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PROCEEDINGS



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Itode : shiiul llistorical Socidn,



1S70-SO




P K O V I I) !■: ^ C E :
PKIXIKD FOU T n r, SOCIETY,

1880.



o-



Comuiitiix on rublicaiion .



JOHN RUSSELL BARTLETT,
J. LEWIS DIMAN,
EDWIN MARTIN STONE.

F ? ^^



I'lilNTI-l) m THE PltOVInF.NCE PKESS COMI'ANV.



FROM THE



RhodeIsland Historical Society



PROVIDENCE, R. I.



In acknowledgino- rociMpt of this aift, or in sendiiiii- hooks,
pamphlets or otiicr matter intciKU'd for the Society,

ADDUKSS,

Rhode Isj.and IIistoiiical Societv,

I'i;(J\ IDEXCE. H. I.



ElKtTKl) jANUAnV loTII, 1880.



President.



.SAMUEL G. ARNOLD,*



l^)l;TSM()^•-| II.



Vice Presidents.



ZACHARL\H ALLEN,
FRANCIS BRINLEY,



Pi:(iVII)KN( K.

Nkwi'out.



t-'ecrelnry.



AMOS PERRY,



PltOVlDKXCK.



Treasurer.



RICHMOND P. EVERETT,



Pi;()\ iDKNci:.



rAbrnrian and Cdhind Keeper of the Northern Department

EDWIN M. STONE, PitoviDi-Nci:.

* Ueccased since aiiiuiul iiKttiiiff. .



IJHODE ISLAM) IIlST()i;iCAL SOCIETY.

Commilttc on Kominntion of Ntiv Mtmhcrs.



ALBERT V. JENKS,
WILLIAM STAPLES, -
W. MAXWELL GREEXE,



PliOVIDENCK.

Pkovidkxck.
Pkovidexck.



CommiUee on Lectures nml Rtnding of Papers.

WILLIAM GAMMELL. Pkovidexce.

AMOS PERRY, - - .. Puuvii.ence.
CHARLES W. PARSONS. .... Phovidexce.

Commillcc on rublicalions of the Socuiy.

JOHN R. BARTLETT, Pi;ovii,exce.

J. LEWIS DIMAX, Pu<.vii,EXCE.

EDWIX M. STONE, - - . . . p,i„viUEXCE.

CommiUee on Gcnenhyieal Bcscarches.

HENRY E. TURNER, ...... Xewpout.

ZACHARIAH ALLEN, Phovidexxe.

WILLIAM A. MOWRY, Phovidexce.

Committee on Care of Grounds and Duildiny.
ISAAC H. SOUTHWICK, - - . - 1 uovidexce.

HENRY J. STEERE. Phovidexce.

ROYAL C. TAET, Phovidexce.



HENRY T. BECK WITH.
WALTER BLODGET,
.TOHN P. WALKER,



Atidit Committee.



Phovidexce.
Phovidexce.
Phovidexce.



Procurators.



GEORGE C. MASOX, .
WILLIAM J MILLER, -
ERASTUS RICHARDSON,
HEXRY F. SMITH,
CHARLES H. FISHER, -
GEORGE H. OLXEY,



Xewi'oht.

Bhi.stoe.

wooxsocket.

Pawtccket.

scituate.

hopkixto.x.



11 O X D TJ A K Y ]\r E ]M B E R S .

Elkcted sinck January 1st, 1873.

(For complete list previous to this date see Proceedings for 1872-73.)



July ], 1873. *William Cullcu Bryant, LL. I)., New York City.

Oct. 7,187:5. fHon. John Lothrop Motley, LL. D., London, Eug.
Jan. L'O, 1874. James Anthony Froude, F. Ex. Col. Ox., " "

Nov. 10, 1874. JHou. Brautz Mayer, Baltimore, McL

Oct. 2, 1877. Hon. Marshall P. Wilder, Boston, Mass.

Oct. 1, 1878. Don Jose Maria Latino Coelho, Sec.

Royal Academy Sciences, Lisbon, Portugal.

