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REPORTS AND PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL
MEETING, MAY 23, 1916



ALSO A LIST OF OFFICERS AND MEMBERS AND OF
DONATIONS FOR THE YEAR




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PUBLISHED BY THE SOCIETY
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ARTICLE I. MEMBERS.

Section i. The Society shall consist of active, corresponding, and
honorary members. Only active members shall be entitled to vote in
any meeting of the Society.

Corresponding and honorary members shall be persons residing out
of the State of Connecticut, and shall not be subject to any admission
fee or dues.

Honorary members shall be persons who may have rendered important
public service to the State of Connecticut, or to the cause of historic
inquiry, or literature generally.

Section 2. Every application for active membership shall be in
writing, signed by the applicant, shall be supported by the written
recommendation of at least one active member residing in the State of
Connecticut, and shall be accompanied by the admission fee of three
dollars. Such applications must be made upon blank forms furnished
by the Society and shall contain a brief personal sketch of the applicant.

Every nomination for the election of corresponding or honorary
members shall be based upon the application, in writing, of at least two
active members, residing in the State of Connecticut, stating the reason
for such nomination, and the qualifications of the persons proposed for
membership.

Section 3. No person shall be voted for as an active, corresponding,
or honorary member until at least the meeting next succeeding the one
at which his election is recommended by the Committee on Membership.

Whenever a vote shall be taken on the admission of a member and
there shall be found two ballots against his admission, the presiding
officer shall declare the election postponed. At the next regular meet-
ing, if the recommendation of the Committee on Membership shall be
renewed, he may be admitted by the votes of two-thirds of the members
present.

Section 4. Active members shall pay as annual dues to the Society
three dollars if they reside within the city of Hartford, and two dollars
if they reside without said city. Any active member, not indebted to
the Society for dues, may constitute himself a life member by paying at
one time the sum of fifty dollars.

The annual dues of members shall be payable in advance on the first
day of May in each year. The payment of the annual dues shall con-
stitute a condition of membership, and the neglect or refusal to pay the
same for the period of six months after they become due shall be deemed
a withdrawal from the Society.



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ARTICLE II. OFFICERS.



Section i. The officers of the Society, to be elected at the annual
meeting by ballot, and to hold their offices for one year and until others
shall be chosen, shall be, a President, not exceeding eight Vice-Presi-
dents, a Recording Secretary, a Corresponding Secretary, a Treasurer,
an Auditor, a Committee on Membership to consist of seven members,
Committees on the Library, on Publication, and on Monthly Papers,
each to consist of three members. Only active members resident in the
State of Connecticut shall be eligible to office.

The preceding officers and the chairmen of the several committees
shall constitute the Standing Committee of the Society.

The presiding officer shall name the members of all special committees
ordered raised at any meeting.

A Librarian and Cabinet Keeper shall be appointed by the Standing
Committee, whenever such appointment shall be deemed advisable.

Section 2. The President shall be chairman of the Standing Com-
mittee, and a member of the Committees on Membership, the Library,
and Publication; shall preside at all meetings of the Society and of the
Standing Committee; and shall deliver or provide for an address at the
annual meeting.

The Recording Secretary shall call all meetings of the Society; shall
have custody of the files, records, and seal of the Society; shall give
notice to new members of their election, and furnish them certificates
of membership; and shall keep an accurate journal of the transactions
of the Society and of the Standing Committee.

The Corresponding Secretary shall conduct the correspondence in
behalf of the Society.

The Treasurer shall receive the admission fees, and report the names
of the persons paying the same to the Recording Secretary; shall receive
all other moneys due, and all donations or bequests of money made to
the Society; shall pay to the order of the chairman of the Standing
Committee such sums as may be required for the ordinary expenses of
the Society and such as the Society or Standing Committee may other-
wise direct to be paid; shall keep a true and faithful account of all
moneys received and paid by him, and of the property and debts of the
Society; and shall, at the annual meeting, render an audited statement
thereof.

The Librarian, under the direction of the Committee on the Library,
shall arrange and have charge of all books, pamphlets, manuscripts,
and other articles belonging to or deposited in the rooms of the Society;
and shall, at the annual meeting of the Society, make a full report of
his doings as Librarian during the past year, and of the condition of the
Library.

The Auditor shall, prior to the annual meeting, examine the books,
accounts and financial statements of the Treasurer, and compare the
same with the vouchers and securities in the Treasurer's hands and
certify the result of such examination to the Societv.



