmond, in place to be determined ; 
Bronx, in place to be determined. 

LAND PARADE DAY. 

(Wednesday, September 22d.) 

Land Parade, participated in by United States Army, 
Navy and Marine Corps ; National Guard ; Naval Militia ; 
Historical Society floats; Labor, Industrial and Manu- 
facturing floats : various other civic organizations. 

In evening, reception to guests on Governor's Island. 

DEDICATION DAY. 

(Thursday, September 23rd.) 

Dedication of Parks and Memorials along the river : 
Inwood Hill Park, Hudson-Memorial Bridge, Palisades 
Drive, Verplanck's Point Park, Statue of WiUiam the 



32 2 Minutes of Trustees 

Silent erected by the Holland Society, and other parks and 
memorials along the river. 

Tablets in New York, Albany and other cities. 

Reception to visiting guests at West Point during the 
day. 

Aquatic sports on Hudson River. 

Musical festival in evening, in place to be selected. 



HUDSON RIVER DAY. 

(Friday, September 24th.) 

Naval parades start from New York and Albany and 
meet at Newburgh : American naval vessels, foreign naval 
vessels, " Half Moon," " Clermont," merchant marine, 
pleasure craft. 

Salutes to " Half Moon " and " Clermont " from West 
Point and other places where cannon can be fired as pro- 
cession passes. 

Fetes of townspeople along the river from New York 
to Newburgh. 

Exercises at Newburgh : Reception on land ; formal de- 
livery of " Half Moon " and " Clermont " to North 
Hudson division. 

ILLUMINATION DAY. 

(Saturday, September 25th.) 

Naval parades return to Albany and New York. 

Salutes from upper Hudson cities to " Half Moon " and 
" Clermont " as they pass. 

Fetes of townspeople from Newburgh to Albany. 

Children's fetes in parks and playgrounds. 

Illumination of fleet and public and private buildings 
in New York, and pyrotechnical displays. 

Illumination, pyrotechnics and special local exercises in 
Albany. 

Chain of signal fires at 9 p. m. from Coney Island to 
Albany. 



It is believed by your committee that the propriety of 
the various features suggested in the foregoing outline will 
be sufificiently apparent without extended explanations. 
The following brief observations concerning certain fea- 
tures, however, may be added. 



October 23, 1907 323 

THE DATE. 

The date selected combines historical propriety and 
popular convenience. Hudson reached his " farthest 
north " in the exploration of the river with the " Half 
Moon " on September 19, 1609, and started down stream 
on his return voyage on September 23rd. The days se- 
lected for the celebration therefore embrace the 300th 
anniversary of the culmination of his great voyage. They 
will also occur at a convenient season of the year for those 
returning from their summer's outings. While the epoch 
marking first trip of Fulton's " Clermont "• was made in 
August, 1807, propriety is lent to its commemoration in 
1909, not only by the fact that Hudson's and Fulton's 
achievements are indissolubly wedded to the same great 
water course, but also by the fact that in 1809 the Legisla- 
ture of the State of New York was so convinced of the 
practicability and value of Fulton's invention, that it 
granted him a monopoly of the navigation of the river. 
This act led to the famous suit of Gibbons versus Ogden, 
the decision of which established the principal of freedom 
of navigation. 

With respect to the probability of fair weather during 
the week selected, we are assured by the United States 
Meteorological authorities that the popular superstition 
about the so-called " equinoctial storm " is without war- 
rant in fact, and the view that there is no greater likelihood 
of a storm on September 21 than on any other day a week 
before or after is held throughout the Weather Bureau. 
As to New York City in particular. Forecaster Emery in- 
forms us after an examination of the records for a number 
of years, that rain has been less frequent during the week 
in question than in the preceding one, while the week fol- 
lowing, beginning September 27 has had still fewer rainy 
days. We therefore feel reasonably assured as to the 
probable condition of the weather for the week chosen. 



RELIGIOUS SERVICE DAYS. 

We are of the opinion that in arranging for the celebra- 
tion we should not overlook the Divine guidance in the 
two great events to be commemorated, one of which 
opened up our State to modern civilization and led to the 
founding of the City of New York, and the other of which 
laid the foundation for the vast commerce upon which the 
prosperity of the City and State so largely depends. We 
have therefore set apart the first two days for religious 



324 Minutes of Trustees 

observance by those who are accustomed to worship on 
Saturday and Sunday. 



RECEPTION DAY. 

The secular observances are planned to begin on Mon- 
day, the 20th, with the rendezvous of naval vessels, and the 
official reception of guests of honor. Formalities in con- 
nection with reproduction of the historic vessels *' Half 
Moon " and " Clermont " will be picturesque and instruc- 
tive features of the aquatic portion of the programme. 

The recommendation concerning the dedication of the 
Robert Fulton Memorial Water Gate is subject, of course, 
to the concurrence of the Robert Fulton Memorial Associ- 
ation which has undertaken its erection and with whom it 
is our cordial desire to co-operate in every practical way. 
It is placed thus early in the programme both as a matter 
of propriety and as a deference to the public spirited men 
who have generously assumed the responsibility of erect- 
ing this memorial. 

The co-operation of the ethnological department of the 
American Museum of Natural History is invited in the re- 
creation of a typical Indian village on the site of the ab- 
original shell heaps at the Indian rock habitation at Inwood 
Hill. It is thought that this can be done with Indians 
from the New York State reservations and will prove of 
high educational value. 

This day will close with an official banquet in New York 
City in the evening. 

HISTORICAL DAY. 

Tuesday, the 21st, is essentially an educational day, de- 
signed to be participated in by the universities, colleges, 
schools, museums and learned societies throughout the 
whole State. While the commemoration of 1909 must, 
from geographical considerations, largely center around 
the Hudson River, the glory and the material benefits of 
Hudson's and Fulton's achievements are the heritage of 
the people of the entire State, and the programme for 
Historical Day afifords a practical means for a general ob- 
servance of the occasion from one end of the State to the 
other. 

The day will culminate in New York City with official 
literary meetings in the evening in each of the five 
Boroughs, at which provision will be made for orations by 
men of national reputation. 



October 23, 1907 325 

LAND PARADE DAY. 

The programme for Wednesday, the 22d, is arranged 
with a view to giving, in addition to miHtary pageantry, 
ample scope for the exhibition of the arts of peace. With 
historical allegorical floats illustrating the past history of 
the City and State, and similar exhibits illustrating the con- 
temporary genius of labor and industry, as expressed in the 
various arts and crafts of our people, we believe that New 
York can produce a pageant which for beauty and instruc- 
tiveness will excel any of the famous spectacles of the 
European carnivals. 

An evening reception to the official guests at the head- 
quarters of the Department of the East on Governor's 
Island is suggested as the closing event of the day if it 
proves agreeable to the authorities, 

DEDICATION DAY. 

Soon after the Commission Was formed, a World's Fair 
at or near New York City was suggested. After giving 
several public hearings the subject was referred to the 
Plan and Scope Committee, who, in their preliminary re- 
port (page 115 of the printed Minutes), expressed the be- 
lief that the country had been surfeited with such tem- 
porary celebrations and voiced the hope that the celebra- 
tion of 1909 would be conducted on a plan which would 
leave monumental works of lasting benefit to the people. 
During the past year the ideas thus expressed appear to 
have become the policy of the Commission, and the recent 
unequivocal expressions of approval by the leading news- 
papers of this and other States tend to confirm the wisdom 
of such a course. 

We therefore recommend that Thursday in Celebration 
Week be devoted to the dedication of parks and memorials 
along the Hudson River; and that, between now and then, 
the most earnest efforts be made to secure not only the 
great memorials like Inwood Hill Park, the Hudson 
Memorial Bridge, the Verplanck's Point Park, the cgm- 
pletion of the Palisades Drive, etc., but also that the civic 
pride of various communities along the river be invoked 
to participate in like manner according to their means. 
We also recommend that the interest of the numerous his- 
torical and patriotic societies be enlisted for the erection of 
monuments and tablets, so that the history of the Hudson 
Valley may be written in stone and bronze from the site 
of old Fort Amsterdam to the site of old Fort Orange. 



326 Minutes of Trustees 

The aquatic sports mentioned in the programme for 
Dedication Day are designed in the first instance for 
friendly competition between the crews of the naval 
vessels, but may embrace motor boat races and such other 
amusements as may seem practicable and desirable. 

A music festival in some large auditorium is proposed 
for the evening event of this day. 

HUDSON RIVER DAY. 

Friday, the 24th, is devoted to the Naval Parade and in- 
cidental ceremonies. It appears to be practicable for some 
of our naval vessels to proceed as far north as Newburgh 
Bay. We have therefore planned to have as many vessels 
of the navy, merchant marine, excursion boats, and pleas- 
ure craft as possible go from New York to Newburgh, 
taking with them the facsimiles of the " Half Moon " and 
" Clermont." In order that the inhabitants of the country 
on either side of the river may see the parade and the 
reproductions of the historic vessels, we recommend that 
the day be devoted by them to fetes champetres along the 
river-sides from New York to Newburgh. As the pro- 
cession passes up the river, salutes may be fired from 
eligible points. 

Simultaneously with the advance of the Southern Hud- 
son Division, we recommend a counter-procession from 
Albany to Newburgh, the two divisions meeting and hold- 
ing appropriate ceremonies at Newburgh. The delivery 
of the " Half Moon " and " Clermont " to the North Hud- 
son Division would form a feature of these exercises. 

ILLUMINATION DAY. 

Saturday, the two divisions of the Naval Parade will re- 
turn to their respective starting points, the people residing 
north of Newburgh holding open air fetes at convenient 
places along the river, which will enable them to see and 
salute the *' Half Moon " and " Clermont " as they pass. 

In all the cities this will be peculiarly the Children's Day, 
devoted to fetes in public and private parks and play- 
grounds. The fertility of the youthful mind as displayed 
in their May Party and Thanksgiving Day observances 
suggests that these Children's Festivals may develop into 
one of the most interesting and picturesque features of the 
celebration. 

The whole celebration will culminate in New York with 
an illumination of the fleet and public and private build- 
ings, and pyrotechnic display, and in Albany with similar 



October 23, 1907 327 

illuminations and special local exercises ; while the whole 
river will be connected by a chain of signal fires from 
mountain-tops and other eligible points, lighted at a given 
hour. Displays of fireworks at various points, notably on 
the great bridges as in the fetes of the 14th of July in 
Paris, can be seen by hundreds of thousands of people and 
will give great pleasure to the masses. For the signal fires, 
the co-operation of the inhabitants and authorities of dif- 
ferent localities is confidently expected and relied upon. 
It is believed that each one will select suitable points where 
such bonfires may be conspicuous and yet compatible with 
safety to property; and that the public spirit of the com- 
munity will inspire its members with zeal for collecting the 
materials, and firing the piles at the same hour, on receipt 
of an electric signal flashed at 9 p. m. along both shores 
of the river. 

THESE RECOMMENDATIONS NOT EXCLUSIVE. 

In making the foregoing recommendations, your Com- 
mittee does not regard them as excluding any other appro- 
priate and practicable features which may be recommended 
from time to time, for doubtless many very excellent new 
ideas will be suggested before the anniversary year arrives. 
But we believe that the plan is sufficiently definite and 
comprehensive to serve as a working basis for the begin- 
ning of practical preparations. With a view to the recep- 
tion and consideration of further recommendations from 
any source, the Trustees may deem it advisable to continue 
the Plan and Scope Committee as a standing Committee 
of the Commission. 

We recommend that the various subcommittees of the 
Plan and Scope Committee, which have so ably co-operated 
in the preparation of the foregoing programme, be dis- 
charged as subcommittees, and be reappointed as full work- 
ing committees, together with such other committees as may 
be necessary for the practical working out and execution of 
the details of the celebration. 

All of which is respectfully submitted in behalf of the 
Committee. 

Frederick W. Seward, Chairman. 
Committee : 

Frederick W. Seward, E. E. Olcott, 

James M. Beck John E. Parsons, 

Frederick D. Grant, Aaron Vanderbilt, 

George F. Kunz, Samuel B. Ward, 

Seth Low, Stewart L. Woodford. 



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330 



l^ubBOtt- Julton (Eebbratton (EommisBtott. 

(Revised to December 3, 1907.) 



Herbert Adams. 

John G. Agar. 

R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 

Alplionse H. Alker. 

B. Altman. 

Louis Annin Ames. 

Hon. John E. Andrus. 

Hon. James K. Afgar. 

Col. John Jacob Astor. 

Mrs. Anson P. Atter- 

bury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Ranta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Geo. C. Batcheller. 
Constructor Wiliam J. 

Baxter, U. S. N. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Blooniingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. J. Boulton. 
Hon. Thos. W. Bradley. 
George V. Broiver. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
Edward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry IV. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnegie. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate. 
John Claflin. 
.Sir Caspar P. Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grovcr Cleveland. 
Rear Adm. J. B. Cogh- 

Ian. 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J. Curtis. 
Paul D. Cravath. 
Fred'k R. Cruikshank. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 
James de la Montayne. 
E. S. A. deLima. 
Hon. C. M. Depew. 
Edward DeWitt. 
Gforg-e G. DeW'itt. 
Hon. William IVaper. 
Charles A. DuBois. 
John C. Fames. 
George Ehret. 
Hon. Smith Ely. 
Arthur English. 
Most Rev. John M. 

Farley. 



Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 

Barr Ferree. 

Stuyfesant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Wkichester Fitch. 

Hon. J. J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. .S. Flower. 

Thomas Powell Foivler. 

Austen G. Fox. 

Hon. Chas. S. Francis. 

Henry C^ Frick. 

Frank -S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garret- 
son. 

Hon. Theo. P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Rear Adm. C. F. Good- 
rich. 

Gt-orge J . Gould. 

Maj.-Gcn. F. D. Grant. 

Capt. R. H. Greene. 

George F. Gregory. 

Henry E. Gregory. 

Hon. Edward M. Grout. 

.\bner S. Haight. 

Fdw. Hagaman Hall. 

Benjamin F. Hamilton. 

Geo. A. Hearn. 

James A. Hearn. 

Peter Cooper Hewitt. 

//('«. Warren //ic^fy. 

Hon. David B. Hill. 

Hon. Michael H. Hirsch- 
berg. 

Samuel Verplanck Hoff- 
man. 

Tames P. Holland. 

Willis Holly. 

Hon. Henry E. How- 
land. 

Colgate Lloyt. 

Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 

Gen. Thos. H. Hubbard. 

Hon. Henrv Hudson. 

Walter G. Hudson. 

T. D. Huntting. 

Augtist F. Jarcaci. 

Col. William Jay. 

Morris K. Jesup. 

Hugh Kelly. 

Hon. John H. Tvetcham. 

Gi'n. Horatio C. King. 

.Albert E. Kleinert. 

Dr. George F. Kunc. 

John LaFarge. 

Charles R. Lamb. 

Frederick S. Lamb. 

Homer Lee. 

Charles W. Lefler. 

Julius Lehrenkrauss. 

Dr. Henry M. l.eipsiger. 

Clarence E. Leonard. 

Hon. Clarence Lexow. 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 

Herman Livingston. 

Comdr. Chas. H. Loring. 

Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 

Hon. Seth Low. 



R. Fulton Ludlow. 

William A. IMarble. 

George E. Matthews. 

Hon. Wm. McCirroll. 

Gen. Anson G. McCook. 

Col. John J. McCook. 

Donald McDonald. 

William J. McKay. 

Hon. St. Clair McKel- 
way. 

Rear-Ad. Geo. W. Mel- 
ville. 

Hon. John G. Milburn. 

Frank D. Millet. 

Con,, facob //■. Milhr. 

Hon." Warner Miller. 

Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 

Ogdcn Mills. 

J. Pierpont Morgan. 

Hon. Fordham ^lorris. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton. 

Wm. C. Mnschcnheim. 

Nathan Newman. 

C. H. Xifhaus. 

I^udwig Nissen. 

Tlon. Lewis Nixon. 

Chas. R. Norman. 

W. R. O' Donovan. 

Eben E. Olcott. 

Wm. Church Osborn. 

Percy B. O'Sullivan. 

Hon. Alton B. Parker. 

(Irre! .\. Parker. 

John E. Parsons. 

Hon. Samuel Parsons. 

Samuel H. Parsons. 

Comdr. R. E. Peary. 

Bayard L. Peck. 

Gordon H. Peck. 

Howland Pell. 

Non. Geo. W. Perkins. 

Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 

George A. Plimpton. 

Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 

Rt. Rev. Henry C. Pot- 
ter. 

Thomas R. Proctor. 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugs- 
ley. 

Louis C. Raegener. 

Herman Ridder. 

William Rockefeller. 

Mai.-Gen. Chas. ^. Roe. 

Carl J. Roehr. 

Louis T. Romaine. 

Thomas F. Rvan. 

Henry W. Sacketf. 

Col. Wm. Cary Sanger. 

George Henry Sargent. 

Col. Herbert L. Satterlee 

Chas. .\. .Schermerhorn. 

Jacob H. Schiff. 

Prest. Jacob G. Schur- 
man. 

Gustav H. Schwab. 

I.<:aac N. SelifTiiian. 

Louis Seligsburg. 

Hon. Joseph H. l-enner. 



[Names of Trustees'in itaUcs:\ 



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Hon. Fre<Vk. IV. Seward. 

Hon. Wm. F. Sheehan. 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 

/. Edward Simmons. 

John W. Simpson. 

E. V. Skinner. 

Prof. John C. Smock. 

William Sohmer. 

Nelson S. Spencer. 

James Speyer. 

Hon. John H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 

Hon. Louis Stern. 

Francis Lynde Stetson. 

Louis Stewart. 

James Stillman. 

Wm. L. Stone. 

Hon. Oscar S. Strajcs. 

George R. Sutherland. 



Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
Spencer Trask. 
C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
Lt.-Cant. Aaron Vande7-- 

bilt. 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt. 
Rev. Dr. Henry Van 

Dyke. 
Warner Van Norden. 
Wm. B. Van Rensselaer. 
J. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Col. John W. Vrooman. 
Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

[Names of Trustees in italics.'] 



Hon. W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells. Jr. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C. Whitney. 
Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. J as. Grant Wilson. 
Hon. John S. Wise. 
Charles B. WolfFrani. 
Stewart L. Woodford. 
Hon. Timothy L. Wood- 
ruff. 
W. E. Woolley. 
James A. Wright. 



132 

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(Revised to December 3, 1907.) 



President: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

I'ice-Presidents : 

Herman Ridder, Presiding Vice-President. 

Andrew Carnegie, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer: 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 
Secretary: Assistant Secretary; 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Flail, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Conniiittee: 

Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 
Hon. James M. Beck, John E. Parsons, 

Tunis G. Bergen, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Andrew Carnegie, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Louis C. Raegener, 
Hon. Grover Cleveland, Herman Ridder, 

RearAdm.J.B.Coghlan,U.S.N., Henry W. Sackett, 
William J. Curtis, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Theodore Fitch, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, J. Edward Simmons, 

Edward Hagaman Flail, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Col. William Jay, Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Farge, Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. William McCarroll, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 
Frank D. Millet, Hon. Wm. R. VVillcox. 

T. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, [One vacancvl 

Eben E. Olcott, 

Conmritfee on Lazi': 

Francis L}nde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jav, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, ex-o-fficio. 

Connnittec on Nominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. "I 



333 

Committee on Finance: 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway, New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Hon. William McCarrolI. 

General Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York 
Hon. James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, John E. Parsons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

The President, ex-oificin. 

Sub-Committee on Naval Parade: 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 

59 West 4Sth Street, New York. 

William J. McKay, Com. Jacob W. Miller, 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, U.S.N., Hon. John H. Starin, 

Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Sub-Committee on Land Parade and Literary Exercises: 
Major-Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 
Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Chas. F. Roe, 

Gen. Horace Porter, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Sub-Committee on Dedication of Memorials: 
Tunis G. Bergen,Chairman, 55 Liberty Street, New York City. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Inzvood: 
John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William Street, New York City. 
William J. Curtis, Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz. Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Henry W. Sackett. 

Sub-Committee on State Park at Vsrplanck's Point: 
Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Higley, 

Hon. J Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Sub-Committee on Date of Celebration: 
Hon. William McCarrolI, Chairman, 30 Ferry St., New York. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Louis C, Raegener. 

Sub-Committee on Exhibition of Motive Power: 
Hon. James M. Beck, Chairman, 44 Wall Street, New York City. 

Committee on Co-operation: 
Charles R. Lamb, Chairman, 23 Sixth Avenue, New York City. 
Com. Jacob W. Miller, Henry W. Sackett. 



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335 
Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

November 27, 1907. 

The nineteenth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
F'ulton Celel:>ration Commission was held in the head- 
quarters in the Tribune Building, New York City, 
Wednesday, November 2"], 1907, at 3 p. m. 

Roll Call. 
Present: President Stewart L. Woodford, presiding; 
and Hon. James K. Apgar, Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. 
George V. Brower, j\lr. Theodore Fitch, Mr. Henry E. 
Gregory, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. Henry Hud- 
son, Gen. Horatio C. King, Mr. William C. Muschenheim, 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Hon. George W. Perkins, Hon. N. 
Taylor Phillips, Mr. Herman Ridder, Mr. Henry W. 
Sackett, Gen. James Grant Wilson, and Hon. Timothy 

L. Woodruff. 

Excused for Absence. 
Regrets for absence were received from Hon. William 
Berri, Hon. Alfred J. Boulton, Mr. H. W. Cannon, Mr. 
William J. Curtis, Mr. August F. Jaccaci, Mr. Morris K. 
Jesup, Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Seth Low, Com. Jacob 
W. Miller, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Col. Herbert L. Satterlee, 
President Jacob G. Schurman, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Mr. Spencer Trask, and Dr. 
Samuel B. Ward, and they were excused. 

Minutes Approved. 
The minutes of October 23, 1907, having been printed 
and sent to all the members of the Commission, were 
approved as printed. 

Treasurer's Report. 
The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 
stated that there had been no disbursements since the 
last meeting and the balance on hand remained as then 
stated. 



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Bills Approz'cd for Payment. 
The following- bills were approved for payment out of 
the State Fund, subject to examination and approval by 
the Finance Committee: 

De-Fi Manufacturing Co., i box of carbon 

paper $3 50 

Polhemus Printing- Co., i scrap book i 00 

Polhemus Printing Co., i ream blank paper.. 2 75 

J. B. Lyon Co., 800 cards, notices of meeting. . 4 13 

E. H. Hall, disbursements $18 54 

Salary for November 208 33 

226 87 

$238 25 



Auxiliary Co)iniiiftccs in Cities and Villages. 

The Secretary reported that in accordance with the 
resolution adopted October 23d, he had sent a letter to 
the Mayors of 18 cities and the Presidents of 2"/ villages, 
inviting them to appoint auxiliary committees to co- 
operate in arranging for the celebration in 1909. The 
names of those addressed were as follows : 

MAYORS OF CITIES. 

Albany Hon. Charles H. Gaus. 

Amsterdam Hon. Jacob H. Dealey. 

Auburn Hon. I'^ C. Aiken. 

Buffalo His Honor, the Mayor. 

Cohoes Hon. John Archibold. 

Hudson Hon. Henry Hudson. 

Kingston Hon. Walter P. Crane. 

Little Falls Hon. Rugene Walrath. 

Newburgh Hon. Chas. D. Robinson. 

Oswego Hon. John K. Smith. 

Poughkeepsie Hon. John K. Sague. 

Rochester Hon. James G. Cutler. 

Rome Hon. Albert R. Kessinger. 

Schenectady Hon. Jacob W. Clute. 

Syracuse Hon. Alan C. Fobes. 

Troy Hon. Elias P. Mann. 

Utica Hon. Richard W. Sherman. 

Yonkers Hon. John H. Coyne. 



November 27, 1907 337 

PRESIDENTS OF VILLAGES. 

Canajoharie President of the Village. 

Canastota Hon. F. F. Hubbard. 

Catskill Hon. Charles A. Elliott. 

Cold Spring Hon. Vincent Murray. 

Cornwall President of the Village. 

Coxsackie Hon. F. H. Sutherland. 

Dobbs Ferry Hon. Chas. E. Storms. 

Fishkill Hon. Howell White. 

Fonda Hon. Elmer E. Follonsbee. 

Fort Plain Hon. Thomas Temple. 

Frankfort Hon. Charles T. Pratt. 

Fultonville Hon. Robert Wemple. 

Hastings Hon. F. G. Zinsser. 

Haverstraw Hon. Charles H. Zundel. 

Herkimer Hon. William Witherstine. 

Highland Falls Hon. Christian A. IMiiller. 

Ilion Hon. Edward Whitmore. 

Mohawk Hon. Wm. M. Lamb. 

Nyack Dr. H. W^ Boyd. 

Peekskill Hon. Isaac H. Smith. 

Saratoga Springs Hon. James D. McNulty. 

Saugerties Hon. Albert Rowe. 

South Nyack Hon. Charles McElroy. 

Stony Point (town) Hon. Alex. Rose (Supervisor). 

Tarrytown Hon. John Gross. 

Upper Nyack Hon. A. C. Tucker. 

West Haverstraw Hon. Edward L. Wemple. 

Replies b.ad already been received from the ^Mayors of 
Albany, Rochester, Schenectady, Troy and Utica indicat- 
ing that they would take favorable action as soon as pos- 
sible. 

Appointment by the Mayor of iVftc York. 

A letter from the Hon. Geo. B. ^IcClellan, ^layor of 
New York, dated November 2, 1907, was read communi- 
cating the appointment of Constructor William J. Baxter, 
U. S. N., as a member of this Commission, in accordance 
with the recommendation of the Trustees at their last 
meeting. 

It was voted that the communication be received and 
placed on file, and that the name of Constructor Baxter 
be placed upon the list of members of the Commission. 



338 Minutes of Trustees 

Correspondence zuith Governor Hughes Concerning l^er- 
planck's Point Park. 

A communication dated November 22, 1907. was re- 
ceived from the Hon. Frederick W. Seward, enclosing 
copies of correspondence with Governor Hughes concern- 
ing the proposed State Park at Verplanck's Point Park 
as follows : 

Montrose, N. Y., November 4, 1907. • 
The Honorable Charles E. Hughes, 
Governor of New York, 

Albany, N. Y. 

My dear Sir: The Honorable Stewart L. Woodford 
tells me that you desire some further information in re- 
gard to the project of a State Park at Ver Planck's Point. 
I take pleasure in complying with his request that I 
should write you. 

The Hudson-Fulton Commission has adopted an elabo- 
rate plan for an eight days' celebration of the events it 
was designed to commemorate — a plan including land 
and naval parades and other public exercises and demon- 
strations. But as all these would have only temporary 
importance it was thought best to also devise some per- 
manent memorials that might be of lasting public benefit. 
Accordingly, the Commission has decided to recommetid 
several such memorials. They include a park within the 
city limits at Inwood Heights; a park outside of those 
limits at Ver Planck's Point; the Hudson Memorial 
Bridge across Spuyten Duyvil creek ; the Fulton Water- 
Gate in Riverside Park ; the Palisade Drive ; the Statue 
of William the Silent ; and various tablets commemorat- 
ing important events. 

The Ver Planck's Point Park is the one of these that is 
distinctively a State enterprise requiring State legisla- 
tion. The others are to be provided for by the city au- 
thorities or by private or popular subscription. 

Ver Planck's Point marks a spot where Henry Hudson 
came to anchor on his first voyage of discovery in 1609. 
It is one of the two head lands at the northern end of 
Haverstraw Bay. Stony Point lies directlv opposite. 
Between the two was the old King's Ferry of Revolution- 
ary fame — the chief line of communication between New 
England and the other colonies, and the thoroughfare of 
the American and French armies. Washington, with 



November 27, 1907 339 

masterly strategy, fortified and defended both points, 
thereby saving the ferry to the American Colonies and 
preventing the junction of the British armies under Bur- 
goyne and Sir Henry Clinton. The capture of Stony 
Point by Anthony Wayne was the chief incident in that 
heroic defense. 

A few years ago the State of New York purchased 
Stony Point and made it a State Park, thus saving it from 
irreparable devastation. If the State should now round 
out and complete that action by in like manner convert- 
ing Ver Planck's Point to public uses, the twin parks 
united by the ancient ferry would constitute a fitting and 
enduring memorial of Hudson's voyage in 1609, ^^^^ Rev- 
olutionary struggle of 1775-83, and Robert Fulton's 
achievements in steam navigation in 1807, besides fur- 
nishing a popular recreation ground of unrivaled scenic 
beauty. 

The bill submitted to the Legislature last winter 
seemed to carry its own argument. It specifically enum- 
erated the historic points to be acquired — the shore 
fronting the anchorage of Hudson ; the ruins of the old 
Revolutionary battery ; the site of Fort Fayette ; the land- 
ing place of the King's Ferry; the hill where Washing- 
ton planted his Marquee; and the camp-ground of 
the American and French armies. The bill carefully 
guarded the interest of the State by providing that the 
purchase should be made by the Commissioners of the 
Land Office having the right of condemnation and only 
on such terms as they should find just and it limited the 
amount to $125,000 " or so much thereof as may be nec- 
essary," thus preventing any unreasonable or extravagant 
expenditure. The Commission are still of the opinion 
that the coming session offers a favorable opportunity 
for the enactment of this or some similar measure. 

Very respectfully. 

Your obedient servant, 
(Signed) Frederick W. Seward. 

State of New York 

EXECUTIVE CHAMBER 

Albany, November 11, 1907. 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Montrose, N. Y. 

My dear Mr. Seward. Your letter of the 4th instant 
was received during my absence from Albany. I thank 



340 Minutes of Trustees 

you for your statement of the plans of the Hudson-Ful- 
ton Celebration Commission. I am much interested in 
the project and shall be glad to take the matter under 
careful consideration. 
I remain, 

Very truly yours, 
(Signed) Charles E. Hughes. 

Nominated for Appoiiitiiuvit on Conuiiission. 

Mr. Fitch, cliairman of the Committee on Nominations, 
reported the name of Hon. Edward AI. Shepard, chairman 
of the Board of Trustees of the College of the City of 
New York, for membership in the Commission, and it 
was voted that the appointment be recommended to the 
Mayor. 

Inwood Hill Park and Hudson Memorial Bridge. 

The Secretary laid before the Board the report of Chief 
Engineer Nelson P. Lewis to the Board of Estimate and 
Apportionment, dated September 26, 1907, containing the 
engineer's views upon various recommendations made by 
the City Improvement Commission. The engineer's re- 
port begins as follows : 

" Hon. George B. McClellan, Chairman of the Board of 
Estimate and Apportionment : 

Sir : At the meeting of the Board of Estimate and Ap- 
portionment held on April 5, 1907, the plans and draw- 
ings accompanying the report of the New York City 
Improvement Commission to the Mayor and the Board 
of Aldermen were ordered to be filed in the office of the 
Chief Engineer of the Board, who was instructed to re- 
port as to which of the recommendations of the Commis- 
sion it would be practicable to carry out by proceedings 
involving assessments for all or a portion of the expense, 
which could be carried out at the expense of the city at 
large, and also which of the said plans could advantageously 
be officially approved by the Board of Estimate and Appor- 
tionment at the present time." 

The report then proceeds to review the various recom- 
mendations of the City Improvement Commission, and 



November 27, 1907 341 

refers to the communications addressed to the Board of 
Estimate by the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 
the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, 
the Washington Heights Taxpayers' Association, and the 
Sons of the American Revolution in favor of the park at 
Inwood Hill. Concerning the proposed improvements in 
the Borough of Manhattan the engineer's conclusion is 
stated as follows : 

" The improvements which are, in my judgment, most 
important at present, are as follows : Borough of Alan- 
hattan — i, the provision of outlets for Sixth and Seventh 
avenues; 2, the extension of Madison avenue from 23rd 
street southwardly to the intersection of Fourth avenue 
at 17th street; 3, the laying out and acquisition of a park 
west of Riverside Drive and at Inwood Hill. * * * 
The third improvement suggested, namely, the laying out 
of a park west of Riverside Drive and at Inwood Hill, is 
selected for the reason that delay in taking this action 
will enormously increase the expense." 

Mr. John E. Parsons expressed satisfaction at the rec- 
ommendation of Chief Engineer Lewis; for ]\Ir. Parsons' 
attention had been called to the fact that action had re- 
cently been taken to provide for the Hudson Memorial 
Bridge and approaches, and he had felt some alarm lest 
that action would militate against the park plan. As 
between the closely connected projects for the bridge and 
the park, he felt that that of the park was of more im- 
mediate importance, and that if either had to wait, the 
bridge could wait with the less disadvantage. He had 
recently learned from an important property owner of 
that section that the plans for the extension of Riverside 
Drive included a viaduct across Dyckman street; and the 
effect of this was to augment enormously the real estate 
values of the hill. This, in turn, meant increased ex- 
pense and difficulty for our plan for the park. A short 
time ago he had spoken to the Mayor about the proposed 
park, and all he said, and all he could say in view of the 
condition of the city's finances, was that the park could 
not be considered at present. Mr. Parsons, therefore, 
did not see how we could proceed just now. 



342 Minutes of Trustees 

Deputy Comptroller Phillips said that he did not feel 
alarmed concerning- the effect on the park plans of the 
action in reference to the bridge. The bridge matter had 
been referred to the Corporation Counsel as a matter of 
form, and it was not likely that an3^thing would be done 
that would affect unfavorably the park plan. Mr. Phil- 
lips agreed very heartily with Mr. Parsons as to the 
precedent importance of the park plan. 

The Secretary also laid before the Pioard a copy of an 
illustrated article in the Engineering News for Nov. 21, 
1907, describing the new plans for the Henry Hudson 
Memorial Bridge prepared by the Department of Bridges 
and recently submitted to the Art Commission of the 
City of New York for approval. The plans provide for 
a concrete rib arch with a span of 703 feet, and ap- 
proaches. 

The documents relating to the discussion were ordered 
on file. 

The Great Hall of the College of the City of Nezv York. 

The President read a communication dated November 
8, 1907, addressed to him by President John H. Finley 
of tlie College of the City of New York, calling attention 
to the great hall in the new college buildings at St. Nich- 
olas Terrace and 139th street^ and its availability for ex- 
ercises during the celebration of 1909. President Finley 
said that the programme for 1909 as set forth in the re- 
port of the Plan and Scope Committee and in a recent 
after-dinner address by President Woodford was a very 
appealing one, and he wished to assure the Commission 
of his personal readiness to co-operate. " I hope," he 
continued, " that if you are thinking of a general service 
Monday you will consider the advisability of holding- 
such a service in our great hall, which, I am sure, would 
be put by our trustees at your disposal. It has a plat- 
form which will accommodate two or three hundred; the 
hall itself will accommodate between two and three thou- 
sand ; and it is soon to have a great organ." Writing of 
the whole group of college buildings, Dr. Finley referred 



November 27, 1907 343 

to the " splendid provision the city has made for the 
higher edncation of its youth," and added : " The crown- 
ing feature is the hall of which T spoke, designed not 
merely for our use, but for the use of the city on just 
such occasions, among others^ as your celebration pre- 
sents." 

President Woodford said that Dr. Finley's letter would 
be placed on file and his kind suggestion borne in mind. 

The Netherlands' Interest in the Celebration. 

Mr. Bergen stated that he had recently been in corre- 
spondence with His Excellency, Jonkheer R. de Marees 
van Swinderen, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Pleni- 
potentiary of the Netherlands to the United States, and 
he was able to state that great interest was being taken 
in The Netherlands in the approaching celebration. 

Committee on Legislation Requested to Report. 

It was voted that the Committee on Legislation be re- 
quested to report at the next meeting such legislation as 
in its judgment it might be desirable to have introduced 
in the coming session of the Legislature. 

Palisades Park and Hook Mountain. 

Mr. Perkins, president of the Palisades Interstate Park 
Commission, was asked what progress that Commission 
had made with its plans. He replied that with respect 
to their original task of saving the Palisades from de- 
struction, th.eir work was practically completed. They 
had secured all the land along the Palisades proper on 
which blasting had been going on and were still within 
the limits of their appropriation. All property thus far 
had been obtained by amicable negotiation. Last month 
they had begun their first condemnation proceedings, to 
acquire a few parcels where the owners were unknown or 
where the owners sought what seemed to be excessive 
compensation. Their acquisitions had consisted of the 
face of the cliffs and riparian rights. No improvements 
had been undertaken yet. 



344 Minutes of Trustees 

With reference to the saving of the Hook Mountain, 
he said that the Legislature of 1906 had extended their 
jurisdiction so as to permit them to acquire mountain 
lands between Piermont and Stony Point, but the Hook 
Mountain proposition appeared impossible to handle. 
The owners had developed a valuable trap-rock property 
there, and the State was not likely to pay any such price 
as the quarry owners demanded. 

Old Home Week Along the Hudson in 1909. 

The Hon. Henry Hudson, Mayor of the city of Hud- 
son, \^'as invited to tell what preparation his city was 
making for the celebration in 1909. He replied that on 
account of its age, its location and its name, his city had 
been interested in the celebration from the very begin- 
ning. It was the third chartered city in the State, and 
although the smallest in number of inhabitants, it was as 
enthusiastic as some of its larger neighbors. The local 
chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution 
was planning to dedicate a tablet or a park, and was to 
have a meeting the following week to confer with him. 
He also said that a committee of which he was Secretary 
had invited the mayors and presidents of a number of 
cities and villages to confer for united action, and the 
official representatives of several communities expected 
to meet with T^.Iayor Gaus of Albany on Saturday, No- 
vember 30th, to consider the su])ject. This might lead 
to the formation of an up-river association to help in the 
celebration. 

Mayor Hudson suggested that the eight-day celebra- 
tion as already outlined might desirably be followed by 
another week for the particular benefit of the river com- 
munities. During the first week of the celebration, many 
of the up-state residents would want to visit New York. 
The following week might be devoted to " old home 
days " on which old residents and others could visit the 
towns up the river. It might be arranged to have a cele- 
bration in Poughkeepsie on Monday, for instance, in 
Kingston Tuesday, in Catskill Wednesday, in Hudson 



November 27, 1907 345 

Thursday, in Albany Friday, and Troy Saturday. He 
asked the Board if there would be any objection to such 
a plan. 

The President assured Mayor Hudson that whatever 
the people up the river or along the Mohawk might do to 
augment interest in the celebration would be approved by 
this Commission. 

Assistant Secretary in Exempt Class of the Civil Service. 

The Secretary laid before the Board letters dated Nov. 
18 and Nov. 27, 1907, from the State Civil Service Com- 
mission, communicating the following resolution adopted 
by that Commission November 15 and approved by Gov- 
ernor Hughes November 26: 

" Whereas, the Attorney-General has furnished this 
Commission with his writen opinion that the employees 
of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission are in the 
State service, and that their accounts for salary or com- 
pensation are subject to certification of the State Civil 
Service Commission under section 19 of the Civil Service 
Law, 

" Therefore be it 

'■ Resolved, That, subject to the approval of the Gov- 
ernor, the classification of positions in the exempt class 
in the State service be and hereby is amended by adding 
thereto the following : ' Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission : The Assistant Secretary,' for the reason that com- 
petitive or non-competitive examination is hereby found to 
be impracticable for filling said position." 

Ordered on file. 

Collier's Painting of Henry Hudson. 

Gen. Wilson stated that in accordance with a request, 
he had brought with him a photograph of John Collier's 
painting of " The Last Voyage of Flenry Hudson " in the 
Tate Galler}^ London, referred to at the last meeting. 
(See page 317 of the Minutes.) 

The photograph was examined with great interest by 
the Trustees. 

The President thanked Gen. AA^ilson for bringing the 
photograph. He added that Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke 



346 Minutes of Trustees 

was of the opinion that His Majesty King Edward VII 
would, without doubt, send the original for exhibition at 
the time of the celebration. 

Adjourned Until ]Vcdncsday, December i8, 1907. 

The Secretary called attention to the fact that the next 
regular meeting day, the fourth Wednesday of the month, 
would fall on Christmas day ; and that according to the 
by-laws, the meeting v.as required to be on the following 
day. 

He tlierefore moved that when this meeting should 
adjourn, it adjourn to meet on Wednesday, December 
i8th, at 3 p. M., with the understanding that no business 
would be transacted on the 26th. Carried. 

The meeting tlien adjourned until Wednesday, De- 
cember 1 8th, at 3 p. M. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Minutes of December 9, i8 and 26, 1907 



348 



(Revised to December 31, 1907.) 



President: 
Stewart L. Woodford, 18 Wall Street, New York. 

Vice-Presidents ; 

Herman Ridder, Presiding Vice-President. 

Andrew Carnegie, Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer: 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 
Secretary: Assistant Secretary: 

Henry W. Sackett, Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Executive Connnittee: 
Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 

John E. Parsons, Vice-Chairman. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott. 

Tunis G. Bergen, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Andrew Carnegie, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Louis C. Raegener, 
Hon. Grover Cleveland, Herman Ridder, 

RearAdm.J.B.Coghlan.U.S.N., Henry W. Sackett. 
William J. Curtis, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Theodore Fitch, Isaac N. Seligman, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, J. Edward Simmons, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Col. William Jay, Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Morris k. Jesup, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

John La Farge, Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. William McCarroll, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 
Frank D. Millet, Hon. Wm. R. VVillcox. 

T. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, [One vacancy] 

Committee on Laiv: 

Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New York. 

Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jav, 

William J. Curtis, John E. Parsons, 

Theodore Fitch, The President, ex-oMcio. 



349 

Committee on Nominations: 
Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 

William J. Curtis, J. Edward Simmons, 

Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-ofHcio. 

Committee on Finance: 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway, New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Hon. William McCarroll. 

Committee on IVays and Means 
Herman Ridder, Chairman, 182 William street. New York City. 
John E. Parsons, J. Edward Simmons, 

Hon. George W. Perkins, Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. Fred'k W. Seward, Spencer Trask. 

The President, ex-oMcio. 

General Committee on Plan and Scope: 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, New York. 

Hon. James M. Beck, Eben E. Olcott, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, John E. Parsons, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

The President, ex-oMcio. 

Sub-Committee on Naval Parade: 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 

59 West 45th Street, New York. 

Constructor Wm. J. Baxter, U. S. N. Com. Jacob W. Miller, 

William J. McKay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, U.S. N., Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Suh-Comniittee on Land Parade and Literary Exercises: 
Major-Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 
Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Chas. F. Roe, 

Gen. Horace Porter, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Sub-Committee on Dedication of Memorials: 
Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 55 Liberty Street, New York City. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. William R. Willcox. 

Sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Inzvood: 
John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William Street, New York City. 
William J. Curtis, Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. George "VV- Perkins, 

Henry W. Sackett. 

Sub-Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point: 
Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Higley, 

Hon. J Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Sub-Committee on Date of Celebration: 
Hon. William McCarroll, Chairman, 30 Ferry St., New York. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Louis C. Raegener. 



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Sub-Committee on Exhibition of Motive Power: 
Hon. James M. Beck, Chairman, 44 Wall Street, New York City. 

Committee on Co-operation: 
Charles R. Lamb, Chairman, 23 Sixth Avenue, New York City. 
Com. Jacab W. Miller, Henry W. Sackett. 



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Herbert Adams. 

lohn G. Agar. 

R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 

Alplionse H. Alker. 

B. Altman. 

Louis Annin Ames. 

Hon. John E. Andrus. 

Hon. James K. Apgar. 

Chas. H. Armatage. 

Col. John Jacob Astor. 

Mrs. Anson P. Atter- 

bury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Geo. C. Batcheller. 
Constructor William J. 

Baxter, U. S. N. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Bcrri. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. J. Boulfon. 
Hon. Thos. W. Bradley. 
George V. Broivcr. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
Edward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry IV. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnegie. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate. 
John Claflin. 
.S"!> Caspar P. Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Rear Adm. J. B. Cogh- 

lan. 
Fredk. J. Collier 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 



Paul D. Cravath. 

Fred'k R. Cruikshank. 

E. D. Cummings. 

William J. Curtis. 

Robt. Fulton Cutting. 

Hon. Charles de Kay. 

James de la Montayne. 

E. S. A. deLima. 

Hon. C. M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

Gtorge G. DeWitt. 

Hon. William l>raper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

John C. Fames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. 
Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassttt. 

Barr Ferree. 

Stuyvesant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Wi-nchester Fitch. 

James J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Thomas Powell Fowler. 

Austen G. Fox. 

Hon. Chas. .9. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garret- 
son. 

Hon. Theo. P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Rear Adm. C. F. Good- 
rich. 

George J. Gould. 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 

Capt. R. H. Greene. 

George F. Gregory. 

Henry E. Gregory. 

Hon. Edward M. Grout. 

Abner S. Haight. 

Edw. Hagaman Hall. 

Benjamin F. Hamilton. 

Geo. A. Hearn. 

James A. Hearn. 

Peter Cooper Hewitt. 

Hon. War r en Hi^lev. 

Hon. David B. Hill. 

Hon. Michael H. Hirsch- 
berg. 

[Names of Trustees in ita/Tcs:] 



Samuel Verplanck Hoff- 
man. 

James P. Holland. 

Willis Holly. 

William Homan. 

Hon. Henry E. How- 
land. 

Colgate Hoyt. 

Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 

Gen. Thos. H. Hubbard. 

Hon. Henry Hudson. 

Walter G. Hudson. 

Archer M. Huntington. 

T. D. Huntting. 

August F. Jaccaci. 

Col. William Jay. 

Morris K. Jesup. 

Hugh Kelly. 

Hon. John H. Ketcham. 

Gen. Horatio C. King. 

Albert E. Kleinert. 

Dr. George F. Kuns. 

John LaFarge. 

Charles R. Lamb. 

Frederick S. Lamb. 

Homer Lee. 

Charles W. Lefler. 

Julius Lehrenkrauss. 

Dr. Henry M. Leipziger. 

Clarence E. Leonard. 

Hon. Clarence Lexow. 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 

Herman Livingston. 

Comdr. Chas. H. Loring. 

Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 

Hon. Seth Low. 

R. Fulton Ludlow. 

Hon. Arthur McArthur. 

William A. Marble. 

George E. Matthews. 

