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From the Hon. William S. Ross, Speaker of the Senate of
Pennsylvania, of the 13th Senatorial District, composed
of the counties of Luzerne and Columbia.

SENATE CHAMBER, )

Harrisburg, April 22d, 1846. j

DEAR SIR: I have carefully perused your excellent little
work, entitled RULES OF ORDER, and most cheerfully bear
my testimony to its general accuracy and correctness. It
is a highly useful work to all those who desire to make
themselves acquainted with the rules which govern delibe-
rative bodies, and, I trust, will receive that generous pa-
tronage from the public which it so richly merits.
Yours with respect.

WM. S. Ross.
BENJ. MATTHIAS, Esq.



From the Hon. Daniel L. Sherwood, of the llth Senatorial
District, composed of the counties of Bradford and Tioga,
late Speaker of the Senate of Pennsylvania.

SENATE CHAMBER, )

Harrisburg, April 21st, 1846. 5

DEAR SIR: I have the pleasure to acknowledge the re-
ceipt of a copy of your excellent little book, entitled "A
Manual for conducting business in Town and^Ward Meet-
ings, Societies, Boards of Directors," &c. &c.

It will be a valuable acquisition to the library of all who
partake in public meetings, deliberative bodies, &c.

Accept my thanks for the copy sent me, and believe me
very respectfully, yours, DANIEL L. SHERWOOD.
BENJ. MATTHIAS, Esq.

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RECOMMENDATIONS.

From the Hon. J. B. Stengere, of the 3d Senatorial District,

composed of the county of Montgomery, formerly Speaker

of the Senate.

SENATE CHAMBER, )
April llth, 1846. $

DEAR SIR: I have carefully examined your Manual for
conducting business in meetings and societies. It contains
a compendium of the rules and principles of Parliamentary
practice well and clearly arranged sufficiently extensive
for the purpose for which it is designed and much useful
and interesting information, but little known, relating to
the manner in which business is transacted in our national
and state councils. Such a work is much needed and must
prove very acceptable to persons who have not time to
bestow on larger works on the same subject. No person
who is in the habit of attending public meetings or societies,
should be without a copy of your Manual.

Nothing so much conduces to the respectability and
dignity of a meeting as a regular, orderly, and methodical
mode of conducting business. Business cannot be con-
ducted in this manner by officers who are unacquainted
with parliamentary proceedings. Such frequently bring a
meeting into disorder and confusion and discredit. All
officers should be well versed in such rules, and it is almost
equally important that the members of the meeting or socie-
ty, should be conversant with such rules. I take great
pleasure in recommending your valuable little work to the
favorable consideration of the public.

I am very truly yours, J. B. STERIGERE.

BENJAMIN MATTHIAS, Esq.



From Members of the Senate of Pennsylvania.

SENATE CHAMBER, )

Harrisburg, April 18th, 1846. j

We have examined the "Manual for conducting business
in Town and Ward Meetings, Societies, Boards of Man-
agers, Directors and other deliberative bodies," prepared
by Mr. Matthias, and have great pleasure in commending
it to public favor as a correct and valuable work.
A. HERR SMITH, THOS. CARSON,

GEORGE RAHN, W. WILLIAMSON,

JEFF. K. HECKMAN, CHARLES C. SULLIVAN,

HENRY CHAPMAN, GEO. DARSIE,

WM. A. CRABB, J. WAGENSELLER,

JOHN FOULKROD, JOHN MORRISON,

O. P. CORNMAN, JOS. F. QUAY,

CHAS. GIBBONS, CHARLES A. BLACK,

WILLIAM BIGLER, H. L. BENNER.

W H. DIMM1CK, 2



RECOMMENDATIONS.

From the Hon. James D. Dunlap, Senator from the 27th
Senatorial District, composed of the county of Erie.