Section 3. The Committee on Membership shall consider all appli-
cations for membership, and shall report to the Society such applications
as said Committee may approve and recommend for admission. No
applications for membership shall be considered or acted upon by said
Committee during a meeting of the Society.

The Committee on the Library shall have the general oversight and
management of the library, manuscripts and other collections belonging
to or deposited with the Society. Said Committee shall make purchases
for the library to such an amount as may be appropriated from time to
time for the purpose.

The Committee on Publication shall have the superintendence of all
publications ordered by the Society. They shall, from time to time,
report to the Society respecting the selection and arrangement of such
papers, from the library of the Society or other sources, as are most
suitable for publication in volumes of the Society's Collections.

The Committee 011 Monthly Papers shall provide for a paper to be
read at each regular meeting of the Society.

The Standing Committee shall act generally in behalf of the Society,
and shall fill all vacancies in any offices until the next regular meeting
of the Society. Any five members of this Committee may constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business, and a notice for a meeting of
the Society shall be deemed a notice for a meeting of this Committee.
Special meetings of this Committee may be called by the Recording
Secretarv bv direction of the President.



ARTICLE III. MEETINGS.

Section i. An annual meeting shall be held in the month of May,
at such time as the Standing Committee shall appoint.

A regular meeting shall be held on the first Tuesday evening of each
month from October to May inclusive, unless otherwise ordered.

Section 2. Special meetings shall be called by direction of the
President, or, in his absence, on the application of three active members
to the Recording Secretary.

Notice of each meeting of the Society shall be sent by mail to each
active member at least two days prior thereto. And at any meeting,
duly called and notified, ten members shall constitute a quorum for the
transaction of business.



ARTICLE IV. DONATIONS AND DEPOSITS.

All donations to and deposits with the Society shall be entered in
books kept for that purpose.

No donations shall be exchanged or disposed of unless the Society
have a duplicate of the same.

All deposits left with the Society shall be carefully preserved, and
may at any time be taken away by the depositor in person, or deliv-
ered on his written order. But every deposit which has not been so



reclaimed or withdrawn shall, after the decease of the depositor, be
entered as a donation, and be deemed the property of the Society;
unless, at the time of making the deposit, other conditions shall have
been prescribed by the depositor.

ARTICLE V. LIBRARY.

The rooms, with all books, manuscripts, pictures, and articles belong-
ing to or deposited with the Society, shall be under the immediate
charge of the Librarian, acting under the direction of the Committee on
the Library.

The library shall be open for the inspection of the public, and the
examination of books and manuscripts, and transcription therefrom, at
such time, and on such conditions, as shall be prescribed by the Com-
mittee on the Library; and no book or manuscript shall be taken from
the rooms without a special vote of the Society, except by the Committee
on Publication.

ARTICLE VI. PUBLICATION FUND.

The legacy left to the Society by its late President, the Hon. Thomas
Day, the avails of all life memberships, and all special donations and
subscriptions which may be made thereto, shall constitute a Publication
Fund, the income of which shall be applied, under the direction of the
Committee on Publication, toward the expense of such publications as
may be ordered by the Society.

ARTICLE VII. ALTERATIONS.

Any alteration of these by-laws shall be submitted to a regular meet-
ing, held prior to that on which the vote on the same is taken.



president's duress



WE look to our Librarian for the chief address of our an-
nual meeting; his reports on the accessions for the year
and on the results of the investigations which he has made are
always full of interest and possessed of permanent value. He
will tell us of the progress which we are making, and give us
inspiration for further study and for continued work. We await
also this year the report of the Treasurer with great satisfac-
tion, knowing that we have no reason to hear of a deficit in
our accounts. I shall not need to detain you long, though I
can tell of good reasons for the interest which has been shown
in our public meetings, and of encouragement for advance in
carrying out the purposes of the Society; while on the other
hand I must present a long necrology, including the names of
men and women whom we are sorry to lose from our
membership.

MEETINGS.

At the regular meetings of the year, the following papers
have been read:

In October, by Forrest Morgan, M. A., of the Watkinson
Library, on "The Pilgrims' Landfall."

In November, by Morris W. Seymour, Esq., of Litchfield,
on "The Connecticut Migration."