Hon. Wm. McCirroll. 

Gen. Anson G. McCook. 

Col. John J. McCook. 

Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 

Hon. St. Clair McKel- 
way. 

Rear-Ad. Geo. W. Mel- 
ville. 

Hon. John G. Milburn. 

Frank D. Millet. 

Com. Jacob W. Miller. 



;5i 



Hon. Warner Miller. 

Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 

Ogdcn Mills. 

J. Picrpont Morgan. 

Hon. Fordham Morris. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton. 

Win. C. Muschenheim. 

Nathan Newman. 

C. H. Niehaus. 

Ludwig Nissen. 

Hon. Lewis Nixon. 

Chas. R. Norman. 

W. R. O'Donovan. 

Ebcn E. Olcott. 

Wm. Church Osborn. 

Percy B. O'Sullivan. 

Hon. Alton B. Parker. 

Orrel A. Parker. 

John E. Parsons. 

Hon. Samuel Parsons. 

Samuel H. Parsons. 

Comdr. R. E. Peary. 

Bayard L. Peck. 

Gordon H. Peck. 

Howland Pell. 

Hon. Geo. IV. J'erki'is. 

Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 

George A. Plimpton. 

Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 

Rt. Rev. Henry C. Pot- 
ter. 

Thomas R. Proctor. 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugs- 
ley. 

Louis C. Raegener. 

Herman Ridder. 

William Rockefeller. 



Maj.-Gen. Chas. P. Roe. 
Carl J. Roehr. 
Louis T. Romaine. 
Thomas F. Ryan. 
Henry W. Sackctt. 
Col. Wm. Cary Sanger. 
George Henry Sargent. 
Col. Herbert L. Satterlee 
Chas. A. .Schermerhorn. 
Jacob H. SchiiT. 
Prest. Jacob G. Schxir- 

man. 
Gustav H. Schwab. 
Hon. Townsend Scudder. 
Isaac A''. Seligman. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. Joseph H. renner. 
Hon. FreWk. If. Seward. 
Hon. Wm. F. Sheehan. 
Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 
Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 
/. Edzvard Simimns. 
John W. Simpson. 
E. V. Skinner. 
Prof. John C. Smock. 
William Sohmer. 
Nelson S. Spencer. 
James Speyer. 
Hon. John H. Starin. 
Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis .Stern. 
Francis Lynde Stetson. 
Louis Stewart. 
James Stillman. 
Wm. L. Stone. 
Hon. Oscar ,9. Straus. 
George R. .Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
[Names of Trustees in italics. 



Stevenson Taylor. 

Henry R. Towne. 

Dr. Irving Townsend. 

Spencer Trask. 

C. Y. Turner. 

Albert Ulmann. 

Lt.-Coiit. Aaroji Vander- 
bilt. 

Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 

Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

Rev. Dr. Henry Van 
Dyke. 

Warner Van Norden. 

Wm. B. Van Rensselaer. 

J. Leonard Varick. 

Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 

Col. John W. Vrooman. 

Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Hon. W. L. Ward. 

Edward Wells, Jr. 

Charles W. Wetmore. 

Edmund Wetmore. 

Plenry W. Wetmore. 

Hon. Andrew D. White. 

J. Du Pratt White. 

Fred C. Whitney. 

Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 

Charles R. Wilson. 

Edward C. Wilson. 

Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. 

Hon. John S. Wise. 

Charles B. Wolffram. 

Stewart L. Woodford. 

Hon. Timothy L. Wood- 
ruff. 

W. E. Woolley. 

James A. Wright. 



353 
Minutes of 

Executive Committee 

December 9, 1907. 

The fourth meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission was held, pursuant 
to call of the Chairman at the Hotel Manhattan, Monday 
evening, December 9, 1907. 

Roll Call. 

Present : Chairman Stewart L. Woodford, presiding ; 
and Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. Theodore Fitch, Mr. Edward 

Hagaman Hall, Dr. George Frederick Kunz, Commandant 
Jacob W. Miller, Mr. John E. Parsons, Hon. N. Taylor 
Phillips, Mr. Herman Ridder, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Hon. 
Frederick W. Seward, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, and Mr. 
Francis Lynde Stetson. 

Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from Mr. Andrew 
Carnegie, Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. William J. Curtis, 
Col. Wm. Jay, Mr. Morris K. Jesup, Hon. Seth Low, Mr. 
Frank D. Millett, Hon. George W. Perkins, Mr. Louis C. 
Raegener, President Jacob Gould Schurman, Mr. Spencer 
Trask, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, Lt. Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 
and Commissioner William R. Willcox, and they were ex- 
cused. 

Minutes Approved. 

The minutes of the meeting of June 27, T906, having 
been printed and sent to all the members were approved as 
printed. 

Mr. John E. Parsons Elected Vice Chairman. 

In accordance with Article IV of the By-Laws, relating 
to the Executive Committee, ]\Ir. Fitch nominated Mr. 
John E. Parsons for Vice Chairman. The nomination was 
seconded. 



354 Minutes of Executive Committee 

There being no other nominations, Mr. Fitch moved that 
the Secretary be instructed to cast a single ballot in behalf 
of the meeting for Mr. Parsons. The motion was seconded, 
and, there being no objection, was put and carried unani- 
mously. The secretary cast the ballot as directed and Mr. 
Parsons was declared elected. 

Ahz'al Participafioii hivitcd. 

The Chairman stated that the plans for the proposed 
celebration in 1909 had been so far matured and approved 
that it was now incumbent upon the Executive Committee 
to initiate the active work of carr_ving them out. Some 
things had to be done, and done promptly. Time was 
passing rapidly ; and soon, when asked when the celebration 
would take place, the reply would be " next year." He 
therefore invited the attention of the Committee to the 
proposed programme and their action upon some of its 
most pressing requirements. 

After a general discussion of the subject, Mr. Stetson 
offered the following resolution : 

" Resolved, That the President and Secretary of this 
Commission be and hereby are authorized and requested 
to address a communication to the President of the United 
States asking him to invite the foreign governments to take 
part in the Hudson-Fulton Celebration by participating in 
the naval rendezvous at that time." 

The resolution was adopted. 

Commandant Miller moved that the President and Secre- 
tary of the Commission be authorized and requested also to 
address a letter to the President of the United States in- 
viting the participation of the United States Navy in the 
celebration. Carried. 

Wa\s and Means Committee Appointed. 

Mr. Parsons moved that the Chairman appoint a Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means to consider and report from 
time to time upon the subject of methods and resources 
for meeting the financial requirements of the celebration. 
Carried. 



December 9, 1907 355 

The Chairman invited Vice Chairman Parsons to the 
chair while he considered the personnel of the new com- 
mittee. Later, upon resuming the chair, he announced the 
following appointments : 

Ways and Means Committee: iMr. Herman Ridder, 
Chairman; Mr. John E. Parsons, Mr George W. Perkins, 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Mr. J. Edward Simmons, Mr. 
Francis Lynde Stetson, and Mr. Spencer Trask. 

Other Committees Authorised. 

Mr. Stetson moved that the President of the Commission 
be requested to appoint a small Committee on Invitations 
and a large Committee on Reception. Carried. 

Mr. Parsons moved that the President be requested to 
appoint the committees necessary to carry out the other 
features of the programme and that the various subjects 
be referred to them. Carried. 

Mr. Stevenson Taylor Nominated to the Commission. 

Commandant Miller proposed Mr. Stevenson Taylor, 
President of Webb's Academy and Home for Shipbuilders, 
for appointment to this commission, and moved that the 
name be recommended to the Nominating Committee for 
report to the Trustees. Carried. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



356 

Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

December i8, 1907. 

The twentieth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held in the headquarters 
in the Tribune Building, New York City, Wednesday, De- 
cember 18, 1907, at 3 p. M. 

Roll Call. 

Present: President Stewart L. Woodford, presiding; and 
Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U.S.N., Mr. Theodore 
Fitch, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Mr. Samuel Verplanck 
Hoffman, Hon. Henry Hudson, Mr. August F. Jaccaci, 
Gen. Horatio C. King, Hon. Seth Low, Mr. William J. 
McKay, j\Ir. John E. Parsons, Hon. Samuel Parsons, Hon. 
Cornelius A. Pugsley, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Francis 
Lynde Stetson, and Gen. James Grant Wilson. Constructor 
William J. Baxter, U.S.N., a member of the Commission, 
was also present by invitation. 

Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from Mr. George V. 
Brower, Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. James A. Hearn, Dr. 
Henry M. Leipziger, Hon. William McCarroll, Mr. Ludwig 
Nissen, Mr. Herman Ridder, Col. Herbert L. Satterlee, 
President Jacob Gould Schurman, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, 
Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Dr. 
Samuel B. Ward, Hon. William R. Willcox, Mr. Charles R. 
Wilson, and Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff, and they were 
excused. 

Minutes Approved. 

The minutes of the meeting of November 27, 1907, having 
been printed and sent to all the members, were approved 

as printed. 

Treasurer's Report. 

The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, was 
read, stating that there had been no disbursements made 



December i8, 1907 357 

since the last meeting and that the balance of the State 
Fund remained as last reported. In response to the resolu- 
tion of October 23d, (page 313-314) the Treasurer had 
received one dollar contributions toward the subscription 
fund from 79 Trustees, making the amount in the sub- 
scription fund $79. The report was received and ordered 
on file. 

Bills Approved for Payment. 

The following bills were approved for payment, subject 
to examination and approval by the Finance Committee: 

L. R. Hamersly & Co., i copy Men of 

America $5 00 

T. G. Sellew, repairing chair i 00 

J. B. Lyon Co., 100 copies extract 

from minutes i' 13 

E. H. Hall, Disbursements $20 39 

Salary for December. . . 208 33 

228 72 



$235 85 



Appointment by the Mayor of N'ezu York. 

The Secretary read a communication dated December 2, 
1907, from the Hon. George B. McClellan, Mayor of the 
City of New York, appointing Mr. Edward M. Shepard 
a member of this Commission as recommended by the 
Trustees at their last meeting. 

It was voted that the communication be received and 
placed on file, and that the name of Mr. Shepard be placed 
upon the list of members of the Commission. 

Commnnieation from the Mayor of Nezvburgh. 

The Secretary read a communication dated December 4, 
1907, from the Hon. Charles D. Robinson, Mayor of New- 
burgh, stating that the Business Men's Association of 
Newburgh had appointed a committee of which Mr. Fred- 
erick W. Wilson was chairman, to arrange the celebration 
ceremonies at Newburgh, and that the committee would 



258 Minutes of Trustees 

render such assistance as this Commission might desire. 
Received and ordered on file. 

Cojiununication from the Mayor of Hudson. 

The Secretary read a communication dated December 4, 
1907, from the Hon. Henry Hudson, Mayor of the City of 
Hudson, proposing the names of Hon. Charles H. Gaus, 
Mayor of Albany; Hon. Elias P. Mann, Mayor of Troy; 
Mr. Charles H. Armatage of Albany, Hon. Arthur Mc- 
Arthur of Troy, Mr. Frederick J. Collier of Hudson, Mr. 
William Homan of New York and Hon. Townsend Scud- 
der of New York as members of this Commission. Re- 
ceived and referred to the Committee on Nominations. 

Air Sliips Suggested for the Celebration. 

The Secretary read a communication dated December 9, 
1907, from the Hon. William Berri, in which he says : 

" In all probability, the navigation of the air will before 
our celebration be so perfected and recognized by various 
governments that an official invitation to them to send rep- 
resentative navigable air ships for patrol or observation 
purposes between New York and Albany would probably 
be met with acceptance and add to the interest of the occa- 
sion. Air ships are becoming very important. They have 
ceased to be a plaything. Every strong government is 
building them for business purposes. They have earned 
their position on merit and are constantly being brought to 
greater perfection. As it is necessary to have uncommon 
features to properly signalize the commemoration, why is 
it not proper at this time to show to the world the progress 
in transportation as exemplified upon the water by steam- 
boats, on the land on either side of the Hudson by the 
railroads and in the air by the newest air ships ? " 

The communication was referred to the Committee on 
Plan and Scope. 

Ahnii>iated for Appointment on Commission. 

Mr. Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on Nominations, 
presented a report recommending the appointment of the 
followinor named gentlemen as members of this Commission: 



December i8, 1907 359 

To be appointed by the Governor : Hon. Arthur Mac- 
Arthur of Troy, County Treasurer and proprietor of the 
Troy Budget; Mr. Charles H. Armatage of Albany, Super- 
intendent of the traction department of the Albany and 
Northern Electric railroads; and Mr. Fredk. J. Collier of 
Hudson, attorney-at-law and active in patriotic affairs. 

To be appointed by the Mayor of New York: Mr. 
Stevenson Taylor of No. 123 West 85th street, New York, 
President of Webb's Academy and Home for Shipbuilders ; 
Hon. Townsend Scudder, of No. 10 Wall street, New York, 
attorney-at-law and ex-Congressman ; and Mr. William 
Homan, of No. i West 97th street. New York, an active 
scholar in historical matters. 

The Chairman stated that the names of Mayor Gaus of 
Albany and Mayor Mann of Troy, who had been proposed 
by Mayor Hudson, were not included in the report, as pro- 
vision for their appointment would be made in the proposed 
amendment to the Commission's charter. (See page 361 
following) . 

The report was received and the recommendations 
adopted. 

Report of Executive Coiniuittee. 

The President of the Commission, as Chairman of the 
Executive Committee, presented his report in the form of 
the minutes of the meeting held on December 9, 1907. (See 
pages 353-355, ante. The report was received and ordered 
on file. 

The President stated that he was carefully considering 
the composition of the committees which the Executive 
Committee had requested him to appoint, and he hoped to 
have them completed so that he could announce them at 
or before the meeting on January 22d. 

Report of IV ays and Means Comuiittee. 

In the absence of Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman of the 
Ways and Means Committee, the Secretary, by his request, 
presented his report in the form of the minutes of a meet- 
ing held December 13, 1907. At that meeting, Mr. John 
E. Parsons had presented a tenative estimate of the finan- 



360 Minutes of Trustees 

cial needs of the celebration, which, after a general dis- 
cussion, had been adopted as follows : 

RELIGIOUS SERVICE DAYS, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. 

No expense to the Commission. 

RECEPTION DAY, MONDAY. 

Naval rendezvous $10,000 00 

Half Moon and Clermont construction 50,000 00 

Entertainment of official guests 50,000 00 

Indian Village at Inwood 10,000 00 

Official banquet 10,000 00 

HISTORICAL DAY, TUESDAY. 

Showing guests about town 5,000 00 

Literary exercises in evening 5.000 00 

LAND PARADE DAY, WEDNESDAY. 

Land parade 15,000 00 

DEDICATION DAY, THURSDAY. 

Dedication of parks and memorials 10,000 00 

Tablets in New York, Albany and other 

cities 10.000 00 

Reception to visiting guests at West Point. . 5,000 00 

Music festival in evening 5.000 00 

HUDSON RIVER DAY, FRIDAY. 

Naval parade and various items relating 

thereto on Friday and Saturday 50,000 00 

ILLUMINATION DAY, SATURDAY. 

Illuminations and pyrotechnics 10,000 00 

Sisrnal fires 10,000 00 



$255,000 00 



The Ways and Means Committee therefore recommended 
that the State be asked for the sum of $300,000 for the 
general expenses of the celebration. 



December i8, 1907 361 

Dr. Low moved that the report be received and that the 
Commission approve of the committee's recommendation. 

Carried. 

Report of Committee on Law. 

Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman of the Committee 
on Law, presented the fohowing report : 

December 17, 1907. 
To the Hudson-FuUon Celebration Commission : 
Your Committee on Law respectfully recommends : 

1. That there be presented to the Legislature of 1908, (a) 
A statement of the affairs of the Commission, and a report 
of recommendations, as contemplated and authorized by 
Section 6 of the Act, Chapter 325 of the Laws of 1906, 
establishing this Commission, (b) A bill increasing by 
$300,000 the State appropriation for the objects of 
this Commission, and increasing the number of members 
of the Commission by adding thereto, ex-officio the mayors 
of all the cities of the State, who shall be members and 
Trustees of the Commission, and the presidents of villages 
upon the Hudson River, who shall be members of the 
Commission. 

2. That the member of Assembly from the Westchester 
District including Verplanck's Point be requested to intro- 
duce, and in all proper ways to press for passage, the bill 
for the acquisition of land on Verplanck's Point as a Hud- 
son-Fulton Memorial Park, which was introduced in the 
session of 1907. 

3. That the Governor of the State of New York be re- 
quested to communicate with the Governor of the State 
of New Jersey and the Governor of Vermont, asking those 
states also to appoint Commissions to act jointly or other- 
wise as hereafter may be determined for purposes similar 
to those intended to be accomplished by the Act establishing 
this Commission. 

Respectfully submitted for the Committee on Law. 

Fr.\ncis Lynde Stetson, 

Chairman. 

The bill proposed by the Committee reads as follows : 

AN ACT to amend an act entitled "An act to establish the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, and to pre- 
scribe the powers and duties thereof, and making an 
appropriation therefor," which became a law April 27, 
1906, being the act chapter 325 of the Laws of 1906. 



362 Minutes of Trustees 

TJic People of the State of Nczv York, represented in 
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follozvs: 

Section i. Section nine of the act entitled "An act to 
establish the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission and 
to prescribe the powers and duties thereof, and making an 
appropriation therefor," being chapter 325 of the Laws of 
1906, is hereby amended so as to read as follows: 

§ 9. The sum of [twenty-five thousand dollars]* three 
hundred thousand dollars {in addition to the unexpended 
balance of tzvcnty-tive thousand dollars heretofore appro- 
priated, -cvhich is hereby re-appropriated), or so much 
thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of 
any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, 
for the purposes of this act. Such money shall be paid by 
the treasurer on the warrant of the comptroller, issued upon 
a requisition signed by the president and the secretary of 
the Commission, accompanied by an estimate of the ex- 
penses, for the payment of which money so drawn is to be 
applied. No indebtedness or obligation shall be incurred 
under this act in excess of the appropriations herein or 
hereinafter made, and such sums as may be provided for 
said Commission by the City of New York for the pur- 
poses of this Act. The Commission shall as requested by 
the Governor from time to time render to him reports of 
its proceedings. 

§ 2. The members and trustees of said Commission hereby 
are increased in number by adding to and including by 
virtue of their office the persons, severally and respectively, 
who from time to time and for the time being shall hold 
municipal office as follows in the following cities of the 
State and villages upon the Hudson River, to-wit : The 
ma3'ors of the cities of Albany, Amsterdam. Auburn, Bing- 
hamton, Buffalo, Cohoes, Corning, Cortland, Dunkirk, El- 
mira, Fulton, Geneva, Gloversville, Hornellsville, Hudson, 
Ithaca, Jamestown, Johnstown, Kingston, Little Falls, Lock- 
port, Middletown, Alount Vernon, Newburgh, New Rochelle, 
New York, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Ogdens- 
burg. Olean, Oneida, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie, 
Rensselaer, Rochester, Rome, Schenectady, Syracuse, Tona- 
wanda, Troy, Utica, Watertown, Watervliet, and Yonkers, 
all of whom shall be members and Trustees of the Com- 
mission ; and also the presidents of the villages of Athens, 
Castleton, Catskill, Cold Spring, Corinth, Cornwall, Cox- 
sackie, Croton-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Fishkill, Fishkill 
Landing, Fort Edward, Glens Falls, Green Island, Hastings- 



* Words in brackets to be omitted. Substitute words italicized. 



I 



December i8, 1907 363 

on-Hudson, Haverstraw, Irvington, Matteawan, Mechanic- 
ville. North Tarrytown, Xyack, Ossining, Peekskill, Pier- 
mont, Reel Hook, Rhinebeck, Sandy Hill, Saugerties, 
Schuylerville, South Glens Falls, South Nyack, Stillwater, 
Tarrytown, Tivoli, Upper Nyack, Victory Mills, Wappingers 
Falls, Waterford, and West Haverstraw, who shall be 
members of the Commission. 

§ 3. This act shall take effect immediately. 

Mr. Stetson said that this report covered three essential 
points : 

In the first place, it provided for the re-appropriation of 
the unexpended balance of the appropriation of $25,000 
made by chapter 325 of the Laws of 1905, which would 
otherwise revert to the State treasury at the end of two 
years from the date of the act; and for an appropriation 
for carrying out the various plans recommended by the 
Committee on Plan and Scope. Under the wise leadership 
of Mr. Parsons, the estimates called for at least $255,000 
without provision for unforseen contingencies, and it had 
been decided to recommend the sum of $300,000. 

Secondly, it was thought that it would be un- 
fortunate to have the cost of the proposed per- 
manent park at Verplanck's Point charged against 
the request for an appropriation for the expenses 
of celebration week. The Commission required so 
much for the celebration that if the cost of Verplanck's 
Point Park were added to it, the Legislature might think 
that the Commission was asking too much. It had there- 
fore been decided, after conference with Hon. James K, 
Apgar of Peekskill, to recommend that Mr. Apgar's suc- 
cessor as Assemblyman, the Hon. Isaac H. Smith of Peeks- 
kill, reintroduce and push the Verplanck's Point bill at the 
next session as a Westchester County measure, but with 
the endorsement of this Commission. 

Thirdly, in order to avoid the danger that the com- 
memoration in 1909 might be assumed by the Legislature 
to be a New York City affair, with corresponding financial 
responsibility, and in order to promote the real desire of 
the Commission to give it a state-wide interest, it had been 



364 Minutes of Trustees 

decided to recommend the enlargement of the Commission 
by the addition, ex officio of the mayors of all the cities of 
the State as members and trustees of the Commission and 
the presidents of all incorporated villages on the Hudson 
River as members of the Commission. 

It was voted that the report be received and the recom- 
mendations therein be adopted ; and that the bill be referred 
back to the committee with power to secure its introduction 
in the Legislature. 

Separation of Military and Civic Parades Recommended. 

Gen. Wilson, from the sub-committee on land parade 
and literary exercises, reported that it was the opinion of 
his committee that the military and civic features of the 
lafid parade should be separated and if necessary occupy 
two separate days. He estimated that the United States 
Army and Marine Corps, the National Guard and Naval 
Militia, would muster fully 25,000 men on that occasion. 
It would be the largest military parade of its kind in the 
country and would require three hours to pass a given point. 
This, he thought, was as long as the President of the 
United States could reasonably be asked to review a parade. 
The military and industrial parades were of such diverse 
characters that it would seem to be advisable to have them 
at dififerent times. 

Concerning the official literary exercises in the even- 
ing, he was of the opinion that the allowance of 
$5,000 for exercises in the five boroughs would be 
inadequate. He recalled that in 1898, preparations were 
begun for a great celebration of municipal consolidation, 
but were interrupted by the outbreak of the war with Spain. 
At that time he was chairman of the Committee on His- 
torical Entertainment and he had prepared an estimate of 
the cost of exercises in the Metropolitan Opera House and 
the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This estimate, prepared 
March 18, 1898, he submitted as follows: 



December i8, 1907 365 

Metropolitan Opera House $800 00 

Brooklyn Academy of Music 600 00 

Transportation for guests 1,000 00 

Carriages for both meetings 100 00 

Hotel charges for guests 500 (X) 



$3,000 00 



It was designed then to have the President and all ex- 
Presidents of the United States present on the same plat- 
form, and it was hoped that the same plan might be carried 
out in 1909. 

He said that in 1898 the Committee ordered made, as 
souvenirs of the proposed celebration, 50,000 buttons, of 
which he handed samples to the Secretary. 

Dr. Low moved that the report of the Sub-Committee on 
Land Parade and Literary Exercises be referred to the 
Committee on Ways and Means. Carried. 

Report of Committee on Naval Parade. 

Admiral Coghlan, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on 
Naval Parade, reported progress. With respect to the re- 
production of the Half Moon and Clermont, he said that 
the committee had great difficulty in getting authentic de- 
signs, particularly of the Clermont. The more it hunted 
for the designs, the more it was at sea. Although there 
was no contemporaneous painting or model of the Half 
Moon, they would probably have comparatively little diffi- 
culty with that vessel ; for her rigging could be learned 
from allusions in the journal of Hudson's voyage, and the 
hull could follow the type of the period. But the Clermont, 
being the first of her kind, was not typical, and the com- 
mittee could derive little assistance from types. There were 
so many different descriptions and so many varying pic- 
torial representations that the search was beset with many 
difficulties. The committee wanted to find something 
definite and accurate to lay before the Commission before 
making its final report. 



366 Minutes of Trustees 

Naval Constructor Baxter, speaking at the invitation of 
the President, said that the rebuilding of the Clermont was 
a matter which appealed to everyone interested in American 
shipping. It possessed a double interest, for it was not 
only a matter of pleasure and sentiment, but also one of 
great technical interest to men connected with shipping. 
It would require a great deal of patient research, and ap- 
peals by letters and through the newspapers for informa- 
tion, before a confident plan or scheme could be put for- 
ward as to what the two ships were. In the few months 
following the first trip of the Clermont in August, 1807, 
the steamboat underwent considerable changes, which 
added difficulty to the search for the original appearance of 
the boat. The committee wanted to see if it could present a 
reliable reproduction of the Clermont as well as the Half 
Moon. When he considered how much study and probing 
into the lost and forgotten was required, he was doubtful 
if $50,000 would cover the expense of the two reproduc- 
tions. 

General King asked if it were intended to reproduce the 
machinery. 

Mr. Baxter replied that that was one of the questions 
under consideration. It might not be feasible or really 
desirable to reproduce actual working machinery. Part of 
the Clermont's machinery was made in England, and she 
had a copper boiler. Even if she had fac-simile machinery 
she could not keep up with the procession by her own 
power. It had been suggested that instead of going to 
the great expense of actually duplicating the Clermont in 
every detail, a full sized model of hull and engine be made 
of wood, with an imitation of the rigging, and that she be 
towed by another vessel. 

The report of the committee was received. 

Mr. Baxter Added to iVot'o/ Committee. 

Admiral Coghlan moved that Naval Constructor Baxter 
be added to the Sub-Committee on Naval Parade. Carried. 



December i8, 1907 367 

Up-Statc Httdsoii-Fulfoii Celebration Couimittce Formed. 

Mayor Hudson, of the city of Hudson, reported that 
with the encouragement received from the Board of Trus- 
tees at its last meeting (pages 344-345), he had invited a 
number of officials and private citizens representing various 
communities along the upper Hudson river to a conference, 
held at the Albany Club, in the city of Albany, on Satur- 
day, November 30, 1907, at 2 :3o p. m. Those present 
were: 

From Albany : Mayor Charles H. Gaus ; Air. James F. 
McElroy, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. 
D. M. Kinnear. 

From Castleton : President John Flynn, Mr. Nicholas 
Bridenbeck, Mr. Christian Peters, and Mr. J. Rose. 

From Catskill : Hon. Charles A. Elliott, President of the 
village. 

From Cohoes : Mr. James Wallace and Mr. Stephen V. 
Lewis. 

From Hudson : Alayor Henry Hudson, City Clerk Wm. 
Wortman, Mr. M. A. Jones and Mr. F. J. Collier. 

From Kingston : Mayor Walter P. Crane and Corpora- 
tion Counsel Philip Elting. 

From Troy : Mr. Roy B. Rhodes, the Mayor's Secretary ; 
Mr. Cornelius F. Burns, President of the Chamber of Com- 
merce, and Mr. C. F. Eddy. 

From Watervliet: Mayor D. P. Quinn, Dr. F. B. Van- 
denberg, and Air. M. J. Day. 

Regrets from many others were received. After a gen- 
eral discussion, the conference resolved itself into a per- 
manent organization under the title of the " Up-State Hud- 
son-Fulton Celebration Commission " and elected the fol- 
lowing officers : 

President, Hon. Chas. H. Gaus, of Albany. 
Secretary, Mr. Benjamin F. Hamilton, of New York. 
Assistant Secretary, Air. William Wortman, of Hudson. 

The up-state organization voted that its president appoint 
a committee to confer with the Hudson-Fulton Celebration 
Commission in order to ascertain if the plans of the former 
meet with the approval of the latter. It also expressed the 
desire that after the first week's celebration as planned by 



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the Commission, the Half -Moon and Clermont be turned 
over to a committee of the Upper Hudson organization for 
the purpose of continuing the celebration the following 
week to the head of navigation. 

It was voted that Mayor Hudson's report of the pro- 
ceedings at Albany be received and placed on file. 
The meeting then adjourned. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meetino^ 

December 26, 1907. 

The twenty-first meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was duly called, according 
to the by-laws, to be held at Headquarters, in the Tribune 
Building, New York City, on Thursday, December 26, 
1907, at 3 p. M. 

It being the day after Christmas, no quorum was present, 
and the meeting was adjourned without the transaction of 
any business. 

HENRY W. SACKETT, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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m^mii^rs nf the (HommtBBwn. 



Herbert Adams. 

/oAn G. A^ar. 

R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 

Alphonse H. Alker. 

B. Altman. 

Louis Annin Ames. 

Hon. John E. Andnis. 

Hon. James K. Apgar. 

Chas. H. Armalagc. 

Col. John Jacob Astor. 

jNIrs. Anson P. Attcr- 

bury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballon. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Geo. C. Batcheller. 
Constructor William J. 

Baxter, U. S. N. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
Hon. James M. Deck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. John Higelovv. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. J. Boulton. 
Hon. Thos. W. Bradley. 
Herbert L. Bridgman. 
George V. Brower. 
Dr. E. Family ]'>rown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
Edward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry IV. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnegie. 
Gen. Howard Carroll. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate. 
John Claflin. 
Sir Caspar P. Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Rear Adm. J. B. Cogh- 

lan. 
Fredk. J. Collier 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
Paul D. Cravath. 
Hon. John D. Oimmins. 
Fred'k R. Cruikshank. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J. Curtis. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon. Robt. W. de Forest. 

Hon. Charles de Kay. 



James de la Montayne. 

E. S. A. dcLima. 

Hon. C. M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

Georgf G. Dell 'it/. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

John C. Eames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. .'^niith Ely. 

Dr. Thos. .\. Emmet. 

.Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. 
Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 

P.arr Ferree. 

Stnyvesant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Wi-ncliester Fitch. 

J.uues J. Mtzgerald. 

Fredk. .S. Flower. 

Thomas Powell Fowler. 

.\usten G. Fox. 

Hon. Chas. S. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garret- 
son. 

Hon. Theo. P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Rear Adm. C. F. Good- 
rich. 

Gforge J. Gould. 

Ma'].-Gen. F. D. Grant. 

Capt. R. H. Greene. 

George F. Gregory. 

Henrv E. Gregory. 

Hon." Edward _M. Grout. 
\hnor S. Haight. 

Ediv. Hagaman Hall. 

Benjamin F. Hamilton. 

Geo. A. Hearn. 

Tames A. Hearn. 

Peter Cooper Hewitt. 

ffnn. M'nrren Ilisrli'y, 

Hon. David B. Hill. 

Hon. Michael H. Hirsch- 
berg. 

Samuel Verplanck Hoff- 
man. 

Tames P. Holland. 

Willis Holly. 

Wi'liam Homan. 
Hon. Henry E. How- 
land. 

rola:ate Hoyt. 

Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 

Gen. Thos. H. Hubbard. 
Hon. Henry Hudson. 
Walter G. Hudson. 
Archer M. Huntington. 

T. D. Huntting. 
August F. Jaccaci. 
Col. William Jay. 



Jacob Katz 
Hugh Kelly. 

Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gt'». Horatio C. King. 
.Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. George F. Kims. 
John LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Tulius Lehrenkrauss. 
Dr. Henry M. Leipsiger. 
Clarence E. Leonard. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Herman Livingston. 
Comdr. Chas. II. Loring. 
Tlon. P. C. Loansbury. 
Hon. Seth Low. 
K. Fulton Ludlow. 
Hon. Arthur MacArthur. 
William A. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 
Hon. Wm. McCirroll. 
Gen. Anson G. ATcCook. 
Col. John J. McCook. 
Donald McDonald. 

William J. McKay. 
Lion. .St. Clair McKel- 

way. 
Rear- Ad. Geo. W. Mel- 
ville. 
Hon. John G. Milburn. 

Frank D. Millet. 

Com. Jacob W. Millar. 

Hon." Warner Miller. 

Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 

Ogden Mills. 

J. Pierpont Morgan. 

Hon. Fordham Morris. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton. 

Wm. C. Muschenheim. 

Nathan Newman. 

C. H. .Vichaus. 

Ludwig Nissen. 

Hon. Lewis Nixon. 

Chas. R. Norman. 

Tlon. Morgan 1. O'Brien. 

W. R. O'Donovan. 

Eben E. Olcoft. 

Wm. Church Osborn. 

Percy B. O'Sullivan. 

Hon. .Alton B. Parker. 

Orrel A. Parker. 

John E. Parsons. 

Hon. Samuel Parsons. 

Samuel H. Parsons. 

Comdr. R. E. Peary. 

Bayard L. Peck. 

Gordon H. Peck. 

Howland Pell. 

Hon. Gro. jr. Perkins. 

Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 



[Names of Trustees in iialic.'::] 



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George A. Plimpton. 

Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 

Rt. Rev. Henry C. Pot- 
ter. 

Thomas R. Proctor. 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugs- 
ley, 

Louis C. Raegener. 

Herman Ridder. 

Edward Robinson. 

William Rockefeller. 

Maj.-Gen. Chas. F, Roe. 

Carl J. Roehr. 

Louis T. Romaine. 

Thomas F. Ryan. 

Henry W. Sacketf. 

Col. Wm. Cary Sanger. 

George Henry Sargent. 

Col. Herbert L. Satterlee 

Chas. A. .Schermerhorn. 

Jacob H. Schiff. 

Prcst. Jacob G. Schur- 
man. 

Gustav H. Schwab. 

Hon. Townsend ScudJer. 

Isaac .V. Se/is^iiian. 

Louis Seligsburg. 

Hon. Joseph H. renner. 

Hon. Fred''k. 11^. Seuturd. 

Hon. Wra. ' F. Sheehan. 



Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 

/. Edward Simmons. 

John W. Simpson. 

E. V. Skinner. 

Prof. John C. Smock. 

William .Sohmer. 

Nelson S. .Spencer. 

James Speyer. 

Hon. John H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 

Hon. Louis .Stern. 

Francis Lynde Stetson. 

Louis Stewart. 

James Stillman. 

Henry L. Stoddard. 

Wm. L; Stone. 

Hon. Oscar ,?. Straus. 

George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro. 
Stevenson Taylor. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
Spencer Trask. 
C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
Lt.-Coin. Aaron I'ander- 

bilt. 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 

Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

[Names of Trustees in italics^ 



Rev. Dr. Henry Van 
Dyke. 

Warner V'an Norden. 

Wm. B. Van Rensselaer. 

J. Leonard V'arick. 

Hon. E. R. Vreeland. 

Col. John W. Vrooman. 

Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Hon. W. L. Ward. 

Edward Wells, Jr. 

Charles W. Wetmore. 

Edi)ntnd Wetmore. 

Henry W. Wetmore. 

Hon. Andrew D. White. 

J. Du Pratt White. 

Fred C. Whitney. 

Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 

Charles R. Wilson. 

Edward C. Wilson. 

Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. 

Hon. John S. Wise. 

Charles R. Wolffram. 

Stewart L. Woodford. 

Hon. Timothy L. Wood- 
ruff. 

W. E. Woolley. 

James A. Wright. 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

January 22, 1908. 

The twenty-second meeting of the Trustees of the Flud- 
son-Fulton Celebration Commission was held at head- 
quarters in the Tribune Building, New York City, Wed- 
nesday, January 22, 1908, at 3 o'clock p. m. 

Roll Call. 

Present: President Stewart L. Woodford, presiding; and 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Hon. William 
Berri, Hon. A. J. Boulton, Mr. George V. Brower, Hon. J. 
Rider Cady, Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., 
Mr. Theodore Fitch, Major General Frederick D. Grant, U. 
S. A., Mr. Henry E. Gregory, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, 
Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, 
Hon. Henry Hudson, Mr. August F. Jaccaci, Gen. Horatio 
C. King, Dr. George Frederick Kunz, Dr. Henry M. Leip- 
ziger, Hon. William McCarroll, Mr. William J. McKay, 
Commander Jacob W. Miller, Mr. John E. Parsons, Hon. 
George W. Perkins, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Issaac N. 
Seligman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Mr. Francis Lynde 
Stetson, Col. John W. Vrooman, Mr. Edmund Wetmore, 
and Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

There were also present by invitaiton Naval Constructor 
William J. Baxter, U. S. N., and Mr. Frederick J. Collier, 
members of the Commission ; and the Hon. Charles H. 
Gaus, Mayor of Albany, Mr. Cornelius F. Burns, Presi- 
dent of the Chamber of Commerce of Troy, and Mr. Wil- 
liam Wortman, City Clerk of Hudson, members of tlie 
Up-State Hudson-Fulton Celebration Committee. 

President Woodfrod invited Mayor Gaus, president of the 
Up-State Committee, to a chair by his side. 



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Excused for Absence. 
Regrets for absence were received from Mr. William J. 
Curtis, Hon. Seth Low, Rear Admiral George W. Melville, 
U. S. N.. Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Mr. Bayard' L. Peck, Hon. 
N. T. Phillips, Mr. Herman Ridder, President Jacob G. 
Schurman, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 
Hon. Andrew D. White, Mr. Charles R. Wilson and Hon. 
Timothy L. Woodruff, and they were excused. 

Death of Mr. Morris K. Jesup. 

Before proceeding" with the business of the meeting, the 
President recognized Mr. John E. Parsons to announce the 
death of Mr. Morris K. Jesup, a Vice President of this 
Commission. 

Mr. Parsons said that ^Iv. Jesup had ended his long and 
useful career at his residence in New York City at a quarter 
after two o'clock that morning; and that in this event, not 
only had the Commission lost a valuable member, but also 
the City had lost one of its foremost citizens. Mr. Par- 
sons said that his relations with Mr. Jesup as a friend went 
back to the very beginning. They were boys together, and 
their intimate an.l life-long friendship was a privilege which 
the speaker had appreciated most highly. That this relation 
had now come to an end brought to him a sorrow so sincere 
and overpowering that he could not speak at length. He 
therefore moved that a committee be appointed to prepare a 
minute wdiich would suitably express the feelings of the 
Commission. 

The President added a Ijrief word of tribute to Mr. 
Jesup's meniory, saying that at the time of his death he was 
the first citizen of New York. 

Mr. Parsons' motion was carried, and the President ap- 
pointed Mr. Parsons. Plon. Seth Low and Mr. J. Edward 
Simmons as the committee to prepare the minute. 

Minutes Approved. 

The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed and 
sent to all the members, were approved as printed. 



January 22, 1908 377 

Treasurer's Report, January 22, 1908. 

The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, was 
read as follows : 

To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commis- 
sion, 
I have the honor to report the state of the treasury Jan- 
uary 22, 1908, as follows : 

DEBIT. 

Balance on hand as per statement of October 

23, 1907 ■ $8,462 82 

Interest on deposits, December 31, 1907 189 49 

Total $8,652 31 

CREDIT. 

Paid on approved vouchers: 

42. Edwin J. Kerr, stationery $1 50 

43. Miss J. A. Cooks, mimeographing i 55 

44. Henry Romeike, Inc., press clippings 3 ^^9 

45. John Polhemus Printing Co., printing and 

stationery 9 14 

46. J. B. Lyon Co.. printing 27 62 

47. J. B. Lyon Co., printing 14 62 

48. E. H. Hall, disbursements $4867 

Salary, July, August, Septem- 
ber, October 833 33 

882 00 

49. De-Fi Manufacturing Co., stationery 3 50 

50. John Polhemus Printing Co., stationery... 3 75 

51. J. B. Lyon Co.. printing 413 

52. E. H. Hall, disbursements $18 54 

Salary for November 208 33 

■ 226 87 

Total credit ' $1,178 37 

Total debit 8,652 31 

Balance on hand Jan. 22, 1908 $7473 94 



In addition to the foregoing balance in our depository in 
New York, we have remaining in the State Treasury 
$12,500.00, being one-half of the appropriation made for 



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the purposes of the Commission by chapter 325 of the Laws 
of 1906, for which we have as yet made no requisition. It 
will be necessary to have this sum reappropriated by the 
Legislature to be available after April 27, 1908, and the 
Committee on Law has the matter in charge. 

In response to the resolution of October 23, 1907, sub- 
scriptions of one dollar each have been received from 
eighty-one Trustees. Of this amount, $71.82 has been 
paid into the State Fund to reimburse it for printing ac- 
counts disallowed by the Comptroller, as stated in the 
minutes of October 23, leaving a balance of $9.18 on hand. 
There remains due to the Polhemus Printing Co. $25.34 
to be paid out of this fund as soon as sufficient subscriptions 
are received. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 

The report was received and ordered on file. 

Bills Approved for Payment. 

The following bills were approved for payment, subject 
to examination and approval by the Auditing Committee : 

Henry Romeike, press clippings, Oct.-Nov.-Dec. . $1 53 

Polhemus Printing Co., stationery 4 35 

J. B. Lyon Co., minutes of Oct. 23 23 83 

J. B. Lyon Co., minutes of Nov. 27 21 50 

]. B. Lyon Co., 50 copies legislative act i 38 

E. H. Hall, disbursements $12 36 

Salary for January 208 33 

220 69 

$273 28 



Governor Hughes' Message. 

In the absence of Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman of the 
Ways and Means Committee, the President read a letter 
from him stating that he had called on Governor Hughes 
on Saturday, December 2Sth, and had presented the plans of 
the Commission to the Governor very fully. Mr. Ridder 
felt assured of the Governor's very hearty interest in the 
proposed celebration. 



January 22, 1908 379 

The President also read the following passage from the 
Governor's message to the Legislature on January i, 1908: 

" Fitting preparation should be made for the celebration 
in the year of 1909 of the three hundredth anniversaries 
of the discoveries of Lake Champlain and the Hudson 
River. The former is an event of interstate and interna- 
tional importance, and a commission representing the State 
is co-operating with a Vermont commission in perfecting 
suitable plans. It is hoped that the Federal government will 
give assistance, and that through its offices the government 
of the Dominion of Canada and the republic of France will 
be invited to participate. 

" In view of the far-reaching results, the celebration of 
Hudson's discovery should be planned upon an adequate 
scale, and in every respect should be worthy of the State. 
In connection with this celebration, the first voyage of 
Fulton's steamboat up the Hudson river will also be com- 
memorated. This subject is in charge of a commission, 
which is giving the matter careful attention. 

" Suitable appropriations should be made for these pur- 
poses, which can hardly fail to deepen the interest of our 
people, and notably of our youth, in the study of our 
history, and to stimulate that patriotic sentiment which we 
should lose no opportunity to intensify." 

The President of the United States Invited. 

The President read three letters which, by the direction 
of the Executive Committee, he and the Secretary had ad- 
dressed to the President of the United States on January 
16, 1908, and the acknowledgment of President Roosevelt's 
Secretary. The first letter, requesting the honor of the 
presence of President Roosevelt at the celebration, was as 
follows : 

New York, January 16, 1908. 
The Hon. Theodore Roosevelt, 

President of the LTnited States, 

The White House, Washington, D. C. 
Sir : In behalf of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission, representing the State and City of New York, we 
have the honor to request the pleasure of your presence 
in the City of New York, as the guest of the State and 
City, during the Celebration, beginning on September 20, 
1909, of the 300th anniversary of the discovery of the 



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Hudson River by Henry Hudson and the looth anniversary 
of the successful apphcation of steam to the navigation of 
the same by Robert Fuhon. 

We leave the day of the week to be accommodated to 
your convenience at the time. 

Trusting that we may be favoreil with your acceptance, 
we remain, with assurances of our high regard, 
Very respectfully yours, 

Stewart L. Woodford, President. 
Henry W. Sackett, Secretary. 

The United States Navy Invited. 

The second letter requested the participation and co- 
operation of the United States Navy, and was as follows: 

New York, January 16, 1908. 
Hon. Theodore Roosevelt, 

President of the United States, 

The White House, Washington, D. C. 

Sir : The Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, ap- 
pointed by the Governor of the State and the Mayor of 
the City of New York, to arrange for the celebration, in 
1909, of the 300th anniversary of the discovery of the 
Hudson River and the lOOth anniversary of the successful 
application of steam to navigation by Robert Fulton, have 
the honor to invite, through you as Commander-in-Chief, 
the participation of the United States Navy in the naval 
rendezvous in New York harbor on Monday, September 
20, 1909, and in the exercises during the following week. 

It is the desire of tlie Commission not only to have present 
in the waters about New York as many vessels of our Navy 
as may be compatible with public interests at that time, and 
that the officers participate in' the customary official func- 
tions, but also that they may co-operate with this Commis- 
sion in making welcome the representatives of foreign gov- 
ernments whom we have had the honor to ask you in an- 
other communication of this date to invite. 

We also very respectfully request that the sailors and 
marine corps be permitted to take part in the land parade 
and aquatic sports ; that some of the vessels be allowed to 
take part in the naval parade to Newburgh Bay ; that the 
fleet be illuminated on an evening to be designated for a 
general illumination ; and that the officers be permitted to 
co-operate with this Commission in such other ways as 
may address themselves to their good judgment. 



January 22, 1908 381 

During the celebration, it will be the pleasure of the 
Commission to extend to the naval representatives every 
evidence of the Commission's distinguished consideration. 
We have the honor to remain, 

Yours very respectfully, 

Stewart L. Woodford, President. 
Henry W. Sackett, Secretary. 

Foreign Nations Invited. 

The third letter requested the President of the United 
States to invite foreign nations to participate in the cele- 
bration and was as follows : 

New York, January 16, 1908. 
The Hon. Theodore Roosevelt, 

President of the United States, 

The White House, Washington, D. C. 

Sir: In the name of the State of New York and the 
City of New York, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission has the honor very respectfully to ask you to invite 
the foreign nations accredited to this Government to par- 
ticipate, each by the presence of one or more of its naval 
vessels and by an official representative, in the celebration 
in 1909 of the three hundredth anniversary of Henry Hud- 
son's discovery of the river which perpetuates his name, 
and the one htmdredth anniversary of the successful ap- 
plication of steam to navigation by Robert Fulton. 