SENATE CHAMBER, )

Harrisburg, April 21st, 1846. J

DEAR SIR: I have given an examination to the work of
which you are the author, entitled " Rules of Order," being
"a Manual for conducting business in Town and Ward
Meetings, Societies, Boards of Directors, and Managers,
and other deliberative bodies, based upon the Rules of the
Pennsylvania Legislature."

I take much pleasure in saying that I believe it to be a
work of great merit well calculated to aid any gentleman
who may be called upon to preside over any deliberative
body, or who may in any way have occasion to take a
part in any public meeting. Such a work as this has long
been needed, and ought to be generally circulated, that we
might have a uniform standard of rules for public meetings,
general throughout our country; and the public will be
under a very great obligation to you for preparing the work
for their benefit.

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

JAMES D. DUNLAP.
BENJAMIN MATTHIAS, Esq.



From the Hon. John P. Sanderson, of the 7th Senatorial

District, composed of the counties of Lancaster and

Lebanon.

SENATE CHAMBER. )

Harrisburg, April 18th, 1846. ]

DEAR SIR : I have examined your work, entitled " RULES
OF ORDER," and take great pleasure in recommending it to
the public, as a most valuable and useful guide to those
who are in the habit of attending public meetings, and are
desirous of taking an active and efficient part in their pro-
ceedings. It is in truth what it professes to be " A Manual
for conducting business in Town and Ward Meetings, So-
cieties, Boards of Directors and Managers, and other De-
liberative Bodies." A work of the kind has long been
needed, and, I have no doubt it will receive that liberal pa-
tronage from the public which its merits and usefulness
deserve.

J. P. SANDERSON.

BENJAMIN MATTHIAS, Esq.

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RECOMMENDATIONS.

From the Clerk and Assistant Clerk of the Senate of Penn-
sylvania.

SENATE CHAMBER, \

Harrisburg, April 6th, 1846. j

I have examined a " Manual for conducting business in
Town and Ward Meetings, Societies," &c., prepared by
Mr. Matthias, and take great pleasure in recommending it
as a correct, useful, and valuable work.

E. S. GOODRICH, Clerk of Senate.
I fully concur in the above opinion.

J. ZIEGLER, Assist. Clerk of Senate.



From the Hon. Findley Patterson, of Armstrong County,
Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, >
Harrisburg, April 4th, 1846. )

DEAR SIR: I have carefully examined your Manual for
conducting business in deliberative bodies and do not hesi-
tate in pronouncing it an excellent little work just such as
is called for in every community ; and every person who is
in the habit of participating in the proceedings of public
meetings or societies, should avail himself of the first oppor-
tunity to procure a copy of those excellent rules, which



have been so well compiled. Yours truly,

.s, Esq. FINDLEY PATTERSON.



B. MATTHIAS,



From Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representa-
tives.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, )
Harrisburg, March 28th, 1846. j

This plain and familiar treatise on the rules of order and
the proper mode of conducting business in deliberative as-
semblies, will be found highly useful to those who may be
called upon to preside over, or to participate in the pro-
ceedings of public meetings and other organised bodies.

The Manuals of Jefferson and Sutherland relate mainly
to Legislative practice ; a work like the present is much
wanted, which will apply to meetings on public affairs,
societies, boards of managers, and all deliberative associa-
tions.

The rules laid down in it are in accordance with approved
and established parliamentary practice ; the arrangement is
judicious, and the whole is presented and explained in so
clear and perspicuous a manner as to be easily understood
by those for whose use it is intended.
CHA8. B. TREGO, J. G. SHUMAN,

THOS. NICHOLSON, GEORGE R. HAYMAKER,

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RECOMMENDATIONS.