.\piil 1, 187y. Hon. Charles Francis Adams, Cambridge, Mass^

July 1, 1879. Prof. K. Gislason, Sec. Royal Society

Northern Antiquaries, Copenhagen", Den.

Jan. 13, 188U. Hon. Carl Schurz, Sec. Interior, Washington, D. C.

* Deceased, 187S. f Deceased, 1677. t Deceased, 1S79-



c ( ) K E E s V () N D I X ( J :\i p: M R E 1^ s .

Elected SINCE Ariui, 1st. ]87o.

(For complete list pi'cvious to this date see rioe< ediii^s for l,S7-'-r3.)



.Inly 1, isrr,. Eev. Thomas T. stone, Bolton, Mass.

Oct. 7,187;^. Col. Albert H.TToyt, Cincinnati, O.

" " William Chambers, LL. D., Edinburgh, Scotland

" " Prof. J. C. Hoist, Christiania, Norway.

" " X}. J. Bowles, Esq., Quebec, Canada.

.Tan. ?0, 1874. Frederick Kidder, Esq., Boston, Mass.

April 7, 1874. William J. Hoppin, Esq., New York T'lty.

July 7, 1874. Hon William Greenon.uh, Boston. Mass.

" Bev. Samuel Osgood, 1). D.. New York City.
Col. John Ward,

" " Alexander Duncan, Esq., England.

Nov. 10, 1874. Lyman C. Draper, Esq., Madison, Wis.

April G, 187.J. Col. Percy Daniel, Worcester, Mass.

" " Charles H. Russell, Es(i., New York City.

" " Hon. J. Carson Brevoort, " " "

•Inly r., 1875. Thomas F. Rowland, Esq., Brooklyn, N. Y.

" " C. Mason Kinnie, Esq., San Francisco, Cal.

Oct. r>, 187.J. Franklin B. Hongli, M. D., Lowville, N. Y.
Edmund B. O'Calligan, LL. D., New York City.

" '' Benjamin Greene Arnold, " " "

.Tan. 18, 187C. Marcus I). Oilman, Esq., Lib. Vt.

Historical Society, Montpelier, Vt.

" " Silas Bonflls, Esq., Mentone, France.



CORRESrOXDI \( i y\ K.MliEIJS . 7

Jan. 18, 1870. Pliiiicns Bates, Jr., Escj., Bcslon, Mass.

W. Elliott Woodward, Esq.,

Oct. 3, 187G. Kt. Kcv. M. A. DeWolf Howe, Reading, Pa.

" " Hon. John S. Brayton, Fall River, Mass.

April 3, 1877. Hon. Richard A. Wheeler, Stoniugtou, Conn.

April 24, 1877. Rev. Elmer H. Capen, D ])., Sonierville, Mass.
Jan. 15, 1878. Asa Bird Gardner, LL. 1)., Prof.

U. S. Military Academy, West Point.
" " Major-Gen. George W. CuUum,

U. S. A., New York Cify.
" " Brig. -Gen. A. A. Humphreys,

Chief Eug Depart., U. S. A., Washington, IX C.
Oct. 1, 1878. .Hon. Isaac N. Arnold, Prest.

Chicago Hist Society, Chicago, 111.
" " Hiram A. Huse, Esq., Lib. Vt.

State Library, Montpelier, Yt.
April 2, 1878. Gen. Henssein Tevfik, . Constantinople.

'^ " Hon. John Fitch. New York City.

" " Edward F. DeLancey, E.^q., " " "

Jan. U, 187!). Rev. Charles Rogers, LL. D.,

Sec. Royal Hist. Society, London, Eng.
" " Col. Thos. Weutworth Iligginson, Cambridge, Mass.

" " Hon. Thomas C. Amory, Boston, Mass.

April 1, 1879. Ray Greene Hilling, Fitchburg, Mass.

A. W. Holden, M. D., Glen Falls, ^\ Y.
July 1, 187i). Lt.-Col. Thos. L. Casey, U. S. A., Washington, D. C.
" " Hon. Edonard Madier de Montjau,

Prest. Soc. Etimology Am., Paris, France.