This Commission, which is composed of persons ap- 
pointed by the Governor of the State of New York and the 
Mayor of the City of New York and chartered by chapter 
325 of the Laws of 1906, has adopted a plan of celebration, 
some features of which, — as, for instance, the art and edu- 
cational exhibits in the Museums, — will extend over a 
period of several months in the year 1909; but the principal 
exercises will occupy eight days beginning on Saturday, 
September 18, 1909. 

Saturday and Sunday, the i8th and 19th, will be devoted 
to religious exercises. 

Monday, September 20, 1909, is the date set for the be- 
ginning of the Naval Rendezvous in the harbor of New 
York ; and the Commission requests the honor of the pres- 
ence of the foreign ships and representatives at the City 
of New York during the secular week beginning on that 
day. 

Upon that day a formal reception will be tendered to 
these visitors, and while they remain our guests during the 



382 Minutes of Trustees 

week, we will endeavor to accord them every courtesy which 
their eminent official character, their distinguished personal 
merits and our own sentiments of cordial hospitality dictate. 
With assurances of our high esteem, we remain, 
With great respect, 

Stewart L. Woodford, President. 
Henry W. Sackett, Secretary. 

President Roosevelt's Inquiry. 

President Roosevelt's acknowledgment, by the hand of 
his secretary, was as follows : 

THE white house, 
WASHINGTON. 

January 18, 1908. 

My dear General : Your three letters of the i6th instant 
have been received and laid before the President, who re- 
quests me to inquire of you what provision has been made 
for the Hudson-Fulton Celebration by the State and the 
City of New York. 

A^ery truly yours, 

Wm. Loeb, Jr., 
Secretary to the President. 

General Stewart L. Woodford, 
President, 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 

Tribune Building, New York, N. Y. 

Gen. Woodford said that from this letter he inferred that 
President Roosevelt hesitated to send the desired invitations 
to foreign nations and to issue the desired orders to our 
own navy until he knew what provision had been made by 
the State and City of New York to meet the expenses of 
the celebration. The President of the Commission would 
confer with Mr. Stetson, Chairman of the Committee on 
Law and Legislation, and make a suitable reply to President 
Roosevelt's inquiry. 

Conniiiftee .Ippoiiitiiieiits and Changes. 
The President announced the appointment of committees 
authorized by the resolution adopted by the Executive 
Committee December 9, 1907, together with certain changes, 
as follows: 



January 22, 1908 383 

Executive Committee. 

To the vacancy which formerly existed in the Executive 

Committee, the President appointed the Hon. William Berri. 

The death of Mr. Jesup leaves another vacancy yet to 

be filled. The Executive Committee therefore stands as 

follows : 

Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, i8 Wall Street, New York, 
John E. Parsons, Vice-Chatrnian, 

Hon. James M. Beck. Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Hon. William Berri, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 
Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan,U.S.A., Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. William J Curtis, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Mr. John La Farge, Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Hon. William McCarrolI, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Mr. Frank D. Millet, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, (One vacancy.) 

Laiv and Legislation Comtnittee. 
The President recommended that the title of the present 
" Committee on Law " be changed to " Committee on Law 
and Legislation," thus defining its duties not only to pass 
upon legal questions but also to draft and attend to neces- 
sary legislation. The personnel of the Committee to remain 
as at present, namely : 

Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, The President, ex-oMcio. 

Nominations Committee. 

In the Committee on Nominations, Col. John W. Vrooman 

was appointed in place of Mr. J. Edward Simmons, who 

was unable to serve, the Committee standing as follows : 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Col. John W Vrooman, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-oMcio. 



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Auditing Committee. 
In order more clearly to differentiate the duties of the 
present Finance Committee and the Ways and Means Com- 
mittee, the President recommended changing the title of the 
former to "Auditing Committee." The personnel to re- 
main the same as at present, namely : 

Hon. N. Taylor, Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway, New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Hon. William McCarroll. 

Ways and Means Committee. 

No change was made in the Committee on Ways and 

Means, which stands as follows : 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman, 182 William St., New York. 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. George W. Perkins, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Fred'k W. Seward, The President, ex-ofhcio. 

Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 

Plan and Scope Conunittee. 
It was recommended that the title of the General Com- 
mittee on Plan and Scope be changed by dropping the word 
" General ;" and to the Committee were added the Chairmen 
of the other Committees having charge of arrangements. 
The Committee is thus composed of the following members : 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, N. Y. 

Hon, James M. Beck, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Hon. William Berri, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 

Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan.U.S.N., Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Mr. Robert W. De Forest, Mr. Francis .Lynde Stetson, 
Maj.-Gen. Fred'k D. Grant, U.S.A., Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Dr George F. Kunz, Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon. Wm. McCarroll, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, The President, cx-oMcio. 

Naval Parade Committee. 
The Sub-Committee on Naval Parade was discharged as 
a sub-committee of the Plan and Scope Committee, and re- 
appointed as a full committee with the addition of Mr. 
Charles R. Norman and Mr. August F. Jaccaci. The Com- 
mittee is as follows : 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 
59 West 45th Street, New York. 
Const'r Wm. J. Baxter, U. S. N., Com. Jacob W. Miller, 
Mr. Aueust F. Jaccaci, Mr. Chas. R. Norman, 

Mr. William J. McKay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt. 
U. S. N., 



January'^22, 1908 385 

Military Parade Committee. 

The present sub-Committee on Land Parade and Literary- 
Exercises was discharged and three Committees appointed 
in its place, namely : a Committee on Military Parade, a 
Committee on Civic Parade and a Committee on Official 
Literary Exercises. The members of the sub-Committee 
on land Parade, etc., were reappointed as the Committee on 
Military Parade with the exception that Gen. Anson G. 
McCook was substituted for Gen. James Grant Wilson, who 
was made Chairman of the Committee on Official Literary 
Exercises. The Committee on Military Parade then stands 
as follows: 

Major Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 
Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Gen. Anson G. McCook, Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 

Ctvic^Parade Committee. 

The President appointed the Hon. William Berri Chair- 
man of the Committee on Civic Parade, the other members 
of the committee to be announced later. 

Official Literary Exercises Committee. 
To have charge of the official literary exercises, the fol- 
lowing Committee was appointed : 

Gen. James Grant Wilson, Chairman, 157 W. 79th St., New York. 
Mr. R. P. Bolton, Mr. Wm. L. Stone, 

Mr. Edward DeWitt, Mr. Albert Ulmann, 

Mr. Edmund Wetmore. 

Memorials Committee. 

The sub-Committee on Dedication of Mem.orials was dis- 
charged as a sub-Committee and reappointed as a Com- 
mittee on Memorials, its duties to include not only the 
dedication of memorials not otherwise provided for, but 
also the erection of a suitable number of tablets by the 
Commission. The personnel remains unchanged : 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 85 Liberty Street. New York. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 



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Fulton Water Gate Committee. 
A new committee for the special purpose of co-operating 
with the Robert Fulton Monument Association in the dedi- 
cation of the Water Gate, was appointed, consisting of: 

Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Chairman, 15 Washington Square, 
New York. 
Mr. R. Fulton Cutting, Mr. R. Fulton Ludlow, 

Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Com. Jacob W. Miller. 

Inwood Park Committee. 
The sub-Committee on Park and Memorial at Inwood 
was discharged as a sub-committee and reappointed under 
the title of Committee on Inw^ood Park, as follows: 

Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William St., New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

Verplanck's Point Park Committee. 
The sub-Committee on State Park at Verplanck's Point 
was discharged as a sub-committee and reappointed under 
the title of the Committee on Verplanck's Point Park, as 
follows : 

Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Higley, 

Hon. J. Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Sub-Coiinntttccs Discharged. 
The sub-Committees on Date, Exhibition of Motive 
Power, and Cooperation were discharged. 

Reception Committee. 
The following Reception Committee was appointed, sub- 
ject to additions: 

Hon. Seth Low, Chairman, 30 East 64th Street New York. 

Col. John Jacob Astor, Hon. Grover Cleveland. 

Hon. James M. Beck, Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan,U.S.N., 

Hon. Frank S. Black, Most Rev. John M. Farley, 

Hon. A. J. Boulton, Maj.-Gen. Fred'k D. Grant, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, U. S. A., 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Mr. E. H. Hall, 

Mr. John Claflin, Hon. David B. Hill, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Hon. Henry E. Howland, 



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Col. William Jay, 

Hon. Phineas C. Lounsbury, 

Col. John J. McCook, 

Hon. St. Clair McKelway, 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, 

U. S. N., 
Hon. John G. Milburn, 
Mr. Ogden Mills, 
Mr. J. P. Morgan, 
Mr. Fordham Morris, 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 
Hon. Alton B. Parker, 
Gen. Horace Porter, 
Rt. Rev. H. C. Potter, 
Mr. Thos. R. Proctor, 



Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Mr. Wm. Rockefeller, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Pres. J. G. Schurnian, 

Mr. I. N. Seligman, 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard, 

Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Hon. William R. Willcox, 

Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff. 



Invitations Com^nittee. 
In announcing' the Committee whose duty it would be to 
issue the invitations which would go to different parts of 
the world, the President stated that it was composed of the 
only living ex-President of the United States, an ex- Vice 
President of the United States, and ex-United States Am- 
bassadors to Great Britain, France and Russia respectively. 
The Committee is as follows : 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Chairman, Princeton, N. J. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

The Secretary, ex officio. 

Art and Historical Exhibits Committee. 
The President stated tliat in appointing the Committee 
on Art and Historical Exhibits, he was very happy to an- 
nounce that Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, President of the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, had consented to take the 
chairmanship and had approved of the composition of the 
committee. This committee was composed of two sub- 
committees. The one having charge of the art exhibit in 
the Metropolitan Museum of Art consisted of the Secretary, 
the Director and the Assistant Director of the Museum. 
The other, having charge of the historical and archaeological 
exhibit in the American Museum of Natural History will, 
when complete, consist of a distinguished scientist, the 
President of the Museum (when Mr. Jesup's successor as 
such is chosen) and the President of the New York His- 



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torical Society. These exhibits, extending- over several 
months, said the President, are expected to be one of the 
cardinal features of the celebration. The Committee is as 
follows : 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Chairman, 23 Wall street, New York. 
Sub-Committee i Hon. Robert VV. De Forest, Chairman, 
on •< Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, 

Art Exhibits. ( Mr. Edward Robinson. 

Sub-Committee i Dr. George F. Kunz, Chairman, 
on Historical -j Mr. S. V. Hoffman. 
Exhibits. ( (One vacancy.) 

General Commemorative Exercises Committee. 

The President stated his intention to name a Committee 
to arrange for general commemorative exercises by uni- 
versities, colleges, schools, and patriotic, historical and 
learned societies throughout the State, and subsequently 
announced the following appointments : 

President Jacob G. Schurman, LL.D., Chairman, Ithaca, N. Y. 
Hon. David A. Boody, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Hon. St. Clair McKelway, 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater, Col. Wm. Cary Sanger, 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

President's Reconunendations Adopted. 
The various recommendations made by the President in 
appointing the foregoing committees, as to changes in the 
titles and duties of the committees, were approved. 

Appointments by Governor Hughes. 

The Secretary read a letter dated December 23, 1907, 
from the Secretary of Governor Hughes, in which he stated 
that he was directed by the Governor to say that it gave 
him pleasure to appoint as members of this Commission, in 
accordance with the recommendation of the Trustees, Mr. 
Qiarles H. Armatage of Albany, Mr. Frank J. Collier of 
Hudson, and Hon. Arthur MacArthur of Troy. 

The letter was ordered on file and the Secretary instructed 
to add the names of these gentlemen to the list of members 
of the Commission. 



January 22, 1908 389 

Nominations by Governor Stokes of Nezv Jersey, 
The Secretary read a communication dated Trenton, 
N. J., January 17, 1908, from the Hon. E. C. Stokes, Gov- 
ernor of New Jersey, stating that in accordance with the 
invitation of the Governor of New York, at the suggestion 
of this Commission, he had nominated the following named 
gentlemen from New Jersey to serve on the Commission: 
Hon. John F. Dryden of Newark, ex-Gov. Frankhn 
Murphy of Newark, ex-Gov. John W. Griggs of Paterson, 
ex-Gov. Foster M. Voorhees of EHzabeth, ex-Gov. Geo. T. 
Werts of Jersey City, Hon. John Dyneley Prince of Ring- 
wood, Mr. James Kerney of Trenton, Mr. Wallace M. 
Scudder of Newark, Mr. William T. Hunt of Newark and 
Mr. Henry M. Doremus of Newark. The letter was 
ordered on file. 

Appointments by Mayor McClellan. 

The Secretary read a letter dated December 21, ig^-y, 
from the Secretary of the Mayor of New York, communi 
eating the appointment of Mr. William Homan, Hon. Town- 
send Scudder and Mr. Stevenson Taylor as members of this 
Commission in accordance with the recommendation of 
the Trustees ; also a letter dated January 9, 1908, from tlie 
Mayor's Secretary, communicating the appointment of Hon. 
Robert W. De Forest of No. 7 Washington Square North, 
Secretary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Mr. Samuel 
Verplanck Hoffman of No. 258 Broadway, President of the 
New York Flistorical Society; Mr. Jacob Katz of No. 124 
East 85th street, real estate and insurance ; and Mr. Edward 
Robinson, Assistant Director of the Metropolitan Museum 
of Art, as members of the Commission. 

The letters were ordered on file and the Secretary 
directed to add the names of the appointees to the list of 
members. 

Visit from the Minister from The Netherlands. 
The Assistant Secretary read a communication dated 
Washington, January 14, 1908, from Jonkheer R. de Marees 
van Swinderen, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Pleni- 



390 Minutes of Trustees 

potentiary from the Netlierlands to the United States, ad- 
dressed to the Secretary of the Commission, stating" that he 
expected to sail for Holland the following' week and ex- 
pressing the desire for an interview with the Secretary on 
Friday, the 17th. An unavoidable engagement out of town 
prevented the Secretary from seeing the Minister, but he 
was received by the Assistant Secretary on the day stated. 
Jonkheer van Swinderen stated that he called in his per- 
sonal, not official, capacity in order to express the great 
interest which tlie people of Holland took in the approach- 
ing celebration and to inform himself concerning the plans 
of the Commission before returning temporarily to his own 
country. He expected to return to Washington in May. 
The Assistant Secretary said that he gave the Alinister very 
full information concerning the plans for 1909 and recipro- 
cated, in behalf of the Commission, the cordial sentiments 
expressed by Minister van Swinderen. 

Corrcspoiiding Forcig>i Cumiscllors Sugi^cstcd. 

Mr. Bergen supplemented the statement of the Assistant 
Secretary by referring to certain correspondence, as yet 
confidential, which it was believed would materially promote 
the interest of the people of Holland in the celebration and 
assist in its expression. With a view to fostering the feel- 
ing of international good will and i)romoting co-operation, 
Mr. Bergen suggested the ]:)ropriety of inviting a few 
prominent gentlemen in Holland to act as " Coresponding 
Foreign Counsellors " to this Commission. Such a position 
would be one of dignity in the estimation of their country- 
men and would enliven their sympathy and stimulate their 
active co-operation. He therefore moved that the subject 
of such appointments be referred to a committee, of which 
the President of the Commission should be one, with power 
to act as the committee deemed best. 

The motion was carried, and the President named as his 
associates on the committee, Mr. Stetson, Chairman of the 
Committee on Law and Legislation, and Mr. Fitch, Chair- 
man of the Committee on Nominations, 



January 22, 1908 391 

Loan of Collier's Painting. 
The Secretary read a letter dated January 8, igoS, from 
the Hon. Whitelaw Reid, Ambassador Extraordinary and 
Plenipotentiary from the United States to Great Britain, 
stating that he would take pleasure in doing what he could 
to secure from the government of Great Britain the loan of 
Collier's painting of "' Hudson's Last Voyage," as suggested 
by Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke at the meeting of October 23, 
1907. The letter was ordered on file. 

Arctic Club's Tender of Co-operation. 
The Secretary read a communication dated New York, 
January 2, 1908, from Capt. B. S. Osbon, Secretary of The 
Arctic Club, stating that as Henry Hudson was identified 
with polar research, and, besides stamping his name on our 
great river, also marked his strenuous work by impressing 
his name upon a great bay and strait in the far north, the 
Arctic Club felt it to be its duty to honor the explorer's 
memory in every way, and tendered its hearty co-operation 
to the Commission in arranging for the celebration. Re- 
ferred to the Plan and Scope Committee. 

Colonial Dauics Offer Their Co-operation. 
The Secretary read a communication dated New York, 
January 14, 1908, from Mrs. Anson P. Atterbury, a member 
of this Commission and a member of the Colonial Dames of 
the State of New York, addressed to the President of the 
Commission, expressing the interest of the Colonial Dames 
in the approaching celebration and their readiness to assist in 
promoting it. The Secretary also read the reply of the 
President, dated January 15. 1908, assuring Mrs. Atterbury 
of the Commission's cordial appreciation of her oflfer. The 
corespondence was referred to the Committee on Plan and 
Scope. 

Nominated for Appointment by Mayor McClellan. 
Mr. Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on Nominations, 
reported the recommendation of the following named gen- 
tlemen for appointment by the Mayor of New York as 



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members of the Commission : Hon. John Bigelow, No. 21 
Gramercy Park, lawyer, author and piibhcist ; Mr. Herbert 
L. Bridg^man, manager of the Brooklyn Standard Union ; 
Gen. Howard Carroll, No. 41 Park Row, author, Inspector 
General of New York Troops in the Spanish War and Vice- 
President of the Starin Transportation Co. ; Hon. John D. 
Crimmins, 40 East 68th street, contractor, ex'-Park Com- 
missioner, etc. and identified with many charitable institu- 
tions ; Dr. Thomas Addis Emmet, No. 89 Madison avenue, 
physician and surgeon, author, and donor of the Emmet 
Collection to Lenox Library ; Hon. Morgan J. O'Brien, No. 
524 Fifth avenue, former Presiding Justice of the Appellate 
Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First De- 
partment ; and Mr. Henry L. Stoddard, 203 Broadway, 
editor of the Evening Mail. 

The report was received and the recommendations 
adopted. 

Conference zcith Up-Stofe Coniinittce. 
Mr. Seward, Chairman of the Committee on Plan and 
Scope, reported that previous to the meeting of the Board 
of Trustees, there had been a joint meeting of the Plan and 
Scope Committee of this Commission and representatives 
of the Up-State Hudson-Fulton Celebration Committee. 
The latter were the Hon. Charles H. Gaus, Mayor of 
Albany and President of the Committee ; Mr. Cornelius F. 
Burns, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Troy ; 
Hon. Henry Hudson, Mayor of Hudson ; and Mr. Wm. 
Wortman, Cit}^ Clerk of Hudson. There had been a cordial 
interchange of views concerning the proposed celebration, 
in which the Up-State representatives expressed their 
earnest interest in the arrangements and their readiness to 
co-operate in carrying them out. They had also suggested 
that the sum of $300,000, which it was proposed to ask 
from the Legislature, was inadequate for a general cele- 
bration along the river from New York to the head of navi- 
gation at Troy, and that a larger sum should be asked for, 
with a view to making financial provision for the local cele- 
brations in the upper Hudson valley. The up-state repre^ 



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January 22, 1908 393 

sentatives had been assured, on behalf of the Commission, 
of the latter's desire to show every consideration to the com- 
munities which they represented, and to make the celebra- 
tion as g^eneral as possible throughout the whole Hudson 
valley, and even the State at large. The exchange of ideas 
had been entirely informal, and, in view of the present un- 
certainty concerning" the appropriation, no conclusion was 
arrived at. 

The report was received. 

Amendment of Charter and Appropriation. 

Mr. Stetson, Chairman of the Committee on Law and 
Legislation, reported that the proposed act amending the 
Charter of the Commission and making an appropriation for 
the celebration, as printed on pages 361-363 of the Minutes, 
had been forwarded to Senator Raines with a request for 
its introduction. Senator Raines had expressed his readi- 
ness to introduce the bill, but suggested some changes in 
form which would be the subject of a conference between 
him and Mr. Stetson at Albany the following week. Report 
of progress received. 

Gen. Grant suggested that the question of increasing the 
amount of the appropriation be referred to Mr. Stetson's 
committee, and it was so referred. 

"Hudson River" Instead of "North River" 
Recommended. 

Commander Miller, referring to the custom of calling that 
portion of the river separating New York City and New 
Jersey the North River, and declaring that by this custom, 
New York City had no Hudson River, offered the following 
resolution : 

Whereas, the custom has grown to call the lower part of 
the Hudson abreast of New York the North River ; and 
whereas such double nomenclature is not only locally mis- 
leading but diminishes respect for the man who first ap- 
proached the river that bears his name through that portion 
popularly called the North River ; therefore be it 

Resolved, that this Commission use its influence in such 
way as the President may determine to have the whole 
stream Avhich Hudson discovered named after him. 



394 Minutes of Trustees 

Mr. Stetson stated the name North River had been ap- 
phed by the early Dutch settlers to this river to differentiate 
it from the Delaware or South River. 

Admiral Coghlan added that Fulton's first steamboat on 
the river was called " the North River of Clermont." 

The resolution was carried. 

Official Flag Recommended. 

Mr. Berri, Chairman of the Committee on Civic Parade, 
after stating that he accepted the position with hesitation, 
owing to the fact that the plans for the military parade had 
been under consideraion for some time while the plans for 
the civic parade remained to be formulated, suggested ^lie 
propriety of adopting an official flagi banner and shield for 
the occasion. He believed that many thousands of them 
would be used in the parade and in public decorations. 

On motion, the President referred the subject to the Com- 
mittee on Civic Parade. 

Highlands Park. 

Mr. Gregory inquired if the proposition to sequestrate the 
tlighlands of the Hudson for a public reservation had been 
considered by the Commission or any Committee of it. He 
spoke of the wide-spread sentiment that the remarkable 
scenery of the Hudson should be preserved by government 
intervention from disfigurement and believed that the pro- 
ject was a commendable one. 

The Secretary read from the minutes of the meeting of 
the Committee on Law and Legislation held December 17, 
1907, the following extract : 

" The Chairman laid before the Committee a letter from 
Mr. F. P. Albert asking the Commission to advocate a bill 
authorizing the purchase by condemnation of the shores of 
the Hudson river for the protection of the scenery. After 
a general discussion of the subject it was voted as the sense 
of the committee that while the object to be attained was de- 
sirable, it was inexpedient for the Commission to advocate 
a measure which would involve so large an appropriation 
by the State and might interfere with the other plans of the 
Commission." 



January 22, 1908 395 

Mr. Stetson stated that after the meeting of his commit- 
tee on December 17 he had communicated to Mr. Albert the 
action ; and that in a letter to the New York Evening Post 
of January 20, 1908, Mr. Albert had questioned the ac- 
curacy of Mr. Stetson's statements concerning the expense 
of acquiring title to riparian property along the river. Mr. 
vStetson stated to the Trustees his authority for his state- 
ments and reiterated his belief that while the project of 
preserving the beauty of the Hudson was entirely commend- 
able, it was unwise for the Commission to commit itself to a 
bill requiring a large appropriation for that purpose. 

Mr. Gregory said that the purpose of his inquiry was 
not to urge the Commission to undertake the matter but to 
elicit information. He believed that the project itself was 
commendable. 

The Secretary moved that the action of the Committee on 
Law and Legislation be approved. Carried. 

The Chairman of the Committee on Plan and Scope filed 
with the Secretary letters from the following named per- 
sons favoring the Highlands Park: Messrs. F. P. Albert, 
(3), S. J. Barrows, F. W. Devoe, W. H. Douglas, C. W. 
McCutchen, John P. Truesdell, Daniel T. Wade, J. DuPratt 
White and Mornay Williams. 

Verplanck's Point Park. 

The Secretary reported that on January 7, 1908, the Hon. 
L H. Smith of Peekskill had introduced in the Assembly 
" An act to provide for acquiring land on Verplanck's 
Point in Westchester County for a Hudson-Fulton Mem- 
orial Park and making an appropriation therefor." The 
bill is the same as that introduced in the last Legislature and 
printed on pages 260 and 261 of the Minutes of this Cofii- 
mission. 

Assistant Secretary's Salary Increased. 

The Secretary moved that in view of the increase in and 
character of the labors of the Assistant Secretary his salary 



396 Minutes of Trustees 

be fixed at $3,000 instead of $2,500 for the year beginning 
February 1, 1908. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sew- 
ard and unanimously carried. 
The meeting" then adjourned. 

Menry W. Sackett, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Abraham Abraham. 
Herbert Adams. 
John G. A^-ar. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Apgar. 
Chas. H. Armatage. 
Col. John Jacob Astor. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atter- 

bury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Geo. C. Batcheller. 
Constructor William J. 

Baxter, U. S. N. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. John Bigelow. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. J. Boulton. 
Hon. Thos. W. Bradley. 
Herbert L. Bridgman. 
George V. Brower. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
Edward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry IV. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnegie. 
Gen. Howard Carroll. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate. 
John Claflin. 
Sir Caspar P. Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Rear Adm. J. B. Cogh- 

lan. 
Fredk. J. Collier 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
Paul D. Cravath. 
Hon. John D. Crimmins. 
Fred'k R. Cruikshank. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J. Curtis. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon Robt. W. deFc.esl. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 



James de la Montayne. 

E. S. A. deLima. 

Hon. C. M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

Gtor^f G. DeU'itt. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

John C. Fames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Dr. Thos. A. Emmet. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. 
Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassitt. 

P.arr Ferree. 

Stuyvesant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Wi-nchester Fitch. 

James J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Thomas Powell Fowler. 

Austen G. Fox. 

Hon. Chas. .9. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garret- 
son. 

Hon. Theo. P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Rear Adm. C. F. Good- 
rich. 

George f. Gould. 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 

Capt. R. H. Greene. 

George F. Gregory. 

Henry E. Gregory. 

Hon." Edward _ M. Grout. 

Abner S. Haight. 

Edw. Hagaman Hall. 

Benjamin F. Hamilton. 

Geo. A. Hearn. 

James A. Hearn. 

Peter Cooper Hewitt. 

Hon. Warren Hi^iew. 

Hon. David B. Hill. 

Hon. Michael H. Hirsch- 
berg. 

Samuel Verplanck Hoff- 
man. 

Tames P. Holland. 

Willis Holly. 

William Homan. 

Hon. Henry E. How- 
land. 

Colgate Hoyt. 

Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 

Gen. Thos. H. Hubbard. 

Hon. Henry Hudson. 

Walter G. Hudson. 

Archer M. Huntington. 

T. D. Huntting. 

August h . Jaccaci. 

Col. William Jay. 

Jacob Katz. 

[ Names'of )Trustees"in" italics. ] 



Hugh Kelly. 

Hon. John H. Ketcham. 

Gen. Horatio C. K'ing. 

Albert E. Kleinert. 

Dr. George F. Kuns. 

John LaFarge. 

Charles R. Lamb. 

Frederick S. Lamb. 

Homer Lee. 

Charles W. Lefler. 

Julius Lehrenkrauss. 

Dr. Henry M. Leipsiger. 

Clarence E. Leonard. 

Hon. Clarence Lexow. 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 

Herman Livingston. 

Comdr. Chas. H. Loring. 

Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 

Hon. Selli Low. 

R. Fulton Ludlow. 

Hon. Arthur MacArthur. 

William A. Marble. 

George E. Matthews. 

Hon. Wm. McCirroll. 

Gen. Anson G. McCook. 

Col. John J. McCook. 

Donald McDonald. 

William J. McKay. 

Hon. St. Clair McKel- 
way. 

Rear- Ad. Geo. W. Mel- 
ville. 

Hon. John G. Milbttrn. 

Frank D. Millet. 

Com. Jacob IV. .MitUr. 

Hon. Warner Miller. 

Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 

Ogden Mills. 

J. Pierpont Morgan. 

Hon. Fordham Morris. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton. 

Wm. C. Muschenheim. 

Nathan Newman. 

C. H. Niehaus. 

Ludwig Nissen. 

Hon. Lewis Nixon. 

Chas. R. Norman. 

H»n. More:anJ. O'Brien. 

W. R. d'Donovan. 

Eben E. Olcott. 

Prof. Henry F. Osborn. 

Wm. Church Osborn. 

Percy B. O'SulHvan. 

Hon. Alton B. Parker. 

Orrel A. Parker. 

John E. Parsons. 

Hon. Samuel Parsons. 

Samuel H. Parsons. 

Comdr. R. E. Peary. 

Bayard L. Peck. 

Gordon H. Peck. 

Howland PelL 

Hon. Geo. IV. Perkins. 

Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 



399 



George A. Plimpton. 

Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 

Rt. Rev. Henry C. Pot- 
ter. 

Thomas R. Proctor. 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugs- 
ley. 

Louis C. Raegener. 

Herman Ridder. 

Edward Robinson. 

William Rockefeller. 

Maj.-Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 

Carl J. Roehr. 

Louis T. Romaine. 

Thomas F. Ryan. 

Henry W. Sackctt. 

Col. Wm. Cary Sanger. 

George Henry Sargent. 

Col. Herbert L. Satterlee 

Chas. A. .Schermerhorn. 

Jacob H. Schiff. 

Prest. Jacob G. Schur- 
man. 

Gustaz' H. Schwab. 

Hon. Townsend Scudder. 

Isaac N. Sflis;>nan. 

Louis Seligsburg. 

Hon. Joseph H. Fenner. 

Hon. Fred^k. II'. Sfward. 

Hon. Wm. F. Sheehan. 



Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 

/. Edward Simmons. 

John W. Simpson. 

E. V. Skinner. 

Prof. John C. Smock. 

William Sohmer. 

Nelson S. Spencer. 

James Speyer. 

Hon. John H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 

Hon. Louis Stern. 

Francis Lynde Stetson. 

Louis Stewart. 

James Stillman. 

Henry L. Stoddard. 

Wm. L. Stone. 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

George R. Sutherland. 

Hon. Theodore Sutro. 

Stevenson Taylor. 

Henry R. Towne. 

Dr. Irving Tow.nsend. 

Spencer Trask. 

C. Y. Turner. 

Albert Ulmann. 

Lt.-Coiii. Aaron I'ander- 

bilt. 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

[Names of Trustees in italics,} 



Rev. Dr. Henry Van 
Dyke. 

Warner Van Norden. 

Wm. B. Van Rensselaer. 

J. Leonard Varick. 

Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 

Col. John W. Vrooman. 

Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahlc. 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Hon. W. L. Ward. 

Edward Wells, Jr. 

Charles W. Wetmore. 

Edmund Wetmore. 

Henry W. Wetmore. 

Hon. Andrew D. White. 

J. Du Pratt White. 

Fred C. Whitney. 

Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 

Charles R. Wilson. 

Edward C. Wilson. 

Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. 

Hon. John S. Wise. 

Charles B. Wolffram. 

Stewart L. Woodford. 

Hon. Timothy L. Wood- 
ruff. 

W. E. Woolley. 

James A. Wright. 



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President 

Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, i8 Wall Street, New York. 

Vice-Presidents 

Mr. Herman Ridder. Presiding Vice-President. 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter. 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer 

Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Mills Building, New York. 

Secretary Assistant Secretary- 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Art and Historical ExHibits Committee 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Chairman, 23 Wall street, New York. 
Sub-Committee ( Hon. Robert W. De Forest, Chairman, 
on ' •] Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, 

Art Exhibits. ( Mr. Edward Robinson. 
Sub-Committee ( Dr. George F. Kunz, Chairman, 
on Historical < Mr. S. V. Hoffman. 
Exhibits. ( (One vacancy.) 

A\aditing Committee 

Hon. N. Taylor. Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway, New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Hon. William McCarroll. 

Banquet Committee 

Col. William Jay, Chairman, 48 Wall Street, New York. 
Hon. William Berri, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Gen. Howard Carroll, Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

Civic Parade Committee 

Mr. Herman Ridder. Chairman, 182 William Street, New York. 

Mr. B. Altmari, Hon. Lewis Nixon, 

Mr. August Belmont, Mr. Eben E. Olcott. 

Hon. William Berri, Mr. William Church Osborn, 

Mr. George C. Boldt, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, 

Hon. David A. Boody, Mr. Howland Pell, 

Hon. George C. Clausen, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 

Mr. George Ehret, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Mr. Frank S. Gardner, Mr. Jacob H. Schiff, 

Mr. George A. Hearn, Mr. William Sohmer. 

Mr. Colgate Hoyt, Mr. James Speyer, 

Gen. Horatio C. King, Hon. Louis Stern, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. J. Leonard Vanck, 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal, Mr. Edmund Wetmore. 
Mr. William C. Muschenheim, 



401 

Executive Committee 

Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, i8 Wall Street, New York, 

Mr. John E. Parsons,, Vice-Chairman, 

Hon. James M. Beck, Hon. Morgan J. O'Brien, 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. William Berri, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Mr. Herman Ridder, 
Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan,U.S.A., Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Mr. William J Curtis, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Col. William Jay, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

Mr. John La Farge, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. William McCarroll, Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Mr. Frank D. Millet, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Fulton "Water Gate Committee 

Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Chairman, 15 Washington Square, 
New York. 
Mr. R. Fulton Cutting, Mr. R. Fulton Ludlow, 

Mr. Charles R. Lamb, Com. Jacob W. Miller. 

General Commemorative Exercises Committee 

President Jacob G. Schurman, LL.D., Chairman, Ithaca, N. Y. 
Hon. David A. Boody, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Hon. St. Clair McKelway, 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater, Col. Wm. Gary Sanger, 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

Invitations Committee 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Chairman, Princeton, N. J. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

The Secretary, ex oiHcio. 

In^vood ParK Committee 

Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, <^2 William St.. New York 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon, George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. ' 

La-w and Legislation Committee 

Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jav, 

Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, The President, e.v-oMcio. 



402 

Memorials Committee 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 85 Liberty Street, New York. 
Col. William Jav, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 

Military Parade Committee 

Major Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 
Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Gen. Anson G. McCook, Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 

Naval Parade Comimittee 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 
59 West 45th Street, New York. 
Const'r Wm. J. Baxter, U. S. N., Com. Jacob W. Miller, 
Gen Howard Carroll, Mr. Chas. R. Norman, 

Mr August F. Jaccaci, Hon. John H. Starm, 

Mr William J. McKay, Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt. 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, 
U. S. N., 

Nominations Committee 

Mr Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Col. John W. Vrooman, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, The President, cx-oMcio. 

Official Literary Exercises Committee 

Gen. James Grant Wilson, Chairman, 157 W. 79th St., New York. 
Mr. R. P Bolton, Mr. Wm. L. Stone, 

Mr. Edward DeWitt, - Mr. Albert Ulmann, 

Mr. Edmund Wetmore. 

Plan and Scope Committee 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, N. Y. 

Hon. James M. Beck, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Hon. William Berri. Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 

Rear Adm. T- B. Coghlan, U.S. N., Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Mr. Robert" W. De Forest, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Maj. -Gen. Fred'kD. Grant, U.S.A., Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low. Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Hon. Wm. McCarroll, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, The President, cx-officio. 

Reception Committee 

Hon. Seth Low, Chairman, 30 East 64th Street New York. 

Col. John Jacob Astor, Hon. Grover Cleveland, 

Hon. James M. Beck, Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan.U.S.N., 

Hon. Frank S. Black, Most Rev. John M. Farley, 

Hon. A. J. Boulton, I\Laj.-Gen. Fred'k D. Grant, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, U. S. A.. 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Mr. E. H. Hall, 

Mr. John Claflin, Hon. David B. Hill, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Hon. Henry E. Howland, 



Reception Committee {continued) 



403 



Col. William Jay, 

Hon. Phineas C. Lounsbury, 

Col. John J. McCook, 

Hon. St. Clair McKelway, 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, 

U. S. N., 
Hon. John G. Milburn, 
Mr. Ogden Mills, 
Mr. J. P. Morgan, 
Mr. Fordham Morris, , 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 
Hon. Alton B. Parker, 
Gen. Horace Porter, 
Rt. Rev. H. C. Potter, 
Mr. Thos. R. Proctor, 



Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Mr. Wm. Rockefeller, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Pres. J. G. Schurman, 

Mr. I. N. Seligman, 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard, 

Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Hon. William R. Willcox, 

Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

Hon. Timothy L. Woodrufif. 



VerplancK's Point ParK Committee 

Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Higley, 

Hon. J. Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 



"Ways and Means Committee 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Cliairman, 182 William St., New York. 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. George W. Perkins, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Fred'k W. Seward, The President, ex-oMcio. 

Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 



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405 
Minutes of 

Executive Committee 

February 3, 1908. 

The fifth meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission was held, pur- 
suant to call of the Chairman, at the headquarters of the 
Commission in the Tribune building, 154 Nassau street, 
New York City, Monday, February 3, 1908, at 3.30 p. m. 

Roll Call. 

Present: Chairman Stewart L. Woodford, presiding; 
and Hon. James AI. Beck, Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Rear 
Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Mr. Tlieodore Fitch, 
Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Col. William Jay, Mr. John 
E. Parsons, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Louis C. 
Raegener, Mr. Herman Ridder, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. 
Isaac N. Seligman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, and Gen. 
James Grant Wilson. 

Ex fused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from Dr. George F. 
Kunz, Hon. Wm. McCarroll, Mr. Frank D. Millet, Hon. 
Levi P. Morton, and Hon. Andrew D. White, and they were 
excused. 

Minutes Approved. 

The minutes of the fourth meeting of the Executive Com- 
mittee, held December 9, 1907, having been printed and 
sent to all the members, were approved as printed. 

Reply to President Roosevelt. 

The Secretary read the three letters addressed to Presi- 
dent Roosevelt on Jainiary 16, 1908, and the inquiry of the 
President concerning the provision made by the State and 
City of New York for the celebration in 1909. (See pages 
3,79-38i«of the Minutes.) 



4o6 Minutes of Executive Committee 

The Chairman reported that on Tuesday, January 28, 
1908, he accompanied Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman 
of the Committee on Law and Legislation to Albany, where 
they had an interview with Senator Armstrong, Chairman 
of the Finance Committee, and Senator Raines, a member 
of that Committee. There were present also Hon. Charles 
H. Cans, Mayor of Albany; Mr. Cornelius F. Burns, Presi- 
dent of the Chamber of Commerce of Troy ; Hon. Henry 
Hudson, Mayor of Hudson; and Mr. William Wortman, 
City Clerk of Hudson, Members of the Up-State Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Committee. The President of this Com- 
mission and Mr. Stetson laid before the Senators the 
reasons for appropriating $300,000 for the celebration at 
and south of Newburgh, stating that this was the smallest 
amount that would meet the necessities of the occasion, 
and assuring them of their desire to have them appropriate 
as much more as they could for the celebration along the 
upper reaches of the river. Senator Armstrong expressed 
a cordial interest in the celebration and assured the Com- 
missioners that their requests would be met as fully as the 
condition of the treasury warranted. He recommended, 
however, that instead of introducing a separate appro- 
priation bill, the appropriation be embodied in the supply 
bill, which would probably be passed in March. In view of 
the situation as developed by this interview, the following 
letter to President Roosevelt had been drafted : 

New York, February 3, 1908. 
William Loeb, Jr., Esq., 

Secretary to the President, 

Washington, D. C. 

Dear Sir : I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter 
of January i8th. asking what provision has been made for 
the Hudson-Fulton Celebration by the State and City of 
New York, and now reply thereto. 

The State has provided amply for our incidental and 
preliminary expenses and the citv furnishes us with suitable 
rooms for our Secretary and Clerks in the Tribune Ixiilding. 



February 3, 1908 407 

Immediately upon receipt of your letter, arrangements 
were made for a hearing- before the Finance Committee of 
the Senate of the State of New York, upon the application 
theretofore made for a specific appropriation for the Cele- 
bration as recommended by Governor Hughes in his annual 
message. 

Accordingly, such hearing was had upon Tuesday, Jan- 
uary 28th ; and the Finance Committee announced their 
conclusion that in view of the other demands upon the 
State Treasury, it would be better that this special appro- 
priation should be embraced in the Annual Supply Bill, 
which will be enacted probably during the last fortnight of 
the session. In announcing this conclusion, the Finance 
Committee expressed its entire sympathy with the purposes 
of the Commission, and indicated its intention to make a 
proper and adequate appropriation. 

In view, however, of the pendency of this undetermined 
application, I am instructed by the Commission that it is 
better that our former request for an invitation to foreign 
nations should remain in abeyance until after action upon 
the Supply Bill, when I will at once communicate with you. 

I am, your obedient servant, 

Stewart L. Woodford, 

President. 

On motion of Mr. Parsons, the letter was approved as 
read, and the Chairman authorized to send it to President 
Roosevelt. 

U p-Statc Appropriation. 
The Secretary read the following letter: 

Hudson, N. Y., January 30, 1908. 

Hon. Stewart L. Woodford, President Board of Trustees, 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, New York 
City : 
Dear Sir : Pursuant to the suggestion emanating from 
your Board of Trustees, representatives of the various 
cities and villages bordering on and in the vicinity of that 
part of the Hudson River northerly from Newburgh, met 
in the city of Albany, N. Y., on November 30, 1907, and 
organized what has since been commonly known as an up- 
State Committee, having as its object the furtherance of the 
plans and purposes of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission, and this committee has since that time been giving 
the matter its careful attention. 



4o8 Minutes of Executive Committee 

We are of the opinion, and believe you will concur with 
us, that in order to properly and fittingly commemorate this 
anniversary of the discovery of the Hudson River and the 
•successful steam navigation thereof, the ceremonies attend- 
ant upon the celebration should be extended along the 
entire length of the river, instead of from New York Har- 
bor to Newburgh, as previously arranged; that the dupli- 
cates of the Clermont and Half Moon, together with their 
accompanying flotilla, should pursue the same course, and 
all of such course, as did the two original boats which they 
typify. In other words, Henry Hudson, when he dis- 
covered the river which bears his name, did not ascend as 
far as the present site of the city of Newburgh and then 
return to New York Harbor, but continued on northerly, 
and likewise should the celebration of this notable event 
be continued northerly to the City of Troy, the vessels 
stopping for a day at each city and principal village along 
the route. Should this plan be adopted each of these 
cities and villages propose to hold a local celebration on the 
day on which the flotilla makes its visit, the cities and vil- 
lages defraying their own expenses for these local cele- 
brations. 

We would also state that it is our earnest desire that 
suitable monuments, statutes or tablets be erected or located 
at various points of vantage along the banks of the river, 
in order that this great event shall not be a transient one 
merely, but shall be perpetuated through future years by 
these visual permanent memorials. 

But of course it will be readily seen that in order to carry 
out these proposed plans and to properly observe this event, 
sufficient funds must be appropriated by the State of New 
York. and. through your Commission, placed at the disposal 
of this up-State Committee, to be used by it for that part of 
the Celebration north of Newburgh. after the termination 
of the ceremonies now contemplated to be held south of 
that point, and it is estimated that this Committee will re- 
quire the sum of $150,000 for this purpose. 

The resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission calls for an appropriation 
by the State of $300,000, for the purposes of the entire 
Celebration as far north as Newburgh. That resolution • 
has already been communicated to the Legislature bv the 
report of the Trustees, and it contains no allusion to the 
necessity for the further appropriation of $150,000, for the 
purposes indicated herein. This communication is sent to 
you at your suggestion and that of Mr. Francis Lynde 



February 3, 1908 409 

Stetson, Chairman of the Law Committee of the Board of 
Trustees, and with the hope that the trustees will transmit 
it to the Legislature at as early a date as possible. 

We would therefore respectfully request that the bill 
which is to be introduced in the State Legislature appro- 
priating funds to your Commission for this project, con- 
tain this item of $150,000, in order to make possible the 
Celebration in the upper part of the Hudson River, cover- 
ing the territory from Newburgh to Troy. 
Very respectfully, 

Wm. Worth an, 

■^ Ass't Sec'y Up-State Committee. 

Admiral Coghlan, Chairman of the Naval Parade Com- 
mittee, stated that the plan of the celebration had always 
contemplated a commemoration throughout the length of 
the river. It was originally intended to have the fac- 
similes of the Half ]\Ioon and Clermont escorted by the 
naval procession to Newburgh Bay, there to be transferred 
to the upper Hudson division and taken on at least as far 
as Albany. From Newburgh northward the smaller United 
States vessels and the torpedo boat flotilla would continue 
with the upper Hudson division, while the larger vessels 
would return to New York and participate in the illumi- 
nation at night. 

After some further discussion the letter was referred to 
the Chairman of the Executive Committee with power. 
The meeting then adjourned. 

Henry W. Sackett, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Minutes of 



Trustees' Meeting 



February 26, 1908. 

The twenty-third meeting- of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held at headquarters in 
the Tribune Building, No. 154 Nassau street, New York 
City, Wednesday, February 26, 1908, at 3 o'clock p. m. 

Roll Call 

"Present: President Stewart L. Woodford, presiding; and 
Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Hon. A. J. Boulton, Mr. William J. 
Curtis, Mr. Henry E. Gregory, Mr. Edward Hagaman 
Hall, Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. Samuel Verplanck Hoff- 
man, Mr. Wm. C. Muschenheim, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 
Mr. Thomas R. Proctor, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, Mr. 
Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Mr. 
Edmund Wetmore and Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Mr. Reginald P. Bolton and Mr. Wm. L. Stone, members 
of the Commission, were also present. 

Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from Hon. William 
Berri, Hon. J. Rider Cady, Mr. Theodore Fitch, Dr. George 
Frederick Kunz, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, Hon. Seth Lx)w, 
Rear Admiral George W. Melville, U. S. N., Mr. John E. 
Parsons, Mr. Herman Ridder, Col. Herbert L. Satterlee, 
Prest. Jacob Gould Schurman, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, Mr. 
Spencer Trask, Col. John W. Vrooman, Dr. Samuel B. 
Ward, Hon. Andrew D. White and Hon. Timothy L, Wood- 
ruff, and they were excused. 



February 26, 1908 411 

Approval of Minutes. 

The minutes of the last meeting, havnig been printed and 
sent to all the members, were approved as printed. 