RICH. DONALDSON,
GEORGE BACH MAN,
PETER SNYDKR,
JAMES STARR,
WM. MERRIF1ELD,
ROBERT JAMES.
JOHN M. PUMROY,
THOS. G. CONNOR,
JOHN R. EDIE,
JOHN LARK1N, Jr.,
M. DAN MAGEHAN,
ED. Y. BRIGHT,
DANIEL RIDER,
R. T. GALLOWAY,
BENJAMIN HILL,
DAVVSON WADS WORTH,
T. J. BIG HAM.
DANL. McCURDY,

ROBERT MCCLELLAND,
H. L. PATTERSON,
L. ROBINSON.
MICHAEL WORM AN,
JAMESTAGGART,

A. M. HILL,

JNO. STEWART,

WM. M. ARMSTRONG,

BENJ. BARTHOLOMEW,

GEORGE BOYER,

H. G. STETLER,

WM. W. HALY,

A. H VAN HOFF,
HENRY DOTTS,
GEORGE LADLEY,
JESSE SAMUELS,
REUBEN STROUSS,
ROBERT BARBER.
JAS. V. BOUGHNER,
THOMAS C. STEEL,
JOSEPH GRAY,
G. S. MURPHY,

J. H. McCRUM,



M. KELLER.
JNO. C. KUNKEL,
JOHN McFARLAND,
J. M. MEANS,
THOS. *. FERNON,
B. T. HAL LOW ELL,
P. D. THOMAS,
JOSEPH ENEU,
G. MORRISON,
THOMAS POMEROY,
JACOB McCURLEY,
A. H1LANDS,
JAS. CLARKE,
JOHN RUPERT,
JOHN L. WEBB,
SCH U YLER FASSITT,
D.THOMAS,
H. M. BRACKENRIDGE.
F. W. WEEST,
V. E. PIOLLET,
CHARLES LEVAN,
GEO. CHESNUT,
JOHN KLINE,
ALEXANDER POWER,
ALEX. GWIN.
JOHN BASSLER,
CHRIS. BENTZ,
JOHN C. KNOX,
JAMES BURNS, Jr.,
E. OWEN,
JOHN BROUGH,
THOMAS B. JACOBS,
JAS. BURNSIDE,
J. M. BURRELL,
THOS. H. FORSYTH,
THOS. A. FUNSTON,
A. A. STEWART,
WILLIAM PRICE,
WM. Me A BEE,
JOSEPH CROSS.



From Theo. D. Cochran, Esq., Member of the House of Re-
presentatives, from Lancaster county.

Harrisburg, April 2d, 1846.

DEAR SIR: I have examined, with much pleasure, your
little work ' Rules of Order" and think that it is most ad-
mirable in conception and design. Something of this sort

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has long been needed, and I am really glad that you have
published this volume. It is a plain statement of rules ne-
cessary to regulate the proceedings of deliberative bodies,
town meetings, societies, &c., and is written in a familiar
style, so that it can readily be understood by all. The work
should be in the hands of the leading citizens of every town
and village in the land. Sincerely, your friend,
B. MATTHIAS, Esq. THEO. D. COCHRAN.



From J. B. Johnson, Esq., Member of the House of Repre.
sentatives, from Erie County.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, )
Harrisburg, April 3d, 1846. J

DEAR SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt
of a copy of your Manual or Treatise, on Rules of Order
for the regulation and government of deliberative assem-
blies, for which you will please accept my unfeigned
thanks. I have examined the work with considerable at-
tentiprt and care, and unhesitatingly pronounce it, in my
opinion, one of much merit. It is concise and perspicuous,
and in every respect, accorvding to my judgment, admirably
adapted to ihe purposes for which it is designed. It will
certainly prove an invaluable acquisition to Boards of
Council and Aldermen of incorporated towns; to literary
and other associations especially those connected with
Colleges and Academies, as well as to persons of various
other business relations.

Please accept assurances of my sincere regard, and be
lieve me yours, and respectfully, J. B. JOftNSON.

B. MATTHIAS, Esq.



From the Clerk and Assistant Clerk of the Pennsylvania
House of Representatives.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, )
Harrisburg, April 1st, 1846. }

We have carefully examined the " Manual for conduct-
ing business in Town and Ward Meetings, Societies,
Boards of Directors, and other deliberative bodies," pre-
pared by Mr. Matthias, and have no hesitation in pro-
nouncing it an admirable work. It is plain, concise, and
altogether correct in its details, and cannot fail to prove of
great service in properly directing the business of meetings.