.7an. 13,1880. Prof. Moses Coit Tyler, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

'• " Samuel Dimsler, Esq., East Attleboro, Mass.



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11 K SIDE \ T .AI K M B E II S

1880.
Rkpoiitkd liv TiiK Tkkasurer.



ELKCTKD.

1876. Adams, Charles P.

1874. Addeman, Joshua M.
187-t. Aldrich, Nelson W.
1822. Allen, Zachariah

1875. Ames, William
1875. Angell, Albert G.
1870. Ang-ell, Edwin G.
183G. Anthony, Henry B.
187(). Armstrong, Cyrus C.
1875. Aplin, Charles
1874. Arnold, Olney

1844. *Arnold, Samuel G.

1877. Arnold, Stephen H.
1877. Babbitt, Edward S.

1872. Barrows, Edwin
1831. Bartlett, John K.
187(;. Barton, Robert
1871). Barton, William T.
1849. Beekwith, Henry T.
1877. Bedlow, Henry
1858. Binney, William

1873. Blodget, Walter



KLIXTKU.

1878. Bogman, Edward Y.

1872. Bowen, Holder B.
1840. Bradley, Charles S.
1880. Brayton, William D.
1870. Brinley, Francis
1875. Brown, .Tohn A.
1857. Brown, Welcome O.
1874. Browuell, Steplien
1870. Bugbee, James H.
1878. Bull, Samuel T.
1874. Burnside, Ambrose E.
1878. Burrongh, Franl< M.
1880. Burrows, Daniel
1850. Calder, George B.
187G. Campbell, Horatio N.

1873. Carpenter, Chai'les E.

1874. Carpenter, Francis W.
1874. Caswell, Edward T.
1857. Chambers, Robert B.
1880. Chandler, William II.
1872. Ciianning, William F.
1879. Chace, Lewis J.



*Deceast'd, February 13, 1870.



IJKSFDEXT :\IEMI5EI{8.



KLKCTKD.


KLECTl'


18(J8.


Chace, Thomas W.


1874.


1873.


Claflln, George L.


187S.


1880.


Clarke, E. Webster


1870.


1878.


Clarke, James M.


1878.


1873.


Clarke, Sam W.


1855.


1878.


Clark, Thomas M.


1875.


1879.


Clarke, William E.


1844.


1880.


Coats, James


1875.


1877.


Codmau, Arthur


1880.


1879.


Colt. LeBaron B.


1850.


1879.


Colt, Samuel V.


1878.


1877.


Coiiant, Hezekuih


1858.


.1872.


Coiigdoii, Johns II.


1878.


1872.


Cooke, Joseph J.


1878.


1874.


Cranston, Henry C.


1870.


1877.


Cranston, George K.


1874.


1879.


Cross, William J.


1800.


1870.


Cushman, Henry I.


1877.


187-1.


Day, Daniel E.


1879.


1871.


Dean, Sidney


1872.


1879.


DeWolf, Winthrop


1872.


1874.


Dike, Arba B.


1878.


18GC.


Diman, J. Lewis


1879.


1877.


Dorin-ih, Charles 11. R.


1878.


1877.


Dorranee, Samuel R.


1874.


1830.


Dorrance, William T.


1878.


1851.


Doyle, Thomas A.


1877.


1875.


Diinnell, William Wanton


IS'mO.


1877.


Durfee, Charles S.


1871.


1849.


Durfee, Thomas


1873.


1838.


Dyer, Elisha


1873.


1873.


Eiinies, Benjamin T.


1874.


1872.


Iviton, Amasa M.


1874.


1878.


Elliott, Albert T.


1874.


1870.


Ely, James W. C.


1871.,


1802.


Ely, William D.


1880.


1870.


Ely, William


1843.


1858.


E\ I'rett, Kielimontl P.


1807.