Treasurer's Report. 

The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, was 
received and ordered on file, as follows : 

To the Trustees of the Hudson- Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission : 
I have the honor to report the condition of the treasury 
on February 26, 1908, as follows: 

DEBIT. 

Balance on hand as reported January 22, 1908. $7,473 94 



CREDIT. 

Paid on approved vouchers : 

53. T. G. Sellew, repair of furniture $1 00 

54. J. B. Lyon Co., printing I 13 

55. E. H. Hall, disbursements $20 39 

Salary for December 208 33 

228 72 

56. L. R. Hamersley & Co., " Men of America " 5 00 

57. Henry Romeike, Inc., press clippings i 53 

58. Polhemus Printing Co., stationery 4 35 

59. J. B. Lyon Co., printing 23 83 

60. J. B. Lyon Co., printing 21 50 

61. J. B. Lyon Co., printing i 23 

62. E. H. Hall, disbursements $12 36 

Salary for January 208 33 

220 69 

, Total credit $508 98 

Total debit 7>473 94 

Balance February 26, 1908 $6,964 96- 

Respectfully submitted, 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 



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Bills Approved for Payment. 
The following bills were approved for payment, subject 
to examination and approval by the Auditing- Committee : 

Miss J. A. Cooke, mimeographing letters $i 60 

Henry Romeike, press clippings in January.... i 17 

J. B. Lyon Co., minutes of January 22d 26 44 

J. B. Lyon Co., minutes of December 9, 18, 26.. 23 29 
State Treasurer, interest on deposits to Decem- 
ber 31, 1907 189 49 

E. H. Hall, disbursements $22 29 

Salary for February 250 00 

272 29 



$514 28 



Minute upon the Death of Mr. Morris K. Jesup. 

The committee, consisting of Mr. John E. Parsons, Hon. 
Seth Low and ]Mr. J. Edward Simmons, appointed to pre- 
pare a minute upon the death of Mr. Morris K. Jesup, 
reported as follows : 

The Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, having 
been informed of the death of Mr. Morris K. Jesup, one of 
its members and a Vice-Pl'esident, deems the event of 
sufficient importance to be noted in its minutes. Mr. Jesup, 
by reason of his age, has not been especially active in the 
affairs of this Commission ; but, by virtue of his public 
spirit and his many services to the City and the State, his 
name, in connection with the work of the Commission, was 
a distinct source of strength. A patriotic man and a public 
spirited, the fact that this Celebration appealed to him 
strongly led it to appeal to others ; and the knowledge that 
it appealed to him gave to his associates upon the Com- 
mission a still greater interest in the undertaking committed 
to their care. Both on the side of history and on the side 
of science, this Celebration appealed to Mr. Jesup, and his 
associates greatly deplore that they are deprived of the 
inspiration of his fellowship and smypathy midway in their 
work. The City and the State are fortunate in having en- 
joyed so long the services of such a citizen. The loss to 
the City and the State by reason of his death is commen- 
surately great. His associates gladly bear this effectionate 
testimony to the usefulness and uplifting value of his life. 



February 26, 1908 413 

The minute was adopted by a rising vote and the Secre- 
tary was directed to send a copy to Mr. Jesup's family- 

Ciz'ic Parade Committee Appointed. 
The President announced the appointment of the follow- 
ing Committee on Civic Parade : 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman, 182 William Street, New York. 

Mr. B. Altman, Mr. William C. Muschenheim, 
Mr. August Belmont, " Hon. Lewis Nixon, 

Hon. William Berri, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Mr. George C. Boldt, Mr. William Church Osljorn, 

Hon. David A. Boody, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, 

Hon. George C. Clausen, Mr. Howland Pell, 

Mr. George Ehret, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 

Mr. Frank S. Gardner, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Mr. George A. Hearn, Mr. Jacob H. Schiff, 

Mr. Colgate Hoyt, Mr. William Sohmer, 

Gen. Horatio C. King, Mr. James Speyer, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Louis Stern, 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal, Mr. J. Leonard Varick, 

Hon. Fordham Morris, jMr. Edmund Wetmore. 

Letter from Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
The Secretary read the following letter from the Hon. 
Grover Cleveland : 

Princeton, X. J., February 19, 1908. 
Henry W. Sackett, Esq., Secretary The Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission, Tribune Building, New York 
City : 
My Dear Sir: I have received your letter of the 15th 
inst., notifying me of my appointment as Chairman of the 
Committee on Official Invitations to the Celebration to be 
given under the auspices of the Commission. 

I hope it may not be considered ungracious if I ask that 
some other name may be substituted for mine in this con- 
nection. Since my relationship with the Commission began 
1 have not been able to give even the little attention to it 
which at the time I accepted a place on the Executive Com- 
mittee I hoped I might be able to bestow on its details ; and 
with this in my mind I am unwilling under the circum- 
stances to accept a place so prominent and which ought to 
demand so much attention, as the one to which I have been 
newly designated. 

Hoping that what T have written will not subject me to 
the suspicion of any lack of sympathy with the purpose of 
the Commission, I am, 

Very sincerely yours, 

Grover Cleveland. 



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The Secretary also read the following reply by Presi- 
dent Woodford: 

New York, February 21, 1908. 

His Excellency, Grover Cleveland, 

Princeton, N. J. 

Dear Mr. President: Colonel Sackett sends me copy of 
your letter to him of February 19th instant, suggesting 
relief from the chairmanship of Committee on Official In- 
vitations. I named that Committee after very careful 
thought. It consists of one living ex-President; of Mr. 
Morton, an ex-Vice-President; of Mr. Choate, ex- Am- 
bassador to England ; of General Porter, ex-Ambassador to 
France, and Dr. White, ex-Ambassador to Germany. To 
these names we added that of Colonel Sackett, the Secretary 
of our Commission. 

No duty will be required of this Committee, except to 
vise the list of proposed invitations. That should take no 
time as they will be sent to each member of the Committee 
for revision, approval and suggestion. This can all be done 
by mail. Then the Secretary will attend to engraving and 
sending. 

I feel that I can guarantee that there shall be no burden 
laid on you. If necessary the Secretary will bring the list 
to you at Princeton, after it has been submitted to Vice- 
President Morton and the three Ambassadors. No name 
is worth so much to our Commission in adding dignity to 
our final official invitations as the name of Mr. Cleveland. 
I will see that nothing is done to embarrass or compromise 
your great position in any way. I want you to trust me in 
this, and let me have your great help. 

Faithfully your friend, 

Stewart L. Woodford. 

Appointments by Mayor McClellan. 

The Secretary read a letter dated January 30, 1908, from 
the Secretarv of His Honor, the Mayor of the City of New 
York, appointing Hon. John Bigelow, Mr. Herbert L. 
Bridgman, Gen. Howard Carroll, Hon. John D. Crimmins, 
Dr. Thomas A. Emmet, Hon. Morgan J. O'Brien and Mr. 
Henrv L. Stoddard as members of the Commission in 
accordance with the recommendations of the Trustees at 
their last meeting. 



February 26, 1908 415 

The letter was ordered on file and the Secretary was 
directed to add the names of the appointees to the list of 
members of the Commission. 

Mr. Jolin E. Parsons Elected a Vice-President. 

In the absence of Mr. Theodore Fitch, Giairman of the 
Committee on Nom.inations, the Assistant Secretary read 
the report of the Committee nominating Mr. John E. Par- 
sons for Vice-President, to fill the vacancy caused by the 
death of Mr. Morris K. Jesup. 

The report was received and Mr. Parsons was unani- 
mously elected. 

Hon. Morgan J. O'Brien Elected a Trustee. 

In like manner, upon recommendation of the Committee 
on Nominations, the Hon. Morgan J. O'Brien was unani- 
mously elected to fill the vacancy in the Board of Trustees 
caused by Mr. Jesup's death. 

Nominated for Appointment to the Commission. 

The report of the Committee on Nominations further 
recommended the following appointments as members of 
the Commission : 

Bv the Governor : Mr. Cornelius F. Burns, President 
of the Trov Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. William 
Wortman. City Clerk of Hudson. 

By the Mayor: Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborn, Presi- 
dent of the American Museum of Natural History, and 
Mr. Abraham Abraham, merchant, of Brooklyn. 

The recommendations were adopted. 

Appropriation Bill Introduced. 
Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman of the Committee 
on Law and Legislation, reported that as the result of the 
conference at Albany on January 28, 1908 (see page 406 
of Minutes of Executive Committee), and subsequent cor- 
respondence, the Hon. Alfred R. Page had, on Tuesdav, 
Februarv 25, 1908, introduced in the Senate the following 
bill (Introductory No. 475, Printed No. 543) : 



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An act making an appropriation for the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission, and also making a reappro- 
priation therefor. 

The People of the State of Nezv York, represented in 
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows: 

Section i. The sum of four hundred and fifty thousand 
dollars, is hereby appropriated, and the sum of twelve 
thousand five hundred dollars being the unexpended balance 
of the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars heretofore appro- 
priated by chapter three hundred and twenty-five of the 
laws of nineteen hundred and six, is hereby reappropriated, 
or so much thereof as may be necessary, out of any moneys 
in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission. Such money shall be 
payable for the purposes for which such commission was 
established pursuant to chapter three hundred and twenty- 
five of the laws of nineteen hundred and six, and one hun- 
dred and fifty thousand dollars thereof shall be payable for 
such purposes at and above Xewburgh on the Hudson river, 
and all such moneys shall be paid by the treasurer on the war- 
rant of the comptroller upon requisitions signed by the presi- 
dent and the secretary of the commission, accompanied by an 
estimate of the expenses for the payment of which money 
so drawn is to be applied. No indebtedness or obligation 
shall be incurred by such commission in excess of such 
appropriations and such sums as may be provided for said 
commission by the city of New York. The commission 
shall annually on or before October tenth make a verified 
report to the comptroller of the disbursements made by it 
during the year ending on the thirtieth day of September 
preceding from money appropriated by the state, and shall 
accompanv such report with the proper vouchers for such 
disbursements. Whenever the commission shall report to 
the legislature that the purposes for which the commission 
is created have been attained and all its debts and obligations 
have been paid, it shall return to the state treasurer the 
unexpended balance of money drawn in pursuance of this 
act. 



Bill to Increase N\iniher of Members and Trustees of 
Commission Introdnced. 

Mr. Stetson also reported that on the same date (Feb- 
ruary 25th) Senator Page had introduced a bill (Intro- 



February 26, 1908 417 

ductory No. 476, Printed No. 543) embodying the Trus- 
tees' recommendation concerning the increase in the num- 
ber of members and trustees of the Commission, as follows : 

An act to increase the number of members and trustees of 
the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission. 

The People of llie State of Nezu York, represented in 
Senate and Asseniblv, do enact as follozvs: 

Section i. The members and trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission, as designated by chapter 
three hundred and twenty-five of the laws of nineteen hun- 
dred and six, are increased in number by adding to and in- 
cluding as such members and trustees by virtue of their 
office the persons, severally and respectively, who from time 
to time and for the time being shall hold municipal office as 
follows in the following cities of the state, and in the fol- 
lowing villages upon the Hudson river: The mayors of the 
cities of Albany, Amsterdam,' Auburn, Binghamton, Buffalo, 
Cohoes, Corning, Cortland, Dunkirk, Elmira, Fulton, 
Geneva, Gloversville, Hornell, Hudson, Ithaca, Jamestown, 
Johnstown, Kingston, Little Falls, Lockport, Middletown, 
Mount Vernon, Newburgh, New Rochelle, New York, 
Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Ogdensburg, Olean, 
Oneida, Oswego, Plattsburg, Poughkeepsie, Rensselaer, 
Rochester, Rome, Schenectady, Syracuse, Tonawanda, 
Troy, Utica, Waterto.wn, Watervliet, and Yonkers, all of 
whom shall be members and trustees of the commission, 
and also the presidents of the villages of Athens, Castleton, 
Catskill. Cold Spring. Corinth, Cornwall, Coxsackie, 
Croton-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Fishkill, Fishkill Land- 
ing, Fort Edward, Glens Falls, Green Island, Hastings-on- 
Hudson, Haverstraw, Irvington, Matteawan, Mechanicville, 
North Tarrytown, Nyack, Ossining, Peekskill, Piermont, 
Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Sandy Hill, Saugerties, Schuyler- 
ville. South Glens Falls, South Nyack, Stillwater, Tarry- 
town, Tivoli. Upper Nyack, Victory Mills, Wappingers 
Falls, Waterford. and West Haverstraw, who shall be mem- 
bers of the commission. 

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately. 

Foreign Correspondent Couiieillors AutJwrized. 
The President, to whom, with Mr. Francis Lynde Stet- 
son, Chairman of the Committee on Law and Legislation, 
and Mr. Theodore Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on 



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Nominations, was referred Mr. Tunis G. Bergen's sugges- 
tion concerning Foreign Correspondent Councillors, re- 
ported as follows : 

The President and the Committee appointed at the meet- 
ing of the Trustees on January 22, 1908, consisting of 
himself and Mr. Stetson, Chairman of the Committee on 
Law and Legislation, and Mr. Fitch, Chairman of the Com- 
mittee on Nominations, to whom was referred tlie motion 
of Mr. Bergen concerning the appointment of eminent 
gentlemen abroad as Foreign Correspondent Councillors to 
the Commission, are of the opinion that the appointment of 
such foreign correspondents would materially promote the 
interest of the people of the Netherlands and of other 
foreign countries in the celebration and assist in furnishing 
historical data as well as relics and works of art of im- 
portance. The Committee think that the appointment of 
such correspondents should be a purely honorary one, and 
that as an expression of the Commission's gratitude for the 
interest such correspondents might exhibit and the assist- 
ance they might render in behalf of the Celebration, they 
should bear a complimentary title in recognition of their 
services. The Committee think that a proper title would be, 
" Foreign Correspondent Councillors to the Commission," 
and that such appointments should be made from time to 
time as may be deemed best by the Trustees, and that cer- 
titicates attesting such honorary appointments thereafter be 
executed in due form by the proper officers of the Commis- 
sion and sent to such appointees, expressing the gratitude of 
the Commission in the interest they have taken and the 
voluntary assistance they may be able to render in pro- 
moting the success of the Celebration, and also stating that 
the recipient of this honor, like the members of the Com- 
mission, under the law shall receive no compensation for 
his services. 

Upon motion of Mr. Wetmore the report was received 
and the recommendation adopted. 

Letter from Hon. John Bigeloiv Concerning the Purifica- 
tion of tJie Hudson River. 

The Secretary read the following letter from the Hon. 
John Bigelow : 



February 26, 1908 419 

21 GRAMERCY PARK. 

February 6, 1908. 
Henry W. Sackett, Esq., Secretary of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission : 

Dear Sir : I have to thank you for your favor of the 
31st ultimo, informing me that in response to the unanimous 
recommendation of the Trustees, His Honor, the Mayor of 
the City of New York, has appointed me a member of the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission. This celebration 
has from its inception been to me an occasion of peculiar 
personal interest. All the intensest and dearest joys of my 
youth are associated with the Hudson River. I was born 
on its western bank. While in my teens I was in the 
habit of swimming in its waters, sailing over it in skiiTs, in 
canoes, in dories, and on the breaking up of the ice in the 
spring paddling about on its floating cakes. In the winter 
I skated, sledded and drove on it. My first experience in 
the use of lire-arms was in shooting into the flocks of wild 
ducks and pigeons on their return by the thousands from 
their wintering in the south. I fished in it when its waters 
swarmed with white bass, dickups, eels, shad and herring. 
There was no season of the year that the river was not a 
joy to me. 

Unhappily my grandchildren have been permitted to 
share but few of those pleasures in consequence of the pol- 
lution of the waters by the drainage from the habitations 
of the riparian cities and villages of the Hudson and its 
tributaries. The fisheries with which the Rockefellers, 
within sight of my father's house, laid the foundations of 
their massive fortune are no longer profitable, and even the 
ducks and the pigeons that used to travel by the river have 
deserted their ancient resorts. But the time is at hand 
when from necessity the inhabitants of the banks of the 
Hudson will be compelled to utilize this drainage, and let 
us hope, for agricultural purposes instead of permitting it 
to poison the fish which used to yield a more abundant 
harvest of food for man than the land which the river 
drained did, and which would be glad to do it again if the 
water is ever made as pure again. 

If your Society could include the purification of the waters 
of the Hudson in your plan and scope it would be more 
enduring in a worldly sense, more profitable, and in all 
senses a far more useful recognition of the world's obli- 
gation to the men who first navigated the Hudson by sails 
and the man who first navigated it by steam, than any 



420 Minutes of Trustees 

other, however expensive or magnificent that taste and 
wealth can devise. 

It is even a question whether svich a purification of the 
waters of the Hudson would not contribute more speedily 
to the decoration of its banks, than it will ever be possible 
for the State or Nation to do without such purification. 

How can the banks of a river ever be made permanently 
attractive, with whatever expenditure of talent and taste 
and wealth, when even its inhabitants the fish, its native 
homesteaders, have already declared it uninhabitable and 
have practically abandoned it. 

The first financial speculation I ever made was in Hudson 
River shad. When about eight years of age I bought a 
hundred fresh from the nets of the fishermen for five dol- 
lars and retailed them at six cents a piece. I doubt whether 
in the last ten vears there have been as luany as a hundred 
shad seen so far up the Hudson as that speculation was 
made. 

Of course I would not have anything I have here said 
regarded in the light of a criticism upon the plans and 
scope of the Commissions charged with this celebration, 
which are all well enough, but shoukl not the river be 
cleaned before its bedroom is decorated? 

I have only ventured these suggestions because I do not 
feel equal to the labor of taking any part in the business of 
your Commission, still less attending the meetings which it 
would involve. I beg you therefore to express my sincere 
and grateful thanks to the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission and to His Honor the Mayor for 
the honor they have done me in recommending me as a 
fellow member. I feel that I am too old to assume any new 
cares or to bear with any old ones that are not obligatory. 
Yours very respectfully, 

John Btgelow. 

In view of the distinguished source of the letter and 
interesting character of its contents, it was voted that the 
letter be printed in full in the minutes ; and that the Secre- 
tary be requested to write to the author repeating the 
unanimous wish of the Trustees that he accept his appoint- 
ment as a member of the Commission. 

Preserving the Scenery of the Hudson. 
The Assistant Secretary read a communication dated 
New York, January 30, 1908, from Mr. Ogden D. Budd, 



February 26, 1908 421, 

President of the Consolidated Stock Exchange of New- 
York, to the President of this Commission, transmitting a 
copy of resolutions adopted by the Exchange January 23, 
1908, urging the preservation of the scenery of the High- 
lands of the Hudson; 

Also the reply of the President, dated February ist, ask- 
ing Mr. Budd to submit the draft of such law as he thought 
"the Legislature should pass, and a careful, detailed esti- 
mate of the cost of the action proposed; 

Also, copy of a letter dated February 17, from Hon. 
Frederick W. Seward, Chairman of the Plan and Scope 
Committee, transmitting copy of article by Dr. Edward L. 
Partridge in the Outlook of November 9, 1907, explaining 
the plan for preserving the Highlands scenery by national 
legislation as outlined under the auspices of the American 
Scenic and Historic Preservation Society; 

Also a letter dated January 22, 1908, from Mr. W. H. 
Duncan, Jr., of Brooklyn, to Mr. Seward, on the same 
subject. 

All were ordered on file. 

Naming Dyckiiian Street Viaduct after Fulton. 

Mr. Reginald P. Bolton, a member of the Commission, 
by invitation explained the suggestion communicated by 
him by letter to the President concerning the naming of 
the proposed Dyckman street viaduct, on Manhattan Island. 
He stated that the plans for the extension of Riverside 
drive north of Dyckman street as prepared by the city 
engineers contemplated carrying the drive over the Dyck- 
man street valley by a stone-arched viaduct of noble pro- 
portions, as indicated in the large picture which he ex- 
hibited. The northern end of the viaduct would rest on 
the southern end of In wood Hill. Three-quarters of a 
mile northward, at the northern end of the hill, would 
begin the proposed Hudson Memorial Bridge across Spuy- 
ten Duyvil creek. Between the Hudson Memorial Bridge 
on the north and the Dyckman street viaduct on the south 
would lie the proposed Inwood Hill Park, advocated by 



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the Commission. The Dyckman street viaduct was to be 
a structure of such magnitude and importance, that in con- 
versation with the city engineers and others it had been 
suggested that it be named in honor of Robert Fulton, and 
thus form an appropriate complement to the bridge named 
after Henry Hudson at the opposite end of the hill. 

The Secretary stated that Mr. Bolton's letter conveying 
this suggestion had been referred to Mr. John E. Parsons, 
Chairman of the Inwood Hill Committee, who wrote under 
date of February 25th : 

" Gen. Woodford sends to me the enclosed papers. There 
is no time to call the Inwood Hill Committee together. My 
individual preference would be to apply the joint name 
" Hudson-Fulton " to everything in the locality of Inwood 
Hill. We have become accustomed to the juxtaposition. 
It seems to me that it has double significance. Hudson 
alone might be regarded as trite, but Hudson-Fulton is 
distinctive." 

After some further remarks, suggesting the practical 
usefulness of bestowing distinctly dififerent titles on the 
Dyckman street structure and the Spuyten Duyvil creek 
structure, it was voted, upon motion of Mr. Stetson, that 
the suggestion be referred to the Inwood Hill Committee 
for consideration and report, and that the members of the 
Commission be requested to communicate to Mr. John E. 
Parsons, Chairman, at No. 52 William street, their views 
on the subject. 

Inwood Hill Park. 

The Secretary read a letter from Mr. Parsons stating 
that after conference with Mr. George W. Perkins he had 
renewed his efiforts to secure action by the city in regard 
to Inwood Hill Park. He stated that since the first inter- 
view with the Mayor the prices asked for the land had 
practically doubjed. Mr. Parsons found comfort, however, 
in the thought that from this time on, delay might be in 
the interest of a reduction rather than of an increase in 
price. 

Report of progress received. 



February 26, 1908 423 

Date of Celebration Changed. 

Gen. James Grant Wilson, Chairman of the Committee 
on Official Literary Exercises, reported that there had been 
a meeting of his committee earlier in the day, and that in 
their judgment it was advisable to engagfe the place of 
meeting at once. 

In the course of the discussion, reported more fully 
hereafter, the President recalled the suggestion which he 
had received informally from several members of the Com- 
mission to the effect that the probabilities were greater for 
good weather in the week following than in the one 
selected for the celebration in 1909. It seemed advisable, 
therefore, that if any change in the date were to be made 
it should be made now, as a guide to the selection of dates 
for the details of the celebration. 

In the course of the brief discussion which ensued, it 
appeared that the postponement of the celebration for a 
week, so as to begin on Saturday, September 25, 1909, 
would not sacrifice its historical propriety, inasmuch as 
Hudson did not depart from the harbor on his homeward 
voyage until October 4, 1609. 

It was therefore moved by General Wilson that the date 
of the beginning of the celebration be Saturday, September 
25, 1909, instead of Saturday, September i8th. Carried. 

Engagement of Metropolitan Opera House Authorised. 

Continuing his report, General Wilson stated that his 
committee desired authority to engage the place of meeting 
for the Official Literary Exercises. The Madison Square 
Garden would seat 6,000 persons and cost $1,000. The 
Metropolitan Opera House would seat 3,500 and probably 
cost $800. The committee was disposed to favor the 
Garden. Its acoustic properties were such that speakers 
like Hon. Joseph H. Choate and Gen. Horace Porter had 
made themselves heard by a considerable part of the audi- 
ence. Those who could not hear would esteem it a privi- 
lege to be present and. see the distinguished guests, and 



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they could get the reports of the speeches from the daily 
papers. 

Mr. Phillips said that he had had a considerable experi- 
ence as to the relative advantages of the Garden and the 
Opera House, and he was of the opinion that it was better 
to have the Opera House in which all could hear, than 
the Garden in which only half could hear and the other 
half would be discontented. 

Mr. Wetmore said that he had originally been of Mr. 
Phillips' opinion but had been won over to General Wil- 
son's view by the fa,ct that there would probably be three 
Presidents or ex-Presidents of the United States on the 
platform ; that there would be a tremendous demand to get 
in ; that even admission would be regarded a great privi- 
lege, notwithstanding the knowledge that only a part could 
hear the speakers ; that the Garden would accommodate 
the largest audience; that if they took some other hall they 
would be asked why they did not get the biggest audi- 
torium in town ; and that if they engaged the Garden they 
would be taking the democratic position. 

Mr. Sackett said there was probably no hall in which 
5,000 persons could distinctly hear the speakers unless it 
were the Prince Albert Memorial Hall in London. He 
thought that a disadvantage of taking the Madison Square 
Garden, in addition to its acoustic deficiencies, was the fact 
that the public would regard its capacity as unlimited and 
that it would be more difficult to resist the pressure for 
admission which could not be accommodated than if the 
Metropolitan Opera House, or some other hall whose capa- 
city was understood to be limited, were engaged. 

The President said he believed that the Metropolitan 
Opera House would accommodate 800 or 1,000 persons on 
the stage, thus making its total capacity about 4,300. 

Mr. Proctor asked why, in view of the importance of 
this meeting, it would not be advisable to engage two halls 
and have the President go to both. He recalled an occa- 
sion when President Grant visited the city of the speaker's 
home, Utica, and attended meetings in three different 
halls. 



February 26, 1908 425 

Mr. Hall said that the plan of celebration submitted by 
the Plan and Scope Committee contemplated the possibility 
of meetings in the five boroughs the same evening. If it 
were not practicable to have meetings in all five boroughs, 
it might be desirable to hold the additional meeting sug- 
gested by Mr. Proctor in Brooklyn. 

Mr. Bergen thought it would not be judicious to have 
two halls in Manhattan and none in Brooklyn. He sug- 
gested the new Academy of Music of Brooklyn as a suit- 
able place in that borough. 

Mr. Sackett moved that the Committee on Official Liter- 
ary Exercises be authorized to engage the Metropolitan 
Opera House for Tuesday evening, September 28, 1909. 
Carried. 

Mr. Stetson moved that the Committee be authorized 
also to engage the Brooklyn Academy of Music, but not 
necessarily for the same evening. 

After brief discussion, Mr. Stetson's motion was with- 
drawn and the subject of engaging a meeting place in 
Brooklyn referred back to the Committee to be considered 
in connection with the other boroughs. 

Coininittcc on Official Banquet. 

Mr. Sackett moved that the President be authorized to 
appoint a committee of such number as he deemed best to 
consider and report upon arrangements for the official 
banquet. Carried. 

The President subsequently appointed as such commit- 
tee : Col. William Jay, chairman ; Hon. Wm. Berri, Gen. 
Howard Carroll, Mr. Henry W. Sackett and Mr. Cornelius 
Vanderbilt. 

Souvenir Programme and History. 

The Secretary read a communication from Mr. Fred- 
erick R. Cruikshank, a member of the Commission, sug- 
gesting that the general or souvenir programme of the 
celebration embody " not only details in connection with 
Hudson and Fulton, but also take in prominent landmarks 



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and the quaint and historic features at the various towns 
along the river — in other words, a short but popular 
history of the river." 

Referred to the Committee on Memorials. 

Lease of Headquarters Renezved. 

Mr. Phillips, who, as Deputy Comptroller of the city is 
Secretary of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, filed 
with the Secretary a certified copy of the following resolu- 
tion adopted by the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund 
February 26, 1908 : 

Resolved, That the Comptroller be and is hereby author- 
ized and directed to execute a renewal of the lease to the 
City, of Room 805, in the Tribune Building, No. 154 
Nassau street. Borough of Manhattan, for the use of the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, for a period of 
one year from May i, 1908, at an annual rental of one 
thousand dollars ($1,000), payable monthly; lessor the 
Tribune Association ; the Commissioners of the Sinking 
Fund deeming the said rent fair and reasonable, and that it 
would be for the interests of the City that such lease be 
made. 

The President expressed the Commission's appreciation 
of Mr. Phillips' kind offices in the matter. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

Henry W. Sackett, 

Secretary. 

Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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428 



iEfmb^rja at tl|f (HojnjntBSwn 



Abraham Abraham. 
Herbert Adams. 
John G. Agar. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annjn Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Apgar. 
Chas. H. Armatage. 
Col. John Jacob Astor. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atter- 

bury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Geo. C. Batcheller. 
Constructor William J. 

Baxter, U. S. N. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. John Bigelow. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. J. Boulton. 
Hon. Thos. W. Bradley. 
Herbert L. Bridgman. 
George V. Broiver. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
Edward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry W. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnegie. 
Gen. Howard Carroll. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate. 
jfohn Claflin. 
Sir Caspar P. Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Rear Adm. J. B. Cogh- 

lan. 
Fredk. J. Collier 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
Paul D. Cravath. 
Hon. John D. Crimmins. 
Fred'k R. Cruikshank. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J. Curtis. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon Robt. W. de Forest. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 



James de la Montayne. 

E. S. A. deLima. 

Hon. C. M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

Gtorge G. DeW'itt. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

John C. Fames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Dr. Thos. A. Emmet. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. 
Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 

Earr Ferree. 

Stuyvcsant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Wi-nchester Fitch. 

James J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Thomas Powell Fowler. 

Austen G. Fox. 

Hon. Chas. .9. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garret- 
son. 

Hon. Theo. P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Rear Adm. C. R Good- 
rich. 

George J. Gould. 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 

Capt. R. H. Greene. 

George F. Gregory. 

Henry E. Gregory. 

Lion. Edward M. Grout. 

Abner S. Haight. 

Ed-cv. Hagnman Hall. 

Benjamin F. Hamilton. 

Geo. A. Hearn. 

James A. Hearn. 

Peter Cooper Hewitt. 

//,'«. Warred His^Uy. 

Hon. David B. Hill. 

Hon. Michael H. Hirsch- 
berg. 

Samuel Verplanck Hoff- 
man. 

James P. Holland. 

Willis Holly. 

William Homan. 

Hon. Henry E. How- 
land. 

Colgate Hoy.t. 

Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 

Gen. Thos. H. Hubbard. 

Hon. Henry Hudson. 

Walter G. Hudson. 

Archer M. Huntington. 

T. D. Huntting. 

August h . Jaccaci. 

Col. William Jay. 

Jacob Katz. 

[Names of Trustees in italics.] 



Hugh Kelly. 

Hon. John H. Ketcham. 

Gen. Horatio C. King. 

Albert E. Kleinert. 

Dr. George F. Kuns. 

John LaFarge. 

Charles R. Lamb. 

Frederick S. Lamb. 

ITomer Lee. 

Charles W. heRer. 

Julius Lehrenkrauss. 

Dr. Henry M. I.eipsiger. 

Clarence E. Leonard. 

Hon. Clarence Lexow. 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 

Herman Livingston. 

Comdr. Chas. H. Loring. 

Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 

Hon. Seih Low. 

R. Fulton I^udlow. 

Hon. Arthur MacArthur. 

William A. Marble. 

George E. Matthews. 

Hon. Wm. McCirroll. 

Gen. Anson G. McCook. 

Col. John J. McCook. 

Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 

Hon. St. Clair McKel- 
way. 

Rear- Ad. Geo. W. Mel- 
ville. 

Hon. John G. Milburn. 

Coin. Jacob ir. Millrr. 
Hon. Warner Miller. 
Frayxk D. Millet. 
Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Picrpont Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton. 
Wm. C. Muschenheim. 
Natlian Newman. 
C. H. Niehaus. 
Ludwig Nissen. 
Hon. Lewis Nixon. 
Chas. R. Norman. 
Hfn. Aforo-an f. O'Brien. 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
Prof. Henry F. Osborn. 
Wm. Church Osborn. 
Percy B. O'Sullivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
John E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
Hon. Geo. JV. Perkins. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 



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George A. Plimpton. 

Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 

Rt. Rev. Henry C. Pot- 
ter. 

Thomas R. Proctor. 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugs- 
ley. 

Louis C. Raegener. 

Herman Ridder. 

Edward Robinson. 

William Rockefeller. 

Maj.-Gen. Chas. /•'. Roe. 

Carl J. Roehr. 

Louis T. Romaine. 

Thomas F. Ryan. 

Henry IV. Sackctt. 

Col. Wm. Cary Sanger. 

George Henry Sargent. 

Col. Herbert L. Satterlee 

Chas. A. Schermerhorn. 

Jacob H. Schiff. 

Prest. Jacob G. Schur- 
ntan. 

Gusfav H. Schwab. 

Hon. Townsend Scudder. 

Isaac N. Se/is^nian. 

Louis Seligsburg. 

Hon. Joseph H. ?enner. 

Hon. Fred^k. II'. Se^uard. 

Hon. Wm. F. Sheehan. 



Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 

/. Edward Simmons. 

John W. Simpson. 

E. V. Skinner. 

Prof. John C. Smock. 

William .Sohmer. 

Nelson S. Spencer. 

James Speyer. 

Hon. John H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 

Hon. Louis Stern. 

Francis Lynde Stetson. 

Louis Stewart. 

James Stillman. 

Henry L. Stoddard. 

Wm. L. Stone. 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

George R. Sutherland. 

Hon. Theodore Sutro. 

Stevenson Taylor. 

Henry R. Towne. 

Dr. Irving Townsend. 

Spencer Trask. 

C. Y. Turner. 

Albert Ulmann. 

Lt.-Co)ii. Aaron Vander- 

bilt. 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

[Names of Trustees in ilalics.'] 



Rev. Dr. Henry Van 
■ Dyke. 

Warner Van Norden. 
Wm. B. Van Rensselaer. 
J. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
Col. John W. Vrooman. 
Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon. W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells, Jr. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C. Wliitnev. 
Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. 
Hon. John S. Wise. 
Charles P.. Wolffram. 
Hon. Joseph S. Wood. 
Stewart L. Woodford. 
Hon. Timothy L. Wood- 

ruff. 
W. E. Woolley. 
James A. Wright. 



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President 

Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, i8 Wall Street, New York. 

Vice-Presidents 

Mr. Herman Ridder. Presiding Vice-President. 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter. 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer 

Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, No. i William Street, New York. 

Secretary Assistant Secretary- 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

A.rt and Historical HxKibits Committee 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Chairman, 23 Wall Street, New York. 
Sub-Committee i Hon. Robert W. De Forest, Chairman, 
on "I Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, 

Art Exhibits. ( Mr. Edward Robinson. 
Sub-Committee ( Dr. George F. Kunz, Chairman, 
on Historical < Mr. S. V. Hoffman, 
Exhibits. ( Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborn. 

Auditing Committee 

Hon. N. Taylor, Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway, New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Hon. William McCarroll. 

Banqxiet Committee 

Col. William Jay, Chairman, 48 Wall Street, New York. 
Hon. William Berri, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Gen. Howard Carroll, Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

Civic Parade Committee 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman, 182 William Street, New York. 

Mr. B. Altman, Hon. Lewis Nixon, 

Mr. August Belmont, Mr. Eben E. Olcott. 

Hon. William Berri, Mr. William Church Osborh, 

Mr. George C. Boldt, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, 

Hon. David A. Boody, Mr. Howland Pell, 

Hon. George C. Clausen, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 

Mr. George Ehret, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Mr. Frank S. Gardner, Mr. Jacob H. Schiff, 

Mr. George A. Hearn, Mr. William Sohmer. 

Mr. Colgate Hoyt, Mr. James Speyer, 

Gen. Horatio C. King, Hon. Louis Stern, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. J. Leonard Varick, 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal, Mr. Edmund Wetmore. 
Mr. William C. Muschenheim, 



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Executive Committee 

Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 

Mr. John E. Parsons, Vice-Chairman. 

Hon. James M. Beck, Hon. Morgan J. O'Brien, 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. William Berri, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Mr. Herman Ridder, 
Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan,U.S.A., Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Mr. William J Curtis, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Col. William Jay, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. John La Farge, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. William McCarroll, Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Mr. Frank D. Millet, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

General Commemorative Exercises Committee 

President Jacob G. Schurman, LL.D., Chairman, Ithaca, N. Y. 
Hon. David A. Boody, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Hon. St. Clair McKelway, 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater, Col. Wm. Gary Sanger, 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

Invitations Committee 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Chairman, Princeton, N. J. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate, ^ Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

The Secretary, ex officio. 

In-wood ParK Committee 

Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William St., New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

La-w and Legislation Committee 

Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, The President, ex-oMcio. 

Memorials Committee 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 85 Liberty Street, New York. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 



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Military Parade Committee 



Major Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 
Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Gen. Anson G. McCook, Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 

Naval Parade Committee 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 
59 West 45th Street, New York. 
Const'r Wm. J. Baxter, U. S. N., Com. Jacob_ W. Miller, 
Gen. Howard Carroll, 
Mr. August F. Jaccaci, 
Mr. William J. McKay, 
Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, 
U. S. N., 

Nominations Committee 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Col. John W. Vrooman, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-officio. 

Official Literary Exercises Committee 

Gen. James Grant Wilson, Chairman, 157 W. 79th St., New York. 
Mr. R. P. Bolton, Mr. Wm. L. Stone, 

Mr. Edward DeWitt, Mr. Albert Ulmann. 

Mr. Edmund Wetmore. 



Mr. Chas. R. Norman, 
Mr. Louis T. Romaine, 
Hon. JohnH. Starin, 
Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt. 



Plan and Scope Committee 



Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 
Hon. James M. Beck, 
Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, 
Hon. William Berri, 
Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan, U.S.N., 
Mr. Robert W. De Forest, 
Maj.-Gen. Fred'k D. Grant, U.S.A., 
Dr. George F. Kunz, 
Hon. Seth Low, 
Hon. Wm. McCarroll, 
Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, 



Chairman, Montrose, N. Y. 
Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 
Mr. John E. Parsons, 
Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 
Mr. Herman Ridder, 
Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 
Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 
Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 
Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
The President, cx-ofRcio. 



Reception Committee 



Hon. Seth Low, Chairman, 30 
Col. John Jacob Astor, 
Hon. James M. Beck, 
Hon. Frank S. Black, 
Hon. A. J. Boulton, 
Mr. Andrew Carnegie, 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate, 
Mr. John Claflin, 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, 
Hon. Grover Cleveland, 
Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan.U.S.N., 
Most Rev. John M. Farley, 
Maj.-Gen. Fred'k D, Grant, 

U. S. A., 
Mr. E. H. Hall, 



East 64th Street, New York. 
Hon. David B. Hill, 
Hon. Henry E. Howland, 
Col. William Jay, 
Hon. Phineas C. Lounsbury, 
Col. John J. McCook, 
Hon. St. Clair McKelway, 
Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, 

U. S. N., 
Hon. John G. Milburn, 
Mr. Ogden Mills, 
Mr. J. P. Morgan, 
Mr. Fordham Morris, 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 
Hon. Alton B. Parker, 



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Reception Committee {continued) 

Gen. Horace Porter, Hon. Edward M. Shepard, 

Rt. Rev. H. C. Potter, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

,Mr. Thos. R. Proctor, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Mr. Wm. Rockefeller, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Pres. J. G. Schurman, Hon. William R. Willcox, 

Mr. I. N. Seligman, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff. 

"VerplancK's Point ParK Committee 

Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Higley, 

Hon. J. Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

"Ways and Means Committee 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman, 182 William St., New York. 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. George W. Perkins, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Fred'k W. Seward, The President, ex-oMcio. 

Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 



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Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

March 25, 1908. 

The twenty-fourth meeting of the Trustees of the Hud- 
son-Fuhon Celebration Commission was held at headquar- 
ters in the Tribune Building, No. 154 Nassau Street, New 
York City, Wednesday, March 25, 1908, at 3 p. m. 

The President, i\Ir. Stewart L. Woodford, invited Mr. 
Herman Ridder to the chair. 

Roll Call. 
Present : Mr. Herman Ridder, presiding ; and Mr. Tunis 
G. Bergen, Hon. William Berri, Rear Admiral Joseph B. 
Coghlan, U. S. N., Mr. Theodore Fitch, Mr. Edward Haga- 
man Hall, Hon. Warren Higley, Mr. Samuel V. Hoffman, 
Dr. George F. Kunz, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, Mr. William 
J. McKay, Rear Admiral George W. Melville, U. S. N., 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Henry 
W. Sackett, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Mr. Francis Lynde 
Stetson, Col. John W. Vrooman, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
rmd Mr. Stewart L. Woodford. 

Excused for Absence. 
Regrets for absence were received from Hon. Joseph H. 
Choate, Mr. R. Fulton Cutting, Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Frank 
D. Millet, Mr. Wm. C. Muschenheim, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 
Pres. Jacob G. Schurman, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, Mr. 
Isaac N. Seligman, Mr. Spencer Trask, Dr. Samuel B. 
Ward, Mr. Edmund Wetmore, and Hon. Andrew D. White, 
and they were excused. 

Approval of Minutes. 
The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed 
snd sent to all the members, were approved as printed. 



436 Minutes of Trustees 

Treasurer's Report. 

The report of the Treasurer was read as follows: 

March 25, 1908. 

To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission, 

Gentlemen : I have the honor to report that checks for 
the accounts approved at the last meeting have not yet been 
delivered, and that the balance of the State Fund remains 
the same as stated Feb. 26, 1908, namely, $6,964.96. 

In the Subscription Fund there is a balance of $9.18, 
which is insufficient to pay the sum of $25.34 remaining due 
to the Polhemus Printing Co., on account of printing bills 
disallowed by the Comptroller, referred to on pp. 313 and 
314 of the Minutes. 

Yours respectfully, 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 
Received and ordered on file. 

Bills Approved for Payment. 
The following bills were approved for payment, subject 
to examination and approval by the Auditing Committee : 

E. H. Hall : Disbursements $16 30 

Salary for March 250 00 

$266 30 

De-Fi Manufacturing Co.. box of carbon paper. 3 50 

Polhemus Printing Co., stationery 4 75 

Henry Romeike, Inc., clippings in February. ... i 11 

J B. Lyon Co., 1,000 letterheads 2 88 

J. B. Lyon Co., 100 lists of committees i 75 

J. B. Lyon Co., 500 copies minutes of Feb- 
ruary 29 76 

$310 05 



Appointments by Mayor McClellan. 
The Secretary read a letter from the Secretary of Mayor 
McClellan, dated ]\Iarch 2, 1908, communicating the ap- 
pointment of Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborn and Mr. Abra- 
ham Abraham as members of the Commission pursuant to 
the recommendation of the Board of Trustees, and a letter 
from the Mayor's Secretary dated March 24 communicating 
Ihe appointment of Hon. Joseph S. Wood, counsellor-at- 



March 25, 1908 437 

law, of No. 25 South Fourth Avenue, Mount Vernon, N. Y., 
as a member of the Commission. 

The letters were ordered on file and the Secretary was 
directed to add the names of the appointees to the roll of 
the Commission. 

Acceptance of Hon. John Bigelozv. 
The Secretary reported that pursuant to the action of the 
last meeting (page 420) he had written to the Hon. John 
Bigelow communicating the earnest desire of the Trustees 
that Mr. Bigelow accept his appointment as a member of 
the Commission, and had received the following reply: 

21, GRAMERCY PARK, 

February 29, 1908. 
Henry W. Sackett, Esq. : 

Dear Sir : I cannot but feel flattered by the conditions 
upon which your Commission were willing to add me to their 
r.umber. Upon those conditions of course I have no ob- 
jections, though the advice I gave you in my letter was 
worth to your enterprise a thousand times more than my 
name. 

Yours truly, 

John Bigelow. 

Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborn's Acceptance. 
The Secretary stated that upon notifying Prof. Henry 
Fairfield Osborn, President of the American Museum of 
Natural History, of his appointment by the Mayor as a 
member of the Commission, and by the President of the 
Commission as a member of the Art and Historical Ex- 
hibits Committee, Prof. Osborn had written for further in- 
formation. This having been given, Prof. Osborn accepted 
his appointment in the following letter : 

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, 

New York, March 19, 1908. 
Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Secretary, Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 

Tribune Building, City. 

Dear Sir : In reply to your letter of March 12, giving 
me the history of the Huflson-Fulton Celebration Commis- 



438 Minutes of Trustees 

sion and referring to the desire of President Woodford 
that I should fill the position vacated by the sad death of 
Mr. Jesup, I have decided to accept the appointment as a 
member of the Commission. 

It has occurred to the authorities of the Museum that the 
Dutch residents of the City of New York might take an 
interest in the formation of a special archaeological exhibit 
which would have some appropriate significance for this 
important historical occasion. 

Thanking you for your kind letter, believe me, 
Very truly yours, 

Henry Fairfield Osborn, 

President. 

Fulton Water Gate Committee Discontinued. 
The President, Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, laid before 
the Trustees correspondence between himself and Mr. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt, ]\Ir. R. Fulton Cutting and Mr. 
R, Fulton Ludlow, members of the Fulton Water Gate 
Committee of this Commission and also members of the 
Robert Fulton jMonument Association, the substance of 
which is contained in the following two letters : 

THE ROBERT FULTON MONUMENT ASSOCIATION 

New York, March 2, 1908. 
Stewart L. Woodford, Esq., 

18 Wall Street, New York City. 

Dear Sir: Your favor of the 15th inst., addressed to Mr. 
R. Fulton Catting has been handed me by Mr. Cutting, 
with the request that I answer same and outline to you just 
how our Association feels as to our participating with the 
Hudson-Fulton Association in their celebration in 1909. and 
more particularly in relation to the ceremony of laying the 
cornerstone of the water gate, which we propose to build 
on the Hudson River at One Hundred and Fifteenth Street, 
which ceremony, we understand, is outlined in your pub- 
lished programme of the exercises on that occasion. 

The work we have undertaken to carry out, that is, the 
building of the retaining walk the filling in of the water 
front from One Hundred and Fourteenth to One Hundred 
and Sixteenth Street, the building of the water gate with 
its museum and reception hall, and the tomb and monument 
to Robert Fulton, is so large an undertaking that we have 



March 25, 1908 439 

had to move very slowly and with mature consideration. We 
now have our organization in good working order, have 
had a bill passed through the State Legislature and signed 
by both the Governor and the Mayor, giving us the author- 
ity to use the property mentioned upon consultation with 
the proper city authorities, and have a committee consulting 
with these officials as to their requirements. 