WM JACK, Clerk,

THOS. J. GROSS, Assist. Clerk.



RECOMMENDATIONS.

From the Hon. Joel B. Sutherland, late member of Congress,
and author of the Congressional and Legislative Manuals.

Philada., May 26th, 1846.

DEAR SIR: I have carefully perused your "Manual for
conducting business in town and warcl meetings, &c." and
take great pleasure in saying that it is a most excellent work,
and is well calculated to instruct presiding officers in our
popular and other meetings to execute the duties of the
chair with ability and despatch.

With great respect, I remain

Your obedient servant,

J. B. SUTHERLAND
B. MATTHIAS, Esq.



From Col. James Page, formerly Postmaster of Philadelphia.

Philada., May 27th, 1846.

MY DEAR SIR: I have given your "Rules of Order" a
careful perusal. The work is much needed, and will be
found very useful to all classes of our fellow citizens, for
the whole American people may be regarded as a combina-
tion of deliberative bodies. No one of them should be with-
out the knowledge you are aiming to impart, conveyed as it
is in simple and appropriate language, and condensed form.
Already I have found the book a valuable assistant, and
thank you sincerely for your kindness in sending me a copy.
Very truly your friend and obedient servant,

JAMES PAGE.
B. MATTHIAS, Esq.



From the Hon. Richard Vaux, Recorder of the city of Phila-
delphia.

Philada., May 23d, 1846.

MY DEAR SIR : Permit me to thank you for a copy of your
"Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies," which I have
lead with interest and satisfaction.

It was the remark of an author of distinction, that it was
good to know, but better to know where to find, information
on those subjects not within the range of general knowledge.
Your work is calculated to afford to those who seek, such
information on the subjects on which it treats, and of which
but few are in possession.

Our people are more remarkable than any other, for asso-
ciations and meetings of all kinds, calculated and originated
to promote advancement and improvement in matters of

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religion, benevolence, literature and politics. These asso-
ciations are the machinery of public opinion, of which the
motive power is an enlightened, independent public press.

Those of our citizens, therefore, who interest themselves
in any or either of these subjects, and who desire that the
action of these associations shonld be regulated, directed
and harmonised, will find a guide in the work you have
compiled.

If I may be allowed to make a suggestion, it is that your
book should be introduced into schools and colleges, as cal-
culated to be of real benefit.

I am, ever respectfully, yours,

RICHARD VAUX.

B. MATTHIAS, Esq.



From the Hon. James Ross Snowden, State Treasurer, for-
merly Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Harrisburg, March 28ih, 1846.

DEAR SIR : I have received your letter, and a copy of " A
Manual for conducting business in Town and Ward Meet-
ings, Societies, Boards of Directors and Managers, and other
deliberative bodies." I have examined it carefully, and am
fully satisfied that it will be eminently useful for the pur-
poses intended. Rules of order are of the first importance
in deliberative assemblies ; and the despatch of business,
the avoidance of confusion and personal altercations, are
dependant upon their prompt enforcement.

The general circulation of this excellent and concise man-
ual will place it in the power of our citizens generally, to
become acquainted with the elementary principles of order,
and thus enable them to participate advantageously in the
various meetings, which are incident to our republican in-
stitutions and the regulations of society.

Very truly, yours, &c.

JAMES SNOWDEN.
B. MATTHIAS, Esq.,

Member of the Legislature.



From the Rev. Robert Emory, A, M., President of Dickin-
son College, Carlisle, Pa.

DICKINSON COLLEGE, )
April 9th, 1846. $

MT DEAR SIR: I did not receive your " Rules of Order,"
until my return from Philadelphia last night.

