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" payments 4,825 99

Balance $67 24

GENER.^L lUNl).

Total receipts, including balance •• $3,024 08

Payments 2,962 31

Balance $61 77

CHARITY FUND.

Total receipts, including balance $1,811 62

Payments . . . . ^ 1,806 15



Balance . .
Balance General Fund
Balance Charity Fund



Total

Deposited with International Trust Co.
Cash in hands of Treasurer . .



$5


47


$61


77


5


47


$67


24


$62


12


o


12



Total $67 24

Respectfully submitted in F., C. and L.,

J. EDWIN HUNT,

Treasurer.



TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. DO/

On motion of Past Department Commander Geo. S. Evans,
the address of the Department Commander and officers' reports
were referred to a committee of five, to be appointed by the
Commander.

The Commander appointed as that committee : —

Benjamin Pitman of Post 5 ; Past Department Commander
John W. Hersey of Post 16; Samuel M. Weale of Post 23;
William H. Gurney of Post 78 ; James K. Odell of Post 30.

On motion of Past Department Commander Richard F.
Tobin, it was voted that when the Encampment adjourn it be to
meet at 8 o'clock this evening.

On motion of Comrade I. W. Derby of Post 11, it was
voted that the Committee on Commander's Address and Reports
of Officers report at the adjourned meeting this evening.

Past Department Commander Tobin presented the following
as a telegraphic despatch to be forwarded to the Department of
Maine, G. A.R., now in session at Portland : —

Boston, Mass., Feb. 8, 1888.

COMMAXDKR RiCnARD K GaTLEY,

Department of Maine, G.A.B., Portland:
The representatives of 20,000 comrades of Massachusetts G.A R.,
in Convention assembled, send greeting to their comrades of the Maine
Encampment.

A. C. MONROE,
Assistant Adjntant-deneral.

Past Department Commander Geo. W. Creasey presented the
following preamble and resolutions on the death of Past Depart-
ment Commander George H. Patch, which were unanimously
adopted : —

Whereas, In the assembling of our Department Encampment today ,
there is one form we all sadly miss, — one Avhom Ave have been accus-
tomed to meet at these annual gatherings, whose cordial greeting, smiling
face and earnest words we remember as characterizing our faithful com-
rade and associate Past Department Commander George II. Patch, who
died at his home in South Framingham, July 26, 1887 ; therefore, be it

Resolved, That in the death of our beloved comrade, the Grand Army
of the Republic, to which he was so devotedly attached, has lost one of its
most earnest and zealous advocates, — one Avho by his elociuent voice and
obedient pen, although silent today, has stinmlated us to renewed activity
and devotion to the great principles of our Order which were so often
and so forcibly presented by him as the future strength\ind glory of our



558 HISTORY DEPT. OF MASS., G.A.R.

noble organization. One whose sympathizing natiu'e ahvays prompted
him to advocate the cause of the unfortunate; whose kind heart never
failed to respond where want and necessity appeared, and whose I'eadi-
ness to do for those less fortunate than himself, was with him a pure
and holy oflering, and to us a practical exemplification of the Golden
Rule.

Besolved, That the great heart of the Grand Army of the Republic
of Massachusetts beats in sympathy with the widow of him whom we
loved as a friend, honored as a comrade, and today miss as the worthy
and brave expounder of the great principles of our Order, which teach
Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty.

On motion of Past Department Commander Evans, it was
voted that the Committee on Commander's Address be instructed
to present resolutions on the death of Past Department Com-
mander A. B. Underwood.

On motion of Comrade Pitman of Post 5, it was voted that a
committee of five be appointed on resolutions. The Commander
appointed the following comrades on that committee : —

H. G. O. Weymouth of Post 42 ; Thos. H. Haskell of Post
11 ; Geo. N. Munsell of Post 141 ; W. O. Hawley of Post 17H ;
J. K. Churchill of Post 10.

On motion of Comrade E. B. Macy of Post 19, it was voted
that this Encampment endorse the bill known as the '' Eight Dol-
lars per Month Service Pension Bill," and that the delegates and
representatives from this Department to the National Encamp-
ment be instructed to work and to vote for its endorsement b}'
that body.

On motion of Comrade Ivory R. Allen of Post 35, it was
voted that the Commander appoint a committee of five to nomi-
nate members of the Council of Administration, and to report in
print at the morning session. The Commander appointed as that
committee : —

Ivory R. Allen of Post 35 ; W. F. Clerke of Post 2 ; H. T.
Bingham of Post 67 ; P. H. O'Connell of Post 90 ; J. A. Hortou
of Post 174.