After they report, it will be necessary for us to draw 
specifications, distribute same to architects, artists and 
sculptors, so that plans may be submitted, and then select 
the plan itself. All this will have to be accomplished before 
we can even consider when it might be possible for us to 
lay the cornerstone of the water gate, and in fact a large 
amount of the work on the river front would have to be 
done before the cornerstone could be laid. You will there- 
fore readily see that it is impossible for us at the present 
lime to fix upon any date when the laying of the corner- 
stone or other important function in connection with the 
work that we have in hand could be definitely accomplished, 
and it would therefore seem best, due to the uncertainty 
existing, that it be omitted from your programme. 

It is perhaps a little unfortunate that these two Associa- 
tions, both having in view the honoring of the memory of 
Robert Fulton, but in a different manner, should have 
titles so near alike as to make it confusing to the public 
who are not familiar enough with the general conditions to 
readily distinguish between the two organizations and their 
purposes. 

As I understand it, the purpose of the Hudson-Fulton 
Celebration Commission is or was to build a bridge to be 
called the Hudson Bridge in honor of Hendrick Hudson, 
and to celebrate on one or more days by addresses, parades 
of various kinds and other functions, and thus do honor 
to the memory of both Hudson and Fulton, while it is 
the purpose of the Robert Fulton Monument Association 
to build a water gate and tomb where the remains of Fulton 
can be permanently interred, all of which will be a per- 
manent monument to his memory. As you know, it will 
be necessary for us to eventually apply to the public for 
funds necessary to erect same. We therefore feel that as 
the purposes of the two Associations are so dififerent in 
character, that it would be as well to keep them distinct, 
so that there may be no confusion on the part of the public 
at large in making their contributions. 

I might add that our Association celebrated most suc- 
cessfully at Jamestown on September 23rd the One Hun- 



440 Minutes of Trustees 

clredth Anniversary of the sailing of the " Clermont " by a 
naval parade, addresses in the Auditorium, followed by a 
banquet in the New York State Building in the evening, 
which was attended by the members of the Fulton family 
and many prominent people from New York and else- 
^vhere. 

You will readily appreciate that in a public matter of this 
kind where no personal interests are involved, that it is both 
the intention and desire of all to act in the most perfect 
harmony and accord, but as you request in your letter a 
candid expression as to the relation of the two Associa- 
tions, we after careful consideration, feel that because of 
the dififerent methods proposed of honoring the memory of 
Robert Fulton and the uncertainty as to just when we can 
carry out what we have undertaken to accomplish, that it 
would be better for the two Associations to act independ- 
ently of each other. 

\'ery truly yours, 

Cornelius Vanderbilt, 

President. 



THE HUDSON-FULTON CELEBRATION COMMISSION, 

New York, March 9, 1908. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Esq., 

President, The Robert Fulton Monument Association, 

3 Park Row, New York City. 

My Dear Sir : Getting back from Washington I find your 
good letter of March 2nd, instant. In your closing paragraph 
you state that you feel that because of the different methods 
proposed of honoring the memory of Robert Fulton and 
the uncertainty as to just when you can carry out what you 
have undertaken to accomplish, it would be better for the 
two associations to act independently of each other. 

With sincerest wishes for the largest possible success in 
vhe great work wdiich you are so generously and wisely 
undertaking, I will present your letter of March 2nd to 
the Hudson-Fulton Commission at the next meeting of our 
Trustees, which will occur this month, and ask the authority 
of our Board to discontinue the Committee in relation to 
the ceremony of laying the cornerstone of the Water Gate. 

Whenever your Association or yourself desire any pos- 
sible co-operation by our Commission with you in your 
work it will be our privilege and pleasure to attempt such 
service. Meanwhile, as some ten or twelve of the members 



March 25, 1908 441 

of your Executive and General Committees are members of 
our Commission and several of your number are among 
cur Trustees and officers, we hope that all of you will do 
what you can to make our official celebration in the Autumn 
of 1909 a great success, worthy of the memories of Henry 
Hudson and Robert Fulton and also worthy of our great 
City of New York. 

Very truly yours, 

Stewart L. Woodford, 

President. 

In view of the foregoing correspondence the President 
moved that he be given permission to discontinue the Fulton 
Water Gate Committee. Carried. 

Preserving Hudson River Scenery. 

At the request of Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman 
of the Plan and Scope Committee, the Secretary read com- 
munications as follows : 

A letter dated March 4, 1908, from Mr. C. R. Norman, 
President of the Maritime Association of the Port of New 
York, advocating an early appeal to the Governor and the 
Legislature for the enactment of legislation creating a 
Commission, with power to prevent the destruction of the 
scenery of the Highlands of the Hudson River ; 

A letter dated Alarch 16, 1908, signed by Mr. Wm. 
Harris Douglas, President of the New York Produce 
Exchange, and Mr. C. R. Norman, President of the Mari- 
time Association of the Port of New York, enclosing copy 
of a proposed "Act to provide for the selection, location, 
appropriation and management of certain lands along the 
Hudson river for a state reservation and thereby to pre- 
serve the natural scenery of the Hudson River as a memo- 
rial of Henry Hudson ;" and 

A letter dated March 19, 1908, from Mr. Ogden D. Budd, 
President of the Consolidated Stock Exchange, being a copy 
of the letter last above mentioned. 

The bill accompanying the last two letters is modeled on 
the lines of the Palisades Interstate Park bill. It provides 
for the appomtment by the Governor of a Commission of 



442 Minutes of Trustees 

five members, to be known as the " Commissioners of 
Henry Hudson Memorial Commission," * who shall serve 
without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for expenses. 
They are empowered to " Select and locate such lands lying 
on the easterly face of the Highlands along the westerly 
shore of the Hudson River between the north line of the 
State Reservation at Stony Point and the north base of 
Storm King Mountain, and such lands lying on the westerly 
face of the Highlands along the easterly shore of the 
Hudson river between the north line of the State Camp 
Grounds near Peekskill and the north base of Breakneck 
Ridge, as may in their opinion be proper ^nd necessary 
for the purpose of establishing a State Reservation and 
thereby preserving the scenic beauty of the Hudson River." 
The bill further empowers the Commission to take such 
lands " in fee or otherwise, by purchase, gift, devise or 
eminent domain . . . and any rights, interests and 
easements therein, and to receive by gift, contribution or 
bequest, moneys to be used in acquiring or improving the 
i,aid lands." The bill prescribes the procedure for con- 
demnation and appropriates $25,000. 

Mr. Seward stated that he had received several communi- 
cations on this subject, and also the draft of a bill from 
another source proposing federal protection. He moved 
that all of these be referred to the Plan and Scope Com- 
mittee and the Committee on Law and Legislation. 

Mr. Stetson, Chairman of the latter committee, demurred 
to the reference of the subject to his committee as the 
Committee had already expressed its views upon the 
matter. 

Mr. Seward therefore modified his motion so as to refer 
the subject to the Plan and Scope Committee and it was 
carried. 

Life Saving Corps Applies to Partieipafe. 
A communication dated Feb. 3, 1908, from George A. 
Thormann, General Superintendent of the LTnited States 



* So worded in original. 



March 25, 1908 443 

Volunteer Life Saving Corps, was read, applying for a 
position in the parade in 1909 with 250 men. 
Referred to the Civic Parade Committee. 

Trustees Renominated for Annual Election. 

Mr. Fitch, Chairman, presented report of the Committee 
on Nominations renominating the present Board of Trus- 
tees for election at the annual meeting of the Commission 
to be held on Wednesday, May 6, 1908, at 3 p. m., and he 
moved that the report be approved and that the Secretary 
be instructed to send a list of the nominations to every mem- 
ber of the Commission with the notice of the meeting. 
Carried. 

Report on Appropriation Bill. 

Mr. Stetson, Chairman of the Committee on Law and 
Legislation, reported that Mr. Ridder and he had gone to 
Albany on Wednesday, the i8th of March, and interviewed 
Governor Hughes and Senator Armstrong, Chairman of the 
Finance Committee, on the subject of the appropriation for 
the celebration. Governor Hughes expressed great interest 
in the proposed celebration ; but with respect to the status 
of the bill in the Legislature, ]\Ir. Stetson did not feel war- 
ranted in reporting more than " progress." 

Co-operation of New York Public Library. 
Dr. George F. Kunz, chairman of the sub-committee on 
Historical Exhibits of the Committee on Art and Historical 
Exhibits, reported that on March 16, 1908, Dr. John S. 
Billings, Director of the New York Public Library, had 
informed him that he would co-operate with the Hudson- 
Fulton Commission in making a special commemorative 
exhibition to consist, first, of the maps, charts, and por- 
traits relating to the discovery of America up to the time of 
and including the period of Henry Hudson ; second, of a 
collection of manuscripts and histories of Henry Hudson. 
early views of New York City and other material relating 
to this interesting period, and third, of plans, illustrations, 
views and works relating to the period of Robert Fulton 
and the application of steam to propelling boats and ships. 



444 Minutes of Trustees 

This collection might he supplemented by loans of material 
not in the possession of the Library, and a descriptive cata- 
logue of all these objects would be published for distribution. 
Dr. Kunz said that Dr. Billings had already made a careful 
study of the Robert Fulton period, having made extensive 
preparations for the anniversary which did not take place 
last year. 

Co-operation zvith Nuiiiisiiiafic Society in Striking Medal 

Proposed. 
Dr. Kunz further reported that on April 6, 1908, the 
American Numismatic Society would celebrate its fiftieth 
anniversary. This society, he said, has from time to time 
authorized well-known medalists to prepare medals com- 
memorating both historical events and famous people. 
Notable among the former were the medals celebrating the 
dedication of the Grant Monument and the consolidation 
of Greater New York ; and among the latter, were the 
Columbus, Vespucci, Dr. Anthon, Daniel Parish, Jr., John 
Paul Jones, and Sir Francis Drake medals. The members 
of the Society have made extensive researches and are about 
to prepare to issue, in 1909, a medal in memory of Henry 
Hudson. "As the members of this Society are students of 
numismatic and medallic art as well as of history," said 
Dr. Kunz, " I would recommend and move that the Hud- 
son-Fulton Celebration Commission co-operate with the 
American Numismatic Society and adopt this medal as their 
own, to be issued jointly by this Commission and the 
American Numismatic Society. This will insure us a medal 
that will be both historically correct and, at the same time, 
will find its way to the cabinets of a greater number of 
societies and archives, than would be the case if it were 
issued by this Commission alone. I would further move 
that if such a medal be struck it should also be commemora- 
tive of the work of this Commission, and that one specimen 
be struck for each member of this Commission, the respec- 
tive name being stamped on it bv means of an inset that 
can be adjusted to the die of one side of the medal." 



I 



March 25, 1908 445 

Gen. Wilson moved as a substitute that the design for 
the proposed medal be submitted to this Commission for 
approval before the cutting of the dies, with the under- 
standing that if it prove satisfactory the Commission will 
consider the proposition to co-operate in its issue and con- 
tribute to the expense. 

Dr. Kunz accepted the substitute and the motion was 
carried. 

Plan of the Broal^Iyii Institute of Arts and Sciences. 
Dr. Kunz reported that as the result of an interview with 
Mr. Herbert L. Bridgman of the Brooklyn Standard Union, 
a member of this Commission, a provisional plan of co- 
operation had been evolved by Mr. Bridgman and the 
Brooklyn Institute officials if the Commission should invite 
the Institute to participate in the celebration. The plan 
contemplated : 

I. Historical : Development of Long Island in the Indian, 
Colonial and Fulton (1807-1907) periods, as illustrated by 
topographic maps and models, relics, lithographs, prints, 
deeds, maps, etc. 

II. Ethnological : Introducing, perhaps, reproduction of 
the early Indian villages and possibly living descendants of 
the Shinnecoks of the Eastern end of the Island. 

III. Evolution of Steam Navigation with models of 
Fulton's " Clermont " and perhaps of his Demologos and 
of the " Hendrik Hudson " of 1906, with portraits, relics, 
books, maps, etc. 

IV. Essays for prizes by the public school children of the 
Island on appropriate, historical and geographical topics, 
with privilege of publication. 

Dr. Kunz moved that the matter of extending a formal 
invitation to the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences to 
participate in the celebration next year be referred to the 
Plan and Scope Committee. Carried. 

Publication of Catalogues Proposed. 
Dr. Kunz moved that the Hudson-Fulton Celebration 
Commission indorse the publication of catalogues for each 
of the Museums or Libraries participating in the exhibition 
to be held in connection with the celebration of 1909. 



446 Minutes of Trustees 

The plan, as outlined by Dr. Ktinz, was that these 
Museums and the Museum Committee should prepare 
a suitable and simple guide containing some illustrations, 
which ought to sell for 10 cents a copy; that there be issued 
about nine or ten catalogues, the volumes selling for $1.00; 
that there be a first edition of five hundred, or not more 
than one thousand for each, at a maximum cost of not more 
than lf>i,ooo for each five thousand ; twenty-five hundred of 
each to be sent to the press and others to insure the success 
of the exhibits ; and the remainder to be sold. It was sug- 
gested that the following institutions take part in the gen- 
eral exhibition : , 

The American Museum of Natural History, the Brook- 
lyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, the American Numis- 
matic Society, the Hispanic Society, the American Geo- 
graphical Society, the New York Historical Society, the 
New York Public Library, the Genealogical Society, and 
the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan 
Museum of Art, it was thought, would probably issue two 
catalogues and would require a double fund of $2,000. 

The subject was referred to the Plan and Scope Com- 
mittee. 

Various Reports of Progress. 

Mr. Ridder, Chairman of the Civic Parade Committee ; 
Mr. Sackett, for President Schurman, Chairman of the 
General Commemorative Exercises Committee; Mr. Par- 
sons, Chairman of the Inwood Hill Park Committee; Mr. 
Bergen, Chairman of the Memorials Committee ; and 
Admiral Coghlan, Chairman of the Naval Parade Com- 
mittee, reported progress. 

Auditoriums for Otficial Literary Exercises. 
Gen. Wilson, Chairman of the Committee on Official 
Literary Exercises gave the following information concern- 
ing the seating capacity and cost of auditoriums: 

Seats. Cost. 

Madison Square" Garden 6,000 $1,000 

Metropoliton Opera House 3-500 800 

Carnegie Hall 3,000 400 

Brooklyn Academy 2,700 300 



March 25, 1908 447 

Gen. Wilson's committee was of the opinion that it would 
be better to engage the Metropolitan Opera House and 
Carnegie Hall, than to take the Madison Square Garden, 
or to take the Opera House and the Brooklyn Academy. 
The Opera House and Carnegie Hall were near together, 
which would facilitate the interchange of speakers, and the 
new transit facilities had brought Brooklyn Borough so 
near to Manhattan that the c|uestion of distance was negli- 
gible in view of the compensating advantages of the pro- 
posed plan. 

Mr. Phillips moved that the report be received and 
adopted and that the Committee be empowered to engage 
the Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall. Car- 
ried, 

Cham plain Tcr-Centenary. 
The Assistant Secretary reported for the information of 
the Trustees that on March 19, 1908, a bill had been intro- 
duced in the Legislature " to provide for the celebration of 
the ter-centenary of the discovery of Lake Champlain, the 
appointment of a commission, prescribing its powers and 
duties and making an appropriation therefor." The bill 
provides for a commission of five members and appro- 
priated $100,000. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

Henry W. Sackett, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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450 



il^mbfrfi of tl|? (UummtsBton 



Abraham Abraham. 
Herbert Adams. 
John G. Agiir. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. Jolm E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Apgar. 
Chas. H. Armatage. 
Col. John Jacob Astor. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atter- 

bury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Geo. C. Batcheller. 
Constructor William J. 

Baxter, U. S. N. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. John Rigelow. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. J. Bnutton. 
Hon. Thos. W. Bradley. 
Herbert L. Bridgman. 
George V. Brewer. 
Dr. E. Parnily Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
Edward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry IV. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnegie. 
Gen. Howard Carroll. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate. 
John Claflin. 
.S'lV Caspar P. Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Rear A dm. J. B. Cogh- 

Ian. 
Fredk. J. Collier 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. Tohn H. Coyne. 
Paul b. Cravath. 
Hon. John D. Crimmins. 
Fred'k R. Cruikshank. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J. Curtis. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon Robt. W. de Forest. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 



James de la Montayne. 

E. S. A. deLima. 

Hon. C. M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

George G. DeH'itt. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

John C. Fames. 

(ieorge Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Dr. Thos. A. Emmet. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. 
Farley. 

Hon. J. Sioat Fassett. 

P.arr Ferree. 

Stuyvcsant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Wi-nchester Fitch. 

James J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Thomas Powell Fowler. 

Austen G. Fox. 

Hon. Chas. .S". Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garret- 
son. 

Hon. Theo. P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Rear Adm. C. F. Good- 
rich. 

Dr. E. R. L. Gould. 

Gi-orgeJ. Gould. 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 

Capt. R. H. Greene. 

George F. Gregory. 

Henry E. Gregory. 

Hon. Edward M. Grout. 

Abner S. Haight. 

Edzu. Hagaman Hall. 

Benjamin F. Hamilton. 

Geo. A. Hearn. 

James A. Hearn. 

Peter Cooper Hewitt. 

//on. Warren Higley. 

Hon. David B. Hill. 

Hon. Michael H. Hirsch- 
berg. 

Samuel Verplanck Hoff- 
man. 

Tames P. Holland. 

"Willis Holly. 

William Homan. 

Hon. Henry E. How- 
land. 

Colgate Hoyt. 

Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 

Gen. Thos. H. Hubbard. 

Hon. Henrv Hudson. 

Walter G. Hudson. 

Archer M. Huntington. 

T. D, Huntting. 

August ^. Jaccaci. 

Col. William Joy. 

I Names of Trustees in ita!ics.'\ 



Jacob Katz. 

Hugh Kelly. 

Hon. John H. Ketcham. 

Gi'n. //oratio C. King. 

Albert E. Kleinert. 

Dr. George F. Kuns. 

Jolin LaFarge. 

Charles R. Lamb. 

I'rederick S. Lamb. 

Homer Lee. 

Charles W. Lcfler. 

Julius Lehrenkrauss. 

Dr. Henry M. l.eipsiger. 

Clarence E. Leonard. 

Hon. Clarence Lexow. 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 

Herman Livingston. 

Comdr. Chas. H. Loring. 

Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 

Hon. Seth Lozu. 

R. Fulton Ludlow. 

Hon. .Arthur MacArlhur. 

William A. Marble. 

George E. Matthews. 

Hon. Wm. McCirroll. 

Gen. Anson G. McCook. 

Col. John J. McCook. 

Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 

Hon. St. Clair McKel- 
way. 

Rear-Ad. Geo. W. Mel- 
ville. 

Hon. John G. Milburn. 

Com. Jacob n : Miller. 

Hon. Warner Miller. 

Frank D. Millet. 

Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 

Ogdcn Mills. 

J. Pierpont Morgan. 

Hon. Fordham Morris. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton. 

Wm. C. Miischenheim. 

Nathan Newman. 

C. H. Nieliaus. 

Ludzvig Nissen. 

Hon. Lewis Nixon. 

Chas. R. Norman. 

//tn. Morgan /. OBrien. 

W. R. O'Donovan. 

Eben E. Olcott. 

Prof. Henry F. Osborn. 

Wm. Church Osborn. 

Percy B. O'SuUivan. 

Hon. Alton B. Parker. 

Orrel .\. Parker. 

John E. Parsons. 

Hon. Samuel Parsons. 

Samuel H. Parsons. 

Comdr. R. E. Peary. 

Bayard L. Peck. 

Gordon H. Peck. 

Rowland Pell. 

Hon. Geo. IV. Perkins. 

Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 



George A. Plimpton. 

Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 

Rt. Rev. Henry C. Pot- 
ter. 

Thomas R. Proctor. 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugs- 
ley. 

Louis C. Raegener. 

Herman Kidder. 

Edward Robinson. 

William Rockefeller. 

Maj-Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 

Carl J. Roehr. 

Louis T. Romaine. 

Thomas F. Ryan. 

Henry IV. Sackett. 

Col. Wm. Gary Sanger. 
George Henry Sargent. 

Col. Herbert L. Satterlee 
r,-^ A. Schermerhorn. 
Hon. Charles A. Schieren 
Jacob H. Schiff. 
Prest. Jacob G. Schur- 

man. 
Gustav H. Schwab. 
Hon. Townsend Scudder. 
fsaac N. Selie^man. 
Louis Seligsburg. 
Hon. Joseph H. Senner. 
Hon. Fred'k. IV. Setvard 



Hon. Wtn. F. Sheehan. 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard 

Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 

J. Edward Simimns. 

John W. Simpson. 

E. V. Skinner. 

Prof: John C. Smock. 

William Sohmer. 

Nelson S. Spencer. 

James Speyer. 

Hon. John H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 
Hon. Louis Stern. 
Francis Lynde Stetson. 
Louis Stewart. 
James Stillman. 
Henry L. Stoddard 
Wm. L. Stone. 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 
George R. Sutherland. 
Hon. Theodore Sutro 
Stevenson Taylor. 
Henry R. Towne. 
Dr. Irving Townsend. 
i>pencer Trask. 
C. Y. Turner. 
Albert Ulmann. 
Lt.-Co,n. Aaran I'ander- 

btlt. 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 



[Names of Trustees in itahcs.] 



Cornelius Vanderbilt. 
Rev Dr. Henry Van 

Dyke. 
Warner Van Norden. 
»m. B. Van Rensselaer. 
John R. Van Wormer. 
J. Leonard Varick. ' 
Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 
tol. John IV. Vrooman. 
Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward 
hon. W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells, Jr 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
tdmund IVetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
H01U Andrew D. White. 
J- Du Pratt White. 
Fred C. Whitney. 
Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. 
Hon. John S. Wise. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Hon. Joseph S. Wood 
Stewart L. Woodford. 
Hon. Timothy L. Wood- 
ruff. 
W. E. Woollev. 
James A. Wright. 



452 

WfCxtnB mxh (EommittprB 



President 

Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, i8 Wall Street, New York, 

"Vice-Presidents 

]\Ir. Herman Ridder. Presiding Vice-President. 
Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer 

Mr. Isaac N. Selignian, No. i William Street, New York. 

Secretary Assistant Secretary- 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Aeronautics Comniittee 

Hon. Wni. Berri, Chairman, 526 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. 

Art and Historical HxHibits Committee 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Chairman, 23 Wall Street, New York. 
Sub-Committee ( Hon. Robert W. De Forest, Chairman, 
on •] Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, 

Art Exhibits. ( Mr. Edward Robinson. 
Sub-Committee ( Dr. George F. Kunz, Chairman, 
on Historical -j Mr. S. V. Hoffman, 

Exhibits. ( Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborn. 

Auditing Committee 

Hon. N. Taylor. Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway, New York. 
Hon. Warren Higley, Hon. William McCarroll. 

Banquet Committee 
Col. William Jay, Chairman, 48 Wall Street, New York. 
Hon. William Berri, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Gen. Howard Carroll, Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

Civic Parade Committee 

Mr. Herman Ridder. Chairman, 182 William Street, New York. 

Mr. B. Altman. Hon. Lewis Nixon, 

Mr. August Belmont, Mr. Eben E. Olcott. 

Hon. William Berri, Mr. William Church Osborn, 

Mr. George C. Boldt, Mr. Bayard L. Peck. 

Hon. David A. Boody, Mr. Howland Pell, 

Hon. George C. Clausen, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 

Mr. George Ehret, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Mr. Frank S. Gardner, Mr. Jacob H. Schiff, 

Mr. George A. Hearn, Mr. William Sohmer. 

Mr. Colgate Hoyt, Mr. James Speyer, 

Gen. Horatio C. King, Hon. Louis Stern, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. J. Leonard Varick, 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal, Mr. Edmund Wetmore. 
Mr. William C. Muschenheim, 



453 

Executive Committee 

Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, i8 Wall Street New York 

TT T , Mr. John E. Parsons, Vice-chairman. 

Hon. James M Beck. Hon. Morgan J. O'Brien. 

Jf '■• ^'iru- ^- ^ergen, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. William Bern, _ Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Hon Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Mr. Herman Ridder, 

S^'^'a.^-m"'- J- B- Coghlan,U.S.A., Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Mr. Wilham J. Curtis, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman 

mI'- r^^ ^'^1?'^?' "°"- Frederick W. Seward. 

M ^-fr- 5- S- Grant, Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 

J?*",- S^-n?'"'^ Hagaman Hall, Hon. John H. Starin 

Col. William Jay, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson. 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. John La Farge, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

S°"- A^.rn- ^''Tl r^ „ ^'- W"^- B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. William McCarroII, Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt. ' 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Dr. Samuel B. Ward 

Mr. Frank D. Millet, Hon. Andrew D. White 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. ' 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

General Commemorative Exercises Committee 

President Jacob G. Schurman, LL.D., Chairman, Ithaca N Y 

yfT-A^r''^ r ^°°^^' ^'- Henry M. Leipziger, 

Mn Andrew Carnegie, Hon. St. Clair McKelway. 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater, Col. Wm. Gary Sanger 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

Invitations Committee 

u T ^°"i- P/°)l?'' Cleveland, Chairman, Princeton, N T 
Hon. Joseph H^ Choate, Gen. Horace Porter,' 

Hon. Levi P. Morton Hon. Andrew D. White 

The Secretary, ex officio. 

Inwood Park Committee 

A/r H^xr/r ^" ^- Parsons, Chairman, 52 William St., New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

Law and Legislation Committer 

Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St New York 
Mr"#ir'' ^- ^n''^'- Col.'william Jay •' '" ^'''^■ 

Mr Th^^T ^tP.T'' ^'- J^'^" E. Parsons, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, The President, ex-okcio. 

Memorials Committee 

Hon. Seth Low. Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 



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Military Parade Committee 

Major Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 

Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Gen. Anson G. McCook, Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 

Naval Parade Committee 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 
59 West 45th Street, New York. 
Consfr Wm. J. Baxter, U. S. N., Com. Jacob W Miller, 
Gen. Howard Carroll, Mr. Chas. R. Norman 

Mr. August F. Jaccaci, Mr. Louis T Roma.ne, 

Mr. William J. McKay, Hon John H. Starm 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt 

U. S.N., . . 

Nominations Committee 

Mr Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Col. John W. Vrooman, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. The President, ex-oMcto. 

Official Literary Exercises Committee 

Gen James Grant Wilson. Chairman, 157 W. 79th St., New York. 
Mr. R. P. Bolton, . Mr. Wm. L Stone, 

Mr Edward DeWitt, Mr. Albert Ulmann. 

Mr. Edmund Wetmore. 

Plan and Scope Committee 

Hon Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, N. Y. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. John E.. Parsons, 

Hon. William Berri, Hon Cornelius A. Pugsley, 

Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan, U.S.N., Mr. Herman R'dder 
Mr. Robert W. De Forest, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson 

Maj .-Gen. Fred'k D.Grant, U.S.A., Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 
Dr. George F. Kunz. Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, 

Hon Seth Low Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon' Wm. McCarroll. Gen. James Grant Wdson, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, The President, ex-omcw. 

Reception Committee 

Hon. Seth Low, Chairman, 30 East 64th Street, New York. 

Col. John Jacob Astor, Hon. David B. Hill, 

Hon James M. Beck, Hon. Henry E. Howland, 

Hon. Frank S. Black, Col. Wilham Jay, 

Hon. A. J. Boulton, Hon. Phineas C Lounsbury. 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Col. John J. McCook 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. St Cla.r McKelway 

Mr. John Claflin, Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, U. S^N.. 

Hon Grover Cleveland, Hon. John G Milburn, 

Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan.U.S.N., Mr. Ogden Mills, 

Most Rev. John M. Farley. Mr. J. P^ Mo^ga", _ 

Mai -Gen Fred'k D. Grant. Mr. Fordham Morns, 

U' S A Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Mr. E. H. Hall, Hon. Alton B. Parker, ■ 



Reception 

Gen. Horace Porter, 
Rt. Rev. H. C Potter, 
Mr. Thos. R. Proctor, 
Mr. Herman Riddcr, 
Mr. Wm. Rockefeller, 
Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 
Pres. J. G. Schurman, 
Mr. I. N. Seligman, 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward 



Committee {continued) 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard, 
Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 
Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 
Hon. Andrew D. White 
Hon. William R. Willcox, 
Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff. 



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VerplancK's Point ParK Committee 

Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill N Y 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Higley 

Mr"VH ^'^.^'" Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

"Ways and Means Committee 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman, 182 William St. New York 
Mr. John E. Parsons Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. George W. Perkms, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

?T°"-T ^!?'' y,, Seward, The President, ex-oMcio. 

Mr. J. Edward Smimons, 



457 
Minutes of 

Trustees' Meeting 

April 2 2, 1908. 

The twenty-fifth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held at its headquarters 
in the Tribune Building, No. 154 Nassau Street, New York 
City, Wednesday, April 22, 1908, at 3 o'clock p. m. 

Roll Call. 
Present: President Stewart L. Woodford in the chair; 
and Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. George V. Brower, Rear 
Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Mr. Theodore Fitch, 
Mr. Henry E. Gregory, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Mr. 
Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, Mr. August F. Jaccaci, Dr. 
Henry M. Leipziger, Mr. William C. Muschenheim, Mr. 
Ludwig Nissen, Mr. John E. Parsons, Hon. Samuel Par- 
sons, Mr. Thomas R. Proctor, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 
President Jacob Gould Schurman, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 
Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 
Col. John W. Vrooman, and Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from Mr. William J. 
Curtis, Mr. George G. DeWitt, Hon. Warren Higley, Gen. 
Horatio C. King, Dr. George Frederick Kunz, Hon. Seth 
Low, Commander Jacob W. Miller, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Herman Ridder, Col. Herbert 
L. Satterlee, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, Mr. Spencer Trask, 
and Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff, and they were excused. 

Minutes Approved. 
The minutes of the last meeting, having been printed and 
sent to all the members, were approved as printed. 



458 Minutes of Trustees 

Treasurer's Report. 
The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 
dated April 22, 1908, was read as follows: 
To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission, 
Gentlemen: I have the honor to report that no disburse- 
ments have been made since the last meeting and that the 
balance of the State Fund on hand remains as then stated, 
namely, $6,964.90. . 

The balance in the Subscription Fund also remams the 
same as before stated $9.18. 

Yours respectfully, 

IsA.\c N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 

The report was received and ordered on file. 

Bills Approved for Payment. 
The following bills were approved for payment, subject 
to examination and approval by the Auditing Committee: 
Henry Romeike, Inc., press clippings for March $1 98 

Miss J. A. Cooke, mimeographing 6 75 

J. B. Lyon Co., 1,000 manila envelopes 4 5^ 

E H. Hall, Disbursements $22 16 

E. H. Hall, Salary for April 250 00 

■ 272 16 

$285 39 



Invitation to Kingston's Quarter-Millennial. 

The following invitation from the Hon. A. T. Clearwater, 
a member of this Commission, was read : 

Kingston, N. Y., March 30, 1908. 
To the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, 

Gentlemen: On the first day of June next the citizens of 
Kingston will celebrate the two hundred and fiftieth anni- 
versary of the founding of the City, and on behalf of the 
Comm'ittee of Fifty-nine on Plan and Scope, and the Com- 
mittee on Speakers and Invited Guests, it afifords me the 
greatest pleasure to extend to the members of your Com- 
mission an invitation to be present and take part in the 
ceremonies attendant upon the celebration. The Governor 



April 2 2, 1908 459 

of the State will deliver an address. In due time the formal 
invitation will be sent to the President of the Commission, 
but this invitation is sent at this early date to obviate the 
sending of a separate invitation to each member of the 
Commission. 

Respectfully, 

A. T. Clearwater. 

It was voted that the cordial thanks of the Commission 
be extended to the citizens of Kingston for their kind 
invitation and that it be accepted in behalf of as many 
members of this Commission as may be able to attend. 

Nominated for Appointment to the Commission. 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on 
Nominations, presented a report recommending the appoint- 
ment of the following named gentlemen as members of 
the Commission : 

By the Governor: Hon. Andrew S. Draper of Albany, 
Commissioner of Education of the State of New York. 

By the Mayor of New York: Dr. Elgin R. L. Gould, of 
301 West Seventy-seventh Street, New York, educator, 
philanthropist and financier, formerly City Chamberlain; 
Hon. Charles A. Schieren, of 34 Ferry Street, New York, 
leather merchant, financier, ex-Mayor of Brooklyn, Vice- 
President of Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, etc.; 
and Mr. John R. Van Wormer of 32 East Forty-second 
Street, New York, Secretary and General INIanager of the 
Lincoln Safe Deposit and Warehouse Co., ex-President of 
the Holland Society and member of various patriotic and 
historical societies. 

The report was adopted. 

Report of the Plan and Scope Committee. 
The Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman of the Plan 
and Scope Committee, presented the following report : 

To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission : 
The Committee on Plan and Scope, having received sug- 
gestions from several of the committees to which various 



460 Minutes of Trustees 

details of the celebration have been referred, recommends 
that the programme heretofore submitted be amended as 
follows : 

1. That in accordance with the request of the Robert 
Fulton Monument Association, provision for the dedication 
of the Robert Fulton Memorial Gate be omitted from the 
programme of Monday, September 27. 

2. That Monday evening, September 27th, be the date 
of the Music Festival instead of Thursday evening, Sep- 
tember 30th. 

3. That the President be requested to appoint a Music 
Festival Committee to have charge of that feature of the 
celebration. 

4. That the Official Literary Exercises on Tuesday even- 
ing, September 28th, be confined to those authorized to be 
held in the Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall. 

5. That the Land Parade on Wednesday, the 29th, be 
restricted to the United States Army, United States Navy 
and Marine Corps, the National Guard and the Naval 
Militia. 

6. That Thursday evening, September 30, 1909, be the 
date for the Official Banquet instead of Monday evening, 
September 27th. 

7. That Saturday evening, October 2d, be the date for 
the civic parade ; that the parade be called the Carnival 
Parade; and that the Committee in charge of it be called 
the Carnival Parade Committee instead of Civic Parade 
Committee. 

8. That the general idea of co-operating with institutions 
of learning in the publication of catalogues of their cele- 
bration exhibits be approved, the details to be arranged 
later. 

9. And that the general idea of preserving the scenery 
of the Highlands of the Hudson River be approved, but 
that further consideration be given to the subject before 
any specific recommendation be made. 

Owing to the many inquiries for copies of the programme 
of the Celebration, and the changes in dates which have 
been made since the Plan and Scope Report was reprinted 
in the minutes of October 23, 1907, w^e submit herewith a 
revised report, of which extra copies can be printed, if 
desired, as a general circular of information. 

Understanding that it is the policy of the Commission 
to hold itself open to any practical suggestions which may 
contribute to the success of the celebration, we repeat the 



April 2 2, 1908 461 

statement made in our former reports to the etTect that the 
programme here oiitti}ied is not to be regarded as final 
except in its essential features. 

THE DATE. 

The official commemoration of the three hundredth anni- 
versary of the exploration of the Hudson River by Henry 
Hudson in 1609 and the one hundredth anniversary of the 
inauguration of commercially successful steam navigation 
by Robert Fulton upon the Hudson River in 1807,* will 
begin on Saturday, September 25, 1909, and continue eight 
days, unless it should be deemed advisable to supplement 
the present programme with an " old home week " along the 
upper Hudson River. It is contemplated not only that the 
celebration shall embrace the whole Hudson Valley from 
the mouth of the river to the head of navigation, upon or 
tributary to which is the residence of over one-half of the 
population of the State, but also that it shall embrace the 
whole State of New York, for it is the existence of the 
Hudson River in connection with the remarkable geograph- 
ical situation and topographical nature of the State that 
has made the State's wonderful growth and prosperity 
possible. 

The date selected combines historical propriety and pop- 
ular convenience. Hudson entered the lower harbor on 
September 2, 1609; started up the river September 12th; 
reached his " farthest north " September 19th ; started 
down stream on his return voyage September 23d ; and set 
sail from the lower harbor for home on October 4th. The 
celebration covers the anniversaries of eight days of Hud- 
son's memorable voyage in our river, concluding on the 
anniversary of his battle with the Indians in the river 
opposite Manhattan Island and his anchorage near the green 
clifif of Hoboken. 

The days selected will come in the week following the 
autumnal equinox when there is prospect of good weather. 
Forecaster Emery of the Weather Bureau of New York 

* It may be explained for the benefit of persons who are 
not members of the Commission and to whom copies of this 
programme may be sent, that the centennial anniversary of the 
first trip of Fulton's steamboat Clermont occured on August 17, 
1907. Its official commemoration was postponed, however, in order 
that it might be combined with the celebration of the 300th anni- 
versary of Hudson's voyage, for the reason that the two events 
occurred on the same river, and their anniversaries came so close 
together as to make separate commemorations upon a large scale 
inexpedient. 



462 Minutes of Trustees 

informs us, after an examination of the records for a num- 
ber of years, that while (contrary to popular belief) rain 
has been less frequent during equinoctial week than during 
the week before, there has been even less rain in the week 
following the equinox. 

The dates have also been selected upon the advice of 
those conversant with summer travel with a view to accom- 
modating those returning from their summer's outings. 

RELIGIOUS SERVICE DAYS. 

(Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, 1909.) 

We are of the opinion that in arranging for the celebra- 
tion we should not overlook the Divine guidance in the 
two great events to be commemorated, one of which opened 
up our State to modern civilization and led to the founding 
of the City of New York, and the other of which laid the 
foundation for the vast commerce upon which the prosperity 
of the City and State so largely depends. We have there- 
fore set apart the first two days for religious observances 
by those who are accustomed to worship on Saturday and 
Sunday. 

RECEPTION DAY. 

(Monday, September 27th.) 

The secular observances will begin on Monday, Septem- 
ber 27th, with the following features : 

General decoration of public and private buildings from 
New York to the head of the river. 

Rendezvous of American and foreign vessels at New 
York. 

Fac-simile of Hudson's " Half j\Ioon " to enter the river, 
be formally received and take her place in line. 

Fac-simile of Fulton's " Clermont " to start from original 
site with appropriate exercises and take position in line. 

Visiting guests to disembark and be officially received. 

Typical Indian Village at Inwood to be established by 
American Museum of Natural History. 

'In the evening, a Music Festival in New York City. 

HISTORICAL DAY. 

(Tuesday, September 28th.) 

Tuesday, the 28th, is essentially an educational day, de- 
signed to be participated in by the universities, colleges, 
schools, museums and learned and patriotic societies 
throughout the whole State. While the commemoration of 



April 2 2, 1908 463 

1909 must, from geographical considerations, largely center 
around the Hudson River, the glory and the material bene- 
fits of Hudson's and Fulton's achievements are the heritage 
of the people of the entire State, and the programme for 
Historical Day affords a practical means for a general ob- 
servance of the occasion from one end of the State to the 
other. Features of this day's observances will be as follows : 
Commemorative exercises in Columbia University, New 
York University, College of City of New York, Cooper 
Union, University of St. John at Fordham, Hebrew Uni- 
versity, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, Public 
Schools, Historical Societies, and all the universities, col- 
leges and institutions of learning throughout the State of 
New York; with free lectures for the people in New York 
City under the auspices of the Board of Education. 

Exhibits of paintings, prints, books, models, relics, etc., 
by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum 
of Natural History, the Hispanic Museum, the American 
Numismatic Society, the New York Public Library, the 
New York Historical Society, the New York Genealogical 
and Biographical Society, the American Geographical So- 
ciety, Webb's School for Shipbuilders, the New York 
Yacht Club, and similar institutions throughout the State. 
If practicable, some of these exhibits may open earlier in 
the year and extend over a period of several months. 

During the day, visiting guests will be shown about the 
City of New York. 

In the evening, the Official Literary Exercises will be 
held in the Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall, 
at which orations will be delivered by men of national 
reputation. 

MILITARY PARADE DAY. 

(Wednesday, September 29th.) 

On Wednesday will occur the military parade, partici- 
pated in by the United States Army, the United States 
Navy and Marine Corps, the National Guard and the 
Naval Militia. 

Owing to the probable length of this parade, which may 
contain as many as 25,000 troops, the great fatigue which 
would be caused to the distinguished reviewing party if 
required to witness a longer procession, and the difficulties 
in the way of moving with precision and promptness a 
larger body if composed of undrilled civilians, it has been 
deemed advisable to eliminate from this parade the civic 
features heretofore suggested. 



464 Minutes of Trustees 

An evening reception to the official guests at the head- 
quarters of the Department of the Kast on Governor's 
Island is suggested as the closing event of the day if it 
proves agreeable to the authorities. 

DEDICATION DAY. 

(Thursday, September 30th.) 

Soon after the Commission was formed, a World's Fair 
at or near New York City was suggested. After giving 
several public hearings the subject was referred to the 
Plan and Scope Committee, w^ho, in their preliminary report, 
expressed the belief that the country had been surfeited 
with such temporary celebrations and voiced the hope that 
the celebration of 1909 would be conducted on a plan 
which would leave monumental works of lasting benefit to 
the people. The ideas thus expressed have received un- 
equivocal expressions of approval from the leading news- 
papers of this and other States and have been accepted as 
the policy of the Commission. 

We therefore recommend that Thursday in Celebration 
Week be devoted to the dedication of parks and memorials 
along the Hudson River; and that, between now and then, 
the most earnest efforts be made to secure not only the 
great memorials like Inwood Hill Park, the Hudson 
Memorial Bridge, the Verplanck's Point Park, the com- 
pletion of the Palisades Drive, etc., but also that the civic 
pride of various communities along the river be invoked 
to participate in like manner by establishing parks, institu- 
tions or other public memorials. 

We approve of the preservation of the scenery of the 
Highlands as a memorial to Henry Hudson if means there- 
for can be found. 

We also recommend that the interest of the numerous 
historical and patriotic societies be enlisted for the erection 
of monuments and tablets, so that the history of the Hudson 
Valley may be written in stone and bronze from the site 
of old Fort Amsterdam to the site of old Fort Orange. 
We already have advices which indicate that monuments 
to William the Silent, the Prison Ship Martyrs and the 
victims of the Maine disaster and a tablet to the Founders 
and Patriots of New York will be ready for dedication 
next year. 

The programme for the day contemplates not only the 
dedication of such permanent memorials, but also : 

Aquatic sports on the Hudson River, designed in the 
first instance for friendly competition between the crews 



April 22, 1908 465 

of the naval vessels, but which may embrace motor boat 
races and such other amusements as may seem practicable 
and desirable; 

A reception to visiting guests at West Point during the 
day; and 

An Official Banquet in honor of distinguished guests 
in the City of New York in the evening. 

HUDSON RIVER DAY. 

(Friday, October ist.) 

Friday, October ist is devoted to the Naval Parade and 
incidental ceremonies. It appears to be practicable for 
some of our naval vessels to proceed as far north as New- 
burgh Bay. We have therefore planned to have as many 
vessels of the navy, merchant marine, excursion boats, and 
pleasure craft as possible go from New York to Newburgh, 
taking with them the fac-similes of the " Half Moon " and 
" Clermont." 

In order that the inhabitants of the country on either 
side of the river may see the parade and the reproductions 
of the historic vessels, we recommend that the day be de- 
voted by them to fetes champetres along the river-sides 
from New York to Newburgh. 

As the procession passes up the river, salutes may be fired 
from eligible points. 

Simultaneously with the advance of the Southern Hudson 
Division, we recommend a counter-procession from Albany 
to Newburgh, the two divisions meeting and holding appro- 
priate ceremonies at Newburgh. The delivery of the 
" Half Moon " and " Clermont " to the North Hudson 
Division would form a feature of these exercises. 

CARNIVAL DAY. 

(Saturday, October 2d.) 

Saturday, October 2d, is designed for a general Carnival 
Day. 

The two divisions of the Naval Parade will return to 
their respective starting points, the people residing north of 
Newburgh holding open air fetes at convenient places along 
the river which will enable them to see and salute the 
" Half Moon " and " Clermont " as they pass. 

In all the cities this will be peculiarly the Children's Day, 
devoted to fetes in public and private parks and play- 
grounds. The fertility of the youthful mind as displayed 
in their Alay Party and Thanksgiving Day observances sug- 



466 Minutes of Trustees 

gests that these Children's Festivals may develop into one 
of the most interesting and picturesque features of the cele- 
bration. 

The celebration will culminate in New York City in the 
evening with a Carnival Parade. This feature, with its 
moving allegorical tableaux and illustrations of the arts of 
civilization will, it is believed, exceed in beauty and interest 
the most famous carnivals of Europe. 

Brilliancy will be added to the general spectacle by the 
illumination of the fleet and public and private buildings 
and a pyrotechnic display. Displays of fireworks at various 
points, notably on the great bridges as in the fetes of the 
14th of July in Paris, can be seen by hundreds of thousands 
of people and will give great pleasure to the masses. 

At 9 p. M. it is designed to have a chain of signal fires 
from mountain tops and other eligible points along the whole 
river, lighted simultaneously. For these signal fires, the 
co-operation of the inhabitants and authorities of different 
localities is confidently relied upon. It is believed that each 
one will select suitable points where such bonfires may be 
conspicuous and yet compatible with safety to property ; 
and that the public spirit of the community will inspire its 
members with zeal for collecting the materials, and firing 
the piles at the hour appointed. 

In the cities of Troy, Albany, Rensselaer, Hudson, Kings- 
ton, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and Yonkers, and in the 
villages along the river, similar events are contemplated. 

OLD HOME WEEK. 

(Sunday, October 3d, to Saturday, October 9th.) 

It has been suggested with much force that the celebra- 
tion might judiciously be prolonged another week in order 
that communities along the Hudson River might have an 
opportunity for a series of " old home days." It has been 
represented to the committee that the events previously out- 
lined will draw many residents of the State to the City of 
New York and will prevent as full a participation in local 
celebrations as might otherwise be possible ; whereas, in the 
week following not only will the citizens of the communities 
outside of the Metropolis be at home, but former residents 
of those communities will also be freer to make pilgrimages 
to their old homes, renew old ties and participate in local 
exercises. These personal ties which, despite the migra- 
tions of our citizens, bind the various communities to each 
other, form one of the strongest factors in promoting the 



April 22, 1908 467 

unity of the commonwealth and should sedulously be fos- 
tered. If, therefore, the proposed " old home week " 
should prove practicable, we should favor the co-opera- 
tion of this Commission in making it a success. 