I lake the earliest opportunity after examining it, (which
I have done pretty carefully to-day,) to express to you my

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RECOMMENDATIONS.

gratification at the intended publication of such a Manual:
It is greatly needed, especially for the use of those bodies,
religious and secular, to whose proceedings the larger and
more complicated manuals are not adapted. I am sure that
your little work will be of much service at the meetings of
our Conferences, and I shall desire to see it extensively
circulated among our preachers.

Very truly yours, ROBT. EMORY.

B. MATTHIAS, Esq.



From the Rev. John McClintock, Jr., A. M., Professor of

Languages in Dickinson College.

Carlisle, 6th April, 1846.

MY DEAR SIR: I acknowledge the receipt of yours of the
3d inst., with a copy of your " Rules of Order," for which
please accept my thanks. I have gone through it with some
care, and find it every thing that I could wish : although, in-
deed, I am so unskilled in such matters, that neither my
praise nor blame can be of much importance. I have long
felt the need of such a concise guide book, and think yon
have hit the nail precisely on the head. The book cannot
fail to have a large circulation : certainly I shall do all that
I can to diffuse it.

Please accept my best wishes in all respects, and believe
me, Yours truly, JNO. McCLINTOCK, Jr.



From the Hon. James Cooper, late Member of Congress,

from Adams County.

Gettysburg, April llth, 1846.

MY DEAR SIR: I have read your Manual of Rules for
conducting the business of Town Meetings, Societies, and
deliberative bodies, with attention. Regularity, uniformity
and order> in the transaction of the business of such assem-
blies, are objects of much importance ; and in my judgment,
the publication of your work will contribute materially to
promote them.

The perspicuous style of the work, the adaptation of its
rules to their several objects, all add to its value; and the
legislator, no less than the citizen, who is in the habit of
taking part in the business of public meetings, will find it
instructive and useful. I consider it a work of much
merit. Its rules are plain and simple, while at the same
time they are strictly conformable to the principles of par-
liamentary law. Accept my thanks for the copy you have
done me the honor to send me.

Respectfully and truly yours,

JAMES COOPER.

B. MATTHIAS, Esq.

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RECOMMENDATIONS.

From the Hon. Ellis Lewis, President Judge of the Court
of Common Pleas of Lancaster county.

Lancaster, April 13th, 1846.

MT DEAR SIR : I thank you for your favor of the 8th inst.,
and for your '' Rules of Order" in town meetings, &c. I
have examined the work, and think it well calculated to
meet the purpose intended. Under a government founded
upon and controlled by the public voice, such a work is pe-
culiarly important and useful to the citizens. Every man
has a part to perform in the public affairs. Every question
of importance comes before the people in their deliberative
assemblies. Our whole nation is a nation of orators, states-
men and legislators ; and, whether we be called to attend to
the business of the township the ward the city the county
the state or the church, a knowledge of parliamentary rules
is of infinite importance in securing the expeditious and or-
derly transaction of business. Your fellow citizens are
therefore greatly indebted to you for placing the necessary
knowledge on this subject in such a form, and at such a
price as to be convenient and accessible to every man. No
one should be without your valuable Manual.
Yours truly,

ELLIS LEWIS.

B. MATTHIAS, Esq.,
Member of the House of Representatives.



From the Hon. John Swift, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia.
Philada., May 20th, 1846.

DEAR SIR : I have'read, and with pleasure too, your " Man-
ual for conducting business in Town and Ward Meetings, So-
cieties, Boards of Directors and Managers, and other delib-
erative bodies.' 5 In a country like ours, where the people so
frequently meet together in town and township meetings, to
interchange views and to express opinions in relation to
matters alike interesting lo themselves and the country at
large, rules for conducting their proceedings are essentially
necessary. Your Manual, so admirably abridged, yet con-
taining every thing requisite, will be found so useful, that I
feel satisfied, that it will not be long ere it will become a
vade mecum for politicians, and be adapted to corporate
bodies and societies generally. That you deserve the
thanks of your fellow citizens for the book is most certain,
and that you will receive them I cannot doubt.