Comrade Geo. E. Harrington of Post 23 presented the fol-
lowing resolution, endorsing the pension bill known as the " Per
Diem Rated Service Pension Bill " : —

Besolvedi That this Encampment, representing the Department of
Massachusetts, Grand Array of the Republic, do heartily endorse Senate
Bill, No. 1537, otherwise known as the " Per Diem Rated Service Pen-



rWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 559

sion Rill," now before Congress ; and that the Department Commander
be instructed to notify United States Senators and Representatives from
Massachusetts of the action of this Encampment in relation to said ImII,
at the earliest possible moment.

Followiug is a copy of the bill : —

PEit DiKM Rated Service Pension Bill.

^-1 liill to grant Pensions for Service in the Armtj, Xnvy and Marine Corps
of the United States.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
tives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, that the
Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and directed to place on
the pension roll of the United States the names of all persons specified in
the following section, upon making due proof that they performed the
service specified in said section.

Sect 2. That persons entitled as beneficiaries under the preceding
section are as follows : Any officer or enlisted man Avho shall have served
in the Army, Navy or Marine Corps of the United States, including
regulars and volunteers, subsequent to the I2th of April, 1861, and prior
to the 1st day of July, r865.

Sect. 3. That the rate of pension for such service shall be at the
rate per month of one cent for each day's service rendered in the said
Army, Navy or Marine Corps of the United States.

Sect. 4. That the period of service shall be computed from the
date of muster into the United States service to the date of discharge ;
but no pension shall be granted under this act to or on account of any
person who deserted prior to July 1, 1865, until he shall have obtained a
discharge from the service from Avhich he deserted, and no discharge
which was given to any person by reason of re-enlistment as a veteran
volunteer, or to enable him to accept a promotion, shall be deemed a dis-
charge from the service within the meaning of this act.

Sect. 5. That pension under this act shall be at the rate specified
in Section 3, and shall be paid to the persons entitled thereto for the term
of their lives from and after the passage of this bill.

Sect. 6. This bill is intended as a Service Pension Bill, and as an
addition to all invalid pensions which have been or may hereafter be
granted for disability.

After considerable discnssioa the resolution was referred to
the Committee on Resolutions by a vote of 191 for to 182 against.

On motion of Comrade Geo. L. Goodale of Post 66, Com-
rade "Jack" Crawford of New Mexico, the Poet Scout, was
invited into the Encampment and to a seat upon the platform.



560 HISTORY DEPT. OF MASS., G.A.R.

Couirade Thomas H. Haskell of Post 1 1 presented the fol-
lowing resolutions which had been unanimously adopted by Abra-
ham Lincoln Post 11 of Charlestown, with instructions that they
be presented to this Encampment : —



Headquarters Abraham Lincoln Post 11, G.A.R., "I
Department of Massachusetts, j

Charlestown District, Boston, Feb. 7, 1888.

Whereas, In the recent discharge from the Boston Navy Yard
(Feb. 1, 1888), three of the four men discharged were persons Avho had
served in the Army and Navy, and which is in opposition to the expi-essed
statements of the President, viz.: "Those who worthily seek public
employment have the right to insist that merit and competency shall be
recognized instead of party subservience or the surrender of honest
political l)elief,'" and also in direct violation of the Laws of the United
States as contained in the following extracts : —

" Sect. 1754. Persons lionoral)ly discharged from the military or
naval service by reason of disability resulting from wounds, or sickness
incurred in the line of duty, shall be preferred for appointments to civil
orticea, provided they are found to possess the business capacity neces-
sary for the proper discharge of the duties of such offices."

Sect. 3, Chapter 287, Laws of 187G, is in part as follows : —

" Provided, That in making any reduction of force in any Executive
Department, the head of such department sliall retain those persons who
may be equally qualified, who have been honorably discharged from the
Military or Naval Service of the United States, and the widows and
orphans of deceased soldiers and sailors."

Sect. 1546, Chapter 6, Laws of 1878, as follows : —

'' No officer or employee of the Government shall request any Avork-
ingman in any Navy Yard to contribute or pay any money for political
purposes, nor shall any workingman be removed or discharged for polit-
ical opinions; and any officer or employee of the Government who shall
offend against the provisions of this section, shall be dismissed from the
service of the United States."