In December, by Alfred T. Richards, Esq., of the Connecti-
cut Mutual Life Insurance Company, on " Memories of Father
Taylor, the Boston Sailor Preacher."

In January, by Charles W. Page, M. D., of this city, on
" Miss Dorothea Dix."

In February, by Professor Curtis M. Geer, of the Hartford
Theological Seminary, on " Russia as a World-Power."

In March, by the Rev. Dr. James Goodwin, Rector of Christ
Church in this city, on "A little-known Episode of the American
War," being the history of the fort built by the British
at Castine, Maine, in 1779, and the attempt of the Colonial
forces to capture it.



In April, by Hon. Albert McC. Mathison, of New Haven,
on "The Declaration of Independence, and the Connecticut
Signers and their Tombs."

In May, by the Rt. Rev. Edwin S. Lines, Bishop of Newark,
sometime President of the New Haven Colony Historical
Society, on " Jared Ingersoll, Stamp-master, and the Stamp-
act."

The Librarian's report will make mention of the gifts which
have been announced at the meetings, with other matters of
interest. I may note here that three members of the Society,
specially appointed in reply to an invitation, attended on the
first day of May the opening exercises of the 250th anniver-
sary of the settlement of Newark, New Jersey, by colonists
from Connecticut.

OBITUARY.

During the past year, twelve members have died:

James Junius Goodwin, LL. D., a life member admitted in
1887, for twenty-two years one of our vice-presidents, died
at his Hartford home 23 June 19 15. His services to this com-
munity had been many and various; his interest in matters
historical and genealogical had been wide and intelligent; his
assistance in investigation had been liberal and continuous; and
in particular his care for furthering the welfare of this Society,
for anticipating its wants, and for setting forward its work,
had been unceasing and generous, shown in many ways which
are matter of record and in many ways which he did not allow
to become known. His memory will be perpetuated by the
fund endowed in his name and at his request, of which men-
tion will be presently made.

JAMES Nichols, in his earlier life a lawyer and judge, later
President of the National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford,
admitted to membership in 1890, died 29 April 191 6.

William Waldo Hyde, sometime Mayor of Hartford, a
member of the bar, highly and deservedly honored by his
fellow-citizens, a member since 1891, died 30 October 1915.

Theodork M. Maltbie, of Hartford and Granby, elected
a member in 1S93, died 13 November 1915.



Charles Townley Martin, of Hartford, a life-member,
admitted in 1894, died 18 March 191 6.

George Munson Curtis, a member since 1899, prominent
in the industrial and civic life of Meriden, who had made an
exhaustive study of the history and work of the silversmiths
of Connecticut, died 2S August 191 5.

Mrs. Harriet Eliza Goulden Whitmore, of Hartford,
whose membership dated from 1902, a student of Colonial
History and honored in the Society of Colonial Dames, died 30
June 1915.

Edward W. Hooker, lately Mayor of Hartford, well known
in the community, elected a member in 1904, died 3 Septem-
ber 1915.

James EeBaron Williams, of Brooklyn, N. Y., admitted
to membership in 1905, died about six months ago.

Sylvester Clark Dunham, President of the Travelers
Insurance Company, prominent in the activities of this city, a
member of this Society since 1908, died 26 October 1915.

Mrs. Ella Myers Peets, of New Haven, for six years a
member, died 29 September 1915.

Mrs. Lillie Gunn Smith, of Washington, Conn., admitted
to membership four years ago, died in January 191 6.

MEMBERSHIP.

Besides the loss by death of these members, two of whom
were life members, we must note that three members have
resigned and that the names of four have been dropped from
the list, while one annual active member has become a life
member, and eight members have been added by election.
The whole number of names on our roll is now 367, of whom
18 are members ex officio (one of these being also entered as an
active member), one is an honorary member, eight are corres-
ponding members, and 341 are active members; of these latter
34 are members for life, and 307 are chargeable with annual
dues.

FINANCIAL.

It is a matter of great satisfaction to make mention of the
large increase of the funds of the Society during the past year.