Fairbrothcr, Henry L.
Farnsworth, Ckuuluis B,
Fay, Henry II.
Fisher, Charles II.
Gammell, Asa Messer
Gamniell, Robert Ives
Gammell, William
Gardner, Henry W.
Goddard, Franeis W.
Goddard, William
Godding, A hah W.
Gorham, John
Gorton, Charles
Greene, Edward A.
Greene, Henry L.
Greene, Simon Henry
Greene, William
Greene, W. Maxwell
Greer. David H.
Grosvenor, William
Grosvenor, William Jr.
Hall, Robert
Hammond, Benjamin B.
Harkness, Albert
Harrington, Henry \.
Harris, C. Fiske
Hartshorn, Joseph C.
Hazard, Rowland G.
Hazard, Rowland
Hidden, Henry A.
Hidden, James C.
Hill, Thomas J.
Holbrook, Albert
Hopkins, William II.
Hoppln, Frederlek S.
Howard, Albert C.
Ilowland, John A,
Jenks, Albert V.



10



ItHODE ISLAND III.sTOINCAL SOCIETY.



ELECTED.

1879. Jillson, Cliarlcs D.

1874. JoliiLson, William S.

1879. Johnson, Elias H.

1880. Jones, Angnstine
18G7. Koene, Stephen S.
1873. Kendall, Henry L.
187G. Kimball, James M.
1879. Knight, Edward B.
187G. Knowles, Edward P.
1SC9. Lester, John Erastus

1879. Lineohi, John L.

1880. Lippilt, Christopher

1878. Lipi)itt, C. Warren

1872. Lippitt, Henry

1879. Loekwood, Amos D.

1873. Lyman, Daniel W.
1877. Mason, Charles F.
1877. Mason, Earl Philip
1877. Mason, Eugene W.

1877. Mason, George C.
187(5. Mattesou, Charles

1878. Mauran, Edward C.
1878. ]\Ianran, James E.
1867. Meader, John J.
187G. Metcalf, Henry B.. Paw

1875. Miller, Augustus S.
1873. Miller, William J.
187G. Moultou, Sullivan

1873. Mowry, William A.

1874. Mowry, William G. 11.
1877. Mumford, John P.
1877. Munroe, Bennett J.
1880. Munroe, Wilfred H.
1880. Niehols, Amos G.

1876, Nickersou, Edward I.
1874. Nightingale, George C.
1865. *01dfield, John

* Deceased, Jamutry 8, 18S0.



KlAiC

1879.

18G2.

1878.

1870.

1874.

1874.

18G7.

1867.

1847.

1875.

1873.
1877.
1849.
1875.
1858.
1880.
1874.
1873.
1878.
1880.
18 76.
1874.
1877
1878.
tucket, 1866.
1878.
1877.
1877.
1874.
1875.
1874.
1879.
1876.
1877.
1876.
1875,
1873.



Jr,



t Deceased,



rED.

Olney, George H.
Ormsbee, John Spurr
Owen, Smith
Pabodje, Benjan)in F.
fPabodie, Benjamin G.
Paige, Charles F.
Paine, George T.
Parkhurst, Jonathan G.
Parsons, Charles W.
Parsons, Henry L.
Pearce, Edward
Pearec, Edward D. Jr.
Peckham, Samuel W.
Pegram, John C.
Perry, Amos
Perry, Marsden J.
Persons, Benjamin W.
Philips, Theodore W.
Porter, Emery H.
Potter, Charles L.
Rawson, Henry M.
Richardson, Erastus
Richmond, Walter
Rider, Sidney S.
Rogers, Horatio
Russell, Levi W.
Seabury, Frederic N.
Seagraves, Caleb
Shaw, James Jr.
Sherman, William O.
Shedd, J. Herbert
Shopley, George H.
Sherman, Robert
Slater, Horatio N. Jr.
Slater, William S.
Smith, Edwin A.
Smith, Henry F,

January 2o, ISSO.



RESIDENT MEMBP]RS.



11



KLKXriKD.

1809. Sonthwick. Isaac IT.

1874. Spencer, Gideon L.

187(5. Spencer, Joel M.

1877. Stanhope, Frederick A.
1873. Staples, Carlton A.
18G!), Staples, William

1878. Starkweather, Joseph U
18(58. Steere, Henry J.

187!). Stiness, John II.'