Resolved, That the attention of the President and members of Con-
gress be called, not only to the pledges made during the war (under
which pledges thousands devoted the best years of their lives to the
defense of their country), but that the laws placed on the statutes since
the close of the war, which were passed to carry out and redeem the
pledges made during the War of the Rebellion, from 1861 to 1865, and
while in foreign countries an honorable discharge from the military or
naval service is almost an indispensable prerequisite to appointment in
public service, we view with deep I'egret the/ffc( that seven eighths of the



TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 561

men employed were never in the service, manj' not even citizens durinjr
the war, while others were born dnrinj; or since that period ; and such
persons are employed to the exclusion of men whose devotion to their
country was proved in battle on land and on sea, and by whose courage
and perseverance victory at last was won, and the Union preserved.

licsolvcd, That these resolutions be printed and copies be sent to
the President, Secretary of the Navy, our Senators and Representatives
in Congress; the Commander-in-Chief, G.A R., and Department Com-
mander of Massacliusetts, G.A.R.

EVERETT A. STEVENS,
•M F. O'Nkil, Commander.

Adjutant

Referred to the Committee on Resolutions.

Comrade H. G. O. Weymouth of Post 42 presented the fol-
lowing resolution in relation to Past Department Commanders
holding permanent membership in the National Encampment,
which was referred to the Committee on Resolutions : —

Resolved, That the delegates and representatives from this Depart-
ment to the next National Encampment be, and they are hereby instructed
to vote to eliminate Par. 3, Sect. 1, Art. II., Chap. IV., of the Rules and
Regulations.

A comrade of Post 57 presented resolutions adopted by that
Post on the same subject. As the resolutions were of a similar
nature to that proposed by Comrade Wejuiiouth, no action was
taken upon them.

Comrade L. E. Jenkins of Post 159 presented the following
resolutions condemning the delegates from this Department to the
last National Encampment : —

Resolved, That the delegates and representatives elected to represent
the several Posts of the Department of Massachusetts in Convention
assembled, deem this a fitting occasion to express their disapprobation
of the unjustifiable and indefensible action of a part of the delegation
from this Department to the late National Encampment at St. Louis

Resolved, That we regard the delegates from this Department to the
National Encampment as the trusted agents of its interests; that if the
duties imposed upon them are repugnant, they can decline the service,
but they have neither a moral nor legal right (after its acceptance) to
violate the trust reposed in them.

Resolved, That in setting the instructions of this Department at
defiance on the question of Service Pensions, and treating its wishes
with contempt, these comrades have demonstrated tliat thev are no



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o62 HISTORY DEPT. OF MASS., G.A.U.

Ioniser worthy of the confidence with which they have heretofore been
regarded.

Referred to Committee on Resolutions.

Comrade Geo. H. Richardson of Post 185, in behalf of that
Post, presented the following resolution which had been adopted
by the Post and recommended to this Encampment for adoption.
It was referred to the Committee on Resolutions.

Whereas, A petition to the General Court of Massachusetts of
1887 was presented by Comrade Chas A. Robinson, late Private Co. G,
First Massachusetts Cavalry, that he enlisting from Massachusetts be
rightfully accredited to the ({uota of said State, and same being referred
to the Legislature of 1888 ; be it

Eesolved^ That we, members of Department Convention in meeting
assembled, believing this petition an honorable and just one, do urge upon
the Military Committee of the General Court a favorable report on same,
and that the members of the Senate and House of Representatives be
re(|uested to grant said petition as an act of justice.

Comrade Joseph W. Thayer of Post 35 presented the follow-
ing preamble and resolutions which had been adopted by Post 35.
Referred to the Committee on Resolutions.

Headquarters Theodore Winthrop Post 35, G.A R., \
Department of Massachusetts, j

Chelsea, Mass., Jan 19, 1888.

At a regular meeting of this Post, held this evening, it was unani-
mously voted that the Commander and Adjutant, in behalf of the Post,
endorse the bill now before the General Court, entitled. An Act for the
relief of persons who have served in the Army and Navy of the United
States, and their dependent families.

J. W. WHITE,

Adjutant.