'All of which is respectfully submitted in behalf of the 
Committee. 

Frederick W. Seward, 

Chairman. 

The report was received and approved and the recom- 
mendations adopted. 

Report of Official Banquet Committee. 

In the absence of Col. William Jay, Chairman of the 
Committee on Official Banquet, the Secretary reported that 
at a joint meeting of the Plan and Scope Commit- 
tee and the Banquet Committee held April 15th, a 
letter from Col. Jay w'as read stating that the Hotel 
Astor contemplated an extensive addition which was ex- 
pected to be ready in time for the banquet September 30, 
1909, and in which a thousand people or more could be 
seated and served with dinner. Col. Jay said that it seemed 
to him to be a question between the Hotel Astor and the 
Waldorf-Astoria, and he was disposed to favor the former. 
Col. Jay also desired the views of the Plan and Scope Com- 
mittee as to whether all attending the banquet should be 
invited guests and be entertained at the expense of the 
Commission, or whether tickets should be sold to a certain 
number of subscribers. He thought the latter plan would 
be convenient as providing a fund for the banquet. The 
Plan and Scope Committee had recommended to the Banquet 
Committee that 500 seats be reserved for official guests, 
also necessary seats for the Banquet, Invitations and Recep- 
tion Committees, and that the remainder be sold according 
to such plan as the Banquet Committee might deem best. 

The President asked Mr. Muschenheim if the new dining 
hall would surely be ready by September 30, 1909. 

Mr. Muschenheim replied that it would and explained the 
progress of the building of the addition. He said that they 
already had a surplus of steam heating and lighting plant 
in their present hotel, also ample kitchen accommodations, 



468 Minutes of Trustees 

so that new equipments in those respects would not be re- 
quired. He said that the entire ground floor of the addi- 
tion would be given to the new dining hall; that the open 
floor in the center would seat 1,090 guests; and that in the 
colonnade under the boxes surrounding three sides 600 
more could be seated. If necessary, the three adjoining 
assembly rooms could be used for dining space, and assem- 
bly rooms could be provided elsewhere, thus accommodating 
800 more diners, all of whom, he said, could see and hear 
the speakers. The galleries would accommodate about 500 
spectators. He said that he felt in a delicate position as a 
member of this Commission in expressing the desire to serve 
the Ofiicial Banquet, but he wished to assure the Commis- 
sion that he was not animated by any mercenary motives. 
He did not expect any pecuniary profit, but he wanted to 
co-operate with the Commission and do what he could by 
his personal attention and the resources he could command 
to make the banquet a great success. 

Further consideration was postponed until the Banquet 
Committee presented a formal report. 

Report of General Coviv.ieuiorative Exercises Committee. 
President Schurman of Cornell University, Chairman of 
the Committee on General Commemorative Exercises, spoke 
of the large opportunity presented for the educational exten- 
sion of the work of the Commission through the perform- 
ance of the duties assigned to his committee and the import- 
ance of enlisting the interest of educational institutions, 
learned societies, and patriotic and historical organizations 
throughout the State in the celebration next year. In be- 
half of his committee, he presented two recommendations, 
namely, that the Hon. Andrew S. Draper, Commissioner of 
Education of the State of New York, be nominated for 
membership on the Commission ; and that the Assistant 
Secretary or some other person be requested to prepare a 
manual of information, containing a brief account of Hud- 
son and Fulton and the events to be commemorated next 
year. President Schurman thought that perhaps the Com- 
missioner of Education would have the manual printed with- 



April 22, 1908 469 

out expense to this Commission, and he expressed the belief 
that it would be a vakiable medium for disseminating infor- 
mation and stimulating interest in the commemoration. 

The report was received. 

Col. Vrooman eulogized Commissioner Draper and said 
that it was a singular oversight that the head of the educa- 
tional system of the State had not sooner been made a 
member of this Commission. 

Mr. Fitch, in behalf of the Committee on Nominations, 
immediately presented the name of Commissioner Draper 
as recommended by President Schurman and moved that it 
be inserted in the report of that Committee already adopted. 
Without objection the motion was adopted. 

Upon motion of ^Ir. Seligman, President Schurman's 
second recommendation was also adopted, and the Assistant 
Secretary was directed to prepare the manual according to 
the suggestions contained therein. 

Report of Inzvood Hill Park Committee. 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman of the In wood Hill Park 
Committee, reported that the result of the efforts of the 
Committee since the conference at the Mayor's office last 
year was to satisfy it that the City authorities should imme- 
diately be asked to authorize condemnation proceedings to 
acquire the proposed park. At the time of the meeting at 
the Mayor's office, it was assumed that the proposed area 
could be acquired for a sum not to exceed $2,000,000. At 
this expenditure, the area to be acquired would furnish both 
the Park and the approach to the bridge. A plot of over 
100 lots is for sale at a price on the basis of which the 
necessary area would come well within $2,000,000. The 
particular plot referred to is equal to and in some respects 
above the average value of the entire area. Until recently, 
land on the hill has been offered by the acre. The owners 
now put their valuations upon the basis of a division into 
lots. The owners of another parcel comprising over 300 
lots put their valuations upon a basis of $4,000 a lot. Much 
of that parcel is low and upon the banks of a canal, unsuit- 
able for any remunerative use. The Committee is not pre- 



470 Minutes of Trustees 

pared to recommend the purchase of that parcel at any 
price which the owners are wilhng to accept. The owners 
call attention to the fact that the city under condemnation 
proceedings has paid as much as $3,000 a lot for other prop- 
erty which they claim cannot be compared with their hold- 
ings at Inwood. The answer to this would seem to be that 
recent revelations lead to the result that the time has passed 
when property was to be acquired at an extravagant price 
through the action of condemnation commissioners. 

In suggesting that condemnation proceedings be taken, 
said Mr. Parsons, the Committee recommends that, as a 
partial alternative, there shall be the right to acquire such 
parcels as can be purchased at a reasonable rate. Several 
advantages would result from such a course. The expense 
of condemnation proceedings would be avoided ; the pur- 
chase could be consummated within a reasonable time; and 
the price would furnish a basis of market value in condem- 
nation proceedings. The Committee would not by any 
means recommend that the property of any owner be taken 
at less than its fair value. What they deprecated was that 
an attempt should be made to take advantage of an import- 
ant scheme to force from the city sums which have no fair 
relation to the market value. 

With his report ]\Ir. Parsons filed correspondence which 
was not designed for publication, but which was open to 
inspection by any of the Trustees. 

It was "Resolved that the Report of the Inwood Hill 
Committee be and the same hereby is approved ; and that 
the city authorities be requested to take action as proposed 
by the Report." 

Report of Carnival Parade Coininitfee. 
In the absence of Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman of the 
Carnival Parade Committee, the Secretary reported that the 
recommendations of the Plan and Scope Committee, already 
adopted, to the efifect that the civic parade be held Saturday 
evening, October 2, 1909, and that it take the form of a car- 
nival with allegorical and historical floats, had been made 
on Mr. Ridder's suggestion. Mr. Ridder had already com- 



April 2 2, 1908 471 

municated with some of the German singing societies and 
their co-operation was assured. It was beUeved that the 
demonstration Saturday evening, combining the carnival 
parade, the ilhnnination of the fleet, the hghting of public 
and private buildings, and the pyrotechnic display, would 
excel anything of the kind ever given abroad. 

Committee on Aeronautics. 
The President stated that the Hon. William Berri had 
expressed the idea that great public interest would be taken 
in an exhibition of every kind of aerial locomotion. He 
believed that the science of aerial travel would be so far 
advanced next year as to make such an exhibition practical 
and of world wide importance. And Mr. Ridder had sug- 
gested that an illumination of air-craft on Saturday night 
would add a novel attraction to the Carnival. The Presi- 
dent was so impressed with these suggestions that he had 
decided to appoint, and announced the appointment of, Mr. 
Berri as chairman of a Committee on Aeronautics, to 
make recommendations to the Plan and Scope Committee. 
He said that he would announce the appointment of the 
other members of the Committee later. 

Report of Committee on Law and Legislation. 
Mr. Stetson, Chairman of the Committee on Law and 
Legislation, after recapitulating the efforts of the Committee 
to secure an appropriation of $300,000 for the celebration, 
in addition to the reappropriation of the $12,500 balance of 
the $25,000 appropriated in 1906, stated that the Senate 
Supply Bill, as printed, contained the following provision : 

" The sum of one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars 
($125,000), being the unexpended balance of an appropri- 
ation made by chapter three hundred twenty-five of the laws 
of nineteen hundred six for the Hudson-Fulton celebration 
commission is hereby reappropriated for the same purpose, 
and the further sum of one hundred thousand dollars 
($100,000), is hereby appropriated and made immediately 
available for the same purpose, and the further sum of fifty 
thousand dollars ($50,000) which is hereby appropriated 
and made available therefor on and after January first, 
nineteen hundred nine." 



472 Minutes of Trustees 

Mr. Stetson said that upon discovering the error in the 
first item, which appeared to reappropriate $125,000 instead 
of $12,500 unexpended balance, he had written to Senator 
Armstrong, Chairman of the Finance Committee of the 
Senate, calhng attention to the mistake and suggesting that 
the difference between $12,500 and $125,000, namely, 
$112,500, be added to the second item, so that the bill would 
provide the following sums: $12,500 reappropriation of un- 
expended balance; $212,000 more available at once; and 
$50,000 more available after the first of January, 1909. 
Senator Armstrong replied as follows : 

Albany, April 14, 1908. 
Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

New York City. 
My Dear Mr. Stetson: I have your favor of the 13th 
instant. Owing to a typographical error the supply bill 
gives your commission $125,000 of unexpended balance, 
when it ought to be $12,500 of your original $25,000 appro- 
priation. The determination of the committee was to give 
you that $12,500 unexpended balance and $150,000 more, 
of which $100,000 should be immediately available and the 
balance after the first of next January. It may be that with 
this explanation it will not be so satisfactory to you, but the 
Committee feels that it is all that can be done this year. 

Yours truly, 

Wm. W. Armstrong. 

Mr. Stetson stated that while the situation was not as 
favorable as might be desired, he was encouraged by the 
closing words of Senator Armstrong's letter — " that it is 
all that can be done this year " — which implied a further 
appropriation next year. 

Report received. 

Report of Committee on Memorials. 

Mr. Bergen, Chairman of the Committee on Memorials, 
reported on the following four topics : 

First : With respect to the proposed new government 
lighthouse on Stony Point, the Committee was of the opinion 
that the Commission had no duty to perform concerning 



April 22, 1908 473 

the celebration of the battle of Stony Point. Concerning a 
lighthouse on Verplanck's Point, the Committee thought it 
best to defer recommendations until the State had acted 
upon the subject of the proposed State Park. 

Second : The Committee thought that in addition to the 
medals which might be struck, a general or souvenir pro- 
gramme should be published. This should include a state- 
ment concerning the Commission and its work, a programme 
of the celebration, a short authentic account of prominent 
landmarks, and historic events connected with the Half 
Aloon and Clermont. This programme might be issued in 
a cheap, popular form, and in addition thereto an extra 
edition de luxe for better preservation. It might be illus- 
trated with views of the river, and of the Half Moon and 
Clermont. 

Third: It would be proper to consider the selection of 
proper sites where memorial tablets could be erected to 
commemorate certain leading events in the history of the 
Half Moon and Clermont, the style, material and wording 
of the tablets to be considered later. 

Fourth: In connection with the appointment of Foreign 
Correspondent Councillors (see page 417) Mr. Bergen re- 
ported progress in the movement in the Netherlands for the 
presentation of the Half Moon by the people of Holland. 
From Commissioner Jaccaci, who had recently returned 
from Holland, and from correspondence, it was learned 
that the museum authorities of the Netherlands and a cer- 
tain high official were making researches in regard to the 
design of the Half Moon which were both significant and 
gratifying, but the Committee's information was not such 
as to warrant an authoritative announcement. He hoped to 
be in a position at the next meeting to nominate Foreign 
Correspondent Councillors. 

Report of progress received. 

Report of Naval Parade Committee. 
Admiral Coghlan, Chairman of the Naval Parade Com- 
mittee, reported that his committee had sought information 
from every available source in regard to the designs of the 



474 Minutes of Trustees 

Half Moon and Clermont, and it was believed that the 
sources of information concerning the Clermont had been 
exhausted. The inquiry concerning the Half Moon, as 
reported by Mr. Jaccaci of his Committee and as stated by 
Mr. Bergen, was still in progress in the Netherlands. In 
regard to the Clermont, the Committee believed that it was 
now as well prepared as possible to take the necessary steps 
for construction, and recommended that the sum of $250, 
or so much thereof as might be necessary, be placed at the 
disposal of the Committee for the preparation of working 
plans and blue prints to submit to bidders, and for the pre- 
liminary expenses of the building of the vessel. It was the 
consensus of opinion of the Committee that the Clermont 
should be built so as to appear as she did on her initial trip 
August 17, 1807, and not with the improvements which were 
made a few weeks later. 

The report was received and approved, and it was voted 
that $250 be appropriated for the preliminary expenses of 
the Committee. 

Iron Used in Building the Clermont. 
In connection with his report on the Clermont, Admiral 
Coghlan filed with the Secretary a letter dated March 31, 
1908, from Dr. George F. Kunz, a Trustee of the Commis- 
sion, stating that " The iron used in the building of the 
old Clermont was made from bog iron ore found in the 
swamps of Allaire, N. J. Allaire is an estate of some 6,000 
acres and is owned by Mr. Arthur Brisbane, editor of the 
New York Journal, who has generously offered to furnish 
one ton or more of iron from the old buildings and furnace 
which still stand at Allaire for the building of the 
Clermont." 

Report of Offieial Literary Exercises Committee. 
Gen. Wilson, Chairman of the Committee on Official Lit- 
erary Exercises, reported that the use of the Metropolitan 
Opera House for Tuesday evening, September 28, 1909, had 
been secured without cost through the great courtesy of the 
owners, and that Carnegie Hall had been engaged for the 



April 22, 1908 475 

same evening for the sum of $400. These two halls to- 
gether would scat 6,500 persons with standing room for 
1,000 more. The Committee had received an unofficial offer 
of the Brooklyn Academy of Music without cost if the 
Commission should desire to use that auditorium for a third 
entertainment. The latter would accommodate 3,000 per- 
sons. With reference to the Metropolitan Opera House 
and Carnegie Hall, it was the plan of the Conmiittee to 
have the then President of the United States and the two 
ex-Presidents first visit the Opera House and speak, occu- 
pying about an hour, and then go to Carnegie Hall and 
speak. At the Opera House they would be followed by a 
speaker of national reputation who would deliver the ora- 
tion at that place. At Carnegie Hall the Presidents would 
be preceded by another distinguished speaker who would 
deliver the oration for that place. 

The report was received and the action of the Committee 
in securing the Opera House and Carnegie Hall approved. 

On motion of Mr. Sackett, the offer of the Brooklyn 
Academy of Music was referred back to the Committee on 
Official Literary Exercises with power to accept it and 
make arrangements for exercises there. 

Upon motion of Col. Vrooman, the cordial thanks of the 
Commission were extended to the owner of the Metropolitan 
Opera House for their generosity and public spirit in placing 
the auditorium at the disposal of the Commission without 
cost. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

Henry W. Sackett, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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478 



MtmbnB nf tl\t (EommtBHton 



Abraham Abraham. 
Herbert Adams. 
John G. As:tir. 
R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 
Alphonse H. Alker. 
B. Altman. 
Louis Annin Ames. 
Hon. John E. Andrus. 
Hon. James K. Apgar. 
Chas. H. Armatage. 
Col. John Jacob Astor. 
Mrs. Anson P. Atter- 

bury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Geo. C. Batcheller. 
Constructor William J. 

Baxter, U. S. N. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. William Berri. 
Hon. John Bigelow. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. J. Boulton. 
Hon. Thos. W. Bradley. 
Herbert L. Bridgman. 
George V. Brower. 
Dr. E. Parmly Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
Edward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry IV. Cannon. 
Andrezv Carnegie. 
Gen. Howard Carroll. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate. 
John Claflin. 
Sir Caspar P. Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen. 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Hon. Grover Cleveland. 
Rear Adm. J. B. Cogh- 

lan. 
Fredk. J. Collier 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
Paul D. Cravath. 
Hon. John D. Crimmins. 
Fred'k R. Cruikshank. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J. Curtis 
Roht. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon Robt. W. de Forest. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 



James de la Montayne. 

E. S. A. deLima. 

Hon. C M. Depew. 

Edward DeWitt. 

Gforg-f G. tUW'itt. 

Hon. William Draper. 

Charles A. DuBois. 

John C. Eames. 

George Ehret. 

Hon. Smith Ely. 

Dr. Thos. A. Emmet. 

Arthur English. 

Most Rev. John M. 
Farley. 

Hon. J. Sloat Fassett. 

P.arr Ferree. 

Stuyiesant Fish. 

Theodore Fitch. 

Wi-nchester Fitch. 

J.imes J. Fitzgerald. 

Fredk. S. Flower. 

Thomas Powell Fowler. 

Austen G. Fo.x. 

Hon. Chas. .9. Francis. 

Henry C. Frick. 

Frank S. Gardner. 

Hon. Garret J. Garret- 
son. 

Hon. Theo. P. Gilman. 

Robert Walton Goelet. 

Rear Adm. C. F. Good- 
rich. 

Dr. E. R. L. Gould. 

George J. Gould. 

Maf.-Gcn. F. D. Grant. 

Capt. R. H. Greene. 

George F. Gregory. 

Henry E. Gregory. 

Hon. Edward AI. Grout. 

Ahner S. Haight. 

EduK Hagnman Hall. 

Benjamin F. Hamilton. 

Geo. .4. Hearn. 

Tames A. Hearn. 

•Peter Cooler Hewitt. 

Hon. ir,tr>-en //ii;/ey. 

Hon. Da-id B. Hill. 

Hon. Michael H. Hirsch- 
berg. 

Samuel J'erplanck Hoff- 
man. 

Tames P. Holland. 

Willis Holly. 

William Honian 

Hon. Henry E. How- 
land. 

Colgate Hovt. 

Dr. T.eRoy" Hubbard. 

Gen. Tlios. H. Hubbard. 

Hon. Henry Hudson. 

Walter G. Hudson. 

Archer M. Huntinfiton. 

T. O. Huntting. 

.4 u gust F. J ace act. 

Col. William Jay. 



Jacob Katz. 

Hugh Kelly. 

Hon. John H. JCetcham. 

Gen. Horalin C. King. 

Albert E. Kleinert. 

Dr. George F. Kunz. 

Dr. John LaFarge. 

Charles R. Lamb. 

Frederick S. Lamb. 

Homer Lee. 

Charles W. Lefler. 

Julius Lehrenkrauss. 

Dr. Henry M. l.eipsiger. 

Clarence E. Leonard. 

Tlon. Clarence Lexow. 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 

Herman T^ivingston. 

Comdr. Chas. H. Loring. 

TTon. P. C. Lounsbury. 

Hon. Seth Low. 

R. I'ulton I^udlow. 

Hon. .Arthur MacArlhur. 

William A. Marble. 

George E. Matthews. 

Hon. Wm. McCirroll. 

Gen. Anson G. McCook. 

Col. John J. McCook. 

Donald McDonald. 
William J. McKay. 

Hon. St. Clair McKel- 
way. 

Rear-Ad. Geo. W. Mel- 
ville. 

Hon. John G. Milburn. 

Com. Jacob 1 1'. MilUr. 
Hon. Warner Miller. 
Frank D. Millet. 
Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 
Ogden Mills. 
J. Picrpont Morgan. 
Hon. Fordham Morris. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton. 
Wm. C. Muschenheim. 
Nathan Newman. 
C. H. Xiehaus. 
Ludwig Nissen. 
Hon. I^ewis Nixon. 
Chas. R. Norman. 
//#« .More^an /. O'Brien. 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
Prof. Henry F. Osborn. 
Wm. Church Osborn. 
Percy B. O'SuUivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
CIrrel .\. Parker. 
John E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bavard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Rowland Pell. 
Han. Geo. IV. Perkins. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 



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479 



George A. Plimpton. 

Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 

Rt. Rev. Henry C. Pot- 
ter. 

Thomas R. Proctor. 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugs- 
ley, 

Louis C. Raegener. 

Herman Ridder. 

Edward Robinson. 

William Rockefeller. 

Maj.-Gen. Clias. /•'. Roe. 

Carl J. Roehr. 

Louis T. Romaine. 

Thomas F. Ryan. 

Henry W. Sackctt. 

Col. Wm. Cary Sanger. 

George Henry Sargent. 

Col. Herbert L. Salterlee 

Chas. A. .Schermerhorn. 

Hon. Charles A. Schieren. 

Jacob H. Schiff. 

Prest. Jacob G. Schur- 
man. 

Gustav H. Schwab. 

Hon. Townsend Scudder. 

Isaac N. Stligman. 

Louis Seligsburg. 

Hon. Joseph H. ?enner. 

Hon. Fred^k. W. Seivard. 



Hon. Wm. F. Sheehan. 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 

/. Edward Simmins. 

John \V. Simpson. 

E. \'. Skinner. 

Prof. John C. Smock. 

William Sohmer. 

Nelson S. Spencer. 

James Speyer. 

Hon. John H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 

Hon. Louis Stern. 

Francis Lynde Stetson. 

Louis Stewart. 

James Stillman. 

Henry L. Stoddard. 

Wm. L. Stone. 

Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 

George R. Sutherland. 

Hon. Theodore Sufro. 

Stevenson Taylor. 

Henry R. Towne. 

Dr. Irving Townsend. 

Spencer Trash. 

C. Y. Turner. 

Albert Ulmann. 

Lt.-Com. Aaron Vander- 

bilt. 
Alfred G. Vanderbilt. 
[Names of Trustees in italics 



Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

Rev. Dr. Henry Van 
Dyke. 

Warner Van Norden. 

IVm. B. Van Rensselaer. 

John R. Van Wormer. 

J. Leonard Varick. 

Hon. E. B. Vreeland. 

Col. John W. Vrooman. 

Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 

Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

Hon. W. L. Ward. 

Edward Wells. Jr. 

Charles W. Wetmore 

Edmund Wetmore. 

Henry W. Wetmore. 

Hon. Andrew D. White. 

J. Du Pratt White. 

Fred C. Whitnev. 

Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 

Charles R. Wilson. 

Edward C. Wilson. 

Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. 

Hon. John S. Wise. 

Charles B. Wolffrani. 

Hon. Joseph S. Wood. 

Stewart L. Woodford. 

Hon. Timothy L. Wood- 
ruff. 

W. E. WonlVv 

Tames A. Wright. 

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MAYORS OF CITIES* 

Albany Hon. Charles H. Gaus. 

Amsterdam 

Auburn Hon. C. .4ugust Koenig. 

Binghamton Hon. C. M. Slaus v. 

Buffalo Hon. James N. Adam. 

Cohoes Hon. M. D. Hanson. 

Corning 

Cortland 

Dunkirk 

Elmira 

Ftilton 

Geneva Hon. Arthur P. Rose. 

Glens Falls 

Gloversville /Yo>i. Frederick M. Young. 

Hornell 

Hudson Hon. Henry Hudson. 

Tthaca 

Jamestown Hon. Samuel A. Carlson. 

Johnstown 

Tvineston 

Little Falls 

Lockport //f«. Wiiliam H. Barker. 

Middletown 

Mount Vernon 

Newburgh Hon. Benjamin McClung. 

New Rochelle Hon. George G. Raymond. 

New York Hon. George B. McClellan. 

Niagara Falls 

North Tonawanda 

Ogdensburg 

Olean 

Oneida 

Oswego 

Plattsburgh 

Poughkeepsie Hon. John K. Sague. 

Rensselaer 

Rochester Hon. Hiram H. Edgerton. 

Rome 

Schenectady 

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Syracuse 

Tonawanda 

Troy Hon. Elias P. Mann. 

ITtica 

Watertown lion. Francis M. Hugo. 

Watervliet '!on. Daniel P. Qttinn. 

Yonkers Hon. Nathan A. Warren. 

PRESIDENTS OF VILLAGES t 

Athens 

Castleton Hon. John T. Flynn. 

Catskill Hon. Charles A. Elliott. 

Cold Spring 

Corinth 

Cornwall 

Coxsackie 

Croton-on-Hudson Hon. Clarence E. Powell. 

Dobbs Ferry Hon. Lyman C . French. 

Fishkill TTon. James H. Doyle. 

Fishkill Landing Hon. Irving J. Justus. 

Fort Edward TTon. James F. T'itzGerald. 

Green Tsland TTon. Robert B. Waters. 

Hastings-on-Hudson Hon. F. G. Zinsser. 

Haverstraw 

Trvington 

Matteawan TTon. Roswell S. Judson. 

Mechanicvillc 

North Tarrytown Hon. John Wirth. 

Nyack Hon. Horace W. Boyd. 

Ossining 

Peekskill 

Piermont 

Red Hook 

Rhinebeck 

Sandy Hill Hon. C. W. Higley. 

Saugerties Hon. A. Rowe. 

Schuvlerville Hon. D. A. Bullard. 

South Glens Falls Hon. Dennis Moynihan. 

South Nyack 

Stillwater 

Tarrytown 

Tivoli Hon. James L. Freeborn. 

Upper Nyack 

Victory Mills 

Wappingers Falls Hon. John L. Hughes. 

Waterford 

West Haverstraw 

tEx-officio, Members of the Commission. 



FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT COUNCILLORS 

Dr. A. Brcdius The Hague. The Netherlands. 

Hon. C. G. Hooft Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

Hon. D. Hudig Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

Dr. W. Martin The Hague, The Netherlands. 

Dr. E. W Moes Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 



483 

Military Parade Committee 

Major Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 
Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Gen. Anson G. IMcCook, Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 

Naval Parade Committee 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 
29 Park Avenue, New Rochelle, N. Y. 
Const'r Wm. J. Baxter, U. S. N., Com. Jacob W. Miller, 
Gen. Howard Carroll, Mr. Chas. R. Norman, 

Mr. August F. Jaccaci, Mr. Louis T. Romaine, 

Mr. William J. McKay, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt 
U. S. N., 

Nominations Committee 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Col. John W. Vrooman, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, The President, ex-oMcio. 

Official Literary Exercises Committee 

Gen. James Grant Wilson, Chairman, 157 W. 79th St., New York. 
Mr. R. P. Bolton, Mr. Wm. L. Stone, 

Mr. Edward DeWitt, Mr. Albert Ulmann. 

Mr. Edmund Wetmore. 

Plan and Scope Committee 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Chairman, Montrose, N. Y. 

Hon. James M. Beck, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Hon. William Berri. Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 

Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan, U.S.N., Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Mr. Robert W. De Forest, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Maj. -Gen. Fred'k D. Grant, U.S.A., Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, 

Hon. Seth Low, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Hon. Wm. McCarroll, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, The President, ex-ofUcio. 

Reception Committee 

Hon. Seth Low, Chairman, 30 East 64th Street, New York. 

Col. John Jacob Astor, Hon. David B. Hill, 

Hon. James M. Beck, Hon. Henry E. Howland, 

Hon. Frank S. Black, Col. William Jay, 

Hon. A. J. Boulton, Hon. Phineas C. Lounsbury, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Col. John J. McCook, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Hon. St. Clair McKelway 

Mr. John Claflin, Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, U. S. N., 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. John G. Milburn 

Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan.U.S.N., Mr. Ogden Mills, 

Most Rev. John AL Farley. Mr. J. P. Morgan, 

Maj. -Gen. Fred'k D. Grant, Mr. Fordham Morris, 

U. S. A., Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Mr. E. H. Hall, Hon. Alton B. Parker 



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Reception Committee (continued) 

Gen. Horace Porter, Hon. Edward M. Shepard, 

Rt. Rev. H. C. Potter, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Mr. Thos. R. Proctor, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Mr. Wm. Rockefeller, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Pres. J. G. Schurman, Hon. William R. Willcox, 

Mr. I. N. Seligman, Gen. James Grant Wilson, 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff. 

VerplancK's Point ParK Committee 

Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill, N. Y. 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Higley, 

Hon. J. Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 

"Ways and Means Committee 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman, 182 William St., New York. 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. George W. Perkins, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Fred'k W. Seward, The President, ex-ofUcio. 

Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 



485 
Minutes of 

The Commission 

May 6, 1908. 

The annual meeting of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration- 
Commission was held, pursuant to the b3'-lau's and notice 
duly given, at its headquarters in the Tribune Building No 
154 Nassau street. New York City, Wednesday, May 6 
1908, at 3 o'clock p. m. 

Roll Call. 
Present: The President, StCNvart L. Woodford, presiding- 
and Mr. George C. Batcheller. Dr. E. Parmly Brown Mr' 
Frederick R. Cruikshank, Mr. William J. Cur'tis, Air James 
de la Montanye. Mr. John C. Fames, Mr. Theorlore Fitch 
Major-General Frederick D. Grant, U. S A Mr Menry 
E. Gregory, Mr. Abner S. Haight, Mr. Edward Hagaman 
Hall, Hon. Warren Higle3% Mr. Albert E. Kleinert Dr 
George Frederick Kunz, Mr. Charles R. Lamb. Mr. Charles 
W. Lefler, Rear Admiral George W. Melyille U S N 
Commander Jacob W. Miller, Mr. Bayard L Peck Hon' 
N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. Herman Ridder, Mr Henry w' 
Sackett Colonel William Gary Sanger, Presirlent Jacob 
Gould Schurman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Mr George 
R. Sutherland, and General James Grant Wilson. 

Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from AJr Tunis G 

Bergen, Hon. William McCarroll. Mr. Percy B O'Suilivan' 

Col. Herbert L. Satterlee and Hon. Timothy L. Woo:!rufr' 

and they were excused. ' 

Minutes Approved. 
The minutes of the last annual meeting, held May 8 1007 
havmg been printed an I sent to all the members,' were 
a])proyed without reading. 



-486 Minutes of the Commission 

President's Annual Report. 
The annual report of the President was read as follows: 

To the ATembers of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission : 

The printed minutes of the meetings of the Commission, 
the Trustees and the Executive Committee which have been 
sent to every member of the Commission during the past 
year have kept you so fully posted concerning their trans- 
actions that it is not necessary to present to you at this 
annual meeting any extended review of the preparations 
which have been made thus far for the Celebration next 
year. 

When you receive the minutes of the last meeting of the 
Trustees held on April 22d, which are now in the hands of 
the State Printer at Albany, you will have the latest in- 
formation with the exception of one interesting fact of 
which we have received official advice since that date. 

At the last meeting of the Trustees, the revised report of 
the Plan and Scope Committee was adopted upon substan- 
tially the same lines as heretofore laid down. When it was 
found that the Celebration could be moved along one week 
later than originally planned without sacrifice of historical 
propriety, it was done for the better accommodation of the 
public returning from the summer's vacation and to take 
advantage of the probability of better weather. It will 
therefore begin on Saturday, September 25, 1909, and con- 
tinue until and including the following Saturday, Oct. 2d, 
with the possible addition of an " Old Home Week " for 
the particular bepefit of the local communities along the 
upper part of the Hudson Valley. 

Briefly stated, the plan is as follows, subject to such 
changes of detail as may be deemed advisable as the date 
of celebration approaches : 

Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th, will be 
devoted to religious services. 

On Monday, the 27th. there will be a general decoration 
of buildings along the Hudson ; the rendezvous of Ameri- 
can and foreign naval vessels at New York, the placing of 
the Half Moon and Clermont reproductions in line; the 
reception of official guests ; and in the evening a Music 
Festival. 

Tuesday, the 28th, will be Historical Day throughout the 
state in universities, colleges, and schools, and commemora- 
tions by all learned, historical and patriotic societies. In 
New York, official literary exercises will be held in the 



May 6, 1908 487 

Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall and possibly 
the Brooklyn Academy. 

On Wednesday, September 29th, there will be an impos- 
ing military parade in New York. 

Thursday, the 30th, will be devoted to the dedication of 
public parks, monuments, tablets and other memorials in 
New York and elsewhere, particularly along the Hudson 
River. In the evening there will be an official banquet to 
invited guests in New York City. 

On Friday, it is planned to have two naval parades, one 
starting from New York and one from Albany, meeting 
at Newburgh, where interesting exercises will be held. 

On Saturday, the two parades will return to their re- 
spective starting points, with illuminations and festivities 
in Albany and New York. In New York in the evening, 
there will be a Carnival Parade of great beauty. Saturday 
will also be the Children's Day, with open air fetes. 

From Sunday, October 3d, to Saturday, the 9th, it has 
been sugegsted that a series of Old Home Days be held 
at the principal places north of Newburgh. This idea has 
so much to commend it that it will probably receive favor- 
able consideration if it proves practicable. 

Since the last meeting of the Trustees, communications 
have been received from Jonkheer R. de Marees van Swin- 
deren, until recently Minister Plenipotentiary from the 
Netherlands to the United States, but now Dutch Minister 
of Foreign Affairs, and from Jonkheer Roell, Vice Admiral 
of the Royal Dutch Navy retired and Aide-de-Camp to 
Her Majesty, the Queen of the Netherlands, informing us 
that a committee has been formed in Holland with a view 
to participating in the Celebration, by presenting the Com- 
mission with the reproduction of the Half Moon. This 
testimony of friendship from the people of the Country to 
which the City and State of New York in particular and 
the United States as a whole are bound by warmly cherished 
ties of blood, tradition and affection is most gratifying, and 
most cordially reciprocated. (Applause.) 

The Commission's Committee on Naval Parade has made 
a painstaking investigation into the subject of the Clermont, 
and under authority given at the last meeting of the Trus- 
tees_ is having plans prepared according to the most authen- 
tic information attainable. The contract for construction 
has not yet been let; and if, by the time the plans are 
ready, some institution or body of men representing par- 
ticularly the maritime interests of New York should be 



488 Minutes of the Commission 

inspired by the example of the people of Holland to as- 
sume the expense of building the Clermont facsimile and 
giving it to this Commission, the generous act would reflect 
a public spirit entirely characteristic of the leaders of the 
maritime interests of this great port. 

Letters have been sent to the President of the United 
States respectfully asking him to order the presence of 
American naval vessels and to invite the Foreign Powers 
also to send naval and personal representatives. The 
President has deferred action upon these requests until he 
could be advised that the State of New York has made 
a sufficient appropriation of funds to ensure the celebration. 
The recent legislature has reappropriated $12,500. the un- 
expended balance of our preliminary appropriation of 1906, 
and has appropriated $150,000 additional with the prospect 
of a still further appropriation next year. The appro- 
priation is emlx)died in the Supply Bill which is now in 
the Governor's hands for consideration. As soon as it is 
approved, the President will be advised and it is probable 
that the foreign invitations will promptly be issued. 

In all other respects, the preparations are well in hand 
and give promise of a celebration worthy of the events 
to be commemorated and of the people commemorating 
them. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

Stewart L. Woodford, 

President. 

The report was received and ordered printed in the 
minutes. 

Vote of Tliaiiks for the Half Moon. 
President Schurman of Cornell University, spoke in high 
terms of the generous purpose of the people of Holland 
to present to the Commission the model of the Half Moon, 
as communicated by the distinguished representatives of the 
government of the Netherlands, Vice-Admiral Roell and 
Minister van Swinderen, and announced by the President 
of the Commission in his annual report ; and he moved 
that the President be requested to convey to the people 
of Holland the assurances of the Commission's grateful 
appreciation. Carried. 



May 6, 1908 489 

Treasurer's Annual Report. 

The annual report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N. SeUg- 
man, was read as follows : 

To the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission : 

Chapter 325 of the Laws of 1906, incorporating this Com- 
mission, appropriated $25,000 for the purposes of the act. 
Of that amount, $12,500 was drawn for use and deposited 
to the credit of the Commission in New York, leaving 
$12,500 in the State Treasury. 

Of the $12,500 drawn, the sum of $6,049.32 has been 
disbursed on approved vouchers since the chartering of the 
Commission two years ago, leaving a cash balance on 
deposit amounting to $6,450.68. Against this are charge- 
able vouchers which have been approved but not yet paid, 
amounting to $593.21, leaving an available cash balance of 
$5,857.47 on May 6, 1908. 

In addition to the foregoing receipts and disbursements, 
we have received $189.49 interest on deposits, which we 
have remitted to the State Treasurer in compliance with 
law. 

During the past year we have received $81.00 from 
Trustees of the Commission toward the Subscription Fund 
for the payment of portions of the bills for printing not 
done by the State Printer and not allowed by the Comp- 
troller. Of this sum, $71.82 has been disbursed for the 
purpose named, leaving a cash balance of $9.18 in the 
Subscription Fund. There remains chargeable against this 
fund an unpaid bill of $25.34. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 

The report was received and ordered on file. 

Election of Trustees. 
The election of Trustees for the ensuing year being in 
order, Mr. Fitch, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, 
laid before the Commission the report already presented to 
the Trustees on March 25th, a copy of which had been 
sent to each member of the Commission with the notice 
of the annual meeting under date of April 15th. He 
stated that the Committee renominated all the present 
Trustees. 



490 



Minutes of the Commission 



The President then called for further nominations from 
the floor. None being made, Dr. Kunz moved that the 
Secretary be instructed to cast a single ballot in behalf of 
the meeting for the persons named in the report of the 
Nominating Committee. The motion was duly seconded 
and was carried unanimously. 

The Secretary having cast the ballot as directed, the 
President announced the unanimous election of the follow- 
ing named gentlemen as Trustees for the ensuing year : 



Mr. John G. Agar 
Hon. James K. Apgar 
Col. John Jacob Astor 
Col. Franklin Bartlett 
Hon. James M. Beck 
Mr. August Belmont 
Mr. Tunis G. Bergen 
Hon. William Berri 
Hon. Frank S. Black 
Hon. A. J. Boulton 
Mr. George \'. Brower 
Hon. J. Rider Cady 
Mr. Henry W. Cannon 
Mr. Andrew Carnegie 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke 
Hon. Grover Cleveland 
Rear Admiral J. B. Coghlan 
Mr. Paul D. Cravath 
Mr. William J. Curtis 

Robert Fulton Cutting 
George G. DeWitt 
John C. Fames 
Hon. J. Sloat Fassett 
Mr. Stuyvesant Fish 
Throdore Fitch 
Thomas Powell Fowler 
Charles S. Francis 
George J. Gould 
Gen. F. D. Grant 
Henry E. Gregory 
Edward Hagaman Hall 
George A. Hearn 
Warren Higley 



Mr. 
Mr 
Mr, 



Mr. 

Mr. 

Hon 

Mr. 

Maj, 

Mr. 

Mr. 

Mr. 

Hon 



Hon. David B. Hill 
Mr. Samuel V. Hoffman 
Gen. Thomas H. Hubbard 
Hon. Henry Hudson 
Mr. August F. Jaccaci 
Col. William Jay 
Gen. Horatio C. King 
Dr. George F. Kunz 
Dr. John LaFarge 
Mr. Charles R. Lamb 
Dr. Henry M. Leipziger 
Hon. Seth Low 
Hon. William McCarroll 
Mr. William J. McKay 
Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville 
Hon. John G. Milburn 
Com. Jacob W. Miller 
Mr. Frank D. Millett 
Mr. Ogden Mills 
Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan 
Hon. Levi P. Morton 
Mr. Wm. C. Muschenheim 
Mr. Ludwig Nissen 
Hon. Morgan J. OT>rien 
Mr. Eben E. Olcott 
Hon. Alton B. Parker 
Mr. John E. Parsons 
Hon. Samuel Parsons 
Mr. Bayard L. Peck 
Hon. George W. Perkins 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips 
Gen. Horace Porter 
Hon. Thomas R. Proctor 
Hon. C. A. Pugslev 



May 6, 1908 491 

Mr. Louis C. Raegener Mr. James Stillman 

Mr. Herman Ridder Hon. Oscar S. Straus 

Mr. William Rockefeller Mr. Spencer Trask 

Maj.-Gen. Chas. F. Roe Mr. Aaron X^anderbilt 

Mr. Thomas F. Ryan Mr. Alfred G. Vanderbilt 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt 

Col. Herbert L. Satterlee Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer 

Pres. J. G. Schurman Col. John W. Vrooman 

Mr. Gustav H. Schwab Dr. Samuel B. Ward 

Mr. Isaac N. Seligman Mr. Edmund Wetmore 

Hon. Frederick W. Seward Hon. Andrew D. \Miite 

Mr. J. Edward Simmons Hon. William R. \A'illcox 

Mr. Nelson S. Spencer Mr. Charles R. Wilson 

Mr. James Speyer Gen. James Grant W^ilson 

Hon. John H. Starin Gen. Stewart L. Woodford 

Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson Hon. Timothy L. Woodrufif. 

Fifteen Banquets Proposed. \ 

Miscellaneous business being in order. Dr. Brown said 
that he would like to lay before the Commission the ques- 
tion of holding fifteen banquets instead of one during the 
celebration next year. He belieyed that every distinguished 
guest, every officer on every ship, and every commissioned 
officer with every troop, whether they came from the 
United States or Terre del Fuego or any other place, should 
be given a place at a banquet, and that nothing short of 
fifteen banquets at fifteen leading hotels would meet the 
situation. Besides, there were thousands of other men who 
should have the right to enter one of those banquets and 
suitable opportunity should be given to them. Such a ban- 
quet with wine, he estimated, would cost $7.50 a cover; 
and if the Commission would announce that reputable 
citizens who would send $15 would be permitted to attend 
and bring one guest, it would receive enough applications 
to test the capacity of all of the leading hotels. 

Judge Higley inquired whether, if such plan were 
adopted, fifteen banquets would be adequate to meet the 
demand. 

Dr. Brown replied that if they were not, the number 
could be increased. 



492 Minutes of the Commission, May 6, 1908 

Without further discussion, on motion of Mr. Ridder, 
the subject was referred to the Committee on Official 
Banquet. 

Commemorative Coinage and Postage Stamps. 
Dr. Kunz moved that the Committee on Memorials be 
requested to consider and report on the advisabilit}- of 
recommending to the Secretary of the Treasury the minting 
of coins from special dies next year in commemoration of 
the events to be celebrated, and to the Postmaster-General 
the issuing of specially designed postage stamps for the 
same purpose. Such coins and stamps, used by millions 
of people, would be invaluable mediums for directing pub- 
lic attention in all parts of the country to the historical 
significance of the year and fully popularizing the work of 
the Commission. At the same time, the specimens pre- 
served by thousands of stamp collectors and numismatists 
in this and foreign countries would constitute a permanent 
record for generations to come. Special coins and stamps 
had been issued at the time of the Jamestown Exposition 
in 1907, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, the 
Columbian Celebration in 1893, and similar commemora- 
tions, and had proved of great value and interest. He 
suggested that the coin be modeled on the lines of the 
Columbian Exposition half dollar, the Isabella quarter, or 
the Louisiana Purchase gold dollar. Preferably, it should 
not exceed twenty-five cents in face value, and if supplied 
at that price and sold for fifty cents or a dollar, the Com- 
mission might derive a substantial revenue from it. Both 
coins and stamps sliould bear the portrait of Hudson or 
Fulton, or a representatijon of the Half Moon or the 
Clermont. 

The motion to refer the two subjects to the Committee 
on. Memorials was carried. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

Henry W. Sackett, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



493 
Minutes of 



Trustees' Meeting 



May 27, 1908. 

The twenty-sixth meeting of the Trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission was held at headquarters 
in the Tribune Building, No. 154 Nassau Street, New York, 
Wednesday, May 2"], 1908, at 3 o'clock p. m. 

Roll Call. 
Present: The President, Stewart L. Woodford, in the 
chair; and Hon. James M. Beck, Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, 
Hon. William Berri, Mr. George V. Brower, Read Admiral 
J. B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Mr. Theodore Fitch, Mr. Henry 
E. Gregory, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall. Hon. Henry- 
Hudson, Mr. August F. Jaccaci, Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. 
Charles R. Lamb, Hon. Benjamin McClung, Mr. William 
J. McKay, Mr. Frank D. Millet, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Mr. 
Herman Ridder, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Isaac N. 
Seligman, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, Col. John W. 
Vrooman and Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

Excused for Absence. 
Regrets for absence were received from Mr. Henry W. 
Cannon, Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Samuel V. Hoffman. 
Col. William Jay, Gen. Horatio C. King, Hon. William 
McCarroll, Mr. William C. Muschenheim, Mr. John E. 
Parsons, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugs- 
ley, Col. Herbert L. Satterlee, President Jacob Gould 
Schurman, Mr. Gustav H. Schwab, Hon. John H. Starin, 
Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Mr. Aaran Vanderbilt, Dr. 
Samuel B. Ward, and Mr. Charles R. Wilson, and they 
were excused. 



494 Minutes of Trustees 

Minutes Approved. 
The minutes of the last meeting of thie Trustees, having 
been printed and sent to all the members of the Commission, 
were approved as printed. 

Treasurer's Report. 
The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Isaac N^. Seligman, was 
read as follows : 

To the Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com- 
mission : 

I have the honor to report the state of the treasury on 
May 27, 1908, as follows : 

STATE FUND. 
DEBIT. 

To balance on hand, April 22, 1908 $6,964 96 

CREDIT. 