1848. Stone, Edwin M.

1873. Swan, Jar vis B.
1856. Taft, Eoyal C.

1874. Taylor, Charles F.
1878. Tillinghast, James
187!) Tibbitts, William T.



KLKCTKD.

1877. Thayer, Thatcher

1873. Thurston, Benjamin F.
1875. Trippe, Samuel G.

1874. Turner, Henry E.
1874. Wales, Samuel II.
1874. Walker, John P.
18(51. Waterman, Rufus

1878. Watson, Arthur H.
18C8. Weeden, William B.
18(58. Westcott, Amasa S.
1874. Whitford, George W.
1877. Wilson, George F.
187G. Woods, Marshall
1880. Woodward, Royal



^^



lifp: MP:MBErvS



Jan. 10, 1872.
Jan. 17, 1872.
Feb. 21, 1872.
April 3, 1872.
April 25, 1872.
Jnly 11, 1872.
Jan. 20, 1873.
July 11, 1873.
Jan. 20, 1874.
April 12, 1875.
Jan. 29, 1876.
Aprilll, 1877.
Jan. J 4, 1879.
Jnly 8, 1879.
Oct. 10, 1879.
Jan. 7, 1880.



George T. Paine,
Henry T. Beckwith,
"William Greene,
Rowland G. Hazard.
Holder Borden Bowen,
Amasa M. Eaton,
James Y. Smith,*
Jarvis B. Swan,
Benjamin G. Pahodie,*
Albert G. Angell,
William Ely,
Hezekiah Conant,
Samnel G. Arnold,*
Amos D. Lock wood,
R oval W o o d w a r d ,
Cliarles Gorton,



Providence.

Warwick.

Soutli Kingstown.

Providence.

North Providence.

Providence.



Pawtucket.
Portsmouth.
Providence.
Albany, X. Y.
Providence.



* Decfa?ed.



PROCEEDIXG



PvTIODE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY



SPECIAL MEETING.



Provipexce. January 2-^. 1879.

A meeting was held this evening at 7| o'clock. Vice Presi-
dent Allen in the chair.

A note was read from the Librarian, who was detained by
indisposition, announcing numerous donations made since the
last meeting, among which was a piece of the first Atlantic
Cable, with an original letter from Cyrus AV. Field, pre-
sented by Christopher Bun*. Esq.

Hon. Abraham Pa^Tie then addressed the Society on the
Life and Times of Jonathan Edwards. Mr. Pa^^le stated,
at the outset, that his object was not to present a sketch of
this most remarkable theologian. Init simply to awaken inter-
est in his writings. He spoke for upwards of an hour,
enlisting the close attenrion of his auditors.

At the conclusion of his addi-ess. Rev. Mr. Staples related
several striking anecdotes illustrative of the eloquence and



14 EHODE ISLAND IIISTOEICAL SOCIETY.

earnestness of the great diA'ine, and concluded his remarks
by offering a resolution thanking Mr. Payne for his eloquent
and interesting discourse, which resolution was seconded l^y
Hon. Thomas A. Doyle, and after some spirited remarks by
Vice President Allen, was unanimously passed.

Col. John AVard, of Xcav York, was announced to read the
next paper on the 11th of Fel)ruary.

The meeting was numerously attended, and the exercises
passed off in a most satisfactory manner.

Adjourned.

Amos Pekijy, Secy.



SPECIAL :VIEETIXG.



Providence, February 11, l-ST!*.

A meeting was held this evening to hear a paper read l)y Col .
John Ward, of Xew York, Vice President Allen in the chair.

A list of donations received since the last meeting was
read by the Secretary. Besides tAventy l)ooks and pamphlets
was a relic of slavery in the form of a slave chain taken
from the l)ody of a negro who was found chained Avith it to
a tree on the plantations of Mr. Belson, near Simmsport,
Louisiana, in ^lay, isdo, by Capt. Peter Brucker, of the
Second Phode Island Cavalry, and l>y In'm presented to the
Society.

Col. John Ward read a graphic and succinct account of
the Siege of Harper's Ferry h\ Stonewall Jackson in 1<SG2.