In November there was announced the receipt of $20,000 from
the wife of our late vice-president, James Junius Goodwin, in
his name and in accordance with his wishes; in January, the
receipt of almost $5,300 from the residuary estate of the late
Edward Simons, of Hartford; and in May, the receipt of
$1,017 as a designated portion of the residuary estate of the
late Mrs. Sophia Fidelia (Hall) Coe, widow of Levi E. Coe, of
Meriden. The total sum of about $26,300 has much more
than doubled the amount from which the Society can derive an
income for its general expenses and for the purchase of books.
Last year we could count on the interest of some $16,800 for
these purposes; next year the income of about $43,100 will be
at our disposal. We are thus relieved from our annual anxiety
as to a deficit, which (as you will remember) has been averted
for several years by the gift of $500 from Mr. Goodwin and
by special subscriptions to the amount of some $300 — making
together the interest at five per cent, on $16,000 or at four per
cent, on $20,000 — and we shall be able to carry on our work,
not indeed without the constant application of economy, but
with more " lee-way " than for several years past. And as we
thus express our satisfaction at the immediate benefit which
conies to us from these gifts, we shall not fail to appreciate the
proof of confidence in our work, in its value, and in the neces-
sity of continuing it, which is thus shown and which we may
well expect will be further shown as the years pass on.



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iibrartan's Z?eport.



Mr. President and Members of the Society:

It is only a repetition of what has been done in previous
reports to again call attention to the lack of room for the
collections and the general work of the Society. We are
being strangled by lack of space. There are probably as
many bound volumes and unbound pamphlets in storage,
either on temporary shelves in the annex building or in piles
or boxes in our basement rooms, as there are shelved and
available for use in the regular library rooms. So that prac-
tically one half of our library cannot be used. Of course the
volumes in storage are those that would be least often con-
sulted. Yet occasions are constantly arising when it is neces-
sary to tell a reader that we possibly, or it may be certainly,
have some book that he wishes to consult; but that it is stored
away where it cannot be found for use. Almost every foot of
space on the shelves in the regular library rooms is now filled.
Books and pamphlets are to be found in piles on the floor or
tucked away in odd corners of our stack room. There is
practically no room for further growth of the library, and the
store rooms are filled almost to their capacity. Under these
conditions it is not possible for the readers or the librarian to
work to the best advantage or to give the best service. What
is to be done ?

The only publication issued during the year was the annual
report, a pamphlet of 42 pages. A volume of Correspondence
and Documents during the Governorship of Roger Wolcott,
November 1750 to May 1754, has been prepared and is now in
the press. This is to form the sixteenth volume of the
Society's series of Collections. Above 300 pages, comprising,
more than half of the volume, have already been printed. In
preparing the " copy " for this volume, letters and documents
were obtained outside the Society's library from nine different
sources in the cities of Boston, Hartford, New York, Washing-
ton and London. The volume will have much to relate about



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that strange affair of the Spanish boat which put into the
harbor of New Loudon in distress and lay there many months,
while there was much argument over her status and her com-
manders rights before her cargo was reshipped to Spain.

Thirty-seven volumes and three pamphlets from the library
of our late Vice-President James J. Goodwin have been pre-
sented to us by Mrs. Goodwin. They are all historical books
and most of them English works; although among them are
the Salisburys' Family Histories and Genealogies and several
volumes of the New York Society of Colonial Wars and Sons
of the Revolution publications. The English books include:

Bacon, N. Annals of Ipswiche.

Parish registers of Bobbingvvorth, Essex.

Cummington and Warner. Braintree and Booking.

County of Sussex, and many of its family records. .

Cartbew, G. A. History of West and East Bradenhatn.

Matthews, J. H. Cardiff records.

Brigg, W. Genealogical abstract of wills, P. C. C, register "Woot-
ton", 165S, vol. 1.

Broad Norfolk.

West, F. Sketch of the history of nonconformity in Braintree and
Bocking.

Sargeaunt, J. History of Felsted school.

Calamy and Palmer. Nonconformist's memorial, 2d ed.

Zincke, F. B. Wherstead: some materials for its history.

Dallas and Porter. Note book of Tristram Risdon, 160S-1628.

A list of some of the more important gifts received from
Vice-President Goodwin during the last few years is as follows:

Book of the General Laws for the People of Connecticut, 1673.

Connecticut Journal, nearly 20 volumes, 1778-1800.

New England Historical and Genealogical Register, General Index
to vols. 1-50. 4 vols.

Victoria History of the Counties of England. 73 vols.

The Genealogist, new series. 30 vols.

The Index Library. 49 vols.

The East Anglian. 20 vols.

Herts Genealogist and Antiquarian. 2 vols.
• Visitation of England and Wales. By F. A. Crisp. iS vols.



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