Very respectfully your friend and obed't serv't,

B. MATTHIAS, Esq. JOHN SWIFT.

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RECOMMENDATIONS.

From Wm. M. Meredith, Esq., President of the Select

Council.

Philada., May 29th, 1846.

DEAR SIR: I have examined your " Rules of Order" with
much pleasure, and think the volume will be useful as a
manual. Very truly your obed't serv't,

B. MATTHIAS, Esq. WM. M. MEREDITH.

From Saml. Norris, Esq., President of the Common Council.
Philada., May 29th, 1846.

DEAR SIR : I have carefully looked over your little work,
entitled " Rules of Order,' 5 and to the numerous testimonials
in its favor, cheerfully add mine. It will be found very use-
ful to all those who participate in the proceedings of delib-
erative bodies. Very respectfully, yours, &c.

B. MATTHIAS, Esq. SAML. NORRIS.

From Henry Helmuth, Esq., Clerk of the Select Council.
Philada., May 27th, 1846.

MY DEAR SIR : I have received your book, entitled <{ Rules
of Order," and read it with much satisfaction. The want of
such a work has been long felt in our community, and a
familiar acquaintance with its contents would do much to
economize time, prevent irreconcileable dissensions, and
greatly assist in arriving at correct conclusions,
I am, dear sir, very truly yours.

B. MATTHIAS, Esq, HENRY HELMUTH.

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PRESS.

It is recommended in the warmest manner by the Speakers
of the Senate and House of Representatives of Pennsylva-
nia, and by a number of the leading members of the Legis-
lature. A more useful publication has not been issued for
a long time. We commend it in the most cordial manner.
Inquirer.

The obvious utility of this work will guarantee its exten-
sive circulation. The Sun.

Will be found most useful to politicians and citizens gene-
rally, on account of its simplified parliamentary directions.
Pennsylvanian.

This work has been carefully edited, and contains pre-
cedents from the Manuals of Jefferson, Gushing. Sutherland
and others, and is of great value to all who desire to take
part in public assemblies of every kind. Spirit of the
Times

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RECOMMENDATIONS.

This is a very useful work, and should be in the hands of
every man who wishes to qualify himself for any of the
duties enumerated in the title, that he may at times be
called upon to perform. Chronicle.

This modest volume, contains a full fruit of observation and
experience, and is what it purports to be, a manual for those
who desire to familiarize themselves with the details of legis-
lative or deliberative business. The compiler, Benj. Matthias,
Esq., a member of our Legislature, has performed his task
with great simplicity and comprehensiveness of manner, and
by his perfect knowledge of his subject, has been enabled
to condense into brief space, what others, less informed,
would have filled a bulky volume with.

The arrangement is clear and exact, the reference to any
particular portion easy, and the citations of examples to
illustrate obscure or unusual modes of proceeding, apposite
and luminous. As there are but few persons who are not
at some period or other, called to preside over deliberative
bodies of some kind or other, so it will be well to have at
hand a means of satisfying doubts in legislative practice,
such as Mr. Matthias's Manual affords. U. S. Gazette.



Would recommend its careful perusal and study to those
who may be called to preside over deliberative bodies.
Native Eagle.

It is really a very useful book, and should be in the pos-
session of every member of a corporation throughout the
State, and, indeed, every member of a deliberate body
should study its pages. Democratic Union.



It is based on the rules of the Pennsylvania Legislature,
and is certainly a most valuable and useful work. Mr. Mat-
thias is entitled to much credit, for giving us a book so much
needed, arid in a cheap and compact form.Harrisburg
Reporter.

We should think such a work would be very useful, and
the necessity of the knowledge it contains, ensure a ready
and extensive sale. Harrisburg Argus.



It is arranged under different heads, is brief and compre-
hensive, and cannot fail to prove eminently useful to the
public. Any person of ordinary intelligence, with a copy
of this work at hand, may make himself competent to take
part in or preside over a deliberative body, and determine
questions of order with ease and precision. Pennsylvania


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