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sirable that complete files of the various newspapers wbich have been, or are now, published in the State, should be procured.
“ The following are the only files which have yet been obtained, and many of these, it will be observed, are imperfect. They are specified in order that the members may supply the deficiencies if in their
power : The New Jersey Gazette from February, 1779, to March, 1780
from December, 1780, to April, 1781-from August, 1784, to
Feb. 1799, complete.
1787, to May, 1789.
cember, 1811, nearly complete.
vania State Gazette for 1757, '8, "9."
He suggested that applications should be made to the Conduc. tors of the present periodicals of the State for complete files of their respective journals, and also to the different State Legisla. tures for their published public documents.
The Treasurer, Mr. T. J. STRYKER, reported that the receipts of the Society during the last year amounted to $580 95; the expenditures to $821 69; and that the balance in the treasury was $269 85—with a large sum of arrearages due from members. The report was referred to Messrs. Cooley and Alofsen, who subse. quently presented it duly audited.
The Rev.D. V. McLean, Chairman of the Executive Committee then submitted the Annual Report of the progress of the Society.
During the year four of the resident and two of the honorary members of the Society have been removed by death, viz: Elias B. Caldwell, of Cape May, grandson of the Rev. James Caldwell, of Revolutionary memory ; Thos. G. Haight, of Monmouth Coun. ty; Jacob D. Edwards, of Elizabethtown; Wm. A. Hays, of Burlington Co.; Peter G. Stuyvesant, Esq., and Chancellor Kent, of New York. During the year 37 resident and 7 corresponding members have been added, making the whole number of resident members at the present time 357, corresponding 40, and honorary 22.
During the year about 130 volumes and 200 pamphlets have been added to the Library by purchase and donation.
The Rev. Dr. MURRAY, from the Committee on Publications, reported as follows:
“ Since the last report three numbers of the 2d volume of the Proceedings of the Society have been published, and another number is now passing through the press which will complete the volume, and bring down the proceedings of the Society to the present time.
“ The Committee regret to report that this important publication, so necessary to secure the great object and ends of the So. ciety, is not sufficiently supported. They deem its continuance greatly desirable. It is a medium of communication with other Societies, and with all our donors throughout the country. It is a cheap medium of giving publicity to historical papers not of sufficient extent to make a volume—and it keeps our Society and its objects constantly before the public. If every member of the Society would subscribe and regularly pay for it, this would ac. complish the end. And the Committee respectfully recommend the adoption of the following resolution
Resolved, That the Committee on Publications be authorized and directed to send a copy of our quarterly publication to each member of the Society; and that all such as do not return the same shall be considered as subscribers to it.”
The Rev. D. V. McLean doubted the propriety and the success of the proposed measure, and therefore moved that the resolution be laid on the table : which was lost.
Bishop DOANE moved an amendment to the effect, that cach member of the Society be notified of the deficiency in the number of subscribers to the periodical, and be requested to forward subscriptions therefor.
The amendment was lost; and the question recurring upon the resolution as reported by the Committee, it was adopted.
Mr. WM. A. WnITEHEAD, from the Committee on the Colonial Document Fund, reported that no progress had been made in col. lecting the amount proposed to be raised, in consequence of most of the Committee deeming it impracticable: and as the Society at its last meeting had authorized the presentation of the subject again to the Legislature, he moved that the Committee be dis. charged—which was agreed to.
Dr. MURRAY, from the Committee on Nominations, reported upon the names of 14 resident, 11 corresponding, and 3 honorary
members, who were all duly elected; and new nominations were received.
The Chair appointed Messrs. Doane, W. N. Wood, J. G. King, S. G. Potts and Kirkpatrick, a Committee to nominate officers for the ensuing year, and also announced the Standing Committees as follows:
On Publications.-Messrs. Duer, Murray, C. King, Cooley, J. S. Condit, Wm. B. Kinney, W. A. Whitehead.
On Purchases.—Messrs. Wm. B. Kinney, J. J. Chet woon, D. V. McLean, Doane and Mickle.
On Statistics.-Messrs. W. A. Whitehead, S. G. Potts, Brad. ley, J. P. Jackson and A. Q. Keasbey.
On Nominations.-Messrs. Murray, John S. Condit and Professor Maclean.
Judge Duer stated, in substance, that the papers of Lord Stirling which had been recently discovered in the New York Historical Society, as noticed at a previous meeting, had been placed at his disposal by that institution, for the purpose of enabling him to make copies of such as he might think it advisable to add to the collection already in the possession of this Society; that he had been some time engaged in transcribing them, and in appending explanatory notes, with the view of placing a MS. volume in the library; and that as no acknowledgment had as yet been made to the New York Society for its liberality in furnishing the materials which had been used in the preparation of the Life of Lord Stir. ling, constituting the 2d volume of the Society's Collections, he would offer the resolutions which follow :
Resolved, That the thanks of the Society be and they are hereby presented to the New York Historical Society for their courtesy and liberality in permitting copies to be taken of the Stirling Papers in their possession, for the benefit and use of this Society.
Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing resolution be transmit. ted by the Corresponding Secretary to the New York Historical Society.
The Resolutions were adopted.
Judge Du er being called to the chair by the President, the special business before the Society then came up, being the amend. ment to the Constitution reduced to writing by General Wall at the last ineering and entered upon the Journal, viz: '
“ In article VIII. to strike out 'the Library and Cabinet of the Society sball be located in the city of Newark, in the county of Essex,' and insert- The Library and Cabinet of the Society shall be located in the City of Trenton, in the County of Mercer.”
The Rev. D. V. McLean moved to postpone the subject until 3 o'clock, P. M.; but-after some remarks by Mr. Frelinghuysen, Gen. Wall, Dr. Murray, and Mr. W. Rutherfurd-withdrew the proposition; and on motion of Judge HORNBLOWER, it was
Resolved, That the discussion on the proposed amendment to the Constitution now before the Society, shall cease at half-past 3, and the question thereon be then taken.
A debate then ensued, in which the amendment was advocated by General Wall, the Rev. Mr. McLean and Rev. Mr. Starr, and opposed by Dr. Murray, Messrs. Frelinghuysen and C. Parker
The hour for closing the debate having arrived, Mr. JAMES G. King called for the ayes and noes, and Messrs. Bradley and Starr were appointed tellers.
Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs. Cooley, Doane, J. Ewing, Field, Fort, Hammell, Hamilton, Halsted, Halsted, Jr., Kirkpatrick, Lawrence, Marsh, Marcellus, J. D. Miller, Milspaugh. Mills, A. C. McLean, D. V. McLean, Mairs, Olden, J. Patterson, Pearson, Redmond, Richards, J. Rogers, Ryerson, Starr, Strat. ton, W. P. Sherman, J. C. Schenck, Stryker, Wall, Williamson --33.
Those who voted in the negative were, Alofsen, Bradley, J. J. Chetwood, Coles, Cogswell, Condit, Crosby, Davison, Duer, Duryee, Frelinghuysen, Goble, Grover, R. T. Haines, Hillyer, Hornblower, Hubbell, Jackson, Johnes, J. G. King, Kinney, T. T. Kinney, J. A. Miller, Morris, Murray, Ogden, A. B. Paterson, C. Parker, R. K. Rogers, W. Rutherfurd, L. A. Smith, Sykes, Tonnele, Van Pelt, W. A. Whitehead, Wood-36.
So the amendment was lost,
On motion of Mr. O. S. HalsteD, Jr., the following preamble and resolutions were adopted :
WHEREAS, the New Jersey Legislature by a concurrent resolution has appointed a committee to examine a certain book of manuscripts now in the State Library, consisting of letters and other important matter relative to the War of the Revolutionand also such other manuscripts as may be found among the ar'. chives of the State worth preserving, with a view of their publi. cation for the use of the State and for distribution : and Whereas it is highly important that such manuscripts and books as illustrate the past should be preserved and published,-therefore,
Resolved, That the New Jersey Historical Society do hereby express their gratification at the action already taken by the Leg. islature upon this subject, and trust that such further measures
will be adopted as may tend to facilitate and secure a result so desirable.
Resolved, That a copy of the above be presented to the Presi. dent of the Senate and "peaker of the House, with a request that the same be laid before those bodies.
In furtherance of the suggestions of the Acting Librarian, Mr. W. B. KINNEY moved the following resolutions, and they were unanimously adopted :
Resolved, That the Executive Committee be authorized to make application, by circular or otherwise, to the conductors of the different periodicals of the State, to place at the disposal of the Society, to be deposited in the library,—so far as may be in their power—files of their respective Journals, cither of past or future years.
Resolved, that the President of the Society be authorized to apply to the different Executives of the States, for such legisla tion as may place at the disposal of the Society, to be deposited in the library, such published public documents as they may be at liberty to present to the Society.
On motion of Dr. MURRAY,
Resolved, That the President of the Society be requested to solicit from the several authors of this State copies of their works to be presented to M. Vattemare.
The CORRESPONDING SECRETARY drew the attention of the Society to its action in reference to the papers of Governor Frank lin which were thought to be in Paris. As directed, he had communicated by letter on several occasions with the American Consul at Paris on the subject, but from some cause unknown to him his letters had remained unanswered.
Mr. Bradley then offered the following resolution, which was adopted
Resolved, That the President of the Society be requested to address a communication to the American Minister at Paris, or other person residing there, as he may deem advisable--with the view of obtaining information relative to the papers of Governor Franklin.
After some remarks in reference to the system of International Exchanges, introduced by Mr. A. Vattemare and the obligations of the Society to that gentleman for the donation made by him to the Library,
Mr. J. P. JACKSON offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Corresponding Secretary be instructed to present in behalf of this Society to M. Vattemare its grateful sense of his generous courtesy and liberality exhibited in the donation of a number of valuable works to this Society, and that three copies of the Society's publications be presented to M. Vattemare.