Whereas, The surviving veterans of the War of the Rebellion have
now passed the meridian of life, and many of their number have reached
the period of old age, while all are prematurely old by reason of their
service or the poverty and want to which they have since been subjected ;
therefore, be it

Resolved, That we as delegates and representatives of the Depart-
ment of Massachusetts, Grand Army of the Republic, in Convention
assembled, endorse and respectfully recommend to the favorable con-
sideration of the Senate and House of Representatives of Massachusetts,
for the relief of the veteran soldiers, sailors and marines who served in



TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 563

the military or naval forces of the United States, durinii; the War of the
Rebellion, the following Bill, viz. : —

Commonwealth ok Massachusetts.

In the year one thousand eijiht hundred and eighty-eight.

An Act for the Relief of Persons who have Served in the Army or Navy
of the United States, and their Dependent Families.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court
assembled, and bij the authoritij of the same as folloics : —

Section 1. Whenever any person, three years or more resident in
this State, not under guardianship or legal restraint, who served in the
Army or Navy of the United States in the War of the Rebellion and
received an honorable di^charge, shall from any cause become poor and
unable to provide maintenance for himself and dependent family, such
person, his wife, widow or minor children, or such of said children as are
unable to maintain themselves, shall be supported at public expense, at
their own home, or such other place, other than the town, county or
State almshouse, as the selectmen or overseers of the poor may think
right and proper in such town or city.

Sect. 2. The necessary expense of such maintenance shall be paid
by the town, city or county liable under existing laws for the support of
such soldier or sailor.

Sect. 3. All Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions
of this Act are hereby repealed

Sect. 4. This Act shall take effect upon its passage.

Comrade F. E. Farnham of Post 50 presented the following
resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Resolutions : —

Eesolved, That the Department Commander be requested to cause
all representatives from this Department to the National Encampment to
be notified in writing of such instructions as may be given to them by
the Couvention,

On motion of Past Department Commander Tobin, a com-
mittee of fifteen was appointed to nominate a list of delegates and
alternates to the National Encampment, and report in print at
tomorrow morning's session. The Commander appointed the fol-
lowing committee : —

G. W. Wilson of Post 5 ; Wm. B. Daly of Post 15 ; E. T.
Putnam of Post 19 ; John Kelley of Post 139 ; E. S. Horton of
Post 145 ; C. A. R. Dimon of Post 42 ; Wm. H. Brown of Post
82 ; E. B. Savage of Post 47 ; S. W. Mann of Post 63 ; Nathaniel
Shatswell of Post 128 ; Geo. E. Hagar of Post 187 ; C. B. Bar-
ton of Post 37; L. B. Simonds of Post 125; H. V. Ladd of
Post 41 ; Thomas E. Cutler of Post 49.

On motion of Comrade J. E. Reid of Post 15, it was voted
that in the election of otlicers the vote be taken by Posts, and



564 HISTORY DEPT. OF MASS., G.A.K.

that at the call of the Assistant Adjutant-General the Posts file
by the committee appointed to receive, sort and count votes.

Comrade Jeremiah Norris of Post 35 presented the following,
which was referred to the Committee on Resolutions : —

Resolved, That the grave-marker invented by Comrade Henry F.
Jenks be approved and recommended to the Posts of this Department

Comrade Chas. B. Fox of Post 68 moved that the Committee
on Navy Records appointed at the last Department Encampment
be instructed to continue their labors during the coming year.
The motion was adopted. The committee consists of the follow-
ing named comrades: Chas. B. Fox Post of 68 ; P. H. Kendricken
of Post 113; G. A. Churchill of Post 68; Richard F. Tobin of
Post 2 ; and John A. Keefe of Post 15.

It was voted that the Convention adjourn until eight o'clock
this evening. Adjourned.



EVENING SESSION.

The Convention was called to order at 8 p.m. by Department
Commander Nash.

On motion of Past Department Commander Evans, the
Assistant Adjutant-General was directed to send the greetings of
this Department to the Department of Massachusetts, Woman's
Relief Corps, in session at Parker Memorial Hall, and to bid them
success and God- speed in the noble work in which they are
engaged.

It was voted, on motion of Comrade Chas. B. Fox of Post 6.S,
that when we adjourn it be to meet at 9 o'clock tomorrow morn-
ing.

Comrade Wilbur F. Lane of Post 7 moved that the sum of
$3,000 be appropriated for the Veterans' Rights Union and
Employment Bureau, same as last year. Referred to Committee
on Commander's Address.

Comrade W. A. Stinson of Post 120 presented the following
resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Resolutions : —

liesolved, That any Post of this Department refusing to assist
deserving comrades and widows and orphans of our late comrades in
arms, whether members of the G.A.R or not, are acting contrary to the
spirit of the Rules and Regulations, and to their oaths taken before the
altar.