PROCEEDINGS. 15

The reading occupied an hour and a lialf, and was listened
to with profound attention.

On motion of Prof. Diman, Col. Ward received a unani-
mous vote of thanks for the highly interesting paper. In
offering the resolution, Prof. Diman paid a marked compli-
ment to the lecturer, and Vice President xUlen added his
word of commendation.

Notwithstanding the rain-storm the room was well filled.

Dr. Henry E. Turner, of Xewport, was announced to
read the next paper on the 25th inst., to which time the
meeting was adjourned.

Amos Perry, Sec'y,



SPECIAL MEETING.



Providence, Februar\' 25, 1879.

A meeting Avas held this evening at a quarter before eight
o'clock, Mce President Allen in the chair.

Dr. Henry E, Turner read a paper on Jeremiah Clarke
and his descendants, showing this family to have been
remarkable for the number of governors and deputy-govern-
ors it has furnished the State, and for the wide diffusion of its
blood throuofh the old colonial families of various names.
The paper evinced extensive and thorough historical re-
search, and threw much light on a portion of our history
pertaining to the period of the Sir Edmond Andros usurpa-
tion. It vividly portrayed some of the leading characten^



K) IMIODi: ISLAND IIIfSTOKICAL SOCIETY.

of the Jcreniiali Clarke family, and set forth in a clear light
the principles of the opposing factions in the State.

At the close of the reading, which occu})ied an hour and a
half, some s})irited and highly complimentary remarks Avere
otfered hy Messrs. Denison, Allen and Perry, and a unani-
mous vote of thanks was passed to Dr. Turner for his
exhaustive and instructive address, which, it was remarked,
should be })rinted and widely circulated.

Notice wasgiven that John Austin Stevens, Esquire, Edi-
tor of the Magazine of Ainei'tran Iltstorif, would read the
next paper, jNIarch 11, on the Erencli in Kliode Island.

The meeting was then adjourned.

A-MOS rElUiV, /SW'7/.



SPECIAL :\iEETIXCJ,



Pkovidexce, March 11, 1<S7!>.

A sj)ecial meeting was held this evening. Vice President
Allen in the chair.

The record of the last meeting Mas read and approved.
Also, a list of contributions received ))y the Librarian was
read.

John Austin Stevens, Es({uire, Editor of the Magaz'nie of
Amerkan Hisfoi-ij, was then introduced and proceeded to
read a })a})er on the Erench in Phode Island during our
Ilevolutionary War. Opening with expressions of satisfac-
tion that the Erench nation has established a rei)ublican



rKOCEEDlXOS, 17

form of goA'ernmcnt, Mr. Stevens i)roceedc(l to give a full
i\ud exceedingly interesting history of the French troops in
Ivhode Island from the organization and arrival of the tirst
expedition under Count d'Estaing to aid the United Slates in
estahlishing their indei)endence, till the de])artnre of the
second expedition under (A)unt Rochambeau, after the sur-
render of Cornwallis at Yorktown, which closed the Revolu-
tionary Wav.

The pajx'r gave a detailed account of the French occu})a-
tion of our State and ol' their military and civic relations
with the government and the i)eo])le, and more esi)ecially
with the inhabitants of ^'ewj)ort and Providence, by whom
the FrencJi allies were warndy welcomed as the friends of
our republic, then strugiiling into existence, and entertained
with a <-or(lial and generous hospitality as cham})ions of the
.Vmeric;ui t-ause. Personal sketches were also given of
})rominent French officers of both expeditions and of many
j)olitical and social movements and events with which they
M'ere connected during their residence in this State and
country.

The Historical Cabinet was filled with an audience of
ladies and gentlemen who listened to the reading of the
pa[)er with deep interest.

Mr. Stevens received the thanks of tlie Society, embodied
in a resolution offered by Rt. Rev. Thomas M. Clark and
seconded by Prof. J. Lewis Diman. Some highly interest-
ing reminiscences were added by Vice IVesident Allen, and
critical remtirks by Messrs. Clark, Diman and Denison.

Adjourned.

Amos Pehuv, See';/.