By paid on approved vouchers : 

63. E. H. Hall, disbursements ^22 29 

E. EI. Hall, salary for February. . 250 00 

$2^2 29 

64. J. B. Lyon Co., printing 23 29 

65. Henry Romeike, press clippings, January. . . i 17 

66. Miss J. A. Cooke, mimeographing i 60 

67. J. B. Lyon Co., printing 26 44 

68. State of New York, interest on deposit. . . . 189 49 

69. E. H. Hall, disbursements $16 30 

E. H. Hall, salary for Alarch 250 00 

266 30 

70. De-Fi Manufacturing Co., carbon paper. ... 3 50 

71. John Polhemus Printing Co., stationery... 4 75 

72. Henry Romeike, clippings in February. ... in 
y;^. J. B. Lyon Co., printing 4 63 

74. J. B. Lyon Co., printing 27 53 

75. E. H. Hall, disbursements $22 16 

E. H. Hall, salary for April.... 250 00 

272 16 



May 27, 1908 495 

76. Henry Romeike, clippings in March $1 98 

'jj. Miss J. A. Cooke, mimeographing 6 75 

78. J. B. Lyon, Co., printing 4 5^ 

Total Credit $1,107 49 

Total Dehit 6,964 96 

Balance on hand, ]\Iay 27, 1908. ..... $5,857 47 



SUBSCRIPTION FUND. 
DEBIT. 



To balance on hand, April 27, 1908 $9 18 

To cash received from Henry W. Sackett 16 16 

$25 34 

CREDIT. 

By paid John Polhemus Printing Co., on ap- 
proved voucher for balance due on portions 
of printing bills disallowed by comptroller. . $25 34 

Respectfully submitted, 

Isaac N. Seligman, 

Treasurer. 

The report was received and referred to the Auliting 
Committee for approval. 

Bills Approved for Payment. 
The following bills were approved for payment, subject 
to examination and approval by the Auditing Committee : 

New York Law Journal, notice of meeting. ... $2 50 

J. B. Lyon Co., printing 25 97 

Heury Romeike, clippings in April i 05 

Joseph Llawkes, copying photos of Dutch ships. 3 50 

Miss J. A. Cooke, mimeographing i 35 

John Polhemus Printing Co., stationery 6 80 

E. H. Hall, disbursements $33 95 

E. H. Hall, salary for May 250 00 

^ 283 95 

$325 12 



496 Minutes of Trustees 

Election of Officers. 

The election of officers for the ensuing year being in 
^3rder, the President asked Vice-President Seward to take 
the chair. 

Mr. Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on Nominations, 
presented the fohowing report : 

To the Board of Trustees of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration 
Commission : 

The Committee on Nominations hereby nominates to the 
Board of Trustees for election as officers of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission, recommending their elec- 
tion, the following Trustees, viz : 

FOR PRESIDENT, 

Gen. Stewart L. Woodford. 

FOR VICE-PRESIDENTS, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Maj.-Gen. Frederick D. Grant Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 
Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan. Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton. Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Andrew D. White. 

FOR TREASURER, 

]\Ir. L'^aac N. Seligman. 

FOR SECRETARY, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY, 

Air. Edward Hagaman Hall. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Theodore Fitch, Chairman. 
W. J. Curtis, 
John W. Vrooman. 

Committee on No}iiinations. 



May 27, 1908 497 

The Vice-President called for other nominations by the 
Trustees, and there being none, Mr. Berri moved that the 
nominations be closed. Carried. 

Mr. Berri moved that the Secretary be instructed to cast 
a single ballot in behalf of the meeting for the persons 
named in the report of the Nominating Committee. The 
motion was duly seconded and was carried unanimously. 

The Secretary having cast the ballot as directed, the Vice- 
President declared the nominees unanimously elected. 

President Woodford, resuming the chair, said that he 
was deeply touched by his re-election and he hoped to be 
spared to see the consummation of the plans which the 
Commission was making. His service at the head of this 
body was one of the pleasantest duties in the course of 
his life. He thanked each member for his loyal support 
and earnest work, from which he confidently predicted a 
satisfactory celebration next year. 

Abominations for Appoiiitjucut on the Coiniiiissioii. 
Mr. Fitch also reported from the Nominations Commit- 
tee the names of Hon. Richard Young, of No. 87 Lincoln 
Road, Brooklyn, leather merchant and former Park Com- 
missioner; and Mr. George Wilson, of No. 200 Greene 
Avenue, Brooklyn, statistician and Secretary of the New 
York Chamber of Commerce, and moved that they be 
recommended to Mayor McClellan for appointment on this 
Commission. Carried. 



Appointments by tJic Mayor. 

The Secretary read a letter from Mayor McClellan's 
secretary, dated April 28, 1908, communicating the appoint- 
ment of Dr. E. R. L. Gould, Hon. Charles A. Schieren and 
Mr. John R. \^an Wormer in accordance witli the recom- 
mendation of the Trustees. 

The letter was ordered on file and the Secretary directed 
to add the names of the appointees to the roll of members. 



498 Minutes of Trustees 

Appointment of A'czv Jersey Members Delayed. 
The Secretary stated that he recently inquired of the 
Secretary to Governor Hughes if the Governor had received 
the nominations from Governor Stokes of New Jersey, 
mentioned on page 389 of the Minutes of the Commission, 
and was informed that they had heen received but that 
Governor Hughes had been so preoccupied that he had been 
unable to take the matter up. 

Mayors and Tillage Presidents Added to Commission. 

The Secretary reported that on May 6, 1908, Governor 
Hughes had signed the bill making the mayors of all the 
cities of the State ex officio members and Trustees of the 
Commission and the presidents of villages in the Hudson 
Valley ex officio members of the Commission, the law being 
Chapter 217 of the Laws of 1908. Its text, which is sub- 
stantially as recommended by the Trustees (see page 417 
of the Minutes), is as follows: 

An Act to increase the number of members and trustees of 
the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission. 

The People of the State of New York, represented in 
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows: 

Section i. The members and trustees of the Hudson- 
Fulton Celebration Commission, as designated by chapter 
three hundred and twenty-five of the laws of nineteen hun- 
dred and six, are increased in number by adding to and 
including as such members and trustees by virtue of their 
office the persons, severally and respectively, who from time 
to time and for the time being shall hold municipal office as 
follows in the following cities of the state, and in the fol- 
lowing villages upon the Hudson river : The mayors of the 
cities of Albany, Amsterdam, Auburn, Binghamton, Buflfalo, 
Cohoes, Corning, Cortland, Dunkirk, Elmira, Fulton, 
Geneva, Glens Falls, Gloversville, Hornell, Hudson, Ithaca, 
Jamestown, Johnstown, Kingston, Little Falls, Lockport, 
Middletown, Moimt Vernon, Newburgh, New Rochelle, 
New York, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Ogdensburg, 
Olean, Oneida, Oswego, Plattsburg, Poughkeepsie, Rens- 
selaer, Rochester, Rome, Schenectady. Syracuse, Tona- 
wanda, Troy, L^tica, Watertown, Watervliet, Yonkers, and 
of any city which may hereafter be incorporated, all of 



May 27, 1908 499 

whom shall be members and trustees of the commission, 
and also the presidents of the villages of Athens, Castleton, 
Catskill, Cold Spring, Corinth, Cornwall, Coxsackie, Croton- 
on-Hu(lson, Dobbs Ferry, Fishkill, Fishkill Landing, Fort 
Edward, Green Island, Hastings-on-Hudson, Haverstraw, 
Irvington, Matteawan, Mechanicville, North Tarrytown, 
Nyack, Ossining, Peekskill, Piermont, Red Hook, Rhine- 
beck, Sandy Hill, Saugerties, Schuylerville, South Glens 
Falls, South Nyack, Stillwater, Tarrytown, Tivoli, Upper 
Nyack, Victory Mills, Wappingers Falls, Waterford, and 
West Haverstraw, who shall be members of the commission. 
§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately. 

The Secretary stated that as soon as he could secure a 
certified copy of the act from the Secretary of State, he 
had, under date of May 20, notified the 46 mayors and 38 
presidents of their appointment and had received acknowl- 
edgments and assurances of cordial co-operation from 19 
mayors and 18 presidents as follows : 

MAYORS. 

Albany, Hon. Chas. H. Gaus. 
Auburn, Hon. C. August Koenig. 
Binghamton, Hon. C. M. Slauson. 
Bufifalo, Hon. James N. Adam. 
Cohoes, Hon. M. D. Hanson. 
Geneva, Hon. Arthur P. Rose. 
Gloversville, Hon. Frederick M. Young. 
Hudson, Hon. Henry Hudson. 
Jamestown, Hon. Samuel A. Carlson. 
Lockport. Hon. Wm. H. Barker. 
Newburgh, Hon. Benjamin McClung. 
New Rochelle, Hon. George G. Raymond. 
New York, Flon. George B. McClellan. 
Poughkeepsie, Hon. James K. Sague. 
Rochester, Hon. Hiram H. Edgerton. 
Troy, Hon. Elias P. Mann. 
Watertown, Hon. Francis M. Hugo. 
Watervliet, Hon. Daniel P. Ouinn. 
Yonkers, Hon. Nathan A. Warren. 

VILLAGE PRESIDENTS. 

Castleton, Hon. John T. Flynn. 
Catskill, Hon. Chas. A. Elliott. 
Croton-on-Hudson, Hon. Clarence E. Powell. 



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Dobbs Ferry, Hon. Lyman C. French. 
Fishkill, Hon. James H. Doyle. 
Fishkill Landing, Hon. Irving J. Justus. 
Fort Edward, Hon. James F. Fitz Gerald. 
Green Island, Hon. Robert B. Waters. 
Hastings-on-Hudson, Hon. F. G. Zinsser. 
Matteawan, Hon. Roswell S. Judson. 
North Tarrytown, Hon. John Wirth. 
Nyack, Hon. Horace W. Boyd. 
Sandy Hill, Hon. C. W. Higley. 
Saugerties, Hon. A. Rowe. 
Schuylerville, Hon. D. A. Bullard. 
South Glens Falls, Hon. Dennis Moynihan. 
Tivoli. Hon. James L. Freeborn. 
Wappingers Falls, Hon. John L. Hughes. 

Half Moon Correspondence. 

The Assistant Secretary laid before the meeting the fol- 
lowing correspondence concerning the construction of the 
Half Moon in Holland which had been received or sent 
since the last meeting of the Trustees: 

1. Letter dated The Hague, April i8, 1908, from 
Jonkheer Roell, Vice Admiral Retired of the Royal Dutch 
Navy and Aide de Camp to Her Majesty the Queen of the 
Netherlands, to the Assistant Secretary, stating that a com- 
mittee was being formed in Holland to co-operate with this 
Commission by constructing the Half Moon and asking our 
views as to her design. 

2. Letter dated New York, May 4, 1908, to Admiral 
Roell from the Assistant Secretary, acknowledging receipt 
of the foregoing. 

3. Letter dated New York, May 12, 1908, to Admiral 
Roell by Admiral Coghlan, giving at length information 
possessed by the Committee on Naval Parade concerning 
the Half Moon. 

4. Letter dated The Hague, April 23, 1908 from 
lonkheer R. de Marees van Swinderen, Minister of Foreign 
Affairs, stating that the committee of Hollanders had been 
formed to build the Half Moon. 

5. Letter dated New York, May 4, 1908, to Minister van 
Swinderen from the Assistant Secretary, acknowledging re- 
ceipt of his letter. 

6. Letter dated New York, May 26, 1908, to Minister 
van Swinderen bv the President and Secretary of the Com- 



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mission in accordance with resolution of the Commission 
(see page 488) offering the compHments and expressing the 
appreciation of the Commission. 

It was voted that letters No. i, 3. 4 and 6 be printed in 
full in the minutes. They are as follows : 

Letter from J lee Admiral Roe! I. 

The Hague, April the i8th, 1908. 

To Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Assistant Secretary to the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Committee, 

Dear Sir : As you may know there is a committee in 
formation in Holland whose object is to make their country- 
men participate in the Hudson-Fulton next year, by present- 
ing a model of the " Halve Maan." (the vessel used by 
Hudson in 1609) to the American Central Committee. — As 
you may know there is no model of that ship existing and 
now the Dutch should very much like to have a drawing 
representing the idea your committee has formed of what 
the " Halve Maan " has been and some information there- 
about. 

We should be very well able to carry out our own idea 
of the vessel by constructing a ship of 80 tons burden after 
another model of the period, but we are afraid that in doing 
so we might disappoint the American people, wdio, no doubt, 
have formed an idea of their own as to what the Hudson 
vessel was like. Therefore we should be very much in- 
debted to you if you would be so kind as to send us the 
desired information to my address, being as follows : 

Jonkheer Roell, Vice-Admiral Retired of the Royal Dutch 
Navy, A. d. C. to Her Majesty the Queen of the Nether- 
lands, 3 Bosch Street, The Hague. Holland. 

Believe me truly yours. 

J. A. Roell. 

Letter from Rear Admiral Coghlan to Jlee-Adinira! Roell. 

New York. May 12. 1908. 

Jonkheer Roell, Vice-Admiral Retired of the Royal Dutch 
Navy. A. de C. to Her Majesty the Queen of the Neth- 
erlands. 3 Bosch Street. The Hague, The Netherlands. 
Dear Sir : Your favor of April 18, inquiring as to our 
conception of the appearance of Henry Hudson's vessel the 
Half Moon, which has already been acknowledged by our 
Assistant Secretary, has been referred to me as Chairman 



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of the Committee on Naval Parade for a fuller reply. The 
intimation of the generous purpose of your countrymen to 
contribute this interesting feature to the celebration in 1909 
has given the greatest pleasure to our Commission and your 
thoughtful consideration in asking our views is thoroughly 
appreciated. 

In replying to your inc[uiry permit me to say first that 
we feel that your own people have the best facilities for 
forming an idea of the vessel's appearance and we shall be 
satisfied to leave the matter entirely to your judgment. In 
offering the following observations, therefore, it is not with 
a view to constraining you in any respect in which you find 
better authority for your guidance, but rather with the de- 
sire to place at your service such limited knowledge as we 
have on the subject. 

As far as we know, from research in this country and in 
Holland, there exists no contemporary picture of the Half 
Moon. There is, however, we believe, sufficient data for 
determining, 

1. The masting and the rigging, 

2. The tonnage ; and 

3. The dimensions, 

which will enable your ship-builders to reconstruct the ves- 
sel with substantial accuracy. 

AS TO THE RIGGING. 

We append hereto extracts from Robert Juet's journal of 
Hudson's Voyage in 1609 Containing references to the 
rigging, which clearly indicate that she had the following 
features : 

A Bow-sprit and Sprit-sail: Citations Xos. 2, 15 and 2^2 
refer to the vessel's " sprit-sayle." This we understand 
from old prints to have been a square sail attached to a 
yard hung from the bow-sprit, and not what is now called 
a " sprit-sail." 

A Fore-mast and Sail: Citations Xos. i, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12. 
13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20. 22, 23, 26, 28 and 29 refer to the 
fore-corse or fore-sayle, fore-mast and fore-yard. 

A Fore-top-mast and Sail : Citation No. 29 refers to a 
" fore-top-sayle,'' and citations Nos. 11, 18, 20, and 32 refer 
to " top-sayles " in the plural number, indicating top-sails 
on more than one mast. 

A Main-mast and Sail : Our authority for these is found 
in citations Nos. 2, 4, 8, 10, 11, 13, 20, 22, 23, 26 and t.2. 
which refer to the mayne-sayle or mayne-corse. 



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A Main-top-niast and Sail: See citations Xos. 2, 19 and 
29. 

A Mizzen-mast and Sail: Citation Xo. 23, referring to 
the " misen " fortunately enables us to determine that the 
vessel had a third mast and sail. From the type of the 
period, we assume the mizzen mast to have been latteen 
rigged. Whether it had a square top-sail as represented in 
some vessels of the period we are left in doubt, as there is 
no specific reference to a mizzen-top-sail. 

It may be mentioned in passing that Air. Joseph A. Imhof 
of this city, a painter of Dutch ships, has expressed to one 
of our members the idea that the Half Moon had but two 
masts, and that the terms " fore-mast " and " rnain-mast " 
were used interchangeably in those days. As ]\Ir. Imhof 
has had some correspondence with Mr. C. G. 't Hooft, 
Director of the Fodor ^Museum, Amsterdam, concerning a 
two-masted model which Mr. Imhof has, we beg to say 
that we cannot agree with Mr. Imhof for the reason that 
citations Nos. 4, 10, 13, 20, 23, 26 and 29, refer to both the 
fore-sail and the main-sail in the same paragraphs, indicat- 
ing that they were not identical. Air. 't Hooft has very 
courteously sent to Mr. August F. Jaccaci, a Trustee of 
our Commission, two photographs from a rare profile of 
Amsterdam in 1606, which is in the Rijks Museum, showing 
ships of that period, and he expresses the " conviction that 
the Halve Maan was a very small 3-masted vessel." With 
this we agree. 

When Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, our Assistant Secre- 
tary, visited the Rijks Archief at the Hague in igo6, Dr. J. 
d'Hulla showed him a chart of a voyage by another Dutch 
navigator about the period of Hudson's voyage, showing 
among the profiles a " Jacht " with the number of masts 
here indicated. 

Bonnets: That the Half Moon had an equipment of 
bonnets is indicated by citations Nos. 5, 6, 18 and 21. 

TONNAGE. 

As to the tonnage of the Half Moon, the only question 
is in regard to the method of comouting tonnage at the 
beginning of the seventeenth century. The " Uitloop 
Bookje '" or Sailing Book of the East" India Co. from 1603 
to 1700, and the " Memoriael " or Memorandum Book of 
the East India Co. for the same period leave no doubt about 
the number of tons. Both refer to the " Yacht Halve Maen, 
40 lasts," (or 80 tons). 



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As to the method of reckoning tonnage in Holland in 1609 
your own ship-builders will be able to judge better than we. 
We know, not only that the method of measuring tonnage 
in the 17th century differed from the method in use to-day, 
but also that there was much variation between the methods 
of dift'erent builders. 

On pages 153 and 154 of part i of "Ancient and Modern 
Ships " by Sir George C. V. Holmes, published in 1900 by 
Chapman & Hall at No. 1 1 Henrietta street, Covent Garden, 
London, there is a brief account of the ancient methods of 
computing tonnage in England, but no reference to the sub- 
ject of Dutch tonnage. 

In " La Costruzioni Xavali e I'Arte della Navigazione al 
tempo di Cristoforo Colombo " by Enrico Alberto d'Albertis, 
p'ublished at Rome in 1893, there is a learned discussion of 
the tonnage and dimensions of Columbus' Caravels, but 
nothing to thnow light on Dutch tonnage. It is possible, 
however, that this work may convey a helpful hint as to the 
method of archaeological investigation to be pursued con- 
cerning the Half Moon. 

DIMENSIONS AVn PROPORTIONS 

Draft: There is only one feature of the dimensions of the 
Half Moon concerning which we have any definite informa- 
tion, and that is her draft. In citation No. 32 from Juet's 
Journal of Hudson's voyage, we are informed that the Half 
Moon floated in SjA feet of water. In citation No. 24, we 
are informed that in order to explore Delaware Bay it was 
necessary to have a pinnace rlrawing only 4 or 5 feet. It 
is evident, therefore, that th.e Half Moon drew less than 
8^ feet and more than 5 feet. 

As to the length and breadth, we believe that you will be 
able to get the proportions from tynes of the period and 
deduce the actual dimensions from the tonnage. 

Mr. 't Hooft expresses the ooinion that the Half Moon 
measured about 60 x 14x6 feet (Amsterdam measurement). 
Upon the accuracy of this estimate we are unable to express 
an opinion. 

MINOR DETAILS. 

Rudder Post and Cabin: We call your attention. to cita- 
tion No. 30 from Juet's Tournal, which indicates that the 
cabin was in the stern ; that the stern-post was probablv 
flush with the overhan'^- • and tb.at the rudder-post extended 
up at least to the level of the cabin windows on the outside 
of the stern. 



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Port-holes : The heaviest ordnance mentioned in Juet's 
journal is the " falcon " (see citation 31). This was a small 
cannon, carrying a ball weighing 2 povmds or less. There 
is nothing however to indicate whether this piece was fired 
through a port-hole or from the deck. 

Gallery: Mr. 't Hooft writes: "A yacht had no gallery 
like the bigger ships." This question, and others such as 
whether the Half Moon had a " galleon " at her bow, we 
believe you can readilv determine by studying types of the 
period. 

Ratlines : Citation 25 records that the writer of the 
journal went to the top-mast head twice the same day to 
make observations, which would indicate that there were 
ratlines on the top-mast shrouds for convenience in going 
alofi:. 

Many of our ideas about the construction, masting, rig- 
ging, etc., are based upon the vignette contained in the 
preface chart of the book " Henry Hudson, the Navigator" 
by C. M. Asher (Hakluyt Society No. 27), London, 1859, 
and upon the plates and descriptions contained in the book 
" Aeloude en Hedendaegsche Scheeps-Bouw en Bestier " by 
Nicolaes Witsen, Amsterdam, 1671. Both of these books 
can doubtless be found in the libraries of Amsterdam or 
the Hague. 

CITATIONS FROM JUEt's JOURNAL. 

Following are brief citations from Robert Juet's journal 
of " The Third Voyage of Master Henry Hudson toward 
Nova Zembla," etc., in 1609, before referred to : 

1. (March.) The sixth and twentieth, was a great storme 
at the North North-east, and North-east. Wee started away 
South-west afore the wind with our fore-course abroad : 
For wee were able to maintayne no more sayles, it blew so 
vehemently. 

2. (March.) The seuen and twentieth . . . We set our 
mayne-sayle, sprit-sayle and our mayne-top-sayle, and held 
on our course all night, hauing faire weather. 

3. (June.) The fourth . . . the wind so increasing that 
wee were enforced to take in our top-sayle. 

4. (June.) The fift, storme weather, and much wind at 
South, and South by East, so that at foure of the clocke in 
the morning we tooke in our fore-sayle and lay a try with 
our mayne-corse and tryed away West North-west foure 
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5. (June.) The eight, stormy weather, the wind variable 
between West and North-west, much wind : At eight of the 
clocke wee tooke ofif our Bonnets. 

6. (June.) The twelfth ... At eight of the clock at 
night we took off our Bonets, the wind increasing. 

7. (June.) The fifteenth, we had a great storme, and 
spent ouer-boord our fore-mast, bearing our fore-corse low 
set. 

8. (June.) The sixteenth, we were forced to trie with 
our mayne sayle by reason of the vnconstant weather. 

9. (June.) The nineteenth, in the fore-noone faire 
weather and calme. In the morning we set the piece of our 
fore-mast and set our fore corse. 

10. (June.) The one and twentieth . . . much wind and 
a great Sea. We split our fore saile at ten of the clocke ; 
then we laid it a trie with our mayne sayle and continued 
so all day. 

11. (June.) The three and twentieth ... so stift'e a gale 
that we were forced to take our top-sayle ... At eight 
of the clocke at night wee tooke in our top-saylcs, and laid 
it a trie with our mayne-sayle. 

12. (June.) The foure and twentieth, . . . we set our 
foresaile. 

13. (June.) The seuen and twentieth, very much winde 
and a soare storme . . . wee tooke in our fore-corse, and 
laid it a trie with our mavne-corse low set. 

14. (June.) The eight and twentieth ... we lay a trie 
to the Southward till eight of the clocke in the morning. 
Then we set our fore-corse. 

15. (July.) The fourth . . . Then we tooke in our top- 
sayle and sprit-sayle. 

16. (July.) The eighteenth, . . . We went on shoare 
and cut vs a fore Mast . . . We mended our sayles and 
fell to make our fore-Mast. 

17. (July.) The three and twentieth. . . At eleven of 
the clocke our fore Mast was finished and we brought it 
aboord and set it into the step, and in the after-noone we 
rigged it. 

18. (July.) The seuen and twentieth, ... At eight of 
the clocke we tooke in our top-sayles and our fore-bonnet 
and went with a short sayle all night. 

19. (Aug.) The eight ... set our fore-sayle and mayne 
top-sayle. 

20. (Aug.) The ninth. ... a very stiffe gale . . . Then 
we tooke in our mavne savle and lav a trie vnder our fore- 



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sayle ... At eight of the clocke at night wee tooke in 
our top-sayles and went with a low sayle. 

21. (Aug.) The twentieth . . . we tooke off our Bonnets. 

22. (Aug.) The one and twentieth, ... a great Sea 
brake into our fore-corse and split it ; so we were forced 
to take it from the yard and mend it ; wee lay a trie with 
our mayne-corse all night. 

2^. (Aug.) The two and twentieth, stormy weather . . . 
We set our fore-corse and stood to the Eastward vnder our 
fore-sayle, mayne-sayle and misen. 

24. (Aug.) The eight and twentieth . . . being hard by 
the land in fine fathomes, on a sudden wee came into three 
fathomes ; then we beare vp and had but ten foote water, 
and ioyned to the Point . . . And he that will thoroughly 
Discouer this great Bay must haue a small Pinnasse that 
must draw but foure or hue foote water. 

25. (Aug.) The nine and twentieth ... I went to the 
top-mast head and set the Land . . . Then I went againe 
to the top-mast head to see how farre I could see land 
about vs. 

26. (Aug.) The thirtieth ... So wee lay close by with 
our fore-sayle and our mayne-sayle. 

27. (Sept.) The twentieth . . . Our Masters Mate with 
foure men more went vp with our Boat to sound the Riuer 
and found two leagues aboue vs but two fathomes water 
and the channell very narrow ; and aboue that place seuen 
or eight fathomes. 

28. (Sept.) The one and twentieth . . . we determined 
yet once more to go farther up into the Riuer to trie what 
depth and breadth it did beare ; but mucli people resorted 
aboord so wee went not this day. Our Carpenter went on 
land and made a Fore-yard. 

29. (Sept.) The seuen and twentieth . . . we weighed 
and set our fore top-sayle . . . then we set our fore-sayle 
and mayne top-sayle. 

30. (Oct.) The first of October . . . This afternoon one 
Canoe kept hanging vnder our sterne with one man in it 
. . . who got vp by our Rudder to the Cabin window and 
stole out my Pillow and two Shirts and two Bandeleers. 

31. (Oct.) The second ... I shot a falcon at them. 

32. (Oct.) The fourth . . . we had but eight foot and 
an halfe water . . . Then we tooke in our Boat and set 
our mayne-sayle and sprit-sayle and our top-sayles. 

Trusting that the foregoing satisfactorily answers your 
courteous inquiry, and again assuring you that whatever 



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design your people agree upon will be satisfactory to us, 
I remain, in behalf of my colleagues, with great esteem 
Yours very truly, 

Joseph B. Coghlan, 
Rear Admiral United States Navy, Retired, 
Chairman of the Committee on Naval Parade. 

Letter from Minister J^aii Sivinderen. 

MINISTfiRE 

DES 

AFFAIRES ETRANGfiRES. 

The Hague, April 23, 1908. 

Edward Hagaman Hall, Esq., Assistant Secretary of the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, New York 
City. 

Dear Sir : Since my visit at your office in January last 
great changes took place with me and instead of returning 
to Washington as Her Majesty's Minister Pleni|X)tentiary, 
I stay in my own country as its Minister of Foreign Affairs. 
In that way I will only be able to show from this side of 
the water my great interest in the coming celebration, the 
preparations of which have been trusted to you. x-\s I told 
you, I had every reason to believe that a participation in 
those festivities would meet amongst the Holland people 
with great enthusiasm and I now am glad to tell you that 
a committee has been formed and that the construction of 
the Half Moon is intended to be executed on one of our 
wharves. You will soon get an official notice from that 
committee but I thought it better to anticipate on that, in 
order to prevent that your own committee may take the 
building of the old " dreadnought " in hands on the Ameri- 
can side. 

Believe me, sir, sincerely yours, 

R. DE Marees van Swinderen. 

Letter from President and Secretary to Minister J 'an 
Swinderen. 

New York, May 26, 1908. 

Jonkheer R. de Marees van Swinderen, Minister of Foreign 
Afifairs, The Hague, The Netherlands. 
Sir : At the last meeting of the Hudson-Fulton Celebra- 
tion Commission, your letter of April 23d, communicating 
the gratifying intelligence that a committee of your country- 



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men had been formed with a view to constructing a model 
of Henry Hudson's vessel the " Half Moon " for participa- 
tion in our celebration next year, was received with very 
hearty applause, and I was requested by the Commission 
to express to you its deep appreciation of this evidence of 
the generous liberality of your people and of the distin- 
guished mark of international good-will which it affords. 

The people of Holland could not have resolved upon a 
form of participation in the approaching commemoration 
more welcome to this Commission or to the people whom 
it represents than by sending a counterpart of the Dutch- 
built vessel in which, under the auspices of the Dutch East 
India Company and under the orange, white anrl blue flag 
of the States General, the famous navigator ploughed our 
great river and made its valley the furrow of a new civiliza- 
tion. 

In addition to reminding us vividly of the particular event 
to be commemorated, the vessel will also remind us of the 
remarkable genius of your people, who have driven back 
the sea when you have wanted land for your homes, have 
summoned it to your aid when you have wished to expel 
the enemies of your liberties, and who have ranged it to the 
four quarters of the earth when you have wanted to extend 
your commerce. 

We prize most highly the memory that the cit}- and State 
of New York were founded by the Dutch people, and we 
welcome every evidence that you take as much pride in us 
as your off-spring as we take in you as our parent. 

Will you please convey to the gentlemen of the committee 
the assurances of our very hearty appreciation of their gen- 
erous intentions. When it is convenient for them, we 
should be pleased to know their names and addresses, so 
that we may make such further acknowledgement directly 
to them as may be suitable. 

We also beg you to accept for yourself our cordial thanks 
for your helpful and sympathetic co-operation. We esteem 
it a peculiar piece of good fortune for us that Her Majesty 
has chosen to the distinguished office of Minister of Foreign 
Aft'airs one who, during his residence in the United States, 
won so large a place as you hold in the affection and high 
regard of our people. 

Yours respectfully, 

Stewart L. Woodford, 

President. 
Henry W. Sacket, 

Secretary. 



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Official Iiiz'itation to Kingston Celebration. 
The Secretary laid before the Trustees the official invita- 
tion from the citizens of Kingston, N. Y., to attend their 
quarter-millennial celebration June ist as follows: 

MDCLVIII 
MCMVIII 

The Citizens of Kingston 

request the honor of 

the officers and members of the 

Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission's 

presence at the celebration, on Monday, the first of June 

one thousand, nine hundred and eight, of the 

Two hundred and fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding 

of the City of Kingston 
The favour of an answer is requested, addressed to Mr. 
A. T. Clearwater, Kingston, New York. 

It was voted that the invitation be accepted and that as 
many of the members as possible would attend. 

Aeronautic Competition. 

Mr. Berri, Chairman of the Committee on Aeronautics, 
reported that on May 21st he had written to the Chief 
Signal Officer of the United States Army, stating the facts 
of the proposed celebration next year, the desirability of 
making a demonstration of the progress made in aeronautic 
science, and the necessity of depending upon the Signal 
Office for such a demonstration. He therefore asked the 
Chief Signal Officer to keep the Commission in mind and 
facilitate such a demonstration if practicable. He also asked 
the Chief Signal Officer if. upon the request of this Com- 
mission, it would be feasible for him to invite aeronauts to 
participate. The Officer had replied that he would be very 
happy to co-operate ; that he would like to send up a 
dirigible balloon, and that he would be glad to send up an 
aeroplane if it should be sufficiently developed by that time. 

Mr. Berri referred to the interest of President Roosevelt 
in the subject of aerial locomotion, as evidenced by his 
desire to have the goverinnent appropriate $300,000 to pro- 



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mote experiments, also the intense popular interest in the 
recent progress in aeronautics. He said he believed that 
in another year the science would be so far advanced as to 
make a demonstration of air craft practicable. As this 
Commission could not control the balloons and air-ships, 
he deemed it advisable to have the demonstration under 
government auspices. He also thought it would not be 
proper to ask foreign governments to make an exhibition 
unless our own government were ready to make one. 

Mr. Beck said that he had noticed in the Minutes of the 
Commission that Mr. Berri had been appointed as Chairman 
of a Committee on Aeronautics and he (Air. Beck) was so 
deeply interested in the subject that he had come to this 
meeting especially to speak in regard to it. He said that 
he was a member of the Aero Society of New York, whose 
standing among societies devoted to the scientific study of 
aerial navigation was very high, and it was something of a 
coincidence that at a recent meeting of the Aero Society 
which he attended it was suggested that there be a competi- 
tion next year in connection with the Hudson-Fulton Cele- 
bration. The Aero Society had appointed Mr. Beck to 
represent it in the matter, a position which he felt some 
delicacy in accepting, since, as a member of this Commis- 
sion, it might devolve on him to pass upon some proposi- 
tion made by the Aero Society. He thought that aerial 
navigation was one of the most fascinating of all human 
problems, and that a competition between the two classes 
of aerial vehicles — the dirigible baloon (lighter than air) 
and the aeroplane or other device (heavier than air) — 
would enlist the talent of the two-score at least of dis- 
tinguished engineers who are directing their faculties to the 
solution of this problem, arouse the intense interest of the 
people, and excite the attention of the world as would no 
other feature of the celebration. But such a competition 
would need the stimulus and aid of money. The construc- 
tion of air-ships, he said, was costly and their operation 
dangerous, and the question of pecvmiary means was im- 
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to offer the prize, it might be possible for the Commission 
and the Aero Society to get one of the great New York 
newspapers that was not averse to exploiting itself, to offer 
a prize for the construction of air-ships. Citing the names 
of several of the leading aeronauts, 'Mr. Beck declared that 
the construction of steerable air-craft was beyond the ex- 
perimental stage. Successful flights had been made with 
machines of both classes, those whose bouyancy depended 
upon a gas lighter than air, and. if the reports about the 
Wright Brothers were to be believed, those which were 
" heavier than air " and were sustained entirely by their own 
mechanism ; and it remained now only to develop their 
efficiency. He came to this meeting to say that the Aero 
Society was most anxious to co-operate in this matter and 
to place its experience at the service of the Commission. 

At the conclusion of his remarks, the President appointed 
Mr. Beck a member of the Committee on Aeronautics. 

Mr. Seward moved that the suggestion of an aeronautic 
competition be referred to the committee on that subject. 
Carried. 

Muscuui Catalogues — Indian Exhibit. 

Dr. Kunz, Chairman of the Sub-committee on Historical 
Exhibits, reported that the museums were ready to go 
ahead with the preparation of catalogues as soon as the 
Commission authorized an appropriation for that purpose. 

He also stated that it would be possible to have forty 
New York State Indians, a number of whom he believed 
to be pure blooded, in New York city at the time of the 
celebration. It would cost $1,500 to have them here one 
week and about $2,100 for two weeks. They were more 
or less trained to public demonstrations and possibly might 
be more valuable as a feature of our great enterprise than 
the Commission suspected at the present time. 

On motion of Mr. Sackett, the matter of an appropria- 
tion for museum catalogues was referred to the Executive 
Committee with power. 



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Limitations on Expenditures. 

Mr. Berri inquired whether any rule had been adopted 
providing that no indebtedness should be incurred by com- 
mittees without previous authorization. 

The President said that he understood that no committee 
could incur any indebtedness without the authority of a vote 
of the Trustees or Executive Committee, and such had been 
the practice. He would, however, entertain a motion to 
that effect if Mr. Berri would move it. 

Mr. Berri therefore moved that no committee or indivi- 
dual member of the Commission should have authority to 
incur any expense in behalf of the Commission without the 
previous approval of the Board of Trustees or the Execu- 
tive Committee. Carried. 

An Acting Treasurer Designated. 
Mr. Seligman stated that he expected to leave for Europe 
in July, to be gone until October, and suggested the advis- 
ability of designating an Acting Treasurer to sign checks 
during his absence if it should be necessary. After a brief 
discussion he moved that the Hon. George W. Perkins be 
appointed Acting Treasurer during his absence abroad. 
Carried. 

President Authorized to Approve Office Expenses Ad 
Interim. 

Mr. Ridder moved that during the summer months when 
the Board of Trustees did not meet, the President be author- 
ized to approve bills for headquarters expenses the same 
as if approved by the Trustees. Carried. 

Col. Jay's Resigjiation of Banquet Chairmansiiip Laid on 

Table. 
The Secretary read a letter from Col. William Jay, Chair- 
man of the Official Banquet Committee, dated May 21, in 
response to an inquiry about the entertainment of foreign 
guests at the time of the Yorktown Centennial in 1881, 
giving his experience on that occasion ; also a letter from 
him dated May 26, requesting the Trustees to name another 



514 Minutes of Trustees 

Chairman of the Banquet Committee, principally on the 
ground that he did not expect to be in New York in Septem- 
ber, 1909. He was willing to remain a member of the 
committee, however, and do what he could before going 
abroad. 

Mr. Seward said that Col. Jay was so admirably qualified 
for the delicate and responsible duties of Chairman of the 
Official Banquet that he believed he voiced the sentiment of 
his colleagues in expressing the earnest wish that Col. Jay 
would retain the position. He therefore moved that Col. 
Jay's resignation as Chairman be laid on the table until he 
could be communicated with further. Carried. 

Report of hnvood Hill Park Committee. 

In the absence of Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman of the 
Inwood Hill Park Committee, the Secretary reported that 
on April 29, Mr. Parsons, accompanied by the President, 
Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the Commission, had 
called upon Mayor McClellan and that Mr. Parsons had 
made strong plea to the Mayor upon the urgency of the 
city's immediately acquiring the Inwood Hill property and 
in such a way as would secure it at a reasonable price. The 
Mayor, who had recently been to Inwood Hill, received 
the delegation cordially ; seemed greatly interested, and 
made a helpful suggestion on the subject. 

The Secretary also read a letter from Mr. Parsons, dated 
May 27, expressing his regret at not being able to attend 
the Trustees' meeting, but reporting progress, and reiterat- 
ing part of what he had said to the Mayor, namely, that 
a certain combination of Inwood Hill property owners was 
trying to stand on a basis of prices certainly twice what the 
Commission could recommend ; that he was trying to satisfy 
them that the effect of such a course would be simply to 
over-reach themselves ; and that the Commission would not 
be willing to favor before the public authorities, in the 
present condition of the city treasury, a scheme which would 
involve the payment of twice the value of the land. Report 
of progress received. 



48 1 
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President 

Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, i8 Wall Street, New York. 
Vice-Presidents 

Mr. Herman Ridder. Presiding Vice-President. 
Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, I\Ir. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Hon. Andrew D. White. 

Treasurer 

Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, No. i William Street, New York. 

Secretary Assistant Secretary- 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Aeronautics Committee 

Hon. Wm. Berri, -Chairman, 526 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 

Art and Historical HxHibits Committee 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Chairman, 23 Wall Street, New York. 
Sub-Committee ( Hon. Robert W. De Forest, Chairman, 
on ■< Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, 

Art Exhibits. ( Mr. Edward Robinson. 
Sub-Committee ( Dr. George F. Knnz, Chairman, 
on Historical •] Mr. S. V. Hoffman, 

Exhibits. ( Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborn. 

Auditing' Committee 

Hon. N. Taylor. Phillips, Chairman, 280 Broadway, New York, 
Hon. Warren Higley, Hon. William McCarroll. 

Banquet Committee 

Col. William Jay, Chairman, 48 Wall Street, New York. 
Hon. William Berri, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Gen. Howard Carroll, Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

Civic Parade Committee 

Mr. Herman Ridder. Chairman, 182 William Street, New York. 

Mr. B. Altman, Hon. Lewis Nixon, 

Mr. August Belmont, Mr. Eben E. Olcott. 

Hon. William Berri, Mr. William Church Osborn, 

Mr. George C. Boldt, Mr. Bayard L. Peck 

Hon. David A. Boody, Mr. Howland Pell, 

Hon. George C. Clausen, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 

Mr. George Ehret, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Mr. Frank S. Gardner, Mr. Jacob H. Schiff, 

Mr. George A. Hearn, Mr. William Sohmer, 

Mr. Colgate Hoyt, Mr. James Speyer, 

Gen. Horatio C. King, Hon. Louis Stern, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. J. Leonard Varick, 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal, Mr. Edmund Wetmore. 
Mr. William C. Muschenheim, 



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Executive Committee 



Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, 18 Wall Street, New York, 

Mr. John E. Parsons, Vice-Chairman. 

Hon. James M. Beck, Hon. Morgan J. O'Brien, 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Hon. William Berri, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Mr. Herman Ridder, 
Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan.U.S.A., Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Col. William Jay, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. John La Farge, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. William McCarroll, Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Mr. Frank D. Millet, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 

General Connmemorative Exercises Committee 

President Jacob G. Schurman, LL.D., Chairman, Ithaca, N. Y. 
Hon. David A. Boody, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Hon. St. Clair McKelway, 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater, Col. Wm. Gary Sanger, 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

Invitations Committee 

Hon. Grover Cleveland, Chairman. Princeton, N. J. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

The Secretary, ex officio. 

In-wood ParK Committee 

Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, 52 William St., New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr George F. Kunz, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

La-w and Legislation Committee 

Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, The President, ex-officio. 

Memorials Committee 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 85 Liberty Street, New York. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 



May 27, 1908 515 

Foreign Correspondent Councillors Elected. 
Mr. Bergen, Chairman of the Committee on Memorials, 
congratulated the Trustees that the delicate movements 
begun a year ago with a view to enlisting the participation 
of the people of Holland in the celebration had come to 
the happy issue indicated in the correspondence from Ad- 
miral Roell and Minister van Swinderen already read. 
With reference to the matter of Foreign Correspondent 
Councillors (see pages 418 and 473) he was now prepared 
to offer the following resolutions : 

Resolved, That the following gentlemen of the Nether- 
lands, some of whose services have been of value to this 
Commission and who may be of great assistance in the 
Celebration, be and they hereby are appointed Foreign 
Correspondent Councillors to the Commission, namely : 

Mr. C. G. Hooft, No. 609 Keizersgracht, Amsterdam, the 
Director of the Fodor Museum and one of the highest 
authorities on the subject of Dutch ship building; 

Dr. E. W. Moes, No. 85 Franz von Mierisstraat, Amster- 
dam, the Keeper of Prints of the Rijks Museum, a great 
authority on engravings and prints and assistant editor of 
magazines ; 

Dr. A. Bredius, No. 6 Prinsegracht, The Hague, the 
Director of the Mauritshuys Museum, editor of " Oud 
Holland," etc. ; and a great authority on the Dutch School 
of Art ; 

Dr. W. Martin, No. 26 Emmastraat, The Hague. As- 
sistant at the Mauritshuys Museum and Professor at Ley- 
den University, and 

Mr. D. Hudig, No. 105 Wijn Flaven, Rotterdam, a gentle- 
man who has already shown a great interest in tracing draw- 
ings of the Half Moon or of vessels of that period, and 
has corresponded with the Chairman of the Committee on 
Memorials on this subject. 

Resolved, That proper certificates of the appointment of 
these gentlemen, in accordance with the previous resolution 
of the Trustees on this subject, be made and executed and 
forwarded to the above named gentlemen by proper officers 
of the Commission. 

Mr. Bergen said that nearly all of these gentlemen were 
known by Mr. August F. Jaccaci, one of the trustees of 



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the Commission, who has met some of them on a recent 
visit to Holland ; that they all bore a high character, and 
were men of reputation in their country, as he was credibly 
informed. 

The resolutions were adopted. 

Couuncuwratk'c Coins and Postage Stamps Rccoinuicndcd. 

Mr. Bergen reported on the subject of commemorative 
coins and postage stamps, referred to the Committee on 
Memorials at the last meeting of the Commission, (see 
page 492) that the Committee was in favor of taking 
steps to have such coins and stamps issued as soon as pos- 
sible. Although he had not had an opportunity of hearing 
the views of all the members of his Committee, he ventured 
to report, subject to the approval of the Trustees, that such 
coins should have on one side a representation of the Half 
Moon, and on the other side a representation of the Cler- 
mont. He therefore offered the following resolution: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Memorials, or its 
Chairman, be authorized to confer with the United States 
Government and with the Secretary of the Treasury and 
the Postmaster-General in order to have the Government, 
if possible, undertake the making of such coins and of 
such postage stamps, and that the details thereof be referred 
to the Committee on Memorials for further report thereon 
after hearing from the officials of the United States Govern- 
ment on this subject. 

Adopted. 

The Building of the Half Moon and Clermont. 

Admiral Coghlan, Chairman of the Committee on Naval 
Parade, reported that the correspondence already read 
indicated the progress of the preparations in Holland for 
the reproduction of the Half ]\Ioon. With respect to the 
Clermont, the drawings, embodying the best information 
obtainable, were about to be prepared. During the past 
month, Mr. R. Fulton Ludlow, of Claverack, a member of 
this Commission, a grandson of Fulton, and the possessor 



May 27, 1908 517 

of some very interesting memorabilia of Fulton, had kindly 
placed his documents and opinions at the service of the 
Committee. The Committee had also taken some steps to 
sound maritime and commercial interests of New York, to 
see if they would not emulate the generosity of the people 
of the Netherlands and give the Clermont to the Commis- 
sion. Commissioner Wm. McCarroll had promised to lay 
the matter before the executive committee of the New 
York Board of Trade and Transportation. Mr. William 
Harris Douglas, President of the New York Produce 
Exchange, had informed Admiral Coghlan that as an 
Exchange, their Board had no authority to make a sub- 
scription of this kind, but suggested that a notice might be 
posted on the floor of the Exchange, so that those who 
desired to contribute might do so. Admiral Coghlan said 
that further inquiry in this direction would be made. 
Report of progress received. 

Official Literary Exercises. 
General Wilson reported briefly on the progress made in 
the preparations for the official literary exercises, and the 
report was received. 

Plan and Scope Still Open. 

Mr. Seward said that there was nothing new to report 
from the Plan and Scope Committee. The arrangements 
for the celebration were still open for any new suggestions, 
and if the Committee on Aeronautics could find anything 
that would fly in 1909, his Committee would find a place 
for it in the programme. 

Conditional Adjoiinnnent Until October 28th. 

Mr. Sackett moved that the regular monthly meetings 
of the Trustees under the by-laws, be omitted until the 
meeting of Wednesday, October 28, 1908, unless the Presi- 
dent should deem it advisable to call a meeting before that 
time. He said that the work of the Commission was much 
better in hand now than a year ago, when the Trustees 



5i8 Minutes of Trustees, May 27, 1908 

adjourned from June to October ; that the Committees were 
actively at work and that they could probably continue their 
preparations without the necessity of reporting before Octo- 
ber ; and that the small attendance of Trustees at the June 
meeting last year, indicated the inconvenience of attendance 
at that time. The motion was carried. 