TWENTY-SECOND ANNLAr, ENCAMPMENT. 5()0

The Assistant Adjutant-General read the following communi-
cation from the Department of Massachusetts, Woman's Relief
Corps, in Convention assembled : —

Paukkh Mkmorial Hall, \
Boston, Feb. 8, 1888. (

Dki'akt.mknt Commandek Chas. 1). Nash.

Dear Sir : By vote of this Department Convention today, I am
instructed to express onr most cordial tbanlis for all the courtesies
received from you and your associates during the past year.

Please accept our sincere greetings and the assurance that your

organization will ever receive loyal support from the Woman's Relief

Corps.

Yours in F., C. & L ,

MARY E. ELLIOT.

Df'pnrtment Secritary.

On motion of Past Department Commander Evans of Post 30,
the Assistant Adjutant-General was directed to send the kindly
remembrance of his comrades of this Department to Past Depart-
ment Commander Horace Binney Sargent, now in California, but
to whose efforts are largely due the establishment of the Soldiers'
Home at Chelsea.

Comrade Benjamin Pitman, chairman of the Committee on
Commander's Address and Reports of Officers, submitted the fol-
lowing resolutions on the death of Past Department Commander
A. B. Underwood, which were unanimously adopted : —

Whkkeas, It has pleased Almighty God to remove by death our
honored comrade, Past Department Commander A B Underwood, whose
social virtues, no less than his distinguished military service, had
endeared him to every comrade of this Department, whose honors he
bore Avorthlly, and Avhose worth was only etiualled by his modest and
unassuming character; therefore be it

Resolved, That society has suffered a severe loss in the death of our
esteemed comrade, the community a most patriotic and worthy citizen,
the Department of Massachusetts G A R. a distinguished and honored
comrade, whom it was our privilege to love and respect, and the Grand
Army of tlie Hepul>lic a true and faithful supporter.

Jiesolred, That it will be our privilege to remember his many virtues
and keep his memory green, as one whose military services and social
qualities endeared him to all our hearts

Resolved, That these Resolutions be spread upon the records of the
Encampment and a copy sent to his family.

The same committee reported on the various recommenda-



566 HISTORY DEPT. OF MASS., G.A.R.

tions in the Commander's address and officer's reports as fol-
lows : —

First. That the sum of three hundred dollars be appropri-
ated for the travelling and hotel expenses of the Department
Commander when on official duty, and when not otherwise pro-
vided for, and also of any other Department Officer when acting
in his stead. Adopted.

Second. That the expenses of the Department Commander
and Assistant Adjutant- General to the National Encampment be
borne by the Encampment. Adopted.

Third. That the sum of six hundred dollars be appropriated
for clerk hire in the office of the Assistant Adjutant-General.
Adopted.

Fourth. In our opinion the present financial condition of the
Department will not warrant the appropriation asked for by the
Veterans' Rights Union and Employment Bureau, and your com-
mittee recommend that no further appropriation be made.

This report of the committee called forth an animated discus-
sion, which was participated in by many of the comrades, includ-
ing an elaborate and intelligent report of the doings of the Bureau
by its Superintendent, Comrade Charles E. Hapgood of Post 143.
The recommendation of the committee was adopted by a large
majority, and a committee of five appointed, to report tomorrow
morning as to the disposition to be made of the institution. The
committee consists of Comrades John Welch of Post 42 ; Wilbur
F. Lane of Post 7 ; H. H. Comens of Post 40 ; Chas. B. Fox of
Post 68; and Samuel M. Weale of Post 23.

Fifih. The committee cordially endorse the suggestions of
the Department Inspector relating to inspections, and recommend
that the incoming Council of Administration consider the pro-
priety of revising the Installation Service. Recommendation
adopted .

Sixth. The recommendation of the Medical Director relating
to physician's certificate of death of veterans, so that the pension
may be continued to the widow or other dependents, meets the
cordial approval of the committee, and they recommend its adop-
tion. Adopted.

It was voted that 1 1 o'clock tomorrow morning be assigned
as the hour at which to proceed to the election of officers.



TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. o67

Comrade H. G. O. Weymouth, Cluiirman, presented report of
Committee on Resolutions, as follows : —

On resolutions offered by Comrade George E. Harrington of
Post 23, that the Eneaini)nient endorse the pension bill known as
the "Per Diem Service Pension Bill," the committee report that



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