18 KIIODE ISLAND IILSTOIUCAL .SOCIETY

QUARTERLY MEETIXG.



Pkovidexce, April 1, 1879.

The quarterly meeting of the Society was hehl this even-
ing, at a quarter before eight o'eloek. Vice President Allen
in the ehair.

The Secretary read the record of the hist meeting and of
the last annual meeting. He also announced the reception
of letters from Don Jose ]\Iaria Latino C'oellio, Secretary of
the Rovid Academy of Sciences of Lisbon, Portugal,
acce})ting with thanks his election as an honorary member :
and from Hon. Thomas C. Amory, of l>oston, his election
as a corresponding member of the Society. The Secretary
then laid l)efore the Society the following conuDunication :

l'i:ovn)i:xcF., 1{. I , April 1, lS7tt.
Mr. Amos Penij, Secretary R. I. Hisluriail Sucitty :

De.vk Sn; :— I hereby present, throujih you, to tlie Uhoele Island Histori-
cal Society the accompanying watch, wliieli was the property of my late
husband, Captain Joseph Herlitz, Commander of the great ship Ganges,
when slie was driven up to the head of the Cove by the great gale of Sep-
tember 1'3, 1815. It was worn by iiim at that time. It has always been an
excellent time keeper, and in rnnning order up to a recent time, when it
was injured by some repairs.

Its manufacturer was Richard Farrell, of Dublin, Ireland, and it came
into my husband's possession at the close of a voyage, — a gift from the
owner of the vessel. Since his death, December IS, 1817, it has naturally
been a most precious memento to me of by-gone days and events, and
now feeling the thread of life to be nearly run, — being in my eightythird
year,— I desire to deposit the watch in the safekeeping of your honorable
Society, that it may be handed down to future generations as an interesting
relic and memorial of olden times.

I am respectfully 3onrs,

Louisa (Lutitt) IIkklitz.

The following resolutions offered by Rev. E. M. Stone,
were then unanimously passed :



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Itesoli-cd, That the thfiiiks of this Societ)' are hereby presented to Mrs.
Louisa Lippitt Herlitz for the very acceptable donation of a watch, worn
by lierlate husband, Captain Joseph Herlitz, Commander of the great ship
Ganges when driven by the great gale of September 23, 1815, and the
force of an extraordinary tide, against the Washingtf)U Building, and
there stranded.

L'psoh-ed, That in accepting the gift of Mrs Herlitz this Society begs
leave to assure her that it shall be preserved with great care among its
articles of virtu.

The Li])niriaii announced numerous donations and ex-
cliana'es since the hist ineetini»'.

Mr. R. P. Everett offered the followina" resohition, whicli
"was seconded by Rev. E. M. Stone with a brief eulogy of
.Mr. AA'illiams, after which it was adopted unaiiiniousl}' :

EpsoJved, That by the death of William Greene Williams, the Society
has been deprived of one of its oldest, most active and devoted members,
and that in view of his long and useful services, a record of this event be
made bj' the Secretary, and a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the
family of the deceased.

^fr. A. \ . Jenks, chairman of the Committee on Xomina-
lion of Xew Members, reported in favor of the election of
the following gentlemen, and they were accordingly elected :

Rksidkxt Mkmbkrs.— John H. Stiness, Charles D. Jiilson, Winthrop
DeVVolf, Edward B. Knight.

CouRESPOxuixG Mkmbkhs. — Ray Greene Iluling, Fitchburg, Mass., Dr.
A. W. Holden, Glenu's Falls. N. Y.

Honorary Mkmhkr. — Hon. Charles Francis Adams, Cambridge, Mass.

Mr. George T. Paine read a detailed rei)ort, in behalf of
the Committee ai)})ointed a year ago to keep the Cabinet
open, and })rosecute the work of cataloguing the effects of
the Society, together with the Act of" the General Assembly
granting annually to the Society live hundred dollars for the
care, preservation and utilization of the State pro})erty in
charge of the Societ\'. The Act, whicli was formallv

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accepted, reads as follows :



-<* IJHODE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

[Passed at the Jamtary Session, 7575.]

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