The President, before entertaining the motion for ad- 
journment, especially thanked the Mayors of Hudson and 
Newburgh for their attendance, wished all the Trustees a 
restful summer's vacation, and expressed the hope that 
they would all be reunited in the work in the fall. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

Henry W. Sackett, 

Secretary. 
Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Assistant Secretary. 



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Minutes of Sept. 18 and Sept. 23, 1908 



520 



MtmhtYB of t\}t (EnmmtBston* 



Abraham Abraham. 

Herbert Adams. 

^oAn G. Agar. 

R. B. Aldcroftt, Jr. 

Alpbonse H. Alker. 

B. Altman. 

Louis Annin Ames. 

Hon. John E. Andrus. 

Hon. James K. Apgar. 

Chas. H. Armaiagc. 

Col. John Jacob Astor. 

Mrs. Anson P. Atter- 

bury. 
Geo. Wm. Ballou. 
Theodore M. Banta. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett. 
Geo. C. Batdieller. 
Constructor VV'iUiam J. 

Ba.xter, U. S. N. 
Dr. James C. Bayles. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 
August Belmont. 
Tunis G. Bergen. 
Hon. IVilliam Berri. 
Hon. John Bigelow. 
Hon. Frank S. Black. 
E. W. Bloomingdale. 
George C. Boldt. 
Reginald Pelham Bolton. 
Hon. David A. Boody. 
Hon. A. J. Boulton. 
Hon. Thos. W. Bradley. 
Herbert L. Bridgman. 
George V. Brozver. 
Dr. E. Family Brown. 
Hon. M. Linn Bruce. 
Edward P. Bryan. 
William L. Bull. 
Henry K. Bush-Brown. 
Hon. E. H. Butler. 
Hon. J. Rider Cady. 
John F. Calder. 
Hon. J. H. Callanan. 
Henry IV. Cannon. 
Andrew Carnegie. 
Gen. Howard Carroll. 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate. 
John Claflin. 
Sir Caspar P. Clarke. 
Hon. George C. Clausen, 
Hon. A. T. Clearwater. 
Rear Adm. J. B. Cogh 

Ian. 
Fredk. J. Collier 
E. C. Converse. 
Walter Cook. 
Hon. John H. Coyne. 
Paul D. Cravath. 
Hon. John D. Crimmins. 
Fred'k R. Cruikshank. 
E. D. Cummings. 
William J. Curtis. 
Robt. Fulton Cutting. 
Hon. Rcl't. W. de Forest. 
Hon. Charles de Kay. 
James de la Montayne. 



E. S. A. deLima. 
Hon. C. M. Depew. 
Edward DeWitt. 
Gtorge G. DtW'itt. 
Hon. William Uraper. 
Charles A. DuBois. 
John C. Fames. 
George Ehret. 
Hon. Smith Ely. 
Dr. Thos. A. Emmet. 
Arthur English. 
Most Rev. John ^L 

Farley. 
Hon. J. Sloat Fasselt. 
Barr Ferree. 
Stuyzesant Fish. 
Theodore Fitch. 
Wi-nchester Fitch. 
James J. Fitzgerald. 
Fredk. S. Flower. 
Thomas Powell Fozvler. 
.\iisten G. Fox. 
Hon. Chas. .S. Francis. 
Henry C. Frick. 
Frank S. Gardner. 
Hon. Garret J. Garret- 
son. 
Hon. Theo. P. Gilman. 
Robert Walton Goelet. 
Rear Adm. C. F. Good- 
rich. 
Dr. E. R. L. Gould. 
George J. Gould. 
Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant. 
Cart. R. H. Greene. 
George F. Gregory. 
Henry E. Gregory. 
Hon. Edward M. Grout. 
Ahner S. Haight. 
Edw. Hagntnan Hall. 
Benjamin F. Hamilton. 
Geo. A. Hearn. 
Tames A. Hearn. 
Peter Cooper Hewitt. 
Hon. It'arren '^.'V ''• 
Hon. David B. Hill. 
Hon. Michael H. Hirsch- 

berg. ' 

Samuel J'erplanck Hoff- 
man. 
Tames P. Holland. 
Willis Holly. 
William Homan. 
Hon. Henry E. How- 
land. 
Colgate Hovt. 
Dr. LeRoy Hubbard. 
Gen. Thos. H. Hubbard. 
Hon. Henrv Hudson. 
Walter G. Hudson. 
Archer M. Huntington. 
T. D. Huntting. 
A ugust F. Jaccaci. 
Col. IVilliam Jay. 
Jacob Katz. 



Hugh Kelly. 

Hon. John H. Ketcham. 
Gen. Horatio C. King. 
Albert E. Kleinert. 
Dr. George F. Kuns. 
Dr. John LaFarge. 
Charles R. Lamb. 
Frederick S. Lamb. 
Homer Lee. 
Charles W. Lefler. 
Tulius Lehrenkrauss. 
'Dr. Henry M. l.eipsiger. 
Clarence E. Leonard. 
Hon. Clarence Lexow. 
Hon. Gustav Lindenthal. 
Herman Livingston. 
Comdr. Chas. H. Loring. 
Hon. P. C. Lounsbury. 
Hon. Seth Lo-v. 
R. Fulton T.udlow. 
Hon. Arthur Mac.Arlhur. 
William .\. Marble. 
George E. Matthews. 
Hon. Wm. McCirroll. 
Gen. Anson G. McCook. 
Col. John J. McCook. 
Donald McDonald. 

William J. McKav. 

Hon. St. Clair McKel- 
way. 

Rear-Ad. Geo. W. Mel- 
ville. 

Hon. John G. Milburn. 

Com. Jacob II'. .l//7Av. 

Hon. Warner Miller. 

Frank D. Millet. 

Brig.-Gen. A. L. Mills. 

Ogden Mills. 

J. Pierpont Morgan. 

lion. F"ordham ^lorris. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton. 

Wm. C. Muschenheim. 

Nathan Newman. 

C. H. Niehaus. 

Ludwig Nissen. 

Hon. Lewis Nixon. 

Chas. R. Norman. 

H»n. .^tore:an A O' I^rUn. 
W. R. O'Donovan. 
Eben E. Olcott. 
Wm. Church Osborn. 
Prof. Henrv F. Osborn. 
Percv B. O'Sullivan. 
Hon. Alton B. Parker. 
Orrel A. Parker. 
John E. Parsons. 
Hon. Samuel Parsons. 
Samuel H. Parsons. 
Comdr. R. E. Peary. 
Bayard L. Peck. 
Gordon H. Peck. 
Howland Pell. 
Hon. Geo. IV. Perkins. 
Hon. N. Taylor Phillips. 
George A. Plimpton. 



f Names of Trustees in italics.] 



521 



Dr. Eugene H. Porter. 

Gen. Horace Porter. 

Tl'.omas R. Proctor. 

Hon. Cornelius A. Pugs- 
ley. 

Louis C. Raegener. 

Herman Ridder. 

Edward Robinson. 

William Rockefeller. 

Maj.-Cen. Chas. !•'. Roe. 

Carl J. Roehr. 

Louis T. Romaine. 

Thomas F. Ryan. 

Henry W, Sackctt. 

Col. Wm. Cary Sanger. 

George Henry Sargent. 

Col. Herbert L. Satterlee 

Clias. A. Schermerliorn. 

Hon. Charles A. "^chieren. 

Jacob H. Schiff. 

Prcst. Jacob G. Schur- 
man. 

Gustav H. Schwab. 

Hon. Townsend S -udder. 

Isaac A^ Sr\'/c'"^a/i. 

Louis Seligsburg. 

Hon. Joseph H. renner. 

//oh. Fr,-d'/,-. W. .Sc-.vard. 

Hon. Wm. F. Sheehan. 

Hon. Edward M. Shepard. 

Hon. Theo. H. Silkman. 



/. Edward Simmons. 

John W. Simpson. 

E. \^ Skinner. 

Prof. John C. Smock. 

William Sohmer. 

Nelson S. Spencer. 

James Speyer. 

Hon. John H. Starin. 

Isaac Stern. 

Hon. Louis Stern. 

Francis Lynde Stetson. 

Louis Stewart. 

James Stillman. 

Henry I,. Stoddard. 

Hon. Oscar .?. Straus. 

George R. Sutherland. 

Hon. Theodore Sutro. 

Stevenson Tavlor. 

Henry R. Towne. 

Dr. Irving Townsend. 

Spencer Trask. 

C. Y. Turner. 

Albert Ulmann. 

L/.-Com. Aaron Vander- 

bilt. 
Alfred G. 
Cornelius 
Rev. Dr. 

Dvke. 



Vanderbilt. 
Vanderbilt. 
Henry Van 



Warner Van Norden. 
[Names of Trustees in italics ] 



Wm. B. Van Rensselaer. 
John R. Van Wormer. 
J. Leonard Varick. 
Hon. E. B. \'reeland. 
Col. John W. Vrooman, 
Hon. Chas. G. F. Wahle. 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon. W. L. Ward. 
Edward Wells. Jr. 
Charles W. Wetmore. 
Edmund Wetmore. 
Henry W. Wetmore. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
J. Du Pratt White. 
Fred C. Wliitnev. 
Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 
Charles R. Wilson. 
Edward C. Wilson. 
George Wilson. 
Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. 
Hon. John S. Wise. 
Charles B. Wolffram. 
Hon. Joseph S. Wood. 
Stewart L. Woodford. 
Hon. Timothy L. Wood' 

ruff. 
W. E. WooIIey. 
James A. Wright. 
Hon. Richard Young. 



M.^YORS O F CITIES* 

Albany Hon. Charles H. Gaus. 

Amsterdam 

Auburn Hon. C. August Koenig. 

Binghamton Hon. C. M. S/atis >«. 

Buffalo Hon. James N. Adam. 

Cohoes Hon. M. D. Hanson. 

Corning 

Cortland Hon. Grove T. Ma.von. 

Dunkirk 

Elmira Hon. Daniel Slieeltan. 

Fulton 

Geneva Hon. Arthur P. Rose. 

Glens Falls 

Gloversville Hon. Frederick M. Young. 

Jlornell Hon. Ricliard Af. Prangen. 

Hudson Hofi. Hetu-y Hudson. 

Ithaca 

Jamestown Hon. Samuel A. Carlson. 

Jolmstown Hjn. F. Beebe. 

Kingston Hon. Walter P. Crane. 

Little Falls Hon. A . B. Santry. 

Lockport Hon. William H. Barker. 

I\?iddletown 

Mount Vernon 

Newburgh Hon. Benjamin lilcClung. 

New Rochelle Hon. George G. Raymond. 

New York Hon. George B. McClellan. 

Niagara Falls Hon. A ntliony C. Douglass. 

North Tonawanda Hon. Eugene de Kleist. 

Ogdensburg 

Olean Hon. W. H. Mandeville. 

Oneida Hon. C. A . Frost. 

Oswego 

Plattsburg 

Poughkeepsie Hon. John K. Sague. 

Rensselaer Hon. ll'in. J. Rockefeller. 

Rochester Hon. Hiram H. Edgerton. 

Rome 

Schenectady //on. Horace S. I'an I 'oast. 

*Ex-officio, Members and Trustees. 



522 

Syracuse Hon. A Ian C. Fobes. 

Tonawanda 

Troy Hon. Elias P. Mann. 

XTtica //('«. Thomas WhceU'r. 

Watertown Hon. Francis M. Hugo. 

Watervliet Hon. Daniel P. Quinn. 

Yonkers }!on. Nathan A. Warren. 

PRESIDENTS OF VILLAGES t 

Athens 

Castleton Hon. John T. Flynn. 

Catskill Hon. Charles A. Elliott. 

Cold Spring 

Corinth 

Cornwall 

Coxsackie 

Croton-on-Hudson Hon. Clarence E. Powell. 

Dobbs Ferry Hon. Lyman C. French. 

Fishkill Hon. James H. Doyle. 

Fishkill Landing ITon. Irving J. Justus. 

Fort Edward lion. James F. FitzGerald. 

Green Island ITon. Robert B. Waters. 

Hastings-on-Hudson Hon. F. G. Zinsser. 

Haverstraw Hon. Thomas Lynch. 

Trvington Hon. M. S. Heltzhoover. 

Matteawan Hon. Roswell S. Judson. 

Mechanicville 

North Tarrytown ITon. John Wirth. 

Nyack Hon. Horace W. Boyd. 

Ossining Hon. Joel D. Madden. 

Peekskill Hon. Isaac H. Smith. 

Piermont 

Red Hook 

Ithinebeck 

Sandy Hill Hon. C. W. Higley. 

Saugerties Hon. A. Rowe. 

Schuylerville Hon. D. A. Bullard. 

South Glens Falls Hon. Dennis Moynihan. 

South Nyack , „, j 

Stillwater Hon. Edward J. Wood, 

Tarrvtown 

Tivoii Hon. James L. 1* reeborn. 

Upper Nyack 

Victory Mills ^ , ^ ^^ , 

Wappingers Falls Hon. John L. Hughes. 

Waterford 

West Haverstraw 

tEx-officio, Members of the Commission. 



FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT COUNCILLORS 

Dr A Bredius The Hague, The Netherlands. 

Hon C G Hooft Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

Hon D Hudig Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

Dr W. Martin The Hague, The Netherlands. 

Dr E. W Moes Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 



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President 

Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, i8 Wall Street, New York. 

"Vice-Presidents 

Mr. Herman Ridder. Presiding Vice-President. 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

U. S. N., Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Andrew D. White. 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 

Treasurer 
Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, No. i William Street, New York. 

Secretary Assistant Secretary- 
Mr. Henry W. Sackett, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, 
Tribune Building, New York. Tribune Building, New York. 

Aeronautics Committee 

Hon. Wm. Berri, Chairman, 526 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. 
Hon. James M. Beck. 

Art and Historical HxHibits Committee 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Chairman, 22 Wall Street, New York_ 
Sub-Committee ( Hon. Robert W. De Forest, Chairman, 
on ■] Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, 

Art Exhibits. ( Mr. Edward Robinson. 
Sub-Committee ( Dr. George F. Knnz, Chairman. 
on Historical -j Mr. S. V. Hoffman, 

Exhibits. ( Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborn. 

Auditing Committee 

Hon. Warren Higley, Hon. William McCarroll. 

Banquet Committee 

Hon. William Berri, Mr. Henry W. Sackett, 

Gen. Howard Carroll, Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt. 

Carnival Parade Committee 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman, 182 William Street, New York. 

Mr. B. Altman, Hon. Lewis Nixon. 

Mr. August Belmont, Mr. Eben E. Olcott. 

Hon. William Berri, Mr. William Church Osborn, 

Mr. George C. Boldt, Mr. Bayard L. Peck, 

Hon. David A. Boody, Mr. Howland Pell, 

Hon. George C. Clausen, Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 

Mr. George Ehret, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Mr. Frank S. Gardner, Mr. Jacob H. Schiff, 

Mr. George A. Hearn, Mr. William Sohmer, 

Mr. Colgate Hoyt, Mr. James Speyer, 

Gen. Horatio C. King, Hon. Louis Stern. 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Mr. J. Leonard Varick, 

Hon. Gustav Lindenthal, Mr. Edmund Wetmore. 
Mr. William C. Muschenheim, 



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Executive Committee 

Mr. Stewart L. Woodford, Chairman, i8 Wall Street, New York, 

Mr. John E. Parsons, Vice-Chairman. 

Hon. Janies M. Beck. Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Hon. William Berri, Hon. N. Taylor PhilHps, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Mr. Louis C. Raegener, 

Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke. Mr. Herman Ridder, 

Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan,U.S.N.. .Air. Henry W. Sackett, 

Mr. William J. Curtis, 3.1r. Isaac N. Seligman, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Maj.-Gen. F. D. Grant, Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Hon. John H. Starin, 

Col. William Jay, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Mr. John La Farge, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Seth Low, Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 

Hon. William McCarroll, Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 

Comdt. Jacob W. Miller, Dr. Samuel B. Ward, 

Mr. Frank D. Millet, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Hon. Wm. R. Willcox. 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Gen. James Grant Wilson. 
Hon. Morgan J. O'Brien, 

General Commemorative Exercises Committee 

President Jacob G. Schurman, LL.D., Chairman, Ithaca, N. Y. 
Hon. David A. Boody, Dr. Henry M. Leipziger, 

Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Hon. St. Clair McKelway, 

Hon. A. T. Clearwater, Col. Wm. Gary Sanger, 

Hon. Edward I\I. Shepard. 

Invitations Committee 

Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Hon. Levi P. Morton, Hon. Andrew D. White, 

The Secretary, cx-oificio. 

In-wood ParK Committee 

Mr. John E. Parsons, Chairman, qj William St., New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Air. Eben E. Olcott, 

Dr. George F. Kunz, Hon. George W. Perkins, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett. 

La-w and Legislation Committee 

Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Chairman, 15 Broad St., New York. 
Hon. James M. Beck, Col. William Jay, 

Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. John E. Parsons, 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, The President, ex-oMcio. 

Memorials Conimittee 

Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Chairman, 55 Liberty Street, New York. 
Col. William Jay, Hon. Oscar S. Straus, 

Hon. Seth Low, Hon. Wm. R. Willco.x. 



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Military Parade Committee 

Major Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U. S. A., Chairman, 
Governor's Island, New York. 
Col. Franklin Bartlett, Gen. Horace Porter, 

Gen. Anson G. McCook, Gen. Chas. F. Roe. 

Naval Parade Committee 

Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan, U. S. N., Chairman, 
29 Park Avenue, New Rochelle, N. Y. 
Const'r Wm. J. Baxter, U. S. N., Com. Jacob W. Miller, 
Gen. Howard Carroll, 
Mr. August F. Jaccaci, 
Mr. William T. McKay, 
Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, 
U. S. N., 

Nominations Committee 

Mr. Theodore Fitch, Chairman, 120 Broadway, New York. 
Mr. William J. Curtis, Col. John W. Vrooman, 

Mr. Henry W. Sackett, The President, cx-ofUcio. 

Official Literary Exercises Committee 

Gen. James Grant Wilson, Chairman, 157 W. 7gth St., New York. 
Mr. R. P. Bolton. Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, 

Mr. Edward DeWitt, :\Ir. Albert Ulmann, 

Air. Edmund Wetmore. 



Mr. Chas. R. Norman, 
Mr. Louis T. Romaine, 
Hon. John H. Starin, 
Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt. 



Plan and Scope Committee 



Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 
Hon. James M. Beck, 
Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, 
Hon. William Berri, 
Rear Adm. T. B. Coglilan.U.S.N., 
Mr. Robert W. De Forest, 
Maj.-Gen. Fred'k D. Grant, U.S.A., 
Dr. George F. Kunz, 
Hon. Seth Low, 
Hon. Wm. McCarroll, 
Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, 



Chairman, Montrose, N. Y. 
Mr. Eben E. Olcott, 
Mr. John E. Parsons, 
Hon. Cornelius A. Pugsley, 
Mr. Herman Ridder, 
JMr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 
Lt.-Com. Aaron Vanderbilt, 
Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
The President, cx-oMcio. 



Reception Committee 



Hon. Seth Low, Chairman, 30 
Col. John Jacob Astor, 
Hon. James M. Beck, 
Hon. Frank S. Black, 
Hon. A. J. Boulton, 
Mr. Andrew Carnegie, 
Hon. Joseph H. Choate, 
Mr. John Claflin, 
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, 
Rear Adm. J. B. Coghlan.U.S.N., 
Most Rev. John M. Farley, 
Maj.-Gen. Fred'k D. Grant, 

U. S. A., 
Mr. E. H. Hall, 
Hon. David B. Hill, 



East 64th Street, New York. 

Hon. Henry E. Howland, 

Col. William Jay, 

Hon. Phineas C. Lounsbury, 

Col. John J. McCook, 

Hon. St. Clair IMcKelway. 

Rear Adm. Geo. W. Melville, 

U. S. N.. 
Hon. John G. Milburn, 
Mr. Ogden Mills. 
Mr. J. P. Morgan, 
Mr. Fordham Morris, 
Hon. Levi P. Morton, 
Hon. Alton B. Parker, 
Gen. Horace Porter, 



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Reception Committee {^continued') 



Mr. Thos. R. Proctor, 
Mr. Herman Riddcr, 
Mr. Wm. Rockefeller, 
Mr. Henry \V. Sackett, 
Pres. J. G. Schurman, 
Mr. I. N. Scligman, 
Hon. Frederick \V. Seward, 
Hon. Edward M. Shepard, 



Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 
Hon. Oscar S. Straus. 
Mr. Wm. B. Van Rensselaer, 
Dr. Samuel B. Ward. 
Hon. Andrew D. White. 
Hon. William R. Willcox. 
Gen. James Grant Wilson, 
Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff. 



VerplancK's Point ParK Committee 

Hon. C. A. Pugsley, Chairman, Peekskill. N. Y. 
Hon. James K. Apgar, Hon. Warren Hisrley, 

Hon. J. Rider Cady, Hon. Frederick W. Seward, 

Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. Sanuiel B. Ward. 

"W^ays and Means Committee 

Mr. Herman Ridder, Chairman, 182 William St., New York. 
Mr. John E. Parsons, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, 

Hon. George W. Perkins, Mr. Spencer Trask, 

Hon. Fred'k W. Seward, The President, ex-oMcio. 

Mr. J. Edward Simmons, 



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Minutes of 

Executive Committee 

September i8, 1908. 

The sixth meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission was held pursuant 
to call of the Chairman at the headquarters of the Commis- 
sion in the Tribune Building, No. 154 Nassau Street, New 
York City, on Friday, September 18, 1908, at 3 o'clock p. m. 

Roll Call. 

Present: Mr. Tunis G. Bergen, Rear Admiral Joseph B. 
Coghlan, U. S. N., Mr. William J. Curtis, Mr. Theodore 
Fitch, Mr. Edward Hagaman Hall, Dr. George Frederick 
Kunz, Hon. William McCarroll, Commandant Jacob W. 
Miller, Mr. Eben E. Olcott, Hon. N. Taylor Phillips, Mr. 
Henry "^V. Scckett, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, Gen. James 
Grant Wilson, and Mr. Stewart L. Woodford. 

In the absence of Chairman Woodford, the Secretary 
called the meeting to order and Mr. Curtis was elected 
Chairman pro tempore. Soon after the meeting was opened 
the Chairman arrived and Mr. Curtis relinquished the chair 
to him. 

Excused for Absence. 

Regrets for absence were received from Hon. William 
Berri, Hon. Joseph H. Choate, Col. William Jay, Hon. Seth 
Low, Mr. Frank D. Millet, Mr. John E. Parsons, Mr. Her- 
man Ridder, Mr. Isaac N. Seligman, Mr. Spencer Trask, 
and Dr. Samuel B. Ward, and they were excused. 

Minutes Approved. 
The minutes of the fifth meeting of the Executive Com- 
mittee, held February 3, 1908, having been printed (pp. 405- 
409) and sent to all the members, were approved as printed. 



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Death of Ho)i. Grover Cleveland. 

The Chairman announced the death of the Hon. Grover 
Cleveland, a Trustee and a Vice-President of the Commis- 
sion and a member of the Executive Committee, which oc- 
curred at his late home in Princeton, N. J-. on June 25, 1908, 
and suggested the propriety of having a suitable minute pre- 
pared for presentation at the next meeting of the Board of 
Trustees. 

A motion was adopted authorizing the Chairman to ap- 
point a Committee to prepare the minute, and he appointed 
the Assistant Secretary as such. 

Death of Bishop Potter. 

The Chairman also announced the death of the Right 
Reverend the Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese 
of New York, Henry Codman Potter, who died at Coopers- 
town, N. Y., on July 21, 1908, at the age of 74 years. 

It was voted that the Chairman appoint a Committee to 
prepare an appropriate minute to be presented at a future 
meeting of the Trustees. 

Mr. John E. Parsons Re-elected Viee-Chairnian. 

]Mr. Fitch, Chairman of the Committee on Nominations, 
presented a report from that committee nominating Mr. 
John E. Parsons for re-election as Vice-Chairman of the 
Executive Committee. 

The report was received and the Chairman invited other 

nominations from the floor. There being none, Mr. Fitch 

moved that the Secretary be instructed to cast a single ballot 

in behalf of the meeting for Mr. Parsons. The motion was 

unanimously carried, and the ballot having been cast as 

directed, the Chairman announced the unanimous election of 

Mr. Parsons. 

( 
Carnival Parade Proposition by Mr. A. H. Stoddard Based 

on Nezv Orleans Mardi Gras. 
Mr. Sackett stated that one of the principal reasons for 
calling this meeting of the Executive Committee was to con- 
sider an important proposition concerning the Carnival 



September i8, 1908 529 

Parade feature of the celebration which had been offered by- 
Mr. A. H. Stoddard of New Orleans, who for many years 
had been Master of the Mardi Gras pageants in that city. 
Now that the plans for the construction of the fac-similes of 
the Half Moon and Clermont were under way, there re- 
mained no other feature of the proposed celebration that re- 
quired so much time for preparation as the Carnival Parade, 
which was the principal event of the programme for Satur- 
day, October 2, 1909. In view of the importance of this sub- 
ject and some others included in the order of business, the 
Secretary had conferred with the President of the Commis- 
sion and with Mr. Ridder, Chairman of the Carnival Parade 
Committee, with the result that the present meeting had 
been called to consider the advisability of making some 
recommendation on the subject to the meeting of the Trus- 
tees called for Wednesday, September 23d. Mr. Ridder had 
intended to be present at this meeting but had been called 
away unexpectedly to attend a meeting of the Democratic 
National Committee. Mr. Stoddard was here, however, and 
the Secretary moved that he be accorded the courtesy of the 
floor and be requested to explain his proposition. The 
motion was carried. 

Mr. A. H. Stoddard, whose home address is New Orleans, 
but whose temporary address in New York City is in care 
of Messrs. Crusel, Peters and Connor, No. 72 Beaver Street, 
then took the floor. He said that for many years he had 
been Master of the Mardi Gras pageants in New Orleans, 
and that at present he had charge of the preparations being 
made in Chicago for a Carnival Parade there. When he 
went to Chicago he had no idea of going into this as a busi- 
ness, but there seemed to be a demand for it, and he believed 
that he was the most experienced man in this line in the 
country. The pageants in New Orleans, he believed, enti- 
tled it to be called the Carnival City of the World. 

The New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration, he continued, had 
been the evolution of three quarters of a century. The first 
notable street procession of masqueraders was held in 1827, 
the inaugurators including a number of young gentlemen 



530 Minutes of Executive Committee 

who had just returned from France after finishing their 
Parisian education. Ten years later this was followed by 
another on a grander scale on the Mardi Gras of 1837, and 
from that the custom had been handed down from father 
to son until the present splendid Carnival had been de- 
veloped, 

Mr. Stoddard then proceeded to explain the methods pur- 
sued in New Orleans. The pageants there are conducted 
by four secret societies, namely : The Knights of Momus, the 
Mystick Krewe of Comus, the Knights of Proteus, and the 
Court of Rex. The Court of Rex is the business pivot of the 
Carnival ; the other three organizations being practically the 
social features. Rex invites everybody to participate in the 
carnival, to mask, and to have functions of their own, and 
there were about 24 mystic balls. The leading functions, 
however, are by the four organizations named. Each of 
these societies give a ball and street parade in the Mardi 
Gras season. The festivities begin with the Momus parade 
and ball on the Thursday before Mardi Gras ; then follow 
the Proteus parade and ball on the night of Monday; the 
Rex parade during the day of Mardi Gras; and the Rex 
ball, and the Comus parade and ball on the night of Mardi 
Gras. The features of the displays of each organization 
are kept secret to itself until publicly disclosed in the 
parade. In times past they had represented mythological, 
allegorical, classical and historical subjects, and had about 
exhausted the available ideas in these departments. On 
occasions they had had some humorous subjects but they did 
not prove popular. When a given subject has been selected, 
Mr. Stoddard said that the first step was for his artists to 
make a pen sketch of it, similar to specimens which he ex- 
hibited in a sketch-book about 4 by 6 inches in size. This 
sketch was submitted for consideration and modification if 
necessary. When the sketch was approved, an enlarged 
colored drawing was made about 17 by 22 inches in size. 
From this the float was constructed, the costumes made and 
the tableau composed. All of this was slow work and re- 
quired months of preparation. A year was none too much 



September i8, 1908 531 

time. As soon as one carnival was over, they began their 
studies and preparations for the next. The floats in the 
Mardi Gras pageant included no advertising or commercial 
features, but there were separate advertising features dur- 
ing the Mardi Gras season. The illumination of the night 
parades was a very simple matter. In New Orleans, they 
simply had men, costumed in tunics, carrying gasolene lamps 
and reflectors before, at the sides of and behind each float. 

As to the cost, Mr. Stoddard said that from the first of 
January to the first of March about $300,000 was spent on 
these festivities, of which not more than $100,000 was spent 
on pageantry. The last budget of the Rex Carnival for the 
reception-ball, military display on Monday and His Majesty's 
pageant on Tuesday amounted to $32,000. The construc- 
tion of the floats cost $6,000 or $7,000. The costumes cost 
about as much in addition. Some organizations spent 
$4,000 and some $7,500 on costumes. Twenty floats cost 
about $6,000, when built under his direction. A few years 
ago Milwaukee had a carnival and 19 floats cost $25,000, or 
about four times what they should have cost, because they 
did not know how to go about the business. Milwaukee 
spent altogether about $60,000 that year. 

The expenses of the Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans 
were not defrayed by popular subscription or public appro- 
priation, Mr. Stoddard said. The subscription plan was 
tried originally but it was finally decided to pay the expenses 
by membership fees. The members of the organizations re- 
ferred to paid $100 apiece for annual dues, and the pro- 
ceeds were ample for the purposes. There should be no 
difficulty in securing funds in New York for a carnival 
parade next year. Milwaukee had a hard time financially 
the first year ; the second year was easier, and the third year 
they had a surplus. They gave it up the fourth year be- 
cause they had no one to look after it. 

Mr. Stoddard said he was nearing the end of his work in 
Chicago in preparation for a ten days celebration to be held 
there from October 10 to October 20, 1909. The celebra- 
tion would consist of a series of balls and public functions, 
including automobile parades, industrial parades, etc., in- 



532 Minutes of Executive Committee 

terspersed with pageants. He had been working there eight 
months and his part was nearly finished, so that he could 
take hold in New York if desired. He was willing to take 
charge iiere on the same basis as in Chicago — the allowance 
of a reasonable expense account and, if he secured the con- 
tract for building the floats, a commercial profit on the con- 
struction. The Commission could invite competitive bids 
on the construction and award to the lowest bidder, but he 
believed he would get the contract for he knew he could do 
it cheaper than anyone else on account of his 21 years' ex- 
perience in New Orleans. Asked to be more specific as to 
figures, he said that he would want about $350 a month to 
cover his services, artists' expenses, office rent, stenographer, 
etc.. or about $5,000 in all; and if he secured the contract 
for construction of the floats he would want 10 per cent, on 
cost of construction. This commission would apply only 
to the cost of construction of the floats, not to the gross cost 
of the carnival. He said it w'ould be easy work to create a 
revenue that would pay the expense of the carnival. As to 
the place of construction, he said that the floats could be 
built in New Jersey if more convenient than in New York, 
and brought across the river. 

After answering several questions put by members of the 
C'ommittee, Mr. Stoddard was thanked for his courtesy and 
withdrew. 

Mr. Sackett moved that Mr. Stoddard's proposition be re- 
ferred to the Carnival Parade Committee with the request to 
re])ort thereon to the next meeting of the Trustees. Carried. 

Caniiral Parade Proposition by Mr. JJ'iii. Parry, Based on 
the Quebec Pageants. 

General Wilson inquired if anyone present could state 
the cost of the recent celebration of the 300th anniversary of 
the founding of Quebec. 

The .'secretary replied that he expected here this afternoon 
]\Ir. William Parry, who co-operated with ]\lr. Lascelles, the 
Pageant Master at Quebec, and who was prepared to take 
up the carnival feature of our celebration on a difl^erent 
basis. 



September 18, 1908 533 

General Wilson said that in England these pageants were 
evolved from very ancient customs, which had a notable 
revival in the parade in honor of the loooth anniversary of 
King Alfred. His friends who attended the Quebec cele- 
bration had pronounced the pageants to have been extremely 
beautiful and by far the most interesting features of the 
celebration. 

A little later Islr. Wm. Parry arrived* and the Secretary 
moved that he be given the privilege of the floor and re- 
quested to make a statement. Carried. 

Mr. Parry, whose New York City address is the Hotel 
Woodstock, No. 127 West 43d Street, but whose temporary 
address is the Hotel Hanover, Philadelphia, Pa., stated that 
he was a stage manager by profession, having been Stage 
Director of the Metropolitan Opera House for fourteen or 
fifteen years. He was in Quebec assisting the Master of 
Pageants, Mr. Frank Lascelles of England. Mr. Lascelles, 
he said, was an independent gentleman of culture, a graduate 
of Oxford University, and the owner of his own manor in 
Kent. He had conducted the pageants at Windsor and else- 
where with such success that he had been invited to be the 
guest of a distinguished citizen of Canada and to take 
charge of the pageants in Quebec. For this, he was paid 
$50,000. Mr. Parry had assisted Mr. Lascelles, but he gave 
the latter all the credit for the brilliant success of the series 
of pageants depicting the history of Quebec from the sail- 
ing of Jacques Cartier in 1534 and his return to the court of 
Francois le Premier, to the founding of Quebec in 1608 by 
Samuel de Champlain and succeeding events. They left off 
the history during the last hundred years because it was not 
so interesting as the earlier events. Although Mr. Parry in 
his profession was well acquainted with the most brilliant 
stage spectacles, he said that in Quebec he learned what a 
pageant meant. Here, he said, was a new field outside of 
the theatre which was instructive to children as well as 
adults and which was a better teacher than the school ; for 



*In the interval before Mr Parry's arrival some other business, 
noted later, wps transacted : bnt for the sake df the continuity of the 
subject his statement is introduced here. 



534 Minutes of Executive Committee 

that which was impressed on the mind through the eye was 
more graphically impressed and more easily comprehended 
and retained than information dug out of books. He found 
that the children of Quebec knew more about the history of 
that city in consequence of the ter-centenary pageants than 
they could have acquired in years of study. Vice-President 
Fairbanks, who represented the United States at the Quebec 
celebration, said, apropos of the historical pageant: "' It will 
not be long before such a thing as this will be done for us in 
the States. It is too good a thing to leave to England 
alone." 

Quebec, said Mr. Parry, was originally antagonistic to the 
idea of the pageants. The priests at first did not want them 
because they feared that they would be too theatrical ; and 
the French, who predominate there, did not want them for 
fear that they would be too English and give the English 
the predominance. Apropos of the susceptibilities of the 
French citizens of Quebec, he mentioned the fact that when 
he became engaged in the work of rehearsing and drilling, 
he first wrote his orders in English ; whereupon he was re- 
quested by the Quebec Chronicle to write them in French. 
Then he wrote them in both English and French, which was 
no inconvenience to him as he spoke French fluently, but he 
found that he had unwittingly committed another mistake by 
pmting the English version first. It was not until he had re- 
verbcd the order and put the French first that everything 
was smoothed down. 

The Quebec pageants represented seven great historical 
scenes and one grand reunion, in which latter, the 3,600 
participants joined by 15,000 spectators, united in singing the 
Dominion anthem " Canada." No one who took part in the 
pageants was paid anything. There was not a number of 
paid supers. The participants were all volunteers, the lead- 
ing parts being taken by lineal descendants of the historical 
prototypes. The whole Quebec celebration cost about 
$350,000, of which amount $200,000 was appropriated by the 
Canadian government and about $150,000 by the City of 
Quebec. The seven pageants cost less than $200,000. 
About $60,000 was spent on costumes. The wearers of the 



September i8, 1908 535 

costumes were very proud of them, and wore them in the 
streets and at home when not on parade.* 

Preparations for the celebration began more than a year 
ago by working up popular interest. Mr. Lascelles was 
there four months. At the beginning of the preparations, 
dances and performances of various kinds were held in 
Quebec for the purpose of raising funds, and a large sum 
was thus raised ; but it proved not to be necessary and was 
returned. 

In response to the inquiry as to whether it would not 
be more expensive to prepare such a celebration in New 
York than in Quebec, Mr. Parry replied that on the con- 
trary, things had to be imported in Canada which could be 
found here, and he could do it at the same expense here as 
in Quebec. He said that the success of Quebec could read- 
ily be duplicated on the Hudson. Indeed, he did not hesi- 
tate to promise to excel it, and make the celebration here 
one of the most glorious ever held. What was needed first 
was natural surroundings, forming a natural setting for the 
scenes enacted. The Plains of Abraham at Quebec, over- 
looking the St. Lawrence, were admirably adapted to the 
purpose. The same could be said of the shores of the 
Hudson river. The next thing was to interest the leading 
families and the lineal descendants of Peter Stuyvesant and 
other hisorical characters to participate. But it was neces- 
sary to get to work without delay to make a success, and he 
urged the Committee to spare no time and get ready as soon 
as possible. He was now preparing the pageant with which 
Philadelphia is to celebrate Founders' Week from October 5 



*When the National Battlefields Commission started to collect the 
costumes, arms and properties used in the pageants, so many of the 
participants expressed the wish to J<eep their costumes that on Sept. 
12 the Commission voted, " in consideration of the sacrifices of time 
and money so willingly made by the Pageant performers, the warm 
readiness with which they have lent themselves to the exigencies of 
the service required of them, and the patriotic and continued enthu- 
siasm which tended so greatly to its success, to accede to their 
demand that each of the performers should preserve the costume, 
accoutrements, etc., etc., worn during the festivities as a rare and 
lasting souvenir of the grand celebration of the Tercentenary of the 
founding of Quebec." 



536 Minutes of Executive Committee 

to October 10, icp8. after which he could place his services 
at the disposal of the Commission. 

The Chairman asked ^Iv. Parry what place in New York 
he regarded as most eligible for such a pageant. 

Air. Parry suggested Peekskill, adding: "We don't want 
theatrical scenery. We want natural scenery." 

The Chairman : " Peekskill is an attractive place ; but 
where would be the people?" 

The Assistant Secretary : " It seems to me the Chairman 
has made an important point. We are spending the money 
of the people of the State, and this feature ought to be 
enacted where it can be seen by the greatest number." 

Th.e Secretary : " How about Riverside, in New York 
City? Is it not practicable to take the natural adjuncts of 
Riverside and add the floats and other necessary equipments 
of the pageant?" 

Air. Parry: " Riverside is all right if the spectacle is to be 
free. We must have the river. If no admission is to be 
charged, Riverside is an ideal spot. We could have the 
embarkation of Henry Pludson represented on the New 
Jersey side and his arrival on the New York side." 

Mr. Stetson referred to the presence of the railroad along 
the shore, in New York as well as at Peekskill. 

Mr. Olcott thought the difficulty could be obviated at 
Riverside by building a shed over the track. 

The Secretarv asked if the floats could not be constructed 
so as to be towed up the river. 

Air. Parry replied affirmatively. 

Air. Stetson suggested that the pageant could be repro- 
duced at different places up the river. 

Air. Parry said the pageant might be given three times the 
first week and three times the second week. 

General Wilson suggested that the second week, proposed 
for " old home week," would afiford suitable opportunities 
for repetitions up the river. 

After some further discussion, participated in by Dr. 
Kunz, Admiral Coghlan. Air. Curtis and others, it was 
voted, on motion of Air. Curtis, that the subjects of both Air. 



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Parry's and Mr. Stoddard's propositions be referred to a 
committee consisting of Mr. Ridder and Mr. Sackett, with 
the request to report if possible at the next meetmg of the 
Trustees. 

Miss C. E. Mason's Proposal for a Pageant at Tarrytown. 
The Assistant Secretary read a letter from Miss C. E. 
Mason, principal of the private school "The Castle' at 
Tarrytown-on-Hudson, dated September 9, 1908, and ad- 
dressed to the President of the Commission, in which, after 
alluding to her recent visit to Holland, her presence at the 
beautiful pageant at the Ranelagh Gardens in Old Chelsea, 
London, and the suggestion of the Commission that local 
towns along the Hudson join in the celebration next year, 
she says that these things have crystallized in the following 
idea: 

" Let us have a great pageant at Tarrytown, the home of 
Washington Irving, the historian of the Dutch m New Am- 
sterdam. , .1 -r „ 
"We people of Tarrytown look out upon the iappan 
Zee ' where the Old Dutch Mariner breathed his prayer to 
good St. Nicholas ;' here was the scene of the first American 
dassic, ' The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' through our village 
street the Headless Horseman pursued Ichabod Crane ; here 
the action of Tarrytown, where the British men of war at- 
tacked barges bearing supplies for Washington s army and 
Captain Sheldon fell while saving them; here the scene of the 
attack by Hessians on the American Paymaster ; here Wash- 
ington came as visitor to Philipse Manor House; here was 
th? scene of Cooper's ' Spy;' here was the capture of Major 
Andre, and here many other scenes which it is needless at 
this time to name; here are beautiful legends of happenings 
in Indian times, prior to the Dutch ; the Half Moon doubt- 
less stopped here, for in the little creek which flows through 
our village was the ancient landing place of the Dutch sliips 
coming with their cargoes direct from Holland ; The Old 
Dutch Church ' still stands, the bricks of which were sent 
from Holland. , 

" We could thus have ten to fourteen great traditional or 
historical events, which actually took place here. Some 

scenes proposed are : . , • . 1 4.1 ^ 

" I. Legend of White Rock, using an airship to lower tlie 
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"2. Another Indian Scene; Corn Husking, Indian fortune 
telling, Indian Dancing, etc. 

" 3. First sight of the ' Half Aloon ' by the Indians in 
their canoes, landing of the Dutch in old costumes. The 
Dutch play ten pins, have archery, etc. 

" 4. Spectacular characters from Knickerbocker History 
pass in Review before Washington Irving. 

" 5. Scene from Katrina Van Tassel and Ichabod Crane. 
Old Dutch Dances. 

" 6. Arrival of American troops under Washington. 

" 7. March of British Troops. 

" 8. Attack of Hessians on Paymaster. 

" 9. Scene of Action of Tarrytown; attack by British men 
of war on Washington's barges. 
10. Capture of Major Andre. 

" II. Scene from Cooper's ' Spy.' 

" 12. Arrival of the Clermont; spectators in Costumes of 
Fulton's day. 

" These are merely suggestions. Probably when we come 
to consult books on local and national events better subjects 
will be preferred. But remember the air ship is our sugges- 
tion here and don't let the Newburgh people have it. It 
was just here the Indian Bride came down from Heaven, 
so we have the best right to it. We can, I think, secure a 
tract of land where the audience can see on one side The 
Phillipse Manor House, and the Old Mill which ground 
grain for Washington's Army, and on the other, the Old 
Dutch Church, so ' Washington ' could enter the very 
house he visited in the Revolution and Ichabod Crane flee 
to the same bridge. 

" I could not get this up alone, especially as it would come 
at a time when my school is not in session, but the Congrega- 
tion of the Old Christ Church, Tarrytown, where Washing- 
ton Irving was warden for many years, could take the matter 
in charge, and I believe would do so. 

" It would cost thousands to produce magnificently with 
the correct historical costumes, etc. The Church could not 
afford to do it unless we could erect seats and charge the 
spectators for viewing the spectacle, but if this could be 
done, the Church being allowed to keep the amount over 
and above the cost for the grounds, expense of costumes, ex- 
pense of drilling, etc., I think we could get the whole town, 
which takes a pride in the historic Church, to enter into it, 
and produce a spectacle on the banks of our great river, to 
which our Dutch guests and Foreign Officers would be in- 
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"Kindly let me know if this idea would meet with your 
entire approval and if we could arrange for the landing of 
the Clermont ship, as well as the 'Half Moon,' and how 
many days they could spend in Tarrytown, in case it would 
be possible to repeat the pageant, because I am satisfied it 
will be so beautiful and on so superb a scale, that we should 
have to repeat it to allow the crowds who would come to 
see it. 

" We propose to erect seats for 15,000 people, and charge 
from $2 to $10, according to whether they are single seats 
or seats in private boxes, and to engage a master of the 
pageant equal to the one who trained the people at Quebec ; 
and to have the whole historically and artistically 'correct, 
advertising it all over the state, and in magazines, outside 
the state, etc. 

" I shall be very glad to know if this plan is approved 
before we engage the master of pageant and arrange for the 
chorals, musical director, etc. As there would probably be 
1,000 performers, it will take a year to make the plan, ready 
for a creditable presentation." 

Mr. Olcott said that if they were going to have any cele- 
bration lasting several days, the naval procession would 
never get up the river. While not disparaging the sugges- 
tion contained in the letter, he pleaded for a celebration 
which would leave something permanent as its memorial. 
The Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission was a body of 
busy men and they should formulate this celebration so that 
it should be lasting in its effect. He hoped the trustees 
would not fall too readily into plans of ephemeral tinsel. The 
Commission wanted to put an impress on the people com- 
ing after them that would be a dignified reminder of what 
Henry Hudson and Robert Fulton did and what the country 
had done since their times. The Commission had suggested 
as one permanent memorial the Public park at Inwood Hill. 
When such a practical and lasting memorial had been sug- 
gested, it seemed a pity to spend much money on a passing 
show. 

Mr. Stetson said there was a real basis for Mr. Olcott's 
remarks ; but we were drawing money from the State, and 
the State would never consent to the spending of its money 
on a permanent memorial in New York City. We must 



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provide an adequate, worthy and dignified celebration on 
the week we have selected. 

The Assistant Secretary advocated the approval of Miss 
Mason's plan. It would cost the Commission nothing, and 
such local celebrations were of very great value. In fact, 
the Commission had already, in its Plan and Scope Report, 
invited the local communities to hold local celebrations. 

Mr. Stetson thought that if we were to have an inter- 
national celebration and entertain foreign guests, we ought 
not to endorse officially such representations,— like the sur- 
render of the British — as might o